Old Friends

two cats on picnic table
Namir and Cookie supervise the back yard from the vantage of their picnic table.

I’m remembering my Namir today, and our wonderful years-long friendship among him and Cookie and me, out in our back yard. Here they are, each keeping watch on our backyard wildlife habitat from their favorite spot and mine, the picnic table. When I think of being out there with the two of them, I think of this, or something like it.

Each of them would keep an eye on me and sidle off into the brush around the fences now and then, but most of the time they stayed with me even when they didn’t want to, and I could eat my lunch and work while they watched the goings-on that my feeble human senses could never perceive.

In 2005 he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy after a session of congestive heart failure and a stay in the emergency clinic and visit with the specialists. He was given at best six months to live, even with treatment and medication, but he said, “Ha!” and made best friends with his doctors and the emergency hospital staff and lived five more years with occasional visits to his buddies at the ER and more and more medication. Three years ago today was his last visit to the ER when they could finally not remove the fluid build-up or remove him from the oxygen cage without respiratory distress. This photo was taken three days before he died, and you can still see the area on his neck that had been shaved just two months before when, at another emergency visit, we knew his time was just about up.

But he lived as he wanted to up to the last minute. We spent time out on that picnic table when I brought him home from the emergency hospital that day so that he could be out in his back yard one last time while we waited for the veterinarian.

I still miss that goofball, but he left behind so much of himself in what I’m doing today that I remember him with fondness every time I open The Creative Cat. He came to my home and my life with Kelly, and was her soul mate, each of them sharing their fears and strengths from the moment they met. And of course he was a great friend to Cookie as they became my most recent feline garden sprites.

I wrote a remembrance of him on my website after he died, My Good Friend, Namir. I also post an article about him each year around his birthday, Not a Bad Deal on a Pre-owned Cat, and he inspired what I feel is one of my best articles, the first I wrote with the intent of what to do with this new blog, Perhaps the Storm is Finally Over.

In honor of his passing I am putting together a little story from the day this photo was taken, a wonderful day for the three of us. I can’t wait to share it.

And we haven’t hear—or seen—the last of him!

Read other rescue stories and stories of my cats featured here on The Creative Cat.

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9 thoughts on “Old Friends

  • July 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm
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    Lovely photo. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to look at our photos and remember.

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    • July 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm
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      Cynthia, it makes me so happy to see them together, even in a photo.

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  • July 2, 2012 at 6:35 am
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    Lovely post, and lovely photo. I can’t wait to read the story behind the photo.

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    • July 2, 2012 at 9:51 am
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      Ingrid, it was such a special time with the three of us, I remember it now like a fairy tale.

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  • July 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm
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    The title of this post and the photo remind me of an old Simon and Garfunkle tune “Old Friends/Bookends”.

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    • July 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm
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      Vicki, once again I’m busted quoting from old folk and classic rock.

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      • July 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm
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        Namir

        So beautiful.

        Reminds me very much of my beloved Sprite. Sprite was so special – curled up tail. He was so different – and so loving. Thank you for posting this beautiful article.

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        • July 11, 2012 at 9:08 am
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          Namir was a totally incredible cat, just completely connected with all living things. He had the build of an Abyssinian, and I called him my prince who’d been painted at birth.

          Hope you’re doing well.

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