Thursday, June 30, 2011

Our Prince


We lost our Malden today, our Maldini. There he sleeps in all his shaggy splendor on the summer bed, apart from the pack as always. His fat tail, his ridiculous pantaloons, his strange two-tone coat. What I thought might be a tooth going bad turned out to be oral cancer. I left the festival grounds to take him home to our vet never dreaming I would return without him. He was our Italianate Renaissance man, the smartest cat we've ever known, fluent in English and opera.

Shock and grief, sudden as a bandage torn away.

15 comments:

Wolfie said...

Gosh, Muddy K. I am so so sorry. Sending you a hug....

Kate said...

I am very sad for your loss - he seems to have been a very fine and distinguished feline.

Deanna said...

Oh my goodness! My heart breaks with you!! I'm so sorry!!

Denali's Mom said...

Oh, my heart breaks for you. I am so, so sorry. Cats are amazing creatures. Much love and hugs. I will be thinking of you!

horsemom said...

I'm so sorry:(

Barbara said...

I am so sorry you lost your guy. I have had that happen too, take one to the vet for a little problem and go home alone, it is such a shock.

Judi said...

I am so sorry...

smazourek said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Consider this a virtual hug ( ).

June said...

Oh so sad. And in the middle of your busiest time, too.

Once Upon an Equine said...

I'm very sorry.

twohorses said...

Thinking of you,(()) hugs!

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

So sorry to hear that news. (((hugs)))

Muddy K said...

Wanted to just say a quick thank you to all of you for your kind thoughts. There isn't time to even believe we've lost Maldini yet. Perhaps that's better, in a way. We got him all those years ago from a pair of hoarders posing as a "no kill" cat shelter. He was terribly sick when we took him, though we didn't know it. It took him six months to recover from a terrible bacterial infection, and then we had a dozen years of joie de vivre and impossibly quick intelligence that gave us no end of delight. If I weren't so greedy, it would have been enough.

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

I'm so sorry for your loss of your beautiful boy. It's never easy loosing a loved animal. Hugs

Anonymous said...

hi muddy,
fist time i have read your lovely blog,
my heart goes out to you.
cats are incredible!
so beautiful!
horses too.
life is so tough sometimes.
Tiffany