May 19, 2001 - September 22, 2015
It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that our beloved cat, Bailey, died this morning. She has been in renal failure for almost a full year now, and her kidneys finally couldn't take it anymore. She passed very peacefully in our arms. We will miss her greatly and are grateful for her 14+ years of companionship.
She was the tiniest little thing when I first adopted her in 2001.
The cuteness was infectious... She would walk up to anyone and say, "Hi, I'm Bailey, want to pet me?"
Her preferred way to sleep was nesting in my hair - I knew she wasn't feeling well when that stopped.
She was great company for me in Los Angeles...
I would take her home to Boise with me every Christmas. She wasn't about to be upstaged by a baby wanting my lap and always had to be part of the action.
Christmas was always a fun time for her, with bow bags...
...and trees to sit under.
Not to mention empty boxes...
...lots of empty boxes. Moving was also fun for that reason. And packing - she always tried to sneak into our suitcases when we traveled.
She loved to play, especially with feathers and balls, but we had to watch ribbons and string around her as she would eat them.
She was good at protecting us from dangerous things like printers, too.
Computers were always a favorite place to sleep (laptops or old-style monitors) as they were WARM.
Having a human attached made it even better, even if it was a bit hard on the human.
She made a great paperweight, too...
She and Graham adored each other from day one and they had a special relationship. She became a big Daddy's girl in her later years and often preferred his lap to mine (he is warmer, in all fairness).
When the kids first came along, she wasn't exactly sure what to think.
But kids come with soft blankets...
...and fun boxes...
...so it soon became the mutual-admiration society between them.
Claire even devoted a school project to her. Both kids say cats are their favorite animal.
She was incredibly tolerant with both of them and we only had two mild scratch incidents per kid.
She taught our kids how to love and respect cats...
...and the correct way to drink water.
Bailey LOVED her humans and always liked to make sure we were presentable...
...even the little ones.
She was a great traveler and loved adventure. She lived with us in LA, traveled to Boise often, spent two days in the car with us when we moved to Kansas City, flew with us to Costa Rica, and at last joined us in Denver.
Costa Rica was her favorite... The weather was always warm and usually sunny, and there were always birds to watch and bugs to catch.
This last year she enjoyed hanging out in the sun in our backyard when the weather was warm.
As with any cat, her favorite activity was sleeping.
If she could sleep ON or in something, that was even better.
Thank you so much for almost a decade and a half of wonderful companionship, Bailey. We love you and will miss you immensely.
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."