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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Monday, May 23, 2011

{Our Felines - Sweet Spooky II...}

As promised yesterday, here is the sequel about our Spooky I and II... I forgot to mention yesterday the reason why sweet Spooky I got killed. She had a very special friend; the black dachshund Daisy from across the street. They were both not allowed to go on the road but Spooky made her daily trips to look her up. They frolicked around and talked to each other, they were inseparable. When Daisy broke her leg and had to wear a cast, she could not come outside. The day that the cast came off, Daisy's Mami carried her out of the car into the house. Daisy made a loud noise, that they never had heard from her before... she was calling for Spooky, who sat next to the front door window to wait for her! That was only days before the one fatal car accident when she'd visited Daisy for the last time. Pieter was on the lawn with ant killer when it happened almost in front of him. Daisy did mourn for a long time. Spooky I was missed by so many. A couple of months later when I was in bed with Vertigo, Pieter went to the Humane Society and got us the pet of the week. And thus we had another feline; Spooky II.
Here he is; a cute tuxedo cat!
After our sad experience with Spooky I we decided this little guy would be an indoor cat only. He could smell the world from the screen door and listen to the birds and so on.
Spooky with his tongue sticking out... eager to walk with his Mami on the leash; his daily treat!
Looking at the birds who were nesting in the Confederate Jasmine, while cuddling his panda...
He grew into a happy cat and was very much loved.
Walking to the mail box he sat on my hip and of course was amazed at those birds flying around over head... What a big world out there!
He would always lead me towards the pond area for his balancing act, after we walked the trail through the wood garden and behind the house.
In his oak pet bed on top of the armoire in our bedroom. He loved to jump and I had to put him his bed up high... Leaping from the window sill up there...
When Spooky II was almost two years old we got him a brother from the Humane Society; again the pet of the week that was in the newspaper. He LOVED his baby-brother and did actually raise him! That was so funny and how concerned he was about that little guy.
Behind the screen door listening to the birds and exploring the smells of the big world...
Unwrapping Christmas gifts with {Anita Anggraeni our Foster Daughter} from Indonesia.
Talking about a 'Copy Cat'... Barty was one!
Oh, and we did succumb to having outdoor cats again... got us a cat door, right behind where Spooky II is standing. He is telling Barty: 'Look, this is how you sharpen your paws on the raw wall...'
Oh, in the laundry room, Mami let me drink from the faucet... I LOVED that!

But this Spooky did die suddenly from a very surprising cause: heart worm disease!
In the morning he came to me for some cuddling, very special as it really was not such a cuddle boy. Little did I know that he came to cuddle me one last time; that was his farewell... We found him the next day, after searching in the wood garden and everywhere. He had died under my Toyota RAV4.
Our vet had prescribed Advantage against fleas and such and we took that, even though we used to give them Revolution. Well, you trust a vet isn't it? After the autopsy we learned about the real cause and we were shocked. I was even more surprised to learn that Revolution does protect them against feline heart worm disease but Advantage does NOT. We switched right away to get Barty safe and we never ever will use Advantage again! The price was too high, again only 4½ years old...
Barty by the way did hide in the back of the garden under a pile of tree branches. There he stayed for a couple of months; mourning his big brother. The one that nourished him and protected him.
Yes, animals do mourn too.

My comment to sparklecat got deleted.
Her owner is way too much centered about advertising on her blog!
As for Pieter and me, it is JUST kitty love and no strings attached.
My blog is NOT intended to make any profits.


  1. Che simpatici gattini e che bella signora!Baci,Rosetta

  2. What sadness you have had with your lovely cats.Spooky II looks adorable- such a beautiful cat.

  3. Noticed you have taken off your word verification by the way! Brilliant- so much easier to leave a comment :-)

  4. Dear Mariette,
    what a heartwarming but tragic story about the cute Spooky II. I really fell in love when I see the cute photos with his baby brother. So very very cute that he accepted the little one. Spooky II was so nice with his tuxedo pattern and so lovely to see the pretty photos in the window and on the bed. Yes, animals moarn just as me humans, that's right! Thank you for your story, all cats (and dogs, too) are real personalities. If I have a choice for my next life, I will become born as a cat in your house, Mariette.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  5. Tjeeee....wat erg....en van het vlooien middel overleden?????...echt waar????.....heb je de fabrikant om uitleg gevraagd???......zo erg een dier te verliezen zoveel verdriet.....sterkte ...mooie post trouwens hoor!!...liefs van mij...xxx..

