Back in February of 2014, I was given the honor of finding a Final Forever Home for Johnson and Charlie after their owner passed away. I spent a few days with them and immediately fell for these two long-haired, short-legged, stout-bodied, sweet-natured senior ladies.
My aunt and her husband came to a visit, and it was love at first sight.
Johnson and Charlie quickly adapted to their changed circumstances and 'trained' their new people to shower them with love and affection.
Eighteen months later...
Eighteen months later...
Monday evening while my aunt was reading with Johnson by her side, Johnson coughed a couple of times, shuddered, and passed away.
Johnson's People, myself included, are still in tears over her sudden passing.
Folks who are willing to make room for a senior animal (or two) are especially generous and open-hearted, given that the animal's lifespan is already severely limited. I got to thinking of all the wonderful Furry Critters that have been part of my life, and how special each and every one has been. I'd like to honor Johnson and Furry Critters everywhere with a bit of voluntary fund raising.
I have long been a Follower of The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee and the amazing work that Laurie Cinotto does behalf of the Tacoma Humane Society. While funding raising for this year just finished up, they are still taking donations through secure website FirstGiving on the right side of the page. To quote the blog: When you make your donation you will see a field to leave a comment. In that field you can designate where you'd like your donation to go: The Senior Cats, Special Needs Cats, Foster Program, Kitty Meals-on-Wheels, Ringworm Room, Barn Cat/Backyard Buddy Program. I'll start things off with a $25 donation to the Senior Cat program. If you have a local area shelter or program you'd prefer to support, please please do so. If you'd like please share your choice of donation via a comment on my blog. On behalf of Johnson I thank you for your generosity.
As often happens when someone special passes away, a special bird comes to visit me.
The morning after Johnson passed away, I heard the loud rapid clicking call of a Belted Kingfisher.
Female Belted Kingfishers are 'prettier' than the males and have the rusty brown color on their chest.
It was wonderful to see and hear this amazing bird if only for a few minutes.
Then on Tuesday morning...
A male Western Tanager came to visit.
Remember that I told you everyone loves blackberries.
That being the case I might get to see this pretty bird more often as we have lots of brambles close to the house.
And I'd be more than fine with that!
Thanks for taking the time to read my sorrowful post.