Monday, March 23, 2009

Monique's Memorial

We recently lost a good friend, late night companion, hard working mouser and mother and grandmother to most of our farm cats. This will not tell all of her story, there are more pictures to find and memories to recall, but this will give a glimpse of the Grande Dame's life.

When the white little ball of fur showed up
at our farm she needed a name.
Her proper name was choosen to be Monique,
but in the fashion of all Vick pets she went through a
series of name changes,
some recognized by the specific owner, Michelle,
and others were contraband names that
others in the household knew her as:
Monique
Moni
Moni Boni
Benni
But for good measure there were always those nicknames
inspired by a moment in time:
Sugar Plum Fairy
Easter Lily
Hairy Dairy
Bruwn Bruwn
Benn Head
Smoochie Pants








Everywhere you looked there was a white furry ball, sleeping in your favorite chair, or on your black coat, or on your white face towels. And when she got up she left her calling card. Oh to wipe one's face with white fur once again.




Her early life was spent mostly out-of-doors with the multitudes of barn cats. Some stayed, some left for other homes, but none were as remarkable as Benni.



Ms. Monique was not above staking out
the bird feeder for a victim.


Then there was her Show career.
An inspiring and classic cat.



But her favorite career was overlooking farm duties
and preening for no other reason than to look beautiful.

8 comments:

Susie said...

I'm sorry you lost a big kitty. It looks like she lived a full and busy life.

Mildred said...

I know you miss her very much. She had a great home with lots of family members who loved her.

KathyB. said...

I recall many times seeing her on the roofs, overlooking the farm and behaving regally....and I do believe it never crossed her mind she was not due royal respect and preference. A loss for you all , and it is good to see your tribute to her.

And that picture of the oldest Vick daughter is a real blast from the past!

LindaSueBuhl said...

What a lovely memorial post for a beautiful cat - they do have their own special role in our lives. well done

A. Joy said...

Always liked her! Hard to find another with the same qualities but it looks like she had a great and full life for a cat.
By the way - her grandson, Cocoa Bean, has found his way to the master of our home's approval - he's been locating the wild rabbit burrows and cleaning out the baby bunnies which would soon have grown to clean out our gardens! Yay for Cocoa Bean!

Daisy said...

Aw...such a beautiful cat. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how hard it is to be missing a beloved pet. Very nice post. She was obviously very lucky to be so much loved.

Yesteryear Embroideries and Eggs In My Pocket said...

I'm so sorry you lost her, but so glad you have many good memories. blessings,Kathleen

Anonymous said...

i love that little furball on the sofa.it's cute.anne-pants.