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Post by Maywalk on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:36 pm

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My father used to be a stevedore and he came home one night in May of 1940 during WW2 with a beautiful blue persian kitten that he had found abandoned in the hold of the ship.
My mother had an instant bond with that kitten and Blue as we named him was my mothers shadow.
He grew into a beautiful blue persian and was extremely proud of his tail and thick coat. He spent many hours cleaning himself.
When the blitz started and well before the siren wailed out its warning he used to stand clawing at the side of the door. It was his way of warning us that he could hear enemy war planes in the distance. Uncanny but perfectly true.
It gave us time to get our belongings together and get down the Anderson shelter.
Blue had been hit by shrapnel about three times but my mother nursed him back to life each time and she always shared her food with him although we were rationed.
As time went on we were evacuated to a town in the Midlands.
Blue had to stay behind with my father and sister until we got a place of our own in this new town that we had gone to live in for safety. When we did finally get a house my dad and sister brought Blue to live with us.
It was then that my father told us that Blue had saved his and my sister's life because a direct hit bombed what was left of the house and it buried my father and sister alive.
They were trapped for 48 hours but Blue wriggled away from them and somehow found a way through all the bricks and mortar that lay on top of the Anderson shelter and his continuous meowing and clawing at the debris finally brought the firemen to the spot where dad and my sister were still trapped.
We never knew anything about this until Blue was in my mothers arms. We we SO proud of him and he was over the moon to be back with his beloved mistress, my mother. His purring was so loud it sounded as though he was singing to himself.
Our joy at Blue being with us once again lasted for two weeks because the neighbour that we lived against was anti cat and he put poison down which tempted Blue.
My mother tried everything to help save him but he died in agony in my mother's arms. It was just two weeks after surviving all the horrors of the blitz and saving two lives.
I can still see the devastation on my mothers face as she had her rosary in her hand saying a prayer for Blue. The tears that were shed over our beloved Blue could have filled a lake. Unfortunately my mother could not prove who had done this awful thing. I still weep about it now.
To think he had gone all through that to die the way he did.
I must add here that many animals were put to sleep when the war started. My mother would not let Blue be put to sleep.
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Post by Tan on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:44 pm

God Bless Blue, he was mean't to be found, and what a lovely loving home your Dad brought him to, so terribly sorry how he died, your Mum and all would have been devastated as I certainly would have been, more so not passing away through an illness, but to be killed due to that neighbour, what a horrible thing to do..

It was marvellous how Blue cared so much for you all as if he thought you saved me, so I am going to look after you all..

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Post by Maywalk on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:55 pm

Yes a he was beautiful looking cat as well Tanooma. He was more a grey colour but Mum called him Blue because he looked like the Blue Persian breed.

If you or anyone who calls in here love animals like I do I have three true stories about a Cairn terrier that we had many years ago.
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Post by Tan on Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:04 pm

Such a tragedy for sure and more so for your Mum, did she ever have another cat, or was she too saddened to think about that?..

A pet dog my Dad had as a child was so very much loved hy him, they went everywhere that they could together, such devotion too.
One day Dad found Pep by the side door, his head was bleeding, Dad tried everything to stop it, but in the end rushed him to a neighbour who cared a lot too for them, but sadly Pep never made it, and from what Dad told me it seems that Pep was hit on the head with what they seemed to feel was a wooden bar with nails in, it shocked Dad so very much, it was not until his Adulthood did he decide to get another pet dog.

Looking forward to reading your stories Maywalk.

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Post by Maywalk on Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:22 pm

No Mum never had another pet after losing Blue Tanooma. 'BLUE.'         A true tale of a VERY brave cat.   433907374

Aaww how very sad about Pep.
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Will put the first story up of "Prince" the Cairn tomorrow.
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Post by June on Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:38 am

What a marvellous cat Blue was. Shame on those awful neighbours and I hope they got their come uppance. :|

I can imagine how upset you all must have been. He was a hero and no mistake.
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Post by Tan on Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:43 am

Yes some people can be so very cruel, as happened to Blue and Pep, just can't think at all how they think, if only they knew just what they have taken away Maywalk.
He certainly was a hero wasn't he June, and so very much loved too, such a terrible shame..

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Post by June on Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:45 am

Yes, all those who are cruel to animals or children are the lowest of the low. 'BLUE.'         A true tale of a VERY brave cat.   110821
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Post by Maywalk on Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:25 am

I second that June.
Its sickening when you read some of the stories about the cruelty to children and animals and those that do it want stringing up. 'BLUE.'         A true tale of a VERY brave cat.   1135710163
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Post by Joelle on Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:29 am

A lovely story again Maisie. A lovely brave cat too and how awful fo him to be poisoned like that.There has been something on the news just lately about dogs being poisened.
My daughter has a cat that was caught in a trap while he was out one evening. He didn't come back and my daughter and family searched everywhere for him. The next morning my daughter heard him crying at the door and nearly fainted when she saw him, His back leg, all the flesh was hanging odd you could see the bone. She wrapped him up and took him to the vet my grandson drove her and the Vet
said he had pulled himself out of the trap. The police and RSPCA were involved but they never found who had set the trap.
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Post by June on Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:47 am

Maywalk wrote:I second that June.
Its sickening when you read some of the stories about the cruelty to children and animals and those that do it want stringing up. 'BLUE.'         A true tale of a VERY brave cat.   1135710163

They do indeed and I cannot for the life of me understand how a baby, who has been hospitalised from injuries, is then sent back to those 'parents' Evil or Very Mad
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