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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12 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss … A Kiss Goodbye”
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This is so touching — there can be such a deep bond between furry family companions, it is amazing to me what I have seen and experienced over the years. ~ Kat
You are so right. Even now Abbey dotes over our two kittens. The consummate mother. I feel blessed to have been able to witness such beauty. … Thanks for your comment … Be well, Dorothy 🙂
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Wonderful story and beautiful photo. An ‘inter-racial’ bond and devotion that we humans could and should learn from 🙂
Yes, we could learn a lot from the animal kingdom … Thanks for your visit and leaving a comment … Be well, Dorothy 🙂
A dog and a cat, adorable to look at.. 🙂
Thanks for your comment and for dropping by. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂
having done it myself… I love the photo.
Thank you for visiting and for the comment. … Such a tender moment for me watching Abbey so lovingly tend to Oskar. It was as if she knew. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂
Lovely photo and sad but beautiful story. I’ve had animals my whole life and cannot be without them. We have so much to learn from them – and I do believe that they know when things are going to happen. I have seen so much proof of it. We nearly lost our eldest dog last year, but he was miraculously saved by nature medicines and stomach from cow. We don’t know how – but he is as good as new from having been on the doorstep to eternal sleep.
Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. So glad to hear your dog is recovered. 🙂 … Animals have a lot to teach us. If you’re interested, check out http://www.shakespearesgal.wordpress.com to read about my relationship with my horse. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