July 2005 (?) - 22 November 2019.
Message from my wife Sumako, received just now:
"I am sorry to inform you ……. Yoshimi-san called me an hour ago. She found Mr. Chandra dead in her laundry room. Since she cannot touch him, I told her that you will be coming to pick him up. We can bury him in our yard near Musashi’s area."
Arakaki Yoshimi-san owns the house across the street with the open garage. Her laundry room is connected to her home but has an open door in the back of the house. She is very kind to animals, and on seeing how we care for the cats many years ago, adopted 3 small dogs for her kids. She is usually devastated when one of our cats passes away. Her dogs get treats, extra hugs, and worried looks.
After school today I will go home, pull out one of the burial sheets, go across the street to get him, and find a suitable spot near Musashi the Bulldog for Mr. Chandra's resting place.
I got home at about 5 this afternoon. Changed clothes, got a burial sheet ready, and went across the street with a box and sheet.
Mr. and Mrs. Arakaki were home, and Mrs. Arakaki showed me to the laundry room. She had covered Mr. Chandra with a towel. Under the towel, he lay stretched with eyes closed. It seems he just fell asleep...
I gathered him up in the sheet, put him in the box, and took him home.
It was raining most of the day but had slacked off on the way home. It started again – appropriately enough with a thunderstorm to match my mood.
The soaked ground was soft and easy to dig. Seven indoor cats watched me from the lounge, fascinated by the digging and the fresh-looking earth. I placed Mr. Chandra in his resting place midway between Nemo and Musashi. Finished, and dripping wet with rain, sweat, and mud, I went in to shower and change.
His resting spot is easily visible from where I sit at the computer (though not right now, at night).
Maybe one day I will post a photo gallery of all the animals I’ve written about on A2K. I found a very good one of Mr. C in his prime, but you wouldn’t recognize him if you compared to another photo of him that I took just last week.
Sorry - it is so sad when you lose your fur friend.
My sincere sympathy. We lost our JellBean , 10 yr-old miniature French Poodle 6 months ago. Quite unexpectedly. Sadness but we celebrated her life and happy times. At XMAS time we’re adopting a (now 4 week old) puppy Cockapoo from a local breeder. We’ve always had adult 🐕. This’ll be an experience.
I am so sorry. You did right by him. <3