Upsie and Sher at What Did You Eat lost dear little Sundance this past Friday. Even though they are working through great grief, they are still hosting Weekend Cat Blogging #114. I can think of no better way to honor Sundance. So I decided my post would be in honor of one who came before. Mom and Dad lost Baby to cancer just before they got me. He was only about three years old. But they weren't really sure of his age, as he just showed up in their back yard a few years back, a young neutered male in his prime. At first, Mom and Dad would only let him sleep on the back yard furniture.
But soon they were allowing him inside. He loved sleeping inside.
But he really loved sleeping with Dad
And he loved playing in water. Mom and Dad had to keep the toilet seats down, but if they forgot, he knew in a minute...
He also loved the laser light, and would chase it till he dropped. But after a while, Mom and Dad noticed he wasn't doing so well. His coat was getting rough, he was losing weight, and he didn't play like he used to, just slept (well, he always slept alot).
It took several trips to the vet to finally figure out he had a mass in his stomach that was likely cancer. Turned out he was FIV positive as well. This is one of the last pictures of Mom and Baby.
When Mom finally decided it was time, on a sunny Friday afternoon in late October, she made an appointment with our vet to take him in. But when she and Dad got home from work, he was no where to be found. They could hear him cry in the backyard, but couldn't find him. Dad looked over the back fence, and Baby looked up at him, extended his paws as if to say "Pick me up, I can't get over the fence!". It broke Dad's heart. He pulled a plank off the fence to let him through. Mom gathered him up and put him in his carrier and cried all the way to the vet. Normally, he would make a big fuss in the carrier, but this time he layed down and purred, slowly wagging his tail, as if to say "Its all right, its time". Mom was with him when he went.
Now Mom and Dad have me and Kavan. But they still miss Baby alot. I wish I could have known him. Mom can understand the pain of the loss of Sundance. But he is with Baby right now, happy and whole, and waiting for us at the Bridge.