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Little Eppi: Best Kitty in the World

February 1995 - October 11, 2002

Audio Recording

 

Elmo, German Shorthair Pointer, German, Shorthair, Pointer, Eppi, calico, kitty, kitten, cat, Juneau, heaven, Revelation, handicapped, Billie, Revelation 4:11, Rev. 4:11, 4:11, Revelation 19:14, Jesus Christ, horses, I had gone to an animal shelter in the big city several times to look for a kitten but didn’t know which one to get.  One day, I looked into a cage, but none of the kittens were paying attention to me, except for the little calico in the back.  It was at that moment I knew this was the one the Lord had given to me.

I put Eppi into the truck and zipped her into a soft briefcase, as she was going to be smuggled into my apartment building, and pets were prohibited.  However, a short time later, she managed to push herself out and perched on top of my shoulder to enjoy the view.  After parking the truck, I put her inside the briefcase again, and casually walked up the five stories in the stairwell to avoid people in the elevator.

Inside her new home, I noticed she was lame, and was surprised that the Lord had given me a cat with a disability, but figured this had escaped my notice for a reason.  Maybe I was the only one that would keep a such a kitten.  Thankfully, her lameness disappeared in short order.

Well, my new little friend was dirty and smelled bad, so I washed her in the kitchen sink.  But in a few days, she became deathly ill and didn’t eat or drink for several more days.  All she could do was hunker-down and pant with her tongue hanging out; so, I anointed her with oil in the name of the Lord Jesus and prayed for her to recover.  I knew that the Lord had given her to me but wondered if it was his plan for her to die right away.  That didn’t seem right.  Well, as it went, Eppi got better.

In her early life, Eppi would not sleep in the bed with me, but she would lie close by.  She was a typical cat, except she didn’t like anything to eat other than Purina Cat Chow, and timidly sampled other things like tuna.  In the big city, she lived in the apartment for about a year, and was never outside, and liked to look at the pigeons on the balcony.  Eppi also loved to climb daintily around on the shelves, where the plants were, and nibble on the leaves from time to time.  She was very well behaved and not given much to clawing, and after she got a cat “apartment” covered with carpet, she mostly used it to work her claws, though she never slept in it.

When Eppi was about a year old, I moved out-of-state taking the truck, and she did well on the 1500 mile ride, setting on the dash and bringing amusement to other drivers.  She could also walk on a leash, though she acted like it weighed a ton.

In her new home, Eppi had about twice as much room, and was very content, and enjoyed watching the birds through the windows.  She especially liked to study the hummingbirds at the feeder hanging from the eaves in the front of the house.

Eppi was always healthy after she got over her first and only sickness, and she liked warm weather, and in the winter, she would lie on my bed because of the electric blanket.  Sometimes, I would leave it on when I went to work when it was very cold.

I will always remember the day that I got another female cat, a kitten named Billie, and brought the new one home in a pet carrier.  Eppi was in the easy chair, and I put the carrier on the floor a few feet away to see what she would do when the occupant was noticed.  She thought nothing of it until Billie moved after a while.  Oh, what a sight to see Eppi’s perked ears and the investigation that followed.  However, Billie was so wild in the house, I had to make her an outside cat the following spring.  Then, months later, Billie got pregnant and had six kittens in the basement where I let her finish off her pregnancy.  One of the babies died at birth, and I buried the little fellow in the flower garden in the front of the house, under the eaves where the bird feeder hung.

Eppi got only slightly heavier over the years, and always had a beautiful coat composed of different patches of brown, gold, black, and white.  Even in the solid patches, one could see subtle shades and stripes of different hues.  And after we made the move, she saw many people for the first time and warmed up to strangers.  She also got along with the big boys I adopted: Elmo, a German Shorthair Pointer Mix, and Juneau, an Alaskan Malamute.  If the boys were in the house for a while, she would sit on a table and whack them with her paw from time to time, letting them know she was the boss, and they would submit to her while in her territory.

Later, I married and moved to Texas, and Eppi became an outside cat after being inside for seven years.  And for about the first two and a half months, she stayed mostly in the garage where it was safe and had her litter box.  Then she started to venture outside and did all the things that indoor kitties only dream of, such as hunting birds, lizards, and bugs.  Like the pups, she too became infested with fleas, and I had to put special pet insecticide on her.  She would start to foam at the mouth with the procedure, but her behavior remained completely normal.  I wondered if I was killing her with the stuff, but clearly not, and she had a lot fewer problems with bugs, though her belly was almost bare from all the grooming she did to keep the critters off.  I was grateful that she could survive the new location and weather.

This afternoon, after we got back from a trip into town, Little Eppi was on the side of the road by the house.  Evidently a car hit her, and I could only see a small amount of blood at her mouth.  Her body was getting stiff and pesky fire ants were all over her.  Then I took her to the house and sprayed her special bug spray on her until all the ants died.  Afterward, I wrapped her in one of my work shirts, put her in a plastic bag, and buried her in a flower garden.  Before I did, however, I held her in my arms and told the Lord how thankful I was for her precious life.  “Thank you, Lord, for the life of Little Eppi.  She was a wonderful kitty, and I loved her very much.  She was the best kitty in the world!  Thank you, Lord, for everything.”  I put a rock on the spot where she is buried so I will remember her as I walk by, but she doesn’t need a name or cross to mark her grave.  I will always remember her, because she was my kitty, my little daughter, for seven years.

Lately, just before Eppi died, I had been reading in the Book of Revelation, and thinking about the creation that God has made.  It says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)  Eppi had her own unique personality and was an individual that God had created for his pleasure and for mine too.

 

Furthermore, I read there are horses in heaven, and the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back on a white horse along with the saints.  (Revelation 19:14)

If there are horses in heaven, I suspect that Eppi will be there somehow as well.  Of Course, Jesus Christ didn’t die for the sins of the animals, but he did create them to enjoy.  Perhaps the Lord and I will enjoy Eppi - forever.  I love you, Little Eppi.

God loves you.  Read your Bible.

The End

Elmo: The Dog that Licked My Sores, Elmo, The, Dog, that, Licked, My, Sores, Northern Minnesota, Minnesota, MN, 1969, puppies, German Shorthair Pointer, German, Shorthair, Pointer, Eppi, calico, Shar-Pei, Goldie, Golden Lab, Baby Elmo, Juneau, South East Texas, TX, Texas, armadillo, Elmo’s Room, Bible, Lazarus, pets, heaven, Balaam’s ass, Balaam, Revelation, dead, Book of Life, hell, lake of fire, tears, sorrow, pain, former things,