Our cat Neko passed away last Saturday May 18,at 4:30 p.m. and his human friends Carolyn and John are still grieving. He was with us since April 20,1998.Our art studio is in our home so we were with him almost every day for fifteen years.I think we said his name at least 20 times a day. All that he wanted from us was to be fed and loved and he especially got love. Carolyn and Neko bounded early, during their travels to cat shows, where Neko ,as a young cat,won many ribbons. After several years of showing he decided he was done with being at cat shows. He had a special relationship with Carolyn,as you can see in the photos above. He was on her lap whenever she sat down and was he completely relaxed. He could be demanding at times by getting on our kitchen counter,while we were watching television, and knocking objects on the floor, to tell us to look at him and feed him. But he always gave back more than he demanded, by letting us know that he wanted to be with us.
Neko was our ambassador of good will by greeting visitors when they came to our door. He loved being around humans and was not fearful of strangers.
Whenever our grandchildren came to visit us, and sometimes spend the night, Neko wanted to be there. He was cautious but tolerant when he was picked up by the grandchildren. When the grandchildren spent the night with us he wanted to be there in the middle of story time ,before the children went to bed. I’m disappointed there are not more photos of Neko with all the eight grandchildren.
The next Neko blog post will be about his cat friends,especially his sister Yukia.