The first time I saw this face, quivering, shaking uncontrollably in Marce’s arms, I knew this day would come.
She’d just been snatched from underneath an SUV on a firecracker hot July day in Trader Joes parking lot. Helpless but a real survivor, you could put her into a teacup. The Vet said she had about one more day left in her.
The last of our three cats had passed and we knew that, where we were heading, many countries had stupid quarantine rules regarding pets on boats.
Most pet owners will say that their pet is so special but this story is unique in that I’m not lying. Izzy “Adventure Kitty” Katzenbaum is a true character and people fall in love with her immediately, and so did we. Within a week we knew that you could search for a lifetime and not come up with a cat as sweet and funny and spirited as Izzy.
So…today is the day. Our kids called and said that she handled both flights with aplomb and grace, like a pro, which anyone whose read this blog knows she is. I’m not surprised at all.
Upon returning to Escape Velocity, which we knew would be tough, there were no cheerful greetings at the door, and a dreadfully empty boat. We silently went about getting rid of all things cat. It’s a sad, sad day.