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My pet is purr-fect

Greetings, readers. I’ve had my kitty cat Keekee for 11 plus years now and have enjoyed every moment with her. Alright, I’ll admit, she’s my kid and she’s spoiled rotten. I’m very happy to say that with two vet visits a year (her semi-annual wellness check) she is in remarkably good shape for her age.

Keekee has her daily routine just like any other being on earth. When my alarm goes off in the morning, she knows its time for breakfast. I say let’s go get it and she runs to the kitchen where her plate is. Around 11:30 she gets antsy for her dinner and that’s her second and final helping of moist food for the day. She also enjoys every morning what I call the bottom-of-the-saucer-full-of-milk.

Keekee also has many habits. She loves to sleep on my bed, look out the window for birdies, and play ball. When she’s feeling frisky she will find one of those balls and swat it around with her foot like a hockey player with a puck. She also knows exactly when I am leaving. As soon as she sees me putting on my coat or packing my book bag she goes somewhere and pouts. When I’m in Maine, she clings to Rebecca and sheds like crazy. My Maine trip is her least favorite time of the year.

She does seem to be able to tell time. If I am up too late at night, she will come out, stare me right in the face, as if to say, why are we still up?

Recently I’ve given thought about what is going to happen when Keekee is no longer with me. That will be an extremely sad day and one I am not looking forward to. I’ve had pets all of my life and I know what it is like to lose one. Will I take the plunge and get another cat? Or perhaps a small dog? Odds are yes. Where I’m living now there is not much green grass where I could let a dog run free and do its business. So I think a cat would be the way to go. But would I ever be as lucky to get a kitten as mild-mannered, well-trained, and purr-fectly spunky as my Keekee? I doubt it. I would either be allergic to the new animal or find out that its temperament is so much different from my current pet.

When I moved out of my parents house, I swore I wasn’t going to have another animal. My ex-wife and I had a pet, a wonderful dog named Sassy. I missed out on most of her life after the marriage ended and they moved to California. When I was informed by my ex-wife that Sassy had passed away, I immediately burst into tears. I wasn’t looking to have a pet when I moved into this apartment building. The Lord though had other plans. A woman who was moving out of the building had this 6-month old kitten who she rescued from the side of the road, and asked me of all people if I wanted a free pet. I took the chance and have been glad I did every day since. I expect I will have many more years ahead with Keekee but only the Lord knows.

For those of you who have not seen a picture of Keekee, here she is:

Keekee

Until next week, have a fantastic weekend, take care, and happy reading.

R.I.P. to a faithful friend

Greetings, readers. I got some very sad news this past Sunday morning in a text from my ex-wife Georgia. Our beloved pup Sassy, a cocker-spaniel and shih tzu mix that we commonly referred to as our four-legged daughter, passed away at age 10. The news hit me very hard. When I posted a mini R.I.P. on my Facebook page, I actually cried. Although I only knew her the first few years of her life, she took to me right away and in many ways became a daddy’s girl. When she needed to go for a walk, who did she come to and sit in front of? That’s right, me.

I feel bad missing out on most of her life, but things happened and Georgia and my paths had to part. From time to time I would contact Georgia and I would always ask how Sassy was. She and Ted also recently lost another four-legged friend, Cooper. So my heart definitely goes out to them; too many losses too quickly.

I know that when my kitty-cat Keekee goes to that big scratching post in the sky, I will be devastated. I know exactly how Georgia feels. I was the one who had to tell our vet to put my parents’ dogs to sleep due to cancer. Believe me readers, losing a pet is like losing a part of the family. In many ways they really are like little kids.

“Sassy, you were a good girl and daddy will always love you.”

 

Sassy, a cocker-spaniel and shih tzu mix, at age three or four.
Sassy, a cocker-spaniel and shih tzu mix, at age three or four.

 

Until Friday, have a good couple of days, take care, and happy reading.