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The Long Goodbye

IMG_8253I noticed this morning that cleopuss has a swollen right hind paw, and took her to the vet to have it checked out.  About 18 months ago she got an infection and abcess from a cat bite and i was hoping that this swelling was another abcess, alas it seems not.

Apparently she has a tumour in her foot, and after turning down the vets slightly mad offer of immediate amputation (she is twenty, hugely overweight and suffering from arthritis in her joints), it seems that it’s just a matter of time before I have to make the decision to put her to sleep. I am extremely emotional about this, having been completely obsessed with cats since I could talk, and having had such a lovely time with her for over 20 years. She has always had the nicest nature, and was the perfect pet for me. I will miss her dearly.

I will try and make the next days and weeks as comfortable for her as I can. As long as she is able to eat, get about, and purrs when I stroke her head, I guess I will know the time has not yet arrived. 

What a heavy responsibility it is to know that it is my call when my best friend is to die. 


Time portal …

cleopuss' time portal

Cleopuss invented a time machine in August of 2011. We arrive fresh from that date which much to tell :0)

I have however, worked hard and since last here I have learnt several programming languages, moved to a new building in my job, had yet more bad news about starting a family and cleopuss is starting to feel old. She can’t clean herself like she used to and is making a fuss over getting down the stairs. A few months ago she stopped eating altogether, and I did think the end was close. The lovely vet at Pets at Home tried and failed to take blood (you should have heard the noises coming from the treatment room!) but cured her with antibiotics.

Since then I have been appreciating what I have, the most friendly loveable cat in the world.

I have also renovated the attic and starting finishing off (!) the two albums of music phil and I have been making over the last 4 years. (see funkaholics on sound cloud for more details)

Overall, life is creative and fun. I am glad to be alive.

Cleopuss picture of the week …

This is cleopuss telling me that she will miss me as I went on my recent camping trip … On our return she attached herself to me, following me around and lying at my feet while I learnt iPad GarageBand and the Kaossilator pro … She is the greatest.


Cleopuss picture of the week ..

testin me new camera/iPhone … cleopuss has lost none of her charm.

Cleopuss picture of the week …

Stupid name news update …

Cleopuss has been doing shifts on the celebrity newsdesk at Antncleopuss towers today, her persistence has been rewarded and she’s unearthed a cracker of a stupid name. (So please forgive the reprint of a picture from our original webwurld of willie stroker, the hitherto unchallenged champion of stupid names, from stupid name city in Ireland.)

The name in question is Shalimar Whimble, she’s pictured above with England captain John Terry (in the happy times before Johns wife or a news reporter caught up with them – this was several years/affairs ago). Yesterday John Terry was sacked as Captain by Fabio, a decision forced upon him by a dressing room split which needed to be nipped in the bid as quickly as possible. There is still a chance that England become the Holland of this summers world cup and descend into a bunch of sulking school boys in the dressing room.

I am glad Fabio has taken urgent action, I think its regrettable that John Terry didn’t resign himself, (although this may have been at the request of the coach) as this would have defused much of the speculation over the last few days. I also think it distasteful that he tried to legally cover it up rather than deal with it personally and professionally, hopefully he was simply badly advised by agents earning a percentage of his income.

Just how much bad blood there is between players remains to be seen. With any luck this has happened with time in hand before the real shooting match in the summer, as England have enough problems already in selecting a goalkeeper, defenders to partner Ashley Cole (or Wayne Bridge) and if injury should strike any one of 5 key players, without having to worry about who slept with whos missus.

One thing is for certain however, Marco Matterazzi has never had such good ammunition, and he will be looking forward to using it.

Awwwww …