Monday, February 23

Rest in Peace, dear Blaze

My parents' cat, who joined their household in about 2005, passed away today. She was a very loving, friendly and rather cheery cat, one who loved being in the center of things and near her human companions. She survived an nasty accident in August 2006 which left her paralyzed in her back half for several months. She regained the ability to walk, but did not have great control of her back legs and so would careen around my parents' house, enthusiastically knocking into furniture and flinging herself onto the sofa next to you in order to be pet.

Last week she seemed to be ailing, and was diagnosed with Feline Leukemia on Wednesday. She deteriorated rapidly and was put to sleep about an hour ago.

It's hard to describe, but she was very much a part of the family. My cousin Alex just called me, very upset and nearly in tears at knowing that Blaze was gone. And my mother summed it up in an email, "She was just the most wonderful pet we ever had. We feel like there will never be another one we could love so much."

Goodbye, dear Blaze.


knithound brooklyn said...

Aw, I am so sad for you and your parents. I know how hard it is to lose a pet.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Eliza. Your words mean a lot.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this loving entry, Eliza. Blaze will certainly be missed; it is nice to see her memorialized in this way.
Your photo of her is perfect.

Hilary said...

I am so, so, so, so, so sorry. :( One of the members of my family is of the feline variety and I just don't know what I would do without him. Blaze looks like she was such a sweet cat. I am so sorry for your loss.

Ann said...

Ah, so sorry to hear this. Cats are people too, in their goofy, sweet way.

Such a great picture!

t does wool said...

so lose a part of the family. hugs.

Mary Jane said...

Blaze was lucky to have such a wonderful family. I'm sorry you are all hurting with missing her, it can be so hard. Three Cheers for Blaze!

meg said...

I'm sorry to hear about Blaze- it is hard to loose a pet, and even harder to lose one that everyone knows is the best cat you'll ever have.