Friday, November 04, 2005

Thank you.

We'd like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and words. As with any loss, it's taking us a while to get used to the fact that Ming's not around. We've done little things like made a picture "memorial" to hang on our wall. The more difficult things, like pay the vet bill, deal with his carrier, food bowls and other items, we're taking one day at a time.

I've had to turn off comments (although I love receiving them) because of the spammers (or spbloggers?). It's gotten bad the last few days, and very inappropriate. I've switched the email address in Ming's profile to my blog email address if anyone still wishes to comment, or communicate. I respond (or try to) to every email.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Goodbye, Friend. MingLing Walaski 8/8/1988 - 10/20/2005

For all that have read this blog, I thank you for your readership.

MingLing passed away today.

He was as good a Cat as any I've ever had. A friend, confidant, sometimes a combatant. But as I had tried to convey here, he was a regal creature. Intelligent, poised. We could never think of him as just a pet. He made sure of it. He ran the house, or at least tried.

Even at the end, he faced things stoically. Though in the last 24 hours, he was obviously in a great deal of pain, and very, very sick, he stayed with the family, because that seemed to always be where he found his comfort.

I miss him greatly and wish that I can just have him complain to me one more time about the kids, food, or the other cats. I held him as he passed, felt his last heartbeat, heard his last breath. These things I will never forget. But not just because of the sadness those brought, but because in that heartbeat and breath, I felt the strength and love that he'd given me for over 17 years.

Goodbye, MingLing. We love you.


Friday, September 30, 2005



Should any of you be owned by a deaf Cat, or ever have the opportunity to be owned by a deaf Cat, please, please try your best to always approach him/her from the front. At 17 years old, I'm not sure I can handle being startled much more.

In other news, I've seemed to developed a freakish ability to stand on my hind legs for long periods of time. This is interesting because my balance is not the best anymore when I'm on four legs. Huh.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Sick Again

Yada, Yada ... same old story.

I'm sick again. I have another infection. We're battling it with antibiotics, but they're the anti-b's that I hate to take, so Ed needs to hold me down, because I just have to get away. I know he feels guilty, but I know he's doing it because he loves me.

I'm starting to get some appetite back, but I've had to go back to several small meals.

I feel guilty because my monthly prescription bills are well over a hundred and fifty dollars, and now this is just adding more.

The good news is that nothing else seems abnormal, my heart and lungs are still strong, and I even gained weight!

Hopefully, I'll start feeling better in a few days.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Abandoned and Lost

This has been a confusing week and a half. Kim and Ed have had the news on almost non-stop. At first, I didn't understand why they had tears in their eyes until I sat and watched the images of horror myself. I know that as a Cat, I'm supposed to be indifferent to humans, but the images we were seeing were horrifying. It just doesn't make sense in life. There just can't be an animal alive that can make sense of what happened here in the US. Understand, I realize that injustices occur every day, and all over the world, but America is the "Land of Opportunity." Where people can come and be protected, hopefully find a job, a place to live ... "The American Dream."

But where was the dream? Where was the protection?

I've heard countless newscasters and victims refer to how they were "treated like animals." This is simply not true.

When kittens are threatened, a mother Cat will fight even the most vicious attacker to protect them. To the death if necessary.
Mother dogs will bark and bite.
Mother birds will dive bomb and in necessary, cover their children with their own bodies in hope of taking the hit.
Mother bears will kill or be killed.
Even cows will kick and ram an attacker in effort to protect their calf.

Where was the "Mother Country," the "Mother Government?" The U.S. government didn't throw themselves in front of the atrocities that was occurring. Instead, we saw denial, the "it's not my job." Even when Navy pilots that took it upon themselves to save people in need, they were reprimanded because they were supposed to only drop supplies. And now these victimized humans are being sent far from home, in some cases many thousands of miles. But as the politicos are busy patting themselves on the back for "getting everyone out," we have children crying because they're dumped into schools without friends, adults are having trouble getting food, clothing, money and people are being sent away, many times without the pets that represent the only thing they have left of their former lives.

Yeah, I'm a Cat, but even I can see that these people were done wrong.

Please, give to the Red Cross.

Give to the SPCA

Buy a lemonade from a mini human collecting for the cause.

Since the "Mother" has obviously abandoned the children, it's up to you littermates to protect your brothers and sisters.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Happy Birthday to Me.

Well, Monday was my 17th birthday. I'm sure MANY didn't think I'd make it that far, including myself. But I'm still here. The meds have really been helping.

Sorry that I haven't really had time to write anything, lately. It's been a busy summer, with all the sleeping, eating and trying to keep cool.

I'll try to have more this weekend.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Temperatures Rising

You know it's hot outside when even us Cats are avoiding the sun beams and sleeping on the cool, cool wood floor.