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My Christmas Cat - Louie

by on ‎12-07-2017 10:11 AM

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Do you believe in Christmas miracles? Well here is one for yah. Kelly and I are "dog" people. You have probably seen photos of our four legged family members. But there is one resident here I have not told you much about. His name is Louie and he is MY cat. I say that only because as sweet and loving as Kelly is towards all of God's creatures, for some reason this cat hates her. He never misses and opportunity to bite her ankles whenever she walks by. And it's not just her, Louie hates everybody.

 

When we rescued him 10 years ago he had a piece missing from his ear from a fight he probably won and has redefined the meaning of the word mean. Even the dogs keep their distance. One time he beat the ****** out of my dog Voodoo so bad I thought the poor pooch would need hours of psychotherapy to get over it. We still don't know the mental ramifications of a 50 LB. Australian Shepherd who works cattle, bulls and other livestock being bested by a cat. Even to this day if my dog sees a cat, any cat, he runs with his tail between his legs to the front door.

 

So the decision was made that Louie would be our barn cat. Me being the softy I am (and getting to the age where I too might soon become the grumpy old man) moved his fluffy cat bed, toys and water to the heated garage. Louie had full run of the farm and we took to calling him "The Mayor". Every day when I would do chores he would show up, sit on a fence post and watch me. Every year at Christmas for the last decade we had our unspoken ritual. I would climb a ladder to the roof and string Christmas lights, he would magically appear allowing me the honor of scratching his head for ten seconds. Anything longer than ten seconds and he would bite me and run off.

 

Well about two months ago Louie showed up missing. I would faithfully check his food dish every night but it seemed he was gone. Not knowing just how old he was, we wished for the best but to no avail. Tonight I was once again up on the roof and for the first time in ten years I am behind on my Christmas lights, some of it has been work responsibilities and other pressing issues but to be honest a little bit of my heart has not been into it this year. With just one last strand to hook up I heard something. I turned around and he was there! Up on the roof, just like all those other quiet winter nights. Looking a little tattered but not much thinner he was back. Apparently some kind folks thought he was a stray and tried to domesticate him and I assume after numerous scars and the worry of tetanus had given up. I swept him up in my arms, sat down on the roof and cried.

 

If you drive by the farm tonight you will see that the lights are lit, Louie is back and all is right with the world.

 

P.S. Seconds after Kelly took this photo tonight, Louie bit me and jumped down, welcome home buddy!

 

Happy Holidays!

Dan

 

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Comments
by
on ‎12-07-2017 10:21 AM

I love your story! I've missed seeing you lately, or maybe my watching times aren't yours. Anyway, we have a cat, but she is sweet and loving so I got a big kick out of this tiger of yours. God bless all of your family, furry ones included. Have a very Merry Christmas!

by
on ‎12-07-2017 10:31 AM

Cats are awesome. Glad you have one that has touched your heart.

by
on ‎12-07-2017 10:56 AM

I love that story. I love Cats and Dogs, but cat's receive a little bit of extra love from me.

by sandirich
on ‎12-07-2017 10:59 AM

 Loved reading that the cat is back and all is right with the world... Thanks for sharing..

 Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

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by
on ‎12-07-2017 11:05 AM

What a nice story......home at last.  When our animals are sick or missing, the world is just not quite right.  Glad The Mayor is back home.

by
on ‎12-07-2017 11:18 AM

I love your story and that you rescued Louie. I have a rescue, his name is Disney. He is a beautiful gray cat. We had neighbors that one day put all five of their cats outside and moved away!!!! I took Disney and 4 other neighbors took the other 4 cats. Thank God they are all safe and inside now. I don't understand how people can just abandon something that was part of their familySmiley Sad  Louie is so beautiful, I would have cried when he returned home, too!

by orthafanatic
on ‎12-07-2017 11:19 AM

Dan, I am so glad that Louie has returned to his home. We had a cat very similar to Louie. Her name was Sophie, and she was a rescue. She was at a local Petstore chain, and for months she langished in the cage. We took pity on her and adopted her and we were warned she wasn't a warm and fuzzy kind of girl. She wanted nothing to do with anyone but my  ex-husband and she even nipped at him. But, in her own way we could tell she was glad to have a safe home , she would lay near us but not next to us. She would let you pet her head but not for long . She  is passed many years now but her memory of Sophie will be with us forever.

by susieqself
‎12-07-2017 11:21 AM - edited ‎12-07-2017 11:22 AM

I love your story.  I have a cat just like that.  I call him Diablo Delgato Blanco.  He's mean as all get out.  He loves only me and, despite the fact that  I feed him and take really good care of him, he bits and scratches me daily.  Not sure what's up with that, but I love him nonetheless.  Thanks for sharing Dan!  Merry Christmas to you and your....including Louie.  Heart : Cat Happy

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by BetJ
on ‎12-07-2017 11:21 AM

Dan I loved your story!  It made me both laugh and cry as I was reading it!

