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Day 8 of 13 Days of Halloween

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” Thomas Campbell

Halloween is not the only holiday to celebrate this October.

Dia de los Muertos is also set to begin on October 31st, and it’s a holiday that holds special meaning. Even if you don’t really celebrate or observe this time period, I like to think that this holiday can at least serve as a reminder to remember our loved ones that have passed on.

This year I’d like to dedicate this post, in honor of Dia de los Muertos, to Artemis.

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Artmeis is a very special cat who we lost earlier this year. We may have only had a short time with him, since we adopted him last year around this time, but he was a special cat that made quite an impact on all of us—yes, even Simon and Rosee.

Artemis started to come around last Fall when we first began to leave a bowl of cat food and a bowl of water on our porch for George (our other cat, and you can read about him here). He looked terrible when he first showed up. He was practically skin and bones with scraggly, matted fur, watery eyes, and a runny nose. We thought all he needed was some food, water, and TLC. It wasn’t long before we took him inside, because it was just too cold for him to be outside without barely any body fat, and he became an official part of our family.

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He proved enthusiastically helpful when it came to making our annual batch of tamales for the holidays.

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The best tamale maker.

He loved sitting on the couch with us, and cuddling with George.

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Master cuddler here.

However, we quickly figured out that food wasn’t necessarily Artmeis’s main problem, or even his only one. After a trip to the vet, we found that he was pretty old, probably late teens, had no teeth at all, and despite his love of food, he just wasn’t able to absorb anything he ate, rather his food just ran right through his system. He was able to gain a bit of weight, but he always seemed to fluctuate and no matter what we tried, he only improved marginally.

We knew Artemis’s days were numbered, but we were determined to make his last days his best. He got extra special treats, extra cuddles, and even some cream here and there—our vet said it was okay and told us since he was old he should get anything he wanted.

While, Artemis may be gone, he is definitely not forgotten. He is remembered in all of our hearts. His perseverance and zest for life reminds us all to enjoy the moment, never give up, and to always be kind.

Happy Thanksgiving

The big day has finally arrived! It’s a time when we can eat as much as we want and indulge in long naps afterwards. Or maybe the naps part is just for the dogs…

Still, I can’t help but think that this year I have a little extra to be thankful for and it’s all because of Artemis.

Artemis is a stray cat that wandered into our front yard about a month ago and decided that we were going to be his new family. He showed up in pretty bad shape: skinny, runny nose and watery eyes, and grease all over his tail. Then, after he stuck around for a week we decided to take him the vet and found out he was in even worse shape than we could see initially. It turns out he weighed about half the weight of a normal cat, is probably in his late teens, and has no teeth. Yes, it’s true: he has absolutely no teeth! Yet, this little, old cat is so friendly, loving and sweet. All he wants is some food and water, a bed to sleep in, and daily pets. He doesn’t seem to know or care about his past or how sad he looked when he showed up on our front porch a month ago. Artemis is just a happy cat who loves life.

Of course, I’ve always been thankful for my pets: Simon, Rosee, Orion (our inside cat), and George (our outside cat). They always make life entertaining, and offer us humans unconditional love. Still, with our new addition of Artemis I can’t help but be even more thankful for all of my pets this Thanksgiving because his love of life and trust in us in spite of the previous circumstances (which I assume were not good since he showed up looking so skinny and dirty without any teeth) is humbling. Honestly, what I do for any and all of my pets never seems to equate how much joy and love they offer us in return.

So, here’s to hoping you and your pets had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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