Suzi came to us as a kitten about 3 months old just before Christmas on a rainy, cold morning. We had heard mewing outside and upon investigation we finally spotted her high up in a tall maple tree in our back yard. Wondering how we’d ever get her down, I called my son who lived about 12 miles away. “Be right out,” he said, but as it happened we had managed to coax her down by the time he arrived. We got her dried and gave her some food which she wolfed down, then she snuggled up with me and purred and purred and slept. We were not fenced in at that time and I think she must have been chased up the tree by something in the night.
We were rewarded for the rest of her time with us by much love and a purr that had so much volume anyone who visited couldn’t believe all that noise was coming from one cat.
Suzi was always healthy but she did have an accident - losing her toe due to climbing on a chain link fence. She was sweet and gentle and was a joy to have around.
My husband and I were sitting on the porch with her when she suddenly and quietly passed away at 16 years. It was a shock, but I don’t think she suffered anything which gave me a small amount of comfort.
So named because he waked just like one. Bear was a hobo, he showed up off and on for about 3 years. Sometimes he would stay for a day or 2, sometimes a week then he would disappear and be off on some new adventure for the same lengths of time. He had no regard for weather, I think he actually enjoyed wind and rain. He would sit on the railing and sniff the air as if he was an old sea captain at the helm.
He was friendly and affectionate, happy to be petted and fussed over but would render havoc on the house if you tried to keep him indoors against his will.
I loved Bear but he was a free spirit and I chose to let him live his life the way he wanted. I was used to his periods of being away but then he failed to return. It has been a long time now but it still hurts to not know what became of him. I can only hope he found another home and maybe he finally settled down at last.
Doreen Johnson, Canada