The Sparky Report #16

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MYSTERY SOLVED!

The above picture shows Sparky in the wastepaper basket under my desk. It is her new hideout. For the past few weeks, whenever I looked for Sparky, I could never find her. I'd search the room, calling her name, then move to another room and do the same. Next thing I knew, Sparky would come strolling out of the first room in answer to my repeated calling. I could never figure out where she'd been hiding. Obviously she'd found a secret place to sleep, but diligent searching on my part was fruitless–until a few days ago. That's when I discovered her curled up in the wastepaper basket, fast asleep. She is the strangest cat!

IT ALL BEGAN WITH A BOX

Looking back, I can see how it all began. She likes playing in boxes, as most cats do. From boxes she graduated to plastic shopping bags like the one below. That wadded up paper ball in the second picture is one of her many toys she carts around in her mouth.

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FROM BAGS TO BASKETS

From boxes and plastic bags, she moved to wastepaper baskets. As mentioned in a previous post, they make excellent hidey-holes for springing out at unsuspecting victims. But her favorite use for the wastepaper basket under my desk is for naps. How she can sleep with me banging away on the keyboard is beyond me. One thing's for sure: with Sparky around, you don't need a TV!

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FAREWELL CHRISTOPHER

The low point this past week has been the loss of dear Christopher due to a rare and aggressive cancer. I barely had time to digest the awful diagnosis before he was gone. Both Sparky and I miss him terribly. I'm comforted by the fact Sparky got a good start in life by the ministrations of this extraordinary male cat who took her under his wing and taught her how to be a proper kitty. He was a patient and benevolent babysitter to Sparky, and a devoted companion to me. He will be remembered for his many fine qualities, but the one I'll remember the most is his mentoring of a feisty orphaned kitten. This is my favorite picture of Christopher and Sparky:

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145 thoughts on “The Sparky Report #16”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about Christopher the Assassin’s passing. My sympathy for your loss. Life is so precious; today is all about making memories for tomorrow.

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear about Christopher the Assassin’s passing. My sympathy for your loss. Life is so precious; today is all about making memories for tomorrow.

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  3. I’m so sorry to hear about Christopher the Assassin’s passing. My sympathy for your loss. Life is so precious; today is all about making memories for tomorrow.

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  4. I’m so sorry to hear about Christopher the Assassin’s passing. My sympathy for your loss. Life is so precious; today is all about making memories for tomorrow.

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  5. I’m so sorry to hear about Christopher the Assassin’s passing. My sympathy for your loss. Life is so precious; today is all about making memories for tomorrow.

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  6. Oh Sherrie, I am so sad to hear about Christopher. What a lovely gentleman he was, with a sweet and poignant final chapter of helping Sparky come into her own. I am so glad a benevolent universe brought Sparky into your life and his just at the right time–and vice versa. I know his memory will always be a blessing for both of you. Thinking of you today.

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  7. Oh Sherrie, I am so sad to hear about Christopher. What a lovely gentleman he was, with a sweet and poignant final chapter of helping Sparky come into her own. I am so glad a benevolent universe brought Sparky into your life and his just at the right time–and vice versa. I know his memory will always be a blessing for both of you. Thinking of you today.

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  8. Oh Sherrie, I am so sad to hear about Christopher. What a lovely gentleman he was, with a sweet and poignant final chapter of helping Sparky come into her own. I am so glad a benevolent universe brought Sparky into your life and his just at the right time–and vice versa. I know his memory will always be a blessing for both of you. Thinking of you today.

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  9. Oh Sherrie, I am so sad to hear about Christopher. What a lovely gentleman he was, with a sweet and poignant final chapter of helping Sparky come into her own. I am so glad a benevolent universe brought Sparky into your life and his just at the right time–and vice versa. I know his memory will always be a blessing for both of you. Thinking of you today.

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  10. Oh Sherrie, I am so sad to hear about Christopher. What a lovely gentleman he was, with a sweet and poignant final chapter of helping Sparky come into her own. I am so glad a benevolent universe brought Sparky into your life and his just at the right time–and vice versa. I know his memory will always be a blessing for both of you. Thinking of you today.

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  11. I’m so sorry to hear about Christopher. Although it’s an awful shock for you, in a way I’m glad that he wasn’t ill for very long. I’m sure that Sparky made his last days happy, and what a legacy he leaves in Sparky! His support and affection were key in making Sparky the delight he is.

