Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Goodbye Darla (Scooter)








When we first opened Saipua about 3 years ago we got a visit from a man named "Mojo" who said he had the perfect shop cat for us. We said, "No thanks," and yet he was back the following weekend with Darla, (whom he had temporarily dubbed "Soapy," an unfortunate nod to our livelihood) a bag of cat litter and some cans of food.

He told us a dramatic story about how she had been locked inside a bodega that shut down over on Columbia Street, and how he had - after several failed attempts - been able to break her out.

She had missing teeth, no voice, and had apparently never learned how to clean herself. The first time I met Darla she jumped right in my lap. She spent a lot of time there over the last few years. But don't get me wrong, she was also gross. A loveable gross I guess.

Last night, after a day of kitty hospice she died. Poor little Scooter, we loved her.

31 comments:

east side bride said...

You just made me love her too.

zb said...

I am so sorry.

Treehouse Collective said...

Shop cats are extraordinary. Why do they stay when the door is always wide open? You must have given her a lot of love to return to. So sorry, her pictures are too sweet.

Law of Attraction said...

That is such a sweet story of kitty love. I kind of like that she was gross.

subliminalrabbit said...

oh, i'm so sorry. when these guys leave us - it's so hard. are thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

Sorry she's gone.. but I'll bet she smells and looks wonderful in Kitty Heaven. It was the Soap.-Saipua was her haven and heaven on earth. You saved her life.

lauren said...

cats are like little meteors - they flash through our lives for what seems, once they're gone, like a minute (but oh, what a minute). i'm so sorry.

An said...

OH NO Scooter!! Sorry to hear about the kitty :( xoxo

Ms. P and C said...

I'm so sorry about your kitty. It is nice to know that you were able to make her happy, giving her the home she truly deserved among beautiful flowers and loving, fun people.

Susan said...

So sorry. This was a lovely tribute to miss darla.

This makes me think of all of our kitties who have passed on: Zeus, Percy, Patch, Midnight, and our very first cat, monika...

love, m.

Lana said...

rip scooter :(

Peonies and Polaroids said...

I'm so sorry. Our bunny was gross, I loved him.

cindy said...

i'm sorry about darla aka scooter.

ashley english said...

so sorry for your loss. my cats, all 5 of them, are my absolute blessed jewels. sending you love and light.

Mlle Paradis said...

very sweet post. so sorry.

Donna said...

I'm so sorry, Baby Girl, but Scooter sounded like she had a GREAT life with you...:)

Feather Gold said...

This story made me sad and happy. Wonderful to know that the last years of her life was loved. Sorry for your loss

enhabiten said...

oh, we had 2 kitties dies this summer. one was gross. we loved them both. i cried like a baby both times. sorry for you and darla/scooter. xx -Liane

jezebel said...

This hurts my heart

Sealicious said...

Her life was short, but I'm sure it was very, very sweet!

So sorry for your loss

What Possessed Me said...

Oh God, that's so sad - it's really hard to lose a kitty. I think it's the stinky, patchy, ugly ones that pull on our heartstrings the most. So sorry to hear about Scooter.

Sara Lacey said...

love to you and your scooter.

design*sponge said...

poor little darla. the only thing that makes me not dissolve into tears is thinking about how loved she was by you guys in her final years. it's so heartwarming when pets finally find a caring home.

nicole said...

i'm so, so very sorry.

Pam - housemartin said...

oh poor sweetie little Scootie. so sorry. what a luv...

Lise said...

That is so sad, my heart is heavy, such an abused little girl taken in with love, at least she had you all to love her before she passed....tears

keri said...

even though our new kitten surprised us last night with two hockey-puck sized lumps of poo ground into his furry hocks, I am smitten enough to know that I'll be very sad when he is no longer around to cover my home in shit. I'm so sorry.

count buckula said...

the shop will never be soiled in the same way again. RIP

hmstrjam said...

so sad! much love!

pinkshirtsandcarwrecks said...

My little kitty just died a few weeks ago, too...so sad! I'm so sorry.

Designers' Brew said...

aw, Sarah, so sorry for your loss. :(