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The loss of a pet is terrible, because they're family. Each time we say never again, but we can't live without them. Well done helping a starving kitten. In the UK we have an organisation called Pets as Therapy. People who have pets of the right temperament can register, and they get to take their pet to places like old people's homes. There are lots of benefits for human beings of having a pet, so if the animal has a good, loving home it's an all round wonderful situation. As for cat stories, I sometimes write them on my own substack, so I don't wish to encroach any further on yours 😊
Oh! Welcome back, Holly! It is good to be smitten by a kitten.
A pet is a friend you didn't know you needed. My wife lost her second cat, several years back. She had the idea to foster dogs, and 2 out of 3 dogs later, are ours!
Your kitten is living the life! Great to have you back!
Oh, Holly, what a gift of a post! And Max is adorable. ♥️
Thank you for the highlight of my Saturday afternoon - wonderful! I was so thrilled to see this pop into my inbox today. 😊
So good to hear from you! My favorite pet was a doxy we rescued. He wouldn’t play, run, did not care for toys. He only wanted to lay by us and be petted here and there. When we had to put him down, it was so hard. But we got a lot of love from him, and he arrived at a particularly difficult time for us. I always believed God sent him our way.
Maxine is adorable. Having recently welcomed two rescue kitties into our home after swearing to never have any cats again, I can I see stand your reluctance. But I also know the joy of having one sleep in your lap and purr contently away. It’s truly the best! 💕
Glad to see you back. I had no doubt you would return, when you were ready. It's important to honor that inner voice, or in this case, lack of that inner voice. We always have good reasons for our choices.
And Maxine, oh my goodness, what a cutie. We have two cats that we adore. One or the both of them is always near, sitting at my feet or on the back of my chair as I work on the computer. And I too can spend hours petting them. Congrats on the newest member of your family! 💜
You might not be crying, but I am. Well done, Holly, Well done, Maxine. First up, the courage of pressing forward, chugga-chugga, when it might really have been easier to just roll back down the hill. Not better, necessarily, but easier.
Next, having the wherewithal to do what you needed to do to let the water flow back into your creative well. Solitary drives, foxes, and fireflies - all delicious. And, Maxine's impeccably timed arrival, after you'd had a bit of a break, when the door was open just enough for the light to come in. It all makes me very happy for you, and us, the fortunate recipients.
We bid farewell to the third of our three cats in May, in an unexpected series of losses across of 18 months. It all happened too fast. https://elizabethbeggins.substack.com/p/what-can-we-say-besides-goodbye We're on a pet break now, and like you, aren't sure there will be more. Unless we happen upon our own version of Maxine. She's spectacular!
Welcome back! I missed you. Maxine is adorable.
Welcome back Holly! Every part of this resonated. The procrastinating part, in particular 😂 My kitty cat isn't a little ball of fur, he's a 16-lb avalanche of fur, but he manages to spend hours plastered to me as I work. His purr sounds like an idling Harley Davidson. He keeps me sane. I'm so happy you discovered the magic of a kitty companion!
So happy you are back, Holly! Fell in love with my brother’s dog, Pina- a 9 1/2 year old mini pinscher. She had surgery earlier in the year. We took care of her until she recovered. There’s just some unexplained bond that happens.
I’m very glad you’re back! I love the little engine that could--my kids got very, very tired of it!
I was so happy to see your name in my email inbox today! Welcome back, Holly and "I think I can, I think I can..." You got it.
Welcome back Holly!
We had a dog growing up, but I swore I'd never get one again. I didn't want the responsibility, and I didn't want to deal with the inevitable crossing of the rainbow bridge. It took my family a year to convince me, but we brought a rescue dog into our home. He sits with me while I listen to records, and next to my laptop on the table while I type (I know I know).
I can't imagine life without him.
Holly, how did you you know how much I needed your calm, reassuring voice through your story. I have missed you! As you may have read, we too had a kitty "choose us." We named her Delilah, and she had her first vet appointment this week. We found a vet who comes to you as we didn't want to stress her since she is finally now letting us pet her, runs to greet us when we come outside (we have an indoor kitty already who is a Spicy, Tortie and not at ALL delirious of a companion)...she has a chip. The company has reached out to her owners over this past week via texts, emails, phone calls...nothing. Who could not want their fur baby back??? We have to wait 3 more weeks and if they don't "Claim" her, we can file for transfer of ownership. I love, love, love the photos of Maxine. Now we are Kindred Spirits in Cats. How lovely.
You know what? I am not a cat person but there is something magical about that kitty! Also, take all the time you need! It’s okay to be stuck and it’s okay to take a break :) Your readers are very happy to hear from you, but take of yourself however you need to! ❤️🔥