...just a note with some personal stuff. We lost our beloved Stripey cat over the weekend to acute renal failure. I'm so sad to be without him and there is a definite void in our household. He had quite an easy personality and was so incredibly loving.
Here are a few photos to give you an idea how cute he was. If you want to read any more, scroll down. But I know you're not all cat people so I won't hold it against you if you don't...
We adopted both these boys above in '02 after losing a cat to congestive heart failure, and another to a heart murmur, both within a two week span. Feeling the huge loss and wanting to give a good home to another cat, we went to the adoption center at our local Petsmart. They allow two local shelters to bring in a few cats and leave them in an area where they are available for adoption.
I have to admit we picked Stripey immediately, partly because he was a combination of our two cats that had just passed away - chubby, orange tiger, sweet, playful, interactive, gentle. I'm pretty sure we agreed on just one but I couldn't resist this other cat too that was just a ball of energy. We took him out of his cage and he crawled all over us in his excitement to be handled. I remember my husband saying "That cat will be nothing but trouble if you bring him home" so we brought both cats home ;o) Chevy was 3 and Stripey was 8 and they bonded instantly. I'll look for a photo from their first day together in their new home and post it.
It's been an awesome 6 years having them both - we couldn't have asked for cats with better personalities, and so loving to each other and us. Although we are so sad to be without Stripey and the emotions are still raw, we feel blessed by God to have ended up with both of these guys. We are keeping a close watch on Chevy and trying to give him extra attention - he and Stripey were practically joined at the hip and spent innumerable hours a day cleaning each other, hanging out in the yard, giving our stray adoptee cat BooBoo evil looks from across the room, and so many other little moments. It makes me sob to remember it all now - I can't wait for the day when the memories don't bring so much pain.
Thanks for sharing my grief with me - I know a lot of you guys are pet people and don't have to stretch too far to feel sad for me, knowing exactly what it's like to lose what you love.