May 1st 2007 9:37 am
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Awwww, you guys are all so sweet to wish me happy birthday and stuff. Dahlia and Thomas, those little imps--they went and told everybody! It's been a strange year. I lost my sister Sinead last fall (she went out to hunt mice one night and got eaten by coyotes), and I had an awfully hard time of it for a while. Mama did, too, and we cried together sometimes as we looked for Sinead...
But then, a while later, little Dahlia came along. Mama found her at a print shop, where she was being fostered for the local humane society. She and her brothers were in a cage together, and Mama was all gooey and melty when she took Dahlia out of the cage and she snuggled right up to Mama's neck and started purring like a little motorboat.
Mama asked us if she could bring Dahlia home, and we said it was OK with us, as long as she wasn't trying to replace Sinead. She reassured us that she wasn't (because nobody could replace Sinead ... or anyone else in our kitty family), but that she wanted to give a needy cat a forever-home.
The funny part was that when Mama brought Dahlia home, she thought Dahila was a boy! But she found out otherwise pretty quick!
I was grumpy at first when Dahlia came home, and she started getting all sweet on Thomas--they cuddled together constantly, and I felt lonely. And my hips were sore. I'm afraid I'm getting a little arthritic these days, but the warm spring sunshine and Mama's Reiki are helping me feel better.
Now we've got ANOTHER cat in our house! Mama's niece drove all the way up here from Louisiana with her family (a fiance; two screaming, screeching kids; one annoying yappy dog and one cat). The kitty got abandoned here because the niece couldn't take care of her and couldn't tolerate the cat acting like a cat! (She was unspayed and hadn't had any vaccinations, and she was in heat all the time.) Mama took responsibility for this cat--Miss Katrina, a.k.a. Miss Kitty--and as soon as she got a clean bill of health from the vet and got spayed, she came to live in our house with us. I'm basically treating Miss Kitty with serene disregard right now, but Dahlia is having regular disagreements with her. You know how it is; the two smallest and youngest cats are deciding how the pecking order is going to go. Mama will put up a profile for Miss Kitty as soon as we get some pictures of her.
Meanwhile, I'm off to go bask in the sun and dream of catnip and goodies. Thanks again, everybody--you're awesome!
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