Day 3125: A year ago today

A year ago today, we said goodbye to our amazing kitty Oscar, who was a wonderful presence in our lives and in this daily blog.

Oscar — who was chosen by my son Aaron from a shelter after a long search — was a loving and chill creature who was always RIGHT there, and we miss him very much.

Unlike Aaron, I usually choose shelter cats who are shy and scared, because I think they are less likely to get adopted. Case in point: our kitty Harley.

Now that my year of mourning Oscar is over, I’d like to get another shelter animal that won’t make Harley’s life a complete misery. We’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime, here are my images for July 22, 2021.


While I don’t love the way my voice sounds in this 2014 video where I’m singing along to Pat Metheny’s “Third Wind” (in the bathroom for the acoustics!), this shows how loyal and present Oscar always was, so I’m sharing this today.

And here’s a much older video that Aaron made — “Graduation Cat” — which again demonstrates Oscar’s sweet and patient nature.


I’m grateful for all the years we had with Oscar, and thanks to all who are here with me on this precious day, including YOU.

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21 thoughts on “Day 3125: A year ago today

  1. Hope you find the perfect companion for all of you!

  2. Luis del Castillo

    A year ago today I got the call for my lung transplant

  3. A year ago today Oscar was a kitty cat, today he’s the tiger.

  4. I know Oscar can and never will be replaced but he was clearly amazing, having graduated from Catvard, no doubt with honors, but I do look forward to Harley having a new companion. There’s nothing wrong with being shy and I hope whoever joins him understands that.

  5. puella33

    Today’s Daily Bitch needs a lover πŸ™‚ I wish you well in finding a new pet, Ann

  6. here’s to the brave and loving oscar, he will be forever held in your hearts. i do hope that harley finds a loving companion and friend.

  7. I trust the new kitty will be accepted by Harley. I like the “Scream” leaf

  8. My day started very early yesterday, so I missed this post until now. I miss Oscar, too, even though I only knew him through your blog (and his). I remember that video Aaron made. Thank you for sharing these good memories.

  9. You know what’s funny, Ann? My second cat Jasmine was a shelter cat. We lived a long and loving life until she passed away 10 years ago. I thought about a second cat, but waited until I got a “sign” from her. I don’t remember what that “sign” was, but when I got it I went to the shelter and adopted TWO cats. So bless you and your old kitty and your new kitty.

  10. Another shout of love to the memory of beloved Oscar, your dear cat. The year went by quickly, Ann, and I still miss his cute and reassuring presence in a morning photo.

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