My Mutt of the Month... "Sierra"
Sierra had a hard start in life. She and another kitten were found on the side of a road in Merced after having been thrown from a car. She was taken to the Merced shelter; however, her right rear leg was shattered. The word went out to rescue organizations and luckily Dr. Monica Thompson of Nine Lives Foundation in Redwood City agreed to rescue and care for her. Dr. Thompson waited to see if the leg would heal properly on its own before she decided to amputate. Sierra (then known at Mocha) was listed on Petfinder in October when she was around 6 months old. The decision had been made that she needed an amputation.
I happened to glance at Petfinder and saw Mocha/Sierra listed as a special needs kitty. I immediately fell in love. My husband and I had not planned to adopt another kitty until later in the year. We had lost our precious Subie, our 5 year old black panther after a year long battle with osteosarcoma in August. Subie was a front leg tripod and a very special kitty. We had also lost our 18 year old, Lucas, the previous November so Sierra was a combination of the two, a soon-to-be tripod and a Siamese princess. I not sure what made me look at Petfinder that day except for fate or possibly urgings from my angel kitties. I met Sierra for the first time on October 17, 2008 and I fell in love and immediately filled out the paperwork to adopt her.
Sierra had her amputation on October 22nd. Not 2 hours after surgery, she was up and eating. I called to check on her and Dr. Thompson put the phone near her and I heard her purring. The next morning I received a call from Dr. Thompson and she was laughing. Sierra was up and exploring the shelter and getting underfoot, less than 24 hours after her amputation! I visited her during my lunch hour and sure enough she was wandering all over and asking to be loved and petted. My husband and I visited her on Friday and she was her usual self, bugging people for attention. She even splashed water on someone to get their attention. She stayed over the weekend as she had caught an upper respiratory infection and we didn’t want to infect our other cats.
On Monday, we brought her home where she fits in perfectly with her Siamese sister, Tenaya and her big brother, Ranger. Having only 3 legs hasn’t stopped her. She sometimes falls over and she scrambles more than jumps but she races all over the house and wrestles with her siblings and chatters at the birds through the window. She is a true Siamese, loud and demanding and she will nibble on you if you don’t feed her fast enough. She loves to churr and make biscuits. She also seems to have many of the personality traits that we so loved in Subie and I feel part of his spirit resides within her. We are truly blessed to have found her. I am happy that she now has found a safe, loving forever home with us after having had such a rough start in life.
Kathy and David © August 2009
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