Here’s a wonderful update and tribute on wobbly Mink, who we adopted out in 2011 to longtime supporters and friends, Shirley L. and James C. of Portland, Oregon. Mink was the last of our disabled cats, and one of my favorite cats of all time, so saying goodbye to him was really emotional. (Please see that blog post on his adoption for a longer explanation.) But we knew he was going to the best possible home, and Shirley has sent us updates on Mink ever since. She recently sent this one, along with that photo:
“As we approach our adoption date of Mink 4 years ago he continues to AMAZE us! He turns 11 years old this month! He continues to be determined, loving and sweet as can be and he leaves a mark on EVERYBODY who he meets–truly!!! When people meet him they can’t stop talking about him and will always ask us “How is Mink? or “Can we come over and visit Mink?”
We are convinced that Mink has way more than 9 lives. Not only does he have Cerebellar Hypoplasia but he has had other issues too, but none of them has stopped his incredibly loving nature and bravery! Within a year of our adoption he had to have many of his teeth removed, the second year he developed high blood pressure (which also effects a cat’s gait) which is not typical in cats — the good news it has not affected his eyesight and it’s controlled by medication in the morning and evening.
Due to his CH he has lost a lot of muscle mass and falls a bit more but that never stops his incredible spirit. For some reason in December of 2013 and again in May of this year we almost lost him — it was so scary — but in typical Mink fashion and a lot of TLC on our part and the vet’s — Mink bounced back and is as happy as ever. He has also become quite demanding with a BIG MEOW (several if we don’t act quick enough) when he wants us to pick him up.
We ADORE and LOVE Minkers soooooooooo much! Thank YOU for introducing him to our family. Our lives have been enriched by Mink and his tenacity to live life!!!”
Shirley and James, thank you!