Sorry for the radio silence around here this week friends, we experienced an incredible loss in our little family last week! For the past month and a half our little Roux has been struggling with cardiomyopathy. He has been on meds to keep his chest from filling with fluid, but a little over a week ago the medications just couldn’t keep bailing him out enough and we ended up having to put him down. It was the hardest decision that we have ever had to make, but we know it was the right decision for him.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Roux, he was the most brilliant amazing cat I have ever known! He was a wonderful model and my mom and I had so much fun with photographing him that we created and self published a kid’s book about him. You can see more about that here. It always amazed us how such a small cat could be larger than life in so many ways!
We don’t have children yet, so our pets are like our babies, our fur children. We have loved and lost some amazing cats in our lifetime. You never really stop missing them completely, you just get used to them not being physically present. We’ve always said Roux and Beau are my heart. This loss feels all the more sad since we weren’t ready to say goodbye. Roux was not quite ten. We’ve lost two amazing cats way before we felt it was their time. Some cats are just so fantastic, so wonderful, that they are like Mary Poppins in a way. They come into your life and make things better, teach you how to love a little deeper, teach you how to love life even more than you already do, and then when they feel like their job is done, they move on to another family, to fill another heart. My heart and my home feel quite empty at the moment, but I am filled with so much gratitude to have been able to spend the last nine years with my little bear!
Some of my favorite things about Roux were the little things that made his personality so cute. He was the happiest purringest cat ever. You could look at him and say his name and he would instantly start purring. He loved going to work with me every day and loved having his photo taken by my mom so much he would go sit on the backdrop in our studio and wait to be photographed. He had the most veracious appetite and although his favorite thing was turkey, he’d eat anything including watermelon, peaches, olives. Whatever I was eating, he wanted some. He loved stuffed animals and would play fetch with his stuffed puppy. He was prissy and so talkative. He loved to perch on the skinniest part of my sisters leg. He purred all the time and he was like a velcro cat. Always wanted to be with you. If he couldn’t be on my lap when I was sewing, he’d be content to curl up next to my foot under the table. The thing I am going to miss the most is having him as my cuddle buddy at night! For the last nine years I have gone to sleep and woken up almost every night with a cat in my armpit and his little chin on my shoulder. In the end we were blessed. We were loved by an extraordinary cat. Roux was love, pure love in a tiny little cat suit.
To my little Roux, I will always love you, always miss you, always keep you in my heart! You were my baby, my kitty love, and one of the best friends I’ve ever had. You’ve made me laugh, comforted me, made me happy, made every one of my days sweeter. You were better than the best!
I am going to be taking a few more days off from blogging. I need to take a little break, but I promise I will be back very soon. Thank you all for your support and love!