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LibbyJean

20 Sep
20 September 2016.  Our little cat Libby passed away today. She had completed 14 years and 2 months. The last few months were tough as her health was in decline and the doctor could not identify exactly why. 
Libby (full name LibertyJean or LibbyJean) was much-loved not only by us but also by the many temporary moms-and-dads who stayed with her and her “sister” Jane while we traveled. It fell to one such wonderful couple to see her through her final days as we are in the Scottish Highlands. We are eternally grateful to them and to our veterinarian who tried so hard to treat her. In the final analysis, it was probably cancer that claimed her.
Cutie pie Libby at about 10 weeks. Always a little clown.

Cutie pie Libby at about 10 weeks. Always a little clown.

LJ (she had MANY nicknames) was a funny and personality-filled kitten from the start. Even at 8-weeks she was less afraid of our giant collie dogs than they were of her. She was independent and could be adventurous, but was terrified of strangers. We have friends who have visited our home but never saw her. One lovely cat-sitter couple was able to draw her out last year and she became much more comfortable with visitors from that point on. It was nice to see her grow and adapt even as an old lady.
In 2007, a photo of Libby sitting in the Christmas Village was included in the "365 Days of Cats" calendar. She was very proud!

In 2007, a photo of Libby sitting in the Christmas Village was included in the “365 Days of Cats” calendar. She was very proud!

Libby leaves behind an older sister, Jane (20 years) and Ric and I who will miss her goofy and sweet self. We have brilliant memories of our funny little calico.
Rest in peace, LibbyJean. We love you.
The girls made the transition to Rome swimmingly and traded carousing in our small Portland garden for  window seat on the city.

The girls made the transition to Rome swimmingly and traded carousing in our small Portland garden for a window seat with a view.

Libby never really gor used to our travels, but she coped well. Every trip she would hang out on-or-in Ric's siutcase while he packed. This last trip, she did not. I think she knew what was coming.

Libby never really got used to our travels, but she coped well. Every trip she would hang out on-or-in Ric’s suitcase while he packed. This last trip, she did not. I think she knew what was coming.

This is Libby with "sister" Janie in 2002. They did not always get along so well, like any sisters.

This is Libby with “sister” Janie in 2002. They did not always get along so well, like any sisters.

 

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48 Responses to “LibbyJean”

  1. Kandy Davis September 26, 2016 at 23:11 #

    A wonder tribute to LJ . Rest in peace and may there be plenty of the things you love in kitty heaven.

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  2. mvaden1948 September 26, 2016 at 15:57 #

    My heart goes out to you.
    Michelle and Diavolo

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  3. Marc-André September 24, 2016 at 12:41 #

    Oh no :(. I’m so sorry to hear this

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  4. kym September 22, 2016 at 11:40 #

    So very sorry about the loss of Libby. It hurts my heart to know how sad you are feeling. Take care of yourself and Ric. Love you Kym

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  5. Julie September 22, 2016 at 03:18 #

    Oh, Laurel, what very sad news. It’s clear from the way you write about LIbbyJean how much you loved her. I’m sure she delighted in that love and enjoyed every minute of her life with you.

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    • GoodDayRome September 22, 2016 at 18:24 #

      Thanks, Julie. She was a treasure and I hope as happy with us as we were to have her in our llves.

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