Lost my kitty Zell today. He was 4 years old. He wandered up to my house in early summer 2006, a little runt, skinny, hungry and feral as hell. Spent the first couple of weeks feeding him and trying to catch him on the front porch. I'd take him inside and let him get used to me little by little.

Anyway, he became an inside/outside cat, got in all kinds of trouble: hit by a car, cat bite cysts, dog bites, etc etc. The guy was a trooper, but just recently he started having respiratory trouble. Yesterday he was still active, not eating much but moving around. I found him today coming out of the bathroom, which is where I would always take him as a kitten to let him get used to the inside. He came out and could hardly move, his breathing was so shallow and you could tell he was struggling.

I let him rest in my lap and got him to drink water, but he wouldn't touch the tuna juice that was always his favorite. Eventually I took him outside, to his stomping grounds, which he defended nightly from encroachers, because, though I hated to admit it, I was pretty sure he wasn't going to make it this time. He spent his last minutes on the porch, poor guy, and passed away.

Man I loved that cat. I'll miss him. I buried him in the backyard under the massive shady oak tree. It was drizzling and near dark.

I love you Zell. Rest easy kitty, you won't be forgotten.
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I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.  Bless you for giving Zell such a good life while he was with you, for taking care of him, and most of all, for accepting him on his terms.  What a gift of true love you gave him!

Zell's burial sounds like it couldn't have had a more appropriate set dressing if David O. Selznick himself had arranged it.  A dreary setting for such a melancholy task. 

You and Zell are in my thoughts and prayers.  I hope you will come back and ahre more about his life with you.

My heart is battered and bruised, but I will not let it break. It holds such precious cargo, I must protect it now. (Susie Squillions)

"Memories of loved ones are like songs in our soul." Margaret Wakeley




In one of the stars, I shall be living.
In one of them, I shall be laughing.
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.
~ The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Sam, I am so sorry about Zell. 

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