Saying Good-Bye to Bear

Today we said our final good-bye to Bear… he was an extraordinary feline and we feel honoured to have loved him.

Bear came into our lives 14 years ago… a handsome manly Manx cat with a bob of a tail and a stealthily stance. He ruled our “house of canines” and owned our hearts.

Sadly, this morning I found Bear collapsed. Sadness engulfed me as the truth filled my heart. As gently as possible I picked him up, wrapped him in one of his kitty blankets and placed him in his current favourite spot on the futon. I held him close. He did not seem to be in any pain and actually purred while being stroked. I could sense his shallow breaths and could feel the rapid beat of his little heart beneath my touch. I held him close and whispered in his ear, “You are a good cat, Bear… we love you”.

We were all there when he passed… Roland, Coco, Lacie and I. We stayed close as he peacefully slipped away. His breaths and heartbeat no longer detectable beneath my hand.

Sadness filled me… but so did a peace I did not expect. I feel very blessed to have shared this sweet souls life right to the end.

Thank you Bear for this final last gift. I will remember you always. I will miss your soft purrs in my ear as I drift off to sleep. I wish you well as you continue on your way.

I wanted to see him again, to say goodby the way that I wanted. Then I realized if I got my way, I’d never say goodbye.”

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