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Little Ruth Kitty left us yesterday, she was 22 years old. She had been in declining health over the past several weeks from kidney failure but had been bravely fighting on. She will be greatly missed by me, and [livejournal.com profile] jdulac.

She was our dowager, our grande dame, a lady of culture and refinement, to whom we gave a voice something like Bertie Wooster’s Aunt Agatha. In Miss Ruth World she had been on safari in Africa (“That Mr. Hemingway was drunk the entire time!”), had holidayed in Monte Carlo (“And as I was saying to the Duke of Windsor in the casino…”) and was forever bemoaning the general decline of society (“The quality of this establishment has become very poor indeed! Slipshod! Completely slipshod!”). However, in spite of the formidable character we had given her, she was extremely sweet and would purr the moment you stepped into her room. Except that is for Gaston Kitty, the young roué (or so he was styled in Miss Ruth World), who would have loved nothing more than to have been able cuddle with her (he being a cuddler of the first order). However she being a lady of quality would not stand for those sorts of advances. In spite of her hisses, I think Gaston Kitty will miss her quite a bit too.

Date: 2013-04-11 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fangirl715.livejournal.com
I'm very sorry--I never met her, but Miss Ruth sounds like quite the lady, and will be very much missed. *hugs to both of you*

Date: 2013-04-12 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
Thank you for your kind thoughts.

Date: 2013-04-11 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreda.livejournal.com
Somewhere, certainly, she is shouting "Girl! Girl!" and yanking on a bellpull - in the most elegant way.

May you be able to tell all the good stories, and raise some claret in her honour.
Edited Date: 2013-04-11 08:59 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-04-12 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
We will indeed raise a very special glass in her honor on Saturday the 20th. Do you think Maxim's would appropriate or would she perhaps have preferred a quiet little place in the 2nd?

Date: 2013-04-12 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreda.livejournal.com
Maxim's, of course, is a lovely place to be seen and paid due homage, so that is quite appealing!

(Of course, I suspect Herself might have had a bit of A Past and still knew a few places in the 2nd that were fondly remembered... or even the 14th!)

Date: 2013-04-11 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shalmestere.livejournal.com
I'm sorry for your loss.

After reading your description, I'm hearing Miss Ruth speaking in the voice of Gay Purr-ee's Mme. Rubens-Chatte (AKA Hermione Gingold) :-) I'm glad you-all had so many years together!

Date: 2013-04-12 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
Yes, the voice and manner of Hermione Gingold describes her very well!

Date: 2013-04-12 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hugh-mannity.livejournal.com
Yes indeed.

She will be missed.

Date: 2013-04-11 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cvirtue.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry.

Date: 2013-04-12 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
Thank you.

Date: 2013-04-11 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to hear about Miss Ruth.

Date: 2013-04-12 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
Thank you.

crap

Date: 2013-04-11 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bytchearse.livejournal.com
Sympathies from the Daddy of another Old Lady of Feline Quality...and Miss Bug herself sends condolences.

:,-(
Edited Date: 2013-04-12 01:01 am (UTC)

Re: crap

Date: 2013-04-12 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
Thank you both and please, if its not too presumptuous, give your fine lady a little scritch for me.

Date: 2013-04-11 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jofglastingburi.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry for your loss.

Date: 2013-04-12 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
Thank you.

Date: 2013-04-12 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kls-eloise.livejournal.com
My sincerest condolences. Renal issues are difficult. Our old lady is 17, and despite her diabetes, I hope that she has at least that many more years to go.

Date: 2013-04-12 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
I expect she will. Ruth was 17 when she came to us and soldiered on for all these years, only become really infirm in the past several months.

Date: 2013-04-12 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loosecanon.livejournal.com
I am glad she had you, and you had her.
My sympathies.

Date: 2013-04-12 01:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
Thank you. Every cat I have shared my life with has enriched it in new and different ways and Ruth was no exception. I will miss her so very much.

Date: 2013-04-12 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calygrey.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry. May the Grande Dame rest well.

Date: 2013-04-12 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
Thank you.

Date: 2013-04-12 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosinavs.livejournal.com
My sympathies. I've been watching Marx Brothers films lately, and she sounds like Margaret Dumont.

Date: 2013-04-12 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
Yes, quite like Margaret Dumont as well. I saw her as always wearing pearls and a fine but not too ostentatious hat.

Date: 2013-04-12 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lanome.livejournal.com
I'm sorry.

Date: 2013-04-12 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
Thank you.

Date: 2013-04-12 02:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mermaidlady
I'm sorry to hear of Miss Ruth's passing. What a charming personality! I'm glad she had you both and vice versa.

Date: 2013-04-12 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] albreda.livejournal.com
So sorry for your loss. :(

Date: 2013-04-13 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lisagw.livejournal.com
You helped to give her a long and appropriately lush live for one of her station. My thoughts are with you.

Date: 2013-04-15 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pamelina.livejournal.com
So sorry. I know how much they are missed.
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