Wednesday, August 5, 2009

In memory of Shadow...


When I first moved to Pendleton 10 years ago, I was greeted by our neighbor's cat Shadow. He was a gorgeous long-haired black cat who spent most of his time outside(I'll have to find photos of him to post later...) with the sweetest personality.
At the time, I still had my buddy Max who was an indoor kitty.
Three years ago next month, I lost Max after 18 years. Shadow was there to comfort me.
When Shadow's 'Mom' died a few years back, she had said that Shadow would be ours since he considered our yard his territory as well.
After her family sold the house, a new owner moved in. Shadow quickly adopted Luke as well and Luke took over his care. Shadow still came by our house to check on us and make sure we were doing OK.
About 2 1/2 weeks ago, Shadow started to show signs of being sick. When Luke took him to the vet, they said he was quite sick and his system was shutting down. Luke made the very difficult decision to have Shadow put to sleep.

The vet's office made a polymer clay impression of Shadow's footprint. Luke then brought it in to us to paint it.
These photos show the finished product.
Shadow will be greatly missed. I still look for him multiple times a day...
He is now spending time with his beloved Mrs. Mason...

7 comments:

Regina said...

What a very special vet to do that - we are planning to make a stepping stone for "JoJo's Garden" but the weather has not been conducive to pouring concrete lately...

Shadow had a sister - whose name escapes me now - sweet disposition like Shadow. I am sure they are all together now.

Higgins Design Studio said...

Shadow's sister was Foxy... I never met her, but I hear she was equally as sweet.
The stepping stone sounds like a nice idea. How is Maggie doing? I bet she misses him.

PurrPrints said...

That is so sad...your placard to remember Shadow by is lovely though

Anonymous said...

you haven't posted for a while...are you okay?

Higgins Design Studio said...

I'm OK, just have been busy. I'll post tonight. Thanks for the concern, I appreciate it.

Higgins Design Studio said...

I was a little late with the post, but it is up now...

richard said...

Thank you, Cindy. That was a very well-told story about our buddy, Shadow. I still look for him too, especially around his feeding time...Luke, your neighbor