Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Beautiful Bodhi

Bodhi, our incredibly furry companion, has been the center of our life for 6 years.  On Monday of last week, she suddenly passed away.  Josh and I are so heart broken, and it's taken me several days to even believe that it's true.

I'm sorry for the fairly cryptic posting last week, but I honestly couldn't form the words to say what was going on.  She was so incredibly special to us, and our home is so sad without her.

Bodhi taught Josh and I how to be a family.  She taught us how to care for someone and love them so much that it consumes you.  She would fill our mind when we were traveling, and we were always so happy to be wrapped up with her.  I would like to share with you a little glimpse of our life with her, because it's good to remember, and there are so many wonderful things to look back upon.

Around Halloween in 2008, a tiny, 2 pound kitten appeared at the back door of our apartment.  We lived in a block of town houses that were home to many roaming cats, and I often fed and pet the neighborhood cats.  One afternoon, Josh got home and saw this weak, sick kitten stumbling around our back porch.  After a long while, he finally coaxed her into the house and found her food.  She was half starved and sick, and we immediately took her to the vet.  We were quickly informed that she was already 6 months old, yet she barely weighed 2 pounds.  The vet said if left outside, she would not make it long, so we decided to take her in.  She quickly stole our heart.

Because Bodhi had been feral for so long, she did not take well to being an inside cat.  Any time we opened a window, she would escape.  If left in for too long, she would lay by the door and cry at us.  Once she got big enough, we started letting her roam around the back yard area of our town house.  She never went far, and she always came back.  We didn't want to deny her what she wanted, which was freedom.

Bodhi was the most amazing companion.  She handled the move to two more houses like a champ, and she kept me company for months when we moved to Little Rock (Josh had work to finish up before moving down.)  She made our house a home.

In July, we expanded our home with Basil.  Bodhi took it better than I could have imagined.  They played and slept near each other, and our house felt full of love.  I never imagined when we got Basil that Bodhi wouldn't be around to teach her and comfort her and play with her.  It breaks my heart.

She was taken from us suddenly, but we have peace in knowing we had 6 amazing years with her and she lived an incredibly happy life.

I will miss you forever.


  1. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine what you're going through. Anyone who reads your blog knows how much she meant to you and how happy you made each other.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about Bodhi. I loved when you showed pictures of her, and I am so sad, she was really beautiful. I too lost a cat suddenly, and I am still sad, and I think about her daily. Sending warm thoughts your way.

    1. Thank you. It is still so sad. Thank you for the warm thoughts.

  3. Holding you and Josh in the light. Losing a pet is so, so difficult. Bodhi was an absolutely beautiful being.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. Time passes, and I feel ok, but then I will see a toy or a picture and lose it. She is so missed.

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