It is with great sadness that I tell you we said good-bye to one of our furry friends,
Hank. Hank was 13 years old in April of this year. He had been diagnosed with lymphoma two years ago and was being treated successfully for that; then a few weeks ago we found out that he also had pancreatic cancer. We kept him happy and comfortable as long as we could. He enjoyed all the special attention and treats in the last few days and liked the extra visitors and the extra TLC he received. Hank was a happy, quiet and private guy; with a big heart and a pretty big “personal space bubble”. His favorite Halloween costume was a dinosaur. He would walk around showing it off and only get upset when we had to take it off at the end of the day. Hank really came out of his shell once we moved to the new building in June of 2013. Dr. DuPont joked that it was because the color scheme matched his coat. Some said perhaps it was because there was more space. Whatever the reason we were happy that he was happy. The space he chose in this new building was the front desk, where he enjoyed nice long naps in his bed, and praises from clients. His coat was soft as bunny fur, and he had a deep, strong purr that would melt away all your troubles of the day. He loved his Mom, Dr. DuPont, and was grateful for the love, respect and wonderful life she gave him. Though Hank loved all of us he had a special relationship with one of our Technicians Cindy, and would accept “raspberries” on his belly from her. Hank was a great communicator. He talked with his eyes and the occasional lift of his head as if to say, “What’s up?” or “Yeah, that’s right, I’m talking to you.” As with most cats he knew what he wanted and if we had other ideas he would sometimes let us know his disagreement with a smack; but Hank was a lover not a fighter. He “purr-furred” to walk away rather than engage in fights with all of the other house cats here; and was one to just let things be as far as all of our friends in the hospital and kitty camp. The lunch table now that was another story. Hank enjoyed tuna, chicken and turkey; and would walk the lunch table to see who might have his favorite treat for lunch.
For your wonderful life, your beautiful soul, and all the love you shared we are grateful. We will miss you so……………………………………..
Purrs to All, Yours Truly,