Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

We thought we'd share those first special moments when Mom Paula met us and we chose her to be our human mom.  Mom Paula was able to visit Truffle at the cattery three different times before Truffle was old enough to come live with her.  Each time Mom Paula visited, she stayed for at least 3 hours so Truffle and Beignet could get used to her.  Truffle immediately picked out Mom Paula and would go off by herself when other visitors came to look at the kittens.  Truffle knew her mom was already chosen and there was no need to be friendly with anyone else.
First kiss from Truffle (2011)

Mom Paula was only able to visit Brulee two times before she came to live with us.  Since Truffle moved in the 4th of September and was about 12 weeks older than Brulee, we wanted to make sure Brulee could move in as soon as possible so Truffle would accept her.  Brulee was about 10 weeks old when she came to live with us.  Brulee wasn't as "loveable" as Truffle was, but she knew who her human mom was because she literally reached out and touched her on the first visit.  Mom Paula had visited with the newest kittens for her traditional 2.5-3 hours and had played with a kitten who looked like Truffle and the little male kitty.  Brulee was sleeping off by herself and as the time neared for Mom Paula to leave, Brulee walked over and laid beside Mom Terri and let her rub her belly.  Mom Paula reached over to her and said, "so, you wanted to come over and say hello before I left."  Brulee looked at Mom Paula and took her floofy little paw and reached over and tapped Mom Paula on the hand as if to say, "don't forget about me."  Brulee stayed on Mom Paula's mind the entire 2-hour drive home and for four days before Mom Paula decided that Brulee had chosen her.  The rest is history.
Brulee chose Mom Paula at the last minute (2011)

Mom Paula:  Just a little background.  I've grown up with pets.  The first twenty years of my life, I was owned by a Collie, a Cocker Spaniel, and two Pekingeses (I know I have photos somewhere, but can't find the photo albums).  When I got married, I wanted another pet, but my husband (now ex) was afraid of dogs (don't know why), so I convinced him to let us get a cat.   I told him that she would be indoors and not exposed to the dangers outside.  Muff lived to be almost 19 years old and died one month before my divorce.  I always wanted human children, but my ex-husband changed his mind about having children once we were married and he stated he would leave me if I ever got pregnant.  It hurt terribly, but I didn't want to lose my husband, so I agreed with his decision.  Upon the acceptance of this, I became more close to our cat, Muff, and could truly understand the special bond between a human and fur child.
Mom Paula and Muff (circa 1978)

When my ex-husband chose to leave me, he took Muff with him.  As much as it pained me, I let him take her because she'd been diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) and only had 6 months to a year to live.  I thought it would be easier to lose them both at the same time.  It was very hard to come home to a lonely house for 1 1/2 years to no one.  I would pull up in the driveway at night and open the door expecting Muff to meet me.   Muff was part of my life for 17 years before she left.  I realized for the first time in my life that I was alone in the world with no children:  human or pet.  I was by myself for 1 1/2 years before deciding it was time to bring another furchild into my life and that's when Sweet Praline stole my heart.
Praline was a "love bug" from the beginning (December 1995)

Praline was a love bug from the beginning.  From the first moment I met her, she immediately kissed me, snuggled into my arms, began purring, and fell asleep.  It was love at first sight and she was exactly what I needed since I was going through a divorce after 21 years of marriage and had also lost Muff.  You can read more of Praline's story from her remembrance day post.  Sweet Praline stayed with me for 15 1/2 years and she'll always be remembered.  I'd become the mom of a special fur child and my heart was fulfilled with unconditional love for all those years.  During that time period, my divorce became final, my ex married his mistress, and she became pregnant.  If it weren't for the love of Sweet Praline, I think that announcement would have devastated me because I finally realized that my ex-husband would have that special human child that I always wanted and would never have. Praline became my life and I knew then that I was a Human Cat Mom!  Praline gave me the best kitty kisses and would purr so loudly when she was stroked or groomed.  She brought some love back into my life that I had lost and helped to heal a broken heart.  That's why I always say that she was my heart kitty.  When I lost her, I knew I wanted to be a mom again, so Truffle and Brulee came into my life about 6 months later and the love and laughter continues.
One, big, and happy family with Brulee and Truffle (November 2011)

My life has been fulfilled with some wonderful cats the past 40 years and I'm proud to say I'm a Human Cat Mom!  I'm also an aunt to three wonderful nephews and two nieces.  They're all grown now, but they received a lot of attention and love from me and I treasured my time with them.  I'm extremely lucky that my mom is still alive and able to do things with me.  She'll turn 80 years old next month and she just had major back surgery.  I guess I'll be a little more in the mom role while helping her to recuperate.  But that's okay, because my mom has always been there for me.
Paula and Faye (May 2015)

We hope you enjoyed our little Sunday Selfie history of Mom Paula's Mother's Day experiences and emotions.  Happy Mother's Day to everyone, whether you're the mother of a human or a fur child.

You can see more Mother's Day Sunday Selfies by visiting The Cat on My Head.

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  1. Happy Mothers Day! I love all the photos!

  2. Have a Love filled Mothers Day. Your pictures are FAB! purrs ERin

  3. You are a special lady and a special mum to Truffle and Brulee. Your mum is a wonder too. My mum is disabled but I would love her to to meet you, and your two girls! Well I can dream.

  4. What a great topic for Mother's Day! Hope your day is very special.

  5. Thank you for sharing a bit of your life with us. Our pets do fill our hearts with just what we need - unconditional love and a lifetime of companionship.

    Have a lovely Mother's Day with your special girls.

    Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang

  6. What a wonderful post!!! Happy Mother's Day to one of our favorite Cat Moms!!!

  7. Happy Mother's Day to Mom Paula! :)

  8. Happy Mother's Day Mom Paula! Thanks so much for sharing, we have always thought your were extra special :)
    Marty and the Gang

  9. Happy Mothers Day to Mom Paula and to special Moms everywhere!

  10. Awe thanks for sharing that special Mothers Day post. So glad you have your fur babies present and past. We hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day :)

    Bell Fur Zoo

  11. Purrz fur Mother's Day. Thanks for sharing all the sweet memories, especially of Praline and how Brulee came to be your sweetheart. Loves you. -Katie Kat.

  12. This is a beautiful post straight from the heart. Happy Mother's Day, Paula. Thank you for sharing your story.

  13. Paula, Thank you so much for sharing this slice of history with us. We all get to know the animals in our blogging family but not that much about their moms and dads. I loved the photo of you and your mom. You are so lucky to have her in your life. I lost my mom when I was 16 and my wonderful step-mother a couple of years ago. May you have a blessed day. Thanks for hopping, Janet

  14. Such wonderful photos to accompany wonderful memories. Happy Mother's Day!

  15. What a lovely post!

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  16. Thank you for sharing your story. I think you were meant to be a kitty Mom,just like me. And your kitties are lucky to have such a loving Mom. Happy Mother's Day to you and your Mom.

  17. Lovely stories and shots. Happy Mothers Day

  18. What a beautiful post. You're so brave to share so much, and I feel honored to have read it. And your cats really *did* choose you. You're absolutely right about that. And I'll bet they never regretted that decision, either.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  19. this was an incredibly touching and heartfelt post. I am so sorry about your ex threatening to leave if you ever got pregnant. That is horrific. How beautiful you look in those photos! You are still beautiful but you were exceptionally beautiful back in the day. So happy you had the love of all of those special furbabies. Happy Happy Mother's Day! (((hugs))) catchatwithcarenandcody

  20. Happy Mother's Day! Lovely photos!

    The Florida Furkids

  21. Love the pictures. Happy Mother's Day!

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