Thursday, February 28, 2019

Mr. Black: Rest In Peace


Mr. Black (the cat)
2001 to February 28, 2019
Rest in Peace

Mr. Black was 18 years old. I was lucky to have him as my cat for the last 12 of those 18 years. He's been an indoor cat for six years; before that, he was an outdoor cat on a large property where we rented a cottage. He would sleep in the garage at night.

He liked people and wanted to be around them. When I would have a visitor, Mr. Black would come into the living room to say hello and politely "request" to sit on their lap.

I took a final photo of him at 4:00 am this morning as he sat in front of the electric heater (looks like a woodstove) that is in the upstairs loft bedroom. We had a routine when the weather was chilly --- just before going to bed, I would turn on the heater and he would sit in front of it, warming up his old bones. This morning, he was restless and in some discomfort, so I turned it on for him one last time, before we went to the pet emergency room.

The other two photos are from 2009/2010. I hope to get back to that property to sprinkle some of Mr. Black's ashes. That was his home for 12 years --- he lived there from 2001 to 2007 with his previous owner, Barbara, and lived there with me from 2007 to 2013. We then moved to a tiny studio, and then to this small house in 2014.

February 28, 2019 at 4:00 am. Warming up in front of the electric heater.





2009
2010

24 comments:

William’s Kith & Kin said...

Oh, we are so very sorry to hear that Mr. Black has left. What a sweet and long life he had, and such a handsome boy! Our hearts go out to you with this sadness and loss. We were glad to know him.

Brian said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Mr. Black and we send purrs, hugs and love to you.

The Island Cats said...

We’re sorry to hear about Mr. Black. Sending you many comforting purrs.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Black had a good long life with you. I send you my condolences.

Mickey's Musings said...

We are very sorry to hear that Mr Black has crossed his Bridge.
Thank you for giving him a wonderful life.
We send you lots of comforting purrs as we know it will be lonely without your boy.
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ
and mum Nancy

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. XO

Laura and Taffeta Rose said...

We are sad that Mr. Black has passed on, perhaps to a new adventure. Sending you gentle hugs and soft purrs for the empty spot he leaves in your life and heart. He was such a beautiful boy!

Summer said...

I'm so sorry about Mr. Black. He had an awesome life, and I'm glad you got to share a good part of it with him.

Katie Isabella said...

I am so sorry to learn of Mr Black's passing. He had a good life with love and care and he knew you loved him. Rest in peace Mr Black.

Eastside Cats said...

William's Kith and Kin mentioned that Mr. Black had gone to The Rainbow Bridge, and I am so very sorry for your loss.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

We wanted to say how very sorry we are. Godspeed your journey to heaven Mr Black ♥♥♥

Deziz World said...

What a handsum mancat he was. We're so sorry fur your loss. We're sendin' lots of hugs and purrayers

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

Kitties Blue said...

Please accept our condolences as you grieve for your handsome Mr. Black. It sounds as if you gave him a wonderful life, and we know that by-and-by you will be together again. May Mr. Black rest in peace. He knew how much he ws loved. Purrs and prayers🙏🏻, Kitties Blue

Photo Cache said...

You don't know us and we're hopping here from another blog. We just want to extend our purrs for your lost.

Emma and Buster

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

I saw on William's blog that Mr. Black has left for Another Part of the Universe. He was a very fine boy, and we believe had some Royal Blood as well ;-) Spitty the Kitty is going to be 15 in a few months, and I hope he will be granted some lovely years yet, but he is definitely an Elder Statesman now. We have very fond memories of Mr. Black and know he had a fine long life with his original staff, and then many happy years with you. We send you our very best purrs and love. ~Spitty and his Human

Amber DaWeenie said...

Rest in Peace at the Bridge, Mr. Black. My deepest sympathy to your loving family. You will always be in their hearts.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

RIP Mr. Black our deepest sympathy to the family you left behind.

Purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy from ATCAD

M Dawson said...

You have lost a wonderful cat. My condolences on such a grievous loss.

RIPMrBlack, fly free to the Bridge where many friends await.

Cleo said...

Oh dear, we just learned from William's blog about poor Mr. Black's passing. We didn't know Mr. Black, but this made dad think about his old Orbit again. We're sending purrs and prayers your way in hopes that it'll help with all the other understanding cat folks to get you through this sad time. Be well.

Laila and Angel Minchie said...

So very sorry for your loss and we send love and purrs to you. Run free Mr. Black.

Sandee said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Mr. Black. Big healing hugs. ♥

John Bellen said...

Please accept my condolensces on Mr Black's passing. I try to see things optimistically and it is wonderful to read that Mr Black spent a dozen years with you, loved and taken care of. And then to be an indoor cat with a loving family must have been paradise to this old fellow as he grew older. Godspeed, Mr Black.

Mary McNeil said...

We are sorry to learn that Mr Black has crossed over. We know he will remain in your hearts. Purrs.

Colehaus Cats said...

Oh, Mr. Black, it was clear your people enjoyed spending time with you too. Thank you for being a very good boy and sharing yourself with so many. Sending purrs, gentle headbonks and love.