Wednesday, July 28, 2010

RIP Boo Radley

I was plowing through books during the summer of 1990, which was pretty typical behavior for me at that age. I had finished my summer reading list plus a few other casual books and found myself on vacation in North Carolina without anything to read. My mom went over to my grandparent's glass front book case that rattled every time you walked near it and pulled out her copy of To Kill A Mocking Bird. From that day forward I've loved Atticus, Scout, and Boo Radley.

My Boo Radley came into my life just after my father passed away in the summer of 1999. Kev thought having a kitten around would cheer up our gloomy home. In walked this sweet, spunky, bundle of joy that was so black she appeared face-less when she closed her eyes. Even her whiskers were black. It was our Siamese cat who gave Boo Radley her name. This sweet little peanut scared the pants off our tough little brown cookie. Eventually, they became best friends.

Yesterday, Boo and her BFF/sister, Sam, went out like they do every morning. Only when I came back to let them in, Boo was laying in the sun, not moving. It appears that the great Boo Radley may have been bitten by a snake, as there was no other trauma to her body. Her sister is no where to be found.

Boo Radley was fat and friendly. She loved everyone: dogs, foster dogs, strange neighborhood cats, foster cats, children who pulled her tail and chased her around the house, and of course her family. We lovingly called her "Donkey" from Shrek due to her swayed back, short legs and swinging belly. Not to mention her delightful personality. 

Boo could often be found sleeping with or on one of the dogs. And if a dog protested, she just gave them a little sideways glance and proceeded to nestle in where ever she liked. The funny thing is, every dog she cuddled with learned to love it. I think it was her exceptional purrrrr that relaxed even the most uptight pup.

Boo and Nomie, whom we lost in 2007, are together now. They were inseparable until Nomie's passing. I can only hope they are waiting for me.

Godspeed Boo Radley. We love you and miss you.

P.S. Please send good thoughts to send Sam home to us. Thank you!


Melissa said...

I'm so sorry Heather. I sent you a tweet, but I don't know if you see those. The loss of a pet is utterly heartbreaking. I'm sure you have read this poem before, but even so, it has always comforted me during the loss of a pet.

You are in my prayers today.



KF-in-Georgia said...

I'm sorry to hear about Boo. Thinking good thoughts for the safe return of Sam...

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

So sorry to hear about Boo. Sounds like she was a super cat. How startling to just find her in the backyard passed away :-).

Amanda said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, hoping Sam comes home soon!

houndstooth said...

Oh, I'm so very sorry! I hope Sam is back soon so you don't have to worry about her. I love the name Boo Radley for a cat!

pattysea said...

Oh, Heather, how awful!!!
Are snakes common in your area?
Find it and cut the head off the damn thing!!! Hopefully, Sam is just somewhere hiding and will be home soon.

TwinParks said...

I am so sorry to hear about Boo. If you need anything, please don't hesitate to call me!

IHateToast said...

Oh, H, I am so sorry. I've been behind and just now read this. I knew that you couldn't find Sam, but I missed out that you were hurting for Boo.

I'm sorry. Very sorry.