Puddles (Puddles Champ Miller) 1990-2010
We lost a great companion today. Puddles..., the cat, lived an adventure filled 20 years with us and anyone who had the great pleasure to meet this furry guy knew he was an integral part of life in our home.
Carolyn recalls that upon meeting little kitten Puddles for the first time Marty said “this cat’s going to have a long life”. This was so because Puddles was one cool, relaxed cat. He could get fierce when the situation called for toughness, but most of the time his heart beat and breathing were slow and calm.
He dragged himself home one rainy night many years ago after a run in (we assume) with a car. A broken hip and he survived. In his younger years he wore a collar with our phone number attached. Twice we received that call. Once he followed a woman into the elevator and up to her third floor office. Another time from a guy who was roller-blading in an office park and Puddles decided to hop in his car and ride home with the guy.
He used to wander next door and watch soap operas with our neighbor’s mother when she would visit. He scared the dickens out of that same neighbor once when the gentleman awoke from a mid-afternoon nap to find the Pudster on his pillow snuggled up to his head.
Angelica has known him since she was 8 years old and some of her friends carried him over to her. They had found him in a school playground. We posted notices in the area of the school and never received a call and so it was meant to be that he would join our family.
2 ½ years ago the vet told us he may only have 3 to 6 months to live due to his failing kidneys. He has endured with great dignity the every other day subcutaneous fluid injections administered by Carolyn. In the end his old body was just not holding up and he had recently developed some breathing issues. While enjoying one of his famous full belly rubs we said goodbye.
We miss you Puddles
By: Jonathan Miller (via FaceBook)