Lost an old friend the other night.
Around nineteen years ago. I was working on a 65 GTO for someone. It was sitting in my driveway and that morning it was cold wet and raining out side. February in Austin can get cold at times. Walking outside in the morning I could hear a cat crying. It took me a bit to find where it was coming from. It was under the rear of the 65. The car was up on jacks so I took out my creeper and rolled under the rear of the car. It took me a few moments to locate the crying and I carefully reached up and pulled a little grey kitten from on top of the rear differential. Taking him in side I dried him off and warmed him up and fed him. Arrgh! Another abandoned cat! Welp After a few weeks Zippy earned his name by running around all the other cats bugging them.
As the years passed and the other cats died. Zippy became one of the fixtures on my computer desk and always slept on my bed by my head. It was rather annoying to roll over and breath in fur at times! Zippy stayed with me when I moved from Austin to Bastrop and then to Giddings. Sadly he was wasting away when I made the move to the new place in Giddings. I figured he had a few weeks left and he lasted two. I tried feeding him more soft and better food but he didn't eat much of it. Yesterday he began to cough up dark blood and I knew he didn't have long. I took him outside and let him sit in the grass in the shade most of the day so he could at least enjoy the outside once in his long life. Later when it got hot. He decided to lay in the hallway and I left him there. Soon I had to sleep and this morning he had passed away.
I called my friend and she came over with a shovel and I dug a hole under the big oak tree behind the home and I buried my old friend. I'm still sad at his passing. We all know that our time comes and we cant say no. It will be some time before I consider getting another cat. I still have two left and Cassandra is getting rather old also. Maybe when she passes I'll get that Maine coon cat I always wanted. Until then its Cassandra and Yoshiko (Kun) as my pets.
Zippy in his usual spot.