Maisie then had the house to herself - she much preferred it that way in any case - and lived with us happily for many years. Maisie was very much a seasonal cat. In the summer we'd see her once a day, whilst in the winter she'd generally be found under her favourite radiator. Smart, eh? She would be very affectionate when she was in the mood, and one of her favourite ploys was to jump onto peoples' shoulders, which could sometimes cause unpredictable behaviour from unwary visitors! Maisie went missing in September 2012, we have no idea what happened to her.
We had made a decision that once Maisie went, we would not have any more cats. But the trouble with this stance is that they're just so darned lovable! We lasted six months before Jac weakened, and we took a visit to Blue Cross. The result, in March 2013, was Booboo and Animée (not names chosen by us!), a brother-and-sister 7-year-old pair. It is very spooky but these two are very reminiscent of Barney and Maisie. Booboo (the boy) is a lovely, lovable, docile old thing, most likely to be found either asleep somewhere, demanding a fuss, or eating. Animée, on the other hand, has become amazingly fit since she came here. She loves hunting, even the bell on her collar has made no difference. We just wish she'd manage not to let them escape under the furniture!