Not Hairball Too!
I lost my friend today.
Sometimes life just kind of stinks–there are those days, anyway.
Yesterday he was sleeping in my bed, walking up the hill with me, and head-butting me at every chance.
Today he sleeps alone, up the hill next to Tiger, and I won’t feel his furry head bumping into me ever again.
He was my friend.
Sweet, furry Hairball.
Born when Adam was a baby, I gauged his years by Adam’s age. I know fifteen is old for a cat, but I thought we had more time. I wanted more time.
Five little versions of the tuxedo outfit showed up in Hairball and his brothers. No wonder–their dad wore a tux. But only Hairball sported the fuzz. A beautiful, long-haired tuxedo cat–what could be more handsome?
Hairball made his reputation early on–he was the laid-back cat, last to the supper table, always ambling along…”bump de dump de dum…” that was the tune of his life. But he was sweet.
I want s a cutesy name–I called him Furry or Fluffy. Very original. But Greg–he called him Hairball, and once that name got out, it never got switched. I simply got overruled.
Hairball our Buddy
Hairball became Austin’s buddy first. Very loyal they were to each other. When Austin went on a mission trip, his first time away from home, Hairball disappeared. For days we searched in vain. Then after four or so days, he showed up.
Gradually, Hairball adopted me. Probably when Austin went away to school. Hairball became the always faithful walking companion, whispering his meows, since he didn’t have much of a voice.
Hairball loved me. He picked me and trusted me implicitly.
We woke up in the night to a strange sound. It was Hairball wheezing/choking/gasping for air. We tried to make him comfortable, offered water, and talked to him. I did what I could, what I’d do for my children with respiratory troubles. He found some relief and slept some, the wheezing lessening.
By morning, he was just sleeping with a slight wheeze. I got an appointment first thing, and loaded him into the carrier. Somehow, that small space stressed him too much, and he just died before I could pull out of the driveway.
Goodness, I loved that cat!
I can’t imagine coming home without him to greet us. My walks up the hill are getting lonelier. First Tiger, now Hairball. My companions have left me. My heart is sad for what he suffered.
A fixture in our family is gone.
I hate it so much.
Rest in peace, my furry friend.
We miss you already.
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