Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fancy Jane's Farewell



Eleven years ago, when Carrie and I were still single, we went to a pet store to purchase supplies for a kitten we planned to adopt later that week. As we entered the pet store, we both noticed a row of stacked cages to our right, filled with adult cats available for adoption.

We walked straight to the cage of a five-year old orange cat named Fancy - a name fittingly bestowed by her previous owner. As I reached in to pet her, she edged forward and met my hand, offering the top of her furry head to my fingertips.

Kitten? What kitten? We were smitten with Fancy, and we were taking her home!
  >^..^<


As the years rolled on, our sweet Fancy Jane became a beloved pet. Her fur was soft like a bunny, her claws sharp as razors, and she could hold a meow-note longer than any cat I've ever known. She was a girl of her own terms - petting Fancy required her being in the mood. Eating plastic was her vice, and even though she was a mere 6 pounds, our other {15 pound} cat knew that Fancy was the cat boss.


A small cat with a light and dainty step, she could situate herself on top of my hip as I slept {on my side} without disturbing my slumber. She was always close by when a meal or snack included milk, and was regularly spoiled by Doug who was a softy for her pretty face and pleading eyes.


Oh what a sweet little blessing it was to have a pet like Fancy. And oh how we will miss her for the longest time now that her time here is through.


Thanks for being the best pet ever, Fancy Jane.
We hope there's milk in kitty heaven.

26 comments:

Sian said...

Oh, my heart sank when I read your title. I'm so very sorry Deb. Fancy Jane was a cat in a million - I think she had fans all over the world x

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Like Sian, my heart sank when I saw your post pop up on Facebook. So sorry that you have lost such a special pet xx

Beverly said...

My eyes started tearing when I saw the post title on your FB page. What a sweet beauty I am so glad to have known through your blog. {{{hugs}}} to the three of you and extra rubs for Whiskers Jay.

Ruth said...

Oh, no. I'm so very sorry for your loss. xx

Daniela Dobson said...

I am so sorry.

scrappyjacky said...

She looks so beautiful,Deb.....so sorry to hear she's gone.

Gail said...

Oh no Deb. My heart did a little flip when I read your title. I'm so sorry Deb.

furrypig said...

sorry to hear such sad news Deb sending lots of hugs your way xxx

Carrie Rosalind said...

:( :( :( So sad.

PS: You should have used the green photo too! Lol

Irene said...

So sad to hear the news of Fancy Jane. (Hugs).

Jo.C said...

Lovely tribute. Sorry to hear the sad news xx

humel said...

Sending you lots of love and hugs, Deb. And I'm certain sure that there is milk in kitty heaven xx

Maria Ontiveros said...

The Christmas tree may be safer, but our world is a sadder place without your fancy cat. I am cheered by the thought that she is perched on your mom's shoulder looking down on you and your C.
Hugs to you,
Rinda

Jo said...

So sorry to hear your news, she was certainly a beautiful cat x

Karen said...

So sorry you have lost your sweet Fancy Jane x

Karen said...

What a lovely tribute to Fancy Jane! She's been a favorite of your blog fans, too.

Margaret said...

Oh, no. It is so hard to lose a pet. I always say it's like losing the souls of your home. Too much loss for you, my friend.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

What a darling kitty....such sweet photos to remember"

Denise said...

Oh Deb,my eyes are all teary, so sorry to hear this x xx

Jimjams said...

So sad :(

Cheri said...

I'm so sorry to hear this Deb! Fancy Jane was a beautiful kitty and will be sorely missed. I wonder what Whiskers Jay is making of all of this?

Alison said...

I know how much you will miss her Deb...lovely photos of her!
Alison xx

Becky said...

So sorry to hear about Fancy Jane, but how lucky she was to spend those years with you xx

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I'm so sorry Deb! It's so hard to lose a beloved pet. Hang in there, friend!

Ginger said...

She sure is a pretty girl and these photos show her personality. A lovely tribute to Miss Fancy Jane!

Miriam said...

Oh Deb what a lovely farewell to Fancy Jane. I'm so sorry it was her time to leave you. I know how that feels. x

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