8.14.2012

...and then there was lucky.


(he tries to drag all 12 feet of this ribbon around the house. adorable.)

Don't worry...I didn't defect from my Kuwaiti life in order to live out my days in the Roman sun. No, no. The internet dropped out for a few days in my hotel in Italy and I took it as a sign that I should just enjoy the rest of my time there :)

On Wednesday, I came home. And before my bags were even unpacked, life dropped this little cutie in our laps. His name is Lucky, and we are so, so in love with this half-pound, 4 week old piece of sunshine!

The fact that he's alive is honestly a bit of a miracle, because Lucky has a pretty sad beginning.

A kind-hearted 16-year-old boy found Lucky at two weeks old, near death under a pile of garbage and cement blocks. The boy's family couldn't keep Lucky, but nursed him back to health, named him and found him a new home. Sadly, a few days later, the boy found Lucky...again...out on the streets. It seems the adoptive family decided they didn't want Lucky and just threw him back out on the street. The boy's family took in Lucky again...and found another adoptive parent. After a few days, this new family, too, threatened to throw Lucky back out on the street. Lucky was returned to the original family...in a plastic bag. (The original family was so outraged by this. We were too.)

Thankfully, the ever-compassionate boy and his family kept searching for a forever home for Lucky. It was totally love the second Gabe + I saw his photo on PAWS Kuwait.  When we met, Lucky rubbed against our fingers, meowed on the way home and cuddled into our laps right from the start.



(held by gabe for perspective...he's only three fingers wide!)


After just two days with us, Lucky got incredibly sick...shivering, unable to keep food down, and so lethargic he couldn't keep his eyes open for more than a few seconds. We rushed him to the vet, where he was diagnosed with an intestinal infection. We learned how to give him saline injections (even the vet's smallest needle was too big...saddest thing ever!), how to get .2 ml of lemon-flavored medicine down his tiny hatch and how to best feed him...six times daily, a blended mush through a bitty syringe.

We teasingly tell Lucky that he's preeetty high-maintenance. (He seriously is. But it's worth it.)

Long-story-longer...Lucky is better. He spends a lot of time sleeping in my arms since his meds make him pretty sleepy. And well, he's a half-pound, 4-week old kitten so naturally cat naps are a past time! In his awake time, he does all the adorable, normal kitten things: chasing ribbon, begging for more food and belly rubs. ;)

We are so, so grateful to the kind, compassionate family that found Lucky, and saved him three times. And, we'll never have enough thanks for the International Vet Hospital and Dr. Angelo Leone who intervened when Lucky was slipping away from us...if you're in Kuwait and in need of a vet, please do consider IVH!

Anyway, someone needs a feeding. But, that's what's up. And I'm pretty excited about it. :)

35 comments:

  1. I can't believe how tiny he is! What a lovely story Beth.

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  2. How sweet!! What a little cutie! He's certainly a lucky pet!

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  3. As you already know, I'm absolutely THRILLED for all 3 of you :) Lucky is definitely very fortunate to have a new, permanent home. And we also swear by IVH. They're simply amazing and have always been so good with our little Amira. Looking so forward to reading about more of Lucky's kitty antics.

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  4. I was wondering what kind of intestinal parasites he might have, I'm not familiar with what's common over there. Saline is kind of interesting, it's not our go-to fluid here because we use lactated ringers more (sorry, nerding out!). If you have any questions please email me or tweet me but he is so, so "lucky" to have you two! And he's so cuuuute! He'll be a monster kitteh in no time, I myself have a bottle fed orphan and they are notorious in the vet world for being little stinkers ;)

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  5. Oops, sorry I posted and deleted that last comment... I somehow was under my work gmail profile haha.

    Anywayyyyy Lucky is the cutest little guy EVER and he is so very, very LUCKY to have you and Gabe as his new parents! Enjoy your new little friend :)

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  6. What a truly lucky kitty to have found a wonderful forever home with you both- so glad you were there for him! Can't wait to watch him grow up!

