Miss U

If you have ever had a pet, I think you'll be able to relate to this post today.  I am such an animal lover.  Whenever the topic of cats vs dogs comes up I can't choose a side.  I like both for different reasons.  Every time I've had a pet I get very attached.  They are my child or, in the case of Midge, they are a sibling.  Midge was my parents cat.  They got her about the same time I had gotten a kitten named Nalla.  I had to give Nalla up several years ago.  Still miss her but glad I was able to go through that grief long ago in order to go through this.  Nalla and Midge were born about the same time from different litters.  We got both from the same pet store so we like to think they already knew each other.  They were the best of friends when I had lived with my parents back then. (15 years ago!) And then I moved out and, of course, took Nalla with me.

Since I had to give Nalla away, I've gotten quite attached to Midge aka Midgie aka Midgums aka Her Highness.  Every time I came to visit I would give her snuggles and love on her.  She was extremely spoiled.  Had several beds through out the house and places that she seemed to think she owned.  Over the past few years I've lived with my parents off and on for various reasons and have had more opportunity to bond with Midge.  I still can't believe it's been 15 years.  That is old lady years for a kitty cat.  This past year her kidneys were failing and she just had some other sick kitty stuff going on.  On the outside, she still looked healthy and sure acted like it.  One of my favorite things she would do was jump on the couch between my mom and I and get some double treatment.  We'd pet, scrub, play and have a good time.  She ate it up! 

Last weekend she went in for a check-up to see how her blood work was and how her kidneys were doing.  We got devastating news. She was in critical failure, extremely dehydrated and weak.  We knew something was up but she is such a tough kitty.  She wouldn't let us see it except for the occasional wobble and feeble meow. So my parents had some tough decisions to make.  They decided it was much more humane to put her down to sleep this past week instead of let her suffer for our own selfish reasons.  She was so weak and tired looking the Tuesday before.  We all held her and loved on her.  Kissed her.  And then Wednesday evening my parents took her into the vet to say goodbye. It's amazing how an animal can be such an integral part of a family.  I truly feel like I lost a family member.  She wasn't just a pet.

Supplies:  Paper, tulle flower, rub-ons: Lily Bee Design, Cardstock: Core'dinations, Alphabet: American Crafts, Stickers: Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker, Pearls: Kaisercraft, Chipboard flowers: Scenic Route, Brads: GCD Stucios, Glitter: Doodlebug Designs, Ink: Tsukineko, Tools: Electronic Cutter: Silhouette SD (Shapes: fiesta_pennants, dual_edge_half_moon_scallop) Sketch:  Pencil Lines #213

For the Silhouette shapes, I ungrouped them and deleted the other smaller design cuts.  I just wanted to use the outer scallop and I liked the pennants for the banner but didn't want the fancy design work.  I'll share tomorrow how I made those glittery chipboard flowers.

Thanks for swinging by!  If you have a pet, go give it a snuggle. :)