Dear George.

A few hours ago, our cat George died.

Just some words to celebrate his life. You may recall my post Life, and mortality was published a week ago.

George was a street cat that Jean found in San Carlos, Mexico, close to where she was then living.  He just turned up on Jean’s doorstep one day back in 2003, perhaps a little over a year old.  Just typical of the many cats struggling to live on the streets.

George became ill a few weeks ago with feline leukaemia.  He was made comfortable in our guest bedroom.

Late last night he was barely alive but not in any pain.  This morning we found that he had died during the night.

 

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George sleeping very peacefully yesterday evening.

 

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George this morning, having passed away overnight.
George this morning, having passed away overnight.

 

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Resting in peace.
Resting in peace.

 

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Meanwhile, the grass continues to grow, and ..
Meanwhile, the grass continues to grow, and ..

 

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The waters continue to flow ...
The waters continue to flow …

 

I included the last two photographs simply because they seemed to express the reality of death; in the sense that the world continues to revolve long after we have gone.

23 thoughts on “Dear George.

  1. RIP George. So sorry. I like to fancy a great Summerlands, where the grass is always green, the sun warm for napping, and the hunting always plentiful.

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  2. Paul so sorry to log on and then read this post today…. My thoughts are with both you and Jean… Our beloved pets are more than pets, they are family with their own personalities and traits, likes and dislikes… Who show us such lessons along our human journey…
    Big Hugs to you both.. Sue xox

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  3. Over and above my individual replies, I wanted to add this. That your expressions of love and sympathy have reached out to Jean in the most beautiful ways. There is a real sense of community. Hugs to you all.

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    1. Oh, I’m sorry George passed on. He was lucky to find Jean, and you. I’m sure you were as lucky to have him in your lives. Peace to you both.

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  4. Sorry to hear this news. My daughter has had a whole string of pets and I have been surprised how upset I have been at their various passings (i.e. even the hamster’s). However, as Alfred Lord Tennyson famously observed, “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” …As for your final two photos, I think they speak for these fine words:
    “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
    for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
    (Psalm 103:13-16).

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  5. Oh dear. I bypassed the poorly doggy post because sometimes you are just not in the right frame of mind for such realness and here I am with kitty instead. Poor thing. The unfinished food is very poignant. 😦

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