Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Charlie's Death


Charlie never came home last night. I checked for him until midnight and then went to bed. I never heard his high, squeaky voice as he strolled home in the dark as his emerald eyes glow in reflected light. This morning he did not return for breakfast and I became worried. But Xavier and I went to the store hoping Charlie would be home when we returned. When we got back, John was still home, never having gone to work. I felt something was wrong then. And it was.

John had last seen Charlie last night at the wood pile, so when we went to the store, John tracked Charlie's last walk from the wood pile, into the woods, to the edge of the woods where the cat followed the tree line at the edge of the high field. And there in the corner of the field was Charlie's fur and a large area of matted grasses. There was a bit of blood, I saw, but not much at all. The coyotes (John counted two from the tracks) took Charlie across the field beneath an apple tree. There was a bit of fur there, too. There was nothing else.

Later in the afternoon, when I was ready, John took Xavier and I on Charlie's last walk. It was a healing walk amid the wildflowers in the fields as John explained to us what the tracks and grasses told us about Charlie's death. We followed the coyote tracks to the road, which they crossed to get to the Blackwater River.

The other cats had behaved oddly today before we knew what had happened to Charlie. They stayed close to the house. Buddy never went to his favorite field, the other field, to hunt. He was also poking in odd corners and behind furniture today — searching. The cats' sleep is broken and tense. John said they began to be nervous about 10pm last night. That is when Charlie died. That is when Charlie usually comes home for bed.

It is raining now. Thunder rumbles over our heads. The rain is comforting. We hope that your rainbow, Charlie, will appear in the sky later. We know you died so quickly that you probably never felt a thing except a brief flash of fear. We miss you, Charlie. We will never forget.

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32 comments:

  1. I am so sorry for the loss of Charlie. My sincerest condolences and soft purrs to you.

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  2. You have my deepest sympathies for Charlie's loss. I lost my little Chester to a coyote just over two years ago. He was just badly injured enough that he had to be put to sleep. I know the sorrow you feel.

    Hugs to you.

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  3. I feel for you. It is a sad day but it seems like the rainbow is his.
    Kathy

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  4. I am so sorry. I know how hard it is to lose a loved one.
    I had babies born last night at about 10 pm. In his honor I will name one of them Charlie.

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  5. We are so sorry for the loss of your Charlie and send gentle purrs and healing thoughts to your family.

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  6. So so sorry to learn about Charlie's passing away. Sending many hugs and prayers to all of you in this very difficult time.

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  7. Oh what an awful thing to happen, we are so very sorry. We know how sad you must be all feeling so we are sending you purrs and condolances. Blessings to you all, especially dear little Charlie. We know he will be happy at the Bridge, and think his personal ranibow will be very bright and special.

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  8. We are so sorry to hear about Charlie. We are sending lots of purrs and purrayers your way.
    Love and Purrs,
    KC

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  9. I'm so very, very sorry. Godspeed, Charlie, godspeed. NZ

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  10. Charlie seemed like a bit of a character, and we understand that you will all miss him. We're very sorry for your loss,

    {{{hugs}}} and purrs,

    Gypsy & Tasha

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  11. I am so sorry for you, it must be awful ! For me it sounds so strange hearing about coyotes. We have no dangerous animals to cats here around. So sad !!

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  12. oh no! we are very very very upset by this story! mommeh is all leaky this morning. so much sadness. Mom bean, i know we can't say anything to comfort the pain, but know that there are a million kittehs in the blogosphere that are sad for you, and thinking of you. And you are never alone here. If you ever need to talk- you can talk to anyone here. Including us. Please be safe, hug your other babies close. we will be thinking of you.

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  13. Sorry to hear about your sweet boy Charlie. Sending your purrs.

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  14. We are so sorry for your terrible loss. I'm sure Charlie is doing well over on the Bridge, and as you say he likely didn't suffer.

    How difficult for all of you to have to discover the clues to his death. We do hope you and your kitty family will be able to heal and know that Charlie is always with you in memory and in spirit.

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  15. So Sorry to hear about Charlie.

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  16. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Charlie.

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  17. The mom has leaky eyes readin dis to us.

    Purrs and headbutts from us kittehs

    Molly
    Shadow
    Trooder

    (((HUGS))) from our mom

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  18. We are so sorry to hear about Charlie. Mom knows several friends that lost their cats to coyotes too and they were very sad and upset. we are sending lots of purrs and prayers and healing energy from Mom too!

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  19. we are very very sorry to learn about the loss of Charlie. we are sending you soft purrrsss and headbutts.

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  20. We are very sorry for your loss.

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  21. We are so sad to hear the news about Charlie. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Ozzy, Alice, Bootsie, Freckles, Lola, Dandelo & Honey (the FurryPurries)

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  22. I hate to hear that too. We are all thinking about Charlie now and he will be with us all forever.

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  23. What a sad tale. So sorry about Charlie.

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  24. A sad day for all of you. We are sorry for Charlie's loss.

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  25. We are so sorry to hear about Charlie.

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  26. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Loki

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  27. How sad. I'm so sorry, my sincerest sympathies.

    (I wrote another note, but I am not sure if it went.)

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  28. I think my first longer comment got eaten by the internet gods. My brother lost two beautiful cats to coyotes and they keep the others inside now. My friend Heidi who lives in NH lost a gorgeous loving cat to a bobcat! I'm so sorry for your loss of a dear friend and hope the other kitties are safe.

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  29. We are so so sorry about the loss of your precious Charlie. How very sad. Please know that we are all purring and purraying for your family during this very sad time. God bless.

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  30. Momma's eyes are leakin so many tears...we are sorry that we did not know Charlie because he sure seemed like he was a furry special furrie...our deepest purrs for you at this very very sad time.

    purrs
    Abby, Boo, Ping, Jinx, Gracie and Mom Debra

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  31. We are so sorry to hear about Charlie!! Purrrrs and warm kitty hugs to you all during this sad time!
    Your FL furiends,

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  32. I just came by, having been rather busy of late, and read about Charlie.

    That is very sad news. I am very sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts for your whole family (human and feline).

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