Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Memories - Chica



Mom Cheri here today - It was a year ago today (on my birthday) that our dear Chica got her angel wings.  We were lucky to have had her for a three months short of 22 years.  Such a long time to have a special heart cat. Enough time has passed that memories of her bring smiles and laughter at all of her quirks and endearing personality.


She loved to go to town on the toilet paper roll in the bathroom, tearing it to shreds.  It was months into last year that my husband realized we no longer had to hide the roll of toilet paper so Chica couldn't get at it. We can put the roll on the stand like normal people now.


She was fearless - nothing fazed her, not even the vacuum cleaner!  When other cats ran in panic she just calmly looked up.  If we stuck the nozzle near her,  Chica would put her face in it!



She loved to play and taught the other cats to go get toys out of the basket we kept them in.  Her favorite was that suede mouse in the picture above.  Or a ball - she could jump and catch balls when we tossed them at her.


Angel Chica napping

When I am missing her too much I have Callie our newest, to comfort me.  I really think Chica had a hand in bringing her to us.  Since we moved here 6 years ago I have not had to rescue a single cat - not one crossed my path at home or work until Callie, who wandered up to me late at night when I was leaving work. (For Callie's story click here.)  What struck me then was how much she resembled  Chica from the back.  Even tho Callie is a calico, her back is a black tortie color like Chica's.  When I see Callie curled up napping, she looks just like Chica and I smile.

Callie napping

Thinking of you every day Angel Chica and remembering fondly, all of the special moments we shared. .I know you are always with us as our guardian angel.  Until we meet again.....


29 comments:

Katnip Lounge said...

Your lovely memories of Chica made us smile.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Such a beautiful girl, and it's so nice to see photos of her again.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Chica was such a special girl and you were so lucky to have her with you for so many years.

Hannah and Lucy said...

All our cats are special but it seems there is always one among them all through the years that is extra special. You were so lucky to have her stay so long.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Aw, what a sweetheart Chica looks! And what a great age she lived to for a kitty! You were very blessed.
Happy birthday Mom Cheri

Fuzzy Tales said...

(((Hugs))) and purrs. Honestly, it doesn't seem like it's a year already, it feels like only a few months.

This is a lovely tribute to your angel and we know she's with you in spirit, and always will be.

Peace.

Basil Widdairs said...

What a beautiful post about Angel Chica!!

Gorgeous photo's too :)

Purrs and hugs

Basil XOX

Fuzzy Tales said...

Oh, and a happy birthday, Cheri! We hope you have a lovely celebration. :-)

Jans Funny Farm said...

Callie does look like Chica from the back. How nice to have her in the family. Our furries are always with us in happy memories, thankfully.

Happy Birthday, Mom Cheri!

Laila and Minchie said...

What a beautiful one year tribute to your beautiful Angel Chica. (((hugs)))

Brian said...

Chica was so very special and it is wonderful when the memories make the heart smile.

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

A very Happy Birthday Cheri! I am so glad to hear that the love you have for Chica now brings memories of smiles and happiness. That is such a blessing. Your lovely tribute today shows the deep love and bond you shared and I am so glad you also shared Callie looking so much like Chica while asleep. I think our angels do bring us what we need although we may not even realize that they have.

OxOxO

CatInTheFridge said...

It sounds like she had that special tortie spirits. 22 years is really a blessing!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

What a lovely one year memorial celebration. That is a long time to have a cat (Georgia was probably that old but she came to us as an adult). Clearly she was very special.

Terri said...

So nice to see Angel Chica again. Callie does look a lot like Chica when she's sleeping :)

The Island Cats said...

Purrs to you as you remember sweet Chica today.

(and Happy Birthday!)

colehauscats said...

Great memories of Chica. Thank you for sharing her with us! Purrs....

Flynn said...

Lovely memories of beautiful Chica.

Meg & Quill said...

Lovely post and Happy Birthday Mom.

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

What sweet memories. Time has a way of rounding off the jagged edges of memories and making them like smooth stones you can hold in your hand and smile. Chica was a beautiful girl!

Eileen said...

What sweet memories you have of Chica, and such a lovely tribute!

Happy Birthday!

Kitties Blue said...

It is so hard to lose a heart kitty, especially one who has been with you for nearly 22 years. Mom says she loves all of us, but we do know that once in a while a kitty comes along who touches a human's heart more than others. It's nice to remember and share. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Bernadette said...

<3 She left you in good paws.

Marg said...

What a lovely tribute to Chica. She was such a good cat. Have a great day.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

happee birthday ta yur mom everee one N chica sendz love bak...her iz all wayz mewin bout how total lee mega awesum way kewl her mom N dad iz & all ways will bee...promise

dude & sauce

Caren Gittleman said...

((((hugs))))

Marty the Manx said...

Wonderful tribute to your Heart Kitty. It is amazing how much they look alike! It does seem that Chica sent Callie to you doesn't it.
{{purrs}} and Paw Pats for you on this day.
Marty and Mom

meowmeowmans said...

Such a lovely tribute to your lovely and beloved Angel Chica. Sending you love and purrs as you remember her.

Kitties Blue said...

What a sweet and lovely tribute to your dear Chica. We wish we had known her. She and Callie really do alike from the back. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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