Remembering Sheena

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Ugly, The Tomcat

I thought this story was so beautiful I wanted to share it on this blog:

Everyone in the apartment complex I lived in, knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat. Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and, shall we say, love? The combination of these things, combined with a life spent outside, had their effect on Ugly. To start with, he had only one eye, and where the other should have been, there was a hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side. His left foot appeared to have been badly broken at one time and had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner.

Ugly would have been a dark gray tabby, striped type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, and even his shoulders. Every time someone saw Ugly, there was the same reaction. "That's one ugly cat!!!"

All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down, squirted him when he tried to come in their homes, or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave. Ugly always received the same reaction.

If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit. If you threw things at him, he would curl his lanky body around your feet in forgiveness.

Whenever he spied children, he would come running, meowing frantically and bump his head against their hands, begging for their love. If you ever picked him up he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, whatever he could find.

One day, Ugly shared his love with the neighbor's dogs. They did not respond kindly, and Ugly was badly mauled. I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was laying, it was apparent that Ugly's sad life was almost at an end.

As I picked him up and tried to carry him home, I could hear him wheezing and gasping, and could feel him struggling. It must be hurting him terribly, I thought.

Then I felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear. Ugly, in so much pain, suffering and obviously dying, was trying to suckle my ear. I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped the palm of my hand with his head, then he turned his one golden eye towards me, and I could hear the distinct sound of purring.

Even in the greatest pain, that ugly, battled scarred cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps some compassion.

At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I had ever seen. Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, try to get away from me, or struggle in any way. Ugly just looked up, completely trusting in me to relieve his pain.

Ugly died in my arms before I could get inside, but I sat and held him for a long time afterwards, thinking about how one scarred, deformed little stray cat could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly.

Ugly taught me more about giving and compassion than a thousand books, lectures, talk show specials or sermons ever could. And for that, I will always be thankful.

He had been scarred on the outside, but I was scarred on the inside, and it was time for me to move on and learn to love truly and deeply – to give my all to those I cared for.

Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, and beautiful – except for me. I will always try to be Ugly. – Author unknown.


  • At 9:46 PM, Blogger Më| §zë said…

    Yeah... I read this before... But never stops touching my heart...

    I just don't know... I see all the stray cats and dogs the same way I see my own dog... I think they're beautiful, even though they're ugly... It's not their fault they're on the streets anyway...

  • At 11:44 PM, Blogger Shoba said…

    You're a sweet person, Mei Sze. If everyone in the world were like you, the world would be a great place to live for humans and animals.

  • At 11:23 PM, Blogger Më| §zë said…

    I wish everyone was aware that animals have a right too...

    ps: my mum says i'm more sweet towards animals than humans... @_@

  • At 8:27 PM, Blogger edleen said…

    hi shoba.. i just came across your blog and am so glad blogs like this exist where ppl like us who love animals have an outlet to complain about all the injustice going on in this country. there are just too many to even name, i hope in due time more ppl will be more aware on how important it is to pay attention on the welfare of the strays and other animals who need our help.


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