Today we have a very special post. It came to us through our Facebook and it gives us a glimpse into the life of Houdini the cat. As you know, we at Berkeley Humane love hearing from everyone who has adopted one of our animals, but we have a special place in our hearts for people who send us an update after a long time has passed. Today's post is one of those long term adoption stories: Houdini was adopted more than 15 years ago.
As it is, with cats and dogs alike, they do not live forever. And when you adopt a cat and live with it for 15 years, there may come a time you have to say goodbye. That, too, we get in this post. This is what Houdini's adopter wrote us:
"We adopted our cat "Houdini" (she was called Penny at your shelter and she was about 3 years old at the time - she had been at the shelter for over 3 months being chosen over for the kitties I guess). But when we saw her we knew she was the one. She lived for another 15 years (and maybe a tad more - we lost track) with us and sadly last week her health declined rather rapidly and we had to put her down with the support of the Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital / Special Veterinary Services
The moon will rise, the sun will set
And you my friend, I will never forget"
We will not forget Houdini either, Hilary. Thank you for choosing her that day in the adoption center and for giving her a life full of love and warmth and contentment. And thank you for letting us know how she fared for all those years. We're sure she must have loved living with you.
Losing a pet can be very hard. Pets are often some of the least judgemental and most loving presences in our life, and when those fall away, it can come as a big blow. This is why Berkeley Humane offers a support group for people who have lost a pet. You can read a bit more about it on our website.