Arrived home from a lovely two days away to find my adorable Theodora in distress.
Husband, who was away, had seen her last night, and she’d eaten well, but he hadn’t seen her this morning.
As Mom & I arrived home from Askari Lodge in Magliesberg, HRH keeled over. I rushed her to the vet, but she died in Mom’s arms on the way there.
The vet says he’s almost certain she had a heart attack, but could only say for sure if he did an autopsy, which I didn’t want.
She was nearly 17, which is a good age for a cat, and since my Dad died she hasn’t been looking good – very frail and grumpy and keeping away from us.
Except, on Monday night (the night before we went to the Lodge) she spent the whole night next to me for the first time in ages. I’m so saddened by her loss, as she was a sweet and gentle giant – but I’m grateful for all the love she’s given us over so many years, especially how she comforted me through the recent loss of my Dad and 3 years ago, the loss of my other baby, Josephina.
I’m feeling savaged by this loss so soon after my darling Dad died, so if I'm quiet on social media, please understand .
R.I.P. Adorable Theodorable xoxox
My niece Nikki sent me this poem by Constance Jenkins on hearing about the passing of Theodorable:
Grieve if you will, but not for long upon my soul's sweet flight.
I am at peace, my soul's at rest
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed.
For all those many years.
There is no pain, I suffer not,
The fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts,
In your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife.
Please do not dwell upon my death,
But celebrate my life. Copyright 1992 Constance Jenkins