Maggie Mae McQuaid was given April 1st, 2002 as her birth date
by the vet because she was a stray. In June of 2002, we had to have our
wonderful cat KK (short for Kato Kitty named after the character Bruce
Lee played in the Pink Panther movies) down. We'd had KK for about 16
years and sadly it was his time to go.
I never thought about getting another cat because of the heartbreak and sadness
at the loss of KK. However, my husband Paul was asked by one of his clients if
he wanted a cat they had to get rid of. It seems that these people had their
golden retriever stolen and decided that since their dog was missing they could
take in a little stray orange cat that had made their wood pile it's new home.
However, lo and behold the computer chip put into the retriever's ear
paid off and the dog was returned to them.
The big dog and the little orange kitty didn't get along at all and the client
asked Paul if he would take the little orange stray. I hesitated but said we'd
try it. I wasn't sure I wanted another animal so soon after KK.
Exactly one month later, July 2002 and much to my surprise, Paul came home
early from work with an animal carrying case behind his back. Half
expecting to see an orange cat emerge from the case, I was shocked
to see a tiny wee white cat with dark gray bangs slip cautiously
out of the case. It wasn't the orange cat I'd expected!! Paul
explained that someone else had been given the orange cat but
that this little white one had also made
the clients wood pile it's home. I have to say that it was love at first
sight! Maggie was so small, so cute and so loving, she fit in
right away and curled up on my lap, purring and loving all the
attention she was getting. The vet was very surprised at how
clean and bug free she was and checked to
see if she had indeed been someone else's pet. With no sign of a collar or computer
chip she became Maggie Mae McQuaid, our new little girl.
Several months after getting Maggie, I was out to lunch with my niece. I listened
as she told me of the pain she went through with having her collie of many years
put down and sympathized with her. But then she told me that her daughter had
brought home a new puppy, a stray and how the pain was eased by this new playful
bundle of joy. She also told me that she really believed that this new pet was
like an angel sent from God to help them through the loss of Cody, their collie.
She went on to say that she truly believed all pets are angels on loan from God,
sent to help us weather the tough times of life. It really made me think and
that night as I looked at our dear, sweet little Maggie, I knew she must have
been sent by God to watch over us, comfort us and give us many years of love
and joy. She is indeed our very own...... Guardian Angel.
Jean McQuaid (author of 'Our Guardian Angels)
This is Laurel's pride and joy- "Sophie"
Sophie will be two years old in June.
She is so easy to love!
Happy pre birthday Sophie!
On March 27th, 2004 Joanna sadly said goodbye
to her dear friend- her shetland pony "Tinker Bell"
Tinkerbell was almost 17 and had contracted laminitis (the same disease
that Secretariat had)
She was an important part of Joanna's life and she will miss her dearly.