Pretty much anything with Treacle's name on makes me cry right now but bit by bit, the good memories are coming back. We did all we could and then she decided the rest...she died as she lived - full on and curious about 'what next'.
It is quite funny that Treacle had 'sent' a whisker to Treacle (just a joke) so one reason I am going to the USA at mid August is to 'get it back'! I have contacted a lot of the cat mags and Reuters are going to run a story on this trip. I have the luck of being quite well known in my field of work so getting coverage is relatively easy with the help of some good friends! Our aim is to raise awareness of cat heart issues and also the need for spay, neuter , release for ferals and re homing older cats rather than just buying pedigree kittens. I would love to be able to give Tabby's Place a mention if you would allow me to?
Wendy is going to have a go to see can some USA papers carry the story of how all these people have been brought together by their cats!
Twiglet, an 11 month old black and ginger half Siamese calico torty girl who had been very badly abused at her previous 'home'.is coming along nicely I am also homing her sister, Cleo till I can get her a permanent home. Twig is just starting to trust us and her character is blossoming every day.she is a feisty little thing and gives poor old Kippurr (Treacle's twin sister) a real run around- which is probably quite good for her tho' she doesn't see it that way right now!
Treacle was a one in ten billion billion. Two hours before she died she was eating a big chicken breakfast...then she dug a large hole and didn't wash..(She hated washing). So she passed away with a full tummy and dirty paws- with Ben and I holding her for the vet and telling her what a great and good girl she was. I know she heard us. She purred and held her paw out to me.
Although it truly breaks me up to type this, I feel so privileged to have been with her at the end of her life and right the way through it. She took me from a raw girl into a happily married woman who loves her home and business.
I feel her around me all the time, running in the shadows, jumping at the moths, delighting in a body which once again does her bidding. She leaves me at sunrise to slope off and do secret angelcat things of her own but when dusk falls and my heart is heavy, she is right there back with me, pressing her head into my hand and 'brr meowmow ow ow-ing'.
Ben and I have a lot of land here... and one idea I am toying with is perhaps building a sanctuary of our own, over the next few years. This year I have trapped and neutered/spayed at least 10 cats and kittens and homed about 11 or 12 without even trying very hard so it might be a calling for me. Jpnathan from this list has a 'Tabby's Place'. I love the idea of a 'Treacle's Place'.
I think there are lots of you I din't reply personally too when Treacle died three weeks ago tomorrow, I am sorry but so grateful for all your kind thoughts.
Jonathan kindly said she felt like 'the Group's cat' and I am grateful if I was able to communicate even one tenth of what she meant/continues to mean to Ben and I.
Lots of love
Debbie, Kippurr, Twiglet and ^Treacle^
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