Starlight visiting Jim while he was pruning vines this year
Our petite midnight kitty, born in 1992 passed away this week. For most of her life she was a barn cat with very little interest in humans. But as she aged and outlived her sisters she became more friendly and social. She enjoyed being held and pet and was unbelievably sweet. She also needed a bit more care in these last few years and we tried to bring her home, but she preferred the outdoors so she always found her way back to the barn. Finally this Winter she agreed to sleep in the winery office where we could feed her special food and keep her warm. She enjoyed hanging around the winery but every morning when we let her out, she made a quick exit to the vineyard where she drank water from the puddles and laid out in the sun. Her tiny body became more frail and unsteady but she refused to change her schedule and she spent her last day enjoying the ranch.