Chessie, 1999-2014

My beautiful picture

It is with sadness I write of the death of Chessie, our cat for the last 15 years.  Yesterday we decided to put him to sleep as he was suffering a serious heart condition. To look at Chessie you would never know.  He never complained.

I am told  15 is a good life for any cat or dog, but it doesn’t make it  easier.  Chessie was a Buddha amongst cats and was dearly beloved here.  He was a tiny, beautiful kitten that an older couple across the street took in, but then gave away to a little girl up the street.  I remember seeing Chessie sitting on their porch, this gorgeous, pumpkin headed kitten, and then when the little girl took him home.  He came back around 7 months later, probably  because he was obviously a tomcat, and he lay down at our feet in our front garden and never left.  He liked to go on road trips as we walked around the neighborhood.  He was more like a dog than a cat, but I don’t hold that against him.

Chessie had the most beautiful markings and eyes.  Big. aqua-green eyes, that were ringed with kohl.  He would sit in the middle of the street and vocalize at the mockingbirds on the wires above him.  It’s amazing he made it to 15.

He died Alpha cat here, but he never cared about status.  Just attention, belly rubs and plenty of love did it for him.

We brought him home and buried him in the rose garden by the east side of the house.  A pot of salmon colored geraniums and a few bulbs of purple alums will mark his grave.

Lady Nyo

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6 Responses to “Chessie, 1999-2014”

  1. czbz Says:

    Oh, so sorry! What a darling photo…truly a beautiful cat. It’s so hard when pets pass away. Sending some comfort and love today, CZ


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Sweetie. He was so beautiful…but his personality was even more so.

    Thank you for the love and comfort. A blessing.
    Love, Jane


  3. Nick Nicholson Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Chessie’s passing. You’ve written a lovely tribute to him, Jane. I know he won’t be forgotten.


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Nick. I still can’t believe he’s gone. I miss him. He was major family.

    Love, Jane


  5. TR Says:

    He’s beautiful. Hugs. xxTR


  6. ladynyo Says:

    Isn’t he? He lived a long life, but not long enough for us.



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