Guest Star: The Incredible Life of Tia-pet, the Dominican Wonder-Cat

Marc-Andre of the highly regarded and well loved Katzenworld Blog kindly featured my story about Tia-pet’s life on his site today. As it is almost one year since he went to the great mouse hunting field in the sky, I am re-posting it here too as a tribute to him.
Heartfelt thanks to both friends and strangers for their sympathy, empathy and compassion. Tia brought me a lot of joy throughout my first 16 years on Dominica. I still do miss that lovely kitty..and I guess I always will!

Katzenworld

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Gwen and is a tribute to her cat Tia!

Tia-pet (1998-2014) was a lovely and lively Caribbean short hair domestic cat. Photo taken by (Aunty) Jenny Spencer in August 2011. Tia-pet (1998-2014) was a lovely and lively Caribbean short-haired domestic cat. Photo taken by ‘Aunty’ Jenny Spencer in August 2011.

I am not aware of many cats that have lived out all nine lives on Dominica, but I can assure you that my dear little Tia-pet was

Tia was tiny when he found his first parents in a residential area north of Roseau early in 1998. Tia was tiny when he’ found’ his first pet parents (Lorraine and Steven) in a residential area north of Roseau early in 1998. Photo by S or L Ricketts.

one of a select few felines in this category. At the age of 16+ human years, he departed this earth en route to “cat heaven.” Since my furry friend passed away at home on May 3, 2014, I feel as if I have the lost the greatest gift I ever received on

Aunty Susan Weeks painted this image of Tia in 2011 . it was based on a photo I had taken of him at play in 2010. ‘Aunty’ Susan Weeks painted this likeness…

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