George was my constant companion for 17-1/2 years.
Social media friends got to see a lot of him.
He had his own Pinterest board.
And a Facebook photo album.
He died in December from multiple health conditions (OK, I had him euthanized, ugh!), and I miss him terribly. I know many pet owners who can relate, and I so appreciate those of you who expressed your condolences on Facebook, and those of you who sent cards to my home…!
Org4life kitty mascot
Some of you knew him as my office supervisor…
…demonstrator of organizing products…
…and Christmas card model.
He was so curious!
I named him George because, from the very beginning, he was so very curious. Get it? When he was little, he would run toward noise (potential danger), instead of away from it, like a normal cat, so I had to keep an eye on him!
My next-door neighbor friends (when I lived in California) found 5-week-old orphaned George and brought him home to me. I demurred, because he was so young, and I couldn’t be around to feed him. But Lonna offered to look after him while I was at work.
Then Robert, my best friend at work (RIP), suggested that what I needed was a mother cat with 5-week-old kittens who could foster him for a few weeks. Um…yeah….right. He disappeared, returning not 10 minutes later with news that another coworker, Jane, had a cat with 5 week old kittens!
I could write a book
I could write a book with all sorts of funny stories about George. And there are many more photos, too. Part of me wanted to dredge up every photo of him that ever existed and put them in this blog post. But that would be overwhelming for both of us. Maybe someday I’ll post a few more. But for now (she tells herself), this is good enough.
He was featured in several other blog posts as well:
The end of an era
What’s interesting (to me) is that the end of the George era coincided with a transitional period for my business. (See Org4life: The First 15 Years, and scroll down to “What’s next for Org4life?”) As it happens, the lifetime of my previous favorite cat, Max(ine), spanned most of my telephone company career. She and George overlapped by a couple of years while we were still in California. When I became a professional organizer and decided to move to Albuquerque, 20-year-old (ailing) Max seemingly decided, “Nope. Not me. I’m not going anywhere,” and died. (OK, I had her euthanized too, ugh!) And that was the end of THAT era. Other cats have come and gone, but Max and George had the biggest personalities and were the best company.
‘Forever home’ means forever
This is me trying to recreate an old photo. Both are bathroom mirror shots. George wasn’t so much a shoulder kitty anymore and wasn’t cooperating. (Trust me, I tried many times and this was the best one.)
Farewell, George. Rest in peace. You are so missed!
Who was your favorite pet, of all the pets you’ve ever had? Why?
Do you have any memories (of your own pet, or of George) that you’d like to share in the comments below?
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