In loving memory of our Musket who we love so much. Musket will be greatly missed and be in our hearts forever.
You were so beautiful and such a wonderful companion for almost 17 years!
I have so many stories about you...Not sure where to begin...
Miss you precious!
How we came to be together was in 1993. You were born to some friends who lived in a trailer in the country. Your momma was a prissy young siamese named Maxwell and your daddy was a white barn cat named Honky. You came with me at 6 weeks. All your sibling cats and mom and dad were killed in the road. I always worried about and wouldn't let you out even though you cried. You were loud and demanding. People called you obnoxious. I knew you were just intelligent and expressing yourself! People would call you a skunk because of your unique stripe down your back...I loved your precious stripe.
We moved quite a bit. The best place we ever lived was in Bemus Point, New York on the grounds of a former monestary. So many things for us to explore.. Here you and your sister Poo-Shang could go outside. You learned to come like dogs when I called you. It was a large estate that was fenced in. I worried because the crows were as big as you. But you were so happy. So many animals to chase. A lake that we would walk to together. You'd go on the dock and in the boat. You loved it all and that is how I remember you now. Running and playing. One day you brought a poor baby bunnie up the stairs to the apartment and rolled and purred because you were so happy to bring mommy a present.... such a great hunter that the owner of a large mansion next door asked to borrow you and Poo Shang so you could hunt critters in his attic. I later found out the millionaire in the mansion liked to feed you a "little salmon".
One spring day at the estate you disappeared. I cried and roamed the town looking for you. A terrible snowstorm came. It was the almost a week you were gone when I walked the grounds looking for you again. I went by a large old garage and heard a faint meow from inside. You had crawled inside and got trapped by some workmen. It took hours for them to return and get you out. The purring and happy meows were amazing. You were so skinny (dropped form your 8 lb to 6lb). I was so relieved. to have you back and you were very happy to hang out more as an indoor cat after that.
We moved again. You went outside there too - there was a nice swamp behind the house and you came when I called. Moved again to South Carolina from New York and it was along car ride. You meowed all the way. You didn't really care for it there. No outside. We moved again. Long car ride. Meowed all the way. New place...couldn't go out there either. We got a leash so you could at least get fresh air and I promised you I'd let you get as much air as you could. Moved again....and finally moved again to your last home where you had a little fenced in backyard and could spend a little supervised time outside. Street to busy to let you roam like the good old days but how you loved that fresh air and the neighbors. Then..... you disappeared again for 5 days! Sneaky girl. Thank God a neighbor heard you on the porch at 4 AM and you were home. I'll never know where you went but you came back looking very happy to see me and never left again.
Last Feb. you spit up some blood and we rushed to the vet to find you had a badly infected tooth and had a heart mrmur so we couldn't remove it. We put you on antibiotics and you did great. This winter you really liked your schedule and would yell at me if I didn't go to bed by 9pm to snuggle. Then you would go down and yell at daddy when it was time for him to go to bed. You meowed to go out and get a little fresh air almost everyday. Then we had the bad snowstorms and I heard my sweety coughing and saw it was hard for you to breathe. An xray showed that your lungs were filled with a mass. There was no hope - you had lived your long beautiful, exciting life with me and your loving kitty/human family.