We just lost our sweet little Rascal two days ago. She had the prettiest thumbs you ever did see and I loved to play with them. My husband brought her home to me 23 years ago (he found her along the road after someone had dropped her off as a tiny baby). She lived a long happy life and she made our lives happy for 23 years. I will never forget her and her beautiful paws.

Leena's answer:

I am so sorry for your loss.

I have been there many times myself. Our kitties did not live quite that long, but our last two Abys were 17 when they passed the Rainbow Bridge, and our "moggie" was 16. And they all went within a year. It was so sad, but in the end the decision to let them go was easy when it was clear they were old and not feeling good anymore.

Still, if you have someone as a friend for over twenty years, they really are family members and a piece of your heart goes with them. I remember crying so much that when we went swimming the next day after our first Aby passed, and I had my swimming goggles on, I had to take them off to empty them of tears.

And even today, when I remember my old cats, tears are not far. Still, now the memory has mellowed into smiles and remembrance of the love we shared and the funny things they did. And so it should be.

I could not be without a cat long - when our little Bertha, my heart cat, passed in April, by Christmas we already had our new three kitties. And oh boy how much love and life they brought with them. They are totally new personalities, and often when they do something funny, my husband and I not only laugh at them but also at the memories of the old cats that come to mind.

And you know what: I truly do believe our pets are waiting for us when it is our time to go. If anyone says animals have no soul, they have never experienced the love our pets give us. And if love never dies, then neither do they.

Big hugs to you.

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Leena's Books


This book travels with the King Tut - Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition on his world tour of ten cities from March 2018 onwards

Tutankhamun: In My Own Hieroglyphs tells the story, for older children, of the life and afterlife of the famous young pharaoh in his own words. Tutankhamun tells us about the trouble he got into as a child in Akhenaten's palace in the new city of Akhetaten, and how he became a boy pharaoh. As we learn, his life changed a lot when he died as a teenager, and long years of boredom started in his tomb with only his pet monkey Fingers and his treasure for company. He did meet some of the Egyptian gods, of course, and had fun scaring off tomb robbers, but it was mostly rather dull. Then one day, some new and strange people, including a Mr. Howard Carter, arrived and began to take all the treasures out of his royal tomb. Fortunately, through the eyes of his beautiful golden mask, Tutankhamun, could have fun again traveling around the world

Mr Mummific

An ancient friend of mine, Mr Mummific dictated a book about how he became a mummy - and I was his scribe and artist. The book is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

On my other website www.ancientagypt101.com he continues his stories about life in ancient Egypt.

Another hilarious adventure for children with Mr Mummific, the mummy with attitude. He now tells the story of his mishaps, misunderstandings and misadventures as he leaves his tomb through the False Door to embark on the complicated and dangerous journey to the Afterlife aboard the magnificent Ship of Millions. 

Find the book at Amazon.com  and Amazon.co.uk

The Nephilim Quest Series

The first book in an epic fantasy series based on human mythology. The search for the mythical Watchers, the angels who fathered the Nephilim, the half-angels. A story that moves on three levels - our times, ancient Greece and ancient Egypt. 

Preview Nephlim Quest 1: Shadowhunter online


My Author Website at leenasbooks.com

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Online Coloring Books Magazine - No.1

It shows you step by step how to color this pretty Abyssinian cat with flowers. Each page has a color sample, and all the techniques are explained.