18th Gotcha Day at the Bridge

Today would have been Sweet Praline's 18th Gotcha day!  I know she is celebrating with all of her furriends at the Bridge.


Happy Birthday at the Bridge

Happy 18th Birthday at the Bridge my dear Sweet Praline!


5th Year Blogoversary

It's hard to believe that 5 years ago I began blogging with Sweet Praline.  The first post was titled "My First Day" and had no pictures and was just an introduction to Sweet Praline.  Jasper McKitten-cat's dad, Dean, introduced me to the cat blogging world and I was hooked from day one!  I don't even remember what the first header looked like.  I had 16 visitors that first day and felt so welcomed by the CB.  A few days later, Ann from Zoolatry contacted me and sent this adorable graphic of Sweet Praline.  I think this graphic was an indication of how she got her name because of her coloring.

Ann introduced me to several other cat bloggers, especially the limited number of Himmies and Persians in the CB world.  She then sent me the first official header made by Zoolatry and the blog was complete.

Even though Sweet Praline is at the bridge now, she is still in my heart.  I plan on keeping this blog open and will post from time to time.  Thank you to everyone for following Sweet Praline those 3 short years and for continuing to follow Truffle and Brulee over at Sweet Purrfections.

I loved this banner that Ann did because it showed all of her many colorings from her seal pointed ears to her seal pointed tail.  Happy 5th Blogoversary to Angel Sweet Praline.  


Hello From the Bridge

Today is two years since I helped Sweet Praline cross over the bridge.  It would be so easy to just focus on that day as I remember her.  Those images of saying my final goodbyes to her as she peacefully passed away bring renewed tears to my eyes.  I don't know if I'll ever get those pictures out of my mind when I remember that specific day.  What I realize is that time heals those wounds and painful memories.  Many of my friends on the CB have recently lost a cherished fur child and the pain is fresh.  I'm here to tell you that it does get better and as I remember my sweet girl - I remember her with a smile.  Today, I'd like to share a few of my favorite baby pictures of Sweet Praline and hope they bring a smile to your face, too!

Sweet Praline was curious from day one.  This picture was the first picture I took of her when she came to live with me back in 1995.  I was going through a divorce and had chosen to move away from home and pursue a Ph.D.  God brought this beautiful little ladycat in my world to help me heal.

I always loved this picture of Baby Praline.  She was literally laying upside down on the back of the couch.  I don't remember if she fell off after this picture, but I'm so glad I was able to capture this photo.
I bought Sweet Praline numerous toys to play with, but her favorite toy was a shoe string from my sneakers.  She would grab the string with her little flat face and carry it around the apartment.

Here is our first official portrait together.  I had a nice Canon AE-1 camera that had a timer on it and was able to set it and jump in front of the camera with Sweet Praline in my arms.  All of my pictures of the two of us together were with a timer on a camera because it was just the two of us for almost 16 years.

Sweet Praline grew from an adorable baby cat to a beautiful ladycat.  She had attitude, was a diva, exhibited a unique personality and always made me smile.  I know she's looking down and watching over Truffle, Brulee, and me each and every day.  I miss you sweet girl!