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In memory of Maxie

Tuxedo and Roses by A E RuffingTuxedo and Roses by A E Ruffing

Maxie, June 1995-April 12, 2012

Tuxedo catWe had to let Maxie go last Thursday. Maxie was able to eat a little, but quickly became bloated again. He was exhausted, but was still purring for us, although we could hear fluid in his lungs. We took him outside for a while. He walked around and lay in the sun, but he was so tired. We tried to keep him as comfortable as possible, for as long as possible, but it became clear it was his time.

Tuxedo cat playing with catnip toys, Elizabeth RuffingOn the way back from the vet, I wanted to stop for a forsythia bush to mark his resting spot. I had awakened that morning, thinking that was the right one. My mom waited in the car, while I stopped at the store. The very first plant I touched, after walking right to it without hesitation, was a forsythia bush. It wasn’t blooming, and so I had no idea until I saw the tag. I took it home. I am very tired, but will plant it as soon as I can. He’s at rest next to his best friend, Laurence.

Tuxedo cat on the bed, looking wistful, Elizabeth RuffingWe feel very sad, but relieved he is not suffering. He lived to be seventeen years old, and it is hard to adjust to his not being everywhere. He would always jump on the counter and walk around my breakfast in the morning, no matter how many times I picked him up and put him back on the kitchen floor, and I always passed him in his bed near the front door, when I went to open it. He liked to sing loudly in the middle of the night, all by himself. He always did that, his whole life. We thought he must like the sound of his own voice. We miss him.

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Alice, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Birman Kitten Art Doll by Max Bailey

Alice, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Birman Kitten Art Doll by Max BaileyAlice is a sweet and good-natured miniature Birman kitten with soft blue eyes and little white feet.

Alice, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Birman Kitten Art Doll by Max BaileyAlice is wearing a red-violet jumper over a pale blue-violet blouse that has dark blue polka dots.

Alice, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Birman Kitten Art Doll by Max Bailey Alice comes with a white dollhouse spindle cradle. It has a mattress, pillow, and coverlet that are soft blue with geometric designs of red-violet, pink, and dark turquoise. To always look her best, Alice takes her beauty rest in her cradle every afternoon.

Alice, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Birman Kitten Art Doll by Max BaileyAlice is a one-of-a-kind work of art, and is meant for display only.

She was sculpted from paperclay in multiple stages, to allow for drying and detailing.

Alice, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Birman Kitten Art Doll by Max BaileyAlice was painted under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, one hair at a time.

She is signed and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Alice, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Birman Kitten Art Doll by Max BaileyAlice and her cradle are 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.)

Alice stands 1 and 7/8 inches tall.

Update: Alice has been adopted. Thank you!

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Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Siamese Kitten Art Doll by Max Bailey

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Siamese Kitten Art Doll by Max BaileyDaphne is a lovely miniature Siamese kitten. Her sapphire blue eyes gaze out at you from her dark little face.

Daphne’s pretty dress is ice-blue with a mauve ruffle around the neck, and mauve bands on the sleeves.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Siamese Kitten Art Doll by Max Bailey Daphne comes with a white dollhouse spindle cradle. It has a mattress, pillow, and coverlet that are soft medium blue with pink and white flowers. Daphne can often be found dozing or daydreaming in her cradle.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Siamese Kitten Art Doll by Max Bailey Daphne is a one-of-a-kind work of art, and is meant for display only.

She was sculpted from paperclay in multiple stages, to allow for drying and detailing.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Siamese Kitten Art Doll by Max Bailey Daphne was painted under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, one hair at a time.

She is signed and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Siamese Kitten Art Doll by Max BaileyDaphne and her cradle are 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.)

Daphne stands 1 and 7/8 inches tall.

Update: Daphne has been adopted. Thank you!