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Monday, December 25, 2006

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Cherokee, Alex, Cassie and the infamous Christmas tree SURVIVED!

     Yes, everyone and everything has survived another Christmas season! We had to purchase a brand new tree for this year because our tree of last year was DEMOLISHED to put it mildlly.
     We sat our kitties down, each on their own chair and had a little heart to heart discussio. They promised they would behave this year and behave they have. I am very proud of my little girls.
     The tree is wounded, but it can be repaired and salvaged for next year. We consider outselves lucky that we will be fortunate enough to retreive another season from this tree.
     Cherokee (our seven year old) was most insistant on climbing up the tree and making herself comfortable for napping. While she was lying all curled up and content as content can be in the tree, I just could not bring myself to wake her up. I waited and waited and when she would begin to stir I could reach in and bring her down. I would not dare turn on the lights until she was safely out of the tree. She is really such a sweetheart!
     Alex (our two year old) just remained fascinated with all the pretty lights.  She would sit herself down in front of the tree and stare at it. 
     I did not understand what she was waiting for at first, but when the lights were turned on I began to understand.  Once the lights were turned on she would run around the tree like a panting dog! Oh boy! Oh boy! All the beautiful lights!
     A few times she managed to take down a ball or two and I could hear her smacking it around the way she does when she is playing with her dry food. I refer to it as "cat hockey" and she just has herself a good old time until she wears herself out.
      Now, with reference to Alex let me backup for just a minute so you will understand why I do what I do for her. Last summer she became very ill and spent the better part of twenty four hours in the local animal hospital for needed surgery.
     When we left the animal hospital we had to make a two hour trip to a veterinarian that I trust very much.  She spent many hours in her travel cage, but was bundled up in her favorite crocheted blanket. I sat in the back of the car, right next to her. This way I could reach into her cage to help her, if help was needed.
     When we finally arrived home she was not ready to sleep and we did not want her to be running around.  We rearranged one of our bedrooms for her to keep her separated from her sister (Cassie) and from Cherokee. This was working out fine while she was sleeping, but when she was awake she wanted constant company.
     Robert (my husband) drove up to the local stores and came back with a sling. Well, whenever she was awake I tied the sling on me, around my neck and left shoulder. I bundled her up in her blanket and placed her very gently in the sling. This was working out wonderfully for her. Now, she would not be alone and she could see everything that was going on.
     This continued for a few weeks until she began to feel and act more like herself.  Now, when she is ready to sleep she whines and follows me around until I pick her up, wrap her in her blanket and hold her until she is in a sound sleep. When she is good and asleep I can lay her down, still wrapped in her blanket on our loveseat. Gee, she isn't spoiled too much, is she?
     She is the smallest of the three and you just cannot help but love her to ribbons!
     Now her sister Cassie (two years old) is the most easy going, docile cat that I have come across in a very long time.
She also took it upon herself to test all the ribbons on the presents by tasting and chewing them until they were soaked! I even tried taking all of the presents away and rearranging them up-side-down! Nope, she is very smart and figured out how to get underneath the presents so she could reach the bows and ribbons that she so dearly loves.
     She is the one who sleeps with me at night. I pet her head, rub her ears and rub her belly until she begins purring and "kneading the dough" up-side-down. This is our evening ritual until we both fall alseep.
     However, when Robert is home on the weekends her eyes are all his. She forgets that I am even alive, let alone around. She has taken a liking to Robert and when he is home, she is forever at his side. She is a beautiful friend to love.
     Well, back to my Christmas tree, it survived.  Four of the branches had to be tied  to hold them up, but my kitties and my tree fared well.
     Tonight they are all tired because they had a very busy day. They played with the ribbons and bows and had a chance to play with their new toys. We shared some of our Christmas dinner with them, but not too much. We gave each of them their special treats and all are sleeping.
     Even my two parakeets had a busy day, but that is another story. My two parakeets and my kitties talk and play with each other and it is such a sight to see. Maybe next time I will tell a story about my parakeets.
     Thanks to all for reading and for your support.

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Reviewed by TONY NERONE 12/8/2009
Hi Karen, I went to your page and picked this story to read. Reading about felines is always a pleasure for me. But I really enjoyed this story even though it is 3 years old. You always write so well no matter what the subject.

Reviewed by Melissa Mendelson 6/7/2009
Touching story. Cats are funny creatures with different personalities, but in the end, they're all babies that need our love and warmth. And what are we without them at our side?
Reviewed by P. Michaels 11/10/2008
Hi Karen,

I had to read this story because we have two cats of our own that are spoiled also. I hope you still have your three cats and that they are old enough to not want to bother your Christmas tree this year. For some reason, our fellows do not bother the tree.

Hey, maybe if you had a train going around your tree, they would leave the tree alone.

I enjoyed reading this story.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 10/25/2008
A very sweet story, Karen. It reminds me very much of the times with my kitty, Max (who I sadly lost six years ago). He would do many of the same things. They are endearing family members. Charming tale! Best, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Frank Koerner 3/15/2008
Hello Karen,

I enjoyed your story very much. It is a touching tale. As a "cat person" myself, I can relate to your heartfelt attachments to your kitties. Our cats have become a part of our family, as well. We treat them with great respect, while they are training us to do their bidding. I invite you to read two articles I have posted entitled "Cool Cat" and "A Friend in Knead". The latter was published by Cat Fancy magazine. Thank you so much for your continuing support of my writings. I always appreciate your comments.

Franx Thanx
Reviewed by Mary Coe 12/19/2007
Very, very nice. Loved it.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 12/4/2007

I believe you can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat their pets. Your kind heart shines in this story. Good luck with your tree this year! -Sheila
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 9/21/2007
awww how adorable. Animals are amazing, they bring so much joy and fun. I have 2 cats and one dog, we had a bird also.
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 9/15/2007
Oh this was beautiful! The idea with the sling around your neck and shoulder for the cat is just great! It must have been a lovely Christmas with those adorable little girls!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/19/2007
LOL, Karen,

Kitties and Christmas trees have an undeniable attraction. Kitty spies tree, h a s to investigate this fragrant new visitor and attendant ornamentation, and chaos results. T I M B E RRRRRRRRRR! LOL I remember my Friday knocking over the tree every year. You'd think she'd learn MrrrrrrrrrOWWWWWWWWW! LOL Thanks...for the memrories, adorable story!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. *still laughing*
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/27/2006
Adorable; sweet story! Well done! :)

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