The Love of My Life
The beginning of Pegasus’ story is already chronicled here: http://www.catscraftsandlaughs.com/cassiopeia/, so I won’t repeat it. I can say I have never loved anyone or anything, before or since, as much as I loved him. It was three years last week since he passed, and tears still well in my eyes when I think of him. Telling his story and influence on my life took a three day “mental health” weekend in Idyllwild a month after he died. During that, I poured 67 single-spaced typewritten pages, including photographs, of memories, laughs, and love , into a Word document. We had left the vet 75 minutes before, with a plan to restart some meds. While visiting some friends, he began gasping for air. I rushed him home, tried performing CPR on him on my sofa while frantically calling veterinarians, only to have him die. A necroscopy revealed he had died of a pulmonary embolism. It was, no contest, the worst day of my life.
Sometime, when tears no longer fill my eyes, I will tell the zillions of funny stories of this cat and how he filled my heart with a joy and love I didn’t know existed. He was the third of my cats, and named for the constellation Pegasus. A star in Pegasus and a star in Cassiopeia are used to find the Andromeda galaxy, for which Andromeda (http://www.catscraftsandlaughs.com/about-cats/) was named. I thought it fitting to name him something related to the first cat, Andromeda, since she is the one who started it all.
For now, I will tell his story in pictures. Someday I will write an entire book. Perhaps you can see all the love and laughter in them.