|Death: ||Jun. 1, 2007|
*Ashie was estimated to be between 5 and 6 years old when I adopted her*
Much appreciation to Kathie for sponsoring Ash! :)
I adopted Ashie in February of 99 from the Kent County Humane Society in Grand Rapids (MI). For a few years, it was just her and I (I was still single)attempting to conquer the world. She was a very loyal and quirky friend...one that I truly didn't get enough time with.
Most people don't believe cats are smart...but they never met Ashie. I knew Ashie was different when she would, literally, come and get me when it was time for bed. We had a routine due to my work schedule and on nights when I was up later than normal, she WOULD come and get me to go to bed. When I wouldn't, she would sit outside of the door to the bedroom and wait for me.
Her bed=my bed. I had one side of the bed and Ashie had the other. Or, rather...Ashie had the PILLOW next to my head. Oh yes. Ashie slept on the pillow. Even after I was engaged and my fiance' would spend the night, Ashie still kept her pillow and my fiance' (now husband) had to sleep UNDER her :)
Ashie learned English words. She did. It was crazy how smart she was. "Ashie want to eat?" sent her hauling butt into the kitchen (she LOVED to eat). "Treat?" sent her making her chirpy meows and begging mannerisms. Perhaps the best: "CHAIR". I purchased a refinished high-wicker type of chair that Ashie decided was HERS. Somehow...someway, she learned that when I said "CHAIR" she knew to jump in it and she would get treats. I swear. It was TRULY a WAY-COOL thing to show-off to people.
And those glittery round craft/soft balls you can buy? Sometimes they are used for crafts, but they are sometimes included in cat toys. Ashie was OBSESSED with them. OBSESSED! She would, mainly at night, get one in her mouth, carry it around, and howl SO loudly. It was bizarre. TRULY bizarre, but I loved every bit of quirkiness that she was made of.
After I was married, my husband worshiped Ashie as much as I did and the feeling was mutual. Upon the birth of our first child, Ashie didn't quite like the idea, but eventually was ok with it...she just decided to avoid the thing that screams and cries.
Shortly after the birth of our second child, Ashie started acting funny. She wouldn't come downstairs much and spent much of her time away from us. I took her to our vet who couldn't see anything wrong, but it got worse and to the point to where she didn't even really want to eat.
I knew this couldn't be a good sign. I took her to MSU (small animal clinic) where, upon even initial exam, they told me it probably wasn't good either way (they had a couple of ideas) and left it up to me what I wanted to do.
There was no way I could put her down without exhausting all of my options and knowing for sure what was going on with her. A few days later, they confirmed her hard belly (she did have a hardened belly) was cancer/fluid and there really was nothing they could do.
I knew there was no way I could take her home only to have to take her out again to be put to sleep.
On the day we said our goodbyes, I remember looking straight into that cat's eyes. I was, literally, nose to nose with her and she didn't flinch one bit (most cats would probably back away). And something very deep inside me KNEW that God created a miracle at that point and Ashie KNEW what was going on and WHAT I was saying to her. I can't explain it. It was the queerest thing I've ever experienced, but I truly believe she knew.
I cut some of her fur off and put it in a baggie so that I would always have a part of her with me. When the vet student/assistant/tech that was with the main doc started crying with me....I knew I had brought Ashie to the right place and that I was doing the "right" thing.
Ashie was privately cremated and is home with us...sitting on a nightstand next to our bed. We have since adopted a couple of other cats, but Ashie can never be replaced. She will always hold a VERY special place in my heart. <3 <3
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Home with me
Created by: A84C72
Record added: Feb 09, 2011
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