There is NO Love Like the Love of A Ragdoll!
When I found out my nine year old carmel calico cat Ashes had bone cancer and was only going to make it six months, I began my journey of giving her the best six months of her life. I spoiled her, let her eat as much as she wanted, take complete control of the house without getting yelled at, cause as much trouble as she wanted, and spent hours holding her daily, cuddling and loving her. As she disintegrated slowly my heart slowly began to break. It was the worst feeling in the world. I promised Ashes who was the first cat I had ever owned that not only would my heart never forget her, and all the love. memories and support she had given me as my best friend for nine years, but that when she did go to heaven I would make sure that the next cat I brought home had just as wonderful of a life as she did. When she licked my nose I knew she understood. I also knew that she would never want me to be lonely and alone, and wanted me to have a new best friend and to love again. During our final good-bye I reassured Ashes I would see her in heaven and would send her a sister to play with her someday.
The journey to finding a new love was a hard one. I began researching different breeds. When I read about the personality of a Ragdoll and saw pictures, I fell in love! I searched for breeders in Illinois and found Ballerina Ragdolls. I called Cathy who was the breeder and not only was she sympathetic about the loss of my cat, but sat and discussed Ragdolls with me for an hour. I knew after getting off the phone with her that there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted a Ragdoll. She had a litter of colorpoints that was just born a week earlier and told me to come see them. So I went to see these two week old Ragdoll kitties and wouldn't you know it....the one biggest female kitty fell in love with me! She nestled in my arms in the same spot Ashes did, looked up at me with her beautiful blue eyes, licked me on the nose and fell fast asleep! I was in love! So that is where my journey with my new little love started!
So on December 6, 2012 Asha Tao Auerbach was born from a little of 7. I went to see her every two weeks and watched her grow. We bonded as the weeks went on and I took pictures of her progress for her online baby book. At week 8 I decided she needed a name. I took the first three letters of Ashes and the T from Ashe's middle name (Trouble) and created Asha Tao, which means forever happiness. Cathy was a fantastic breeder who let me visit my new baby for as long as I wanted, as often as I wanted. If I was lonely or having an emotionally rough day I would stop over to see my new baby. She answered all my questions and as the weeks went on we created a friendship. From day one her love of Ragdolls and knowledge has impressed me. Asha and I still email her every few weeks with updates and pictures. On February 15, 2013 I picked Asha up to bring her to her forever home.
Asha settled right into her new playground and is the best kitten a girl could ask for. She purrs and loves me all day and fills my heart with all the joy and happiness I so needed after the loss of Ashes. I can't get enough of her and dash home from work each day to play and cuddle. It is hard to believe she is 14 weeks old already! Her favorite thing to do is to climb in the dishwasher and fridge when I am not looking. She loves to chase anything that moves and greets me at the door each time I come home. Her favorite toys are her Petstages Scratch, Snuggle and Rest Bed and her toy mice. Asha follows me where ever I go and comes when her name is called. She is my best friend, the love of my life and through watching her play she has taught me that there is nothing in the world I can't accomplish or pursue. If one method doesn't work, keep trying..there is always a way! (like to get up to the top of the cat tree, on the chair, or the bathroom sink!) So each day that I get out of bed I look at my beautiful baby Ragdoll kitten and I start my day the way everyone should..with love in my heart, a positive mindset and a kiss on the nose!