In Memory of

Beloved Companion
Kathy Prindle

Born April 1, 1969
Died January 19, 1983

Tampa, Florida


    You were a part of my life even before you were born, daughter of my cat, Sugar, and my sister's cat, Trouble. An only kitten, you were a one-person cat; fortunately, I was that person.
    We started out in California, lived in Texas for awhile, then eventually settled in Florida. For a week on vacation in North Carolina, we both lived in my little Pinto hatchback...what a trip that was, and you were the perfect travelling companion.
    When you were diagnosed with diabetes and had to have shots twice a day for the rest of your life, I was always amazed at how well you adapted. Suddenly life was topsy-turvy, and my schedule revolved around yours. I still chuckle when I remember how my roommate and I took you to the Skyway with us, clamming, so that we'd be able to give you your evening shot, thinking you'd be content to stay in the
little jon boat. We heard the "plop" "plop" of feet in the water, turned, and saw you nonchalantly heading for shore!
    After all these years, I had nearly forgotten about the time I was recuperating at home after surgery. You'd sit with me in the chair while I watched nature shows on the public tv were fascinated with the animals, particularly the birds. You had a favorite video tape of one of the shows, and I'd play it over and over for you, getting such a kick out of watching you watching it!
    As the years passed, the diabetes took its toll. Every now and then you'd have a diabetes-related crisis, but you always pulled through. That last time, I thought for sure you would too, but it was not to be. It was my birthday when the vet called me at work to tell me you had not survived the night. I'm so sorry I wasn't there with you, Mittens. I hope you know how very much I loved you, and can forgive me for those times when I was less than patient and far from perfect.
    The oak tree I planted in your memory here after you died is strong, tall, and beautiful now. Squirrels and birds make their homes in it, and it shades the whole side of the'd love it, I know.

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