It is a month today that we lost Sophie to FIP.
In many ways it seems like only yesterday that she lost her courageous fight and took her last breath stretched out in her favourite cat bed besides my pillow on the bed, so that I was with her right to the very end.
In many ways it seems like a lifetime ago that she was with us!
It has been a strange month. No sooner had she taken her last breath I had to take her to the vets so they could sort her cremation and urn, and then I was off to Portugal to collect a pet dog we were transporting from Portugal to Scotland. Sands in the meantime had 6 cats to take for their TRACES inspection so for us it was very much ‘business as usual’, which was probably a good thing.
From Portugal I went straight to France, Germany, Belgium and the UK so was away for ten (10) days, so didn’t really ‘miss’ her as such, as I simply wasn’t around.
I was back for four (4) days before Sands went to the UK for nineteen (19) days – she is back tomorrow – so it is only in the last couple weeks that I have really had time to reflect on her life with us.
From day one she just fitted in, and loved everything about life, and her life here with us.
They say a picture paints a thousand words and never was that truer than in documenting Sophie’s love of life, and highlighting why everywhere I turn in life her little face and body continues to provide a huge presence, no more so than the bush we found her on on 17th August 2015, which we walk past 4 or 5 times a week with the dogs.
We have a couple of reminders of her as well.
Some cutting from the bush and surrounding plans where we found her, and her urn which sits next to Orla, who she never met.
There is a symmetry about her being next to Orla. Without Orla we would not have Oscar, Fleur, Dusky and Kasper, and now that we have lost Sophie we are more convinced than ever that her legacy is that we need to concentrate on enjoying the lives of the cats and dogs.
It was a privilege and delight to have her in our lives and she will remain in our hearts and thoughts for ever. Absolutely no regrets that we found her in the bush and brought her home, and no regrets that we tried everything to help her beat the FIP that so cruelly took her young life.
RIP Sophie: Never Forgotten Always Loved x