After Peapurr crossed the Rainbow Bridge in November 2005, I was eager to adopt kitties needing homes. Saying “hello” is so much easier than saying “goodbye.” Certainly I was lucky that the kind folks at Gasow Veterinary Hospital had rescued two special felines from the jaws of death. They fit the bill “purrfectly.” I officially adopted Cara Mia and Gobblin’ Goopuss on November 28, 2005; they came home on December 4. Cara Mia (formerly Taters) was a lovely two- to three-year old calico with tortie/tabby markings. Because I teach biblical Greek and Hebrew, I wanted to give her a special name. “Cara Mia” means “one joy” or “one delight” in biblical Greek. Cara Mia loved people and cried loudly for individual attention; hence, I nicknamed her “WOWa Mia.”
In August 2016 the veterinary oncologist, Dr. B., diagnosed Cara Mia with breast cancer. Because of this, I have worried about Cara Mia for the last two years. Cara Mia joined an experimental program that kept her feeling pretty normal for most of those two years. In September 2017 she had surgery to remove the largest of the tumors, which was causing trouble. After recovering from surgery, Cara Mia did well for some time. In May 2018 she visited the oncologist, who noted that Cara Mia had lost a lot of weight. When her appetite bottomed out, I gave her an appetite stimulant that worked well. Finally, however, the remaining tumors reached the point where they were uncomfortable. Cara Mia began to exhibit some effort in her breathing. Our friend Dr. R. and I decided that it was time to say goodbye. Cara Mia crossed the Rainbow Bridge peacefully on July 6. 2018. I will REALLY miss her!