Maggie came into my life just as she was meant to do. It was by accident that I found her. Full of life and cattitude, she helped me to heal after some sadness. You had to love Maggie, she insisted.
Maggie is a pedigreed Maine Coon, born to a top breeder. Her registration papers show her name as Magnolia Pearl, though her professional, “show” name was different (it was Annie, like mine). She is from the South, so she became Magnolia, a beautiful white flower. It is the tradition for a polydactyl Maine Coon to have a name with a P in it
. We chose Pearl, in honour and tribute to Purrl, also a polydactyl. Purrl crossed The Bridge in 2008.
Maggie P, as CFA 2008-2009 Champion
Maggie is the 2008-2009 CFA Best Household Cat. Maggie could only be shown in the Household Pet division, as she is a polydactyl. Many Maine Coons have the natural polydactyly gene. Unfortunately, CFA cat shows frown on the gene, even though it occurs naturally in some breeds. At one time, almost half of all Maine coon cats were polydactyl.
We were able to see Maggie’s last two shows. The first time we met her, she charmed us as much as she did the judges. At just over a year old, she had spent her entire life in cat shows. She knew how to work people, and she knew we were smitten with her. We bonded with that wonderfully expressive face, the charm, and certainly the cattitude. We loved Maggie for who she was, and we still do.
At her last show, she had already wrapped up her Title. However, the rules specified that she go through the same steps as the other cats. That day, she was going through an elimination round when we arrived. As soon as Maggie saw us, she recognized us. She turned to the judge with her trademark diva expression and hissed at the judge. He immediately dismissed her for the day. It didn’t matter, she already had clinched the title: 2008-2009 CFA Best Household Cat, Midwest Region 6. Maggie officially was retired from show life and went to her forever Home with us.
Maggie had never seen a dog before. She met three that day. She was shocked and a bit concerned. She wanted to hide but never showed aggression. Within a day, she was following the dogs and talking to them. This is something that Maggie always does: talks…a lot.
Since that first day, Maggie has worked her way up from being the Rookie, to being the one with the most seniority. She has welcomed both Shelties, Stella and Kenzie, into the family. She loves dogs. She really helped Kenzie adjust, too. Maggie also has helped me raise many orphaned kittens and bunnies. Maggie has a very confident, calming, and nurturing way about her. Orphaned babies really respond to her.
Make no mistake, though, Maggie still is a diva. She is even more beautiful, inside and out. She knows she is beautiful and loves to be told. She is smart, sweet, silly, and she still has serious cattitude, too. She will go out of her way for attention, throwing things on the floor which always works! She has broken countless things over the years. But, we love her, just exactly as she is. Everyone loves Maggie. To know her is to love her. It is just that simple.
Today Maggie P. is ten years old. She has serious, chronic health issues, and she sleeps most of the time. Her heart is quite enlarged and continues to weaken. The growth in her throat/palate continues with its issues, too. These are things that Maggie has accepted, and we must, as well.
Maggie has lived a very full, and happy life. I don’t think she would change a thing. She knows she is loved as unconditionally as she loves. Maggie P. has always been special, and as she ages, it becomes even more obvious.
~Happy Birthday, Maggie P.~
with love, always, from Mom & Dad,
Stella, Kenzie, Grizelda, Chloe Jo,
George, and the minions: Bee & Clyde