Ruby’s Reflections

Ruby’s Last Journey: The Moment That Changed Everything

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When I announced Ruby’s passing in December, I promised you that I would eventually write about my experience during the last four months of her life, from diagnosis to caring for her through her illness, to having to let her go.

I decided to title this four-part series “Ruby’s Last Journey.” My own journey through grief, which is, of course, a large part of all of this, is ongoing. I suspect I will inhabit planet grief for quite some time as I try to move forward without my little girl. Life goes on, but the pain of missing her hasn’t really softened all that much over the last two months.

Writing this series was hard. In the past, writing about losses helped me heal. That doesn’t seem to be the case this time. I know in time, I’ll come to terms with this loss, like I have with all my other losses. The reality is that we never get “over” a loss, nor should we want to. Loss changes us. The best we can hope for is that in the end, it changes us for the better. Continue Reading

Ruby’s Reflections: Cable Box Installation

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Hi everyone, it’s Ruby! I want to tell you about something really cool that happened the other day: I helped Mom install a new cable box! In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a really hard cat bed. I usually prefer sleeping in soft cat beds, and we certainly have plenty of them around the house. But this cat bed is so nice and warm, I like to sleep on it even though it’s kind of extra firm.Continue Reading

Ruby and the Sun Puddle

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Like most cats, Allegra and Ruby love their sun puddles. My two little sun worshippers know exactly where in our house the first sun puddle of the day appears, and they tend to follow the sun throughout the day.

Favorite sun puddles change a bit with the seasons as the angle of the sun changes. One of Ruby’s favorites right now is the love seat in our living room.Continue Reading

Allegra, Ruby and the Jackson Galaxy Donut Bed Switch

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We all know cats are creatures of habit. They tend to follow the same routine day after day, and they don’t much appreciate a disruption of that routine. If you’ve followed me for a while, you also know how much Allegra and Ruby love their Jackson Galaxy Donut Beds – in fact, they love them so much that I had to get a second one to keep the peace!Continue Reading