It is the older cat who intrigues me – the cat who has established his preferences, who growls when his routine is interrupted; the cat who walks up to his favorite chair and stares at the younger feline occupant until she moves. The cat who has been there through the years, who knows every one of his owner’s moods. He who has earned his owners respect and has become a valued friend and companion. Sam was such a cat.
I thought, Jake was such a cat to me. Samantha captures the passing of time and seasons following the death of a beloved companion and all the feelings involved. The first Christmas or Summer following a pet’s death and the emptiness that follows. I don’t look forward to my first Christmas season without Jake AND without Micah nor the one year anniversary of Micah’s death. Sometimes is just seems too much. There are moments when I can watch Jonah and Fionna playing and feel that life goes on but at the same time doing so makes me feel like I’m betraying everything Jake meant to me. A lot of times I’m just angry that Jake was taken from me at 14. Why not 18? But I remind myself that it was the quality of time not the quantity of time I had with him.
On a cheerier note, Wednesday is Jonah’s birthday so stay tuned for some party cake and festivities! I just hope Jonah likes his cake. He’s such a picky eater. We all need something to celebrate.
Von Buhler is a internationally known and award winning artist. She created all the characters by fashioning them out of Sculpey™ clay. She makes the sets by hand and then each “scene” is photographed. It’s truly unique and the results are just amazing. If you ever had a doll house growing up you’ll know what I mean when you see the images. Her talented father made the dollhouse used in the book. It took him an entire year to complete! Be sure to check out the section The House, it’s simply fascinating! There is so much background information on the book and all the work that went into creating it on the website.
Von Buhler is in the process of working on a brand new book entitled, But Who Will Bell the Cats that looks equally amazing. You can preview the progress of that book on the blog: But Who Will Bell the Cats: A Work in Progress. Again her dad helped to make all the sets. I am LOVING the Powder Room and Dining Room sets. I’m looking very forward to the book’s release in Fall ’09!
Any cat lover who has shared a powerful and life affecting relationship with a cat companion will be able to relate to this book. The stories are precious and the ending is a real tearjerker. Dewey was indeed a truly special cat.
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