The Power of One Tiny Kitten

Gracey’s Kitten Photo

Gracey's kitten photo

Gracey as a kitten hiding between the sofa cushions

Gracey Came Into Our Lives One Cold December Day

Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger came into our lives without warning one cold December day.  While  looking for a friend’s  dog who had gone missing, we decided to check  the local pound. We were not expecting to find a tiny kitten shivering on the cold cement floor  nor were we prepared for the big bright green eyes that pleaded with us “please take me home, I promise to be good.”  Without reservation, I scooped her up and tucked her under my coat.

The dog warden asked us to please take her home because he wasn’t allowed to keep cats at the facility but he didn’t have the

The sign from the Dog Shelter where I was found

Gracey was put in the drop box even though it said NO CATS!

heart to throw her out into the cold and he was putting his job at risk by keeping her. And then he shook his head and said he supposed that was ok too because he wasn’t cut out for the job anyway.  His wife had already threatened him not to bring home another dog.  He was far too tenderhearted for the job he was supposed to do.

I hugged the tiny kitten and told her she was coming home with us and that we promised to take the best care of her that we could.  After seeking advice on what to feed such a young cat, I began to warm up goat’s milk and baby oatmeal several times a day to help our little girl thrive. And thrive she did!

Gracey was the first kitten to share our home.  We all learned together how to get along and make things safe for both kitten and humans.  Gracey went to work with me every day for almost a year.  I would go to the door and call her by name and she would come running and jump up into my arms and off we would go.  Then one day she decided she was grown up enough to stay at home and I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed but understood that she was no longer a kitten.

The Power of One Tiny Kitten

Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger

Gracey, all grown up and our best friend.

Gracey has had a tremendous influence on my life.  She was the inspiration behind my book The Tiniest Tiger and the catalyst for my career change from specialty food marketing to studying big cats and completing my Master of Zoology degree. Without her entering my life, I might not have had the opportunity to study and live among the Maasai in Kenya or  walk alongside the cheetahs in Namibia.

I can’t imagine  what my life might have been like had we not gone looking for our friends dog that cold December day. And I can’t even think about what might have happened to Gracey if  I had not scooped her up and brought her home into our lives. I know my life has been changed for the better. And I am pretty sure Gracey would tell you she has it pretty good too.  The power of one tiny kitten.

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  • tkat6

    What a wonderful blessing for both of you. Without you, no telling what would have happend to her and then she blessed you to be inspired to do all you have done. Perfect harmony!!!! Love it. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story.

  • eli

    <3 ^_^

  • Bernadette

    She called for you, and you came. You changed each others’ lives!

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  • Sue Brandes

    What a wonderful story. I am so happy to have found you and Gracey.

  • Jenny Padilla

    She’s amazing and you’re amazing, thank you for sharing Gracey and her inspiring story

  • Robin A.F. Olson

    Awww!!!! So sweet and charming! I’m so glad you found each other!

  • KF

    What a fantastic story! Gracey really was destined to find you, and you, her!

  • Carolyn Schellhardt

    She has also changed my life. Without getting to know her, and you, I would never have known about the wonderful world of cat lovers here on FB. I have made so many great friends here and they have enriched my to the nth degree. Thank you, Gracey, for opening up a whole wonderful world for me!!!

  • Ingrid King

    What a wonderful story! We are so blessed to have these lifechanging cats in our lives.

  • Michele

    Gracey is one lucky kitty!

  • katboxjanitor

    Gracey is so lucky to have found both her family and her calling.
    I had no idea she triggered that big a change in your world and that is so wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing her with us.

    • Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger

      Thank you for reading our story and for being our friend.

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    • Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger

      Thank you for reading our story and for being our friend.

  • Andrea Santee

    What a wonderful story. Gracey is such a beautiful girl and I too am happy that you scooped her up and brought her home with you. I will have to find the book you wrote I am a big fan of cats, wild and domestic. I could only imagine what an amazing experience you had in Keny and Nambia and I must say I envy you those experiences. Thank you so much for sharing Gracey with all of us. Bless you for all that you do.

    • Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger

      Thank you for reading our story and for being our friend.

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