Forgiveness - A Life Lesson from Dini

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

If you have read our blog for any length of may have been introduced to our two four-footed children.  (I told that to a new Doctor once and he asked me if they were "deformed"....needless to say...he never became my doctor !) Magic and I share a birthday...he will be 20 on Saturday. He was the Runt of the in a coffee cup....and we Magicgot up every 3 hours to feed him...he had not quite gotten the hang of that. Cosmo...our then "older brother" cat would take him in front of the patio doors...and while he was bathing in the sunshine...gave him a bath sensing that Magic had some "life lessons" to learn.  Here he is guiding the mouse...thankfully without four feet ! He has always been "Illusive" and disappears frequently ...though always inside the house...hence his name.
       At age 18.5 ...Cosmo went to Kitty Heaven and I was heartbroken..I always tell David...No living thing will ever love me as muCosmoch as he did. He got his name from Seinfeldt....Cosmo Kramer was clumsy and our Cosmo had oversize feet.

    I knew our lives needed to be completed and that is when we got Houdini Alpha Hanson...a/k/a Dini.  Dini came from a farm in Mayville about an hour away from us...when multiple trips to the Humane Society were proven unsuccessful. The "foster parents"...we have always considered ourselves to be Dini's "REAL" parents...told us he was 75% ragdoll...we didn't care what he was...affectionate and social... and we had no idea just how smart...or as David says "Too Smart" ...! He has been a real home entertainment center....he loves us and we love him right back.

   To introduce him to our friends and neighbors we had a "Kittening" and his infamous portrait was the cover of the invitation. "Dini Martini" was Dini Martinipassed around the 50+ guests and purred contentedly while being showered with every cat toy imaginable. If his middle name was not "Alpha" for soooo many reasons, it would be "Social"...he is that right down to his little mustache, white shoes and tuxedo chest.

     We had company last Saturday...and for some forgetful reason...we left a pitcher of ice water ....and my cell phone on the dining room table after clearing the dishes.  Sunday morning I could not find my phone...called it and it went into voice mail immediately...never a good sign. There on the a puddle was my cell phone...with the pitcher laying on its side....and the next room...knowing he would lose some popularity points...




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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sally and David - here's to forgetful forgiveness and furry friends that make those possibilities a reality.  Happy Birthday in advance. 

Jul 16, 2019 12:44 PM #3
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson,

AH-OOO!  I know you won't stay mad at Dini for long.  

You have great names for your cats... The names of my cats were Fluffy and Mittens.  I saw many movies and TV shows that stole the name of my cats for their kitty cast members. How rude.... ;-) !

Jul 16, 2019 02:34 PM #4
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I can attest to this being true; four years ago, I sought forgiveness for myself and for two people that I felt had done me wrong. This changed  my life and I thank you for sharing your thoughts Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Jul 16, 2019 03:55 PM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Happy Birth Month Sally...

And I am sure you forgiven Dini by now.  Furries have a way about them that steal our hearts.  A

Jul 16, 2019 05:28 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sally and David- please tell Dini that Aunt Kathy forgives him as well. I like a little spunk!!!

Jul 16, 2019 07:53 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sally,

No doubt, all he was doing was trying to answer a call for you.  Dang pitcher of water, just got in the way

Jul 17, 2019 02:38 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Now you know that you should put the pitcher away when dinner is over.

Jul 17, 2019 06:02 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Sally... having been a pet mom to dogs and cats my entire life, I know just how hard it is to stay angry when any of them. And who could resist any kitty with personality?

Jul 17, 2019 06:03 AM #10
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Forgiveness is definitely a gift for yourself.  I also love the kitten, too cute!

Jul 17, 2019 06:26 AM #11
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Somehow I think that Dini did not lose any of his popularity points. Somehow, someway...Mom is going to forgive him!

Jul 17, 2019 06:48 AM #12
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

He has taught us/me LOTS Of lessons Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 ...patience is a Biggy with this creative energetic four footed child !

Jul 17, 2019 06:50 AM #13
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David so is the cell phone still working or did it drown in the water?

Jul 17, 2019 06:55 AM #14
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Had to fly in a shiny new one overnight George Souto 

Jul 17, 2019 06:59 AM #15
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sally, I lost Aja this year at 18.5 years too, and know I will have another heartbreak sometime this year.  My other kitty is now 18.5 too, but be a magical age.   So sorry to hear about your cell phone! 

Jul 17, 2019 07:18 AM #16
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

My mother has since passed away, but she used to lament about one of our cats (either one of two brothers: Smokey or Patch) had leaped on a shelf and toppled her precious crystal goblets. I have what's left of them but every time I look at them I think of those two rascals!

Jul 17, 2019 04:46 PM #17
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Those are all beautiful cats, but that Dini Martini is just adorable!

Jul 17, 2019 09:06 PM #18
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

He has such an outgoing social personality Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 you can't help but LOVE him !

Jul 18, 2019 05:00 AM #19
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I thought you were going to say he put the phone IN the pitcher. We had a cat named Snodgrass who would put toys in his water bowl - and once in a while, a dead mouse. (Yick.)

I'm positive that you've already forgiven Dini. It couldn't be otherwise.

Jul 18, 2019 09:34 PM #20
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

We adopted two boy cats after losing our big boy orange tabby abyssinian mix to cancer (who was my best friend). The two boys were young when we rescued them and had to be forgiven a few times as they learned the routine.

Jul 19, 2019 05:21 AM #21
Brian DeYoung
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ithaca, NY
Brian DeYoung

Thank you for this. We have loved our 4 legged family members also.

Jul 19, 2019 06:04 PM #22
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