Issue 12 of the Recherche Fall Newsletter in September celebrated a small photo of “Echo Illuminated” on Page 5. Echo, aka Squeakie, often took a command-post position under this light whenever it was on. Here’s another shot of her with quite a different attitude. Funny how just like us, cats have their moods! Echo, left the earth plane on April 8th of this year, at home, with a little help from Dr. Lori Gibson of Compassionate Care. She was almost 17 yrs old, had been on hyperthyroid meds for years, and her little physical shell just couldn’t carry on any longer. Echo was the quintessential “love kitty”, the nurse, the worrier, a devoted “foodie” in younger days. She never did any of the really naughty things Esme did.
Esme, our tuxedo kitty, who departed due to cancer in 2010, was the Queen – as esteemed as her name implied. In their salad days, Echo and Esme were hilarious times two. Grocery shop and throw empty brown bags on the floor and watch the insanity that followed. Playing kickball with noisy rolling toys from one end of the kitchen to the other, led to skidding collisions and streaking.
The purpose of this post is to celebrate these two whom I knew their whole lives. I wrote a series of kitty haikus for Esme when she was in full naughtiness. Here are a couple of them to make you laugh.
KITTY HAIKU IV
Strafe the mistress
Pounce on the pillows
Run away, smiling.
KITTY HAIKU VIII
Lick the mayonnaise lid
Step in the butter
Cooking is fun!
CALL TO ACTION: The Feral Cat Coalition is doing the good work of neutering/spaying feral cats in Portland. If you have food or cat litter you can’t use, they would so appreciate you donations. To contact them and/or get more details go to their website www.feralcats.com.