Apologies For Absence
 
Hi all.

Sorry I've been a bit quiet over the last week, but things have happened which have left me a little bit distracted, so I hope you'll forgive me. I am back to work today and slowly catching up on commissions, Patreon rewards and general arting, but I just wanted to let you know what has been happening. 

On the morning of the 6th June, I sadly had to say goodbye to my best friend, Gigi, who sadly ran out of miracles.

Gigi was diagnosed with an auto immune disease this time last year after she was taken to the vets following an unexpected seizure. Since then she has undergone tests, exploratory surgery, strong medication and generally learned to hate the vets. She would have only been 2 in August. When she was diagnosed with diabetes as a complication of her disease back in January, I was given the choice to inject her with insulin daily to prolong her life for a small time, or leave things to take their course. Given that I was one of the few humans she would even let touch her after her time back and forth to the vets, I decided against any more unnecessary stress. I was told I could expect two weeks.

She lasted 5 extra months! 5 extra months of no vet visits. No medication. All the hugs. As many extra portions as she wanted. As many cuddles as she'd allow and the life of a very spoiled miracle cat. She stayed to help me through a very difficult time and even helped train my new puppy Mulder (who has definitely learned in that time that cats are very much in charge). She has slept on my bed every night and always come to greet me at the door when I came home. 

The evening before she was due to visit the vets for the last time, we had a night in watching movies and hugging on the sofa. She wasn't eating much in her last few days, but she managed some tuna, a treat or two and a nibble of a cheese biscuit (she used to LOVE cheesy crisps, bread, pizza... anything carb-y, whenever she had a chance to steal it).  Gigi was never one for sitting on laps, but her last night she spent curled up on my legs and having head scratches until late into the night.  I hope I made the short little life she had a happy one. I know she made mine happier. 

Rest in peace Gigi, my little witch cat.