My Local Newspaper Takes an Obituary for a Cat Seriously

April 19, 2014 at 6:21 PM Leave a comment

I’m so proud of my local newspaper —  the Boulder Daily Camera — for accepting this obituary for a beloved cat — Tasha Magaldi — and for publishing it, taking it seriously and treating it with respect.  I mean, click on “Obituaries” on the Camera‘s website and you’ll find it right there with obituaries for human beings.

Very, very nice.

Be forewarned:  It’s a tearjerker.

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Tasha Magaldi the Cat vialegacy.com.com

(Image Legacy.com via DailyCamera.com)

Tasha came into our lives almost 9 years ago as a sickly 4-week old foster kitten, dumped along with a couple litters at a shelter in California where we spent winters. By the time we took her in to join her brothers already in our care, she had spent several days in the vet hospital, barely surviving a respiratory infection which claimed another of the group. She was the runt of her litter but tough, and often made her brothers cry in rough and tumble play.

She suffered throughout her life with a viral infection that left her with impaired vision, scar tissue partially covering one of her perpetually teary eyes. In her first few months she battled intermittent respiratory infections and a bout of pneumonia. Because of these ongoing health issues, we couldn’t get her adopted so wound up accepting what she probably already knew; she was going to ours. What a gift from God that was. She brought us much love and laughter.

While my wife stayed in California the past few years, she would accompany me back to Boulder for the summers where it would be just her and me hanging out. I never felt alone. When I came home from work each day she would come running and greet me with a head butt, then impatiently wait for me to sit in my favorite chair so she could plop herself on my lap to be petted for hours.

All her life she loved to play fetch with a foil ball, sometimes just a wad of paper. She would initiate the game, dropping the ball at my feet, then looking up at me with her one big eye, one little eye, her tail twitching until I would throw the ball, over and over again.

When she was diagnosed with asthma, she took her medication and inhaler like a trooper. When she was diagnosed with cancer in her brain and skull 5 months ago, she underwent radiation treatment and rebounded impressively. When she was diagnosed with kidney cancer the beginning of March, she bravely endured chemo but it was too much for her little body. She fought hard, and she fought long enough, and it was time for her to rest.

Despite her many lifelong ailments, she was the happiest, silliest cat I’ve ever known. All her doctors and caregivers remarked on her purring, happy disposition.

She was an abandoned, tiny rescued kitten who wound up rescuing me.

Good bye my sweet girl.

Mark

 

 

 

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