Taking Our Best Memories Along Part V
With the sale of our house pending, the subject has come up of the bittersweetness of leaving behind a home where we have so many happy memories with so many pets. In the summer of 2014 I completed a project here that was very close to my heart – a memorial garden for all of those pets. I am sad to leave that behind, but I will be taking many parts of it with us, and creating a new garden at our new home.
This trellis holds a tag for each pet that lived with us at our current home but have since passed on. In this series I am sharing about each of those pets and how their memories tie in with our home.
By the early summer of 2002 we had been in our house for almost 9 years! Our pets consisted of two dogs and two cats. Our cat Don Juan was getting on in years – he had been born the month that my hubby and I got married, September of 1988 so he was almost 14 years old. Our other cat Conrad didn’t really get on with the dogs, so we wanted to be sure we had another cat to keep him company when we lost Donny (which luckily didn’t turn out to be for another 3 years).
My brother’s cat had kittens born on June 1st and we went to see them with the intention of picking one cat, but ultimately ended up coming home that summer with the two females from the litter. Samantha who is still with us and her sister Katie settled into the household nicely. Katie and Conrad became very fast friends and very close and stayed that way until we lost Katie suddenly to cancer in the summer of 2011.
Samantha was more of a loner, but Katie was not only besties with Conrad, she loved the dogs Maggie and Kobi as well. She was a cat who didn’t like to be picked up or held, but she was a sweetie nonetheless. Her favorite game was to run by the dogs and see if they would give chase, therefore getting yelled at! She was never afraid of the original two dogs or any of the three that came later, she would run and then stop dead in her tracks, then turn around and sit there, daring them to do something! The poor dogs never knew just what to do!
Katie and Sam were our first totally indoor cats, so all photos of Katie are taken inside the house, and many illustrated a lot of the changes we had made over the years.
We’ll have one more post in this series, sharing Sheba’s littermate, our golden retriever Moses. You can read more about Katie in my post “My Life of Pets in Photos – Black & White Kitties“. If you are interested in the other posts in this series, you can find the links below:
- Part IV – Two is Better Than One
- Part III – Healing Hearts
- Part II – First Home, First Dog
- Part I – Taking Our Best Memories Along