I have always loved the fall time of the year. Love every special thing it brings to our lives.
The colors, pumpkins, apples and apple recipes, cooler temperatures, getting out my favorite sweaters and scarves, going to Starbucks for a pumpkin latte or maybe a coffee and a pumpkin cream cheese muffin.
This October started with joy and excitement, but ended with overwhelming sadness and helplessness.
I have written and mention many times about my two cats…….
Squeeze Box, adopted at 3 years old, so sweet and just a beautiful, loving pet.
and “Kitten”, our older cat, seventeen years old.
We brought “Kitten” home when she was just a kitten. Petite, loving when she wanted, just such cute ways about her, smart, my son’s favorite.
Our two females did not get along, so when one wanted out the front door, we had to bring the other in the back door. Crazy, but we made it work because we loved them.
“Kitten” wanted out on a beautiful early October evening, so “Squeeze” reluctantly was brought inside. “Kitten” stayed out all night, as she had done so many times over the years, but in the morning when I went to the door she was not there. She was always there waiting to take her turn to come inside, knowing she would curl up at the bottom of our bed for the rest of the day.
I went to the door many times throughout the day and called her, walked around our yard, searching under bushes, under our back porch, checked with neighbors in case she might have been closed in one of their garages, but she was no where to be found.
We called local vets, and over the next week drove the streets of our neighborhood, and also to many shelters to see if she was turned in, not likely, since she did not go to strangers, but we tried everything. Our “Kitten” was gone.
After a week or so had passed, realizing “Kitten” was not coming home, we started letting “Squeeze Box” go outside again.
She so loved just curling up under one of our large backyard trees, and staying there all day, or sleeping on one of the back porch chairs. It was rare that she ever left her yard, her safe place, or so we thought.
After a few days of adjusting to caring for just one cat, I went to the backdoor to feed “Squeeze” and she was not there. Walked around the house looking for her, but as with “Kitten”, she was no where to be found.
I panicked, surely she was not gone, I woke my husband, and we spent the entire day searching, “Squeeze” was gone.
If you have ever had a pet you know the hurt, the sadness, the emptiness our family was going through. Two loving, sweet, members of our small family were gone, without a trace.
We still do not know what really happened to them, but the best guess is unthinkable.
We have since discovered that our area is home to many coyotes, and cats seem to be there main target. Coyotes can grab cats and carry them off, even back to their living areas, to be eaten. It is so very hard for me to write this, and to think of what my beautiful pets might have gone through the last minutes of their lives.
This is now November, and we are finally moving on, even talk of another kitty for Christmas.
We miss them and their unconditional love, every single day.
I can hear my husband many evenings before coming up to bed, when he is securing our house for the night, locking the doors, turning on the front and back porch lights, still giving a call or two to each one of them.
Sure wish this was the beginning of October again!
Blessings and love to all of you!