|Sweet Praline, Muff, and Beignet|
Mom Paula recently shared detailed posts remembering Sweet Praline and Beignet since this year was the 5th anniversary of them leaving for the bridge. We really haven't shared much about Muff, but she was Mom Paula's first cat.
Muff was the first kitty Mom Paula ever had. She'd grown up with dogs the first 20 years of her life. When she got married, she wanted a pet, but her husband didn't like dogs, so Mom Paula said she wanted a cat, but the cat would stay indoors to stay safe. Muff was "rescued" from underneath a mobile home in rural South Carolina. She wasn't feral, but was the kitten from a mom kitty who belonged to of one of Mom Paula's college classmates. Mom Paula immediately fell in love and wondered why she never had a cat. Muff was a destructive little kitty and never agreed to use a scratcher for her claws. She preferred to destroy two different sofas, but we're proud to say Muff kept her claws. As Muff became a senior kitty, she would lay down beside Mom Paula for an afternoon nap after Mom Paula would get home from a long day of teaching. When Mom Paula and her ex would get into fights (verbal), Muff would always walk in between their feet, look up at them, and meow loudly. That usually gave Mom Paula a laugh and their focus went to Muff. Muff developed chronic renal failure (CRF) at about 15 years old. When Mom Paula and her ex separated, he asked who would get Muff. Mom Paula's exact words were, "if I'm going to lose both of you, then I'd rather it be at the same time." She said this because the vet had only given Muff a short time to live. Muff fought the valiant fight for almost 5 more years before leaving for the bridge one month prior to Mom Paula's divorce (after 21 years of marriage). Mom Paula never got to say goodbye and that always makes her sad, but she does remember that fun times with her first little fur child. Muff was 19 years old when she left in 1996.
Mom Paula keeps searching for her old photo albums to share photos of the dogs she grew up with. She was lucky to find some of them and scanned them for today's special post. We know there are some better photos of Tiny, but this is the only one she could find. Fond memories of: