A nice family from up the road took our cat, Blackberry last night. My wife was tired of being scratched by Twinkie, and so was hoping that they'd take an interest in him. However, upon listening to her story, this lady thought that perhaps my wife was giving away the wrong cat.
The trouble is, our cats have been a part of our lives for a long time now. As much as we have to get rid of them (for my wife's chronic lung problems due to 9/11), it's like losing a child or a parent. You just can't imagine life without them.
I hope wherever Blackberry is at is safe, loving, and full of fun things for him to chase.
Mister Beebles, I miss you already.
update: After calling the new family and explaining the heartache and regret since letting Blackberry go, they thoughtfully returned him to us.