I didn’t know my life was going to change the day I went to my grandparent’s farm to celebrate Mother’s Day with my grandma. One of my grandparent’s cats had kittens that morning, so we took turns peeking into the barn to see the newborn babies—there were three—two gray and one black.
The next month, I went back to my grandparent’s farm to spend time with my grandpa for Father’s Day. After playing with the kittens for a while, I told my grandpa that I’d like a cat, and maybe I’d take one of the kittens when they were a little older. I told him I liked the runt of the litter, the black one. He assured me that the mother was not a great nurturer, and her kittens always died, so if I didn’t take the kitten with me that day, she wouldn’t survive.
I took a deep breath and made the decision to become a pet owner, a mother. I didn’t have a car, so I snuck her onto the Greyhound bus with me and headed home. I named her Buddy, because she was already my little buddy. The next day I took her to the vet to make sure she was healthy, she wasn’t. She had ear mites and upper respiratory infection. I nursed her back to health and she grew into a large, healthy, happy cat—my best friend with tons of personality.
Buddy was born on Mother’s Day and I took her home with me on Father’s Day… already a very special cat. 🙂 She was born on a farm and probably wouldn’t have survived, but not only has she survived, she has thrived. She has traveled to, and lived in, other countries with me and actually has her own passport. She has been somewhat of a snowbird living in Florida or Grand Cayman during most winters. She has stayed in some beautiful hotels, and she even prefers to fly private. 🙂 Crazy cat! Before my grandparents passed away, my grandpa always used to tell people about the farm cat that became a world traveler….
Ok… the tears have started.
My baby, my buddy, my best friend of 18 years is now in kidney failure and it’s killing me. She has lost half of her body weight and there is nothing I can do but watch her health fail and keep her as happy and comfortable as I can. I will try the Fluid Therapy, but I will not allow her to be in pain. So, in the months ahead I’ll have some tough decisions, and I will make peace with this transition in our lives. It’s hard to imagine my life without her. So many wonderful memories. Our traveling days together are over, and I’m going to stay home with her until she’s ready for her final trip… to heaven.