Saturday, November 22, 2008
Pawprints on my Heart...
Many years ago I was tasked to bring a donation of pet food to a local shelter. While there, a small cat spotted me and her eyes demanded that I be attentive to her. Her purr caught my ears...it was as loud as a lawnmower. To make a long story short...I brought her home and she became Tiggy Kat. She acted more like a dog than a cat and would follow me as I went about my daily tasks. Always curious, she would check out anything new and could sense any new object in the house. Within a short time she would be taking a nap on the object. She has had an amazing way of getting into high places, and liked to sleep on top of our refrigerator. She thought our barn was her private playspace and she would explore for hours looking for mice, chipmunks, bats and even a skunk or two.
I always liked her facial markings and she liked to pose to have her picture taken. Last Christmas she found my newly hooked mat within minutes and checked it out for a napping space. In the Spring she became ill and stopped eating, and I thought I would lose her. But after visits to the vet and several weeks of attentive care she was back to her usual self. I even learned to give a cat an IV, which can be quite a challenge but she seemed to know I was trying to help her. She became strong again and has had a great time this summer exploring our acres of land and climbing trees and our stone wall. Her amazing purr could always be heard no matter what she was doing.
As the cold weather has set in she has become weaker and weaker, and for the past few days I knew the end was near for her. She has spent many hours snuggling in my arms, and lost her purr because she was so weak with age. She headed for the Rainbow Bridge while curled in my lap as I read. She was twenty one years old. She was quite a lady, and an honorable cat who lived a very good life. I'll miss you terribly Tiggs...and I'll see you someday on the other side of the Rainbow bridge. I know you'll be there waiting for me.
Posted by Miz T. at 10:14 AM