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  12. I’m so sorry to hear about Christopher. Although it’s an awful shock for you, in a way I’m glad that he wasn’t ill for very long. I’m sure that Sparky made his last days happy, and what a legacy he leaves in Sparky! His support and affection were key in making Sparky the delight he is.

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  13. I’m so sorry to hear about Christopher. Although it’s an awful shock for you, in a way I’m glad that he wasn’t ill for very long. I’m sure that Sparky made his last days happy, and what a legacy he leaves in Sparky! His support and affection were key in making Sparky the delight he is.

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  14. I’m so sorry to hear about Christopher. Although it’s an awful shock for you, in a way I’m glad that he wasn’t ill for very long. I’m sure that Sparky made his last days happy, and what a legacy he leaves in Sparky! His support and affection were key in making Sparky the delight he is.

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  15. I’m so sorry to hear about Christopher. Although it’s an awful shock for you, in a way I’m glad that he wasn’t ill for very long. I’m sure that Sparky made his last days happy, and what a legacy he leaves in Sparky! His support and affection were key in making Sparky the delight he is.

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  16. SO very sorry to hear of Christopher’s passing. I feel certain he stayed long enough to insure Miss Sparky was grown up enough to look after his family while he waits for you all at the Rainbow Bridge. After all, Christopher was a gentleman, and a gentleman always makes provisions for his family and a gentleman always knows when to leave.
    The picture of the two of them is one of the most precious photos I have ever seen. What a treasure!

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  17. SO very sorry to hear of Christopher’s passing. I feel certain he stayed long enough to insure Miss Sparky was grown up enough to look after his family while he waits for you all at the Rainbow Bridge. After all, Christopher was a gentleman, and a gentleman always makes provisions for his family and a gentleman always knows when to leave.
    The picture of the two of them is one of the most precious photos I have ever seen. What a treasure!

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  18. SO very sorry to hear of Christopher’s passing. I feel certain he stayed long enough to insure Miss Sparky was grown up enough to look after his family while he waits for you all at the Rainbow Bridge. After all, Christopher was a gentleman, and a gentleman always makes provisions for his family and a gentleman always knows when to leave.
    The picture of the two of them is one of the most precious photos I have ever seen. What a treasure!

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  19. SO very sorry to hear of Christopher’s passing. I feel certain he stayed long enough to insure Miss Sparky was grown up enough to look after his family while he waits for you all at the Rainbow Bridge. After all, Christopher was a gentleman, and a gentleman always makes provisions for his family and a gentleman always knows when to leave.
    The picture of the two of them is one of the most precious photos I have ever seen. What a treasure!

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  20. SO very sorry to hear of Christopher’s passing. I feel certain he stayed long enough to insure Miss Sparky was grown up enough to look after his family while he waits for you all at the Rainbow Bridge. After all, Christopher was a gentleman, and a gentleman always makes provisions for his family and a gentleman always knows when to leave.
    The picture of the two of them is one of the most precious photos I have ever seen. What a treasure!

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  21. Oh Sherrie, I am so sorry you and Sparky have lost Christopher. What a shock. I hope you are both finding comfort in each other. Christopher sounds like an absolute treasure and I’ll miss the stories of his patience and gentleness.

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  22. Oh Sherrie, I am so sorry you and Sparky have lost Christopher. What a shock. I hope you are both finding comfort in each other. Christopher sounds like an absolute treasure and I’ll miss the stories of his patience and gentleness.

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  23. Oh Sherrie, I am so sorry you and Sparky have lost Christopher. What a shock. I hope you are both finding comfort in each other. Christopher sounds like an absolute treasure and I’ll miss the stories of his patience and gentleness.

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  24. Oh Sherrie, I am so sorry you and Sparky have lost Christopher. What a shock. I hope you are both finding comfort in each other. Christopher sounds like an absolute treasure and I’ll miss the stories of his patience and gentleness.

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  25. Oh Sherrie, I am so sorry you and Sparky have lost Christopher. What a shock. I hope you are both finding comfort in each other. Christopher sounds like an absolute treasure and I’ll miss the stories of his patience and gentleness.

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  26. Shannon, life is indeed precious and I loved your comment that today is all about making memories for tomorrow. I think this is why I am such an avid photographer. Those photographic memories will be with me for the rest of my life.

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  27. Shannon, life is indeed precious and I loved your comment that today is all about making memories for tomorrow. I think this is why I am such an avid photographer. Those photographic memories will be with me for the rest of my life.

