Sleep Well, Beloved GC

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GC passed over the rainbow bridge last night. We knew it was going to be any day now. We’ve been cherishing her, and trying to give her last treats and indulgences. This weekend we had been giving her cream, and a little bit of cheese, and any cat food she wanted, and greenies.

baby kittens all together

Baby kittens in their new home

She did not seem to be in any pain. She has been growing weaker and less steady for weeks, months. No matter how much we fed her she was growing thinner. She was a happy girl, though, and stuck to the regular schedule. She got her cuddles, her skritches. She came to check out visitors. She and WC were born in August 2002 and came to our home in October 2002. Someone had dumped them in a dumpster next to a pet grooming business. We brought them and their little rescue mate brother (from a litter dumped 2 weeks after theirs) home together. We had only planned on 2 kittens, but there was no way we would leave any of them behind. We were determined that being dumped in a dumpster would be the last indignity and cruelty they would ever suffer.

baby gc exploring the new world

baby gc exploring the new world

We brought them home to our 6-month old puppy who ADORED them. She promptly adopted them and took care of them. Her favorite thing was to lick their ears for them – we called that a Mu-do, a shortening of the dog’s name. While the others seemed to take getting a Mu-do in good humor, GC merely endured it. 🙂

gc Oct 2002 after what might have been her first Mu-do

gc Oct 2002 after what might have been her first Mu-do

From the time she was a little kitten, we were fairly certain that GC was going to be a couch potato. She loved to eat and sleep and sit around watching everyone else work. Everyone needs a manager, and GC figured she’d be perfect for the role. She had a special affection for our son – he was “her boy”. I used to tell her when “her boy” was coming home so she could have the fun of anticipation.

baby wc and gc oct 2002

sisters learning the world can be good

She was so plump and cuddly. Do any of you remember Gund stuffed animals? They are/were the softest plushiest cuddliest stuffed animals. GC was what Gunds would be if they came alive. She was beautiful, so beautiful. She looked like she could have had Russian Blue blood in her, her coat was that color. Her paw pads – I always called them a dusty rose color. They weren’t pink – they were much more subtle and interesting than just pink.

GC and LB 2005

GC and her little brother, who was quite a bit larger

Oh my G kitty – we will miss you so very very much. May you be where you can have all the treats you want and a warm comfy place to nap.

Beloved GC

Beloved GC

double-decker sisters

double-decker sisters

Didn't happen often but they DID get along

Sharing a seat didn’t happen often but they DID get along

GC and her little brother on the steps 2005

WC is/was, oddly enough, much braver than her siblings. They’d sit on the stairs during parties while she would venture into the room once the crowd thinned out

sisters 2005

Before we had the fireplace, warm radiators were the place to be

gc and wc snuggling 2005

snuggling sisters

3 cats on a couch

proof that there were times when we were one big happy family, no sibling issues

9 Responses to “Sleep Well, Beloved GC”

  1. 1 Deborah Cohn August 10, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    I am crying, and we are all so sad here! But Beth said that Mulan was awaiting there for her, to give her a Mu-do. We will miss her so much!!!! Love to everyone who loved her too.

  2. 2 honourmcmillan August 10, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    My heart aches for all of you !
    Farewell little one

  3. 3 Thea Dahlberg August 10, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    My heart is breaking too. We are blessed to have our animal companions, and their loss feels unbearable at times. I still mourn the loss of all my beloved cats and dogs, and the love they shared with us is eternal.

  4. 4 ahuva18 August 10, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you, Thea. *hug*

  5. 5 ahuva18 August 10, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you. Sigh. “’Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.” Especially small warm bundles of fur.

  6. 6 ahuva18 August 10, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    We are crying here also. I am sure Beth is correct. Mu would make sure that GC feels loved and at home. I keep thinking I see GC. Very strange to have only 2 bowls to fill. 😦

  7. 7 Jinjer August 10, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Crying my eyes out. GC reminds me of my Kaila. I’m so glad you took home all three kitties from the dumpster. They were all so lucky to end up in such a loving home. Hugs to everyone!!!!

  8. 8 ahuva18 August 11, 2020 at 9:44 am

    GC was the smartest of the 3, and much more mellow than her sister WC. They were litter mates and we were not going to separate the 2 sisters. But look at that baby face on their little brother – we couldn’t leave that little kitten there all alone. So we took all 3 and were happy that we did. Our vet has always said to us that she wants to come back as our cat. 🙂

  9. 9 Jinjer August 15, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Aww that’s a great compliment to receive from the Vet!

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