What a week! Mamzell hurt her leg in a jump and began limping. After a visit to the vet, and the necessary x-rays and blood work, it was determined she had sprained her front leg.
This picture is her waking up from the drugs they gave her so they could do the x-rays. She was swaddled in a towel and in my arms. Her pitiful little meows while coming out of the meds was heart-breaking!
I’ve decided to re-post an article, about Mamzell, from a recent Women on Writing Blog Tour. This one was at “I’d So Rather Be Reading”:
“Why I Put My Cat In Space”
Back in 2013 I went on a reading binge. For me, this means I buy loads of books based on a central theme. At that time it was about mail order brides. I love books set in the Old West. History has always appealed to me and mail order brides were a part of our country’s history. A friend and I were talking about how scary it must have been for women back then.
It’s hard to imagine getting on a train or in a stagecoach and traveling across this vast country to meet a complete stranger and marry them. The women who chose that option were very brave, in my opinion.
As we talked, we started questioning different aspects of the mail order brides’ choice. Eventually the questions brought us back to modern times. Right away I noticed a “glitch” in this idea when I tried to think of it from my personal perspective. What about my cats? There is no way I could imagine leaving my cat behind to go off to another life.
Then the part of me that enjoys Science Fiction piped up. What if I were leaving Earth altogether, not just traveling across the country? Again, not going to happen! After a round of what-if questions, “Maggie’s Story” was born.
There is a very real part of me in the character of Maggie. Her love for her pet, and her unwillingness to set it aside for convenience, comes from my own heart and soul. So, naturally, when it came time to name Maggie’s cat, I chose to name her after my very own cat…Mamzell.
So, with “Maggie’s Story,” I sent my cat into space.
One fan asked me how I came up with her name. Originally, her name was supposed to be Mademoiselle. My husband, though, could neither pronounce nor spell it correctly. With a bit of tweaking, I came up with the name Mamzell, and it truly fits. She is a one-of-a-kind cat!
In “Maggie’s Story” there is a scene in which Mamzell runs away with Maggie’s crochet hook. The real-life Mamzell is known for carrying things around in her mouth, too. The entire scene was based upon real life…except for the part where the aliens enter the room and are trying to figure out what is going on with the human female stuck halfway under the bed and threatening the cat with dire punishments for stealing.
Try to imagine how that could be explained to a race of beings that don’t quite grasp the concept of keeping pets. Imagine how you would explain that you wouldn’t really shave the cat’s butt for stealing. Or that you wouldn’t truly tie a knot in the animal’s tail. And how to make them understand you are not mentally deficient because you are talking to the pet in the first place? >smile<
What better animal than a small cat to introduce the pet concept to aliens? I refuse to believe I am the only person who would forego space travel if it meant leaving behind my pets. How about you? Would you be willing to leave Earth if you had to give up your pets?
Until next time…be kind to each other…and to yourself!