September 1, has been a special day for our family. Why? Because it is our dear kitty's birthday. Pepper has been part of our family for a very long time, 17 years to be exact. He has made us laugh, loved us unconditionally, and on occassion he has even snuggled. He loves olives and bacon, sleeping under the Christmas tree, and when he was younger chasing my girls, and playing handball. Now that he is an elder, he prefers a more sedated life of sleeping in the closet, finding a warm sunny spot in a room, sleeping on quilts and being brushed each night before bed. He's had a wonderful life. Happy Birthday, Pepper!