Maddie was the last of my "childhood" pets...
I've got some time while some audio files are converting, so I'm expounding on this entry. While my mood says "sad," I can't really say that I am. Every time I think of Maddie, I smile. She was just so full of life and personality, that it's hard for the thought of her not to make me happy, even if she's gone now. I've had some amazing pets during my life... we joke in my family about all of the whacko animals finding their way to our house... but Maddie was much much more than a pet. She really did become part of the family in such a way that an old aunt moving into the house would. She was cranky and demanding, and we all waited on her every whim, and we all cared about her more than any of us can possibly express. And our inheritance is the memory of her little frail body quaking with tiger sized purring every time you stroked her back. Okay... now I'm sad. :/