Tessie 199? – 2008

15 Dec


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:


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

Such a noble profile!


Tessie used to like sitting on black bags.


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

We were always greeted by Tessie when we came home.

Here she is minutes after her death.

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



Here she is in her silk shroud.


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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