Sunday, October 01, 2006


Been rather distracted from my knitting of late - illness in the family which gave us all a very scary week but seems to be under control at the moment. We are all watching like a hawk!

One of my cats is very sick with mammary cancer. Needless to say my creativity and knitting have sufferred and all that I have accomplished has been a pair of socks for above mentioned family member.

Smudgie is the ill cat. She came to us about 6 years ago when a neighbour's relative left her and her sister Bailey in the back of his car on a very hot day in August. I was furious that anyone would do such a thing and took both cats in and in collusion with my neighbour, managed to persuade the owner that the kitties would be better off staying with me permanently.

Bailey was so thin (weighed less than 5 lbs) and dehydrated that we thought we would lose her right there but she managed to battle back to a semi-decent weight (about 8 lbs) and lived happily with us for 5 years until she developed pneumonia and died.

Smudgie wasn't in a bad shape and was just very grateful for regular meals and a warm bed to sleep on. She is very skittish and tends to run away, even from her food, if anyone walks into the room while she is eating. Smudgie has a dark grey nose - thus the name. She also goes by Smoochie as she is very affectionate when she isn't frightened off.

Smudgie in repose.

The other cats and the dog are all keeping a close eye on her too. Send angels please!


At 12:20 p.m., Anonymous Laila said...

Sending all the positive energy I can muster to you and
sweet Smudgie. Laila

At 12:28 p.m., Blogger LaurieM said...

I'm sorry to hear things are well with you and yours. I'm wishing you all good health and peace of mind.

At 5:03 p.m., Anonymous Josée, Carole & Patric said...

You have our prayers and best wishes.

At 12:09 a.m., Blogger loribird said...

Smudgie sounds like a tough little critter; hope her spirit and big heart get her though all this...

At 9:39 p.m., Blogger Deb said...

As you know, we had a very tough month of September, which ended with the loss of Mr. Bouf. So I do understand. And I have to keep saying that we did the final kindest thing. I put up a poem on my blog (about the 23rd or so) that really helped, and still does. My heart goes out to you, as I know how difficult this time is.

At 4:55 p.m., Blogger Heather said...



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