February 3rd 2013 11:32 am
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Thank you for your appreciation of Buddha and his diary, and for honoring him with a DDP two days in a row now. In fact as I first saw Buddha's diary was a DDP for today, I refreshed the page just to make sure my browser was loading the current page. While I'm surprised, amazed, and thrilled that he got a DDP two days in a row now, Buddha himself is taking his cue from Uno in remaining grounded and not letting his fame go to his head. Buddha's laying here beside me and Uno walked up to him, touched noses with him then turned her head to the side and Buddha obligingly washed her behind the ears. Even after his amazing achievement of being a DDP two days in a row, he doesn't even want a day off from his self-imposed duties of groomer/ear washer, comforter, and friend to all.
There is another self-imposed duty Buddha does that I haven't mentioned yet. Whenever I've had an elderly cat declining and getting close to passing, Buddha senses it just as I do and he will stay near that ca, gently wash his or hear head and ears, and comfort him or her. If the cat is caged, he will lay on top of the cage until I open the cage door and bring the cat out to care for him or her. Another thing that happens when the cat gets close to passing is the other cats will come in one by one and visit with him or her, as if they know he or she is getting ready to pass and are coming to say their goodbyes and pay their respects. Most of my elderly cats have passed while lying in a soft towel in my arms or on my lap as I stroked them gently, with Buddha sitting at their side.
I feel that although I couldn't make them live forever, its only right that I stay with them when they get ready to pass so at least at the end I was with them and they were warm, comfortable, and in my arms or on my lap being stroked and soothed and knowing they were loved when they passed. With the few cats that have had to be euthanized over the years, such as my multiple Grand Champion Siamese who had to be euthanized at only 6 for very aggressive breast cancer, I always stay with the cat and pet and stroke her. Over the years I've had a few cats such as Hallie, who went off alone and passed suddenly and unexpectedly without giving any sign that the end is near and I always wished somehow I could have known they were going to pass so I could have been with them at their passing too.
May Buddha have many more years of earthly life to continue living up to his name in his most unique exceptional ways.
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Sounds like Budah lives up to his name!
Namaste, Buddha! (bowing low with paws before her)
Congrats on your DOTD!
Congratulations on having THE Diary of the Day today -- the big one!! I'm glad the pictures are showing now, since you're featured on the Community page today, Buddha! Have a great day!