This is our Cinderella Snow with the rest of her littermates. She was born stark white and later developed her markings. Cinderella is next to me right now while I am choosing to type this blog. She was the very first to exit the birthing box. First to explore. First to eat. And forever the precocious, courageous, and spunky girl. None of her littermates are left on this earthly plane. Since we are nurturing her so much more now because Cindy went blind and has been deaf for a decade, I want to write down some of her special exploits before her time comes to cross over to Heavenly Rainbow.
Picture this. We were cleaning the ceiling fan blades and the ladder was still up. I left the room for a moment. Upon returning, there is Cindy using her paws on the fan blades. She had climbed up and was mimicking my cleaning.
Bengal Leopards are water cats. Cindy somehow got into my bathroom while I was showering and all of a sudden, I see her on the shower curtain rod balancing herself before she jumped into the shower with me.
We were to ship a Bengal to another state by plane. Three sets of eyes were watching that Cindy didn't enter the carrier with the cat to be shipped. While driving to the airport, I put my hand inside to pet the kitty and comfort him. Well to my horror, there was Cindy as well as the other kitty and we had to return home again to put her safely into the house. All of her adventures are impossible to write in a blog.
Cindy was entered into a competition. We had paid the entry for her and another kitty to compete in the show ring. I went upstairs to find her. There she was all covered in red lipstick. Well she didn't get shown that day and the entry fee became toast. Yet... over the wonderful years with Cinderella Snow, she did become a Platinum Grand Champion.
To say we adore her is so understating it. Even now, as a very geriatric, ill, deaf and blind being, she is still exploring the large two story home.
We have ramps all over the place for our aging ones and most especially for her to reach the bed, couch, and other places. We were going to put her to sleep a few days ago because she is frail now and losing so much weight. But, her strong will to live told me "Not yet MOM!!!!!!!!!!"
I know the time is very short. Each kiss, purr, hug, meal eaten, and meow fill my heart with learning about true courage. Forever Cindy, you are a beacon in my own life and harsh old age. I love you so.
The red you see in Cindy's eyes is a normal aspect of Seal Lynx Bengals, and is not the flash of a camera. Sometimes the entire eye will turn irridescent cherry red. Here's to the courage you and your mother RubyGlow showed all through your precious lives. Believe me, there is so much wisdom to be learned from our furry roommates.
Dr. RubyNorma Yanez, CH.t
Oh Dr. Yanez, this story of love so moved me. What a girl, your "Forever Cindy" is. When it is her time, she will add a new star up in Heavenly Rainbow.
Lidia Ann Bella