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Prompted By Naming Pets

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“The cancer has spread.”  said the vet,  “It’s time to put her down if you don’t want the cat to suffer.”   So broken-hearted,  we said goodbye to our beloved Lucy Gray.

Taking a walk a few days later we found ourselves in front of the ASPCA.  We looked at each other and without a word we went in.

“We’re not ready for another cat yet.”   we told the volunteer,   “we’re just looking.”

With a knowing smile she led us to the kitten room.

(By the way,  since my husband is a big baseball fan we named our new kitty Jackie Robinson.)

RetroFlash / 100 Words

– Dana Susan Lehrman 

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    A cat lover can’t be without them. Vicki was the same way. Your new kitty is black and white, so broke the color barrier all by himself!

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    Of course you adopted a new kitty. Jackie is adorable.

  3. Khati Hendry says:

    This made me smile. In a retroflash, from loss to hope, so well done. The last line is perfect. And what a cutie–irresistible indeed!

  4. Marian says:

    So glad you took this sweet little kitty, Dana. Warms my heart!

  5. Suzy says:

    Wonderful RetroFlash, Dana! The full gamut of emotions in 100 words! Beautiful pictures of both cats too.

  6. John Shutkin says:

    Terrific RetroFlash, Dana; you really said (almost) all in 100 words, and certainly nailed the emotional part. But, while we now know the reasoning behind Jackie Robinson’s name, why Lucy Gray? I assume this was in homage to the Wordsworth poem about the early death of a young girl, but I can’t imagine you were wishing that on your cat.

  7. Dave Ventre says:

    We have transitioned from cats to greyhounds…the most cat-like of dogs! I do love and miss the kittens, but the whole catbox thing in a 3rd floor walk-up condo got to be too much.

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