This past weekend,TheGreatWall lost our beloved Chief of Security,also known as as
(she was too liberated to be a Miss)
It was thirteen years ago,that Miss Fannie showed up in our yard,as a pregnant kitten.After being examined by our vet,it was determined she was barely six months old,and was a feral cat who had gotten pregnant with her first heat.We took her home,and she promptly proceeded to deliver 4 kittens in our side garden.Two of which survived(including the infamous VooDoo,who could have his own blog!But that’s for another day.)She absolutely refused to be taken into the house,and only begrudgingly came in when we took her two surviving kittens inside.She seemed to say,”OK,I’ll come into your laundry room,but NO further!And the kittens stay with me!” (VooDoo was having no part of that,however-he was the biggest kitten I have ever seen and the most adventurous-drove her crazy!)
After the kittens were weaned,we had her spayed and YardBoy considered her his cat.And he fell hopelessly in love.As did she with him.No one else could pick her up,let alone hold her.She would have no part of that.She was his girl.
Every morning,when walking out the back door, we would find a “gift’ from her.Usually a vole,which she had found during the night.
And she protected TheGreatWall as no one else could.
She seemed to take great enjoyment in annoying me while I was gardening.Walking through the garden while I was planting seeds or bulbs,digging things up,pooping where she knew she wasn’t supposed to,etc.
Two weeks ago,she became increasingly out-of-sorts.Refusing to eat or drink,and labored breathing.
Even YardBoy couldn’t approach her.
It was determined she had Acute Renal Failure.(which seems to be common in feral cats.)
YardBoy brought her home,laid her under her favorite Giant Liriope,and she passed away within the hour.
We buried her under the stand of Norfolk Island Pines,with all of the other family pets.(over the 30+ years we have buried quite alot of pets back there).
Now,the plan is to find a concrete piece,of a sleeping cat,to add to the garden.
you will be missed……………