Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Felicity, December 1998 to February 2019

Our   so much loved Silver Tabby  Felicity, slipped away in my arms at the Vet Clinic. They were amazed at her age, during her life she has seen others arrive, leave, move off somewhere  else, and now just Boris is left to play by himself.
 This was in June 2018, maybe one of the last photos at our previous home.

occasionally she walked with us to the woodshed, this was quite a way for her short legs. We always thought she was a little overweight, but once at a cattery we realised that compared with other cats, she just had very short legs.

When in amongst the trees, there were plenty of autumn leaves to play in, and this was her favourite bathroom area.  The place had to be " Just Right" and careful selection was made, often moving several times to find the right spot. Serious stuff, and then she always scampered back to the house.

In 2012, there was a baby blackbird along the fence line, and finally Felicity plucked up enough courage to investigate. She came closer and closer, very curious, until it  cheeped, or maybe pecked her nose, She jumped back, and the little bird was safe.
  She was a true Sun Follower, and each day would find that sunny spot, moving round  to find the best spot. This was in 2011.
The last week or so, she has slept on our bed, a little nest between our pillows. Boris looked at the empty spot, muttered a few words , or meows, and walked away.  
When we went to the Vet Clinic, I was so worried, as all our ground here is like concrete, not suitable to dig a grave, and our friend's place is equally  hard. When we arrived, a couple came out, and in the back tray of their little van was the white box with " SAMMY " written on it. They were distraught, so I hugged this total stranger. I said " We are doing the same, but I am so worried about where we will bury Felicity? " Sue replied, " Would you like to come to our home and bury her with Sammy?"
Are you sure? Yes, said Andrew.
So we did, and their home is  where my dear friend Judith once lived. Andrew had dug a deep grave,  at least 5 feet, and just the right size, Sammy was lowered in on a strap, and then Felicity. The lovely neighbour handed over a spray of red roses ,and Hugh will make  a name plaque with both their names together.
Home is so quiet, and Boris will look for her for some time.
Toto, Finn, Poppy, Tom, Max and Basil would all be waiting for her, what a welcome.
Quotation of the day,author unknown

" I am waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for you"

Greetings from Jean.


eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean,

Sending my hugs, so sorry for your loss of Felicity. I hope your memories will bring you comfort.

Jenny said...

Dear Jean, so sorry to read of the loss of your beloved Feliciy. Its always so hard when our pet goes. But you had many happy years together, so that is a comfort.

Kathleen said...

I am sorry for your loss. What an act of kindness from your neighbors, and always comforting to know where they are resting. Take care of yourself these days, it is always a little harder than we think!

Susan Heather said...

Oh Jean, I am so sorry. It is always a huge loss losing a pet. A fine age though. How lovely that Sue and Andrew buried her with Sammy.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Felicity was a beautiful kitty and so well loved, I can tell. What an amazing life she had; I am very sorry for your loss and wish I could give you a comforting hug.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Oh my goodness, this has me in tears. What a beautiful act of kindness from strangers/neighbors.

Love & hugs for you & Hugh ~ FlowerLady

Lori Skoog said...

I love the photos and what you have written about sweet Felicity. She sure had a good long life with you. Glad she found the perfect place with another kitty. Ironic, how things work out sometime. Sue and Andrew sound like very kind and generous people.

Carol Mattingly said...

What a long life for a wonderful pet. I know he lived a wonderful life if he was living with you and Hugh. He was blessed. Take care and I'll say prayers. Carol

Out To Pasture said...

Your Felicity will be missed but enjoyed a long life in a loving home. How kind of your neighbours to provide her final resting place.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

It is so hard to lose a beloved pet, my thoughts are with you. I hope the place where she is resting will bring you comfort.

Tish Stemple said...

Jean, I am so sorry to hear of Felicity's passing. What an amazingly long life she was gifted and a warm and loving family who cared for her. How sweet that even in passing she has made a friend in Sammy and will not be resting alone.

Julie Fukuda said...

Nikko will turn 16 this week and the same situation rests heavily in the back of my mind. My sympathy goes out to you. Nothing seems to fill the gap left by a beloved pet.

KB Bear said...

Sending you a heart full of love. I am so very sorry. Felicity was with you for so long - and lived a charmed life. I'm touched beyond words by the act of kindness from those total strangers. I think that they are no longer strangers now. Perhaps Felicity's final gift was a pair of new friends. Great big hugs from my part of the world to yours.

Barb said...

Hugs to you and Hugh - losing a furry friend is so difficult, and Felicity was your companion for so long. How wonderful to meet your neighbors and have the perfect spot to bury her. Sounds like she'll have a gang to greet her in Heaven!

Sharon - IN said...

What a long and happy life you and Hugh have had with Felicity. Hugs to you for this recent loss. How special to share such kindness with your new friends at this time of loss.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Oh tears in my eyes reading this Jean. What a lovely tribute to a lovely little pet and a lucky one to have been so cared for and loved. How fortuitous to meet those kind folks at that moment too.