Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Behind Every Great Man...

Paige: So tonight I got to watch RB sleeping, and it got me thinking.

Monica: Oh? About what?

Paige: Well, I was thinking that in history, behind every great man is a...

Monica: Doll?

Paige: Well duh. Well, ok, I doubt Alexander the Great had a doll, but I wasn't thinking about dolls. It's who RB was sleeping with that got me thinking.

Monica: Hey, I do not even want to go there. Finger In Ears La la la...

Paige: No, no, no. I don't mean that. Hey, are you listening to me?

Monica: Huh, what? You were saying something?

Paige: Yes, I was. Now put your hands down and listen. Ready? Ok. Behind every great man is a cat.

Monica: Oh! Yes, well, that goes without saying.

Paige: For all our readers out there, RB has two wonderful cats. They are a boy and a girl, and for consistency's sake, we will heretofore refer to them as RBC and RGC.

Monica: Ooh, very clever. For Real Boy Cat and Real Girl Cat, right?

Paige: Exactly! Well, what folks don't know is that RBC is elderly. RB has had him for seventeen years and he's been showing his age recently.

Monica: Yeah. He's a sweety. Real creaky, though, poor guy.

Paige: He's definitely having problems. He's going blind and had to be treated for hyperthyroidism. He stopped eating for a bit a couple weeks ago, too, and RB has been scrambling to get him well again. RB has been so worried that he hasn't been playing with us recently. We've all been having to face the fact that RBC might not be with us forever.

Monica: Aah... You know, all of us were hoping that the radiation treatment for the hyperthyroid thing would give RBC special powers. Maybe immortality or something.

Paige: I was hoping for a flying cat, but it doesn't look like that's happening either. RB was wondering what would happen if RBC bit him during the treatment. Special cat powers would have been cool. No such luck, though.

Monica: Too bad.

Paige: Well, I just wanted to give a special word for our dear friend RBC. Little does everybody know that he has been a part of every photo shoot we've done. Here's RBC and I hanging out having a drink...

Monica: Oh, he is so cute!

Paige: He is indeed. Sis, it's time to celebrate a life while he's here to appreciate it. Three cheers to a wonderful cat.

Monica: Hip hip, hooray! Hip hip, hooray! Hip hip, hooray! 

Paige: Here's too you, RBC! We love you!

Monica: Let's not forget RGC, though.

Paige: Oh, you're so right. Poor girl has been feeling neglected after all the attention RBC has been getting recently. It's time she gets some love, too. Here they are together while I was playing a bit of Guitar Hero...

Monica: RGC is one of the most adorable cats I've ever seen.

Paige: That she is. And quite the lap slut, too. 

Monica: She is tough to compete with in the lap sitting department.

Paige: Oh so true. But she's been having a hard time playing second fiddle to RBC lately.

Monica: Hey, I know exactly how she feels. RBC needs special attention, though. RB has been having a tough time trying to spread himself around.

Paige: Yeah. RBC has been feeling better, though, and he's eating again thank goodness. RB is hoping the hard part is over, at least for now.

Monica: That's good to hear. I hope it stays that way. I could use a little love from RB myself. Hopefully he'll have the time.

Paige: Same here. Well, let's send some good wishes to RBC and hope he lives many more years with us and RGC. We're one big family, and we'd all like to keep it that way for as long as possible.

Monica: Here's some doll love coming your way, RBC! Be well!  


Zoe said...

Ohh, poor RBC! That makes me so sad. We have two cats too, and Mandie always says that the worst part of having pets is having to say goodbye to them. She's never lived a single day without a cat (I don't count vacations because the cats were still at home waiting for her. I mean she's never not had a cat in her life.) Cats are awesome.

This might sound a bit morbid, and I hope you don't take it the wrong way, but we wanted to tell you that when you do have to say goodbye to RBC we'd like to make a donation to the Morris Animal Foundation in his name (we'd need to know his real name in order to do this of course.) Morris Animal Foundation is a research group of veterinarians who have devoted countless hours to developing better and more humane treatments for animals. They are a wonderful foundation (Mandie's mother used to work there) and it's sort of a tradition to make a memorial donation to them when pets pass on.

Both Mandie and I are sending all of you love and well wishes. Three cheers for RBC.


Paige and Monica said...

Oh, Zoe, you brought a tear to our eyes with your note. Thank you. When the day comes we will let you know all you need for the donation.

We accept that the day will come eventually, though it won't keep us from crying bucket fulls when it happens. He has and is a great joy to be with. We are just sorry that pets can't be there to share in our lives as long as we'd like.

Thanks again for your thoughts and good wishes!

-- Paige and Monica