On my mother's side, I come from a long line of cat lovers:
|Bessie Carter Ranney, my great-grandmother|
|Alice and Ethel Ranney, my grand aunt and grandmother|
|Linda Tapley, my mother|
|Me with my Gracie kitty|
As an adult, I didn't waste any time getting my own cat. My first was Mary. She was my heart; the sweetest girl on earth. I lost her to cancer in 2004. She was 16 years old. Next was Patches - the absolute meanest cat that ever lived. She just passed away in 2010 at the ripe old age of 20. There was Hannah, who passed through our lives for only a short while. Kimmie, a Maine Coon, came along with Hannah and also passed away last year at age 21! Now we have Gracie, age 7, Trixie, age 7, and Zeus, age 3. Gracie is so sweet; I swear she channels Mary. Trixie is a very smart cat - almost too smart - and very skittish. Zeus is... going to be the death of me. He is into everything, wild, crazy, exasperating, and very laid back, which is a good thing since we yell at him so much.
Just last year, I got my first dog, Daisy. I was never a dog person. I did not dislike dogs; I just had never been around them. Daisy stole my heart and is definitely spoiled rotten.
I cannot imagine my life without my "babies" in it.
|Kimmie, abt 1989 - 2010|
|Trixie, born 2003|
|Daisy, born 2007|
52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.