It has been a very sad week for our family as my mother's cat Nutmeg passed away on Thursday night. She was 12 years old and so had become a big part of our family life. My children will especially miss her as they spend as much time in my mother's house as in ours and Nutmeg has been around them from the time that they were born. Beforehand with my son because she loved to sit on my belly and purr gently when I was pregnant. She was the most gentle, affectionate and friendly cat that I have ever known. She spent her days on the garden wall saying hello to all the passers-by with her funny little purr-meow that she always did when she saw a friend, of which she had many. There was no child, teenager nor adult that passed our house without stopping to cuddle her or pet her on the head. And the funniest of all to see was a big Husky that refused to pass by the house unless he saw her. Not to chase her or bark at her but just to have a 'kiss' from her where she would rub her head on his face and neck and lick his nose!
Telling my kids was heart-breaking. They screamed and cried for a very long time. We kept them away while my mother buried her under the cherry blossom in the back garden. But yesterday morning we went and bought a beautiful pink rose together and planted it to mark her grave. A very sad, sad day.
Goodbye Nutmeg. You brought a lot of love into our lives. Thank you. We will all miss you a lot.