Sixteen years ago I had to allow a very wonderful cat go over the Rainbow Bridge.

At the time we got her in 1988 we were looking to add a female to our 2 older cats who were 9 and 10. I was at the pet centre on Saturday but each kitten I picked was already on hold and approved to be adopted.

A little tuxedo kept running at the cage trying to get my attention. I was told this was a male. I walked about the place for a bit and came back … the minute this kitten saw me back it was trying to get my attention.

I asked to see this one and got told flat out it was a male. I said ok but it turned out it was a female. She was ill and needed treatment, upper respiratory infection and had to be isolated for a bit.

My two older cats wished nothing to do with her. Well, she persisted and kept getting close to the oldest one who was a big female tabby/coon cross. She definitely got her wish as she was granted a place in my home.

It took a week or more to name her as nothing fit … until the day she heard CCR on stereo singing Suzie-Q ... so her name became Suzie~Que as she was bouncing about my bed like a rock star.

She spent 9 years with us and then we found she had bladder and kidney cancer which traveled to her brain. She started having seizures and was in pain. It took all I could to allow her to leave us and by then our household of 7 pets, of which, she was now the elder cat and definitely had her spot.

She did not take no for an answer and I am so glad she took all the time to get me to notice her ... her dog like ways and her great love to play high rise and fetch amazed me. My senior cat definitely trained her well to take over the house.


Rose Varga


A Morning Kiss

A morning kiss, a discreet touch of his nose landing somewhere on the middle of my face.
Because his long white whiskers tickled, I began every day laughing.

Janet F Faure

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