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  28. Shannon, life is indeed precious and I loved your comment that today is all about making memories for tomorrow. I think this is why I am such an avid photographer. Those photographic memories will be with me for the rest of my life.

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  29. Shannon, life is indeed precious and I loved your comment that today is all about making memories for tomorrow. I think this is why I am such an avid photographer. Those photographic memories will be with me for the rest of my life.

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  30. Shannon, life is indeed precious and I loved your comment that today is all about making memories for tomorrow. I think this is why I am such an avid photographer. Those photographic memories will be with me for the rest of my life.

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  31. Thank you, Melinda. I know your work in hospice care gives you a unique insight into death and grieving. Even though we may think we’re prepared for it, as I did with Christopher, the end is still difficult to bear. I’m grateful I had 3 weeks, from diagnosis to death, to prepare. Christopher departed this world with the grace and dignity that were his trademark.

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  32. Thank you, Melinda. I know your work in hospice care gives you a unique insight into death and grieving. Even though we may think we’re prepared for it, as I did with Christopher, the end is still difficult to bear. I’m grateful I had 3 weeks, from diagnosis to death, to prepare. Christopher departed this world with the grace and dignity that were his trademark.

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  33. Thank you, Melinda. I know your work in hospice care gives you a unique insight into death and grieving. Even though we may think we’re prepared for it, as I did with Christopher, the end is still difficult to bear. I’m grateful I had 3 weeks, from diagnosis to death, to prepare. Christopher departed this world with the grace and dignity that were his trademark.

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  34. Thank you, Melinda. I know your work in hospice care gives you a unique insight into death and grieving. Even though we may think we’re prepared for it, as I did with Christopher, the end is still difficult to bear. I’m grateful I had 3 weeks, from diagnosis to death, to prepare. Christopher departed this world with the grace and dignity that were his trademark.

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  35. Thank you, Melinda. I know your work in hospice care gives you a unique insight into death and grieving. Even though we may think we’re prepared for it, as I did with Christopher, the end is still difficult to bear. I’m grateful I had 3 weeks, from diagnosis to death, to prepare. Christopher departed this world with the grace and dignity that were his trademark.

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  36. HJ, I so agree with you. Christopher wasn’t ill for long. In fact, he showed no sign of pain or discomfort until his last 2 days, when the tumor grew so large that it immobilized his hind leg. I discovered the tumor when I was giving Christopher a massage 3 weeks ago. In those 3 weeks it grew from the size of a thumb to the size of a large goose egg. I ruled out surgical intervention based on the fact it’s nearly impossible to get it all due to how fast it spreads. I’m just grateful Christopher didn’t suffer, and that I had 3 weeks to prepare.

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  37. HJ, I so agree with you. Christopher wasn’t ill for long. In fact, he showed no sign of pain or discomfort until his last 2 days, when the tumor grew so large that it immobilized his hind leg. I discovered the tumor when I was giving Christopher a massage 3 weeks ago. In those 3 weeks it grew from the size of a thumb to the size of a large goose egg. I ruled out surgical intervention based on the fact it’s nearly impossible to get it all due to how fast it spreads. I’m just grateful Christopher didn’t suffer, and that I had 3 weeks to prepare.

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  38. HJ, I so agree with you. Christopher wasn’t ill for long. In fact, he showed no sign of pain or discomfort until his last 2 days, when the tumor grew so large that it immobilized his hind leg. I discovered the tumor when I was giving Christopher a massage 3 weeks ago. In those 3 weeks it grew from the size of a thumb to the size of a large goose egg. I ruled out surgical intervention based on the fact it’s nearly impossible to get it all due to how fast it spreads. I’m just grateful Christopher didn’t suffer, and that I had 3 weeks to prepare.

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  39. HJ, I so agree with you. Christopher wasn’t ill for long. In fact, he showed no sign of pain or discomfort until his last 2 days, when the tumor grew so large that it immobilized his hind leg. I discovered the tumor when I was giving Christopher a massage 3 weeks ago. In those 3 weeks it grew from the size of a thumb to the size of a large goose egg. I ruled out surgical intervention based on the fact it’s nearly impossible to get it all due to how fast it spreads. I’m just grateful Christopher didn’t suffer, and that I had 3 weeks to prepare.

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  40. HJ, I so agree with you. Christopher wasn’t ill for long. In fact, he showed no sign of pain or discomfort until his last 2 days, when the tumor grew so large that it immobilized his hind leg. I discovered the tumor when I was giving Christopher a massage 3 weeks ago. In those 3 weeks it grew from the size of a thumb to the size of a large goose egg. I ruled out surgical intervention based on the fact it’s nearly impossible to get it all due to how fast it spreads. I’m just grateful Christopher didn’t suffer, and that I had 3 weeks to prepare.

