Daily Photo Reprise: Mysterious Kelly, 2011

 Mysterious Kelly
Mysterious Kelly

The sun just came around to this angle again and I remembered Kelly sitting in this spot, waiting for me to come over to pet her. This is the photo I came to identify with A Little Bit About Kelly, little Kelly’s rescue story. Though I took the photo in 2011, Kelly is ageless in her petite stature, her tortoiseshell coat, her slightly uncertain expression, and she peeked around this wall at me for years. I never thought I’d catch it, but after many tries I did. Below is what I wrote when I first posted the photo.

She certainly looks mysterious in all that dappled sunlight as she peers around the corner at me.

Kelly used to be very shy and frightened of strangers, but she’s taken up this spot very near the entrance door where she can greet people. She’s very talkative, and while guests are admiring all those congenial black cats and Mistress Cookie, Kelly lets them know she is waiting. She stretches one sweet little paw way out in greeting and purrs so nicely, then does her graceful little dance routine ending with lots of face rubs on the visitor, who would be interested in any common black cats with such a precious tortoiseshell kitty right there?

It’s a joy to see Kelly, in her senior years, finally comfortable in life with humans and enjoying guests instead of always being cautious and hiding from strangers. She wasn’t feral but a stray cat trapped with a feral colony, and was so fearful in her cage at the shelter that she was to be euthanized because no one would adopt her and the shelter needed the space, though she was adopted at the last minute. I can’t imagine the details of her early life living in an abandoned building, though I’m sure it was traumatic for such a sensitive soul. When she came here it was weeks before I saw anything but big fearful eyes under the table in the spare kitty room. Step by step over the years she has become more relaxed and trusting. Kelly is 18.

Never give up on a kitty.

And never give up on yourself. I had vowed to compile Kelly’s serialized story into a book, expanding on the story and with illustrations and photos. I am finally able to focus on her story, and I’m so happy.


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4 thoughts on “Daily Photo Reprise: Mysterious Kelly, 2011

    • April 3, 2016 at 9:04 am
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      Thanks, Chris! Kelly was subdued but stunningly beautiful.

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  • April 2, 2016 at 5:36 pm
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    Beautiful kitty, I am glad Kelly is relaxed now. I took in a feral recently and he hides most of the time, I do hope he comes around.

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    • April 3, 2016 at 9:05 am
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      Ellen, it can take a long time, but if you let them find their hiding places and adjust in their own time they will find their place.

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