Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


Goodbye Tess

by admin - 12:27 on 30 July 2012

Tess, also known as Bess, died at eight o'clock this morning.

Something was clearly wrong when Matchgirl and I came downstairs and saw her through the window, on the lawn. By the time Matchgirl had phoned the vet, Tess had crept into the bushes. I followed, but when I found her it was all over.

She'd been not quite herself for a while but her appetite was fine and her hunting instincts undiminished; overnight she'd eaten the food we left out. Whatever happened must have come on very quickly not long before we saw her.

Matchgirl doesn't want Tess buried so she called Nairn Pet Crematorium and received reassuringly sympathetic responses to her questions. A few hours later we took her there, wrapped in her favourite blanket, and said goodbye in a small room designed for that purpose. Tears were shed by both of us. We'll collect her ashes in two or three days' time.

What's Up There?

We returned home to find an email informing me that Tess's book is ready for collection from the printer. It seems that it will be her memorial after all. We'll miss you, Tess.

Comment from Soo & Tony at 14:12 on 30 July 2012.
Tess was a cat with a character all of her own, she will be remembered with many smiles and laughter.
We are thinking of you both Bassman and Matchgirl XX
Comment from James, Gill, Amy and Jack at 21:34 on 30 July 2012.
So sad to read this news. What a bonnie cat she was. Full of wonderful c-attitude. We've enjoyed reading about her tales over the past few years and we'll miss her. Hope you guys are OK. Thinking of you. J,G,A&J
Comment from Nick and Les at 23:35 on 30 July 2012.
So sad ... what a great wee cat. We followed her adventures on your blog and at least you will have many happy memories.
Comment from BikerMike at 07:01 on 31 July 2012.
It's always like losing a piece of yourself. Thinking of you both.
Comment from Lizzie at 09:14 on 02 August 2012.
I've just heard. I'm so sorry. Thinking of you both, like everyone else.
Comment from Amanda at 22:07 on 06 August 2012.
I've only just read the sad news about wonderful Bess.I feel so sad for you and know what it's like to lose a hugely loved cat friend.
I will be ordering your book shortly.

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