out of the corner of my eye
curled up on this chair
or that one
or the corner of the bed
or stopping, suddenly
to carefully examine
as he did everytime he entered the room
the suspicious fringe on the rug
before leaping over it
and sauntering in.
i keep waiting to hear his voice
engage in our daily banter.
This sweet boy, Kirby, like his brothers and sister before him
will live with me forever.
i am one of those who, but for a very few exceptions, will choose the company of animals over humans everytime.
Long story short, we expected this sweet boy to rally, like his brother did, after vet visit and new thyroid meds. But there was a deeper, hidden problem...and his health declined quickly. So, Uncle Ted (our vet) came to the house Sunday and we said good bye to our dear little friend. i'm so grateful that it was a gorgeous day so that i could prepare a place for him in the garden. Afterward, we sat in the sun and listened to a very sweet little finch sing him to his happier place.
17 years is a nice long time...can hardly believe it's been that long.
What was life like without him?
As a kitten, his nickname was "Motor boat"
because he walked around purring, loudly.
He was our little shepherd cat, who waited at the bottom of the stairs and
herded us up to bed.
He would not settle down until we both were both in for the night
was always there to greet us at the door when one of us was away
sat on the "cat tree" and talked with us every night as we fixed dinner
was the world's best mouser--just two days before, he was on duty and caught one (poor little thing, but as always, you were so proud)
twice daily he and his brother raced around the house,
up and down the stairs, rumpling rugs, up and over books and tables,
until just recently.
When napping during the day, if you came into the room where he was
he would lift his head and "meow" hello, and often keep on talking.
He made sure to spend time with each of us, every evening, then
curled up on the couch with his head resting on J's leg.
Such a sweet fellow
Such a good soul
The house is so heartbreakingly quiet now
The shock is finally beginning to wear off and
a new wall paper on this machine coupled with sweet memories
are filling my head.
Thank you, Kirby.
Hope you're having fun with Nicolas and McKenzie again
and enjoy Obadiah and Benjamin, too.
i'm sure that Cheri, Jon and Kelly are having fun with all of you.
Kirby and his brother Spike as kittens