Remembering Lucy

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Today we remember a truly loving friend. I am very sad to announce that this morning we lost our cat, Lucy. Ten years ago, we met a tiny fluffy ball of energy. Amidst a flurry of other kittens, she scrambled back and forth chasing anything and everything that moved. She was never the brightest, nor the most graceful of cats. Often found hiding under, in, or behind some box, blanket, or sofa. Lucy had the biggest heart. She just wanted to be loved. She was broken, but in all the right ways. Our hearts are heavy with the sadness of…
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Remembering Ebony

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Tonight Meaghan and I had to say farewell to one of the most loved members of our little family.  Our oldest cat Ebony had finally reached the end of his long seventeen year journey.  We remember him as a loving, energetic, vocal, and vivacious cat who would always surprise us with his unique and eccentric ways of navigating life.  Unfortunately over the last few months his health simply deteriorated to the point where it was no longer fair for us to ask more of him than he had already given.  We know that he wanted us to help him retire…
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Beautiful Day

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Today is one of the first truly beautiful days of summer.  The weather is absolutely incredible and reminds me why I love living in Oregon. This morning I met up with my best man to go tux shopping for the wedding.  We started with Men's Wearhouse, then went for lunch at Bugattis. Feeling that we hadn't quite found what we were looking for at MW we stopped in at Mr. Formal after lunch to check out a few more styles and options. We left feeling that we'd seen a sufficient range to put together two very competitive plans. The current…
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The 6th Life

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"You can't stop progress!" -- Bateman, 1930 I guess that's true.  When I first saw the movie The 6th Day I remember leaving the theater in horror as the realization that one day the premise of the fictitious company RePet would come true.  The premise in the movie was that if your childhood pet was nearing the end of his or her life, your parents could take them into RePet where geneticists would create a young and healthy clone of the dying animal.  It seemed pretty sick and disturbing to me back then, and pretty much nothing has changed since.…
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Too Cute!

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Our youngest cat, Lucy, loves to sleep like this.  At first I thought she was just scratching her back but it turns out she’s actually really comfortable in this position as you can see her dozing off and then finally falling asleep; all on her back.  (It’s really cute when she curls her toes and then twitches them while she’s dreaming).
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Sick Kitty

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We are used to our oldest cat Ebony throwing up from time to time.  He's old, he doesn't chew his food properly when he eats, and tends to snarf it down so quickly that it resurfaces shortly thereafter.  Yesterday, however, our two year old Dougal threw up twice (that we know of) which gave immediate cause for concern.  Dougal hasn't thrown up once in the whole year that he's lived with us.  Then later last night as Meaghs and I were just sitting around talking he came up, reached out a paw, and then sat down right in front of me not in a…
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Kitty Playstation

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When Meaghan moved in with me in late 2006, she brought two kitties with her: Peaches and Ebony.  While I had grown up with cats, I hadn't actually lived with any since leaving England in 1999.  However, from the first day they moved in I took them straight to my heart and proceeded to spoil them rotten.  They've had an automated litterbox, two automated fountains, a whole host of toys, and most importantly to keep the furniture safe I bought a fancy kitty scratching post.  At the time, with two older cats, a single short pole covered in sisal, a small tray upon which…
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Hugging kitties

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...and here we were afraid the new kitties might not get along!  Ever since we introduced Lucy into our home, she and Dougal have become the best of friends.  There were a few learning experiences for Dougal who sometimes doesn't know his own strength.  However, once he realized that he had to bat gently at the teeny weeny kitty instead of coming in with his locked and loaded Thunderpaws(TM), everything has been going great!  I came home from work a few nights ago to find them hugging each other on their favorite ottoman (read: plush kitty throne).  Now they sleep like this all of the…
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Introducing Lucy!

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Ever since Meaghan and I adopted Dougal from the Oregon Humane Society, we've felt as though he needed a younger cat to play with.  Ebony and Dougal get on well enough, but the fourteen year age gap often shows and usually culminates in Dougal pouncing on a sleeping Ebony who promptly bats, hisses, and runs away.  Today we finally broke down and got Dougal a younger sister to play with; someone his own age who can run, romp, jump, and play with him until all hours in the morning.  So without further ado let me introduce Lucy, the newest addition to our family:…
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