Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Remembering Waddles




October is not an easy month. Of our four cats at the Rainbow Bridge, three made their journey in October. 

We lost our Waddles on Oct. 13, 2011.

Waddles was my first cat as an adult. I won’t go into all the details—it’s not a wonderful story—but my mother adopted Waddles after my father died. The story was that Waddles’ original person, a man, had died, and his wife was allergic to cats so gave her to a friend to find her a home. That’s how my mother got her.

I didn’t think I liked cats. But when I visited with my mother, and then lived with her a while, I fell in love with Waddles.

In March 2000, my mother surrendered Waddles at the county shelter without telling me. I found out that night. I fell apart and called Larry (this was before we were married). He asked, “Why don’t you adopt her?”

I had doubts that I would be a good cat mother, but Larry encouraged me, telling me, “Waddles will teach you what you need to know.”

So the next day I went to the shelter and adopted my baby. She recognized me and clung to me. The shelter staff had to put together my newly purchased carrier for her because I wasn’t going to let go of Waddles.

I took her home with me, and I promised her I would be her home forever.

Waddles usually didn't like being held, but we managed to get this picture taken.


It was a promise I kept. When Larry and I married, Waddles and I joined him and Sam and Thunder Cat. It was not easy integrating three adult cats, but we did it.

According to vet records that came with Waddles from her first home, she was born sometime in September 1990. We chose Sept. 8 as her birthday. She had just turned 21 when she died.



I am forever grateful to Waddles for teaching me so many things: the joy of taking care of another living being, the fact that responsibility was nothing to fear. She helped to open my heart and let my empathy and love show.



Waddles Scarlett, we miss you every day, and we look forward to the time when we will meet again. Love you forever.

18 comments:

  1. Waddles had a happy story once she found you. She lived out her golden years with someone that showered her with love. What a special cat!

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  2. Those are wonderful stories -- and I'm so glad she found her forever home with you. That's truly beautiful -- and because she lived so long, you had a lot of very good time with her. Hugs today -- they're needed.

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  3. Waddles was adorable! A beautiful tribute post; I am so sorry for your loss.

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  4. What a sweet story. You gave her a permanent and loving home. She lived a long and happy life with you.

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  5. you are a gorgeous girl waddles scarlett; and your dad larry is truly smart... he knows why...so does mom !! ♥♥♥♥♥ sending hugs & loves to everyone today ~~~~~~~ ♥♥♥♥♥

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  6. You were so blessed to be able to retrieve her from the shelter. what a wonderful story

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  7. Purrs to you as you remember Waddles...

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  8. What a beautiful story - and oh, was Waddles gorgeous!!! We're so happy you adopted her - it sounds like she really loved you.
    Cammie!

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  9. Waddles was beautiful. I am glad you adopted her and gave her the loving home she deserved.

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  10. Waddles was a beautiful kitty. I am glad you were able to save her. No matter how long they live, it is never long enough.

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  11. I am in tears. This was such a beautiful story and I can feel your heartache. I cannot believe your mother relinquished Waddles (wait, yes I can, my Mother would have done the same). I am so happy you got Waddles back and went on to have a beautiful life together. She was a gorgeous, gorgeous cat. There is nothing like the first kitty......Waddles was your "soul kitty", that always hurts so much. I am so sorry, but I am happy you shared so many beautiful years together ((((hugs)))))

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  12. She was lovely. And greatly loved. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. What a lovely tribute to Waddles, who lovingly taught you so many things, and who was so grateful to you for saving her. Hugs as you remember your special girl.

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  14. The beginning of a sweet love story. That's a beautiful picture!!

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  15. Beautiful cat and story. Thanks for sharing :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  16. Beautiful cat and story. Thanks for sharing :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  17. Aww, I'm so glad that Waddles ended up with you. What a beautiful cat she was.

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  18. Waddles was obviously meant to be your kitty. So happy you were able to rescue her after your mom surrendered her. How wonderful for her to have such a long life. What a sweet story. You are in our hearts as you remember. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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