It is with profound sadness that I relay the following news:
Sometime after 3am Pacific time Sunday morning, our beloved mama cat, Lucky, passed away of natural causes. She was fifteen years old.
CimC readers were first introduced to Lucky just over three years ago when I began telling the story of how DG got his peculiar, two-letter name. In that first chapter of The Book of Deej, I wrote about how Lucky, for all her terrifying personality traits, was always an amazing mother to her litters of kittens – even when that meant making some terrifically difficult decisions.
But I never really mentioned much about her life, nor have I ever written about how she happened to acquire her own very apropos name. In memory of the remarkable tabby who gave my family so much, I want to share a couple of those things with you now.
Nearly Needled in a Haystack
Many years ago, Karin rescued an emaciated, polydactyl kitten from a cold, dark barn somewhere in Washington’s farming region. The owner of the barn was evidently overrun with stray cats and, having nothing but contempt for them, had taken to pitch-forking any and all he happened to come across. Learning of this atrocity instantly inspired Karin to become a cat-owner.
Details concerning Karin’s search of the barn are not important except to make it perfectly clear that the tiny kitten Karin finally took home with her that day was fortunate beyond measure to still be drawing breath. Pondering this, Karin decided to name her new friend “Lucky”.
No Known Cure
One random afternoon a year or so later, Lucky began acting like she was in terrible pain. She howled incessantly and lurched around with her hindquarters firmly pressed to the floor. Unsure of what feline malady could so rapidly and strangely manifest itself, Karin rushed Lucky to the animal hospital where x-rays and a battery of tests revealed that the afflicted cat was merely in heat.
And looking back on it, it does indeed seem that every time we saw Lucky crawling about acting like her back was broken, we ended up with kittens some weeks later.
Rest in peace, Lucky.
WE LOVE YOU and we THANK YOU for giving us your many beautiful children.
We see you every time we look into their eyes.