Wednesday, September 24, 2008

In memoriam: Chessie 1995-2008

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We got the dreaded word today: cancer. There was no more that could be done for her except see to it that she left this life easily and would not suffer.

She lost interest in eating. She chose to spend last night in the cat carrier, which she always used to hate, as if she expected to travel to the veterinary hospital today. In retrospect, I think she knew it was time to go. Animals seem to have precognition about things like that.

Goodbye for now, Chessie. You have given me much happiness, and I hope I have returned the favor.

I don't understand much about how it works when animals cross over, but I think she will be there on the Other Side to greet me when my turn comes. Looking forward to seeing you again, girl.

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8 comments:

stephenhopewell said...

Thank you for sharing your feelings about Chessie, and the great picture. We've had a couple similar experiences in the family recently, and I know how sad it is.

Omphale said...

My condolences for your loss. Losing a pet is always difficult. Chessie looks a lot like the house cat my family had when I was growing up -- similar coloring and markings.

zazie said...

As many people, I know what it feels like to lose a pet ; I'll think f you and your cat, and hope the music you are listening to will be of some comfort.

-J said...

You have my deepest sympathy. My intuition suggests your hope of seeing Chessie again is well-founded.

Rick Darby said...

Thank you all so much for your empathy. It is comforting.

yih said...

My condolences, I know what you are going through.

Dennis Mangan said...

My sympathies. Cats are the greatest, way better than most people.

Rick Darby said...

YIH, Dennis,

Your kind thoughts are much appreciated.