09 June 2014
Farewell, sweet girl
We said a sad but peaceful goodbye to an old friend this weekend. Our timid little Averie, the blonde kitty Ryan and I had for over 17 years, left us early Sunday morning. She had been acting different on Friday and then retreated to the master bathroom and stayed very still for the entire day on Saturday. She was always too skittish to be held, but when I got in bed Saturday night, I cradled her in a towel and laid her on my chest. She was limp but breathing softly. I dozed off but was awake when I felt her take a final soft gasp about 2 a.m. We buried her Sunday morning in Ryan's parents' backyard in Bolivar with our little kitty Emma Jean and a host of Ryan's beloved childhood pets. The house feels different today without her in her usual spot on the floor at the end of the couch in the living room. Ryan and I sat on the bathroom floor this weekend and cried, not only for her loss, but also in the nostaglic remembering of all the events of almost our entire relationship big and small she's been around for. He adopted her from a cage at PetSmart and gave her to me for Christmas in 1997, when we were living in our townhouse on Guinevere, and she has moved with us to five other houses since. She and our gray girl Allie had been constant companions for almost two decades. I hope she felt loved until the end. Goodbye, little Ave.