I'm glad "the Mayor" is back and all is well! Thanks for sharing! Happy Holdiays!

by sherleen
on ‎12-07-2017 11:23 AM

Your one of my favorite host and I love watching you on QVC. When i'm not able to watch I TIVO you and able to watch later in the day. Your a very sweet man,  and maybe thats why you have Louie. I have cats and I love them, they do have their own little way of showing love but you understand them after you get to know them. My cats love to be around people and we enjoy them very much. I am so glad you have Louie, he looks so sweet and it's nice to know that we have many good people in this world taking care of animals. Hope you and yours have a Merry and Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! Heart

by
on ‎12-07-2017 11:35 AM

Well that is so sweet, he bit you because he loves you.  At least that's what the expert's say.

So glad he is home for Christmas. I rescused "Melvin" and he is a beauty, Turkish Van.  I love him

but he doesn't want to be held.  So I don't!!

My Son has a minature Aussie, who we love.  Have had them most of our lives.  Great Breed too.

Merry Christmas to you & Kelly and your family...HO,HO,HO

by
on ‎12-07-2017 11:36 AM

Sorry forgot to add LOUIE...Wonderful story..

by Bascia
on ‎12-07-2017 12:02 PM

Dan, love your story about Louie.   We have Phantom.  He lives with my son and his family.  Bit my son, bit my granddaughter and bit me.  I went to check the house when they went on vacation, all was fine till I saw on my way out that I left a window open.  Went back i n, shut the window and there I was with blood down my leg.  Now I am not just saying a little blood, I had so much blood that when I got to the doctors for care two people had to pull my shoe off because the blood congealed.

 

Moving on.   Never liked the cat, now I move in with my son and family.  Guess who is still living there.  Phantom, now it is

one eyed Phantom.  Anyway.   He spends his days running the farm, scarring any thing that comes into view, stands on the side porch meowing every night to come in to eat and then want to strut his stuff at night only now grandma lives in the house and he has to stay indoors at night.  Dan, I have become fond of this cat.  what is it with these guys.  I am always checking on him and making sure he is in at night and feeding him and find myself talking to him.

 

I know your love for Louie, I now have the same love for Phantom.  And by the way there is also Marloew Goffrey our German Shepard who, now that Phantom is in at night, just loves the fact that he, Marlowe, is king and can chase Phantom the one eyed bandit around all night.

 

So Christmas has reached its joy for you with Louie and Christmas has taught me to love even more those who need it most.

 

Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Year  and let's give it to the boys, they have won our hearts.

by
‎12-07-2017 05:00 PM - edited ‎12-07-2017 05:04 PM

I adore you for your love of animals Dan and  find you quite funny at times on QVC. 

 

Your story about Louie really touched me, as a matter of fact it choked me up after I laughed and it brought tears to my eyes.  I'm thrilled he's okay and you crying when you saw him again made my heart ache.  I know how that feels and I couldn't be happier for both of you.

 

I don't know why your heart wasn't into decorating as much this year but I hope Louie's return has changed that.

 

It must be nice to have a creature love you so much, you and only you.  Congrats on that.  Animals KNOW your soul and yours must be a good one......

 

Keep treating Louie good Dan, he deserves nothing less.

by
on ‎12-07-2017 05:23 PM

Thanks for sharing that amazing story, Dan.  So glad he found his way back home.   Heart

by juliegal
on ‎12-07-2017 05:37 PM

Cats definitely march to their own drum. Glad you were reunited (for now...)!

by
on ‎12-07-2017 05:47 PM

love your story Dan , cute cat .

by
on ‎12-07-2017 05:52 PM

Thanks, Dan, I needed to hear something wonderful like that story at the end of this hectic work day!  I love the photo of you and Louie.  As I would say to my son about our cat, Jasper, "He's a GOOD cat.....but he's still a CAT!" 

 

Merry Christmas to you, your family, Louie and all of the other residents on the farm.  

by
on ‎12-07-2017 05:59 PM

What a great Christmas Story!!

by
on ‎12-07-2017 07:05 PM

What a Christmas miracle! 👍🎄🎅🙏

by
on ‎12-07-2017 09:32 PM

Dan,

 

I so enjoyed your story about Louie...he kind of sounds like the kid in the movie "Problem Child" - remember that?! 

 

I love how your heart was always open to him, even though he wasn't always "nice"...with adopted animals, who knows what their former life was like?  If they were mistreated or living out in the "wild" for a long time, that would certainly be hard to forget about.   Maybe Louie thinks about his past too much and it makes him cranky! haha! 

 

Your love for animals has always been apparent, and as someone else said, if only there were more wonderful people in this world like you.  Anyone who could mistreat or abandon an animal, in my mind,  cannot have a heart.

 

I bet it made your Christmas this year to have Louie back.  Thank you for loving him and giving him a good home, even though he has been a challenge.  I think you know that deep down, he has a good heart and just needs extra love and attention!  And...you need to write more blogs, Dan.  I truly enjoy reading each and every blog you've ever written! 

