On a sunny, but bitterly cold day about a year ago, my husband was plowing the driveway and spotted what he thought was a small chunk of ice in the road. When the chunk moved, my husband investigated. What he thought was ice, was a tiny, calico cat. She was shaking, rasping for breath and at less than 2 pounds, felt like a small sack of bones.
Our veterinarian diagnosed the cat with an
extremely low body temperature, respiratory infection, dehydration and malnutrition. The vet wasn’t' sure it was
possible, but if the little feline lived through the week with
medication and special food, she might survive. We isolated her from
our other pets and nursed her back to health. We believe Cali is a
feral cat, but now a year later, she will approach us for treats, but still won't let us pet her. We thrilled to see Cali play with our other
cats. It's all good, Cali is alive, warm, well feed, and spunky.
Pets enhance our lives and the lives of fictional
characters. My original writing goal was to memorialize my pets in my
writing. We rescued our cat Baby from a burn pile and she made it into the pages of my
action thriller, Bolt Action. Zeus was sprung from the Humane Society and is mentioned in my middle
grade read, The Curse of King Ramesses II. Tucker my Shepherd appeared as a
guide dog in Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary. My dogs Rocky, Rigs
and Molly appear as sled dogs in Sled Dog Tales, and I've recently
finished a middle grade novel, AJ and His Time-Traveling Lizard
staring Slippery, my blue-tongued skink.
Do you have a rescue pet? I'd love to hear what
animal you rescued and what you named your fur-baby. If you used a pet in one of your novels, please tell us the pet and the name of your novel. Thanks, Victoria Roder