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updated: Jan 29, 2011, 9:00 AM
This is Miss Mattie, named after San Mateo campground where she adopted us by climbing our tent and mooching hot dogs as a kitten over 18 years ago. She's never been very active at all and we never thought of her as being very healthy but she has outlived all of our other pets and now enjoys her "only child" status. In 2009 at the age of 17, she moved with us to Goleta from Riverside and howled in agony during the entire 3 hour car ride. We really didn't think she would survive the trip but she did. In fact, we mistakenly thought she was magically rejuvenated when after a few weeks in Goleta; she climbed our steps with a rat in her mouth! This was completely out of character and now we suspect a rat may have accidentally jumped into her mouth while she was yawning. Now Mattie is enjoying her waning years in the Goodland doing her favorite activities: sleeping, crying, eating and lying on her dads lap whenever possible.
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