Remembering Penelope – the wonder cat.

It is hard to get back to blogging after three long and heartrending weeks caring for and finally losing our beloved pet, our nearly nineteen year old cat Penelope on August 29.

The family is gutted but the fond memories of a unique family member that was born and died on our property live on.

The runt of the litter, Penelope defied the odds and outlived her three siblings, living an extraordinarily healthy life until recent times. She was always a “talker” and this was often a lucky trait.

We can’t help but remember the time she got herself locked into the neighbour’s garage.  We couldn’t find her anywhere until her meowing rang out from down the street.  The neighbours had gone away and nobody knew where they were or when they would return forcing us to push food and water through the crack under the garage door until they luckily returned.

Then there was the triumphant cry at the door with a frangipani leaf that looked like a mouse, or perhaps a woollen cap, a sock, a pair of girls stockings, a fluffy slipper and even a Tshirt that she proudly brought home as a present for us.  We never did find out where they came from.

Her curiosity knew no bounds as did her delight in sitting on anything that we happened to be reading calling us to pay her a little attention too.  She was friendly and loving, a great mouser in her prime but mostly a great talker and purry member of our family.

Old age overtook her and though she was a beautiful cat to the end, her decline coming in the last few weeks, we thought she would live forever. The tribulations of the world continue and yet our lives are just a little more empty these days without her affectionate presence in them.

Those who love their animals will understand.

Here are some photos of Penelope taken last December.

"Penelope the cat"

"Picture of Penelope"

"Picture of Penelope the cat"

"Picture of Penelope"

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~ by abstraktbiblos on Wednesday, 3 September, 2008.

One Response to “Remembering Penelope – the wonder cat.”

  1. I’m so sorry about your precious kitty. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to loose a 19 year old cat that you have loved from birth. I also have an elderly cat who is 15 and don’t know what life would be like without him. Again, I am so sorry about your loss.

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