Hallo Ellen!! Oh Boy, I sure agree with you that Ruby and Monty were separated at birth!! Sometimes in the middle of the night, Ruby would just bust out and start running from the living room to the bedroom and back...her little toenails skittering on the hard wood floor in the living room, then taking a hard left across the linoleum in the kitchen to get to the bedroom! Oh My Gosh....it was so funny!!!! If I was in bed it would wake me up, but I wouldn't care at all. But if I was awake and she did it, just watching her trying to take that hard left in the kitchen was HILARIOUS!! It was almost like a cartoon 'cause she would be running like crazy in one spot until she could get a grip! Oh Man......those memories mean the world to me!
When I was looking for a cat to bring into my home just after I moved in 17 years ago, my friend's cat was having kittens. I told them if she was to have a pure black female kitty, it was going to be mine. Well, mamma had 3 babies. Two were tabbys - both male - and one female, pure black! So I visited at least every three days and watched this great mamma cat with her 3 precious babies...I saw them open their eyes, and fall all over each other, and nurse and sleep.....soooo cute. So when it was time, I brought my little baby home with me. I knew her from the day she was born. 16 years of fun and love and happiness. Now the house is quiet, lonely.....like the heartbeat is gone. I have changed as well. I don't feel the spark.....like getting up in the morning is blah....nothing to do. I've been in relationships that didn't last, I was sad, but bounced back......I was even engaged to be married, but Ruby was the longest relationship I have ever been in. And we loved each other every day. My love for her grew and grew.
I just want to hug you, Ellen! I'm picturing you rushing to open the flap for Monty! Oh... the life of a cat! There will never be another like them. It's been almost 7 weeks without my girl. I am crying right now...remembering my Baby. I'm thinking of getting a tattoo of her. Years ago I got the Rolling Stones lips and tongue tattoo, and I just might get one of Ruby on my left forearm, maybe 2 - 3 inches big. What do you think? I like the second one.....it looks just like my girl. I might also get her name tattooed along her tail. I'm still thinking about it.
Please take care of yourself too, My Friend. You are such a lovely woman. Please tell me more stories about King Monty and his subjects!