Thank You for All the Kind Words following the Passing of our feline friend Dylan 

A Brief Message from Doug Draper 

Posted July 15th, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

Our sweet white guy Dylan

I would like to offer a few lines of heartfelt thanks to all of the people out there who shared words of condolence after I posted a story about the passing this July 8th of Dylan, a much-beloved feline member of my family for the past 20 years. 

The response to the story was overwhelming, including emails and phone calls my wife, daughter and I received from friends across the Niagara region and GTA, and as far away as Massachusetts and New Jersey, where the story was shared on social media. 

What I found most heartening in so many of the notes I received is that I may have succeeded in writing a brief story about Dylan’s life and death that came across as something more than just some person crying over the loss of his cat.  

I say that because so many of your notes made mention of beloved four-legged friends who have shared or continue to share your lives with and how much sharing a home with them enriches our lives.

And along with getting a little of the grief out, that’s what sharing the story about Dylan with you was about. So I thank you again for sharing in paying tribute to the role these wonderful beings play in our lives. And in that spirit, please let me leave you with just one more thing.

Dylan, a few years back, paying tribute at a memorial for two other feline friends, Woody and Jessica

 Almost as if one more person wanted to share with me the feelings that come with the passing of a close feline friend of 20 years, Michael Enright, host of the CBC Radio One program, The Sunday Edition, reprised a piece he first aired on the program on January 6th, 2019 – a “personal essay” from Paula Hudson Lunn of Nelson, British Columbia about a great cat called Hamish, or ‘Lord Hamish’, who passed from her life in the summer of 2018. 

It was so close to home to hear her speak of her experience losing a special cat friend, and how much the experience drew people in her community together.

If you would like to read Paula Hudson Lunn’s personal essay about the passing of her cat Hamish or would like to hear her read her essay for the CBC broadcast, click on – https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/a-cat-dies-a-community-is-born-all-hail-sir-hamish-1.4964751 .

To read the original story I posted Monday, July 8th, 2019 on Niagara At Large on Dylan’s passing, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2019/07/08/saying-a-sad-goodbye-to-one-of-our-very-best-cat-friends-in-the-world/ .

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