Back from a very long but productive sales meeting. chickenchick--I am sorry to hear about the trouble you are having with your sister-in-law. I don't have a whole lot to do with mine either. She seems to have chosen her hubby over the rest of the family. We usually only see them and their 2 boys at Christmas even though they only live an hour away and we are often in their area. I am okay with that, but I think it still bothers hubby at times. I am perfectly happy with having cats and dogs as my nieces and nephews. I guess that is why Cotter's death is so hard on me. I went to see sis yesterday evening and Destiny spent the night. We went to Dairy Queen for Blizzards and to Wal-Mart. When she got up yesterday she thought something was wrong with Cotter, but he pushed Claws out of the food bowl and ate good, so she went on to work. When she got home she realized he wasn't doing well and took him to the vet up the street. The vet told her he probably wouldn't make it, but she would start an IV on him and see how it goes. In the time it took her to grab her stethoscope, he had passed. In the cage next to him was a little black female kitten. She had been found ran over (they assume) her lip was torn up and her jaw disconnected and was walking on her wrists. The vet had done reconstructive surgery on her, she had a wire in her jaw, her lip looks great and she is walking fine now. She needs a loving home. Sis called me and said she felt bad about even thinking about it so soon after the death. I told her it may have been a sign. Cotter led her to the vet, but passed before anything could be done. He knew how much he was loved and wanted this special needs kitten to have a chance to be loved too. By the time I got down there, she asked if I wanted to go see her. The vet was having an open house and was open late. She is adorable and so lovable!! She is almost the exact same size as our little ones and looks just like them. By the time we left, sis said she would pick her up Friday! She will have the wire for a couple more weeks, but is eating fine. The vet was thrilled when she said yes. They are pretty attached to her and wanted to make sure she was going somewhere special. I guarantee you, she is!! texasgal--Our rain was short and the sun is already coming out. It was nice while it lasted anyway. We need a break from this heat, I am getting too old to tolerate it! And I am worrying to death about those boys at football practice. They are absolutely miserable, but troopers they are!!