In Memory of my beloved Little Mouse who died this morning
Feisty. Spunky. Extremely intelligent. Quirky. Mischievous. Loving. A champion who overcame so many great odds in his short life and brought so much happiness, comfort, and fall on the floor laughing at his antics moments. That and so much was Akhbar Kitan –Little Mouse B”L.
It was a lucky day in my life on the day I decided I needed some tomatoes and so went to Shuk HaCarmel in Tel Aviv. I came home instead with a box of 3 tiny kittens. Their mother had been run over by a car the day before, their brother or sister had just been crushed to death by an unwary shopper. Flora, Flossie and Little Mouse came home with me. Little Mouse was so named because, tiny as they all were, his sisters were nearly twice his size and even in the cab ride home, I teased him that he was no bigger than a little mouse.
The kittens found three mothers that day. Brothers Arie B”L and Gingi almost immediately appointed themselves as surrogate mothers. They bathed, disciplined, let the kittens faux nurse, and in general romp all over them. While Flora and Flossie bonded the most closely with Gingi, Little Mouse was Arie’s shadow. They not only looked almost identical but shared so many personality traits and habits that I use to tease Mousie that maybe I should have named him Little Arie instead. The photo below of “Ema Arie” was taken only the week before his death from exactly the same thing that killed Little Mouse. Little Mouse is again front and center.
Mousie caught up in size with his sisters for awhile until, in their final growth spurt into adulthood, they far outstripped him. He might have been small for a boy kitty but he had the heart of a lion (Ari) –unfortunately in more ways than one. Here are some adorable pictures of him in adulthood. The ones of him on the top of the refrigerator — he was almost entirely blind at that time but you would never know it.
I’ve blogged many times about how, a couple of years ago, he died on the operating table during a dental procedure, spent more than a week in a coma and awoke unable to do anything more than a 3 week old kitten can do and almost 100% blind. The video below is of my lion-hearted Little Mouse learning to sit up and walk again — as you can see from the pictures above, he learned to do a lot more than this.
He forever changed my life and for the better. He will be more than missed.