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Friday, March 26, 2010

In Memory of Mocha

It's always difficult to lose a true and trusted friend, and if you're a cat lover that's exactly what our kitties are. We, unfortunately, had to say goodbye to our beloved cat Mocha way to soon. She would have been 13 this year had she not experienced a sudden downturn in health.
 
She loved being outdoors and would follow me around the yard as I puttered around doing gardening things. She was my official "garden cat!" As I moved from one spot to another, she was always close by...sometimes watching me...other times talking to me...or rubbing alongside me.
 
Twelve years ago she was picked up by Animal Control as a stray, and it was our fortune that fate led her to our family. Mocha's personality was not that of a typical cat...it was more like a dog. She wagged her tail continuously, liked licking our faces, and following us (as well as repairmen) all around the house. She was a true "people-cat." Whenever company arrived...Mocha was there to welcome them, and to receive as much attention as possible.

We all miss our "special" Mocha...a/k/a Miss Mocha, MoMo, MochaJo, MoJo and Mo....very much. We knew the day would come but did not expect it to be so soon...we never do. The tears still spill from my eyes when I think of her. We lovingly buried her beneath the large oak in our backyard where our two other cats Roxanne and Gus were buried in the past three years. Together, the three of them will have a very special garden planted around them. We have enjoyed our time with her immensely, and thank God for entrusting her to our family for 12 years. We miss you MoMo!

12 comments:

Floridagirl said...

Awwww, that is so sad. Mocha sounds like a very special cat. She was so beautiful! It is good that you have set aside a special part of your garden to remember her.

Ami said...

Oh, Susan: Sorry to hear this sad news about your Mocha. She was very lovely cat, and she has been very happy to have your family and the garden to keep her company for as long as she lived, and beyond! Take care.

Dani said...

What a beauty she was Susan. I'm glad that she had such a wonderful life with your family. ((hugs))

NanaK said...

Mocha was a beautiful cat. She must have been quite special to be around. I enjoyed reading about her. I'm sorry you're missing her.

ChrisC said...

What a beautiful cat!!They do become such a large part of our lives,son't they? We have buried all of our animals in the backyard.And each one got a Norfolk Island Pine planted right over them.We know have a beautiful stand of those pines to remind us of special each was to us.

Kate and Crew said...

Oh Susan, I am so so so sorry. I know the pain of losing a pet. What a shame... I am glad you were able to give her such a wonderful life. Mocha was a beautiful cat. I had seal point Himilayans growing up and they are such wonderful cats. {{{{hugs}}}}

NellJean said...

I am sad for you. Losing a pet is difficult. It is wonderful that you have such great memories of Mocha and pictures to remember her.

Meems said...

I'm so sorry for you and your family, Susan. It is like you say, a part of the family that will be missed greatly. She definitely was a pretty girl and now she will have a perfect place to rest and be remembered under the oak tree.
hugs**
Meems

Rusty in Miami said...

I am sorry for your loss Susan, she was a beautiful cat. Losing a pet is always painful,they are such an important part of our families.

Susan said...

Thanks everyone for your thoughts and hugs.

Orlando Realtor said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Animals are precious gifts to us, and when they need to go, they still stay within our hearts forever.

And many thanks to you for rescueing!

Susan said...

Orlando Realtor...It's true, they do always stay with us in our hearts. I talk to her when I work around the area where she's buried. Thanks.

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