Sunday, August 17, 2014
THE PROGRESS OF CANDY THE CALICO CAT
This little cat came into our home, our lives just 10 days ago and during that short time she has taken over Phil's bed, my chair and our hearts. She eats what she is given and uses her tray without fail.
We will never forget little Precious as she was so special to us and a constant friend and she left a huge gaping hole we thought could never be filled. I cried bucketfuls when I had to say goodbye to her after nearly 13 years.
First my daughter, and then Phil, said I must get another cat. I felt I was betraying Precious if I did so soon after losing her but Candy is entirely different. She is very placid, which Precious was not, and just a loving as Precious ever was. They are two completely different cats so Candy has not taken over but fills a very special place of her own in our hearts.
Candy escaped again last week. Phil's error this time. She had a wonderful few minutes in the back and front gardens and Phil finally managed to catch her while she was busy having a sniff down near the shed. It unsettled her (and Phil too I think) for a while but she has settled down again and enjoys sitting on the window sill here in my work room looking out at the back garden and now it is warmer, (27º - 81ºF today and it's still winter) she can sit and look through the front and back screen doors.
We bought her a harness last week (had no instructions whatsoever which I thought rather bad as it wasn't cheap) and we are contemplating trying to put it on Candy. Although she has settled in so well we don't want to spook her so will have to take it gently at first. We thought, if she would tolerate the harness, we could take for little walks outside to familiarize her with the garden. More reports on whether we manage the harness business or not later.