Hedwig came to us from the Luce County Animals Shelter in 2001,
where she was abandoned as a youngish cat.
We got her soon after the death of our big fat fluffy Aggie who was an endearing calico lap cat, who loved to sneeze thick green cat snot on the walls and legs of the table.
I was hoping to get another lap cat, and I was disappointed, because that was not Hedwig's way.
Lila and Hedwig both at crawling stage
Both of them always liked boxes!
Hedwig loved to lay on top of everything; backpacks....
Nice clean carded wool....
Imported expensive wool....
Sometimes it is good to be inside too.
I learned to love Hedwig, not because she was always underfoot and on my lap but because she was always there...somewhere where you least expected it (though it was easy to guess where she was if wool was out!)
Hedwig liked to sit on the bathroom scale. She was ten pounds for a very long time, until she started to have renal failure and slowly began to lose weight.
We thought a couple of weeks ago she was on her way out, but she rallied and got really excited about some new canned cat food. She was fussy so she ate whatever she wanted, including the occasional dab of ice cream and turkey cotto salami. She loved to clean out everyone's ice cream bowl!
Hedwig collapsed on Wednesday evening and I held her throughout the night so she wouldn't die alone.
She purred while I held her and when the kids gave her pats and kisses goodnight. She didn't want to go though and after a few seizures at night she could only move her eyes but refused to die. She and I went to our local vet where she was finally put out of her misery...and I was able to hold her the entire time.
She will always hold a special place in our memories, this cat who captured our aching hearts.
Sam has a funeral planned for spring...
he wants her to be buried under an apple tree so the blossoms can fall on top of her.