In Memoriam of Winnie & Allie

Winnie (left) was named Edwina when we adopted her at about six months old. We renamed her Winnie. She was very, very shy and only occasionally came upstairs. She almost had no presence, but purred when she allowed you to pick her up. She was black with a white stripe around her ankle like a bracelet, a white stripe around her neck like a necklace, and amazing white whiskers. Winnie must have been abused before we got her from our vet. Mostly, she loved to be outside, and came in for breakfast and dinner. It was the only time she “talked.” She become more brave as we spent time petting and loving her.

Allie (right) was the runt of a feral litter, found by some neighbors in the woods. Allie wasn’t getting enough food because she was so small, so the kind neighbor took her out of the group and started feeding her by herself. When she was two months old she had ear mites, round worms, and very contagious ringworm. After a number of baths and vitamins, Allie overcame most of her problems. Allie was all black and into everything. She was not afraid and got along with our dogs very well. Allie had learned to go in and out of the doggie door.

Leslie Brown and Michas Sadzak