I wanted to take a couple moments to wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope that the New Year finds you well and healthy.
We've added two new little additions to the Wold household in September. Cougar was 1 years old and Shadow was 1 1/2 years old when we got them. Both kitties came from the local shelter. I strongly encourage anyone looking for a kitty to go to your local shelter. There's so many kitties that need homes(also please spay and neuter your pets - shelters are overrun with sweet kitties that will never get a chance - they don't need more). Our sweet little kitties had been at the shelter for 2 months(Cougar) and 3 months(Shadow), and I'm not sure how much more time they had left. We did purposely look for kitties that had been overlooked and were running out of time. They both had been city strays when caught. But both are affectionate and love to cuddle and sit on my lap. Shadow still acts a little feral from time to time, but that adds to her charm. Cougar is the "extreme" cuddler and wants to sit with me anytime I'm home - to the point of following me and "demanding" I sit so she can cuddle!
The last year has been a difficult one for me. In February we found a lump on my darling cat, Marriane. She's been in my life since 1998, and I love her dearly. She was always there for me when I was lonely, sad, or needing a friend. Such a sweet little dear. We did everything we could for her, we had the lump removed, and it turned out to be an extremely aggressive cancer and had already spread. They recommended against chemo, due to her age, and the fact that the cancer probably wouldn't respond. She got multiple tumors and her health started to deteriorate. She was a tough kitty, she did well, longer then the vet had originally expected. But, in July we had to make the decision to not allow her to suffer any longer. The decision was one of the most difficult I've had to make, and I still vacillate between wondering if we did it too soon, and other times thinking we waited to long. I still cry thinking about it, and am crying writing about it. It's taken me this long to even write about it, and I don't often talk about it as it's still too painful for me.
I still miss her so much, but Cougar and Shadow are helping me. The first few days we had them were tough, as they reminded me of her constantly. But they both have helped me smile and laugh again after loosing my beautiful Marriane.