It is with a great deal of sadness that I inform you of the untimely death of my good feline pal, Photon. As I was leaving for work this morning, I called and whistled for her. Usually she would come running out of the bushes to have me pick her up and hold her, and give her food outside on the porch while Muttley is safe inside. Sometimes she has not come, but then is waiting for me when I come back home. I had a more than usual feeling of dread this time, and as I drove down the road, I saw her body at the edge of the rock wall.
I pulled in to the lower part of my property, parked, and walked up the road to where she was. She probably had not been dead very long, as her fur was still soft and clean, but it looked like she may have been hit in the hind quarters, and her head was misshapen, so her skull may have been crushed. Her eyes were deep set and blank, and her tongue was hanging out.

I picked her up, and took her onto the front steps. I let Muttley sniff her, and he licked her a few times, and then picked her up in his mouth. I put him back in the house, called some friends, and then I wrapped her in an old shirt, and headed up the hill with a shovel and cutter mattox. Under a big White Pine tree, where she sometimes walked with me, I dug a hole, and gently lay her body in it. I put two cement blocks over the excavation, and walked back down the hill with Muttley.The same friend who rescued Muttley also found two tiny kittens abandoned in the downtown projects, in January of 2000. They were probably six-eight weeks old, so we figure they were born in mid-November 1999. I had wanted a cat to help control mice in my house, as well as for a loving pet. I wound up with two, a brother and sister, who I named Meson and Photon. They were neutered in the spring, and they grew up together. Meson was actually more affectionate, and Photon was rather aloof.

As Meson got bigger, he began to bully Photon away from her food. They both were indoor/outdoor cats, and at about the age of 1-1/2 I came home and let Photon out, while Meson was already out. I heard a commotion on the porch, and Photon was fighting with her brother and chased him away. He tried to come back about six months later, but met the same fate.Photon was a really special cat. She was amazingly agile, and a good mouser, as she proved by occasionally bringing a live one into bed with me. She would sometimes walk along with me on the trails on my land, scurrying up into the branches of trees as we went. Of course, after I got Muttley, she spent more time outside, or else hid under the crawlspace. Sometimes I would tie Muttley outside, and spend a little more time with her.

When my friend took Muttley for a few days in mid September, I got a chance to let her share my bed with me. She liked to lay on top the covers, sometimes with her back pressed against mine. In recent weeks, Photon seemed more and more anxious to come inside. Sometimes it seemed that she and Muttley might be able to get along, but I could only risk allowing them to look at each other through the screen door.
Last night, I thought I heard her crying to come in, but it was late, I was tired, and I did not want to deal with making sure Muttley was out of the way and safe. The night was not too cold, and I was going to take care of her in the morning. I think she had crossed the road to get a drink of fresh water from a spring-fed little stream, but the traffic on Warren Road is really bad, and many people speed and drive carelessly. I think she was killed instantly. I certainly hope she did not suffer too much. I know some people may blame me for allowing her to be outside, but she did have seven years of freedom. I think that is partly what made her so special. I will miss her forever.
Paul
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Photon was a really special cat. She was amazingly agile, and a good mouser, as she proved by occasionally bringing ... able to get along, but I could only risk allowing them to look at each other through the screen door.

I am sorry for your loss.
It is with a great deal of sadness that I inform you of the untimely death of my good feline pal, Photon. ... I will miss her forever.

Paul, I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your sweet Photon. I have lost dear cats myself over the years, and they are such special beings that one is never quite left by them they seem to hover near one's heart always.
I hope you find peace, with time and good memories.

Darla
Nova Scotia, Canada

"I'm still here, you bastards!"
Papillon
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Paul I'm very sorry about Photon. (I could have done without the description of how she looked when you found her though) It seems many good animals are leaving for the bridge lately. Yesterday afternoon was spent at my co-instructor's house, planting spring bulbs on the grave of her old girl who died Friday of kidney failure. And we sat around, looked at pictures of Hidi, remembered her and laughed about her exploits. Sandy in OK
"Paul E. Schoen" (Email Removed) said in
Photon was a really special cat.

I'm so very sorry Paul.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
It is with a great deal of sadness that I inform you of the untimely death of my good feline pal, Photon.

So sorry to hear this, Paul.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
Your story pains my heart, your kitty cat will always be with you wherever you go - in your heart and in your memories.
I think that is partly what made her so special. I will
miss her forever. Paul==

I am so sorry for your loss of Photon; I know how much you cared for your cat; try to be content in the fact that you gave Photon a good home and that she received lots of love and attention during the time that you had her. I am sure she was a happy cat.
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