In June I lost my 18 year old cat, Lula, who'd traveled with me to Central America and back. I was heartbroken and you all helped me through it with so much love and sharing your own pet stories. I also learned about the Rainbow Bridge, which though I don't really have any after life beliefs gave me a format to use to "talk to Lula" and has helped tremendously!
I was finally ready to adopt again and found my new little boy who I've named Dulce which means "sweet" in Spanish. I wasn't going to get a kitten because I didn't know if I have another full kitten life in me. I realized I was assuming I wouldn't live into my 80s, but thinking about it, understood I shouldn't make such assumptions when so many Type 1's live long and healthy lives!
So I thought since you were all so here for me in my loss, I'd share my new found happiness. While Dulce is never going to be a Diabetes cat, he keeps me from feeling totally alone! I tried to upload his picture directly into the text but it just loaded gibberish. So I attached a file instead. If someone can tell me how to upload an image I'll change it. Thanks!
Yep, crazy cat lady - guilty as charged!
You have some pretty spectacular pics on your page, but no felines!
Is Northern Nevada (10 miles from the border) close enough to join the group???? LOL!!
Hi Zoe, thats awsome you have a new buddy. Animals make wonderful companions and i hope you have a fantastic time with Dulce!! i myself lost my baby boy, a cat who i named chunky lol oddly enough he had diabetes too lol so we had a deep connection. my love passed 6 mths ago. i havnt yet found another buddy yet but i hope to soon. Enjoy your kitty!!
Thanks, Emarie. I'm so sorry you lost your Chunky. I had a deep connection with my Lula too - she didn't have diabetes, but we went through a lot together. When you're ready for a new buddy, you're ready. I knew I would get one, but didn't rush it until I just suddenly knew it was time and off I went to the shelter to find the most affectionate cat there!
Just like you Zoe I adore my cats. They make me truly smile and are a great comfort. Very happy for you. You are so lucky to see deer on your doorstep. They usually come down from the mountains here and I see them in the garden, but not this year. It's prob still too mild. I love them too, they are amazing creatures.
Thanks, Josephine; in the town I live in we call deer "the pets of Weaverville". They're very comfortable all around town. We're in the mountains, though only around 2,500 feet. It's mating season now so I see the bucks as well, where the rest of the year I just see does (and the wonderful spotted fawns in summer).
Thanks, Rennie. I hadn't heard the word polydactal until I was at the pet shelter looking at cats. I think cats are too self-absorbed to be useful; they probably know darn well when we're low they just think, "oh, they're a smart human, they will handle it!"
Oh!!!! He is SO cute! I can't quite tell what color he is from the photo, but his golden eyes are gorgeous! :-)
Of course, he won't replace Lula, but he will be lovable in his OWN way, and the fact that you adopted him means that you have the room in your heart to love him, and he NEEDS that. I still miss my dear departed cats, but I love the ones I have, and I also decided to adopt 2 kittens when I lost a couple of older cats. The goal IS to live into my 80's, and so far, my health is good, as long as I keep working on it. And since I adopted both of them from people/places that needed to find homes for them, it's a good thing.
So after all those words, the summary is that I'm extremely happy for both you and Dulce! Hugs!
Thanks, Natalie! He is actually black with silver all around his neck like a scarf, and overlaid on his back. His eyes are a very deep warm gold. I got him at the right time because I don't expect him to replace Lula now; I still miss her but he is a whole new friend to get to know! And yes, we can find some central place to hold our older women with cats group!
I like that you are looking at a goal of living into your 80s; I'm not sure how I got started stating that I'm going to die in my 70s but I've decided to cut it out! I just got him a "fishing pole" toy so I can sprawl on my couch with my book and just swing my arm while he runs and jumps!
He sounds GORGEOUS! Maybe you'll be able to get a true color picture of him up soon.
Me, I'd love to have a get-together at a not-too-expensive hotel or even restaurant in Sacramento. It's about a 2-hour drive for me, and also for those in the Bay Area. One COULD drive there for a meeting and back the same day. But I don't know about you, because I don't know how long it would take you to get there, and you're CENTRAL!! :-)
The goal of living into my 80's is because my health is good for now -- I'm turning 65 in March, and all my joints work, and my organs work (except those damn beta cells), and my brain freezes (OK, farts) aren't significant. When a word won't come at the moment, I WILL remember it later, and when I forget what I went into a room for, I know I will remember it if I go back to the place where the thought occurred to me.
So, while a terminal illness COULD sneak up on me, and I don't deny the reality, why NOT plan for a future? Better to plan and not have it happen, than NOT plan, and then not know what to do with myself, LOL!!
I'll put the other pics I have up on my website; I'll take more in time but have other things on my to-do list for now.
I'm actually 3 1/2 hours from Sacramento which is too far for me to drive there and back in one day! I do fly out of there when I'm going on a trip, but none planned currently.
I really, really like your attitude. I believe in self-fulfilling prophecies so I'm glad I've let go of that dying in my 70s thing!