Huckleberry, Who Arrived Barely Alive

Huckleberry, a cat with a pink nose, green eyes, white near the center of his face, and brown on the outer part of his face, is smiling, peaking out
  from under a pillow and cradling in his paw a red cloth toy mouse. Several years ago, when Huckleberry came to live as a part of the family of special needs animals that live in our home, we weren't sure if he'd survive. Our vet gave him only a 50-50 chance.


When a family in another county had moved, they'd just left Huckleberry outside the house they were leaving. He'd return to scratch at the door of the only home he'd known, but the new owners were not friendly to him and drove him away.  Huckleberry is in one of his favorite place, lying in front of a window, green leaves and red flowers just outside, the sun falling across him,
      warming him and lighting him up. Outside on his own, he was unable to find food or shelter from the harsh weather.


An animal control worker found him half dead. He was rail-thin, very sick, and wounded.


Although that county has no resources for sheltering cats (only dogs), she prevailed on the county vet to take him in for 5 days to see if he could be adopted during that time and find access to the more extensive medical care that he needed (otherwise he would be put down). We were so fortunate to find out about him on the fifth day.  Huckleberry is inside an old wooden cabinet. The cabinet doors are
    open about 2 inches. Huckleberry is peeking out. Once he began receiving the food, shelter, and care that he needed, he gradually began to recover and come to life. Perhaps because of the violence and brutality he experienced when he was abandoned, he was often shy and tentative. He was always gentle when he played with the others.


In one pictures you can see him snuggled on the bed with Snow, who was blind. When she passed away, Huckleberry began sleeping where she had always slept.


He was a playful cat, often running through the house and using his wonderfully large paws--he had 6 toes on each paw--to bat along a piece of wadded up paper or something else he'd discovered.


He began losing weight a couple of months ago and extensive tests were conducted to see what was wrong. He had an extremely rare but fatal illness. This last month he became very sick and spent a number of days in the hospital.  Huckleberry is lying down, facing the camera. He's on a patchwork white, blue, and purple patchwork quilt. One of his large paws--he had
    6 toes on each foot--is stretched out toward the camera. His last day--which was yesterday as I write this--his blood pressure fell to 60 and extensive efforts to increase it were unsuccessful. Along with the fall in blood pressure came a fall in temperature. He'd been running a fever of around 103 but it fell to about 94 and nothing helped. Mid-morning his breathing became very labored. We were at the hospital with him and I was holding him in my lap, petting him and telling him how much I loved him, when he died peacefully.

More Huckleberry
Huckleberry and another cat, Snow, are both asleep on a patchwork quilt.
        They are on their sides, curled up into little circles. Snow's face is
        hidden in her paws but Huckleberry is clearly smiling.
Huckleberry is sitting in front of his food bowl, facing the right of the
    screen. His back and sides are brown and black in tiger-pattern. The
    middle of his face, his chest, and front paws are white. He is obviously
    enjoying his food, licking his lips with his tongue way out, touching his
Huckleberry is sound asleep on a patchwork quilt. He is facing the screen, his head to the left, and his front paws are reaching back to touch his back paws. His body is relaxed and he has a smile on his face.

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