Today has been a sad day. We are mourning the loss of our beloved Buddy, Himalayan extraordinaire. The loss is doubly hard because Buddy was my mother's cat. As long as he was living I had something tangible and living that had been precious to her. He slept at her feet with his poodle friend, Penny, every night until her death in October of 2003. Buddy made getting used to missing my Mom much easier for the last six and a half years.
Buddy had two close dog friends in his life, many dog friends, but two close ones. He loved his poodle friend Penny, my parents' dog. They were separated after the deaths of my parents which occurred only a year apart. Penny has continued to send Buddy Christmas cards and photos each year. They are a high point to our holiday season. His more recent canine pal was his Corgi friend, Dinah. Dinah could tell that her friend was not well and cleaned his face for him last evening. She slept for several hours beside him while he struggled to get comfortable. Buddy was never a companion to another cat.
Buddy liked children - sleeping children. Here he is holding vigil with our grandfriend Ben as he sleeps, he had a passion for quilts too.
Buddy and his litter mates were born in a patch of mint in our neighbors yard in May of 1998. They were the best smelling kittens ever. His mother, Vespa, was the meanest cat on wheels. I'm sorry to say that no one mourned her passing. My mother chose Buddy because she had a weakness for long haired cats and underdogs, Buddy was a bit of a weakling as a kitten. He flourished under my mother's care and became a thing of beauty. Piercing (very crossed) blue eyes and smokey fur, with a dark mane around his face, Buddy was the cat's meow.
We are grateful for our dear veterinarian and friend, Dr. Debbie Dzimianski, during times like these. She has laid three of our elderly animals to rest in the past couple of years. It's very nice to have a friend to administer this mercy. Buddy has been laid to rest here on the Gooneybush Farm, under the trees - right next to our departed dogs Jenna and Zena. A memorial bench is planned to mark their resting places. He is survived by his sister Sassy, who lives in Indianapolis, IN.
Rest in peace sweet boy. We will miss you terribly.