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  7. Oh, he is just precious! Cheers to y'all for taking care of the little guy. He's very lucky, indeed. We ended up with a rescue who showed up on our patio one day in terrible shape, and he has been an absolute blessing. But Mary is right...once he's back on his feet, look out! Haha. Never a dull moment, but it's hard not to smile a whole lot around that fuzzy sunshine. :)

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  8. What a cute little muffin Lucky is!! And so lucky to have you and Gabe!! I empathize with you; I know aaaaalllll about saving a cat. I blogged about adopting and saving my cat, Winston, here:

    http://elizaoverthemoon.blogspot.com.au/2010/08/second-chance.html

    xx

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  9. Oh, Bethany!

    What a precious little kitten!
    I'm so glad that he now has a happy home with you and Gabe. =)

    Such a little lovely.

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  10. Lucky is adorable. And certainly "lucky" to have found you and Gabe. Enjoy your new family member. Pets bring so much joy!

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  11. Oh my gosh, he's precious! So tiny. Our cat was a rescue too, and she crawled right into our hearts from day one. Nothing beats an adorable kitty :)

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  12. What a cutie! His name couldn't be more fitting and I think he's super lucky to have you as his mama :-) I definitely think timing is key and you both found each other at the perfect time!

    Enjoy your new baby! As a fellow cat mama, I can assure you they'll grab a hold of your heart and never ever let go.

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  13. his name is perfect....his new family, beyond perfect !

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  14. Yay! Our hearts don't have a limit for how much we can love, such amazing capacity. I love your little Lucky. Congratulations to you and Gabe. Your story made my day.

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  15. Aww such a precious little kitten. This story is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. I am glad that he was able to find such a wonderful home. Congratulations on the family addition.

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  16. Poor Lucky! Glad he has a good home now. (but a plastic bag?! really?!?!)

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  17. Such cuteness! Lucky is very lucky to have such wonderful new parents.

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  18. Awwwww a beautiful story! Can't wait to hear more about him xx

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  19. So glad you have a little guy to make your days brighter.

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  20. hooray for your new family of three! lucky is fortunate to have you both.

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  21. Lucky is the perfect name for this little one, he's had a rough go so far, but he made his way to you, making him very, very lucky.

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  22. Oh how freaking adorable ... love him cutie pie ! This story brought tears to my eyes. How could these people do this to this poor little ball of fluff ... get well soon Lucky ... we are sending you lots of shimmering and warm love from London ! xxx

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  23. What a cutie! I'm so glad Lucky found his way to you :-)

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  24. He is so cute! My cat's name when I was growing up was Lucky because she was an abandoned kitten too. That name holds a special place in my heart!

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  25. How sweet is this story? You are very lucky to have this ball of sweetness in your life... And what a nice welcome back (I know it's work I rescued our kitty, Ally, 13 years ago!!!) and she is still kicking it old school. ;)

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  26. What a cutie! And what a story... he sure is lucky to have you as his new parents!

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  27. Awesome story!! Definitely just teared up on my lunch break.

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  28. Bethany!

    I am so happy to see that you have added a new 'Lucky' member to your family! :) I would love to meet him! So happy to hear you are doing well! I am out here in Kuwait now! You should email me so that we could get together soon. :) I swear we are probably neighbors! Steve and I are living in Sarah Towers, in Mangaf, right by the Hilton Resort.

    Have a good night! :) Hope to hear from you soon.

    Rachel

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  29. I love that you named him Lucky. A kitten was definitely destined to enter your lives as a family member. He is too cute for words.

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  30. So precious!!

    Can't wait to hear more about your Italy adventures!

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  31. oh my gosh what a sweetie! and what a miracle. I love, love, love that he has been rescued and now where he can be taken care of! brings tears to this cat lover's eyes!

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  32. Yay! I love that I was chatting with you just before you headed out the door to pick up your brand new kitten. He's adorable, and I bet you're going to love having him keep you company...
    xoxo

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  33. Lucky is adorable! (And what a perfect name too.) This was such a lovely story, Bethany. You truly are a wonderful person. :)

    I hope this doesn't sound too creepy, but I was/am a longtime lurker of your lovely blog. I just added you to my blog roll.

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