Determined? Yes. Sad? Absolutely.
He became the darling of the cul-de-sac, working his way around to all the houses, ingratiating himself with all the neighbors. As the years went by and the Haws children grew older with more and more activities away from home, Elmo found the extra attention he needed at the house on the corner. This is where Mark and Audrey live. He loved Mark and Audrey. And they loved him.
It has been an honor to share ownership of Elmo with them. I think they bought yummier food for Elmo than I did, because he soon showed no interest in the food I offered. Just as well. I think they made sure he had fresh water more often than I did too. It all worked out though. As the mother of four, I spent most of my time concerned with the welfare of my children, and Mark and Audrey treated Elmo like he was their child, and he really liked the "only child" treatment. Who could blame him?
Early this morning, after a weekend of careful and extensive medical care, Elmo passed away quietly and peacefully in Mark's arms, the place where he felt undeniable affection.
I can't imagine a finer life for a cat. He began his life in the hustle bustle home of young children. He spent his later years in the quiet and gentle care of very doting "parents". His body will be tenderly placed beneath the soil of Granite Court, where he spent many happy years, where he was watched and cared for, where he wandered and explored and said hello to all the neighbors.