Friday, June 10, 2011

Goodbye, Zorro

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Zorro's mom, Matilda, with her kittens in August, 1996
Zorro is the black splotch in the middle of the pile

Zorro died peacefully yesterday, June 9, as I sadly held him. I didn't want to be there because my heart was broken. Zorro had been sick for a week. His blood test confirmed thyroid disease but he was not tolerating the medication and it had to be stopped. He lost 30% of his weight in seven days and had stopped going outside. He was jaundiced. I decided that any more treatment would be distasteful for this brave guy, and we let him go.

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Zorro enjoyed his greenies

We buried Zorro in the back garden near the huge lilac bush that he loved to nap under in the summer. We placed the cremains of his mother and brothers and sisters with him. He was the last remaining member of the family. All of the others had died at various ages of EGC. We planted a snowball bush with them to mark their graves. Zorro’s doctor told me that the average lifespan of a cat is 13 years. Zorro would have been 16 in August. It still was not enough time for him or me.  I have chosen several photographs of his life to share and remember Zorro with.

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Zorro doesn't like having a new dog (Scout) in the house in 2003

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Buddy and Zorro Go To Bed - 6
Zorro never was the big cat in the house; Buddy was.
Zorro was groomed by Buddy daily.

One Less Mouse - 4
I never realized how thin Zorro had gradually become until I looked at these photos again.
He was never a plump cat; he was lean and tough.

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The photograph of Zorro tossing a mouse (not seen here)
won The World's Toughest Cat Competition in 2007.

Zorro was a fierce hunter. Never birds, only rodents, although he did stalk turkeys and chickens. He always skinned his mice before he ate them — an odd habit, I always thought. His entire being required him to be outside, even in the winter. We always had a difficult time getting him inside the house after dark (because of coyotes), but he would eventually learn to return home at dusk and nap until dawn, when he would trot out the door with his tail high. When he lived in New Hampshire, Zorro's favorite prey was chipmunks. He would bring them home alive, and after praising Zorro's prowess to him, we would rescue and release the chipmunk.

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Zorro's Chipmunk (17)
This chipmunk was released unharmed.

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A friend to all, Zorro and George enjoyed cat games.

George & Zorro - 21

Zorro

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Scratching, stretching, climbing and playing on an apple tree this spring.

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Zorro's last photograph.
May 7, 2011

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2 comments:

  1. I am very sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Zorro.

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  2. Thank you so much, Daisy. You are so special to me and I appreciate your concern. Bless you.

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