By now all you faithful readers know Lara, my best feline friend.
Lara kept the neighboring monastery free of mice, snakes, and rodents.
Last week we think a snake bit her.
Now beloved Lara is dead.
For at least 8 (some say 11) years she did her job well, living free outdoors, bearing the snows of winter and the heat of summer.
Here on the stairs she had a brief hissy fit with daughter Shachar.
But mostly they were kind to one another, like here, sharing a plate of leftovers in the February wetness.
She was beautiful and intelligent and affectionate to the few humans that she knew and trusted.
She enjoyed having me swing her back and forth, side to side, around and around.
"Hoy-dash, hoy-dash ..."
And now dear Lara is on the shining path to Cat Heaven, if there really is one.
Thank you for your friendship and love, my friend, and for your long service.
"Well done, good and faithful servant."
In her final days she was tended by a gentle hermit priest monk, and he buried Lara in his garden.
Rest in peace, old girl.
We will miss you.
(Linking to Camera Critters)