 

May the warmth that shines from your heart for all animals radiate back to you, Kelly, Louie and all your beloved pups this holiday season!!!

by
‎12-07-2017 11:43 PM - edited ‎12-07-2017 11:54 PM

you're right:  all IS right with the world with your special inimitable Louie back.  i know that black hole you feel when an animal is nowhere to be found - and the unbelievable joy at the return.  wishing you the merriest of Christmases!

by carolsenn
on ‎12-08-2017 01:18 AM

Dan you have a heart of gold & I love it. Best feel good christmas story I have heard all year. I also have a Louie -her name is Grace. Smiley Happy ...God bless you & ALL your family- this really is a Christmas Miracle!!

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by
on ‎12-08-2017 07:54 AM

Thanks Dan for a wonderful story.   Being a cat person I can totally relate!   So funny how they win our hearts.  My baby Perry passed on 2 1/2 years ago and I haven't been able to get another one yet.   Right now I enjoy my adult childrens cats, Louie and Butch.    Louie is a teddy bear while Butch is the bad a**!     I will adopt more as time goes on, we also like to travel so I've been using that as an excuse.   I've loved many cats over the years but Perry surely stole my heart.

 

Merry Christmas Dan and also to your family.

by
‎12-08-2017 10:11 AM - edited ‎12-09-2017 02:48 PM

What a sweet story. Your Louie looks very much like my Sheldon, though Sheldon's disposition is 180 degrees around from Louie's. The only bites I get from Sheldon are little love bites which amount to a pinch and then he purrs his head off. Red Tabby cats are usually very self centered and in the moment, but that manifests itself in different ways. Louie is just a little less warm and fuzzy. I hope he has many more years with you.

by
on ‎12-08-2017 12:01 PM

sweet, sweet, sweet. People don't choose cats, cats choose their humans. I, too, had a stray cat I named Louie that wanted desparately to live with me in my house but the 3 other cat(astrophes) living inside put a stop to that immediately.

 

Louie would wait outside for me in his little garden and leap into my arms when I went outside. Sadly, he didn't survive long, perhaps ran off, or got into it with another critter. I still think of him and miss him terribly. I named him Louie because he was a white cap with a black patch on his head that looked like a beret and therefore I made him a French cat!

by theBabe
on ‎12-10-2017 06:25 AM

I'm glad he's back. I hope you decide to keep him inside now. To heck with him being mean and biting ankles. There are coyotes outdoors, he's safer inside.

by
on ‎12-10-2017 10:55 AM

Dan, what a nice story about Louie. We have had both dogs and cats since purchasing our first home over 30 years ago. Our first pup was a beautiful golden girl; when she passed I e mailed you (2000 or so)  to ask about Murphy. In 2003 we went to Delaware Golden Retrievers here in PA and adopted Nikki a 4 yr old golden who passed at 9 years old. AND in 2011 we again rescued a red golden girl, Bailey, who had a tough time getting used to our aging cats. Bailey is now 10 and our Petsmart cats(3 of them) are 15!!

 

And they finally get along!!

 

But I wanted to share with you about a Father's Day in 2015, when Bailey was in our yard and starting barking and barking.... between some planks of wood, was a wet furry little creature, that we gently rescued from the wood and found it to be a one week old calico, who with our care and help from our vet, and the emergency hospital folks is now the most beautiful long haired calico, Rainy.

 

Rainy is loving in her own way, is finally friendly with other cats, but does not like to be picked up. We love her for who she is, funny and still a bit wild and never regret rescuing her. She is sound asleep now, recovering from running from one end of the house to another. 

 

So thank you for loving Louie and giving him a home in your heated barn. I know you and your wife have property and Louie is a lucky fellow. No wonder he came home, to his loving family.

 

Merry Christmas, Dan!!!

by
on ‎12-10-2017 08:55 PM

Dan,

What a Christmas miracle indeed.  So glad the Mayor is home.

 

Merry Christmas

by verniesmom
on ‎12-11-2017 10:15 AM

What a wonderful story.  We have 2 dogs, Dixie Crystal and Vernon Hershal.  Then there is the cat that just showed up one day.  Myrtle Gertrude was a tiny kitten when we found her in a tree in the back yard.  It took a week and a half to get her to let me touch her.  She's been ours ever since.  There are two people on Earth who can touch Myrtle, or even see her.  My husband and I.  When people visit, she goes missing and you would never know we have her.  She is a wonderful reminder to me, that God will bring to you, whatever will remind you of his love.  I'm so thankful for all of the wonderful animals in my life.  Looks like you are just as thankful.  God Bless you, Dan!

by
on ‎12-11-2017 01:28 PM

I am so happy that your Louie is home!  He obviously loves you and just has his own way of showing it.  Thank you for being so kind and loving to Louie and to all animals.  Merry Christmas to you and your family Dan!  

by
on ‎12-27-2017 02:57 PM

LOL!  Glad Louie the cat is back and all is right with the world.  Louie sounds like a Maine Coon cat I had named Buddy.....and Maine Coons are supposed to be the gentle giant but Buddy was anything but....Cat LOL

by loves2bake
on ‎11-24-2018 08:45 AM

 I'm glad Louie is back home with you. I'm sorry about your dog Suede. Our dog Emma got cancer when she was 10 years old.  Thankfully she's still with us and doing okay. i hope Suede gets a miracle and will be with you and your family for many healthy years to come.