Good ending

Yesterday was nuts.

Well, let’s rewind, it all started the night before around 11 p.m.

Jason and I were snuggled close on the couch when Leo appeared and laid with us. This is the first time he has laid with me since we brought our puppy home.

Well things changed drastically after this.

Out cat Leo, who we have had since 2010, started to get sick. This of course happens from time to time with hairballs, but never to this extent. He kept throwing up, to the point where it was just stomach vile.

With deep concern, we all finally went to sleep hoping for the best after the vomiting subsided. As we all got situated in bed, yes Jason and I are accompanied by our puppy Lucy and other cat Kimber, every night, I spotted Leo laying on the ground between the wall and our bed. I’ve never seen him lay here before.

I scratched a few of his favorite spots and then put a blanket next to him on the floor.

I soon fell asleep to the quite breathing of Jason next to me.

Lucy woke me up early yesterday morning, 5:45. This is unusual for her. So, we went outside, so she could go, came back in and she had breakfast.

After Jason left for work, Leo jumped in my lap and cuddled close. Ever since we got Lucy in April he hasn’t snuggled with me. I enjoyed every minute, well until Lucy wanted to take his spot.

As soon as he jumped down, Leo started getting sick again. This kept on going on and off until around 11:30 yesterday morning.

My concern deepened with my heart heavy. Leo was exhausted by this point. He finally settled down and fell asleep.

After talking to Jason, I made an appointment at Banfield,  the same place we take Lucy. Unfortunately we couldn’t get him in until 3:15 that afternoon. I was so worried, I could barely concentrate on my work.

Jason came home on his break and helped me take Leo to the vet. I love this man so much for coming all the way home. My emotions were frazzled by this point and I didn’t want to take Leo by myself, especially without a cat carrier.

So after waiting a while after we got there, the vet finally saw him. She said he looked really good and without some extensive testing she wouldn’t know for sure, but it might have just been a rather large hairball that he was struggling to get rid of.

With both of us fearing the worst,  this was good news. Jason drove Leo home as I paid the bill and made another appointment for him.

Words cannot describe how much that meant to me. Jason works a good 40-45 minutes away from home. When I told him thank you, his simple response was “that’s what I do.” I love this man so much.

After he left to go back to work, Leo started acting a little more like himself. He even ate some food. Since I knew there wasn’t anything major wrong with him, I finally left the house with Lucy in tow.

I had to get rid of the stress of the day and give some one-on-one time to Lucy. So we went to our favorite place the Kingsport Greenbelt. It felt so good to be outdoors for an evening run.

Shortly after we starting running, we came to a stop when I saw four deer crossing the path a little ways before us. How cool is that? I love spotting animals in nature. I of course tried to take a picture, but with a puppy that doesn’t sit still it came out rather blurry.

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We kept going, until Lucy spotted our favorite place. This is where we stopped and took a break.

After some exploring, we were on the path once again heading back to our starting point.

We ran 2.48 miles going from 1147 in elevation to 1236.

This run was exactly what I needed, what we needed. So, feeling satisfied, we drove back home to wait for Jason to come home from work.

Yesterday shined some light on our relationship once again. There’s not anything this man won’t do for me and all of our pets. How did I get so lucky?  I’m so glad our paths crossed again.

I’m happy to say Leo never got sick again after returning home from the vet. He’s been talking up a storm today.

Oh, our life is back to normal.

Now to get some writing done, so I can hopefully go to the gym this afternoon.

Special bond

Jason and I rescued Leo from a shelter in Naples, Florida on April 29, 2010.

Leo, May 2010.

Leo, May 2010.

Although my family had a few cats when we lived on the farm, and my older sister had a persian, which was not friendly, when I was growing up, I never had a cat that was really my pet.I’ve always had a love for dogs, that has always been my pet of choice. Jason on the other hand, loves cats. One day he saw a sign at the gas station near our house that read free kitties, but when he called they were all gone. This of course got the ball rolling in searching for a cat we could call our own.

It took a while to understand the mentality of a cat, how to coexist in the same space.  Jason and I joke all the time that Leo is our dog, some of his habits and characteristics are not kitty related, they scream dog.

Jason picked a perfect cat for us. His personality is like no other cat I have ever been around.

IMG_1053It’s been a whirlwind of emotions and stressful at times as this kitty and I learned how to live with one another. With that said, over the last few years Leo and have developed a pretty special bond.

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I love when he curls up on my lap purring his soothing loud purr, or head butts me so I will pet him or his comical meow when he wants something. Leo has definitely won over a very special place in my heart.

Blue bear

The battle begins as soon as we both lay down in bed, the battle of us and Miss Blue Bear getting comfortable. This battle unfortunately continues throughout the night and into the morning.
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It’s a warming feeling that our lovely cat likes to snuggle with us all night long. I know she snuggles with us, especially this time of the year, because she wants our warmth. She’s trying to stay warm just like us and what better way then to snuggle between the two of us. But, with that said it makes for many sleepless nights.
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Kimber becomes dead weight as soon as she lies down, especially after she falls asleep. Once she finds her spot, that’s it, it’s impossible for you to move an inch. So, when you want to roll over, grab the blanket, or move your legs a little, well, think again. It becomes an impossible task, a task that completely wakes you up.

Kimber moves from my side of the bed to Jason’s throughout the night after we were successful in getting our space back.
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The best part of all of this is when she strikes in the morning. That loud meow as close into your ear as possible telling you it’s time to wake up. Even if you get her off the bed, she immediately jumps back on with her continuous meow. 

Once you start to sit up, the meow becomes louder and the chase to the bathroom begins. Kimber loves beating you to the bathroom. 

Don’t get me wrong we love our gorgeous, incredibly sweet kitty. I just wish you could actually train cats. Train them to stay in a specific spot on the bed, or heck even sleep in their own bed.

As soon as she’s successful in waking us both, she’s happy and finds a spot on the couch and leaves us alone for a while.

Yes, I don’t know what I would do without this Blue Bear, she has captured both of our hearts. Kimber, oh sweet Kimber, please give us a night of uninterruptible sleep just once 🙂
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The soothing purr

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This morning I woke up not feeling the best, so after Jason left for work I crawled back into bed. As soon as I was under the sheets Leo had appeared and positioned himself as close to my face as possible.

I started to scratch behind his ears and the deep purring began. This soothing sound continued as he moved his head showing me where he wanted me to scratch. His purr became louder as he repositioned himself. He was now resting his head on my arm.

Before I knew it, Leo’s calming deep purrs sang me right to sleep. When I woke and looked at the clock an hour had passed and Leo was still in the same spot.

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I love how animals can sense when something is wrong. Our kitty stayed beside me until I was feeling better this morning.  It was an incredible feeling to have his warmth on me as he took a nap with me.

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Leo is definitely a wonderful companion. He has captured a piece of my heart.

Cuddle bug

No matter where we are sitting, laying or direction we are walking, there is a little follower talking to us the whole time.

Miss Kimber, our beautiful kitty, is always cuddling close by or laying directly on us once we find a spot to sit down.

Her favorite time of the day occurs in the morning as she patiently waits for us to move or for the alarm to go off. As soon as she knows we are awake the talking begins as she races with us to the bathroom meowing every step of the way.

When we make our way to bed at night she is close behind. As we get comfortable she finds her favorite spot at our side or between our feet at the foot of the bed. As we shift throughout the night, she moves with us cuddling closer than the time before.

Our lives have been enriched by this affectionate cat who always wants to be close by.

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