Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Good Bye to Susie

I've been absent from my blog for several days because I've been trying to help an important member of our fur family get over an illness.  Unfortunately, all the tests, medicines and loving care have not worked this time and today we had to say good bye to the Queen of the Boston Household Beasts, Susie, our black cat.

The Boston Lady and The Maven with young Grey Boy and unnamed at the time, Susie. Oct 1998

She came to us from out of the woods behind our house.  We took in her and her brother, Grey Boy.  We didn't name Susie because we didn't anticipate keeping her.  But each day she spent creating havoc in our house we became more and more attacted to the tiny black kitty. Her brother found a wonderful home with The Maven's fourth grade teacher.

All it took was a look from The Maven and I and Mr. Tennis caved and Susie became part of our household.  The Maven picked her name, Black Susan, from one of her favorite books at the time, The Little House on the Prairie.  Of course, it was immediately shortened to Susie.

She was a mischevious kitten and loved to hide and think we couldn't see her.

The two older cats adjusted to her and she respected the pecking order which placed our calico, Cheetah at the top, but when Cheetah passed away, Susie assumed the Queen cat role and never let anyone forget it. Not even the dogs who always gave her ultimate respect.
Nicki never even had a shot at being Queen - it was Susie's house after Cheetah left.

Susie, we will miss you very much.  We will never forget how you used to love to ride around on our shoulders, your desire to wear funny collars, but most of all I will miss my lap cat with the beautiful eyes who kept me company everyday.

And no one rocks the reindeer antlers like you did!


Chatty Crone said...

I am so very sorry for your heavy heart. What a wonderful tribute to her. I can tell she brought you much joy. Love how she was under the rug and thought you couldn't see her.

I'm sorry.

Mr. Connor said...

A great tribute to a great cat. She will missed very much. Think of all the good times as the best way to remember her.

Mr. Tennis said...

One heck of a cat. Unique in too many ways to mention. She will be missed.

Orlando Grandma said...

Susie was a lucky cat to have been part of your family who loved and cared for her and you were lucky to have her and her special ways as part of your family too.She will be missed by all.

Sue said...

You know, I have loved all my cats over the years so very much. But there are always those "special" little kitties that grab our hearts a bit more than the others! Your tribute was great!!

Take care, Sue

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

sorry to hear about your little Susie-- your post was sweet.

D.B. said...

I'm so sorry.

Linda said...

Aw, Ann...I'm so heart hurts for you tonight. She sounds like the sweetest cat and I know how much she will be missed. Sending loving thoughts and shared tears your way...XO Linda

The Thuglets said...

TBL...we are so sorry to read your very sad news about Susie. She was a beautiful.

Another star shines in the sky at night.

Extra Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletss

Erika and Blair,xoxo said...

This is very sad news indeed. I really liked Susie and she was such a sport about coming to my beach party with me. The story about her name was most intriguing as my Mom also loves those books. I'm sure that everyone in your house will miss her. She was a good kitty.

Claudia said...

I'm so sorry. Saying goodbye to a beloved family member is so hard. I know Susie was loved and that she loved all of you.


Anonymous said...

Sooo sorry!
I know Susie was lots of company.

Hey thanks for visiting Lazy on Loblolly.
And yes by all means,your always welcome!
Thank you for being sooo sweet.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

So sorry to hear that. She was a beautiful cat. Rest in peace, Susie.

Kathy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. When I was in high school we had to put down our siamese cat we had for 18 years(high school was a looooong time ago for me!)I still think about him! Susie will be watching over you, always!

Kit said...

I am so sorry for the lost of your cat and friend. It is so very hard to lose one of our pets. I still think about my Dolly cat and miss her every day. Hugs, Kit

KarenSue said...

I know how hard this was for you, I'm sorry you had to do this. What a lucky kitty to have you for her human keeper.

Butchy, Katie, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie, Zeek said...

We're so sorry to hear that Susie left you for the Rainbow Bridge. Your post was such a lovely tribute to her.
Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Katie, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie & Zeek