How is Honeydewing?

This pic of Honeydew, probably the last one I will ever take, was shot on November 3rd of this year after Dean and I decided together to rehome her with her mom.

Those who have been with me since the very beginning of ridiculous hungry (the blog before this one) might know that Honeydew is, as I jokingly call her, the lovechild from Dean's last longterm relationship before I came along.

I considered myself her stepmom at the beginning and after a few years of serving her highness's whims would eventually call myself her bitch, but I digress...

Years ago when Dean and Honeydew's mom parted ways, it was agreed that she would get full custody of Honeydew, but shortly thereafter the Universe had other plans and Honeydew's mom had to leave her in Dean's care for what was supposed to be a short period of time that became a much longer one. And then they lost contact as happens over time and the building of new lives, and it looked like Honeydew was going to live out the rest of her days with us.

But then in our family's growing frustration with the difficulties of managing the dynamics of our human family priorities and seeing Honeydew through her old age, and unbeknownst to me, Dean reached out to Honeydew's mom to see if she'd be interested in having her furchild back, fully informed as to the issues we'd been having.

As good fortune would have it, it turned out that she'd been hoping for a while to get Honeydew back so she could care for her and see her through her last years, and a couple of days after this picture was taken, Honeydew was reunited with her mom and went to live in Arizona with someone she knows, loves, and trusts in a climate that's supposed to be better for her aging joints than the one we've got here (not that her joints had anything to do with the decision).

There are quite a few readerfriends who have grown fond of Honeydew over the years, and it was my initial inclination to let you know sooner what was going on with her, but we sent her off fully willing to bring her back if her new home didn't suit her, and we decided to wait and see if this was truly goodbye for us and everyone else who'd come to love her through us.

As much as I like to think that I treated her (mostly) pretty well when she was in my care, it looks like she is now in the care of someone who is much more invested in, and frankly, capable of, caring for her as a true member of the family. She is doing just fine adapting to her new routine that includes, among other things, more exercise and active affection than she got from us. At her age, we wouldn't have sent her if we didn't think she'd have considerable familiarity as well as a loving environment to look forward to.

While there is some part of me that wishes we were more inclined to be that family for her, a bigger part of me is mostly just grateful for the serendipity that made it possible for us to enjoy a more peaceful life here, for Honeydew to be better loved and cared for there, and for Honeydew's mom to get a chance to express a bond and affection for her that I admittedly will never have given my limitations.

Thanks for sharing in my time with Honeydew, for your expressions of affection for her, and for your interest in her health and well being. I will not be posting about her any longer, but I am so happy and thankful to be able to tell you she's better cared for now than she ever was with me.

With all my heart I wish her lots of love and affection, good food to eat, and a warm and cozy burrowing place to take her frequent beauty naps for the rest of her days.




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