August 31, 2014: Socks Goes Home

~by Susi Pittman

I had to send Socks home today.

Like so many of my pet family before her, we visited our veterinarian, Dr. Douglas Hagler and had the suffering end peacefully, in my arms of love, my last gift to her. Off she went, back to her Master who had gifted her to me but for a while.

Socks had a very good life, she lived to be almost 18-years-old and certainly enjoyed continued companionship with the multitude of cats that came and went through our doors. She was the prodigy of a feral mother cat with four kittens, all of which we took in and had a long relationship with. Cats pick you, and they had decided that we were “their people.”

Socks was the runt of the litter, always the fraidy cat and first one to hide. She grew into a little dynamo of love and fun. You never walked by her without acknowledging her or you would feel a reprimanding slap of her paw on your backside just to show her indignation. She ascended over the years to being the grand dame of the cat clan, no surprise there.

Socks had a nick-name, Squeaky. We gave it to her because of her perpetuating high-pitched meow. She was vocal and opinionated, demanding and praising in tone…but, mostly praising.

She continued to show love and praise right up to the end. I will miss that little squeaky voice that for so many years was a constant echo of the love of the Creator’s heart. She was one of his sweetest reminders.

You are now home little one, kiss Jesus for me.

Father you are holy indeed and all creation rightly gives you praise.

(From the Liturgy of the Mass)

Susi Pittman is founder of and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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