Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Continuing Power of Tara


Yes, yesterday was Dr. Seuss Day, but I decided to use this image that I created last year because I think it's appropriate for today's blog post.

Tara has been gone for nearly 20 months now and still not a day goes by that she's not in my thoughts. She inspired me in so many ways, most profoundly being the reason I decided to start writing about cats as a possible career path.

Even after all this time, she still finds ways to show me that she's with me everyday, even though I can't see her and touch her anymore. That's what happened on Sunday night.

Back in November I was introduced to The Paws Squad, the only rescue group in Logan, West Virginia that pulls animals from the county's high-kill pound. While scrolling through my Facebook feed during a break in the action during Sunday's NASCAR race I ran across a post from The Paws Squad stating that they had 11 cats in foster care ready to go up for adoption this week, all they each needed were sponsors to cover their $25 vetting fee. I knew I could afford to help so I instantly started looking at the cats' pictures to pick one.

This is what I found:


Another Tara, another tortie. Coincidence? I don't think so. It was a message from my beautiful girl, and I couldn't click on that PayPal button fast enough. I hope and pray that in some way I've contributed to her having a beautiful life, and that my own Angel Tara will watch over her always, just as she does me.

And the other 10 cats? Within a couple hours every one had their vetting sponsored so they can go onto find happy forever homes.

Have you ever felt that you've received a "message" from a beloved cat who resides at the Bridge?

20 comments:

  1. We're sure Tara sent you that message to help the other "Tara." Purrs....

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  2. Melissa, your post nearly has me in tears. This is so sweet and beautiful. I do feel like Jewel lets me know she's still around. I keep feeling like I NEED to foster Mango (a cat that reminds me just a bit of Jewel). I don't know why I have such a strong need to do it, but I am going to if at all possible.

    I know that you make a difference in so many lives, and Tara was so very lucky to have you as her mom!

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  3. That has to be a message from your Tara to let you know another Tara needed your help.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  4. What a beautiful post! I love the quote you chose to put with Tara's photo. I definitely feel our past kitties lead us to others. I just had to have KaTwo who was in New Jersey and looked like KaChoo. She is nothing like her and has a lot of issues, but I think KaChoo knew I could help her too.

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  5. Beautiful, Melissa! I cried, of course... :)

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  6. Ok, I'm weeping, and, yes, I often feel my cat (and dog) soul mates around me. And sometimes I do receive messages. Thank you for your beautiful post, Melissa! Love and energy sent to you, Truffles, Tara--and rescue Tara!

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  7. We have photos of orbs in our condo that TW feels is either Nicky or Autumn. In fact, TW says that sometimes when I sleep with Pop, she feels a cat jump on her bed and when she looks there’s nobody there. Nicky always slept at her feet or on her legs. Your new Tara looks like Truffles.

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  8. So beautiful, Melissa. I'm certain this was your Tara reaching out to you.
    Bless you for helping another Tara on her journey to finding a forever home.
    xo

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  9. What a pretty girl she was too. Rescue cats are the best, we think. That is what M has always had. M thinks she was guided to all of her kitties by the previous one.

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  10. sometimes I have dreams about Rocky. I was convinced he sent Louie over to help with his passing. You never know how they communicate. It was so kind of you to help this little Tara in her journey to find her home. - Alana.

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  11. I've had just one "sighting" of Tucker, a few days after he died. He was next to me while I hung laundry outside, eating some grass. Before he died, I had wanted to take him outside to eat grass, one of his special treats. He declined so quickly that I didn't get the chance to do that. Seeing that image, just for a second, brought me peace. Now I'm getting teared up. . .

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  12. Meaningful coincidence can be sign. Cats communicate so many ways from the beyond and this was one of the questions posed in my pet loss research questionnaire. In any case, yours had a positive outcome :-)

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  13. I have had many kitties send me a message just after they passed, right before they jumped over the bridge. I have actually "seen" a window of light open and my beloved black kitty, Jason leap into that window as a kitty full of Light!
    Before he jumped, he had to tell me, "I see A-one," his beloved sweetheart who had passed away years ago from drinking something bad by mistake.

    One time driving home from my mother's, there was a male tabby cat in the gutter of a busy street who had been hit by a car, but he was still alive. There was a couple trying to help, but he wouldn't let them get near. I parked the car around the corner and let the couple that I would take care of him. The couple said he was a local stray that was fed by neighbors. I got his attention, blinked my eyes and then turned my back to let him know I was protecting him from any predators and called my mom to help me get him to the emergency vet. When Mom got there, she brought an old towel, I carefully wrapped him up in a towel... (Now I'm thinking I should have gotten something to immobilize him in case picking him up made his injuries worse.) Of course he fought because of the pain, but he calmed down inside the towel on the way. We left the cat at the ER - did not have to pay because we "found" him. Mom got me back to the car and I went home.... Several hours later, I knew they had put him to sleep to due the extensive injuries because....

    The cat stopped to tell me three words of thanks... "I am free," before leaping into that bright window of light.

    -Katie.

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  14. Oh yes Abby sent me many in the first months of my intense Grief. I fully believe she led me to Annabelle. Who I did not want to adopt (Abby had only been gone 4 months) but I did because of the feeling of being compelled to. Little did I know how much I would come to love her and dote on her like I did Abby. Just recently and I wrote about it on the blog I found one single strand of Abby's fur in a bowl I had not used in some time. I know that was left as a gift for me to find one day. I know they are waiting for us, patiently right there near the edge of the meadow, happily waiting. for us.

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  15. A lovely post - I'm certain your Tara was reaching out to you! I had a similar experience when I fostered our three siblings and Ava has the same personality as my Angel Rose

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  16. Beautiful post ! Little Tara can thank you for your help thanks to Angel Tara ! Purrs

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  17. Sounds like a sign to me. Wonderful post. Hugs.
    Sue B

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  18. Oh that's a heartwarming story and one that's so needed. Thank you!
    Angie & Mom Brenda

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  19. That is so beautiful. Tara is your special angel and will always be with you.

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  20. Yep I have had "signs" Tara is sending you her love (((hugs)))

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