Thursday, 20 May 2010

Almost a week has gone by since my lovely friend Georgie died.  I've felt wretched to say the least.  He had been suffering kidney problems for some time but all of a sudden he deteriorated rapidly and in the past month we had two mad dashes to see our Vet.  In the end we decided it was kinder to let him go, a heart wrenching decision.   He was my best pal, arriving out of the blue one day when I was sitting in our garden because I felt  poorly.  We discovered to whom he belonged when a young woman came knocking on the door asking had we seen a ginger cat, she'd been going up and down the avenue's calling for him for days.  So she took him back home with her, but within days there he was again strolling up our our garden path and straight in at our cat-flap.  We telephoned her to say he was back with us again, each time he'd crossed several busy roads and travelled miles.  But this time when she came to our door she selflessly decided to leave him with us as she said he so obviously wanted to stay. Afterwards for a good few years there would be a knock at the door heralding her two small children politely asking if they could visit George.  Whenever we went out somewhere on our return there would be my Georgie, strolling down the driveway to welcome us home, rain snow or shine.  He was such a star as well, in that he would assist me up our steep drive by letting me hold on to his tail!
Sorry to go on a little.... it's just that I felt chosen by my lovely ginger friend and I really miss him.
Don't let anyone tell you that cats are stand-offish or can't show you affection....they obviously hadn't met up with my pal.

9 comments:

Lesya Khyzhnyak said...

I understand you so well. I had a cat and she meant for me a lot. I was very angry when someone said "How can you love your cat more than a neibour, for instance?" I'm very sorry for your loss, and Georgie was so beautiful. I really like the pictures of him. In addition, the story of how he came to you is interesting, too.

Virginia said...

Oh bless your heart! I have just gone through this with two friends who lost their cats. It is so hard to lose our dear animal friends.

I have new neighbors and their cat has decided he likes my porch and yard a LOT! He even got in my house one day and I found him in my car last week! I think I have more chipmunks personally!
xx
V

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Thank you so much for visiting Lesya and Virginia, it does help when you meet someone else who understands.

Christine said...

What an amazing story of how he came into your life. Sorry for your loss but it's great that you have such great memories of him. Cats always know what they want so it's nice to know he wanted you. Thanks for the birthday greetings yesterday! Have a lovely weekend!

Lynn said...

Oh, little George seems completely otherworldly and magical! I'm so very sorry, Jane. Thinking of you... xoxoxo

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Thank you SO MUCH for all your lovely thoughts and visits my friends, each one dearly appreciated! :))

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, I am so sorry to visit and read this news about Georgie. I know too well how awful you feel. He sounds like a marvelous fellow, and so wonderful that he wanted to live with you. Animals are the wisest creatures. I will have you in my prayers today.

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Those ginger coloured cats, be they long haired or short do have a way of finding the path to your heart.
It is part of our human mourning process to fondly remember those little creatures that have become such a part of our lives...
Susan

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

My heart was lightened by all your kind comments, so sorry to be so long in thanking you Pamela, Terry and Edward and Miss Maddie's. It's taken me a good while to finally get back here!