Late last night – in the early morning hours, I suppose – we bid farewell to our dear friend Niles. He was my shadow and loyal companion for over 15 years. Goofy, affectionate and the sweetest of sweet – that was our Niles.
Our hearts are broken.
Niles lived a good and happy life. Even in old age he never outgrew his kitten-ness. And until just a couple of hours before his death he was playing and snuggling. Saying goodbye was completely unexpected. I’m thankful that we were home, that he was able to tell us that it was time, and for the outstanding care and compassion we were provided at Metro Animal Emergency Clinic.
If there is a cat heaven – and I’m quite sure there is – I’d like to make the following requests: that Niles be provided with endless bowls of water to splash in and a soft blanket to nap on. That tasty treats and a sunny window with plenty of bird-watching opportunities be at the ready. That he be allowed to help with paperwork and bed-making whenever he likes. And should a few playmates be made available to play krinkle-ball-fetch and laser-dot-chase, I’d be most appreciative.
Rest well, sweet Niles.