Goodbye, Serena!

Serena Picnic Table River JunctionHello and welcome to the blog.  It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must pass along this news.  Kitty Serena died this morning after an overnight crisis, likely from the complications of aging kidneys.  She will be so missed!

Serena Matilda Harris (16.5 years old) was born in Cedar Rapids.  She was a present for my 33rd birthday.  We first met at Pet’s Playhouse – a favorite pet store.  My roommate and I had paused to pet her and she suddenly leaped from her cage, sinking razor sharp claws into my shoulder.  After returning her to the “cell”, she quickly jumped out again… determined to spend the rest of her life with me.  And a long, happy life it was.

Serena_DashboardThe other day I started adding up the number of trout streams Serena visited and realized she’s been fishing with me at nineteen different streams and two rivers, spanning many counties and four states.  She was a well-traveled cat.  Always eager to explore, she has gone ahead of me this time… and if there is an after life for cats, she’s already checking things out.

Serena LeavesNext week Jesse and I will be traveling to northeast Iowa to a favorite spot where Serena loved to camp.  I am going to hike to a remote area and plant a glass cross.  It had been leftover from one of Mom’s funeral flowers and has ridden in the van for nearly the entire time we’ve camped.  This will be a special place where my little kitty can remembered.  As for Serena’s body, it will be cremated, stored in an urn, and she will ride in the van.  A special collage jigsaw puzzle featuring different pictures of her life is being created and I’m sending a copy to her “Uncle” Johnnie Dill of Muscatine.  He took the loss as hard as I.

Serena flowersI wish to thank Dr. Brian Darrow at the Anamosa Vet Clinic for helping try to save this little doll and for giving me a couple of extra weeks to say goodbye.  I treasured every moment with her and right up to the end, she knew me.  But her sudden overnight decline was irreversible and making her suffer was not an option.  She was one heck of a cat.

Rest in peace my “Pretty Princess”.

Thank you for following the blog and please continue to accompany my new “First Officer” Jesse James and I.  He’s got a lot of days of camping ahead of him and I think he’ll do a fine job.  We know how much he loves fish already.  He and Serena were inseperable.  At least Jesse and I have that in common.

Take care.

Bradford and Jesse James
Jones County, Iowa.