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Friday, September 07, 2007

And Then There Were Three.

It's strange the patterns that animals create. Stan and I went through various permutations of cats and dogs in our life: 1985: cat; 1986: cat cat; 1991: cat cat dog; 1991: cat cat dog cat; 1996: cat cat dog cat dog; 1998: cat dog cat dog; 1998: cat dog cat dog cat; 2001: dog cat dog cat; 2003: cat dog cat; 2003: cat dog cat dog. That last permutation, Persephone, Plato, Caligula and Lucifer Sam seemed the best. Everyone got along so well, there were no tifs or rivalries, as each of those pets had come into our household when we had at least one cat and one dog, so they adapted well. They could be then divided into other permutations: the old animals (Persephone and Plato), the young animals (Caligula and Lucifer Sam); the solid-colored animals (grey Persephone and black Lucifer Sam) and the white bibbed and booted animals (Plato and Caligula); and of course the cats (Persephone and Caligula) and the dogs (Plato and Lucifer Sam).

Now there is a new permutation. They are unable to pair up, as now there are only three. They are the boys, two dogs and a cat. Caligula seems to ft in so well with the dogs--they are all the same general size. They each have something that distinguishes them...The Pug is the heaviest. Plato is the tallest. Caligula is the fattest. But they're all around the same general size. And they look like a pack. Three Amigos. The Good, The Bad, and the Snuggly, and all three share those three different qualities at one time or another.

We had Persephone put to sleep around 4pm today.

I don't know what will be next. It's a bit odd me being the ONLY female mammal in a house full of males. Males, when neutered, do seem to make the best pets though. But I'm not against getting another female cat either. I'm also indifferent to color. (It must be short-haired, more long-haired cats due to allergies). I'm in no hurry. I think maybe a vacation will be therapeutic. We'll pack up all the boys and travel, and not worry about leaving a sick cat at home who has to be medicated.

I held her in my lap as the vet injected the needle. I could feel all the tenseness and stiffness leave her body as she went limp, and I was glad I did it so she wasn't so sad anymore.



Blogger Stan said...

It is very sad to see Persephone leave us now. We tried to provide medical support for her, but she was dieing faster than we thought. I am glad we had her put to sleep as her skin was starting to turn yellow, and she was in pain. I still feel sad that she is gone.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Lavender said...

Oh! Goodbye Persephone! When I was 15 my parents put our 11 yr old cat to sleep! It was terrible. I loved her more than anything, she was like a sibling to me.


9:55 AM  
Blogger Lavender said...

Here watch this:

10:59 AM  
Blogger Erik said...

This is sad news, both in this entry and the one below :( I'm very sorry, most of all for Persephone. Then also for the troubles with your eyes. Think this is the fourth pet you've lost since I got to know you online. I remember the first one was Vladimir, cause it was at the same time I found a homeless cat around where I worked at the time, and I brought him home and called him Vladimir, cause he looked like yours. Then my brother took him, and unfortunately lost him. That was a sidetrack though. She got a long life though, Persephone, and a good one.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Thanks guys.

Dawn, that was a cute video!

Erik, wow, I didn't know it's been that long!

11:59 AM  

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