Our Mascot "Props"
She was just 7 months old, scared and pregnant when Props appeared from behind the Dumpster. A toss-away pet of some UN-loving child, who was unceremoniously dumped in the industrial park, to wander, starve and die. We tried to ignore her because none of us wanted a pet, but her insistence not to be ignored was too strong a force to reckoned with. After scarfing down 2 full cans of dog food that one of us had, she hung around the Dumpster for the next week. She ate well for the week with tuna being here favorite. One day while working on projects in the shop, we had inadvertently left the front door open. She walked it and has never left. Her guesstimated birth date was October 1995, so she was 7 months old when she arrived. $500 at the local Vet's office later, she became a permanent member of the staff. Her last checkup shows her in perfect health. She is a very well adjusted feline with a connoisseur's taste for fresh Tuna.
October 2009 - 14 years old
December 1st, 2010- Her last moments.
About 2 months ago we notices a rapid weight loss in her. She dropped from her regular 16-17 pounds down to 8.6 pounds. several food changes and nothing helped. Vomiting and ramped diarrhea was zapping her strength. Her Vet diagnosed Hyperthyroid Disease. We thought we caught it in time. November 30th, her breathing became labored and the doctors had to take a lot of fluid out of her little chest to relieve the pressure on her lungs from the associated heart disease. Through further tests, the vet determined that her heart was only working at 35-40% due to the damage that the over-active thyroid had done. She was failing fast and I had to make the decision to end her life before she was in too much pain. With a purr she rested her head on my arm, let out a sigh and passed away. She died in my arms and I felt her little loving soul pass through me as she left this world. It tore me up and I'm still missing her. We buried her in a little plot of earth next to the shop where she will always remind us that even the littlest heart can extend the greatest love.
Here are some of her other pictures: