Here's Baci a couple of days ago, the last time she felt like looking out of the window. It was time to set her free this morning, and I made sure she went out like a queen: flowers, candles, sunshine. My most heartfelt thanks to Dr. Smith of Tacoma Cat Hospital for everything he did to make both our lives easier. And now - well, to stop crying, and to start figuring out what Elizabeth will do with all this fresh space for domination.
And, also, to offer a bit of this tribute Joachim du Bellay (1522-1560) wrote for his gray friend Belaud in "Epitaph for a Cat" . . .
Belaud was my favourite,
Belaud my companion quite,
In my room, at bed and board,
Closer friendship did afford
Than by any dog is lent.
He by night ne'er howling went,
Like those dreadful cats who wake
Sleepers and night hideous make.
Oh, my little Belaud! would
To heaven I had wit so good,
And a style of such high worth,
As to blaze thy merits forth;
Then, Belaud, I swear and vow,
That in verse as fine as thou,
You should live on earth, while cats
Wage unceasing war on rats.