Annie

On March 26th, in the late afternoon, our beloved cat Annie died , here with us, on the boat.  For the last 3 years , she had many health problems, and the medication she received, added to her distress.          The meds stopped working  the last 6 months, and she went down hill from there.

Annie was amazing, my daughter and i found her at the SPCA in Courtenay.     There she was, a tiny kitten, 5 weeks old, hovering together with her brothers and sisters in a large cage, all little black and white kittens, some very fluffy, some not, but, one little one stood out, sitting all by herself, staring right into my eyes, a black spot on her nose, and i knew, she was it.      She lived with us at Knight Rd, in Comox, one of the busiest roads in the area, plus very dangerous for cats to cross, and they all did, because on the other side of the road was a farm, fields full of bugs, mice , and wonderful warm earth to lie in.           When i came home from work, she would not be home, but, there would be this black and white spot in the fields, staring back at me…..       I would go towards her, and she knew, she was in trouble , again!!, but within minutes there was no sign of her, and there she was, sitting on the deck of my little house, as if to say, whats keeping you mom?????         I found out that day, that she used the giant culvert under the road  to get back and forth!!!         Other cats from our neighbours were not so lucky, as they tried to outdo the traffic……..     In 2001, i sold the house, bought a truck and camper , put Annie in the camper, and away we went, all the way to Alaska first, then across Canada and back.    We traveled a total of 18600.00 km.        She was amazing, knew what to do, i would put her on a leash, and a harness, and walked her around in the campground.   One day we met up with a black bear, Annie and the bear just looked at each other and went about their business.      Not so the case with the skunk in Ontario, a beautiful big black and white boy, he came sauntering towards the camper, saw Annie, and maybe thought…. heh!!! cute little female skunk!!!!!      YIKES!!!  i changed his mind very quickly!!!!

Annie lived with us on the boat for 10 years, she settled right in, made some spots here and there her own, never left the boat to jump on the dock, but lounged around on deck, loved lying on top of the canvas, with a full view of the marinas and anchorages.    She made friends with Jonathan seagull, they would sit next to each other , munching on some tidbits.

I cannot describe my sadness of her loss, she was my little soulmate, always there, always purring that amazing strong purr of hers, always talking to me , understanding everything.  She loved Bert, loved sitting on his knees when he first met her.     We will miss her badly, the boat is not the same without her, i wish her peace, no more pain, sunshine and bugs to chase, together with her cat friends, Multi, Fred, WW and Charlie.  We love you sweet cat.

2 thoughts on “Annie

  1. I am so sad. So very sorry Mejan. I loved Annie. It made me cry to read your letter. May the little angel rest in peace and have lots of friends in heaven. Love you Mejan. Hope you get through this okay.

  2. I cried when I read this Mejan. I’m so sorry for your loss. I do understand totally. It feels like loosing a part of your body you’ll never get back… It does sound like she had a wonderful life before the boat, and I know she did after. It’s a luxury almost these days to die at home in private so I’m glad that was the way for her, and you. We waited 3 years after my Annie left, because if course no one could replace her, and I would probably still not have Zen had my brother not given her to me for my birthday…I’m so glad he did, the 3 years without her were a mistake, lonely and empty that way. Of course she’s different, and the bond different, but when you are ready, it’s important you get another. I’ll be thinking about you both. Be sure to let us know if you are heading this way soon. Love k

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