Three days ago Gabby, a great lady European Shorthair/Norwegian Forestcat mix, in our cat enriched family for an endless 19 years, handed from one familyhome to the next, every day a day of joy, suddenly couldn't make it back up her fav chair. The old girl picked a spot in center of the floor, curled up and all attentions from fellowpets, her human persons, attempts at handfeeding her delicacies, our concerned vet working his magic, even complete strangers tiptoeing around/over her notwithstanding, that is where she has chosen to be. Went down to eyelevel with my wonderful kitten, outwardly trying to project calm and kindness, yet trembling with terror and grief inside. I don't want to lose another best little friend. Looked into her eyes and she told me sumtin entirely different, she was totally focused, and it felt as if she said "Appreciate what you'all are trying, but I'm kinda busy being really sick, possibly dying now, that's all, there's nothing else." I am so sad: this is Gabby's time to go.
"Hey Jesus, it's probably a busy time for you with that Jong-Un and the Donald playing nuclear chicken, ISIL enthousiastically decapitating sinners and unbelievers (kinda puts a new twist on your line of work!) and hundreds of factions shooting and gassing and blowing up each other in Syria. But I read you were sweating it, felt unimaginable terror at the prospect of dying, yet managed to stay frosty praying in a garden just before being put to death yourself. I am guessing you know this stuff. So if you happen to find a moment between saving the world, I ask you walk by our Gabby, please stoop down and give her a kiss on her nose, scoop her up in your arms, tell her how good and well-loved she has been and take her to the nicest place where cats go on. Thanks."
Gabby passed on a short while ago, surrounded by and aware of her family, assisted by her vet. Greatly missed. Forever loved.
Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.