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Elsebelle, The Belle, Bellarella, Bellariffic, Issabonne
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September 22nd 1990
Elsa loved catnip.
When Fosse stole her toys.
Favorite Nap Spot:
In her cozy round bed.
Elsa lived a long, full life with cellebellar hypoplasia.
For the first part of her life, Elsa lived with my friend Rich, who found her and her sister in a New York City alley in 1989. While her sister (later named Roscoe) was fine, it was apparent from Elsaâ€™s head bobbing and stumbling gait that she was not like most kitties.
Rich took them to a vet and was told that Elsa would not last a year. He named her after the lion in the movie â€œBorn Freeâ€ and took her and Roscoe home.
Elsa lived a busy life, moving from New York to North Carolina to a multi-year stint in Switzerland. When they were both 9, Roscoe died of apparently natural causes.
I met Elsa when she was 14 and Rich had moved to northern Virginia, where we worked for the same firm. My initial reaction to her was one I have seen on many other faces since: poor kitty, I thought. Getting to know Elsa, I learned better. She was as strong as an ox, especially through the chest and spine, as a result of having to balance herself. While she could take no more than a step or two at a time without falling, she had learned to navigate staircases by leaning against the wall. She could even jump up on Richâ€™s couch while we played video games â€¦ it took a few tries and a bit of clawing each time, but she could do it.
The first time my husband (who is a teacher and administrator at a school for kids with special needs) was going to meet Elsa I warned him: â€œDonâ€™t fall in love with her!â€ We had two kitties already in our small townhouse.
But how could anyone not fall in love with Elsa? She had huge green eyes that took up her entire head. She was smart as a whip. She loved to sit next to you or on your lap and be petted.
After a few years, Rich decided to move back to North Carolina. His new living arrangement wasnâ€™t going to be the best for Elsa. With more than a little trepidation, we offered to take her.
Our first stop was the vet, where we learned that her ataxia was due to cellebellar hypoplasia â€” most likely been a result of in utero infection from distemper. At sixteen, Elsa was developing cataracts and had the beginnings of kidney failure â€” neither surprising, given her age. We put her on a special diet and took her home.
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