Thank you to all our friends old and new. We are totally overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, affection, friendship, kindness, and support from everyone. You are all amazing! We are crying to hear about so many friends who have gone to the Bridge, and smiling at all the new faces and friends. We wish we could personally thank each and every one of you, but we sadly don't have the time. Just know that we appreciate every single message and our hearts are filled with friendship and joy.
So what happened to us? Well, we had computer problems for a while. Then Dragonheart was diagnosed with a heart murmur, had a heart scan, and was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).. Mommy was devastated, and couldn't bring herself to post, although she knew she would get a lot of purrs and support from everyone. She just didn't have it in her.
Then we moved back to Canada! That was a huge adventure. We drove practically across the entire country and stayed in a different hotel every night for a week! Then our furniture and effects were delayed in getting to our new place, so we stayed in a hotel for a long time in our new city.
Mommy went back to school to study at university, so didn't have any time to post. Then we all moved and she started studying in a new city. Daddy went to a place called Afghanistan, and mommy was very busy with school, the stress of daddy being deployed, and looking after us. Especially when I, Merlin, developed a lump after a vaccination that wouldn't go away for a long time. It was while daddy was in Afghanistan that he promised mommy she could get a little girl Sphynx at some point when he returned, so that she wouldn't be the only female in the house anymore. Now, the new city we moved to had a veterinary college, so Dragonheart finally got a scan by a veterinary cardiologist. She found that he was equivocal for HCM, that is, he had some abnormalities of the heart muscles, but not enough thickening to be classified as HCM. Mommy was relieved. Dragonheart was diagnosed with asthma though, so he takes a puffer everyday.
Our sister Arwen joined our family, and then mommy got a concussion, so she had to stay off the computer for a very long time. She didn't like that. Then our sister Arwen developed a septic abdomen and needed emergency surgery. Sadly, after that she developed wet feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) and we lost her to that horrible disease. A few months later, mommy and daddy got Devi as a rescue. Devi needed a new home, we had an Arwen-shaped hole in our hearts, and it seemed like Arwen had sent Devi to us.
Devi is cool. She likes to play with me, Merlin. Dragonheart has become a bit of a grumpy old fart in his old age (Dragonheart: hey, I'm not old! I just like to preserve my energy). Mommy says it's because of his mild heart problem. Anyhow, Devi thinks she's the alpha, but Dragonheart and I aren't so sure. She is fun to play with, though, when she's not whacking at me to leave a warm place I've claimed, or to chase me out of the box I'm in. She likes to purr almost as much as I do.
Arwen came with a health guarantee from her breeder, so we were going to get another little sister this March, a little tortie girl, but then I was diagnosed with cancer, and so that plan has been put on hold for now. We don't want me to have any additional stress at this point, and a new kitten would be stressful. I'm already stressed enough because my daddy is deployed overseas again (not Afghanistan, but somewhere else, and I'm very much a daddy's boy. I sleep curled up under my daddy's chin, or in his armpit, every night when he's home.
Mommy is still in school. She's doing something called "graduate school" but she'll be done this summer. Then we are moving again!
So that'a an update on us, why we stopped blogging, and how we are all doing.
Thank you again for all the love, friendship, and support. We missed all of you.
Love, Merlin, Dragonheart, Devi, and their Mom.
Merlin the Cancer-Fighting Sphynx