Our cat, Saphie, breathed her last breath this morning just after midnight. Here is a photographic tribute to her. The images are nearly all taken from scanned photographs out of my album so their quality is a bit rough. However, we are starting from 1998, long before I started to use digital photography.
Early 1998. Saphie was around five months old when we chose her from Perth’s cat shelter. We had only had her for a day or two when I took this photo of her with Emily.
Lucy and Saphie watched a lot of tv together. Lucy was just four at this time.
1998 or 1999, Saphie and Alicia.
Lucy always got hayfever from our cat but this fact never stopped them from sitting together.
2000. Lucy wearing my old Polish costume from 1970. Saphie often turned up for photo sessions.
2001. Emily studying her music – with cat.
Saphie enjoyed sitting in odd places and on odd things.
Lucy’s toybox full of what we called ‘the soft toys’. Can you spot the breathing soft toy?
Now it is 2003. Lucy loves Gameboy; Pokemon and Puss.
Meanwhile, Matthew doesn’t like cats. He used to say NONE CATS NONE DOGS when the girls asked for a pet. But somehow, Saphie got round him!
Honestly, the places she turned up! In the towels – tut, tut!
We decided to put her very own towel in this container. She approved.
Whether reading a newspaper, working at the computer or doing a puzzle, Saphie would plonk herself right in the middle.
Christmas 2009. Naughty cat!!!
This was Saphie’s spot right next to my computer.
2013. Once again, Saphie shows how she likes to be the centre of any game and the centre of attention.
Saphie would sit on top of my coloured pencils. Once or twice she knocked the whole lot onto the floor. You should have heard me!!
Saphie always wanted to sit on a knee – especially if it was cold. I would get uncomfortable trying to balance her while I drew but for some reason I always let her stay.
Saphie enjoyed a long life of being continually ‘smushed’ (spoiled) by all of us. In the last few months she began to fade. Last night she had a crisis so we rushed her off to the emergency vet. We held her and stroked her while the vet administered the barbituate which put her to sleep. Saphie purred right to the very end. It was the most peaceful and perfect death one could ever imagine. As we always said “What a clever cat!”
ps we bought Saphie from Cat Haven in Shenton Park, Perth. It is a shelter for unwanted cats and kittens and is a wonderful place to choose a cat from.