Ever since our daughter found a tiny kitten at her friend’s house in 1997, we have been catlovers. Cookie died from bone marrow cancer at the young age of 4 years old, in November 2001, just a few short months following the country’s terrorism on 9/11 that we were all trying to grasp and understand. The following May, we got 2 sister calico cats on Cinco de Mayo, 2002, whom I am very happy to say are still with us, and about to be 13 years old. They belonged to a family that was going to take them down to the river and drown them! So we took both of them. We also have our black cat, Salem, a rescue kitty from the wonderful shelter in Ithaca, NY, who will be 11 soon. But this story is about a “stray” who found us in the knick of time, and gave us almost 6 years of complete and unending love. Butterscotch was THE MOST AFFECTIONATE, SWEET boy kitty I have ever met, and I’m so happy that he was with us for the past 6 years.
This journal tells the story of how he came to us, and all that we went through together, before it all ended yesterday, March 2, 2015 at the vet’s office. Tears are still flowing as I write this, but it is carthartic, and my salute to dearest Butterscotch. The original journal that I wrote in a gardening forum, while it was all happening, ended back when Butterscotch was safely inside in his furever room in our house, and all was well until… he had a massive seizure, or something else neurological, and unfortunately could not be saved yesterday. You will see that he was a very strong fighter for his life throughout his journey, but this proved to be just too much, poor baby. My husband is in the garage building a nice wooden casket for Butterscotch, as I type. We tried to bury him yesterday, near Cookie, but all the snow and frozen ground was just too much for even 2 of Don’s pick axes. So we will put him in the box, out in our shed, and bury him when it all thaws out next month.
I will add some fun tidbits about him in the “Butterscotch’s Persnonality” page, as I think of them, so please do come back to read more.
Please see my “about” and “personality” pages above too. There is another picture and a fun video to watch!
EDIT: January 26, 2018 – Our beautiful Roxie and Amber passed away in Dec. ’16 and July ’17 but are forever in our hearts, as is Butterscotch! Salem is now 13 and running around with our brand new kittens, Matilda and Quinn.