Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Réalta Thirteen Irwin
We named her Réalta which means "star" in Gaelic, to go along with her sister Ghealach which means "moon." Her middle name comes from the fact that she has thirteen toes total on her front paws. But the family ignores that and calls her Owl, MeowMeow, Mrs Slocombe, and Cat.
In September, Dad had a hemorrhagic stroke, which rendered him unable to speak, read, or write. He spent a few weeks in hospital, then was moved to the Rexburg Nursing Center. I went to visit in November, and I brought Réalta in to visit him. She knew her job was to snuggle right in and purr. He sat and stroked her, which they both loved. I was able to bring her to visit a few times before I went home, and it sure seemed to help. I know they both enjoyed their time together.