Until today, I also had 2 cats in addition to my gang of dogs. Brother & sister, Teddy & Velma came to us as "failure to thrive" kittens in the summer of 2002. An experienced dog person, I only had experience with 2 adult rescue cats - never any kittens. It was quite the unique experience trying to teach young kittens how to drink water. They were so tiny, they would sleep in a dollhouse in my daughter's room - ON the dollhouse beds & fit perfectly.
Ashland, a magnificent dark yellow Lab, was the only dog Teddy ever liked. As a baby, Teddy used to go run & hide in Ashland's crate behind Ashland whenever Velma would bully him because she was too afraid of Ashland to follow (and Teddy knew it). I have a picture of Teddy peaking over Ashland's shoulder inside the crate & looking out the open crate door at his sister who was too afraid to get any closer.
Poor Ashland passed a year later from bone cancer & Teddy never did like any of the other dogs who have come & gone.
My beautiful boy Teddy, not even 11 years old - he had the most beautiful markings & was always a big hit at the vet's because of his unique markings & mellow personality.
Teddy passed away today from sudden kidney failure which the vet told me is not uncommon for a male cat of his age, but it was too short for me. And I was not ready for it.
Teddy: I will miss his sweet temperament & his lazy personality.
Both of my Etsy shops will be closed for a few days.