A short tail:
On the way home from the vet yesterday, Patches was feeling mighty punky. He had two shots, had just ralphed up his lunch on the way to the vet, had his first car ride to a new place, and was totally over new experiences for the day.
He managed to squeeze through the grate we have up to keep him in the way-back, so that he could come sit on Maevie's lap and snuggle all the way home. Luckily I had him attached to the grate with his leash so he couldn't roam too far. Maeve cuddled him gently all the way home, and - thank goodness! - he didn't throw up again!
Now, of course, we have to figure out a way to keep him where he belongs, but it was pretty sweet yesterday. I'm glad he got the snuggle he needed.