Thursday, January 03, 2008

Not dead, just dormant

Hi Kids, hope your holidays were grand.

I'd like to thank everyone for their lovely New Year's wishes, and send a big, happy new year out to all of you. I sincerely hope this year brings nothing but good things, good health, good times, lots of happiness in 2008 (and beyond!) to all my friends on this here interwebby thingy.

However, I'm not QUITE back yet. I've got my hands full with my return to work, both kinds, salaried and freelance, and I'm nursing a very, very sick cat in her last days on this planet. Come Saturday, she will be a lovely memory. So I'm sad.

But I don't want to bring anyone down. I say it all the time, it's a fact of life that we outlive our pets, and when their time comes, the best we can do for them is give them a dignified end. But best not dwell on it, as I said, it's a fact of life and I've been through this before and will go through it again. The truth is, once the decision is made, I console myself with the fact that I've done the right thing, ended the suffering and pain, etc., etc. Cry, cry. Okay, onward.

And then I'll get a new one. There are far, far, too many great, healthy, wonderful animals that get put down each year just because no one wants them. So - who's got kittens?


Blogger MikeP said...

Sorry to hear about your kitty. I am glad you are thinking of adopting a new one.

03 January, 2008 14:12  
Blogger Andraste said...

Thanks, Mike. Well, I'll have to talk SPOUSE into a new cat. He may be happy with just two for a while - may not want to go back up to three right away. We shall see.

Eh, maybe a dog...though I'm not sure he's up for anything that requires more vet care dollars than a sea monkey....

03 January, 2008 14:22  
Blogger Canadian Girl said...

Sorry about your kitty. You have the right attitude and I hope your spouse eventually agrees to another furball. I have a dog and three cats because I can't say no when they will otherwise be put down.

03 January, 2008 14:26  
Blogger Andraste said...

Thanks, CG - That's how I always end up with one more pet in the house than really necessary. But yeah - when so many get put down for no good reason, just because some idiot didn't get his pet spayed or neutered...and who can say no to a furry face?

03 January, 2008 14:30  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Oh Honey, I'm awfully sorry. You know of course your cat has led a charmed life to have been your pet, and you already know you're doing right by her, but how said. Much sympathy.

03 January, 2008 16:13  
Blogger Andraste said...

Thanks, FMC - you know, SPOUSE often jokes that he wants to come back in his next life as one of my cats - they really do have a great life while I have them. Sadly, I never seem to have them long enough. Oh well. I seem to adop strays that come with all manner of inherited problems and issues, so I guess that comes with the territory.

03 January, 2008 16:34  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

In a way that's even better, these animals come to you homeless and ill and wow do they land on their feet.
The bigger of the cats and the Marklar are complete rescue kitties too( I got Puddy as a kitten, she came in a restaurant sized mayo tub with some holes poked in the top, a crazy lady called The Ginch asked me if I wanted a kitten. I did not, but somehow I ended up taking her home that night and she is still here sixteen years later cutting the circulation off from my legs as I type).
It's nice that you gave them a second chance at a good life. And they reward you in so many ways, not with leather furniture, but in so many other ways.

03 January, 2008 17:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a kitten about 2 months old and already box trained. She is a calaco....light colors. So if you live in Texas let me know and we can meet up and you can have her! Send response to

03 January, 2008 17:26  
Blogger Annie said...

My sympathies Andraste. Give her a nice scratch behind the ears for me.

03 January, 2008 18:12  
Blogger Andraste said...

Yeah, Cat - I'm just an old softie. Shhhhh...don't tell anyone!

Sorry, anonymous - I do not live in Texas, and I don't think even if I did I could really talk SPOUSE into a third cat just yet. So my post was kind of facetious. But you should keep that kitten if you can. Those calicos are a lot of fun, very willful but very smart. Mine is a real trooper and I call her my 'second in command.'

03 January, 2008 18:15  
Blogger Andraste said...

Thanks, Annie. Our comments seem to have crossed. Yes, she's getting lots of cuddles, and scratches behind the ears and is being treated like a princess right now. She has her own apartment too, because the tuxedo cat (Olive, AKA Damien) is such a bitch to her and we have to keep them separated.

03 January, 2008 18:17  
Blogger Medbh said...

What a gorgeous feline. My sympathies, Andraste. Our two cats had to be put down when they were 18 and it was rough. She was lucky to have you and same with the next kitteh.

I can't have any more (allergies) but I routinely stop the ones outside and hug them if they let me.

04 January, 2008 10:23  
Blogger Andraste said...

Cheers, Medbh. I know you understand how tough it is. I'm still kind of hoping for a miracle overnight, but I'm realistic and frankly, she has already been through too much with unless it's a full on, road to Damascus, fireball, voice of the-god-I-don't-believe-in type of a miracle and she's 200% better by this time tomorrow...the agony ends.

04 January, 2008 10:37  
Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Try not to think of your cat the next time you do pork fried rice.

05 January, 2008 00:06  

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