January 1, 1753
Ten years ago, I got a call at work from my mom saying “I came by to feed the kittens (that were on my patio thanks to a stray mama cat) and the one you call ‘Moose’ ran inside. I can’t get him out.” I told her to just put some food and water near where he was hiding behind the couch, and one of the two litter boxes from the back room and I’d try to get him back out later when I got home. Needless to say, he never left. I looked at his beautiful orange face and fell in love. I already had three cats with distinguished names like Sophie, Emmaline, and Samuel, so decided to tack on Edward to ‘Moose’ (so called because he was the largest in his litter), and Moose-Edward became part of the family. He never quite lost many of his feral qualities. He wouldn’t let me touch or pet him except for perhaps a handful of times in our nearly eleven years together. Still, we had our own communication. Moose would greet me in the morning by sitting by my bed and waiting for me get up. Then he would lead the way to the restroom or kitchen. At night, he would meow at me when I went to bed. I’d meow back, and on it would go until he would suddenly jump up onto the bed, run across my feet, and then take off down the hallway to be with the other felines. On special occasions, he would lay on my feet for a few to remind me he loved me. He was such a good cat and never gave a day’s grief. He was good to the other cats, too, and they loved him. All I ever wanted in all our years was to kiss his sweet face. Sadly, I didn’t get to do that until he passed on August 1st. My big, sweet boy left this world peacefully with me holding his paws and telling him how much I loved him. My thanks to the wonderful veterinarian at the emergency pet hospital who made it possible for me to be at Moose-Edward’s side, and to kiss his face. It was a real testament to just how sick he was that he didn’t run away as he always had, and instead, gave me that one amazing moment before he breathed his last breath. I will always love you, Moose, and will see you again one day, my friend.
All Paws Great and Small Crematory
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX