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Been There - Done That
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Been There - Done That
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Tikrit, Iraq

An old stray tomcat that showed up only occasionally seeking a handout. He had more scars than you could imagine, pieces of ear missing and infected bloodshot eyes. We nicknamed him "LUCKY". But unfortunately we found him dead one morning lying on the desert floor near a trash dump.

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Dominick M. Dimacale
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    Oh my, he had endured so much, great memory of him, Jim!!!


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1/29/2008 3:26:52 AM

 
Deb Koskovich
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Wow, this brings tears to my eyes as a cat lover. What a rough life he had .. I'm so glad you were able to capture him -- what a face full of woe!

1/29/2008 4:51:17 AM

 
Jim Huffield
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Poor thing. Nice shot, Jim. Jim

1/29/2008 5:06:21 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Nice capture, Jim. He was a cute little one. Poor little thing. It's sad that animals have to be running on the street.

1/29/2008 5:11:26 AM

 
Su Sana E. P
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I've never seen a cat this way and I felt so sorry for him and even more when I realized that he's no more...

1/29/2008 6:27:15 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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aww what a sad story and hard life! Great capture of him. My mother would of grabbed him up and made him hers! :)

1/29/2008 6:37:55 AM

 
Mike Clime
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Wow, Jim, you really captured a true feeling here on this one! Nice Job!

1/29/2008 9:05:13 AM

 
Janet Daniel
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Nature/life can be so cruel...! Very sad, but this is one of those wonderful images that stay with you for awhile & is not easily forgotten. Beautifully done, Jim!

1/29/2008 10:26:21 AM

 
Joy Rector
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awww, poor baby, I think I would have grabbed him up too. Great shot.

1/29/2008 10:41:08 AM

 
Erika  Haight
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Very sad story for such a cute little stray! I am glad you managed to capture his battle wounds before he passed! erika

1/29/2008 2:00:25 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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adorable Jim!!! your angle and comp are beautiful!

1/29/2008 2:23:48 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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This is so heartbreaking, Jim! :-( Still you've captured him beautifully!

1/29/2008 3:21:14 PM

 
Chua Wee Boo
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Truly heartbreaking image,Jim!

1/29/2008 3:51:09 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Very sad story...he looks like he was a great old boy!
Terrific photo, Jim.
Michelle

1/29/2008 3:56:01 PM

 
Cynthia L. Deters
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Love the emotion! Great capture!

1/29/2008 6:42:56 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Poor old Lucky! He does look seasoned though, and hopefully had a happy life, at least some of the time. It isn't only foreign countries which are suffering this problem. The abandoned animal syndrome is getting EXTREME in the States right now, due to the high foreclosure rate. This is a sad thing. In more ways than one! But it's a great capture Jim - with a message, besides.

1/29/2008 7:10:31 PM

 
Sandra R. Alvey
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Poor baby! I'm so sorry to hear of his passing, but I can only hope he had a full and rich life. Fantastic capture of this wonderful charactor Jim!

1/30/2008 11:29:56 AM

 
Jane E. Kirn
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He knew you would bring him back, and you did. Great photo Jim.

2/4/2008 7:22:03 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Sweet capture of this poor little guy.
~Lisa

2/5/2008 8:04:29 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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CONGRATS! I am glad this little guy got a finalist! WHOOOOOOOO :)

2/22/2008 1:56:48 PM

 
Susan Heath
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Congrats on finalist!!

2/22/2008 2:37:48 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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BIG Congrats on your beautiful finalist!!!

2/22/2008 2:39:18 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Ohhh, very sad...wish he could have made it...beautiful and congrats!

2/22/2008 3:19:35 PM

 
Dianna Hauf
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sniff....what a story! You would have made him proud, Jim....congratulations!!!☺

2/22/2008 3:45:09 PM

 
Cassie  L. Woodlee
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OH Jim this breaks my heart, just makes me want to cry. Congrats

2/22/2008 5:43:54 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Awww... glad that you gave him some handouts and he had some kind souls watching out for him. Poor guy, rough life! Congrats on your finalist!

2/22/2008 6:05:00 PM

 
Janet Daniel
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Congratulations on your finalist, Jim! WTG!!! :-)

2/22/2008 6:32:29 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your finalist, Jim.

2/22/2008 6:41:58 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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I'm so glad to see this get a finalist, Jim! I was very moved by this image, Congratulations!

2/22/2008 6:46:23 PM

 
Jane E. Kirn
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Wonderful news, I am so happy for you Jim. Another finalist! Keep them coming you are on a roll.

2/22/2008 7:03:43 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Jim, he looks so desperate & yearning for affection!!!
CONGRATULATIONS on the finalist, my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2/22/2008 7:44:25 PM

 
Sue  Marshall
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The image of this poor cat and the story just breaks my heart Jim.
Huge congrats to you on the finalist!!!:-)

2/22/2008 7:51:38 PM

 
Sharon K. King
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Heart breaking story and image! Terrific capture!

2/22/2008 7:58:15 PM

 
Su Sana E. P
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Jim, I'm so happy to see him again. Congratulations on this lovely Finalist!!

2/23/2008 2:39:58 AM

 
Deb Koskovich
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Jim, this is well deserved -- an awesome finalist -- congrats!

2/23/2008 4:23:18 AM

 
Mike Clime
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Congrats and well deserved, Jim!

2/23/2008 5:59:12 AM

 
Djoanne Kramer
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The look from his eye is so penetrating. What a message! Congratulations!

2/23/2008 6:06:23 AM

 
Jim Huffield
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Congrats Jim!!!

2/23/2008 6:53:03 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Great shot, Jim. There is a shaggy yellow tom cat that shows up here periodically to get a free meal. Those guys lead a rough life.

2/23/2008 10:50:45 AM

 
Sandra R. Alvey
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Oh Jim I can't tell you how pleased I am that they selected this image as a finalist. I truly LOVE this image and the power of will behind it. Congrats and good luck in the next round hon!

2/23/2008 11:50:12 AM

 
Carol Teal
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I love this image, the comp and the old cat with his battle scars. I hate he didn't have a nice home to live in, but glad you fed him when he came around. So sad he didn't make it. Congrats on your finalist!

2/24/2008 8:54:37 PM

 
Dawn M. Schneider
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what a sad story!!! im glad you could capture him so he could live on forever!! congrats on the finalist

2/25/2008 1:19:05 PM

 
Michael G. Marshall
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Congratulations on your finalist Jim! Well deserved!
- Michael

2/27/2008 10:29:08 AM

 
Gail R. Schuett
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I love this "tom cat".Your story makes me sad..maybe he just ran out of his "9 lives"..very nice photo of him..congrats on your winning.Gail

4/17/2008 6:08:20 AM

 
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