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Peggie Sue

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Peggie Sue. Peg O' My Heart. Sweet Delight. The Bird. The Spanish Prisoner. The Hungarian. The Pegstress. Peppy. The Citizen Journalist. Peg Peg. Biscuit. The Jeopardy Player. The Wholesome One. "In my mind I'm goin' to San Antonio". "All day, all night, sweet delight". "The Queen of Denmark". Birdie. Bird is the Word. Scenes of Sympathy. Peppy Bizmilk. The Juvenile. The Senator. Gobbles.

Born Blixa, and Blixa remains his given name, I've smothered Peggie Sue with nicknames. And with adjectives. This cat is wholesome, sweet, pure, fresh, clean, innocent, unspoiled. I love all of my cats and I suffise them with all kinds of identities. They are characters from well-known literature.

Peggie Sue, or Blixa, was born with his "freres" on 5 December, 1997 so he will be 16 in about 6 months. He was born in a snowstorm/blizzard and a student discovered a mewling mass of blood and plaintive cries. He came to us and we ran over and packed the mass in a cardboard box and rushed them over to Cats Only Vets. The Vet disentangled the mother, her four sons, a slew of afterbirth, and the umbilical chords which had wrapped themselves tightly around the legs of two of the cats. Blixa was the most seriously afflicted and had to undergo surgery at age one day or a bit less to have one leg amputated up right at the thigh.

But everyone survived. When Blixa was a kitten he learned how to romp and run and leap up to high surfaces. He was as fast as e'er a cat could be. He gave freely of his affections and they were returned. But over the years, his spine got distorted with a kind of scoliosis.

But now Peggie Sue has slowed down. He can no longer leap up on the table or the bed. I pick him up and put him on my lap. He has lost a lot of momentum and rarely walks now but instead drags his foot on the floor--he sits and pulls himself along.

Yet he has not lost his appetite and his purity of love and affection for us and his brothers remains. Cats are loyal and pleasant. He intertwines his neck with a brother and they groom the back of each other's neck.

I live with five rescued cats and I know that most of my affections are caught up in their little bodies and spirits. They all have a narrative that is, in my mind, equal to the most compelling Dickensian saga.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    He is so cute and very blessed to have fund such a loving home. Take care of your little prince.

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PARASELENIC 5/28/2013 3:33PM

    What a lovely girl and a colorful story in your life!

With a three legged dog, a one eyed dog, two brothers that were saved from the needle on death row, and a super strong senior (17) year old cat in our household, I feel a bit like dostoyevsky lives in my house....

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MONETRUBY 5/27/2013 2:40PM

    I loved this. Having shared my life with animals (although not recently), I know how they become such an important part of your life. It is so sad that we are often the ones who must say goodbye, yet that is how it goes, and so we must accept it. And cry, when they leave, and remember the good times and how much joy and love they brought into our lives.

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SIRENSONGS 5/27/2013 11:11AM

    Thanks for sharing your touching kitty story. Blixa/Peggie Sue is just precious and gorgeous. My hearth has melted. :D

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NEVERGIVEUP57 5/27/2013 8:32AM

    Oh my, this brought tears to my eyes, I totally understand your love of your cats. I have 2 rescues that are littermates, and they are a total blessing and I love them dearly.

Cats are very very smart in contrary to what cat haters believe.

I bought a couple leashes and harnesses for my cats, and we sit on the front porch and they love love love it. I worry too much about them to let them roam free. Matty, he is starting to associate the leash with outside and comes to me when it is time to go out...:)

Great blog!

Comment edited on: 5/27/2013 8:34:23 AM

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OPTIMIST1948 5/27/2013 6:43AM

    Awww..... (I would love a cat, but DH is highly allergic)

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ILOVEMALI 5/27/2013 12:48AM

    Great cat. Homes are better with a cat in residence.

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CARRAND 5/26/2013 9:00PM

    What a sweet story. How wonderful of you to rescue those kitties.

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VONBLACKBIRD 5/26/2013 1:31PM

    What a sweet blog and what a sweet cat!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/26/2013 12:14PM

    He sounds like a wonderful cat and companion. May you both enjoy all the time you have together.

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HAPPYDOES 5/26/2013 10:51AM

    Ya know, GJ, the more I get to know you, the more I like you.
This is a great blog (you're a talented writer).
I love cats, too, and Peggy Sue sounds like a cat that I would deeply love.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/26/2013 4:01AM

    Do you sing to sweet Peggy Sue? Pretty pretty pretty pretty Peggy Sue? When Blixa came into your life, was Buddy on the radio? That kind of thing happens to me... and I find that if I sing to a dog, the dog gets so happy it's all over! (And I lose all shame and have to do it again!)

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1SALMON1 5/26/2013 2:21AM

    oh you are right - each cat that has come into my life has a compelling story. The strays that my mom feeds have stories no one can know. It's hard loving one & knowing it's departure date is coming near. There's an old red tabby laying beside me as I read & respond to your blog, & his horizon is getting closer... I hope Blixa The Wholesome One can stay with you long... lucky for him that you were nearby 16 years ago.

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NORWOODGIRL 5/25/2013 10:50PM

    Glad I'm not the only one who has developed a huge list of nicknames for the family treasures!

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MNABOY 5/25/2013 8:38PM

    Love hearing other people's cat stories.

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    The second photo shows personality -- no imposed headgear, you see. Lovely looking fellow, but I'll never understand how Blixa, a boy, is called Peggie Sue. He must have quite the sexual identify confusion. It's sad that he's slowing down, but he has had a good, well-loved and loving life. And he's not done yet.

P.S. Googling "Blixa" yields a few interesting sources. Kabalarian philosophy? A pen?

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MERRYMARY42 5/25/2013 6:42PM

    what a great story, sad but uplifting, so glad there is you.

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KATRINAKAT23 5/25/2013 6:06PM

  What a sweet kitty. Thank goodness for people like you who rescue animals in distress. emoticon

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