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The first difficult decision

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It didn’t seem like an unusual cry – just a normal “I’m here, can you let me in now” sound; but there was still an urgency to answer the door. Perhaps because Nando had been gone for so long, or maybe it was intuition.

My partner, Calvin, jumped up and opened the door. And there was Nando. She slowly limped her way inside. It was so surreal. We were all just watching her. She had made it across the room and into her bed before anyone reacted. I think nobody knew what to do. Then she started squirming, unable to get comfortable, and crying. That’s when it really hit us that something bad had happened and it was time to act.

I can’t remember who said what. It was stated that Nando was hurt. What should we do? How bad do you think it is?

After numerous unsuccessful attempts to get comfortable, Nando got up again. We watched her try to walk. “Calvin we need to call the vet.”

I looked up the number of our usual vet on my phone and called it. Closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. An automated voice directed us to a local emergency clinic. Calvin called them and told the lady on the other end of the line what had happened. She agreed that we should bring Nando in and told us it would be a jaw-dropping £300 to see Nando out of hours. Excluding any further treatment Nando may need.

Calvin and I looked at each other. At that moment I felt so lost, I had no idea what to do – what was best for Nando? Were we overreacting? Is this an emergency? Can it wait till the morning when the prices may be more reasonable?

I heard Calvin call his mum, asking for her advice. She said to leave it till the morning. If Nando still isn’t putting any weight on it then go to the vet.

There was a thumping on the stairs and I looked to see Nando jumping up them, not putting any weight on her left back leg. When she finally got to the top, she let out a little cry and collapsed in a tiny heap. She looked so small and fragile. It reminded me of the day we brought her home from the shelter. Since then she had grown in health and personality, but today she was once again a small, precious little creature that needed rescuing.

“Call the vets back, we need to go.”

Calvin rushed to where I was, cradling and comforting Nanna. One look at her and he was back on the phone to the vet – yes the price is fine, yes we will be there before 11 pm. The first of many difficult decisions had been made.

This picture was taken before I met Nando. It was the one used on the Rescue website to advertise she was available to be rehomed. This was the first picture we ever saw of Nando, that made us fall in love with her.




12 Replies to “The first difficult decision”

  1. What a scary thing to have happen, especially now! Nando is a very lucky girl to have you in her life. She is beautiful, by the way. I can see why you fell in love with her. She sounds like she is very sweet. Seeing her like that must have been totally heart wrenching.

    Jackie and Huckleberry 💖

    1. Awww thank you! x She is very stunning and very sweet, and it was hard to see her like that, even now when she is healing. But we are just grateful every day that she wasn’t hurt any worse.

  2. Nando won the Kitty Lottery the day she picked you ❤
    A very loved kitty indeed. And a very pretty one.
    And she has a good Nanna too!

    Looking forward to following Nando’s story as she
    continues to heal and get her sparkle back.
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    1. Wow – that is such a lovely and heart warming message 🙂 It means a lot as we have occassionally wondered if Nando would have been better off if she was adopted by some one else.
      Thank you ❤️

  3. omg such a heartbreaking story. My Arktik (husky) became a tripawds about 7 weeks ago. He has been doing amazing since. I also have 3 cats, and anything happening to them would also be heart wrenching. It seems like Nando has an amazing family. I’m glad she seems to cope well.

    1. Ah man, I am sorry to hear that – but glad that Arktik is doing well! Does he have a blog?
      Thank you, yes we are really proud and relieved at how well she is doing.

  4. Ohhhh poor Nando! You guys are so pawesome for following your gut instinct and getting to the vet right away. I’m so sorry this happened but what a miracle that Nando even survived!

    Looking forward to your next post.

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