Heartbroken, we drove to The Vet at the Barn in Chestnut Ridge, NY a few hours ago. Jack protested all the way in the carrier. After two week since discovering he has /had cancer in his mouth, I kept him as comfortable as possible with meds.
It all comes down to quality of life, my friends. I don’t have anything more than snapshots taken long ago-where do the years go? Picture this: Daughter rescues a tiny kitten from a highway down in North Carolina to bring him to a veterinarian in Rockland County, NY. Under a pound, the vet gives her little hope on survival. With loving care, the kitten she names Jack, survives and thrives.
Six months later, she calls. I knew from the tone in my daughter’s voice I was about to inherit a hand-me-up pet. This time–Jack. She figured I was an actor, free time blah, blah and we opened our home to Jack who thought our hand-me-up dog, Jesse, was his mom.
Not a shy kitty, Jack hung out at all our parties, in a drawer with one paw extended and friends stepped over Jesee, patted Jack and we had a lot of fun.
Then along came Fluffy, a gorgeous white cat, another gift from daughter, and Jack was impressed and Tony, a tabby from the shelter followed when Fluffy passed on and then came Blue, recently deceased due to cancer.
Jack paid his dues by caching a few mice when we lived upstate in Orange County, NY. Way to go, our Jack. We repaid him with loving kindness and popcorn and he joined us at every meal in hopes of a taste of this or that. Salmon a big favorite, baked potatoes big time love. In fact rice pudding high on Jack’s list and just like a kid, every time I opened the fridge, he peered in hoping for the best.
So my love to you dearest Jack, good pal who knew when I didn’t feel right and cuddled close. I whispered to him he’d be with Blue where there’d be no pain and plentiful food and good times. When the ice and snow melt, we’ll bury him in the back yard with a prayer.
Last year, I wrote a book titled Before the Final Curtain. The heroine’s companion is her black cat, Jack. My tribute to a faithful companion. Little did I know it would be Jack’s final curtain before too long.
Thanks for joining me on this journey.
Before the Final Curtain
Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.
From the new Charmaine Gordon series The Beginning…Not the End.
Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.
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