(thanks to Mo at Purrchance to Dream for the wonderful graphic)
OUR FAVORITE OLD-MAN-CAT IS....
19 YEARS OLD TODAY!!!!
For those who haven't heard the story, Maestro came to live with Angel Butterscotch while mom was in college (guess that means people are gonna figure out her age huh?). Mom was a senior in college and Butterscotch lived with mom's brother and our grandma and grandpa. Mom was SURE that Butterscotch was lonely so over Thanksgiving break, she got a kitten. Butterscotch HATED Maestro....he would chase Maestro around the house, pin him down and chew on his ears until Maestro cried.
Until Maestro went to get neutered....he came back and we don't know if it was the pity factor or what, but they were good friends from there on out.
it isn't a good picture of Butterscotch but one of the few digital
When mom moved out after college, both boys went to live with her. Butterscotch crossed the Bridge several years ago, but Maestro is still trekking along. He sleeps a lot more and seems a bit forgetful, but that is ok. (except at 2am when he tends to wonder where everyone is and yells until mom yells back).
So, some favorite Maestro stories: when he was about 7 months old, mom was home on break. Grandma kept saying that she was SURE the kitten was getting up on the kitchen counter. Mom swore he knew better. They went out at one point and when they came home, the flowers on the counter had left pollen scatter ALL over. And then Maestro came strolling through the kitchen with a big yellow stripe down his forehead. Mom mutter that she can't help him if he won't hide the evidence.
His first Christmas, grandma was doing daycare. Her daycare kids weren't allowed in the living room where she kept the Christmas stuff. Part of the decoration was a stable with ceramic figures and straw. Grandma kept finding it around the house and told the kids to "STAY OUT". They swore it wasn't them. And two days later grandma found Maestro curled up asleep in the manger. Too cute....
We don't have too many baby pictures of him. It was before digital cameras, plus mom was away at school most of the time.
Maestro has been a great kitty - traveled several states with mom when she has moved. Tolerates new kitties when they join the house. And even puts up with foster kittens (for the most part - he finds them annoying but generally only works up a "grrr" that doesn't sound very serious).
Sebastian is pretty sure the old guy is comfy
Happy Birthday Maestro.
We know we don't have forever, but we hope for many more.
Maestro we wish you the happiest of Birthdays. You are looking handsome for a senior fella. We loved hearing all about your exploits in counter surfing et al.ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful day!
A very Happy Birthday to you Maestro. We sure hope you have a wonderful day today and many more of them. That really was fun hearing all about you. Take care.ReplyDelete
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAESTRO! :)ReplyDelete
We love that your Mom shared your stories with us. That manger story is so sweet.
Wow, wow, wow , 19 ! Amazing ! We wish you a very Happy Birthday Maestro ! We enjoyed your story that your mom shared. We hope you have a wonderful day full of treats and snuggles. PurrsReplyDelete
Happy Birthday, Maestro! We hope your day is purrfect!ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday Maestro! We hope you have a super day with loads of treats and scritches!!ReplyDelete
The Florida Furkids
Happy Birthday Maestro, we loved getting to know you better. Hope you have a wonderful day.ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday, Maestro! We hope you have a wonderful day with lots of treats and scritches :)ReplyDelete
Happy happy happy birthday beautiful Maestro!!! Enjoy your day! take careReplyDelete
Happy Purrthday, Maestro!ReplyDelete
My human and I loved to hear the funny stories about you!
Wishing you plenty of treats and love on your special day and many more purrthdays!
19!!! Wow! Happiest Birthday to you!!!!ReplyDelete
Happy big 19, Maestro! We hope you can celebrate in style... and a big sun puddle!ReplyDelete
Maestro we are so happy to know you have spent 19 glorious years with your Mom and had such a wonderful and loving life. It warms our hearts to hear stories of kitties who have such a long history. We hope you have many many MANY more memories to make and we hope this day is a very special one. Happy Purrday and enjoy good health and make some mischief just today!!!ReplyDelete
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAESTRO! May you have many more to come.ReplyDelete
WOW! 19!?!?! This is great cause to celebrate! I'll have an extra Stinky Goodness treat in your honor! Happy birthday, Maestro!!!ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday Maestro and I hope you have many more to celebrate. Hugs GJ xReplyDelete
Happy Birthday Mr. Maestro!ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday Maestro! Have a wonderful day, full of lubs, scritches and treats!ReplyDelete
Sasha, Sami, & Saku
Happy birthday, Maestro! With purrs for many, many more!ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday Maestro! AND crossing-paws for many more quality one's to come!!ReplyDelete
The Slimmer Purrsibs
Socks, Jack, Luna, Percy, and Golden
Awww, such sweet stories. He is a pretty boy. My mom had a cat that lived to 25!ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday Maestro!!! Mommy has a soft spot for you Seniors...so here's a *smoochie* from her, too!ReplyDelete
Wow, happy birthday, Maestro! What is 19? We have to check...Okay, that's 93 in human years. You have to make it to at least 103 in human years, our human says, to match our grandpa's second "father" Joe. :-)ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful, wonderful day!
A very happy birhtday, Maestro. You've evidently been a lot of fun and the source of a lot of stories in your 19 years. We hope there are many stories yet to be lived.ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday MaestroReplyDelete
Happy Purrrrthday, Maestro kittie. We hope you had a great day, full of cuddles and treats and cuddles.ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday dearest Maestro. How wonderful to see more of you and get to know about your background. XXXOOOReplyDelete
Happy Birthday Maestro! What great stories your Mom has about you. Have a wonderful day!ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday Maestro!ReplyDelete
Maestro, we loved reading the funny stories about you. What a great long life you have had. We wish you a great BIRTHDAY today and many more healthful and happy years. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista JoReplyDelete
Happy birthday, Maestro! We are glad you and your mom found each other. We hope you're having a great day, filled with all the things you love the most. :)ReplyDelete
LOVE the stories!! Happy Birthday Maestro!!!ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday Maestro! I enjoyed hearing about your kitten escapades and always enjoy seeing you relaxing and enjoying life with your mom and the cats in your household.ReplyDelete
Happy Belated Birthday, Maestro!!!ReplyDelete
We just loved your stories. We hope you had a very special day...and many more special days to come!
Katie, Glogirly & Waffles
dood...we iz knot a loud out oh doors ore on line... on dee week oh ends....sew, that meenz a happee bee lated birth day wish two ewe ta day; hope yur day wuz total lee awesum N ya getted cake, mice creem, ham samiches, donutz, friez, sea bass, shrimp, toona, mackerull, flounder, trout, sghetti, pizza pies, pork chops, butter, bloo gill, perch, shrimp, a 2014 CATillax car in navy and heerz ta 19 mor buddy....hope ya ENJOYED de day & had FUN !!!ReplyDelete
oh my 19???!! How did I ever miss this!!?? HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A MOST SPECIAL KITTY!!!ReplyDelete
19 is such a special and glorious age!