Aldehyde was released from this life June 8, 2014 to return "Home" to be with those she loved who have gone before her.
Seventeen and a half years ago a very special kitten was born, who was destined to be shared and loved by two families. She was an adventuresome, easily identified presence in her neighborhood. Her beautiful tabby coloring was accented by four white feet and a black-tipped tail. She also wore a red rhinestone-studded collar, until her mishap in the apple tree where she somehow managed to tangle a front paw under her collar and tumbled, unhurt, from the tree.
Aldehyde was blessed with a warm, loving home, fine food, playmates and a place on the bed in the master bedroom. Thus, it came as a surprise when at approximately age three she decided to move. She would return home for visits and food, but would otherwise live in the unheated garage loft across the road.
The two families conspired to persuade her to stay in her original home. (It was never a consideration to shut her out of her garage; in the absence of safe shelter she would cope, outside and unprotected.) A new nighttime ritual was born; catch Aldehyde, call Sally (her loving human mother) and arrange a meeting for the transfer of Aldehyde in the middle of the road that separated the two homes. This ritual was to be repeated hundreds of times with only changes in the time of the nightly meeting. Aldehyde was observant. She quickly began to anticipate the time of the catch, and would hide.
One exceptionally cold December night, the two families conceded defeat and the persistent Aldehyde was welcomed into the heated space of the home across the road. It was agreed that she would stay there at least until spring when perhaps the nightly ritual would once again begin. Spring came, and with it Sally's tearful decision that Aldehyde could continue to live across the road.
Aldehyde “Allie” Myers Terrian maintained her connection to her home and family of origin; she frequently returned there to visit and to view her world from that perspective.
Aldehyde bestowed the gift of her presence upon many, especially children, perhaps a reflection of being raised with eight.
She enjoyed a good can of Fancy Feast, a place in a rocker, an available lap and cheek rubs. In her later years, her places of preference were her cat nest and a spot at the end of the road between her two homes and equally close to both.
Aldehyde was preceded in death by her mother, Molly McBain; several feline family members and companions and her human angel, Sally Ann Myers.
Missing her and loving her always are those whose lives were touched and then intertwined with hers, Elizabeth (John) Colangelo, Cindy (Preston) Fraley, Rebecca Myers, Jennifer Myers, David Myers, John Myers, Heidi Myers, Bret Myers, Jim (Marlys) Terrian; their children and grandchildren; special feline friends, Pacem, Wisspurr and Shiloh.