Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Stanley, 1998-2008

Classic Feline

My favorite cat, Stanley, died sometime today. I last saw him this morning preening himself on our bed. Adrienne discovered him there this evening looking all the world like he was sleeping. He seemed so healthy, but I did know that he had a ticking bomb somewhere, as he'd had a few seizures over the years, and the vet had told us several years ago that he had a heart irregularity, but really, there was nothing that could be done about it. I guess it finally caught up with him, but it seems like he went out without pain, and in a peaceful manner -- which given all the possibilities, isn't so bad. Still, we are quite upset, and Marjorie, away at NMU, is devastated.

Stanley was athletic, he loved to sit on my shoulder, talk to me, and he was always very lovable. Just last night he was on the couch and was enjoying being rubbed and adored. This morning I called his name and he came running, almost like a dog. When our dog Mac (who died on June 2, 2007) was alive, Stanley would play games with him, such as jump over Mac when he ran past a doorway. He also had a penchant for catching and dispatching chipmunks, and though we was a house cat, we would let him into the backyard along with Kosh and Phantom, the other two cats -- when we were home-- for a few hours at a time. Stanley seemed to catch on and soon figured out the chipmunks.

I will miss his goofy ways, such as him dragging a little stuffed toy sheep around the house and meowing, talking to me when he wanted catnip, and his affection. Truly, he was a unique cat that was a part of our lives. He will be remembered as a great feline companion.

what's up?
Stanley, 1998-2008

7 comments:

RedEssie said...

My Deepest Sympathies go out to you and your family. I know how hard it is to loose this furry little family members!
Sincerely,

Esther & Cory

Art, Harriet and Other Family Issues said...

My condolences to you and your family. As a pet lover and cat owner (oxymoron, I know) I understand how much you have lost and how much joy and companionship Stanley gave you. My sincere sympathies to you, your wife and daughter.
Sally

Wigwam Jones said...

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Cats are important, and those who love them know that. The cats already knew it.

Sid said...

Mark- i am so very sorry to hear about Stanley passing away. My condolences to you, Marjorie and Adrienne.
-Sid

Mags said...

Mark, I am so sorry. I know how bereft I would be to lose my own little one.

Stanley looks to have been a very fine feline, indeed. Beautiful images.

Love to you all... xx

Mrs. Polly said...

What a great cat--I'm so sorry. That's the way to go, though--a warm, good life, strokes from your person, and then sleep. You can feel very good about steering him in comfort through to the end.

Bryan C said...

My condolences. Losing a beloved pet is never easy. He had a good life and went peacefully, and that counts for a lot.