RIP Bonbon

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Biscuit and Bon Bon
Bonbon – just a few months old

Well that was a total shock!
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I was doing this-and-that at home, I’d dropped Ann off at the Station (as she was out all day) and then I washed the Jaguar. So far, so normal!

Ahh! We'll take her!
Who could resist her?

We were due to be out in the evening, so at around 4pm, I thought I’d get the cats in from their favourite place – the garden – and then I’d get changed. Biscuit was already indoors but strangely, I couldn’t see Bonbon. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I could see that she was asleep on the top deck of the garden, stretched out, as she normally does, soaking up the warm sun.

A Cuty!

Except that she wasn’t!
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I have no idea when it happened, but she had clearly passed away. Her eyes were wide open (apparently cats die with their ‘peepers’ still on-duty) and her body was still warm. It took me a while to process the information as I still couldn’t believe what I’d seen. I called the Vet who offered to examine her, and so I took her there for the very last time.

Bonbon At 7
Bonbon at 7

My guess was that it was going to be kidney failure (happens a lot with Persians at that age), or something related to her recent Coronavirus illness, but at this early stage, it was all guess-work. The Vets were lovely, so much sympathy and compassion – just what I needed! We agreed for a post-mortem to be carried out, just to determine what had happened as I was still having trouble believing that it was all over for her so quickly.

Bonbon at 12
Bonbon at 12 (her final year)

After we returned from the restaurant later in the evening, there was a message on the home phone. It was Peter, from the Vets, and they carried out the post-mortem as requested. What he told me, was a total surprise. Apparently, Bonbon had suffered a heart-attack – and no other organs showed any sign of a problem. The attack was brought on by a thickening, over time, of the left wall of her heart. That, in the end, meant that the heart couldn’t work properly and she simply ‘ran out of puff’ as her heart slowly failed.

Yeesh! At least, we’re told, that her end would have been mercifully quick, and she wouldn’t have suffered too much, I took comfort in the fact that I didn’t see her have the actual attack – as that would have been just too much!

Bye-bye Bonbon. We loved you for many years and you gave us so much more love back in return.
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Pedigree - Bonbon

Pedigree Name: ‘Villiers Silver Bom Bom’
Our name: Bonbon

Born: 10 March 2005
Died: 10 August 2017
Lived for: 4537 days
12 years, 5 months, 1 day

Update: Saturday, August 19, 2017

We picked up her Ashes today…


To the Moon and Back!

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Edward Moon - Stratford

Time for my three-monthly catch-up with Ian and Mags tonight. As a bonus, our two Anns came along too! That’s a first! We had a torturous journey there with a massive tailback on the M6 (which we cleverly avoided by using the ‘country route’) together with the mother-of-all-jams queuing to get into Stratford (which we didn’t!)

Restaurant of choice (eventually) this time was Edward Moon in Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. I didn’t think we’d been here before, but we had – back in September 2015, where I’d commented on the (great) quality of their pies!

The place was reasonably full when we got there at 7 (always a good sign!) and we were soon seated and studying the extensive menu. Whilst others were imaginative, I settled for the predictability of the Pie (‘Steak and Ale’ this time round) preceded by the Thai Fish Cakes (very spicy – just how I like ‘em!)

As usual, we all chosen wisely in terms of the venue – and our food choices didn’t disappoint either: we all had something different, and I bet that kept Chef on his toes!!

Next event in around three months’ time will be our Christmas ‘do’.