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It is with a great deal of sadness that we say farewell to Scooter. He has been a member of our family for 15 years ever since he was found as a malnourished stray kitten. He turned up at a picnic at a neighbor’s home and he followed us home after the picnic. Our son fell in love with him and we ended up adopting him. After several visits to the vet and all kinds of shots and medicine he regained his health and has been part of the family ever since.

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He loved being outside chasing mice, deer, foxes, turkeys or whatever else was around. In his younger days he enjoyed going for long walks in the woods with us following us around like a dog.

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For most of the years he slept outside in a special house we made for him. However, in the last few years he became an inside cat in the winter. Still he would wake every morning and run to the back door to go outside regardless of how cold it was out.

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He developed severe arthritis as a young cat. The vet said she had never seen such bad arthritis and she didn’t know how he could even walk. He was able to get around just fine and when our son would come home from school he would love to chase him around the house even at 14 years old.

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The last few years he came to love the sun. When he woke up he would lay down in front of the register in the kitchen until the sun came up. I think it helped his arthritis. On those days when the sun came out he would follow the sun around the house sleeping in various locations during the day.

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This fall he became ill and seemed to recover with a change in diet but several weeks ago the vet said he had cancer. We nursed him along  but finally had to put him down yesterday.

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Fortunately I knew the days was coming and had prepared a grave for him under an apple tree out in the prairie. Scooter was preceded in death by Tiger on January 2, 2010.

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5 Comments

  1. This is sad about Scooter. You have great photos of him at least.

  2. My thoughts go out to you Phillip. It’s so hard to say goodbye to our pets, but I’m so glad you have the wonderful photos to remember him by. Sounds like you were lucky to have him in your life as he was to have you in his.

  3. I’m so sorry. They’re just little people in fur coats, a friend says, and she’s right. He was very handsome. Peace to you and your family.

  4. What a dear pet and what a good life he found with your family. So sorry for your loss.

  5. Scooter had a wonderful life. Sorry to hear of the loss of your feline family member.


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