Rest in peace, Tuna

Oh man – it’s so hard to write this…

On Saturday, March 13th, 2021 at 10:30am, our little furry friend of 11 years passed away.

Tuna (which was the name Zuleikha gave her) chose us as her family, not vice versa. She must have “belonged” to someone else before since she had a flea collar when in July of 2010 I took the first photo of her sitting on our fence like this:

A cat with no name (yet), Mörfelden-Walldorf 2010

About three months later she came in, ate, slept, and stayed pretty much forever. Until that Saturday 2 weeks ago.

I have countless photos and also some videos of her, some of which are in an album on Flickr, so go there if you want to see them. For here, and for now, I’ll only show you our “Easter Greeting” photo from last year:

Easter greetings to all cats and humans, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

And the one which is still my background wallpaper on this Debian Linux machine on which I’m currently typing this, and also the company’s work notebook which runs Red Hat Linux. It’s Tuna on a hot day on our veranda, taken with my 25mm lens wide open:

Tuna enjoying 28 degrees, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

We buried her last Wednesday at an animal cemetery in Frankfurt Rödelheim, which is the closest to us with a distance of about 20km.

I’ll add a photo of the grave when it has a surrounding like the others.

Don’t know what else to say except that I’m deeply grateful for the 11 wonderful years that she’s spent with us. Thank you my little friend, and rest in peace…

2 Replies to “Rest in peace, Tuna”

  1. Some years ago a very beautiful cat frequently came to our house, she was quite similar to Tuna, but extremely shy. We called her Olga, gave her to eat sometimes and a warm cabin on our terrace in cold winters. She could not be touched, much less caught and did not come any closer than three meters but bore young, rather wild kitten in our garden shed. We could always find some people to host one or two of them fortunately. But one day she sadly did not show up anymore. A nearby farmer then gave as a red male young cat „Joschi“ and although I did not think of having a domestic animal earlier I now enjoy his presence greatly. Human DNA is not so much different from a cat´s in fact. I can feel with you and your loss, great you gave Tuna a worthy farewell. Thanks for all the beautiful photos, best wishes to you and your family from a long term reader, Helmut.

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