Now be warned and look away now if you are of a sensitive disposition. I deal with tragedy with laughter. When my Father was carried up the church steps in his coffin and the bearers tripped, my brother and I howled with laughter as our Dad would have just howled with laughter along with us.
So here goes.
Puzzle and I went off to the vets this morning.
As we entered the radio was swiftly turned down a notch or three in volume and the receptionist, in a hushed voice, told me to sit away from everyone else. Well I wasnt going to sit next to this lot, with a cat, was I?
Whilst this lots owners were eyeing me up and trying to see what was in the box and why the whispers from the receptionist, I was then called in to one of the consulting rooms. Fully expecting to see the inside of a funeral parlour, and indeed I was asked to sit down and handed a box of tissues.
"Monica will be with you soon."
So I sat there and Puzzle peered at me through the perspex door on his cat box.
While I gave the top right hand corner of the room a fierce glare.
Eventually in came the vet. In a very low voice she assured me I had made the right decision.
GET ON WITH IT.
Then she went off to get a nurse to hold him. Didnt think I could cope. Please?
In came the nurse,
"Its his back legs you have to watch out for," I said.
Off the nurse went returning with a huge bath towel.
Most of the movements were done on tippy toe.
Indeed I was awaiting the angelic choir by this time.
Well - I was proud of him. Despite losing most of his body weight, struggling to breathe, he really showed them what for. Ha.
And then he slept. And then all the pain and suffering was gone.
Its taken all day, in between downpours, to get him under the sod. With the first of our new spinney of trees on top.
The DP forgot to take his collar off. I told him, in a few years time you'll have the metal detectors round thinking they have struck gold. What with magnets to get in the cat door and bells to scare off potential prey.
But the Rowan tree looks good. Keeping away the witches, with my familiar beneath.