Moonlight, turn your face to the moonlight
Let your memory lead you
Open up, enter in
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is
Then a new life will begin
This is part of the song “Moments of Happiness” from Cats. Our old Deuteronomy passed on last night. We don't really know how old he was or what kind of life he had before we found him at the shelter. We do know that someone had cared enough at one time to have him chipped, but we do not know the circumstances that lead him to be taken in at the shelter.
Deuteronomy was a special cat. He was a Rag Doll mix and his movements, like his namesake, were slow and deliberate. He had to think through every movement before it was made, which is why it led to so many naps as all that thinking can really tire one out.
His favorite pastime, of course, was napping. He was never picky about food, as long as it was edible and it didn't move (he did not want to waste his thinking energy on chasing food!), he would eat it. When he decided he wanted attention, sometimes he would come lie on my feet so I could not be getting up and doing anything for about an hour. His other (and most favorite) attention was to lie on my friends arm so he could not use the computer. I saw him several times take my friends arm ( which isn't small by any means) in his big soft paws and just hold it. Other times he was just content to lie on the couch or a blanket he decided would be nice for a thinking spot.
The Siamese, Suay, was the only one who could seem to get him to “play” on occasion. I saw him run two maybe three feet playing with her once, and that led to an extra long nap!
All the others, Sabrina, Suay, and Samad all came in last night and stayed. They were not playing, nor making any effort to gain my attention. They were saying good bye to their friend. I held him for a long time telling him of the Rainbow Bridge and all the friends who have gone ahead of him and asked that when he got there to tell them all hello for me and to please wait as I will be there one day.
So, good bye Old Deuteronomy of the crinkled ear and shaggy coat. I look forward to seeing you in the new life when we can cross the Rainbow bridge together.