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  41. Louisa, Christopher was indeed a gentleman. And a gracious one at that. Sparky put him through the wringer, but he tolerated it like a pro, and when she really got out of line, his discipline was swift and appropriate. I’ll never forget the many times Sparky was all over him, biting his ears and neck, jumping on him, and making a general nuisance of herself, and Christopher would wince and grimace, but he let the kid have her fun (albeit with a comical look of resignation on his expressive face!).
    The picture of the two of them is one of many such pictures, but that particular one is my favorite.

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  42. Louisa, Christopher was indeed a gentleman. And a gracious one at that. Sparky put him through the wringer, but he tolerated it like a pro, and when she really got out of line, his discipline was swift and appropriate. I’ll never forget the many times Sparky was all over him, biting his ears and neck, jumping on him, and making a general nuisance of herself, and Christopher would wince and grimace, but he let the kid have her fun (albeit with a comical look of resignation on his expressive face!).
    The picture of the two of them is one of many such pictures, but that particular one is my favorite.

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  43. Louisa, Christopher was indeed a gentleman. And a gracious one at that. Sparky put him through the wringer, but he tolerated it like a pro, and when she really got out of line, his discipline was swift and appropriate. I’ll never forget the many times Sparky was all over him, biting his ears and neck, jumping on him, and making a general nuisance of herself, and Christopher would wince and grimace, but he let the kid have her fun (albeit with a comical look of resignation on his expressive face!).
    The picture of the two of them is one of many such pictures, but that particular one is my favorite.

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  44. Louisa, Christopher was indeed a gentleman. And a gracious one at that. Sparky put him through the wringer, but he tolerated it like a pro, and when she really got out of line, his discipline was swift and appropriate. I’ll never forget the many times Sparky was all over him, biting his ears and neck, jumping on him, and making a general nuisance of herself, and Christopher would wince and grimace, but he let the kid have her fun (albeit with a comical look of resignation on his expressive face!).
    The picture of the two of them is one of many such pictures, but that particular one is my favorite.

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  45. Louisa, Christopher was indeed a gentleman. And a gracious one at that. Sparky put him through the wringer, but he tolerated it like a pro, and when she really got out of line, his discipline was swift and appropriate. I’ll never forget the many times Sparky was all over him, biting his ears and neck, jumping on him, and making a general nuisance of herself, and Christopher would wince and grimace, but he let the kid have her fun (albeit with a comical look of resignation on his expressive face!).
    The picture of the two of them is one of many such pictures, but that particular one is my favorite.

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  46. Karen, Christopher was very much a treasure. I’m so grateful for the 13 years he was in my life. He was one of the many rescue animals I have taken in for the past 40 years, and each has blessed me in so many way. Among them all, Christopher stood head and shoulders above the rest. I’ll miss one of his morer unique talents as a mole catcher. Out here, people pay big buck to have their lawns rid of moles, but Christopher kept my lawn mole-free for 13 years!

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  47. Karen, Christopher was very much a treasure. I’m so grateful for the 13 years he was in my life. He was one of the many rescue animals I have taken in for the past 40 years, and each has blessed me in so many way. Among them all, Christopher stood head and shoulders above the rest. I’ll miss one of his morer unique talents as a mole catcher. Out here, people pay big buck to have their lawns rid of moles, but Christopher kept my lawn mole-free for 13 years!

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  48. Karen, Christopher was very much a treasure. I’m so grateful for the 13 years he was in my life. He was one of the many rescue animals I have taken in for the past 40 years, and each has blessed me in so many way. Among them all, Christopher stood head and shoulders above the rest. I’ll miss one of his morer unique talents as a mole catcher. Out here, people pay big buck to have their lawns rid of moles, but Christopher kept my lawn mole-free for 13 years!

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  49. Karen, Christopher was very much a treasure. I’m so grateful for the 13 years he was in my life. He was one of the many rescue animals I have taken in for the past 40 years, and each has blessed me in so many way. Among them all, Christopher stood head and shoulders above the rest. I’ll miss one of his morer unique talents as a mole catcher. Out here, people pay big buck to have their lawns rid of moles, but Christopher kept my lawn mole-free for 13 years!

