Thursday, March 15, 2007


Yesterday goes down as one of the most difficult days of my life. My baby kitten of 17 years died around 3:30pm yesterday afternoon. Roxy - my spunky, somewhat grumpy tigress and I were together for 16 years - half my life. Although I know it was humane to put her out of her misery - she had a bad back and arthritis and was not cleaning herself anymore - I still can't get over the fact that she's no longer with us. Every time I come around the corner, I expect Roxy to be there. Every time I go into the kitchen, I hear her meow. Ben & I have a small shrine in the dining room - really an incense holder and some smooth rocks we've collected from our trips to Oregon and California. To honor Roxy, we placed a picture of her there this morning. We're not that religious, but I hope in some spiritual way it honors her and our tribute helps her into the next world. Ben wrote up a nice obit for her yesterday when I was too upset to call or write anyone who knew her:

At about 3:30 this afternoon Roxanne Cat passed away. She was ~17+ years old and is survived by a mother, father and a few odd stains. She was affectionately known as "The Cheet" (short for cheetah) because of her flesh from bone rending left hook. I first meet her on August 26, 2000 when I picked Susan up for our first date. All I saw was a flash of black and white making a beeline to the bedroom. Over the past six and half years I have spent a lot of time getting to know her and will miss her dearly; to say nothing of the loss that Susan will feel.


Needless to say, she will be sorely missed.


Robin said...

Oh Lemmie, I'm SO sorry to read of your news. It's so hard to lose a pet, they are so much a part of your life & family!
My Ace is going to be 15 this Sept, I'm doing everything to try to keep him with me as long as I can! Again..I'm so sorry, my thoughts are with you!

Renee said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear. I know that the emptiness from losing a pet is really hard. I'll be thinking about you & Ben.

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Mary said...

So sorry for your loss, Susan. It's heartbreaking to lose a beloved pet, isn't it? May you take comfort in knowing that you gave her a really good life and a loving and humane send-off into the next one. {hugs}