Thursday, July 26, 2007

Koko

When I was 19 years old I got myself a kitten. She was 7 weeks old, and I got her at a yard sale. She was free to good home. I drove home with her crying in the back seat, and the very first night she punched me in the eye while I was sleeping.

She used to fit into roller skates, that's how tiny she was. My roommate and I would put her in a skate and cruise her around the hardwood floors.

When she was 9 mos old I got Clancy, another babycat, and Koko was VERY unhappy. Koko was a tortoiseshell you see, and they do NOT like other animals. I was unaware of that before I got Clancy. Now I know. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Eventually Koko and Clancy reached an accord, and lived for 15+ years together. Clancy used to torment Koko by staring at her and not touching her. You could almost hear 2 kids in the back of a car. "Mom! He's looking at me!" "So? I'm not touching you!"

Koko like canned food and water. She loved yarn. She loved curling up next to the space heaters and when I was lucky enough to have a fireplace she would camp out right in front of it.

Today I helped Koko cross from this world. She was 17 and ill, but it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. The vet, Dr Mullins, deserves a special mention, because she did a wonderful job with the actual procedure. But my babycat is gone, the last bit of my 20s is gone, and I'll never see that pissed off catface again.

She will be most assuredly missed, every day, for the rest of my days.

7 comments:

Erin said...

Julie- I am so sorry... There are no words... I am glad you were there for her when she passed... Lots of love and Gentle hugs coming your way.....

Barb said...

I'm sorry Julie. It's so hard to lose a pet. Especially one you've had so long.
(((Hugs)))

jennyquarx said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Safe journey Koko.

Chelsea Lynn Adcock said...

Oh Julie, I am sorry that your first cat has passed on. I will be thinking of you.

Barb said...

Julie - I forgot to tell you that our Dog is named KoKo. And it's spelled that same way. The funny thing is, I think she's got the same attitude as your cat did.

Jennifer said...

Hugs for you Julie.

I hope Koko and Gilbert meet up, they can both talk about how jacked they were as kittens when 'another' showed up.....;)

Much love to you.

Laura37 said...

So sorry Julie. We get so close to our pets. Its reality its loosing a member of the family.