By Ted Grussing
… and where it has gone …
In May of 2013 Corky was put on hospice and a few weeks later we lost Q who had spent about seven years with us, and Nimbus II was Q’s predecessor as the feline deity that dwelled with us. When you choose to share your life with and be close to creatures who have much shorter lifespans than that of humans you are guaranteed, that you will suffer the loss of a being that you have become friends with and have developed strong emotional ties too … that is just the nature of having a pet share life with you.
Nimbus, Q and One all came to us via the Sedona Humane Society … we love American short hair black cats and we have not wanted to have big gaps in between having a feline friend live with us. Q came home two days after we lost Nimbus and One came home four days after we lost Q.
So, four days after losing Q, Corky and I decided that it was time for another feline friend to share our home and lives as only they can. When I went to the shelter there were three black cats that I was drawn to and they to me. So I spent some time in an adoption room with them and they were all wonderful. Two of them were young kittens about eight weeks old and the other was about a year and a half old … she had been adopted out a year earlier, but returned because the previous owner was basically a jerk! I called Corky and texted her this photo and her response was to bring them all home. I told her that only one would be coming home … the young kittens had never known a home so I decided to take the one home that had previously been adopted out because she just didn’t belong in a shelter again. I paid the adoption fees and for a chip for each of the young kittens and I understand they were placed in forever homes within a week … and I brought One home. Corky loved One and One spent a lot of time with her in the short time that Corky had left.
Now One is experimenting with different forms of melding/morphing … Spock did it, Q did it and now One is gleefully doing it too … this time she has taken over another predator … a Coopers Hawk and just launched an attack on a bird which is the natural food for the host that she is occupying. Who knows what will be next? Probably another predator or perhaps an aviator. Q and his evil twin brother once hijacked an L-39 jet that took off from Sedona. Attend one of the presentations this Friday at Red Rock Ranger Station to find out what she morphs into next.
Anyhow it is fun and hope you enjoy the occasional flights of fancy … life is meant to be enjoyed so keep breathing and smiling.
Love someone – in God’s name love someone – for this is the bread of the inner life, without which a part of you will starve and die;
And though you feel you must be stern, even hard, in your life of affairs, make for yourself at least a little corner, somewhere in the great world,
Where you may unbosom and be kind.
— Max Ehrmann
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