Monday, July 26, 2010

4 Cats, Part 1


THE BIG THING:  I want to take this week to acknowledge 4 fine kitties of a friend.  Ayla and Iza are in full agreement.  My friend Ann and her husband Dan lost the last of them recently and have reached their own “end of an era”.  They don’t have a blog, so I am using ours to celebrate their lives.  Every kitty deserves its day in the spotlight, and I want to give them theirs...

Their original names were Donner, Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid as kittens  But they soon became Plague, Pestilence, War, and Famine.  As unusual as those names seem for good kitties (and they were good kitties), the names were well deserved.  They were all adopted to their Forever Home in 1993.


I do want to mention that this is not about us mentioning them, but about the 4 kitties and the love that Ann and Dan had for them.  Don't praise us for mentioning them, please.  Focus on the kitties and the Beins that loved them...

Each day this week, I will mention one of them.
Plague was born March, 1993.  She came to her Forever Home on Mother's Day that year. Plague had a zig-zag streak across her brow, so she became "Blitzen".  Dan teasingly referred to her as "Plague” after one of the Four Horsemen.  Blitzen and Plague are related words.

Plague disappeared a number of years ago.  They always hoped against hope that she would come back.  Many of us know how that feels.  By the time they knew she wasn't coming back, it was really too late to grieve.  When The Ceiling Cat handed out mischief, Plague got back in line for a second helping.  She had more curiosity in her left paw than the other three cats put together.  She was the funniest cat they ever knew.  The picture is of Plague investigating wildflowers on the property.

Their favorite stories about Plague: Dan brought his boss home for lunch.  He told the boss about the cats doing tricks.  Boss didn't believe it.  Dan said, "Hey, Plague!  Come'ere!"  Plague popped in.  "Stand up!"  She stood on her hind legs to be pet.  "Roll over!"  She tucked her head under her and flopped on her back.  Dan rubbed her belly.  Boss was impressed.  Another time a niece, a dog person, was visiting.  Plague came over and looked at Ann.  Ann signaled and Plague hopped up on the niece’s lap.  The niece was amazed. 

Plague’s nicknames were “Sweetie” and “Laptop”. 

Plague disappeared in the Summer of 2001 at age 7...

22 comments:

Amy and The House of Cats said...

What a wonderful thing to share your blog to remember these four kitties! It is so sweet to get to meet them all.

Plague was a cutie - and the stories about the tricks are so funny. It is too bad that her curious nature meant that she decided to explore and never come home again.

We can't wait to meet the other three!

Katnip Lounge said...

This is a wonderful thing to do for your friends.

We think we would have loved to have met Plague...she sounds like she was a smart and funny Cat. Thanks for giving us a chance to give her a salute at the Bridge.

::Twelve Tails Straight Up::

Cheysuli and gemini said...

oh it is wonderful of you to share and remember your friends.

Jacqueline said...

It is so lovely of you guys to share your blog as a tribute to 4 wonderful kitty friends...Plague was adorable and we are impressed with her bag of tricks...We're very sorry she disappeared; it's so hard not knowing what happened to your baby...Our Mommy experienced that terrible loss with Jax, Mommy Cat and Daddy Cat's son, who disappeared when he was 6 years old...We look forward to learning all about the other 3 sweethearts...kitty kisses x3 friends...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Brian said...

That is such a wonderful way to pay tribute to those special ones. Plague was a sweetie, I can tell. Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

The Creek Cats said...

So wonderful of you to recognize these wonderful kitties on your blog.

Sounds like Plague was a totally pawsome kitty!

The Island Cats said...

Plague sure was a character! We're sorry she went missing...

This is a really nice thing to do for your friend's kitties, TBT!!

Sweet Praline said...

that is so nice of you to share memories of your friends kitties.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

What great names! I hope Plague found another good home--it's so hard when the kittehs wander off & don't come back!

ML said...

This is a real treat that you are sharing the stories of these remarkable cats with the cat blogosphere.

Plague certainly sounds like a handful of mischief. A good candidate for the Naughty Kitty Club... or maybe it's president.

Looking forward to tomorrow's post.

Sending many purrs to the owners, I know their home must seem very empty now.

Love & Purrs,
Mom ML & Kitties...
Missy Blue Eyes
KC
Faith Boomerang
Sol
Smokey
BJ

AFSS said...

We are sorry Plague disappeared. It is awful not knowing what happened to a kitty.

We got a kick out of their names cause Daddy wanted to name Scylla & Charybdis War & Pestilence. Mommy talked him into more girlie names instead.

MOL, we loved the stories about Plague doing tricks. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Cory said...

Oh we would have adored Plague, what a character!

Right before we started my bloggie in 2008 we lost our woofie Colby to cancer in March and then in April our 2 elderly boys, Michelanglel and Benjamin went to the Bridge within a week of each other...and then in August we lost our Lewis to cancer. It was such a difficult year and losing them in such a short period of time was almost too much to bear. That is why I started my blog, so we'd always remember and celebrate what we have.

AnnDee said...

I'd like to thank Mark, Ayla, and Iza for posting these tributes to my cats. Mark helped me work through the loss. I value his wisdom, kindness, and insight.

Ann

Ayla and Iza, said...

Ann, this is all for you and the cats.

I'm just the messenger...

Mark

Jan's Funny Farm said...

It's so hard to have a furry just disappear and never know what happened to it. It had to be hard for Plague's humans to deal with that.

We're looking forward to reading the other stories too.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

What a wonderful idea! The PM's grammie alway said that every dog had it's day and every cat, two afternoons. Thanks for giving Plague, Pestilence, War, and Famine their afternoon.

Purrs, Goldie, Shade and Banshee

Hannah and Lucy said...

I can't imagine not knowing what has become of a missing furry member of the family. It is nice to hear about their personalities and quirks.

William said...

How nice of you all!

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

We are sorry to hear she disappeared, she was a much loved cat at her house.
She sounds like she packed a lot of talent in a kitty sized package too!

Thanks for popping over last night. You kept us from bothering mom and she got a rare good nights sleep for once.

wildcatwoodscats said...

Great idea to remember these four cats. Loved the story of Plague!

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

What a wonderful story of Plague!! Thank you for sharing!!
Howdy from your TX furiends,

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Plague sounds like she is/was an adorable cat. We are sad that she went missing and hope against hope that when she got lost, she wandered into a noo home and is loved and cared for. Losing a kitty and not knowing their end life story is very painful.

(((((hugs to her family)))))