Babushka (2000 - 2015)

Babushka and James

Babushka and her sunning boxIn another life back in Dallas, Babushka used to be known as Maui. She was one of the three cats along with a dog that my cousin cared for. Sadly, he passed away in May 2006. My cousin was only a month younger than me, and had just started to put his life back together after a bad divorce and leaving a verbally abusive boss. His dog and best friend, Wendel, went to a close friend of his who also took in the fat (and mean) cat. My cousin's ex-wife took the neurotic and skittish cat to be with her new husband, like two peas in a pod. I had the fortune to take in Maui, who was the calmest and quietest of the three cats.

We renamed Maui to Babushka after taking her back to New York. The reason for the name change was Maui's mood when she arrived in New York. The cat was in a severe state of depression, and was constantly cleaning herself. Lia commented that she "looked like an old lady" whenever she stared at us. I responded jokingly "like a little babushka (Russian for old lady)," and the name just stuck from that point forward. Over that time, Babushka adjusted well to living with us along with our move back to Dallas and eventually Los Alamos. Babushka proved to be a wonderful addition to our household. She was an entirely indoor cat. She would also make a point to always come and sleep between our legs at night.

In early 2015, Babushka started showing signs of chronic kidney failure and anemia. We put her on a special diet, gave her new medication, and daily injections of fluid to keep her as healthy and comfortable for as long as possible. She got into a new routine and spent most of her time with us. However, by the end of the year, her health and weight had deteriorated to the point that we could not hold off the inevitable. On December 28, 2015, we took Babushka to our vet for the last time and had her peacefully put down while we were present with her.

Babushka and her bed