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  50. Karen, Christopher was very much a treasure. I’m so grateful for the 13 years he was in my life. He was one of the many rescue animals I have taken in for the past 40 years, and each has blessed me in so many way. Among them all, Christopher stood head and shoulders above the rest. I’ll miss one of his morer unique talents as a mole catcher. Out here, people pay big buck to have their lawns rid of moles, but Christopher kept my lawn mole-free for 13 years!

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  51. Sherrie, I am so sorry for your loss. You were blessed to have had such a wonderful gentleman as Christopher share your life for a time. And I know his instructions to Sparky were specific – you would need extra attention after he was no longer there.

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  52. Sherrie, I am so sorry for your loss. You were blessed to have had such a wonderful gentleman as Christopher share your life for a time. And I know his instructions to Sparky were specific – you would need extra attention after he was no longer there.

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  53. Sherrie, I am so sorry for your loss. You were blessed to have had such a wonderful gentleman as Christopher share your life for a time. And I know his instructions to Sparky were specific – you would need extra attention after he was no longer there.

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  54. Sherrie, I am so sorry for your loss. You were blessed to have had such a wonderful gentleman as Christopher share your life for a time. And I know his instructions to Sparky were specific – you would need extra attention after he was no longer there.

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  55. Sherrie, I am so sorry for your loss. You were blessed to have had such a wonderful gentleman as Christopher share your life for a time. And I know his instructions to Sparky were specific – you would need extra attention after he was no longer there.

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  56. So sorry to hear about Christopher but very glad he did not suffer. While it may be hard to think about him on Thanksgiving, you can be grateful for 13 years with this lovely cat. You are clearly a blessing in the lives of the strays you’ve sheltered and loved for so many years.
    Also, could not help but notice the plastic bag lining your wastepaper basket. My cat (variously known as either Catullus or Hobbes, depending on whom you ask) also loves hiding in boxes, baskets, open suitcases, whatever, but we can’t leave plastic bags around because he eats them. Of course he can’t digest the plastic so he then throws up, but there’s enough time between action and reaction that he does not make the connection and it doesn’t stop him from doing exactly the same thing whenever he can.

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  57. So sorry to hear about Christopher but very glad he did not suffer. While it may be hard to think about him on Thanksgiving, you can be grateful for 13 years with this lovely cat. You are clearly a blessing in the lives of the strays you’ve sheltered and loved for so many years.
    Also, could not help but notice the plastic bag lining your wastepaper basket. My cat (variously known as either Catullus or Hobbes, depending on whom you ask) also loves hiding in boxes, baskets, open suitcases, whatever, but we can’t leave plastic bags around because he eats them. Of course he can’t digest the plastic so he then throws up, but there’s enough time between action and reaction that he does not make the connection and it doesn’t stop him from doing exactly the same thing whenever he can.

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  58. So sorry to hear about Christopher but very glad he did not suffer. While it may be hard to think about him on Thanksgiving, you can be grateful for 13 years with this lovely cat. You are clearly a blessing in the lives of the strays you’ve sheltered and loved for so many years.
    Also, could not help but notice the plastic bag lining your wastepaper basket. My cat (variously known as either Catullus or Hobbes, depending on whom you ask) also loves hiding in boxes, baskets, open suitcases, whatever, but we can’t leave plastic bags around because he eats them. Of course he can’t digest the plastic so he then throws up, but there’s enough time between action and reaction that he does not make the connection and it doesn’t stop him from doing exactly the same thing whenever he can.

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  59. So sorry to hear about Christopher but very glad he did not suffer. While it may be hard to think about him on Thanksgiving, you can be grateful for 13 years with this lovely cat. You are clearly a blessing in the lives of the strays you’ve sheltered and loved for so many years.
    Also, could not help but notice the plastic bag lining your wastepaper basket. My cat (variously known as either Catullus or Hobbes, depending on whom you ask) also loves hiding in boxes, baskets, open suitcases, whatever, but we can’t leave plastic bags around because he eats them. Of course he can’t digest the plastic so he then throws up, but there’s enough time between action and reaction that he does not make the connection and it doesn’t stop him from doing exactly the same thing whenever he can.

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  60. So sorry to hear about Christopher but very glad he did not suffer. While it may be hard to think about him on Thanksgiving, you can be grateful for 13 years with this lovely cat. You are clearly a blessing in the lives of the strays you’ve sheltered and loved for so many years.
    Also, could not help but notice the plastic bag lining your wastepaper basket. My cat (variously known as either Catullus or Hobbes, depending on whom you ask) also loves hiding in boxes, baskets, open suitcases, whatever, but we can’t leave plastic bags around because he eats them. Of course he can’t digest the plastic so he then throws up, but there’s enough time between action and reaction that he does not make the connection and it doesn’t stop him from doing exactly the same thing whenever he can.

