Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cat Immortal

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RAPHAEL

October 14, 2005 - July 8, 2013

Well, I meant to get a chapter+ written this week, but on Monday morning I woke up to find my most faithful companion sick. He died at noon. I'm still sick over losing him. Caring about the scene I need to be working on comes and goes in fits, so I write when I can focus on words. 

It's really amazing to discover how many habits I had that revolved around this little guy. Very strange adjusting to a different way of doing and thinking. The worst part was Monday evening dinner time. I went to the garage with my two other cats in tow, and looked down at the floor where three bowls waited to be filled. I had to decide which one to pick up and set aside. Raphael always got his bowl of food last because he was too sweet to steal a bowl from the other two, and because Gabriel and Sonora don't like each other, I have to separate their bowls at arm's length, then I would set Raphael's bowl down in the middle. So I picked up the middle bowl and put it on the shelf, sobbing the whole time, of course.

I've had too many pets during my lifetime to get sappy over most of them, and I am usually not the type who posts sappy obituaries about an animal on my blog, but this one was different. I won't be replacing him any time soon.
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3 comments:

Kimberly Grenfell said...

So sad. And again, I'm so sorry. :(

Joshua Allen Mercier said...

I am so sorry to hear about Raphael.

We lost our beloved Siamese, Sébastien, in 2009, who died from Chronic Kidney Failure. We prolonged his life with fluid injections for several months, but he told me one morning he was ready to move on.

A part of me will always be missing.

Court Ellyn said...

Aw, amazing how they become such a rich part of our lives. Things just aren't the same around here.