This story is in remembrance of Pranceen. From 1997 to 2014. Pranceen came to me as a stray. She stayed as family.
All through her long life she touched many hearts.
In the winter of 1997 I was living in an apartment in Clear Lake Iowa with a girlfriend, her two daughters and two cats George (female) and Boo (male)
We where getting ready to move to a house in Mason City when a half-starved kitten showed up on the back landing.
I am guessing she was 6 to 9 months old. But I really don’t know. She was always small and never weighed more than 8 pounds.
She was very insistent that she was cold and hungry and wanted to come live with us. Even if it was in Mason City.
So when we moved to Mason City we packed up Pranceen and brought her with us.
With four people in the house Pranceen chose me as her preferred human. I didn’t have much choice in the matter.
You are probably wondering how Pranceen got her name? If you scratched her back in front of her tail.
She would prance around on her toes. It was one of her endearing qualities.
After 7 years the relationship ended and Pranceen left with me.
After leaving a multi cat household. Pranceen decided she had to be the cutest thing in my world.
And no other competition was allowed. No other cats! Typical for a female.
But it does not matter. She was my constant companion for many years to come.
I took a new job and temporarily moved to St Louis MO.
For 3 months Pranceen and I lived in a Drury Inn in Maryland Heights MO.
The Maids all loved Pranceen and would sneak into the room to play with her while I was out working.
They where very sad when we left to move into a house there in St Louis.
I lived and worked in St Louis for 2 years. I worked an average of 60 to 90 hours a week.
While Pranceen kept the home, fires burning.
Then we transferred back to Cedar Rapids IA and a slightly less hectic work pace.
Yes Pranceen was a laundry cat. And was sitting on the warm cloths in the dryer.
she just sat there pretty as a picture. So I took one.
Then during the Cedar River flood of 2008 we lost our home in Cedar Rapids IA to 13 feet of flood water.
Needless to say I no longer find it quaint living by a river.
So after a 3 month long clean up. We packed up what could be saved and moved to Springville IA.
Which is miles away from any rivers.
Under Where ???
As you can see Pranceen had a knack for being cute.
She only had half a tail. But she would walk up to me and hook it around my leg.
It was how she greeted me. And she did not meow very much.
She would just usually just give a quiet mrrrrr.
She passed away from renal failure August 2014.
I find it hard to put into words how much I miss her and the companionship, affection and amusement she provided me.
I was honored to be her adopted human. And I hope these photos show how special she was.