Lily from Tetford

by Simon John Wood
(Tetford, Lincolnshire)

Lily on my desk, aged 5

Lily on my desk, aged 5

Lily was born on my birthday in 2002, in my house: one of four siblings, all of whom I kept, although her sister, Ginny, was killed on the road in 2004.

I still have her two brothers, Oscar and Tiffin, so they are 14 years, four months old.

Lily was so affectionate and would throw herself at people's feet to be stroked. You could stroke her belly and she would never scratch or bite.

She loved bags, and would hide inside carrier bags when she was young, and would always try to get into guitar cases, etc.

She would sleep on my bed and when I'd got up and gone downstairs, she would go under the quilt and sometimes spend the whole day sleeping there!

Lily was cleverer than her brothers, and straight away could use a food maze that Oscar and Tiffin never got the hang of.

Likewise, they had their dry food in tubes to cut down on gorging. They had to put their paws in and fetch the food out.

Lily did it straight away but the boys had to be trained. Tiffin took a couple of days and Oscar a week!

Lily was always thin and wiry and could leap several feet horizontally between my neighbor's sheds. One day I remember her running out of the cat flap and half-way up a tall eucalyptus tree!

She would often lie on my lap and if I wanted to get up I would whisper "I gotta go." At that she would usually miaow and jump straight off!

Being a primarily white cat, she developed a melanoma of the ear a couple of years ago, the tip of which was surgically removed. The cancer returned and she deteriorated rapidly over the last few weeks and had to be put to sleep today.

She was a wonderful companion and I will really miss her.

RIP Lily 27/3/2002 - 19/7/16.

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Jul 23, 2016
Rainbow Bridge
by: Judy Brown

My condolences--I have lost many furry friends over the years also. I know I will see them at the Rainbow Bridge--a crowd!!

Jul 23, 2016
lily
by: Anonymous

So sorry;I know you will always hold her in your heart;I am sure her brothers miss her too

Jul 22, 2016
R.I.P.
by: Brenda in DE

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your memories with us. She was a lovely soul.

Jul 20, 2016
so sorry
by: Judi

I am so sorry for your loss,I too lost my Tommy boy 2 years ago...so hard, they are our family but I now have sisters..Sophie and Cami...Love them so much XO

Jul 20, 2016
Lily
by: Anonymous

So sorry for your loss. RIP sweet Lily

Jul 20, 2016
Lily will live forever in your memory.
by: Anonymous

I am so deeply sorry for your heartbreaking and tremendous loss. My 4 rescue kitties are my children so I truly understand and beyond sympathize with your loss. I do believe it is only time that can console. It was so sweet of you to share the memory of her life with us. Thank you for that. Hopefully her brothers can be of comfort to you during this time. This kitty who I don't even know touched my heart through your story today. It is indeed true she will live forever this way. God bless you. P.s. of course you are not near ready, but I have found that there is always another life which needs saving and love. Perhaps Lily will find a way to send one your way after you have begun to heal.

Jul 20, 2016
of course you miss her!
by: Anonymous

I wonder if you are still catching glimpses of her - It's only been a few months since Alfie (the one-eyed pirate cat) died, and I still catch sight of him out of the corner of my eye. Also think I hear him in the house. I miss him so much! As you obviously miss your Lily. thank you for this story. Pam Allee in Portland, Oregon.

Jul 19, 2016
RIP Sweet Lily from Tetford
by: Shirley

I am so sorry for your loss; pets are such dear family members, filling ones heart with love, compassion, fun and play. I do hope wonderful memories and pictures give you comfort and smiles.

Jul 19, 2016
Thoughts of Lily
by: Nancy

I know the hurt to loose a furry friend. Remember all of the pleasant memories the two of you shared. So sorry for your loss.

Jul 19, 2016
RIP Sweet Lily from Tetford
by: EugeniaRita Condos

Lily from Tetford is a beautiful girl and passed over the Rainbow Bridge way too soon. Fourteen years old for a cat is only middle aged and can live up to their late teens. Reading about her personality I can understand how much she was loved and appreciated by her human. She was definitely a special girl. RIP sweet angel Lily from Tetford and run with the other kitty angels. Your family will always remember you with fondness and precious memories. Your two brothers will miss you and try to make up for you being gone but won't accomplish that because there is only one Lily from Tetford. But you gotta give them credit for trying because being her brothers they are sweet like her. RIP beautiful angel.....Rita Condos won't forget you either.

Jul 19, 2016
Lily
by: Anonymous

So sorry, RIP Lily

Jul 19, 2016
Lily
by: Anonymous

R.I.P. Sweet Lily.

Jul 19, 2016
I'm sorry for your loss.
by: Kurt (Admin)

RIP Lily.

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