Thank You Wilson for being there with me for the past 15 years, and the rest of the family for the past 5 years. We enjoyed having you around, We will miss you sunning yourself by the back door and trying to venture outside whenever the chance presented itself. You will be dearly missed! We will always love you!|
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I'll begin at the beginning...how you joined our family. Your Daddy Casey was going away to college in August 1997...he was to go to the Odegaard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, ND. He was turning 18 also in August and had never been away from home before except for Boy Scout activities and Jamborees. Grandma and Grandpa thought he should have a "roommate" to keep him company so he would not be so lonely so far from home. We had bought a nice two bedroom condo in Grand Forks for him to live in while going to school...the house payment and condo fee cost less monthly than paying for him to share a single room in the dorms plus he got in-state tuition since we owned property in ND! Anyway, no problem with having a pet since it was a private residence. Off we went to the local animal shelter to look for a companion...Casey had been reared with kitties so a kitty would be just a purrfect roommate. We saw a cute little black and white tuxedo kitten...Casey picked you right out! We did the paperwork and you went through the medical process for exam, shots, neuter, etc, etc. We picked you up from the vet a couple days later...you joined our family. We named you Willie. That was June 1997.
You fit into the family right away and big sister Pressy took care of you from the beginning. Your Daddy Casey wanted you to sleep with him but that didn't last but a night or two. Seems you liked to cuddle/curl around his neck on the pillow. Grandma and Grandpa would hear his door open and close in the middle of the night...you were evicted. However, you were not upset...you just found another neck to curl around to sleep...Grandpa's! I guess you liked the warmth and feeling a heartbeat...you were still a little kitten, only about four months old, so it was comforting. You slept on Grandpa's neck every night until August when it was time to move you and Daddy to Grand Forks, ND. This is one of Grandpa's favorite memories of you...his little Boo kitty sleeping curled around his neck. Now it was time to be off to North Dakota with Daddy Casey.
Grandpa has to go right now but the next story about the Boo will be our adventures on the trip to North Dakota in August 1997. Love you, Booster!
Good Afternoon, Boo! Grandpa is back to write some stories about his little kitty man. This time is about the adventures on our trip taking you and Daddy back to Grand Forks< ND. It was quite a trip. Daddy and I had spent all day before the morning we left loading up yours and Daddy's furniture and possessions into the big 25 foot yellow Penske rental truck for the trip. We left early the next morning to start the trip. Grandpa was driving the rental truck, Daddy was driving his pickup with you riding shotgun with him, and Grandma was driving Grandpa's pickup so we would have a way to get back home from North Dakota...we were leaving the rental in Grand Forks. We drove all that day across Washington and Idaho, then into Montana all on Interstate 90. It was getting late at night and we drove through a terrible storm as we crossed the Continental Divide east of Butte, MT. We stopped at the top of the Divide for a bit as the storm had stopped. We decided to stop for the night in the next town, Bozeman, MT. We got there very late at night and found a motel...the Lewis and Clark. It was a pretty big place and set up really different from other motels. The wall on the entry side of the rooms on each floor all were big glass windows like a store display window but hung with privacy drapes. The motel did not allow pets so we had to smuggle you in! Being so tired from the day's trip, we all went to bed. You slept with Grandma and Grandpa since you were still a "neck curler" but early in the morning I guess you had rested enough and got up to explore. You definitely blew our cover for smuggling you into the room as you had parted the privacy drapes and were surveying the outside sitting in plain view...Grandpa caught you. Fortunately, it was so early in the morning that noone saw you! When you parted the curtains, you also revealed Grandma's buns to the world...she had pushed the covers off during the night and she was lying there in her nightgown plain to see in the opening you had made in the drapes! Well, we didn't get "busted" and packed up to get back on the road after everyone, including you, had breakfast. The next day the weather was nice, clear and sunny but not too hot as it often gets in August in Montana. We drove to Billings where we turned on to Interstate 94 to drive north into North Dakota. We stopped at a nice rest area near Miles City, MT to take a break. You were such a good little kitty...you wore a cute red harness and walked on a leash better than most dogs! So we had our Boo with us and Grandma and Grandpa went over to rest on the grass under some shade trees...Daddy wandered off on his own probably to stretch his legs. Grandpa decided he should give you a chance to get some exercise after riding so long so Grandpa took you for a walk on your leash. You enjoyed walking on the grass sniffing things then you decided to climb partway up one of the shade trees...Grandpa gave you enough leash so you climbed to a bottom limb. You looked so cute looking around at everything from your perch in the tree! While you and Grandpa were strolling around, a group of young ladies aboout your Daddy's age noticed you walking on your leash and came over to see and pet you...they thought you were so handsome and such a smart kitty to walk on a leash. Well, Daddy showed back up about then and saw how the young ladies were attracted by you...Grandpa could read the thoughts in Daddy's mind by the look on his face. His face said "My Willie is a 'chick magnet'! WOW...and he's my boy, how great for me!". No doubt Daddy was already thinking how much more fun college life would be with you as his roommate. We continued on our way to spend the next night in Bismarck, ND, then drove on to Grand Forks the next day. The next several days were spent unloading the rental truck and putting everything away in the condo. Sure wore us out. Grandma did a lot of shopping for groceries and other things for Daddy and your new home while Grandpa and Daddy set up everything in the condo. Then it was time for Grandma and Grandpa to leave to drive back to Washington. It was about 6:00PM when we hugged you and Daddy to say goodbye...Grandma was very sad with tears leaving her two boys. The last sight we saw was Daddy standing on his condo deck holding and petting you as we pulled away from the curb in front of the condo. It was such a sad picture...Grandma and Grandpa remember it so clearly to this very day so many years later. Daddy and you were all on your own so far away from home. The only thought that helped Grandma and Grandpa feel better was that Daddy had his Willie to keep him company and not feel so lonesome. You have always been our special kitty boy for your Daddy. We loved you then and we will always love you, Boo.
Well, Boo...Grandpa has to go for today but I will be back to write more memories about a special little kitty man. Love you, Booster!
12/6/12 Happy Saint Nikolaus Day, little Boo. Know you'll like the new toys and treats Saint Nikolaus brought you today...Saint Nikolaus bring gifts to furangels in Paradise meadow on this day just as he brings them to little boys and girls around the world. Help big sister Pressy take care of the little furangel babies with their new toys and treats...also help Char tell Master Thomas about Saint Nikolaus. Love and miss you, Boo. Grandpa
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