Maggie – My Little “Pin-Up Girl” – a Tribute to a special friend

On this morning of May 9th, 2013, I have a heavy heart as I just had to say good-bye to a good friend . . . one who has been with me for many years.  Maggie came to me, along with her brother Liam, as a tiny little ball of fur.  I don’t remember what year they joined my household, but I estimate it was between 12-15 years ago.  At the time, I lived in Bowling Green (KY) and I was well-known by the local Humane Society.  I  remember well the morning I received a frantic phone call from one of their volunteers , asking if I could take in two little kittens who would not survive the day without an adoption.   The volunteer explained that both kittens had a virulent bacterial infection, which was totally curable but would take about a week of treatment to get under control.  With so many creatures in need of care, the facility could not dedicate so much time to one pair of kittens.  I made a bee-line to get those kittens out of there, and after a rather memorable week of them being demonstrably  sick, they both made full recoveries and have spent their long and happy lives with me.

When I lost Maggie this morning, I thought back over our years together and realized that I would do it all over again, even knowing I would eventually have to face this day.  We had a lot of fun, and Maggie was much beloved by me and her kitty siblings.    Her beautiful golden eyes were always full of intelligence and compassion, and her manners were always lady-like.

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In 2007, Maggie became a pin-up girl in a Cat Fancy desktop calendar.

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For such a petite little cat, Maggie had a lot of energy to go along with an insatiable curiosity.  She was always doing something funny that made me laugh, and she always helped me with whatever I was doing.  For instance, she  tasted all my flower arrangement to make sure they wouldn’t be harmful to me and she carefully inspected any dollhouse I might be working on to make sure it was worth my time .

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Like most cats, Maggie was also dedicated to her naps and liked to find choice spots to enjoy them . . .  As you will notice in the bottom right photo, she liked to bring her toys to bed, too.

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Maggie loved all her kitty siblings, but was always closest to her biological brother, Liam  (as you can see in the photos below).  I almost lost Liam a couple of years ago to an onset of kidney problems, and Maggie stayed with him constantly during his recovery.  I was deathly sick with pneumonia in January, February, and March of this year and Maggie stayed with me the whole time.  I know that we are all going to miss her, but I don’t know how Liam and I will do without her.

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It wouldn’t be fitting if I didn’t say how grateful I am for all the happy times we shared.  Perhaps Liam said it best . . .

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Rest in peace, little Maggie.  You’ll never be forgotten, and I am glad for every single moment we shared.


Last modified on: May 9th 2013.