This is Alice. My wife quickly came up with that name - don't ask me how.
Alice is the youngest uninvited member of our family. She just showed up on our doorstep in November of 2004 and appeared to be starving and freezing to death.
Alice's personality, behaviour and appearance is strikingly similar to a male named Rudy that we had who mysteriously went missing less than a year before Alice's sudden arrival on our property; I sometimes wonder if she is Rudy reborn. No surprise then that she's extremely agile and a proficient hunter - a frequent and disturbing occurrence for both of us.
Well I finally have a picture of Floozy. She's the 8th little wonder of our animal family - I mean very little. Floozy is smaller than our smallest cat, and is full grown at 5 years as of '09. she's also the most difficult to get a picture of, as she is very uncomfortable with a camera pointing at her, so I had to grab this one without her knowing. She also rarely stays still other than sleeping or snuggled in someone's lap, so I hope to get a better shot of her yet.
To make it even more difficult, her face has to be cleaned often to minimize the darkening of fur around her eyes, plus she frequently gets her face dirty in food dishes. So here she is in all her happy and bouncy glory. However, I don't think my wife will be too pleased when she sees that I put up a picture of Floozy with a dirty face, lol
Fresca had been with me since she was a fragile and yet playful and trusting little kitten. She's about 19 and a half at this time of her passing and has always been a deeply loving companion and would get onto my lap every chance she could get; which was whenever I sat down... like right now.
She 's also been the matriarch of our animal family, both dogs and cats.
As you can see in her photo, she had only one eye. She had chronic infections over much of her life in her left eye, and about 3 years ago it had to be removed, as the severity of the last infection was making her gravely ill. Since then she had been very happy and healthy until a month after our old male cat Zing passed away at the age of 20. The alignment of their years here with us is both so meaningful and heartbreaking, for we have lost 2 of our dearly loved companions within such a short period.
On June 4th 2011, after 2 weeks of loving care during rapidly declining health, Fresca passed away quietly and naturally.
Good bye for now my sweet Fresca, for as with Zing, I will see you again in another time, in another place.