Betty-cat

We recently had to say goodbye to our wonderful Betty.  Betty was a sweet shy black cat, with the softest furry cheeks.

Betty-cat

Betty-cat

She spent a lot of time in her “cat room”, which is a large closet at the top floor of our house where she would run whenever she heard anyone in the house other than George or me.  For this reason many of our friends doubted that we actually had a third cat. She dearly loved her brother Dorian, and he frequently washed her face.

Betty and Dorian

Betty and Dorian

She didn’t always get along as well with her pesky little brother, Lars, but once in awhile they shared a cuddle.

Lars and Betty

Lars and Betty

A few months ago, our lovely Bee was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma.  Dr. Benjamin Otten, of allCreatures Veterinary Clinic , referred us to veterinary oncologist Dr. Sabhlok at PETS Referral Center.  Dr. Sabhlok treated Bee with chemotherapy for several months. She rallied for about a month or so, but the lymphoma caught up with her.

In our sadness we were moved and comforted by the outpouring of sympathy from our veterinarians. We got several cards from Dr. Otten and the people who work at allCreatures, from Dr. Sabhlok and the people who work at PETS, and from VCA Albany, where we had also taken Betty.

We wanted to express our appreciation for their kind gestures, and especially for their care and treatment of our precious Bee.  I decided to make mini-quilts for them, and printed my favorite photos of Betty onto fabric. Here are the two that I’ve finished so far:

Betty and Lars mini-quilt

Betty and Lars mini-quilt

Betty and Dorian mini-quilt

Betty and Dorian mini-quilt

Bye Sweet Bee, we miss you…

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2 comments on “Betty-cat

  1. What a terrific post to a terrific four-legged family member, Heidi! Having just lost a cat this summer, I especially feel for you. Thanks for posting this tribute, and photos of your other great art work to commemorate her life 🙂

  2. Linda Harbin says:

    Saying good bye to our beloved furry angels is so hard, Heidi. Thanks for sharing her photos and story – such a lovely lady. Your quilts are so beautiful and tell her story too. She was blessed to have such a loving home, just as you all were blessed by Betty-cat. ((hugs)) Linda MidwestieLady

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