This post is a slightly different one. This week, I lost my best friend of 12 years, my dear cat, Charlie.
Due to his recent lack of appetite and energy, I had taken Charlie to the vet. We discovered Charlie had a huge mass in the liver, which had spread to other parts of his body. Several experts said there was no way to operate. So, with no chance at surgery and with Charlie, almost 16 years old, refusing to eat or drink, I had no chance but to let go and put Charlie to sleep.
<Charlie and me. Last Photo>
Friendship. Loosing Charlie, or any pet, is one of the hardest things in the world. It really breaks your heart to lose not only your pet, but really, your best friend.
Charlie had been with me for 12 years, seven apartments, four girlfriends, two countries and lots of good and bad times. He saw it all, and always showed me unconditional love. We have to appreciate that in our pets. They are really the best.
Television. About five years ago, in the beginning of2007, I went to work, and said goodbye to Charlie. I remember on that day he gave me the saddest look, as if he was saying: “dude, are you serious? Once again you are leaving me alone for so many hours?” I swear, he gave me the “Puss in Boots” look.
So I thought: something has to be done for this sweet cat. I turned on the stereo system, and played him some jazz music. He quickly ran away to hide under the table. Then I thought – well, what about the TV? I turned on the television and got some images off the Internet that I thought he might find interesting – birds, fish, squirrels. I clicked play on the VCR, and all of the sudden, Charlie arrived, got closer to the TV and stared; and stared; and stared some more; and wagged his tail; and looked happy. In this moment, I thought about what will later become “DOGTV”.
<a picture of Charlie on that special day>
Now, -5-and-a-half years after that day, and 12 years after embracing 4-year-old-Charlie from the cold streets of London, I am saying goodbye. Goodbye to my best friend, who was so much more than a cat. Trust me, this was one hard decision to make, but I know it was the right one and I hope you’re not suffering anymore.
Goodbye, Charlie. Rest in Peace.