It’s just as well Mr. Katz has given up writing about dogs, because I have had to give up reading about animals and I couldn’t not read another by Jon Katz!
It’s hard, having a large number of animals, because you need to be always half prepared for one of them to pass on. One year, not so long ago, we lost 6 pets within a span of two months.
I am aware of everything psychologists say about grieving for animals. I know how totally inappropriate my grief always is. I accept what is said and I agree, but it doesn’t help me one bit.
Searching today for inspiration , I walked my fingers over to see what was new on Facebook. Yes, I know, it’s pretty bad when you have to go looking there for inspiration. But sometimes a post I see leads me elsewhere.
What I found, sadly, was that another of my “book” animals passed yesterday, namely Bob, the Street Cat who was credited with saving the life of a recovering addict, James Bowen.
Over the years, I have read so many animal stories, I couldn’t count them. “Black Beauty” was probably my first, may even have been the first book I read, so it’s been some 67 years and that’s a lot of animals.
In one case, the story was about a dog that lived and died before I even arrived on the planet. The dog had a long and good life with people that loved her. What could make a happier story? I cried buckets over that book. Obviously it triggered a some sort of sad memory , though I’ve no idea what.
Moving coast to coast, two years ago, I was obliged to abandon many things, including many sacks full of books, but the “animal books” have always travelled with me.
It’s as if leaving behind one of those books would be abandoning the animal/s in the story.
I’ve just said that I plan to no longer read animal books , so what would be the purpose of lugging so many all the way across the continent?
To whom shall I leave this collection?
It makes a rather dubious inheritance!
But then I am the crazy cat-lady “spinster aunt”.
What can anyone expect?
God Speed, Bob the Street Cat.
I liked your story very much.