A week ago today we lost another member of our family. After more than 15 years of being my alarm clock, lap warmer and company on cold lonely nights. Toulouse went to Heaven where I'm sure she is playing with Two-Socks.
After years of protecting the house when we were away, leaving wonderful surprises of dead mice at the bedroom door for me to find in the mornings or giving me chest and back massages with the patting of her pretty white paws when I didn't get up at her first meow, her body finally gave out. Countless nights she would sleep on Darryl's side of the bed, and whenever we would leave town I would be the only person who didn't suffer her punishment of swats to the ankles as you walked by her on our return.
Her name was Toulouse but we called her Lucy for short.
Toulouse was the finest pet the feline species had to offer and she was the pet we owned the longest. In Cat years she was about 82 yrs. old.
After being away for months on a job I would walk in and say "Lucy, I'm home!" and she would come sauntering in , taking her own sweet time to welcome us back. I will miss her jumping on the bed and with her whiskers and wet nose tickling my face as she purred loudly, then we would play our game of "push & love". I would push her away and try to hide under the covers and she would always come poking her nose in to find me.
When Lucy started acting old we bought her a kitten to play with. It brought her back to life. The kitten rand off after a few months and Lucy remained her good ole' self until this last year.
She was Skye's cat and it's amazing she survived her first months with us. Two Socks played a little too hard with her and left her temporarily paralyzed in her back legs. My girls wouldn't give up on her and nursed her back to health. Lucy always had a limp, but it never stopped her. I know she loved Skye the most because Skye is the only person she would get mad at and she would swat at Skye's ankles the longest when Skye would come home, but moments later you would find her in Skye's lap purring contentedly.
Thank you for 15 wonderful years sweet Toulouse. I know you have found our other pets in that wonderful mansion in the eternities. I look forward to saying "Lucy, I'm home" when we next meet.