Remembering Krista

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Belly ride. That belly is looking awfully round. 🤦🏼‍♂️🐖🐷
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Yeah, well, Krista, when your dad has clean teeth, it's all the more of a reason for him to want to tuck into some good food! *You know all about good food, teeth or not!*:hearthrob::kneading::hearthrob:
They use good protocols at my dental office and take your temperature when you come in. There's hand sanitizer on the counter. The time before this, they didn't use the water pik, only the manual pick. This time, they did use the water pik -- I'm thinking the hygienist undoubtedly got her vaxes and was confident. I was more concerned for them than for me, because they're working in all those mouths all day long. I know I'm clean. I'm the proverbial kid in the parents' basement. Since I only go out, carefully masked and social distanced, to the dentist and to the grocery store, and wash my hands obsessively upon return, I'm safe. My male roomie really never goes out except on walks, to the bank and the PO, and my female roomie shops for groceries, walks and golfs 3x a week. I drilled them on protocols and sent them a video about proper hand washing. So I'd say we're a very safe bunch.
 

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I liked taking Krista to the dentist. Does that count? I felt bad for all the work she needed and all the mistakes non-dentist vets made in her mouth. It was such a relief to have a specialist on the job and finally be done with the piecemeal extractions every few months. And we had a great time both hotel stays (the consult/procedure and the follow up in two weeks) and even the drive too.

Or rather the breaks between driving:
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It seems you have/were driving the same care I have, or at least I think. Was it a Buick Encore?
Here in Europe it is sold with the name Opel (Vauxhall in UK) Mokka X.
 
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It seems you have/were driving the same care I have, or at least I think. Was it a Buick Encore?
Here in Europe it is sold with the name Opel (Vauxhall in UK) Mokka X.
Chevy Malibu.
 
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She loved that under the bookcase resting spot. She spent a lot of meals digesting down there. I would watch her on this camera for signs of distress. Not that I could do much about it. 🤦🏼‍♂️After she scrunched through it for awhile, she would eventually lay down for a nap. Except for the camera, that was her spot. I knew better than to chase or bother her in her spot. But it was easy enough to scoop her out for a vet visit or, Cat Forbid!, an emergency evacuation.
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I’m glad OC never got under there. I think he would have done some damage if I tried to scoop him out. He was opinionated about being herded or told where to go. 😹
 

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I liked taking Krista to the dentist. Does that count? I felt bad for all the work she needed and all the mistakes non-dentist vets made in her mouth. It was such a relief to have a specialist on the job and finally be done with the piecemeal extractions every few months. And we had a great time both hotel stays (the consult/procedure and the follow up in two weeks) and even the drive too.

Or rather the breaks between driving:
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How far was the specialist from where you live?
 

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She loved that under the bookcase resting spot. She spent a lot of meals digesting down there. I would watch her on this camera for signs of distress. Not that I could do much about it. 🤦🏼‍♂️After she scrunched through it for awhile, she would eventually lay down for a nap. Except for the camera, that was her spot. I knew better than to chase or bother her in her spot. But it was easy enough to scoop her out for a vet visit or, Cat Forbid!, an emergency evacuation.
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I’m glad OC never got under there. I think he would have done some damage if I tried to scoop him out. He was opinionated about being herded or told where to go. 😹
Big mancats sometimes dig their claws in. Of course, little queens have been known to, too. :hearthrob: :kneading: :hearthrob:
 
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How far was the specialist from where you live?
On the one paw, it's lucky I'm in an area where there are multiple AVDC dentists. On the other paw, even with five or six in the area, they were all (except one) backed up with consultation appointments two to six months out. On the fourth call I made that morning that I was calling all of them, having already made three other appointments and got on three other waiting lists for a cancelation, I found one who could see Krista in two weeks. I believe there were two factors in play here. One is that he used to split time between California and Texas and only recently started working full time in California. But I think the other thing that played in our favor was a wildfire burning nearby evacuating much of his service area. We got a 7am consultation appointment two weeks out. I wasn't going to put myself or Krista through a two hour drive at 5am (or earlier since we'd have to drive through at least a couple of nasty morning commutes.) Instead, I booked a hotel room and we drove up midday the day before. I booked a second night so we wouldn't have to turn right around after the dentist appointment. This was fortuitous. The dentist had an afternoon procedure appointment cancelation and was able to do the work in Krista's mouth that afternoon rather than having to book a second appointment. We did book a follow-up appointment in two weeks for the dentist to make sure it healed well. It was the shortest vet appointment (and the longest drive. We did another two night stay so that wasn't an issue.) In that follow up appointment, the dentist came out with his expensive-looking camera really wanting to snap some shots. But Krista was having none of it. She was hissing and growling the moment he came in. The dentist mustered all the courage necessary to stick his finger into a growling toothless cat's mouth, pulled and poked it around for no more than a couple of seconds, and proclaimed, "It all looks great. She doesn't want pictures. There's no charge for this visit." And back to the hotel we went. As I often did with Krista after vet visits, I left her for breakfast to calm down from the experience (both of us.)

This how I left her before breakfast:
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And this is what I came back to:
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I never knew her to be much of a TV watcher. But she was apparently riveted by "the former guy's" first House impeachment hearing. 😹
 
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Big mancats sometimes dig their claws in. Of course, little queens have been known to, too. :hearthrob: :kneading: :hearthrob:
Well that was/is the sweet part of Buddy's story. It was apparent that he had been socialized at one time. Because he did pull his punches. Sure, he would grab my leg if I tried to steer him. But he wasn't digging in with his claws. If I did have to drag him out from under the bookcase though. I don't think we have that relationship that Krista and I had. He probably would have pulled fewer punches.
 

