Valentine's Day will never pass by without me thinking of two of the most loved and loving cats that I had the privilege to share my life with.
Mr. Ed and his beloved Lily.
They met when Ed was almost twenty and Lily was thirteen.
Lily, who was seven when I adopted her, was my cuddle-bug for years. She would love to curl up on my lap anytime, day or night. She followed me around like a puppy.
That is, until the summer of 2009 when a nineteen year old, blue-eyed, seal-point Siamese entered her life.
I adopted Mr. Ed from the Lanark Animal Shelter. He was nineteen, toothless, emaciated and depressed. He was brought into the shelter with numerous other cats from one home where their needs were not being met. He was in a sad state. When I saw him and read his bio I didn't expect he would be adopted. He was too old and worn out. No one would want him at that advanced age. He looked like he didn't have much time on this planet and would more than likely cost a fortune to improve his health.
So...I brought him home. lol
Once we got Ed's health where it should be (and it did not break the bank and I thank my wonderful vet, Dr. McEwan for helping him) which took about two months, he blossomed into one of the most handsome felines I had ever seen. He was magnificent. Lily thought so, too.
It was love at first sight for Lily and they spent every hour of the day and night attached at the hip, so to speak.
They were together for almost six years. We knew we did not have a long time with him and enjoyed every minute we could loving up this fella. And at the ripe old age of twenty-five, we sadly said farewell to our beloved Ed. It broke our hearts. I worried so much about Lily. It was a very sad time.
Our Annie soon took Lily under her wing as cats are very aware when someone is depressed. She stayed by her, slept with her and stretched out in front of the wood-stove with her in the evenings.
It was wonderful to watch Lily come back to us from Annie comforting her and have her once again be the contented cat we knew and loved.
Valentine's Day will always bring back those memories of Ed and Lily and our now beautiful Annie and how they were there for each other in their time of need.
Mr. Ed and Lily are resting side by side now on our property.
Together again as it should be.
A big "Happy Valentine's Day" to everyone from all at the mouse-house.
Deb, Gary, Annie, the audacious Audrey & free-loading Forrest. xoxoxoxoxo