Harmony 1995-2013

Harmony in the hammockHarmony would have been 18 years old this month.  He led a very good, long and quite adventurous life for a cat.  Not only did he live in many places throughout California, he also became international last year when we moved to Costa Rica.  Not many pets can say they’ve lived abroad.  But none of that makes it any easier that I had to let him go this past weekend.

After my second trip to Costa Rica in 2007, I returned home knowing that I would move there someday.  And every trip thereafter (there were 8 more before I moved), I would tell Harmony before leaving…Someday, we are going to go there together and you will see why I love it so much.

Harmony’s adventures here on the Rich Coast were new and interesting for him.  Lots of different, colorful birds and of course all the new animals…monkeys, iguanas and geckos that would run around the house.  Only once did he try to go after one.

But while he was still intrigued by his surroundings, his quality of life was diminishing.  He was having a difficult time getting around the house, even just lifting his head up from a resting position was slower and appeared more challenging.  And in the last 7-10 days, he pretty much stopped eating.  I tried giving him different food but the only thing he’d eat were a few treats and pieces of tuna fish.  That definitely isn’t enough to sustain him for very long.  I weighed him last week and he was at 7.8 pounds, far from the healthy 12 that he was a few years ago.

And honestly, that sweet little spark had left his eyes.

So on Saturday morning, his vet came to put him to sleep.  And from there, two of my neighbors came over and we went to bury him in a very special place where there are many other “framily” pets who were so very loved as well.  He’s buried in between two large roots of a gigantic pochote tree.  At some point, I’m not really sure when, the tree will bloom with flowers.  For now, he’s surrounded by red hibiscus flowers.

Harmony's pochote tree

After, I spent the day with friends at Lola’s Restaurant in Avellanas.  We celebrated Harmony, toasting him with Mojitos and later in the afternoon, Bret, one of the massage therapists at the Lola’s Spa, gave me a wonderful massage just before we left.

Now begins a new chapter in my life.  I don’t know if or when I’ll adopt new cats.  For now, I just want to cherish the sweetness and love that Harmony brought into my life for all these years.

Pura vida…Chrissy