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*Looks like Krista just wanted "the former guy" where he belongs (or at least, gone from the media and the White House and our collective 24/7-365 consciousness)*
A wise, intelligent, and caring cat, to be sure.
And yeah, I was thinking of digging claws into carpet so as to avoid being extricated from a nice, private, probably secure-feeling space.
 
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Ugh! Emotional landmine. 😿 I just got a reminder from the city that Krista's rabies vax is due. 🤦‍♂️ Yeah, I think we're going to skip that this time. Now I have to figure out how to tell them she's deceased since they didn't include a return envelope. I'm sure I can do that online. But the city shelter hasn't been all that helpful since Covid shutdowns. And the website, the last time I looked at it for Buddy, was a mess of covid notices and no longer correct information. This is part of the reason I want to hold off on the next cat. I'd like vet, city services, and even cat food supplies to become more normal again.
 

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Ugh! Emotional landmine. 😿 I just got a reminder from the city that Krista's rabies vax is due. 🤦‍♂️ Yeah, I think we're going to skip that this time. Now I have to figure out how to tell them she's deceased since they didn't include a return envelope. I'm sure I can do that online. But the city shelter hasn't been all that helpful since Covid shutdowns. And the website, the last time I looked at it for Buddy, was a mess of covid notices and no longer correct information. This is part of the reason I want to hold off on the next cat. I'd like vet, city services, and even cat food supplies to become more normal again.
Yeah, it's a big mess, but according to what I read and watch and think and feel, it always will be on some level. Each of us has to do what's right for ourselves and possibly others. For me, there's no time like the present. If my roomies weren't here, and I'm thinking and feeling they may not be for much longer due to the continuing problems I'm having dealing with their cognitive impairment, failure to step up to the plate and repair or replace as our agreement states, and her almost daily failure to clean properly/use the kitchen as I've shown her is what's acceptable to me, I would definitely be using that room for a new adoptee or two. Life's too important to me and my advocacy work never lets me forget the many deserving and needful cats whose lives are at risk simply due to being without homes.
But each of us is different. Hoping things do become more logical and sane. But I'm not holding my breath on that.
 
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Yeah, it's a big mess, but according to what I read and watch and think and feel, it always will be on some level. Each of us has to do what's right for ourselves and possibly others. For me, there's no time like the present. If my roomies weren't here, and I'm thinking and feeling they may not be for much longer due to the continuing problems I'm having dealing with their cognitive impairment, failure to step up to the plate and repair or replace as our agreement states, and her almost daily failure to clean properly/use the kitchen as I've shown her is what's acceptable to me, I would definitely be using that room for a new adoptee or two. Life's too important to me and my advocacy work never lets me forget the many deserving and needful cats whose lives are at risk simply due to being without homes.
But each of us is different. Hoping things do become more logical and sane. But I'm not holding my breath on that.
I'm not convinced that any of this is forever. Not covid. Not my grief. Not my covid anxiety. And not the snake eating itself: the grief and anxiety feeding on each other. I'm still optimistic about the leadership at the top even with the clowns in congress. I'm patient. I can wait at least until I have a shot (or two) in my arm before taking on a new fur roomie.
 

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I'm not convinced that any of this is forever. Not covid. Not my grief. Not my covid anxiety. And not the snake eating itself: the grief and anxiety feeding on each other. I'm still optimistic about the leadership at the top even with the clowns in congress. I'm patient. I can wait at least until I have a shot (or two) in my arm before taking on a new fur roomie.
I feel very optimistic and positive about the new Administration, too. So far, they are doing what they've promised and are waging an extremely good fight against COVID. They've got a monumental battle but I think if anyone can, they can; and if anyone has the heart and the will, Biden does. As a moderate, I want a President exactly like him to lead us in this time.
As for your personal battles and feelings, I agree 100% and have complete confidence in your ability to get those things behind you in time.
Looking forward to the pix and tails, er, tales, of that new fur roomie, though!
 

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Ugh! Emotional landmine. 😿 I just got a reminder from the city that Krista's rabies vax is due. 🤦‍♂️
So sad they had to remind you miss your Krista this way... It's not their fault, but the same...

This is part of the reason I want to hold off on the next cat. I'd like vet, city services, and even cat food supplies to become more normal again.
I'm being pessimistic here, but I think we'll never go back to normal again, so if there's something we are holding on waiting for things to go normal again, well, it is better we get used to the idea thatwe have ro give up for good or to learn to do things differently.
 
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So sad they had to remind you miss your Krista this way... It's not their fault, but the same...



I'm being pessimistic here, but I think we'll never go back to normal again, so if there's something we are holding on waiting for things to go normal again, well, it is better we get used to the idea thatwe have ro give up for good or to learn to do things differently.
I don’t think we’ll go back to our old normal. But I will feel a lot better about even basic interactions like a meet and greet with a foster kitty in a home that’s not my own when I have a vaccine in my arm. Right now I have no defense against this thing and the reckless behaviors of those around me. (Other than masks and distancing which have protected me from the cold and flu so far. Silver lining.) The vax will give me some measure of assurance that even if I do catch it, it won’t land me in the hospital or worse. I don’t need to take unnecessary chances before I’m vaccinated. I can wait at least this much longer. Is the vax the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? Only time will tell. But it does mark a turning point and a welcome change from the last year.
 
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