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Goodbye, old friend: Crash is called home

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Crash, the cat, has died.

My feline best friend left this earth July 24.

Kristen Tribe

Kristen Tribe

You may recall first meeting him in a February column, described as a cat “who despite all odds, keeps on keepin’ on.” The odds, as it turns out, were not in his favor this summer. The extreme heat and humidity proved too taxing for him.

Crash, 17, died of old age.

There are no plans for a funeral as his body has not been recovered. On his last day, he drug himself, tired and dehydrated, from the barn to our backyard to bid us farewell. I spent time talking to him and petting him before he made his way to the back porch.

In the morning, he was gone.

I knew in my gut that conversation would be our last, but it was tough to admit at the time. I think that’s why he wandered off to die. He knew it’d be hard on me to find him … sweet old thing.

Crash lived a life of adventure. He was orphaned shortly after birth, resulting in a near-death experience. After a remarkable comeback, he made the most of every day. He climbed trees, hunted a variety of critters and fought off stray cats who tried to invade the homefront.

Crash was not coddled, spoiled or doted on. He was a cat of the great outdoors.

He liked to jump in my lap for an evening of porch sittin’, keep us company poolside or hang out under my feet as I worked in flower beds.

Crash was preceded in death by a pesky rooster, Norbert; and Goliath, his canine best friend.

The old guy is survived by three other dogs, Sally, Bo and Violet, all of whom respected him as the eldest Tribe pet; two goats, Chewbacca and Mike Honcho, who kept him company in his final days convalescing in the barn; and of course, me, my husband, and the two teen Tribes, who created a playlist for his memorial service.

I’m convinced good cats are few and far between, but he was one of the best.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wise County Animal Shelter.

Rest in peace, my friend.

Kristen Tribe is editor of the Messenger.

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