Likes: Sitting in Mama's lap when she is on the computer, laying on people, boxes, string, feathers, birds out the window, cat nip!
Pet-Peeves: My adopted kitty sister Lucy-especially when I am sleeping peacefully! Oh, and please, PLEASE don't make me go see the vet! I also find the doorbell frightening
Favorite Toy: fuzzy pipe cleaners, Sophie's dog food, paper, feather wands, Mama
Favorite Nap Spot: I'm a cuddly lap cat! I will sleep anywhere....right now I prefer the bottom step of the staircase, the back of the couch, the window seat, and, of course, Mama's lap
Favorite Food: I will eat anything....and if no one is looking, I like to swipe the dog's food, bat it around the kitchen, and then eat it! Of course, it usually rolls out of my reach under a door or the washing machine!
Skills: Mama thinks I am a genius! I can open drawers and cabinets by standing on my hind legs, placing my front paws over the top of the cabinet or drawer, and walking backwards while pulling the cabinet/drawer open. And, oh yes, I know where my food is kept
Arrival Story: I grew up in a family full of dog lovers. There were no kitties in my life and I didn't have a clue about caring for a kitty! Sally paved the way for all the kitties in my life: In June 1999, Sally was born to a feral mother in a neighborhood I pass through during work. Some neighborhood children introduced me to her and I cuddled with her and thought she was the most sweetest, most beautiful kitten in the world. She fell asleep in my arms. I couldn't stop thinking about her when I left; I worried about her and the other kitties as it wasn't a very safe neighborhood and they were just so tiny. When I came by the neighborhood a few days later, the mother cat had not returned for days, the other kittens in the litter had all succumbed to illness, and Sally was very sick. I'd never had a cat before but I just knew she was mine and I was hers. I took her straight to the emergency vet's office- she weighed exactly one pound and was just the tiniest ball of fluff. She had a severe upper respiratory infection, a severe eye infection, fleas, and ear mites. The emergency vet was amazing and took such good care of her. They gave me medications, a kitten "starter kit" with a litter box, litter, and some other basics, and I took her home. She was the first kitty in my life. When I brought her home and introduced her to Sophie the dog, she immediately tried to nurse off of Sophie. They've been buddies ever since. I love her.
Bio: My beautiful Sally died on May 9th, 2008. It was unexpected and tragic. It turned out that she had (previously undiagnosed) severe heart disease and had gone into heart failure. She was very, very sick. The cardiologist also found a large clot in her heart and there was no way to cure it. They made her as comfortable as possible and gave me time with her. It was the saddest day of my life and my heart was broken. I am so thankful that I was able to be with her and tell her how much I love her. I'm still in shock that she crossed to the bridge. She was a beautiful, sweet, smart cat and she will be forever loved and deeply, deeply missed. I love you Sally cat. Rest in peace.
My tail of devotion for sweet Sally
Today marks 4 years since you made your sudden and unexpected journey to the bridge. It was the worst day of my life, I've never experienced fear, trauma, and heartbreak like I did on the day I said good-bye to you. The grief was nearly unbearable and brought me to my knees. You seemed fine and healthy that morning. I remember waking up and finding you cuddled on the pillow next to me. I stayed in bed for awhile and loved on you. A true blessing on our last morning together, I just didn't know it at the time. Maybe you did?
When you got sick and I got you to the ER hospital, I knew you were dying. I kept saying to the ER vet, "But she was fine this morning. She was fine this morning." I made decisions for you that day, on your behalf, even though it was the hardest thing I'd ever done. But I would have done anything for you and I know that you know that I didn't want you to suffer and it was my love for you and your love and trust in me that guided me.
You were so sweet and so smart and so beautiful. So strong and courageous. I didn't know that your heart was so sick. Looking back, there were subtle signs that I missed. I beat myself up about that for a long time. Now I wonder if it was better that I didn't know? There was no cure, no way to fix your heart and make it healthy. By not knowing, we had up until your last morning together without fear, without knowing of what was coming. Love and normalcy and routine.
I miss you so much, Sally. I close my eyes and picture you and Sophie together, you are with family again and I find some comfort in that. I miss you both so much. It's hard for me to go to your Catster page, to see your photos and the few brief videos I have. It's hard for me to think of you because my heart is still broken. But I would never have traded a single moment with you, I was so lucky to have you with me for 9 years and 10 months. I love you, baby girl. Please give Sophie whisker kisses and a love tap with your paw for me. And take care of each other.
Yesterday was your 3 year anniversary at the bridge. I composed a million letters to you over the last day, the last week, the last 3 years. I miss you every day. I still feel like you were taken too soon, I wasn't expecting it and I wasn't ready to say good-bye. I know that no one is ever really ready to say goodbye but I *really* wasn't ready to say goodbye to you.
Sophie just joined you at the bridge. As I was saying goodbye to her I told her to look for you. As sad as it is to now have two sweet angels, it brought me a tiny bit of comfort to think of you and Sophie together again.
Take good care of each other (and don't eat her dog food, it's not good for you! Okay, you can bat it around and play with it but don't eat it!).
Thank you so much for the most wonderful Valentine. I'm home sick today and took a nap this afternoon. You visited me in my dream; it felt so real! Thank you for the cuddles and love in my dream today. It was so wonderful to hold you again and see your face light up when you saw me. I'm sure you could feel how my heart lit up the moment I saw you and reached for you.
Happy Valentine's Day, baby girl. I love you and miss you.