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Memories of Blaze
11/25/20

When Blaze came into my life he was already five years old. He was a retired breeding Ragdoll cat. I was a little reluctant to take a chance on a male cat as I had always had females but my former cat had recently passed away and Blaze magically became available. Our first meeting didn't go so well. Although I immediately fell in love with his handsomely-marked face and beautiful blue eyes, he reached out a paw and swiped my finger! His nails had not been trimmed recently and it took a while to stop the bleeding!

In any event, I brought him home with me and we gradually got used to each other. Job One was to trim those nails and I slowly went from nail to nail he started purring! He scoped out my former cat's scratching posts and made good use of them, never scratching the furniture. Next we visited my vet to get a full checkup and arrange for him to be neutered.

For over twelve years Blaze was such a wonderful companion for me. He was friendly and curious with visitors and especially enjoyed meeting children, always gentle and tolerant of their handling. He could tell when I was getting ready to turn in for the evening and usually beat me to bed, assuming his position near the end of the bed. Mornings he would greet me with meows to wake up and feed him, followed by much hugging and petting in my lap. Between long naps in his cubby he could usually be found basking in the sun or patiently waiting for me to join him on the recliner. During the isolation imposed on us due to the pandemic he has been my constant source of comfort.

I don't know if Blaze was ever "shown" or won any ribbons during his breeding career, but he had the distinct honor of being selected "Pet of the Week" last year by Mount Carmel Animal Hospital! I chose their picture for his memorial. I take comfort in the knowledge that he always received the very best medical care, lived to be over 17 years old and that, as his end of life neared, he still enjoyed time in my lap and and did not seem to be suffering. Still, very difficult to let him go the day before Thanksgiving.

12/2/20

Dear Blaze,
It has already been a week since I had to say goodbye to you. I wake up each morning and immediately remember that day and know that you are gone. Still, I like to listen for your footsteps in the hall and brace myself for you to leap into bed with me to remind me its time to get up. You would have a bite to eat and I would fix my coffee. As soon as I sat in my recliner you would be in my arms for your hugs and pets which you enjoyed so much. I wish I could bury my face in your sweet fur one more time. You always smelled like sunshine. I miss you.
Love, Mommy

12/5/20

Dear Blaze,
I put up the Christmas tree today. I wasn't sure I would this year but I did. Remembering how you enjoyed laying under the tree these past 12 years made me miss you more than ever. What a good boy you were, never bothering the ornaments or making a mess. Who would believe that I could have a huge rotating tree covered with crystal ornaments, some of them rotating too, and never having to worry about you being tempted to knock them around! You just lay there on the tree skirt for hours enjoying the show! How I miss you.
Love, Mommy

12/8/20
Dear Blaze,
I received a nice card yesterday from Dr. McGee which I really appreciated. He said he was sorry to hear what happened and that you "lived a long and loved life". I know that he did everything he could to keep you healthy over these years and he was always so gentle with you. He did forget to mention what a special kitty you were but I could read between the lines. There was a card with each of your sweet paw prints in the envelope too which I was not expecting.
Love, Mommy

12/9/20
Dear Blaze,
Its been two weeks since we had to say goodbye and I can't say that it is getting any easier to adjust to you not being here. I've had other cats that had to leave me and I know I missed them terribly too. Amber, Tia and Lacey, all girls and wonderful cats. Maybe since you were my first boy it seems so much harder. Or maybe since I was retired most of your life and we were together more. I still miss you very much.
Love, Mommy

12/24/20
Dear Blaze,
Well tomorrow will be my first Christmas without you. It is going to be especially sad because my mom (your human grandmother) passed away on December 12 so it will be my first Christmas ever without my mom too. You never met her but we talked about you all the time and I think she was fond of you even though she didn't approve of cats in the house. I've adopted another cat (too soon, I know) already. I think I was just looking for something to take away the sadness of losing you. She is not as laid back as you but I think she will eventually fit in. I miss you very much.
Love, Mommy

1/9/21
Dear Blaze,
Well this Christmas is over, the tree and decorations are put away for another year. The birds and squirrels are at the feeders and you would be enjoying their antics as usual. Zoey is fascinated watching all the activity and she especially loves all your little toys you left behind. I'm glad they can be appreciated by another cat and won't go to waste. She especially likes birdie and mousie and, of course, the balls. She is keeping me company but I still miss you terribly.
Love,
Mommy

2/5/21
Hi Blaze,
I don't know how many times a day I think about you but it is a lot! Zoey is warming up to me a bit but she is certainly not the dear little friend that you were. When you purred I could hear you from across the room! Zoey I can barely hear at all. I could never sit down when you weren't automatically in my lap but Zoey goes for days without doing that. She makes me laugh a lot so that is good. I don't think she was handled much as a kitten but I hope she settles in to trust me. I sure miss you little buddy.
Love,
Mommy

6/5/21
Dear Blaze,
This would have been your eighteenth birthday and I though about you so much today! I wonder what your people thought when they first saw you with your cute markings. They probably didn't have to think about it too much before they decided that you would be a perfect cat to breed when you got a little older! I know you must have fathered many wonderful cats just like you and that makes me happy to know that your genes live on. Although you didn't quite make it to this day, we had so many wonderful years together and I will never forget you.
Love,
Mommy



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