Tessie 199? – 2008

15 Dec

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When Rachel and I were living in Mexico City in 1997/98 we adopted two cats – whom we named Monster and Tessie. Both cats have lived with us in our homes in Mexico City, Brooklyn and London with a few stints at my parents’ house in Haddonfield, New Jersey, in between. Two years ago Tessie was diagnosed with heart disease, a condition in which her heart was so enlarged that there was not much room for her lungs. The veterinarian’s prognosis was that she would suffocate within a few months. Luckily she lived much longer than that – and with only mild discomfort until the end. On 3 December 2008 Tessie died at home with me, Rachel and Monster by her side. I would like to share with you a few photos of our beloved Tessie:

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The two cats used to hide together when they sensed danger.

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Such a noble profile!

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Tessie used to like sitting on black bags.

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Her favourite song was Danny Boy. Rachel would start singing and she would jump up on the bed and listen intently.

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We were always greeted by Tessie when we came home.

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Here she is minutes after her death.

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This and the next few photos are of me digging her grave at Lally and Cecil’s house.

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Here she is in her silk shroud.

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2 Responses to “Tessie 199? – 2008”

  1. kevinh December 15, 2008 at 3:06 pm #

    Thanks for the pictures Brian. I feel for you and Rachael. The pictures really hit home.Kevin

  2. Documentally January 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    Touching post guys. Thanks for sharing.

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