After posting up the other week about our lovely aussie cat Smudge getting run over, and how devastated we all were, I thought I'd just update the story a little.
Firstly, thanks so much for all the messages of support I got on here, I was really touched. Felt pretty stupid being so upset about a pet, but it made me feel I wasn't the only daft one anyway.
I spent a week missing Smudge pretty much all the time - in the morning when I walked the dog, she wasn't there to come with us, or to greet us on our return. The dog couldn't understand why I started crying everytime we got home - just barked at me! At night I couldn't sleep because she always slept on me (mostly on my head - she was wierd like that!) so I missed that and couldn't stop thinking about her.
By the end of the week I couldn't stand it anymore and started looking on Gumtree at kitten ads, and calling up the rescue centres.
This Sunday, we drove down to Lonsdale RSPCA (gosh, it's scary that far south!) and picked up our new kitten, Ducati ('Duke') - another beautiful grey one, but this time a male (in the hope I won't constantly be comparing him to his predecessor), who is already proving to be such a character. He has somehow made it less painful for us to remember Smudge and talk about her. Perhaps we should have waited longer, but I don't like being sad, or seeing the kids sad, and this seems right for us.
For anyone looking for a cat, kitten, puppy or dog, the RSPCA is wonderful - they are helpful, friendly and lovely people there and I'd recommend them totally. I'll try and post up a pic of Duke soon for any other cat people out there. If you're not a cat person, please disregard my ramblings!