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A Sad Day

January 17, 2014

It is with a sad heart that I have to announce that our kitten, Dorian, succumbed today to his illness. The diagnosis ended up being Feline Infectious Peritonitis brought on by the Coronavirus. There was nothing we could do and the virus had just worked its way into his nervous system, so we said our goodbyes and let him go. He went peacefully with us by his side, petting him and telling him we loved him. Thursday, we will go collect his ashes and bring him home a final time.
Our hearts are broken, to say the least.
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.


The last photo I took with Dorian, taken November 2013
May 2012 – January 2014


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  1. Cristian Segura permalink
    January 17, 2014 4:42 pm

    I’m so sorry, Mrs. Armstrong. May he rest in peace.

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