Montreal Times Pet of the Week – Meet Cooper and the Late Dinah
Montreal Times Pet of the Week – About eight years ago, Kathleen Murphy who lives in T.M.R., took in two kittens from the SPCA as part of their Foster Pet Program. Montreal Times Pet of the Week Dinah and her brother Cooper were just 8 weeks old at the time and the plan was to take care of them for a month until they were ready to be adopted. After the first day she couldn’t imagine ‘not having the pitter-patter of their paws scamper across the hardwood floors’ – and so became their ‘forever Mom’.
Unfortunately Dinah recently died, crossing over the ‘Rainbow Bridge’ after a very brief illness that necessitated the vet putting her down. Kathleen and Cooper both miss her, but together they have become a loving source of support for each other.
“When watching TV or reading,” Kathleen explained, “I’d stretch out on the couch and little Dinah would appear and rest her paw on my shoulder and stare at me, her way of giving a hug. Cooper reminds me of Dinah… I’m enjoying getting to spend more time with him, and if his constant paw on my shoulder is any indication, I believe it’s mutual!”
Dinah enjoyed playing hide and go seek with Cooper, willing to remain hidden in a box until he could find her. She also liked playing catch and floor hockey, when not lying on top of armoires and laptops – or on the sofa biting Kathleen’s hair.
“While Cooper is very serious and protective, Dinah was most affectionate and caring… one day I was feeling a bit sad, and Dinah brought her stuffed hedgehog to the foot of my bed as her ‘feel-better-soon gift’. This happened more than once.”
It was a bittersweet time when Dinah passed over.
“I had just 48 hours to get used to the idea that moments later she would be gone. On that day and for several days after I got emotional, more than I thought possible. There were my frequent yet silent tears, a couple of Facebook posts and thoughtful condolences from friends in response.”
Their time with Dinah was such a joy and although she is gone, she is far from forgotten. There are the memories, the photos and the company of each other.
“She was a delicate beauty, and petite, weighing only 10 pounds… the eternal kitten.”
And in both Kathleen and Cooper’s hearts, she will remain forever.