The end of October can be a sad time of year for us because we lost two precious members of our furry family during this time. Katie and Mom have the passing of Trine on October 21, 2003 in their thoughts, and Katie, Mom, and I have the passing of our kitty Boo on October 29, 2007 on our minds. I though it would be nice to post a small tribute to the pets we have lost that Katie and/or I have known.
First and foremost, I would like to honor Trine, a dog I never got to meet. The way Mom and Katie go on and on about her, I think she may have been a saint! She was a beautiful 100 lb black Lab/Newfie mix Mom adopted when she was about 15 months old. She was always grateful for the home she landed in. Her and Mom shared a really special bond.
Katie came to live with Mom and spent the next fourteen months with Trine. The photo above was taken of the two of them about two weeks before Trine passed away. Trine spent her first five years in the US and then moved to Germany with Mom. She loved her life in Germany. Sadly, shortly after turning ten, she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and passed away with Mom and Katie at her side on October 21, 2003.
Boo was only eight years old when she died suddenly. Mom adopted her as a kitten from a shelter in Germany. Boo was the first of our set of three black cats. She was a true dog lover and could always be found hanging out with us dogs. She had cancer as a young cat, but it was operated on and treated. Her entire eight years she battled her weight, just looked at food and gained weight. We think she lives on in Bert as they have a lot of similarities. Boo was never quite as naughty as Bert, though. Boo moved with us to the US, but sadly passed away after just three months. We miss her a lot!
Biene was the second black cat adopted from a shelter in Germany. She was about six months old and had been abused when she came to live with Mom. She was the most beautiful cat ever with super shiny and very soft black fur – just one small white spot on her belly.
Biene’s best friend was Boo, and if Boo was with her she was a normal cat, but otherwise she lived her life in fear. She was scared of everyone and everything her entire life. They were both about the same age, so they grew up together. Biene also came to the US with us, but after Boo passed away, she went into seclusion and never was able to overcome her fears again. Biene passed away from a cancerous tumor in July of 2011.
Being an outdoor cat he fell into a bit of depression with Minnesota winter. As soon as spring arrived he had to be outside. He always stayed right around our yard but on the night of September 19, 2008, he was on the deck, and then he was gone. We never saw him again and have no idea what happened to him. Mom didn’t want him outside, but he was a true outdoor cat and would ruin things in the house if he was not allowed outside.
I would also like to remember Mom’s other cats that passed away before any of us current pets were born (yes, Mom got the last four cats in the “preppy” 80’s):
- Fluffy – Mom’s very first cat who lived to be 19