"At eleven, I was still a plus-sized Diva."
Sex: Female Weight: 9 lbs.
"Oh My Gosh! I look so pretty in this beautiful picture from Big Harry & family. Thank you guys!"
"Our friends Tundra, Rory Manytoes and Lynzee sent this lovely and cheerful birthday picture! Love it!"
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"Littermates, Claire and Xerox, having a nice nap together."
"~Claire~ My turn in the bowl~"
"Enjoying a good nap."
"I love boxes !"
"Curled Claire, asleep again."
"This photo looks almost like the one above, but it was taken nearly three years ago." [See My CatsterPlus Photo Book]
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Clairey, Claire-Claire, Miss Peebody, Two Stroke, Claire Bear
April 19th 1999
Being left alone by the other cats, sleeping
the other cats getting to close, being picked up, pills
rattle mouse, she throws it up in the air, then looks around to see that no one is watching, before she plays
Favorite Nap Spot:
canned food, lunch meat, Purina Pro Plan Indoor
can trip you very well
Claire and her sibling Xerox, were part of a litter of 8 kittens born in the yard next to my father's house. The very elderly woman that lived there asked for help, so we took 6 kittens to adopt out. We re-homed 4, but Claire and Xerox were never chosen, so they stayed with us. I always worried that Claire knew we never really intended to keep her, because she was always distant and anti-social. She growls and swats at any cat that gets too close, but will occasionally sleep curled with Xerox. She nestles between us at night, but growls every time we turn or adjust our position! Though she is totally a grump, she appears to love us, and adores being petted. Her Daddy calls her "Two Stroke", because it only takes two strokes to get her loud purr motor going! She loves to sit in her Daddy's lap and knead his tummy! Her second favorite thing is to rub my legs when I first step out of the shower. She hears the minute I turn the water off, and comes running to meet me. Sometimes I have to get back in the shower because she gets so much hair on my legs.! :) But this is our special time, so how could I mind?
When Claire was little, she had to have two surgeries for a hernia. She now has a very "hangie tummie", that swings side to side when she runs! She and Matilda were mortal enemies for the first 5 years or so. She would ambush poor Matilda while she was exiting the litter box. Claire earned her nickname "Miss Peebody, because she would try to mark areas she did not want Matilda to cross, like doorways. To this day, they still have pee wars, and Matilda will only come out when Claire is not too close. She is a problem cat, a very typical Calico, but she has endeared her little fuzzy butt to us, so we put up with it.
My house~My rules!
|Birthdate : April 19, 1999|
Bridgedate : May 19, 2010
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|March 4th 2007
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May 19th 2010 2:57 pm
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My sweet Claire passed away a few hours ago, at home.
Last night, I had left a message with our vet, telling him her deteriorating condition. I sat up with her all night, stroking her, cradling her head. I was sure she would not make it though the night. When daylight began to come through the windows, I checked her once more, and she was still with us. The vet called first thing. He said her tests came back, and it was in her bone marrow, I told him I wanted to bring her in, to help her cross, but he said he was double booked this morning, and I said I could wait until afternoon. I looked at Claire, curled into a tiny ball, breathing shallow, but peacefully. I was exhausted, and laid down, with her cat bed next to me, for a few hours sleep.
When I awoke, she had tried to sit up, and had fallen over, half in/half out of her bed. I picked her up gently and arranged her in a comfortable position. She was barely breathing.
The end came quickly. After she passed, I carried her to the sink and cleaned her up. (her paws and neck had become stained with all the food that dripped down when we feed her) She was such a Diva, she would have wanted that.
Then I sat with her in my lap, and brushed and blow dried her. I called my husband, who had gone to work without me this morning, and then I called her vet. She will be cremated.
I feel like I am typing this in another lifetime...everything feels removed, and I know it hasn't hit full force yet. We realize the price we pay for having so many cats is going to be more loss...that is the hard part...but also more love...and that is the good part. Claire will always be our Calico Girl.
With tearful thanks,
Teri and David
May 19th 2010 12:22 am
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Claire's mom here.
She still will not eat or drink on her own. All liquids and food are being forced down her, which she hates and resists. She cannot walk, and can barely sit up. I watch her slip farther away more each day.
I must not let her suffer any more, but we were clinging to hope that she might rebound, that the medicines would knock out the infection, if that is what it is, and she would rally. But now her eyes are sunken, her pupils large and without much sign of recognition. She moans when I move her.
If she does make it through this night (it is after 2:00 am here) then I feel we must take her tomorrow and help her cross.
You don't know how badly I never want to type those words again.
I pray she understands, I pray she forgives us.
Thank everyone for being so kind and generous with their love and concern for my Clairey. I know at some level, she knows it too.
With love and tears,
Teri and David
May 16th 2010 12:09 pm
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I think I feel just a little bit better this morning.
I had several syringes of food and kept it down. I have had several doses of my medicine now, so maybe it is helping some. I am very wobbly, and have to be carried to the litter, or else I just wet the towel I am sleeping on. That's kinda embarrassing, so I hope they don't start putting me in kitty "Depends".
Thank you all again for the purrs and get well prayers.
Momma says she misses me wrapping around her feet when she gets out of the shower. I wish I felt like doing that too...maybe soon?
Gentle purrs, Claire Bear
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