Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Jamoca


Today is a very sad day for our family. Our cat of 20 years, Jamoca, is going to be put down this afternoon. We have struggled with this decision for the past few months as we have watched her health fail and have decided this is for the best. Although we realize it is necessary it doesn't make it any easier for any of us. We brought her home only two months after we first got married. At night she would sleep on my stomach for the first few weeks we had her. She felt comforted by my breath and I, by her presence. We named her Jamoca because our favourite ice cream at Baskin and Robbins was Jamoca Almond Fudge. She has been with us through countless moves to different locations, through the birth of both of my daughters, through the adoption of our dog Miner. It feels like the end of an era and I guess it is.
John and I spent all of our time with her last night. Talking to her, petting her and just staying close. Tonight when we are together as a family we will sit and recall all the past memories we have shared with her and in the end, remember how much she was loved.

4 comments:

Creative Textiles said...

Melody,
I feel so much for you as this has happened twice to me and now have a rescued clour point persian who was so scared at first she hid behind a bookshelve but the vet gave her three years but she is nine next week and not as great as others that age as any stress gives her cat flue and she has had it three years and l am dreading the future as lost my husband three years after married and on my own now as can't walk well so she is my best friend. Read your piece on the blog and it felt so real to me, give her a special kiss for me,
Jill Smith

Melody said...

Jill, thanks so much for your email The loss of a beloved pet is always such a difficult time. thank you for sharing your story with me

Creative Textiles said...

Are you ok Melody and your children. A friend was telling me she got her kids afterwards to make a book about there cat but they had first to make a list of all the funny things that happened and all the nice memories and they made this scrapbook so she would not be fogetten and her kids were better for it as they remembered all the nice things and had a little giggle and it realy helped, just an idea
Jill

Melody said...

Thanks so very much for your concern Jill. We are all fine.
We buried Jamcoca in the backyard and the kids made a small headstone for her with lots of drawings of the things she loved