When I decided to take a summer break, I originally planned to take this week off as well, but then I would miss honoring Emeril and knew I had to come back now. Today, three years ago, I lost Emeril Wolfgang who was the most handsome cat in the world and my kitty soulmate. I thought the sun rose and set on him and still do.
My heart still aches a bit when I think of him, but I try to refocus my thoughts on all my many, many good memories of him. While I’ve always had cats, they were barn cats, not the kind of cat who curled up next to me while I read. Or woke me up with urgent meows to be fed at 6:00 AM.
I always called him the most handsome cat in the world because he was and he knew it. I would tell him how handsome he was and I swear he preened. He was an incorrigible flirt. Wherever we went — the vet, my parent’s house, anywhere — he used his good looks to wrap everyone under his paw. He would rub against their legs and they (minus my Dad) would automatically give him a few pets. They couldn’t help but notice and comment on how silky soft his fur was. Emeril took great pride in his appearance.
He was a shockingly well-indulged cat who had basic needs: 3 meals a day, a bedtime treat and pets on demand. He declared himself ruler of the house and lived a very good and happy life. While his last few months were tough (he had been diagnosed with kidney disease), he lived with dignity, even when he endured Sub-Q fluids and being fed with a syringe. We won’t mention the number of enemas he had, but I’d like to point out he wasn’t constipated when he went to the Rainbow Bridge and joined Mo and Tubbs.
I loved dressing him up for Halloween. He was less enthused. 🙂
Last year I posted the image below to celebrate Emeril and it has been one of my most popular pins. Everyone can relate to Grief. It is the great equalizer and affects everyone at some point in their life. It has been three years since I lost Emeril, but my love for the most handsome cat in the world will never cease.
I always like to include a song that reminds me of Emeril and how I’m feeling about him. As soon as I heard this song, See You Again by Wiz Khalifa, I knew it was the one. There are many times I can’t wait to tell Emeril all about it … and I will when I see him again.
I love you Emeril. Until I see you again …