Over the past few years, he has struggled a lot with his health. He had an emergency treatment for a heart condition, and was hospitalized several times. There were many times that we thought it was the end, when he miraculously bounced back. But recently when he couldn't stand up on his own four feet anymore, we decided it was time.
We brought him to the boys so that they could say goodbye. Little boy voices saying, "We love you Claude. You're a great cat, Claude" tugged at my heartstrings.
Even in his weakened state, Claude purred loudly as the boys pet him one last time, and shared their love with him.
Claude now rests comfortably in the shade of the walnut tree, next to our siamese Boukie, our dog basenji/whippet cross Cameron, and our golden retriever Monty. We thank Claude for all of the joy he brought our family. He was a cat with no equal and will be greatly missed.
I will be taking Monday off from blogging, as the boys and I have an excursion planned. See you on Tuesday!