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  61. Oh Sherrie I am so sorry to hear you have lost Christopher.He always struck me as being such an elder statesman of a cat with the calm way he dealt with Sparkie.Your home must seem that bit emptier now.At least it was only a few weeks between diagnosis and the end and he did not suffer that much.In many ways I think knowing what is coming is more difficult to prepare for than a sudden shock.Give Sparky a special cuddle from me as I am sure he also misses his mentor and remember all the fun you must have had with Christopher over those precious thirteen years.

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  62. Oh Sherrie I am so sorry to hear you have lost Christopher.He always struck me as being such an elder statesman of a cat with the calm way he dealt with Sparkie.Your home must seem that bit emptier now.At least it was only a few weeks between diagnosis and the end and he did not suffer that much.In many ways I think knowing what is coming is more difficult to prepare for than a sudden shock.Give Sparky a special cuddle from me as I am sure he also misses his mentor and remember all the fun you must have had with Christopher over those precious thirteen years.

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  63. Oh Sherrie I am so sorry to hear you have lost Christopher.He always struck me as being such an elder statesman of a cat with the calm way he dealt with Sparkie.Your home must seem that bit emptier now.At least it was only a few weeks between diagnosis and the end and he did not suffer that much.In many ways I think knowing what is coming is more difficult to prepare for than a sudden shock.Give Sparky a special cuddle from me as I am sure he also misses his mentor and remember all the fun you must have had with Christopher over those precious thirteen years.

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  64. Oh Sherrie I am so sorry to hear you have lost Christopher.He always struck me as being such an elder statesman of a cat with the calm way he dealt with Sparkie.Your home must seem that bit emptier now.At least it was only a few weeks between diagnosis and the end and he did not suffer that much.In many ways I think knowing what is coming is more difficult to prepare for than a sudden shock.Give Sparky a special cuddle from me as I am sure he also misses his mentor and remember all the fun you must have had with Christopher over those precious thirteen years.

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  65. Oh Sherrie I am so sorry to hear you have lost Christopher.He always struck me as being such an elder statesman of a cat with the calm way he dealt with Sparkie.Your home must seem that bit emptier now.At least it was only a few weeks between diagnosis and the end and he did not suffer that much.In many ways I think knowing what is coming is more difficult to prepare for than a sudden shock.Give Sparky a special cuddle from me as I am sure he also misses his mentor and remember all the fun you must have had with Christopher over those precious thirteen years.

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  66. Sherrie,my note seems to have been gobbled up by hyperspace if it doesn’t reappear I will say again how sorry I am to hear about Christopher. He struck me as a veritable elder statesman of a cat.Try and remember all the fun times of the last thirteen years and please give Sparky an extra cuddle from me as I am sure he must miss his mentor and friend

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  67. Sherrie,my note seems to have been gobbled up by hyperspace if it doesn’t reappear I will say again how sorry I am to hear about Christopher. He struck me as a veritable elder statesman of a cat.Try and remember all the fun times of the last thirteen years and please give Sparky an extra cuddle from me as I am sure he must miss his mentor and friend

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  68. Sherrie,my note seems to have been gobbled up by hyperspace if it doesn’t reappear I will say again how sorry I am to hear about Christopher. He struck me as a veritable elder statesman of a cat.Try and remember all the fun times of the last thirteen years and please give Sparky an extra cuddle from me as I am sure he must miss his mentor and friend

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  69. Sherrie,my note seems to have been gobbled up by hyperspace if it doesn’t reappear I will say again how sorry I am to hear about Christopher. He struck me as a veritable elder statesman of a cat.Try and remember all the fun times of the last thirteen years and please give Sparky an extra cuddle from me as I am sure he must miss his mentor and friend

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  70. Sherrie,my note seems to have been gobbled up by hyperspace if it doesn’t reappear I will say again how sorry I am to hear about Christopher. He struck me as a veritable elder statesman of a cat.Try and remember all the fun times of the last thirteen years and please give Sparky an extra cuddle from me as I am sure he must miss his mentor and friend

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  71. Annette, I was definitely blessed to have Christopher for 13 years. He was a great asset when it came to raising Sparky. He was also a great companion. The house has been oddly quiet since his passing.

