Kitty Kat Caravan

Why should humans be the only ones with fashionable luggage tags? Before my kids came along I obviously had too much time on my hands. I wanted only the best for our furry friends and that included preppy identification tags so that they wouldn't get lost during a vet visit or when we had to board them.

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I found oversized cardstock tags at an office supply store. The tags already had strings on them so they were easy to attach to the cat carriers. I cut different ribbons to size and glued them onto the tags, then wrote each cat's name with a Sharpie (Kit & Kat always rode together). On the back I included our address and phone. They could be laminated at a copy shop for longer use.

Not once did we come home with a dog named Sp

Goodbye, Old Friends

I've been a cat lover all my life (much to the dismay of my parents in my earlier years), despite being allergic to the little fur balls. Not too long ago we had 5 cats: Kit, Kat, Kaboodle (such original names) and Bogie & Birdie (a nod to our love of golf). As things go, one by one they started getting older and sicker (Kit had to have chemo; Bogie, my Granny's cat, had radiation).


Try as we might we couldn't save Kit or Bogie. Then Birdie was hit by a car. Now all three are buried over in the mountains at our family cemetery (in the pet, not people, section). Kat & Kaboodle live on, their tails pulled and prodded by the little fingers running around our house.

I wanted my special friends to have special headstones to commemorate their short, sweet lives. My uncle David is a self-described "rock hound." He finds all kinds of interesting rocks and quartz in the mountains. So he gave me these nice, smooth rocks in great shapes and I painted each of them with the kitty's name, along with some flowers, using water-based acrylic paint. I finished them off with a coat of Krylon spray varnish so that they can withstand the elements.

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Rather than put the rocks at the cemetery where I can't see them, I've decided to give them a home on my kitchen windowsill for now. When we move into our new home later this year, I'll find the perfect spot for them in our backyard.