  6. Oh, God!!!

    I never thought SpookyⅡhad alredy gone to SpookyⅠ, such a sad story story.
    You got many lovely memories with both of them, didn't you?
    I was kind of in tears from your memory and pictures.
    My dog I had when I was around 30,which only had 5-years life, died of filaria. And he stared and started at me the night before he died.They DO have hunch and say farewell to us, don't they?

    After his death, I couldn't have any pets even though I wasn't blessed with a child.

    Best regards, xoxo Orchid.

  7. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaach wat een schattig stel!!!! Wat is dat toch mooi om te zien he, als ze leuk met elkaar om gaan...goud waard!!! Wat zielig, weer een gemis....


  8. Oh my dear friend, your story of Spooky I and II is heart touching (not to mention the tears that came, as I read). They both looked so happy , I can't imagine the pain your home must have encountered on both events. And I agree our furbabies have feelings and really are "human" in so many ways... Wishing Barty many years of love and happiness in your home. xo HHL

  9. Diese kleinen Stubentiger sind ja einfach goldig!!!!Einen schönen Tag wünscht Euch Ina

  10. Ah, wat zielig .... zo'n mooie kater! Zo'n leuk stel! Onze kater Zipper hebben we moeten laten inslapen, zo triest .... hij was nog geen anderhalf, maar had fiv (kattenaids). En zó lief: hij dronk op dezelfde manier water als Spooky II trouwens. Rij je nog altijd 'n RAV? Zo ja, delen we niet alleen 't Limburgse maar ook dat ;-) Groetjes, Inge

  11. Aaahhh alweer zo´n zielig verhaal, volgende keer wil ik er eentje met goed afloop...hi hi ja jammergenoeg kun je dat niet uitzoeken!
    Met onze eerste siamees gingen wij ook wel eens aan de riem. Zij is 18 jaar geworden.
    <lieve groeten,

  12. Nou zeg wat een aangrijpende verhaal!!!Je gaat er toch van uit dat het voorgeschreven middel goed is en dan...... gaat het helemaal mis!!!Nou Mariette, als ik je foto's zie straalt de liefde voor jullie poezen er helemaal vanaf en kan ik me zó goed voorstellen wat voor een verdriet het is !!!!!!!
    Lieve groet van Elly.

  13. ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you had a special person taking a peek to these last 2 posts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my daughter!!!! she loves cats! well to be honest she loves pretty much every animal except spiders! you should have seen her saying:" how sweet they are!! look! just sweet!" the whole time!
    great photos!
    take care,

  14. Liebe Mariette,
    wieder eine wunderschöne Geschichte mit einem traurigen Ausgang.
    Aber alle Kätzchen hatte es so gut bei euch. Sie hatten ein gutes Leben.
    Liebe Abendgrüße sendet Dir

  15. Jeetje, Mariette, wat een verhaal.
    Ik vind je foto's erg mooi dit keer, vooral ook de foto's waar jij op staat. In het lichtblauw, prachtig!
    Have a wonderful new week o xx o

  16. Dear Mariette,

    I love your darling cats and isn't it so sad when we have to say goodbye to our beloved friends.
    Your story is so poignant and touched me very much.
    We lost our cat Louie, he had got hit by a car so I know exactly how you must have felt. It is neat to have the happy memories and good times we shared with our wonderful cats.
    Hope that you have a happy week

  17. Awwww, Spooky II looks adorable! I didn't know you were a foster mom, that is awesome! You are so gorgeous on the outside too Mariette, you look amazing and so natural!!!

    Thank you for sharing your pets with us:)

  18. How sad that Spooky II passed away so suddenly. But it sounds like he was one very well loved kitty while he was with you!

    I think cats make a house a home. But of course, I'm bias on that thought! :)

    xo Catherine

  19. Love how you look in that animal print skirt, how chic!!!!!

  20. I understand now, Anita is living with you for a time. So I was a foster daugther back in time in Michigan for 6 months, an exchange student over there at a lovely family with 5 kids all which where my brothers and sisters and I stil comunicate with them.
    hugs dear

  21. Yes, cats do mourn, too. I was so sorry to read about both Spookies. I never heard of a cat getting heart worm:( Poor baby...

  22. Yes, cats do mourn, too. I was so sorry to read about both Spookies. I never heard of a cat getting heart worm:( Poor baby...

  23. Yes, cats do mourn, too. I was so sorry to read about both Spookies. I never heard of a cat getting heart worm:( Poor baby...

  24. Yes, cats do mourn, too. I was so sorry to read about both Spookies. I never heard of a cat getting heart worm:( Poor baby...


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