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  72. Annette, I was definitely blessed to have Christopher for 13 years. He was a great asset when it came to raising Sparky. He was also a great companion. The house has been oddly quiet since his passing.

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  73. Annette, I was definitely blessed to have Christopher for 13 years. He was a great asset when it came to raising Sparky. He was also a great companion. The house has been oddly quiet since his passing.

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  74. Annette, I was definitely blessed to have Christopher for 13 years. He was a great asset when it came to raising Sparky. He was also a great companion. The house has been oddly quiet since his passing.

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  75. Annette, I was definitely blessed to have Christopher for 13 years. He was a great asset when it came to raising Sparky. He was also a great companion. The house has been oddly quiet since his passing.

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  76. Susan, Christopher was very much a blessing in this household. He had so many fine qualities–a once in a lifetime cat.
    I’ve never heard of a cat eating plastic bags! Thank goodness Sparky doesn’t seem to be interested in adding them to her diet! She is, however, a very touchy-feely cat, and loves to “taste” odd things, though she doesn’t swallow them. To be on the safe side, I’ve had to put my paper clips, rubber bands, and Q-tips in a drawer where she can’t reach them.

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  77. Susan, Christopher was very much a blessing in this household. He had so many fine qualities–a once in a lifetime cat.
    I’ve never heard of a cat eating plastic bags! Thank goodness Sparky doesn’t seem to be interested in adding them to her diet! She is, however, a very touchy-feely cat, and loves to “taste” odd things, though she doesn’t swallow them. To be on the safe side, I’ve had to put my paper clips, rubber bands, and Q-tips in a drawer where she can’t reach them.

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  78. Susan, Christopher was very much a blessing in this household. He had so many fine qualities–a once in a lifetime cat.
    I’ve never heard of a cat eating plastic bags! Thank goodness Sparky doesn’t seem to be interested in adding them to her diet! She is, however, a very touchy-feely cat, and loves to “taste” odd things, though she doesn’t swallow them. To be on the safe side, I’ve had to put my paper clips, rubber bands, and Q-tips in a drawer where she can’t reach them.

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  79. Susan, Christopher was very much a blessing in this household. He had so many fine qualities–a once in a lifetime cat.
    I’ve never heard of a cat eating plastic bags! Thank goodness Sparky doesn’t seem to be interested in adding them to her diet! She is, however, a very touchy-feely cat, and loves to “taste” odd things, though she doesn’t swallow them. To be on the safe side, I’ve had to put my paper clips, rubber bands, and Q-tips in a drawer where she can’t reach them.

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  80. Susan, Christopher was very much a blessing in this household. He had so many fine qualities–a once in a lifetime cat.
    I’ve never heard of a cat eating plastic bags! Thank goodness Sparky doesn’t seem to be interested in adding them to her diet! She is, however, a very touchy-feely cat, and loves to “taste” odd things, though she doesn’t swallow them. To be on the safe side, I’ve had to put my paper clips, rubber bands, and Q-tips in a drawer where she can’t reach them.

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  81. Jo, I’m sorry your message was gobbled up. Thank you for re-posting your comment! I’ll go into our spam folder and see if it got corraled there. If so, I’ll liberate it–in which case there will be TWO comments from you!
    And yes, Christopher was definitely an elder statesman. (Love it!)
    I’m off to check the spam folder now.

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  82. Jo, I’m sorry your message was gobbled up. Thank you for re-posting your comment! I’ll go into our spam folder and see if it got corraled there. If so, I’ll liberate it–in which case there will be TWO comments from you!
    And yes, Christopher was definitely an elder statesman. (Love it!)
    I’m off to check the spam folder now.

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  83. Jo, I’m sorry your message was gobbled up. Thank you for re-posting your comment! I’ll go into our spam folder and see if it got corraled there. If so, I’ll liberate it–in which case there will be TWO comments from you!
    And yes, Christopher was definitely an elder statesman. (Love it!)
    I’m off to check the spam folder now.

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  84. Jo, I’m sorry your message was gobbled up. Thank you for re-posting your comment! I’ll go into our spam folder and see if it got corraled there. If so, I’ll liberate it–in which case there will be TWO comments from you!
    And yes, Christopher was definitely an elder statesman. (Love it!)
    I’m off to check the spam folder now.

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  85. Jo, I’m sorry your message was gobbled up. Thank you for re-posting your comment! I’ll go into our spam folder and see if it got corraled there. If so, I’ll liberate it–in which case there will be TWO comments from you!
    And yes, Christopher was definitely an elder statesman. (Love it!)
    I’m off to check the spam folder now.

