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Dance On, Sweet Boy!

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 30 November 2014 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

♥ Dancer, I first saw you out in the field. You were chasing bugs in the morning sun, jumping and twisting in the air with such grace. You could almost fly! I saw you more and more through the summer and realized you were not playing, but you were catching bugs because you were starving. I'll always wonder how your story started, but now I know how it ended because you learned to trust me, and came to live with us for nine years.

You were so beautiful and graceful. I named you Dancer because Mikhail Baryshnikov was already taken, and just didn't seem right for a cat anyway. You were our gentle giant— long and tall, lean and athletic, even funny, but so sweet and patient with the other cats.

You are so missed, and left a hole in my heart. Dance on, sweet boy!

November 29, 2014

SONY DSC-F828 1/125 second F/4.0 ISO 64 38 mm

Focales from Entre Bretagne et montagnes, France

What beautiful green eyes !

30 Nov 2014 7:26am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What lovely words to more than balance the sadness . . 'dance on' indeed !!

30 Nov 2014 10:47am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks, Ronnie. I know you are a "cat guy".

Toscana from Baden, France

A great emotion reading your words. It has been an happy cat meeting you !

30 Nov 2014 11:04am

@Toscana: Thank you, Catherine.

Devi from Chennai, India

What a majestic pose...
I can sense your pain....

30 Nov 2014 3:30pm

@Devi: Thank you, Devi.

tataze from France

I Love cat, I Love this

30 Nov 2014 4:21pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Sorry for your loss, Barbara. Isn't it special that a cat can enter our peripheral vision, catch our eye, and stay in our life? You are a special Mom to animals, such as cats, and foxes... I know your good times outweigh the loss and he will be in your heart always. Thanks for sharing with us.

30 Nov 2014 5:12pm

@LauraS: Thanks, Laura.

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Barbara, I know how you feel and words can't help you ----- only time can do that.
I am thinking of you ---- just try to think of the good times ---- what a beautiful cat - keep him dancing in your mind. A hug Monika

30 Nov 2014 6:58pm

@Shiva: Thank you, Monika. He will be dancing in my mind for a long time.

simona from cluj, Romania

How focused the cat! Good focus on the eyes:)!

30 Nov 2014 7:27pm

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe chat!! amitiés

30 Nov 2014 8:07pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful cat and portrait ... so sorry to hear of you loss! Our pets hold special warm places in our hearts ... thinking of you!

30 Nov 2014 10:03pm

@RBL: Thanks, Ruthie.

cheff from rotterdam, Netherlands

beautiful story and picture!

30 Nov 2014 10:36pm

@cheff: Thank you.

omid from mashhad, Iran

so cute! :)
L O V E L Y !!!

30 Nov 2014 11:07pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

génial les yeux

1 Dec 2014 10:07am

franz from Baden, Austria

how sad to see a beloved pet go ...
what a beautiful tribute, though, both in words and picture !!!

1 Dec 2014 2:10pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Barbara... I'm really sorry for your loss... This is a moment to remember, never forget, those golden instants he gave you before leaving this strong world... I'd say cruel world for cats, always misunderstood. I could add he was lucky for having you near... but the truth is... dear Barbara, that you were lucky for having him near ! They know with who they choose to share a life, for sure. Good dance !!!

1 Dec 2014 3:42pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Oh, Barbara, what a loving tribute you wrote to your beloved Dancer/Mikhail Baryshnikov.
...and today he dances again on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. ♥

2 Dec 2014 3:21am

Sam from Chennai, India

So sorry for your loss. A great tribute.

2 Dec 2014 3:09pm

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