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The Worst Thing Today

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Sun February 15th, 2015, 10:08 pm

"fljustice" wrote:Thanks, everyone. It's been over a week and things are settling. Our two remaining indoor cats have been particularly sweet and cuddly. Here's a pic of Momo, our youngest doing her meercat imitation.


Awwwwww. Glad they're helping.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: Falling Creatures by Katherine Stansfield
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Mon February 16th, 2015, 9:40 am

I love the meer"cat", what a pose to strike. Does she often sit like that?
Currently reading "Falling Creatures" by Katherine Stansfield

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fljustice
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Postby fljustice » Wed February 18th, 2015, 10:37 pm

"Madeleine" wrote:I love the meer"cat", what a pose to strike. Does she often sit like that?


Just enough to be cute when it happens--usually when she hears something and has to look over an obstacle. In this one, she was on the bed, heard something in the hall, and had to look over my knees (under the cover). I think this is the first time we've been able to catch her in a photo in that pose. Luckily, hubby was playing with his phone in bed and caught it. :)
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri April 10th, 2015, 5:24 am

Might be AWOL for a few days to come. Mentally disturbed adult child gone off the deep end yet again. His spouse and child need support and comfort. And more doctors to explain the same things to again.

Feeling very tired.

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fljustice
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Postby fljustice » Sat April 11th, 2015, 3:38 pm

So sorry to hear that, MLE. Sending energy your way.
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Re: The Worst Thing Today

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat January 9th, 2016, 12:11 am

This shouldn't be such a 'worst thing' -- as someone who has bred/trained/packed llamas since 1981, of course I've lost hundreds of working llamas to plain old age. But today I put down CPL! Joshua Tree, 'Josh', the last of our old commercial pack string. He had hardly any teeth left and couldn't chew his cud, so he was slowly starving to death despite his special ration.
I know it was past time--he was about 110 in llama years, and the other 4 pack-llamas of the 1995 cohort are long underground. And I believe without a doubt that God takes all his creatures back to himself and that Josh deserved his rest.
But sitting there with his sweet head in my lap, I just felt all the years of hiking down the trail with Josh at my shoulder (or his father, or his uncle), all the young packers he has mentored, all the Public-relations and speaking gigs he has done with me, and I just bawled my eyes out.
Even my vet was surprised.
I'm getting maudlin in my old age.

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Misfit
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Re: The Worst Thing Today

Postby Misfit » Sat January 9th, 2016, 1:00 am

MLE (Emily Cotton) wrote:This shouldn't be such a 'worst thing' -- as someone who has bred/trained/packed llamas since 1981, of course I've lost hundreds of working llamas to plain old age. But today I put down CPL! Joshua Tree, 'Josh', the last of our old commercial pack string. He had hardly any teeth left and couldn't chew his cud, so he was slowly starving to death despite his special ration.
I know it was past time--he was about 110 in llama years, and the other 4 pack-llamas of the 1995 cohort are long underground. And I believe without a doubt that God takes all his creatures back to himself and that Josh deserved his rest.
But sitting there with his sweet head in my lap, I just felt all the years of hiking down the trail with Josh at my shoulder (or his father, or his uncle), all the young packers he has mentored, all the Public-relations and speaking gigs he has done with me, and I just bawled my eyes out.
Even my vet was surprised.
I'm getting maudlin in my old age.



*hugs*

You did the right thing. I know it's hard to make that decision.
At home with a good book and the cat...

...is the only place I want to be

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Re: The Worst Thing Today

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat January 9th, 2016, 2:58 am

Misfit wrote:*hugs*

You did the right thing. I know it's hard to make that decision.

Thanks, Misfit. I knew this was coming--in fact, when I put it off a month so he could once more be the magi 'camel' in the local church's nativity play, I actually felt guilty waiting, because he was (underneath all the wool) just a rack of bones.
Josh and the pack llamas represented the whole middle section of my life. I still have a few, but they don't know and trust me like the ones I worked with so frequently. The packers of the 90s and 2000s were my friends; the ones my friend and I share now are merely acquaintances.
Oh dear, getting sniffly again.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: Falling Creatures by Katherine Stansfield
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: The Worst Thing Today

Postby Madeleine » Sat January 9th, 2016, 12:21 pm

So sorry to hear about your llama MLE, it sounds like he had a lovely long life with you, and was a real character.
Currently reading "Falling Creatures" by Katherine Stansfield

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce & The Poison Bed by E C Fremantle (Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Re: The Worst Thing Today

Postby Vanessa » Sat January 9th, 2016, 2:32 pm

Sorry about Josh, MLE. Our animals are like part of the family so can understand your distress. At least you know he had a loving home with you.
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Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind


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