Thursday, April 10, 2014
#ThrowbackThursday: The Memorial Wall
I've been looking for a way to participate in the Throwback Thursday phenomenon and haven't been sure how to do it. After all, Truffles has only been with me for 7 months and her every movement has been documented here since the day I brought her home. Tara continues to be a presence here as well, so I decided that maybe I should use Throwback Thursday as a way to blog about the previous cats in my life.
In the hallway right outside my bedroom is the little memorial wall you see above. These are the three cats that were in my life prior to Tara. She hasn't made the wall yet because I have memorials to her elsewhere in the house.
Here is a brief introduction to each. I will be posting about them more as I go through boxes and boxes of old photos.
* Patch is the yellow tabby on top (February 1, 1976-August 15, 1991) He was actually my parents' first baby, as he came into their lives a year and a half before I was born. He was abandoned as a three month old kitten on my father's family dairy farm and my future grandmother, knowing how much my Mom loved cats, asked if she'd like to take him home. Prior to Patch my Mom had been over a decade without a cat in her life! He was my constant companion growing up, laying in one corner of my bed while a stack of books sat in the other. We lost him to a brain tumor at age 15.
* Sebastian is the gray boy directly beneath Patch (1993-January 8, 1997) This little guy was a neighborhood rescue. Left behind by one neighbor when they moved, he ended up in the care of an elderly couple across the road from us. When the wife passed away, a gold digger moved in on the husband and we feared the cat was on his way out. Over a period of months we turned him into a wonderful housecat after spending the majority of his life outside. Sadly he was already in his teens by this point and we lost him way too soon to kidney disease.
* The angel in the purple "Meow" frame was my first little girl, Sashi (March 31, 1998-February 15, 2006) Sashi was also the first cat I "chose" by adopting her from a local rescue group at PetSmart. She had been given up by her family at 9 years old. We were told many people thought she was beautiful but passed her by because of her age. We had nearly 8 wonderful years together before she succumbed to stomach cancer. I'd always loved cats, but Sashi was my first cat as an adult that was truly "mine". Losing her just about killed me and I thought my heart would never heal. Then I met Tara.
So there you have it, the 3 cats that came before Tara and Truffles. They all took a part of my heart when they left and will never be forgotten.
Do you keep photos and mementos of the pets that are no longer with you?
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