Today I said good-bye to my childhood friend.
My family bought Tanner when I was seven years old, which means he passed on at the very old age of seventeen. He was an indoor/outdoor cat, so that's a pretty long lifespan! He grew up with me, from kid to adult, and was a part of many of my huge life events..
I'll never forget this cat.. he was always skittish and a little paranoid, but he was a wise old soul. He was very intuitive, and could sense peoples' emotions very well. During my teenage years, I suffered from a lot of depression and anxiety issues, and he was always a good little pillow to cry on, and I don't know... it's like he just knew what I was feeling.
He also loved belly rubs, as indicated by the photo!!
I took him out into the woods today and buried him in the snow, he absolutely loved being outside, and I know that's where he wanted to be. It was the hardest thing in the world to say good-bye and walk away, but I know his little kitty soul is running wild and free in the wilderness now. I'm very happy knowing that he died comfortably, and was taken care of very well by the people who loved the heck out of him.
Rest in peace, Tanner, I love you.