Blogging A-Z – April Challenge – L is for …..

L is for…..Lily

Lily 1995 – 2008
Lily was a little sweetheart. She was born in May 1995 at an address in South London, and was one of four kittens from the litter. She was bought as my first wedding anniversary present and the moment I saw her, I knew she was the kitty to come home with us. 
She had such beautiful markings and that followed through into her personality. She had lived with us for just about a week when we heard a kitty meow, that indicated that she was in pain. We rushed into the kitchen to see that she had burnt her nose on the washing machine door just as it was warming into a dry cycle! We rang the vets and booked her in as an emergency and I remember the receptionist asking if she was the cat with the burnt nose. 
We should have known then she would be playful, curious and a proper scamp! – Lily loved to explore and as she found out, through two broken legs!, despite not being an outdoor cat. She was always wanting to play, sleep, she loved the sun, being warm and cuddled.

Lily 1995 – 2008

In May 2008 we noticed a lump on her lower underside and took her to the vets. It was diagnosed that she had a tumour and it was an aggressive cancer. Together with the vet we decided to bring her home and make and continue to make a fuss of her until it was no longer possible.

We prepared ourselves that one day we would need to make a decision as to Lily’s health. She was bright and just as we decided that the time had come she came downstairs from her favourite landing; at the top of the house where she could bath in the sun that came into the landing from the window and asked, in her special way for the lounge heater to go on. It was the early part of summer, but we put the heater on and opened the door! We enjoyed a final weekend with her, she remained eating and drinking, but the decline was evident. We were with her until the last and even now the top landing is known as Lily’s landing.

She really was a very special girl.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, Pharos Tutor, lover of Books & History, Surnames, European Ancestors, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies, avid note taker and journal writer.
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7 Responses to Blogging A-Z – April Challenge – L is for …..

  1. Aww, sorry for the tears. She was indeed precious, as they all are!


  2. What a lovely story Julie and I can assure you it brought tears to my eyes. I'm sure Lily loved every moment with you both and gave you all the love possible in return. No wonder you still “see” her on the landing and think of her so often. She sounds so precious.


  3. Hey there, great to be on your blog, Lily reminded me of our cat who was called Bella, she passed quite a few years ago.

    Hope you have a blessed day



  4. Hi! I hopped over from Fi's blog to say hello and congratulate you on your award! 🙂


  5. Fi says:

    Great post. I enjoy reading your blog posts and have awarded you The Versatile Blogger award.


  6. Yes, thanks for sharing, we had a 'Lily', a cat very like yours called Ratty, and she will never be replaced.


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