Favorite Nap Spot: In the recliner or anywhere but the cat bed
Favorite Food: Tuna
Skills: Getting the ball cats can't get out of the track, out of the track
Arrival Story: Liza was homeless and would not let me near her in 1993, she slowly started trusting me and I brought her in during an ice storm in January 1994. She curled up in a cat bed and made herself at home. I had hoped to find her a home because I did not think she and Snuggle would get along-they don't. Her long hair was matted and I had to cut most of it off. She had an injury to one eye and the vet was unable to do anything to improve the vison in that eye. I could not find a home for her and she was so perfect that by the time she was healthy and people started asking for her, I would not give her up. If they did not want her when she needed help, I could not trust them with her. I am so glad she shared her life with me.
Bio: Liza was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) in May 2005. She has been a fighter all her life and made it through major surgery and is going strong despite her illness. She is so loved.
Mom is having a tough time today. Two years ago today, she was sitting in the hospital waiting room while I had surgery for liver cancer. She sat there for almost 12 hours, waiting, crying, praying. She would not leave for the hotel until she could see me.
When I was starting to wake up, the surgeon came to get mom and bring her back to see me. I did not feel like raising my head, but I followed her with my eyes.
I had been so sweet that morning. I walked around on my harness and leash and said hi to everyone. Then I jumped up and pushed mom out of her chair and napped on it, until I saw this potted tree next to the chair. Wow! A tree with dirt to curl up in. I was right over there and I curled up and was having a great nap when they came to get me.
We had had a nice morning, but then mom picked me up and they reached for me. Mom held me close and was crying into my hair. She could not let me go, I did not understand.
They were unable to get all of the tumor. Mom learned that even if they had, we only make it about 80-90 days after surgery. She was so afraid.
But on July 20, 2006, I celebrated my one year post surgery anniversary. Mom was so happy. She was starting to relax a little.
That would be the only anniversary year. In September, 431 days post surgery, mom and I had to say goodbye to our time together here. Her heart is broken. She misses me so much. I hope she feels me today, thanking her for the extra time we had because she fought so hard for me.
On the night that Liza left me, I went to the car and I did not know how I would make it home. I turned on the radio and the Tina Turner song "Simply the Best" started at just at that moment. I knew it was playing for my sweet Liza, the best cat I ever met.
When I saw I could put it on her page, I was so happy. I know that is how it is supposed to be. It is on her sister's page too, but I plan to chose a song just for her. I don't think Liza would mind sharing though. She was an excellent child. She was the best.
Shakes tagged me, and now I'm tagging you! Will you play too?
The rules: Each player starts with seven random facts about themselves. Cats who are tagged need to write on their own blog about the seven things and the rules. You need to choose seven cats to tag and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment that they have been tagged and to read your blog.
Seven Random Facts about Me
1) I was homeless when I found my mom and I looked in her window and tlod her I wanted a home.
2) I was the best hugging cat mom ever met. I just melted into her arms and almost became part of her.
3) I never extended my claws at anyone in all of the years mom knew me.
4) I loved it when my grandma bought fish and brought it home. If she did not open the bag soon enough I started digging in there myself.
5) I did not like my sister Snuggle because she kept fighting with me. I liked cats before I met her.
6) I was a great player. I was afraid of toys when I first came in, but I soon figured it out and I played like a kitten until I was around 14.
7) I was and am so very loved by my family who misses me so much.
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