Sarah Riley Kristel: August 2014 – December 14, 2016
Our independent Maui Humane Society rescue girl, a beautiful, fierce and effective ratter, who never scratched or bit us, died this morning.
Three days ago, Johnny took Sarah to our vet to get antibiotics for her after she came home with a bloody cut on her lip. She seemed to be getting better: eating and drinking a bit and wanting to go outside. However, I could tell early this morning that she didn’t look chipper. But I went off to paddle; the veterinarian’s office would be open by the time I returned. But when I got home, I found Sarah beside our bed – still warm, but dead. 😦
We are shocked and sad. Sarah was independent and strong.
But a puncture wound in a tropical place can be deadly.
As we buried her in our yard where she liked to hang out, John asked us what we had learned from Sarah.
For me, Sarah showed that you don’t need to be big to get your way. She did not want to be an indoor cat. And she was persistent in that demand until she got her way. She did not want our big dogs to boss her around – and they didn’t. She knew what snacks she wanted and would complain until I gave them to her. 🙂
In fact, Sarah liked to hide in the bushes and leap out at Kailani, a pointer mix who weighs about 43 pounds (19.5 kilos) . Sarah weighed about 10 pounds (4.5 kilos). She scared Kailani each time. And we would laugh.
John said that Sarah showed that you need to give affection to get affection. She had been a feral cat. When we got her, she was about 10 months old – and did not like to be held at all. But for the last several months, she’d let us – especially Barry – hold and pet her for about five seconds – and then she wanted to go off to do her Sarah things.
Barry says Sarah showed him what it’s like to have a cat since she is the first one he has had his whole life. He liked that she would go after mice and rats – and get them – but wished she hadn’t brought them in as presents.
Mango, Johnny’s rescue Myna bird that was blown out of a tree during Hurricane Darby this summer, doesn’t know how lucky she is. Johnny nurtured Mango until she could eat and fly on her own.
However, every day, we expected Sarah to eat Mango.
But somehow Sarah knew that Mango is part of our family. So what Mango might have learned is not to expect a being to be its reputation (at least sometimes).
We feel blessed to have had Sarah in our lives.
Life is fragile. Love and cherish the beings around you.
Many blessings to you and yours.
Aloha, Renée, Barry, Johnny, Sigrid, Nalu, Kailani, Mango, & O’Rignar