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!