Hope Bridgewater photo
Ivory and Ebony are both gone now. Ivory died recently from pancreatic cancer while Ebony was struck by a car along Highway 4 in Wentworth.
HL: Mourning the loss to two cats
By Hope Bridgewater
For The Citizen-Record
Another pet tragedy in Wentworth.
Two pet cats, Ivory and Ebony, bonded together as they grew up. At times, they chased one another for fun, teased each other with different kinds of cat games, and rested near one another.
Other times, they went off alone to separate places. However, they always showed they were aware of each one's presence.
Previously, I wrote a column telling of Ivory's death from an illness (pancreatic cancer) and about the pain and grief felt when a loved pet dies. It began with theses words. “Dear Ivory died a week ago/ I miss her each passing day...”
Now Ebony has died as he searched for his friend Ivory.
He began searching the house as if to say, “Where has Ivory gone? Is she just teasing me again?”
I live down a long lane and the cats went outside seldom, but at times when I watched them. They did not go beyond the crossway and there was a large field beyond the crossway which went as far as the road.
They only scouted their territory between the crossway and the house.
Ebony when outside also looked around for Ivory and, although he had come back for two days when I called him, I thought it best to start keeping him in the house.
Then, on the third day he managed to get outside and did not come back when I called him, and he did not come back that same night. It was only a week and a half since Ivory died and was buried in the front yard.
Then another day and night passed without him. A neighbour told me they had seen a black cat near their house. We drove along the road and did not see him.
I prepared a notice about a missing black cat and only when I went to post it, a neighbour called to say Ebony had been found dead in a ditch next to the Highway 4 as he hunted to find his friend Ivory. He had obviously been hit by a car.
I was in agony with such a sudden death. I finally decided to write a poem about Ebony in his memory to help heal my grief. Loosing two pet cats within a week and a half had more pain that I could hardly bear.
Ebony, big, black and beautiful
Loving, caring, playful, joyful
Seeking Ivory, now dead and gone
Missing her makes him forlorn.
Companion cats who lived together
Chasing and playing whatever the weather.
He needs to find her without delay
And looks for her each passing day.
Not in the house? In the grass outside?
Further on the cat will stride
To death itself by a speeding car
While searching for his armoire.”
Once again I was grateful for the sympathy shown to me by staff at the Truro Veterinary Hospital From Kerry, Colette, Lenza, Gwen, Cecilia, and two names not legible.
Here are their remarks: “So sorry to hear about Ebony's passing. Thinking of you and Greg.” “Thinking of you both. Remember the good times with Ebony. So sorry for your loss.” “So very sorry to hear about Ebony. Take care.” “ So very sorry about your loss of Ebony. Thinking of you and your family. Take care.” “So sorry for your loss, may Ebony and Ivory find each other and know they are happy with your favourite treats and toys. Take care.” Thinking of you at this sad time.” “Hope & Greg, I am so sorry to hear of Ebony's death. I know he felt your love every day. His life was well lived.”