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For a cat who spent a good bit of time on his own in the out-of-doors before he adopted me last year, I was surprised at  his reaction to our little snowfall this week.   “Cooper from the Block” continues to be one of greatest cats I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a few.  He has the best purrsonality, plays with my foster kitten, Egypt, never picks fights, stays close to home, greets me in the morning with kisses…and uses the litterbox perfectly!

Well, here he is, touching snow, apparently for the first time.  Just click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwcP2tWhbwg

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My favorite photo of Midgie..so happy digging a hole in the dirt. ..something she only did that one time.

My favorite photo of Midgie..so happy digging a hole in the dirt. ..something she only did that one time.

For the past year, I have pretty much suspended my cat blogging because I have been helping my 18 year Shih-tzu/Peke mix, Midgie,  get through her final days.

My “Puppy” never knew a stranger. Despite her very hard start in life at the hands of a man who neglected her, she loved everyone  – especially children.

A certified therapy dog, Her favorite times were visiting the children at Egleston Childrens Hospital.Midgie Fall Fest1

Going to the vet or shopping with Mom was just another opportunity for her to make new friends. Outgoing, smart and confident, Puppy maintained her happy, sweet loving outlook on life through all of the many changes in mine.

Over the years, she helped me foster many a litter of kittens, always greeting their arrival with a wagging tail and kisses.  The last foster she was young enough and stable enough to get involved with was Cody, the two-week old bottle baby I rescued minutes from being euthanized at a local shelter three years ago. 5

After he filled his little tummy with almost two ounces of warm formula, I wrapped him up in a fleece throw and put him on the sofa for a long afternoon nap.  Midgie stayed on the sofa with him, periodically checking on him to make sure he was OK, then looking over at me and smiling as if to say, “He’s doing good, Mom, I think he’s going to pull through.” And he did. Today, he’s a beautiful, big smoke gray Maine Coon boy.

Midgie and I were soul mates and best friends.  We got each other.

At 17, Midgie enjoyed a sunny afternoon last fall, even though she couldn't see well.

At 17, Midgie enjoyed a sunny afternoon last fall, even though she couldn’t see well.

Even in this last year as I watched her slowly decline, she still managed to smile and keep her positive disposition.

But over Labor Day weekend, Midgie began to wheeze like someone having an asthma attack. Then she would pant heavily as if she couldn’t catch h er breath. That would throw her into a panic she would try to run away from…and of course, at 18, she couldn’t run anymore. She could barely walk because of the arthritis in her hips.  So I realized it was enough and she couldn’t go any further.

Sunset over NaplesThe morning I let her go, God seemed to cry with me.

When the time came, it thundered and started to rain. Afterwards, the clouds lifted and the sun came out.. as if He was saying, “She’s with me now.. And you will see her again one day.”

Until we meet again my Sweet Angel..I will always love you.

I never know what to expect when I come home from work.  This is why I keep the bathroom door closed when I’m away, but I forgot the other day.

This had to be Jasmine and Jade’s idea..my Terrible Two.

They only look incident.

Lucky for them, Mom thought it was funny.

"This is fun!"

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