Arrival Story: In 1984 Thai was living homeless and at large with her mother in the neighborhood of a friend, who alerted me to her after having placed her littermates into homes. She was about six months old when I brought her home along with fleas and ear mites. In 1984 I didn't know what Ragdolls were and only learned when, a few years after adopting her, I saw a picture of a Ragdoll identical to her on the cover of a cat magazine, probably Cat Fancy.
Bio: Thai had to be euthanized May 2004 at the age of 20, when finally all the years of medical treatments could no longer sustain her. I bawled like a baby and missed her terribly.
It's now January 2005. I'm surprised at how much I still miss her when I can't even define exactly what it was about her that so touched me. It's more than just her longevity and the 20 years of mutual companionship. Perhaps it was that she was so responsive and easy-going.
After she was euthanized, I did something I never dreamed I would want to do: I had her cremated. In the spring I will scatter her ashes in an iris bed in my yard. Perhaps she will resurrect perennially as a blue iris.