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April 5, 1998

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Oscar, the Pet of the Day
Name: Oscar
Age: Eleven years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Maine Coon Cat
Home: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
   Oscar is an odd name for a female, but when she was a kitten she was far too furry to tell just what she was. Maine Coons are like that. One day a friend of my girlfriend's (a friend of hers that I was none too fond of) was watching the kitten and said "That cat is such a wiener!!" I said "that's MR. Oscar Myer to you!!" And it stuck.

    She knew the sound of my car when I pulled up and she was always waiting at the door for me. She'd come when I'd call her name, she'd sleep on the pillow beside me just like I would lie, with her head on the pillow, her body under the covers and always a paw touching me. She always had to touch me if I was home. If I was at my desk she'd be in my lap or on the desk where she could be near me. If I was watching TV she'd be next to me or (preferably) in my lap.

    Oscar died the day before Thanksgiving this past year. The next day, though a tough one, I had to stop and give thanks that I'd had her at all. She had become my best friend having all the affection of any human I've ever known, most of the expressiveness of a human, a large chunk of the intelligence and none of the spite.

    The hardest thing I ever had to do in my life was bury that cat. But it was the last thing I was ever able to do for her so I picked the best spot I could and did the best job of it anyone could've. I'll miss her terribly.

    The reason I'm sending in these pictures and this note is number one, because Oscar was the best friend anyone could've ever had and her memory should be shared with those who can appreciate it, and two, because people visiting this site should be reminded of just how special pets can be and to treat their's as special every day they have them.

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