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  86. Jo, this was the message that Typepad accidentally dumped into their spam folder. I have liberated it, and just wanted to give you the courtesy of a reply, though I replied to your other message below this one. I’ll definitely give Sparky a special cuddle from you. She’s been very affectionate since Christopher left. I think she misses him.

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  87. Jo, this was the message that Typepad accidentally dumped into their spam folder. I have liberated it, and just wanted to give you the courtesy of a reply, though I replied to your other message below this one. I’ll definitely give Sparky a special cuddle from you. She’s been very affectionate since Christopher left. I think she misses him.

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  88. Jo, this was the message that Typepad accidentally dumped into their spam folder. I have liberated it, and just wanted to give you the courtesy of a reply, though I replied to your other message below this one. I’ll definitely give Sparky a special cuddle from you. She’s been very affectionate since Christopher left. I think she misses him.

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  89. Jo, this was the message that Typepad accidentally dumped into their spam folder. I have liberated it, and just wanted to give you the courtesy of a reply, though I replied to your other message below this one. I’ll definitely give Sparky a special cuddle from you. She’s been very affectionate since Christopher left. I think she misses him.

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  90. Jo, this was the message that Typepad accidentally dumped into their spam folder. I have liberated it, and just wanted to give you the courtesy of a reply, though I replied to your other message below this one. I’ll definitely give Sparky a special cuddle from you. She’s been very affectionate since Christopher left. I think she misses him.

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  91. Sherrie, I am so sorry to hear about Christopher. There is no consolation for this, except to be glad that you have Sparky now and maybe you can comfort each other. Hugs.

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  92. Sherrie, I am so sorry to hear about Christopher. There is no consolation for this, except to be glad that you have Sparky now and maybe you can comfort each other. Hugs.

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  93. Sherrie, I am so sorry to hear about Christopher. There is no consolation for this, except to be glad that you have Sparky now and maybe you can comfort each other. Hugs.

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  94. Sherrie, I am so sorry to hear about Christopher. There is no consolation for this, except to be glad that you have Sparky now and maybe you can comfort each other. Hugs.

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  95. Sherrie, I am so sorry to hear about Christopher. There is no consolation for this, except to be glad that you have Sparky now and maybe you can comfort each other. Hugs.

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  96. Janice, thank you for your condolences. It helps, knowing that other cat lovers out there sympathize. Sparky has been remarkably affectionate since Christopher went home. It’s a complete change, and I’m liking it a lot. You are right–we are consoling each other.

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  97. Janice, thank you for your condolences. It helps, knowing that other cat lovers out there sympathize. Sparky has been remarkably affectionate since Christopher went home. It’s a complete change, and I’m liking it a lot. You are right–we are consoling each other.

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  98. Janice, thank you for your condolences. It helps, knowing that other cat lovers out there sympathize. Sparky has been remarkably affectionate since Christopher went home. It’s a complete change, and I’m liking it a lot. You are right–we are consoling each other.

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  99. Janice, thank you for your condolences. It helps, knowing that other cat lovers out there sympathize. Sparky has been remarkably affectionate since Christopher went home. It’s a complete change, and I’m liking it a lot. You are right–we are consoling each other.

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  100. Janice, thank you for your condolences. It helps, knowing that other cat lovers out there sympathize. Sparky has been remarkably affectionate since Christopher went home. It’s a complete change, and I’m liking it a lot. You are right–we are consoling each other.

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  101. Dearest Ms. Holmes,
    I’ve sent you a greeting card! I hope that it reaches you as my condolences are inside! I always send Jacquie Lawson ecards as they are the safest to send & receive!

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  102. Dearest Ms. Holmes,
    I’ve sent you a greeting card! I hope that it reaches you as my condolences are inside! I always send Jacquie Lawson ecards as they are the safest to send & receive!

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  103. Dearest Ms. Holmes,
    I’ve sent you a greeting card! I hope that it reaches you as my condolences are inside! I always send Jacquie Lawson ecards as they are the safest to send & receive!

    Reply
  104. Dearest Ms. Holmes,
    I’ve sent you a greeting card! I hope that it reaches you as my condolences are inside! I always send Jacquie Lawson ecards as they are the safest to send & receive!

    Reply
  105. Dearest Ms. Holmes,
    I’ve sent you a greeting card! I hope that it reaches you as my condolences are inside! I always send Jacquie Lawson ecards as they are the safest to send & receive!

    Reply

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