It’s hard to believe Ruby has been gone more than two years after being diagnosed with advanced kidney disease. Some days I still miss my little girl so much, it actually feels like a physical ache. I’m grateful I have eight years of Ruby’s Reflections on this site to comfort me and remind me of some of the cute things she did when the pain hits, and I love sharing the memories with you.

Since it is the season for preparing taxes, I thought I’d share a memory of the girls helping me with that chore.  We all know cats are eminently qualified to assist and support hinder their human in organizing receipts, entering data in spreadsheets walking across the keyboard, printing said spreadsheets batting at said spreadsheets as they come out of the printer, and helping their human locate missing receipts chasing receipts all over the office.

Of course, the girls had a spirited discussion about how to best assist me. Read Allegra and Ruby Assist with Tax Preparation for the full story.

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6 Comments on Remembering Ruby: That Time When The Girls Helped Me Prepare My Tax Return

  1. yes, it is too bad we cant count our pets, really our kids as tax deductions. i could really have a lot of deductions. vet bills, surgeries, prescriptions, etc. wish my dogs would help me, they just go thru my receipts and mess them up when i am trying to do my taxes in bed.

  2. Ingrid, I love how you cross out words – it animates Ruby’s actions and brings them to life. I think of her as always being a life-affirming presence in your home!

  3. Ruby didn’t seem to be a feline calculator,
    she seemed to be involved with beauty,
    modeling, etc. I guess you can never judge a cat by its coat. Bye everyone!

  4. really cute, wish my dogs would help me. i need help with my taxes. i dont think we every forgot those we loved so much.

  5. Too bad we can use our feline friends as a deduction. We spend just as much on them as children; at least I do.

  6. What a fun memory. I loved the part about deductions. Good luck with your taxes. I did ours on my own this year and messed it up bad. At least they caught it pretty quick. Next year we are going to go back to paying someone else to do it.

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