For those of you that don't know, I am sad to tell you that we lost Miss Ginger last Friday, September 1st, 2006. Ginger

We had actually planned on having her put to sleep on Saturday, however her condition apparently deteriorated. Friday late afternoon and Donna felt that she couldn't wait any longer, so she took her to Canyon and Dr. Hamil put her to sleep. She was a brave little girl and she put up a good fight, but her body couldn't fight the kidney disease any longer.

Female orange tabbies are rare; most are males. I have one myself, so I felt a special bond with Ginger.

Every Saturday and Sunday morning, she was the first to greet me at the door, with her big green eyes and silent meow. She was the first one out the door when I opened the patio doors - barging her way in front of Houdie or anyone else who might have thought THEY would be going outside first. :) And she was always the first to the plate when I put down the canned food, running in from outside.

In the past couple of months, she wanted to stay outside most of the time - laying under one of the cat trees in the front patio, with the fountain. I started putting down a towel or blanket for her and she loved to sleep there all day, taking frequent walks to the fountain to drink.

She was so happy that I was coming at nights to do the meds, because that meant more time outside for her! Even in her last days, when I would round up everyone to come inside, she would try and make a u- turn and go back to her special spot. :) I always felt bad when I had >to bring her in. If it had been up to her, she would have stayed outside all night.

We'll miss you, little Ginger girl!!