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Eugene - 2003 - March 29, 2005
We got Eugene from the shelter last year, May 6, 2004, and they said he was approximately 1 year to 8 months old. A sweet beautiful older kitten with thick fur of grey and white. He also had a very cute beauty mark spot near his nose.
When we took him to our regular vet, Eugene was diagnosed with Feline Leukemia. Over the last several months he's been sick several times from various things. He was also placed on an Interferon regime.
Eugene always moved leisurely and slow, and he had poise and he certainly liked the girl cats (was always after Silva and Sophie like a real womanizer -- catanizer?) Now that the weather has been getting spring-like, Eugene enjoyed going outside and sunning. He would sit quietly, hunched in the grass. While Slavik would run around like crazy, Eugene was always quiet and tired.
Over the last week or so he has been noticeably more and more lethargic. And the last couple of days he was eating less.
Around 5:30 PM yesterday mom and I noticed that he was lying on his side in the kitchen pretty much looking dead -- his eyes were open and he was barely breathing.
We grabbed him and went to the emergency vet. They did a blood test and the results were that he was severely anemic -- he had only 9 percent hemoglobin in his blood. The doctor said that he either gets an immediate blood transfusion and be hospitalized or he will not likely live through the night. However, with his deadly disease, it was likely this was only a short term solution.
Mom and I decided that the other solution the doctor suggested -- which was to euthanize him, made sense. (Of course it still does not make sense on the level of ... he's gone.)
Eugene went very quietly and quickly, he was so weak.
Rest in peace, sweetheart, we will always remember you.
Eugene this last December Holiday season.
Eugene in his last picture in the back yard, a couple of weeks ago.
Slavik, the other boy cat in our household, is acting odd. He seems to be looking for Eugene. He sits a bit hunched -- unlike himself and then looks around. He sniffs places more.
They were such good friends, loved each other like two little brothers or buddies -- even though they were obviously unrelated and from two different shelters. They even looked alike.
Slavik used to play and friend-tussle with Eugene, and then they would lick each other. They would often sit next to each other. Even as recently as the day before yesterday Slavik came up and plunked himself in the same chair that Eugene was sitting in, and he lay next to him. Eugene, always patient and loving, seemed to be happy to have him nearby.
And now Slavik knows he is gone.
Rest in peace, Andre Norton.
I'm in the middle of reading Anna Tambour's SPOTTED LILY and so far it brings to mind the wonderful Russian supernatural satire THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Bulgakov. Filled with wit, rich dark humor and extraordinary quirky character -- head over to Amazon right now and get your own copy, 'cuz I am not giving up mine! :-)
Rachel E. Holmen has a very useful new blog, Write SFF, devoted to writing tips -- check it out.
Remember that non-fiction anthology I've mentioned several months ago last year, to which I've been invited to contribute an essay? The one for which I had to watch all that TV recently? Well, it's official, the contracts have been signed and returned, and I can announce the sale of my essay "Home Improvement in Magic Land" to the BenBella Books anthology of essays on the TV show Charmed, forthcoming in the fall of 2005.
In other news, I Walk the Plank of five killer questions, thanks to Jeff VanderMeer.
Huge congratulations to Lisa Silverthorne who sold one story to a DAW anthology, and got a rewrite request on a second, for another yet-undisclosed market. Yaaay, Lisa! Lisa also has some absolutely gorgeous cover art finalized for her upcoming Wildside collection THE SOUND OF ANGELS. I know, cuz I've seen it, and it rocks!!! Can't wait till Lisa can post it! :-)
Monday's snail mail brought a copy of Anna Tambour's SPOTTED LILY and I can't wait to start reading!
Finished counting the tax receipts and saw the accountant last week (March 3rd). Now just waiting for one additional potential royalty payout and maybe a 1099, and then the CPA can finish the whole thing.
Will be doing a quick edit on a possible story for the Twenty Epics antho edited by David Moles. Hope to be done today and will mail it out tomorrow.
Meanwhile I am getting tons of brainstorming done on GODS OF THE COMPASS ROSE, the sequel to DREAMS. As soon as I finish the edit for the Twenty Epics antho candidate story, I am going to be working on the opening story for GODS titled "The Three Names of the Hidden God." This story will also be included in my SALT OF THE AIR collection, so editor Sean Wallace has been asking for it. *grin*
More stuff is in the works, and will report on it soon.
Oh, did I ever mention that friend Suzan Franzblau and I got to see my 80's fave band Duran Duran in concert at the Staples Center back on February 26th? Well, yeah, I did! And it was an amazing and wonderful blast from the past. Despite the rotten Staples Center acoustics, the guys sound better than ever! I wore a long string of those fake plastic "black pearl" beads that used to be so "in" in the 80's, and they broke during the second number. Oh well, the beads did last 20 years, and what bettter way to go than in honor of the Fab Five at their concert? Incidentally, I discovered that lead singer Simon Le Bon is an SF fan, and he reads and reviews books on the Duran Duran website. His latest is a review of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I knew there was a good reason I always liked Simon! :-)