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Life Lessons From My Kitty Girls

Friday, May 29, 2015

Funny how life is sometimes. Okay, I'll be more specific. Funny how life is most of the time.

3-1/2 years ago, my partner, Beth, and I got three kitties from a shelter. It was a triple failed foster - the best failure of my life. Beth had MS and was home by herself most days and we thought these three would be great company for her. Fast forward 2+ years and turns out, these three precious gems are great company for me, because Beth is now gone. Have I mentioned how much I hate cancer?!! But I won't digress as that's off topic.

Here they are:

This golden-eyed beauty is Cassie, who was Beth's special little kitty - our shy, timid girl. She has taught me that when you lose your person, you need to be open to letting others help you, comfort you and give you love. It will be okay.

And this is Cleo:

My blue-eyed girl has taught me that everything is always a little better after a nap and a good stretch. She is my snuggle kitty, the one who crawls under the sheets with me and curls right up, purring all the way.

And last, but certainly not least, is Rosie:

My green-eyed girl is my "gusto" kitty. EVERYTHING with gusto! She talks the most, purrs the loudest, wants everybody's food and gets in the most trouble, although she's so cute, you can hardly get mad at her. Rosie has taught me that no matter how bad things seem, there's always something to play with, somewhere to be explored or a good meal to be had.

Together, these three are likely what's kept me going the last 14+ months. We really do need to learn from them and they have so much to teach us:

-Slow down.
-Take plenty of naps.
-Some days, all you want to do is crawl under the bed (or the covers) and hide.
-Daily treats are necessary, but in moderation.
-Yoga poses help relax you.
-Exercise makes you feel better.
-Stretch always.
-It’s just fine to go away and be by yourself when you need to.
-Lying on your back, belly and legs up, usually gets you some attention.
-Play often.
-Race down the hallway at top speed, and then back again - just because.
-Jump high.
-Explore life.
-Enjoy nature.
-Take your time.
-Don't let anybody tell you when to do something (do it when YOU want to)
-Curl up in a cat pile - the more, the merrier.

And I'm still learning ...

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    Me too - wonderful how we learn from those around us - they let us 'see' we too can learn to observe and let go...
    2204 days ago
    Awww, what cute pictures! And what valuable lessons, too!! emoticon
    2206 days ago
    Thank you for this wonderful elaboration of Life with Kitties! I'm looking forward to seeing the Queen, Kitty Rama in FIVE days!

    Inspiring indeed, as Ann said!
    2206 days ago
    Isn't it wonderful that we don't have to stop learning? This capacity continually amazes me and fills me with gratitude. What lovely company for such a rough road and you've developed a rich list together. Thank you for sharing this inspiration, Stephanie.
    emoticon ann
    2206 days ago
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