Monday, December 26, 2016

Cat Quotables-To Be a Cat

"I think it would be great to be a cat! You come and go as you please. People always feed and pet you. They don't expect much of you. You can play with them, and when you've had enough, you go away. You can pick and choose who you want to be around. You can't ask for more than that."
~Patricia McPherson

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

Cat Quotables-Calming

"There has never been a cat
Who couldn't calm me down
By walking slowly
Past my chair."
~Rod McKuen

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Cat Quotables-Perfect Companions

"Cats are perfect companions. Independent and resourceful, yet there when you need a cuddle."

Monday, November 7, 2016

Cat Quotables-A Trusted Friend

"Before a cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream."
~T.S. Eliot

Monday, October 31, 2016

Cat Quotables-Halloween

"When black cats prowl
And pumpkins gleam
May luck be yours
On Halloween!"

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cat Quotables-The Creator

"The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivaled paw, and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree."

Monday, October 17, 2016

Cat Quotables-Everything Should Feel Good

"Cats can be cooperative when something feels good, which, to a cat, is the way everything is supposed to feel as much of the time as possible."
~Roger Caras

Monday, October 10, 2016

Cat Quotables-A Cat Isn't Fussy

"A cat isn't fussy--just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate. From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor."
~Arthur Bridges

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cat Quotables-Neighbor Cat

"A neighbor's cat, sitting on a wall, waiting to be stroked, brightens up an otherwise miserable walk to work."

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

Cat Quotables-Rosebud

"A kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in a garden."
~Robert Sowthey

Monday, August 29, 2016

Cat Quotables-Best Armchair

"You know the cat rules the house when he's sleeping in the best armchair and you're sitting on the floor."

Monday, August 22, 2016

Cat Quotables-If a Cat Had Wings

"If you gave wings to a cat, it would not condescend to be a bird. It would be an angel."
~Dick Shawn

Monday, August 15, 2016

Cat Quotables-Toilet Training

"A cat is the only domestic animal I know who toilet trains itself and does a damned impressive job of it."
~Joseph Epstein

Monday, August 8, 2016

Cat Quotables-Cats and the Moon

"The cat has always been associated with the moon. Like the moon it comes to life at night, escaping from humanity and wandering over housetops with its eyes beaming out through the darkness."
~Patricia Dale-Green

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I Used to Have Two Dogs

Something was wrong this morning. I tried to brush it off and chalk it up to all the craziness at home these days. Our house is on the market and the cats are all acting bat-shit crazy. We've had stangers in and out and our life has been completely disrupted. My anxiety has been running away with me-even meditation isn't helping. So on the way to work this morning when I knew something was wrong I told myself it was my anxiety. The house situation. I'd feel better once I got to work. I'd shake it off.

I was at work less than an hour when my husband called. Something was wrong with Cranberry. Before I left for work he told me that she hadn't eaten breakfast, but neither had Yaz or Lowenstein. Again, it was just the house situation, I thought. I had already been planning to take Cranberry to the vet on Friday. She was coughing a bit and with her heart issues, I knew she needed to be seen. I told my husband I'd call and see if they could get her in today. They said they had drop off appointments available and they would be able to work her in this morning. Lee immediately took her in.

I figured he'd drop her off and we'd hear something later in the morning, so I was surprised when I heard from him right away. The vet suggested imaging and blood work. He thought she was probably in heart failure and from feeling her belly, suspected there may have been a tumor on her liver and she was bleeding into her belly. We can't afford the cost of the testing right now (who knew it would cost so much to sell a house?) and frankly, we knew that even if we could treat the heart failure, a tumor would be really bad news. She already had several growths removed and we suspected at least one of them was cancer (and would eventually spread to her chest).

Lee wanted to just take her home. By this time, her breathing was becoming labored. The vet suggested euthanasia and that if she went home there was a good chance she would die. Lee said he couldn't make the decision without me, so I left work and headed to the vet.

When I got there, they were in the lobby. Cranberry didn't even wag her tail when she saw me. I knew that was a really bad sign. The vet went over everything he had told Lee and we decided the right thing to do was to let her go. It was hard. It always is. We were there with her when she left this earth. We told her we love her and that she's a good dog. I told her to say hello to Heloise for us.

I used to have two dogs. Now I have a hole in my heart.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cat Quotables-A Tonic

"Cats are a tonic, they are a laugh, they are a cuddle; they are at least pretty just about all of the time and beautiful some of the time."
~Roger Caras

Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Cat Quotables-Sharing the Bed

"The trouble with sharing one's bed with cats is that they'd rather sleep on you than beside you."
~Pam Brown

Monday, June 20, 2016

Cat Quotables-Baths

"I don't think it is so much the actual bath that most cats dislike; I think it's the fact that they have to spend a good part of the day putting their hair back in place."
~Debbie Peterson

Monday, June 13, 2016

Cat Quotables-Prayer For All Animals

"Hear our prayer, Lord, for all animals,
May they be well-fed and well-trained and happy;
Protect them from hunger and fear and suffering;
And, we pray, protect specially, dear Lord,
The little cat who is the companion of our home,
Keep her safe as she goes abroad,
And bring her back to comfort us..."
~An Old Russian Prayer

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cat Quotables-Luminous Eyes

"Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes?"
~Theophile Bates

Monday, May 30, 2016

Cat Quotables-Epitaph to a Dog

"To mark a friend's remains
These stones arise;
I never knew but one,
And here he lies."
~Lord Byron

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Cat Quotables-Grooming

"Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this because of the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren't like this. A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll in dead fish."
~James Gorman

Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

Cat Quotables-Cats Are Smarter Than Dogs

"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through the snow."
~Jeff Valdez

Monday, April 25, 2016

Cat Quotables-Cats and Writers

"Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance."
~Dan Greenburg

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Cat Quotables-A Cat's Eye

"Someone had said that the pupil of the cat's eye marks the time: at midnight, noon, sunrise, and sunset, it is like a thread; at four o'clock and ten o'clock, morning and evening, it is round like a full moon; while at two o'clock and eight o'clock, morning and evening, it is elliptical like the kernel of a date."
~From an Ancient Chinese Text

Monday, April 4, 2016

Cat Quotables-We're All Mad

"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
~The Cheshire Cat, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Monday, March 21, 2016

Cat Quotables-Caressing a Tiger

"God has created the cat to give man the pleasure of caressing the tiger."
~Theophile Gautier

Monday, March 14, 2016

Cat Quotables-Hunting

"I and Pangur Ban, my cat,
'Tis a like task we are at.
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night."
~8th Century Irish scholar

Monday, March 7, 2016

Cat Quotables-An Inconvenient Habit

"It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that whatever you say to them, they always purr."
~Lewis Carroll

Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Cat Quotables-Old Cat

"Arise from sleep, old cat,
And with great yawns and stretchings...
Amble out for love."
~Kobayashi Issa, Japanese Haiku

Monday, February 15, 2016

Cat Quotables-Psychic Companions

"I postulate that cats started as psychic companions, as Familiars, and have never deviated from this function."
~William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

Monday, February 8, 2016

Cat Quotables-Plenty of Kittens

"No matter how much the cats fight there always seem to be plenty of kittens."
~Abraham Lincoln

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cat Quotables-Ask for What You Want

"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want."
~Joseph Wood Krutch

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cat Quotables-A Whisker Away From the Wilds

"Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds."
~Jean Burden, Celebration of Cats

Monday, January 11, 2016

Cat Quotables-A Cat's Rage

"A cat's rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up, and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering."
~William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside