Cyndi: We want to thank all of you who have left a message regarding Rusty - on our blog, on Facebook or in an email. We appreciate each one. We want to respond but haven't accomplished much this last week.
Percy: Last week we posted that Rusty left us on Wednesday. (Farewell Rusty) Two days short of a year since Buddy passed and three days short of three months since we lost Merci, and later we realized it was almost to the day when Rusty came to live with us twelve years ago.
Cyndi: His death has sobered things up around here. The other day devoted enemies Percy and Micah met at the kibble bowl and touched noses instead of trying to kill each other.
Percy: It has sent Marcus deeper into separation anxiety. We're not sure if he's afraid he is going to disappear next or if Jan will, but he is not just "under her feet" and tripping her any more, he is actually under her feet and walking under her feet. When she sits down, he crawls between the chair and her feet and when she walks she can't always avoid stepping on his paws.. He will not go outside by himself and Jan has to go with him.
Cyndi: I can't blame him. He will turn 5 years old in November. In the past 3 1/2 years of his life, five of our crew have left - Cameron, Sam, Buddy, Merci and Rusty. He wasn't around for the other past members.
Percy: That's what happens when nearly all the crew grows old at the same time. It means extra work for Jan. You and I are the last of the old timers and we've slowed down. Oh, and Jan. She's an old timer too.
Cyndi: I hope if something happens to Jan, we won't be expected to bury her. She couldn't even make a dent in the dry ground and she has opposing thumbs to handle the tools. Mr. Doug offered to take care of the burial (THANK YOU, Mr. Doug!) and Rusty now rests near Merci.
Mom Ingrid, Pipo & Dalton.
Percy: The Eastside Cats honored him with a post. (https://eastsidecats.blogspot.com/2018/09/farewell-angel-rusty.html)
Cyndi: As did Loulou. (https://www.livingwithloulou.com/adieu-rusty/)
Percy: Thank you, dear friends. We'll return soon.
Cyndi: I hear Jan trying to coax Marcus outside again. Let's go watch the show.
Percy: No, I'll pass. I hate re-runs.