Thursday, June 14, 2012

In Loving Memory of Our Cat Webster

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Our oldest male cat Webster disappeared on Easter. We've never had a pet disappear before. He was an inside/outside cat though he preferred to be out most of the time. We have a cat door where they can come and go freely. Though we searched for days, on foot and by car, including searching all the nearby new houses under construction, delivering fliers door to door, we never found a clue as to what happened to him. It's like he just vanished. No body, nothing. Knowing my animals very well, I knew that something bad happened to him. Otherwise he would have come home like he always has for the past nine years. Not knowing what happened to him is torture because my mind goes crazy trying to figure out what could have happened---so much so, I gave myself a headache every day for a week. It's taken me this long before I could even talk about it. Needless to say, we have been very upset and grief stricken over his disappearance. In an effort to help work through my grief, I created a book to celebrate his life. I thought I would share it in hopes that it gives others ideas on creative, constructive ways to help deal with the loss of a beloved pet. 

 I started making hard cover books through places like Shutterfly when our horses passed away several years ago. I thought it was a nice, creative way to memorialize them. I have a book full of photos of our two horses and our llama. Another book of Three kitty. Now one for Webster.

UPDATE: I had my suspicion of what happened to Webster and then I had my suspicion confirmed when I read a recent article in our local newspaper. I believe a coyote got him. Behind our house is a big ditch that runs into the bayou. One day I saw a coyote run past, behind our house. The recent newspaper article was about the problem in our area with coyotes killing cats and small dogs. People had seen them attacking their pets! They trapped and removed two coyotes.