Last month, a man named Scott Ewel got the worst news a pet-owner can hear: his beloved cat, named Bear, was struck by a vehicle and had passed away. Of course, Scott mourned the loss of his precious Bear. Little did he know, someone else was grieving with him too.
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Bear was an outdoor cat. He and his brother, Teddy, would freely pass in and out of their kitty-door to go on adventures together. Over time, and unbeknownst to Scott, the duo became regulars at a neighbor’s home. When Scott thought his cats were outside exploring, they were really bonding with a complete stranger!
So how did Scott come to know of Bear and Teddy’s friend? Two weeks after Bear’s death, the neighbor attached a note to Teddy’s collar. When Scott read the mysterious message, he was moved to find he was not alone in his love for Bear.
Dear Owner; I’m your neighbor, living in 4. I’m also your cats’ close friends as they (2 cats) are used to coming to my room everyday.But one of them, a bigger one has disappeared for two weeks. Is he OK? I’m so worried about him. He is so lovely cat and always touched my heart. Wish he is fine.”
Scott immediately wrote back, explaining that Bear had passed away and saying that he “was so glad that [Bear] had brought joy to their lives too.”
Scott soon learned that the neighbor is a Taiwanese exchange student attending a nearby university. She would spend many lonely hours working on her university thesis, but whenever the cats came by, she would read her thesis aloud to them. “It makes his death even more poignant,” reflects Scott.
Now Scott and his neighbor have bonded, and he loves seeing her photos of Bear and Teddy and hearing her stories of their adventures.
It’s never easy to lost a pet, but it’s certainly easier when grief is shared between (sometimes unexpected) friends.
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