Dee would have been 13 today and, truth be told, we miss her – and her Catitude – a great deal. But as with all things in life, time and events have begun healing our hearts and when we speak of Dee now, there is more laughter than tears in our voices.
Here’s a link to last year’s B’day post with some pics of her that I put on our former blog site.
Luv you, Dee.
Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but Joanne’s been working away pretty hard on a few carvings for the upcoming Santa Clara Valley Carver’s Guild show. Over the past few months she’s gotten particularly interested in carving bark and this is her first bark project for this year’s show. (She’s about half way through the 2nd bark house and is about to begin painting the miniature carousel animal she’s been spending so much time / effort on.)
(And don’t forget to click the pic to see the larger image / more detail)
Dee’s fairly ambulatory these days, though still adjusting to weight / balance issues. Generally speaking, she’s beginning to return to some of her normal behaviors – coming out to the kitchen when she hears the can opener picked up to open a can of tuna, kicking Pepper-do-you-want-her? off the couch at night, visiting with us to have her back / shoulders / neck / chin rubbed and scritched (thx, Ellen!), jumping in / sleeping in the baskets scattered around the house.
Thx to everyone for your concern for her, very much appreciated.
And Delilah’s is to catch the bird that visits the camelia bush next to the back door. Of course, she doesn’t have a clue what to do with it so she’d probably just tickle the darned thing until they both got too tired to move… but a cat’s gotta have dreams if they’re going to make it in this world, yes?
Four years ago I made the leap and bought a 1964 Rickenbacker 360-12. Found it on Craigslist for a reasonably good price, made the deal and picked it up. Included was a brand new case. woo hoo, call me George Harrison. (or not 🙁
When I brought the gear home, I put the guitar in its stand and left the case open. When I came back to my office, here was Dee – making sure that any other cats who came near the case knew that the guitar, the case and Grandpa Cat belonged to her.
We’ve just learned that Delilah has a form of cancer, myxo sarcoma, in her leg joints. We have an appointment scheduled with a veterinary oncologist next Friday, but are in the dark about our treatment options or a more specific prognosis. As you would expect, we are distressed at the news of her condition.
Update on Sunday morning:
Yesterday I exchanged emails with another NSX owner who is a veterinarian. He indicated that (depending on her complete diagnosis,), there may be several courses of treatment for Dee. Surgery (to remove) and radiation and / or amputation of the affected leg. His feedback was that a life expectancy of 3-5 years post treatment could be expected.
Of course, we’d love to have Dee as she’s always been – bright’n’shiny with a bit of attitude – but if we can save her life without causing her undue pain and misery, we’re on it 🙂 She’s our “little one”, we love her and want the best for her (and of course) her presence with us for as long as possible.
I’ll have something bright’n’shiny to post over the next few days, so check in as you normally do.