It was a sad, sunny afternoon, two summers ago, when we had to let our dear, old Oskar go.
This big, boisterous cat, who’d been my buddy through the peaks and valleys of life for 17 years, had been suffering on and off for several months with one malady or another. We knew the end was near when he developed a tumour on his neck and his weight started to drop. His quality of life, which had been my primary concern, could no longer be sustained. With heavy heart I soon realized we would have to say our last goodbye.
Abbey was particularly fond of Oskar, and he of her. When she joined our little menagerie as a rambunctious pup in 2008 the two of them bonded instantly. And so it was no surprise, as I sat on the porch with Oskar beside me on the two-seater that warm and sunny afternoon, that Abbey spent considerable time tending to her friend with gentle kisses.
Oskar lay there and purred in tragic contentment. With my heart strings pulled and tears choking my vision I took a moment to capture this precious kiss goodbye.
I miss him still.
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