I entered SP#1 today in my usual cheerful manner, showering all of the kitties with big doses of love and “lemony squeezes.” Then, I noticed the quiet voices on the sun porch of SP#2. I had read the medical log before going up and had seen a note about Pike, one of the residents of Special Needs #2. I figured the voices must be tending to that sweet one next door, and they were.
It was Pike’s last today. She had a stroke. As Chris said as I left in the early afternoon, Pike received lots of good loving before she died, and I know it’s true. She received the best of care, not only in her final hours, but in the four years she was at HOKAFI.
For me, her care, and the care that all the animals at HOKAFI receive, was enfolded in one tender gesture I witnessed soon after my arrival today. I spoke briefly to Chris through the screen on the porch, once I realized what was happening, and as we spoke, Chris was leaning down to place Pike and her little bed in the sunshine while they waited for her appointment with the vet. That gesture of giving Pike just a few more moments of warmth and sunlight was such an expression of humanity and compassion.
Thank you, Chris, for offering Pike that comfort and care in her final hours. Thank you, too, to Linda, who was also there in Pike’s hour of need (as she always is for all of the animals), and to Karen, Julie, and everyone else who helped Pike on her final day of life. I am in awe of the work you do and the big-heartedness with which you do it.
I tried to find a photograph of Pike to post tonight, but after going through hundreds of unlabeled jpgs that I off-loaded onto my back-up drive (that’s a lesson learned about labeling), I could only find this ID photo of her, which is actually a nice way to remember her because it’s a nice image of her, but unfortunately I’m not sure to whom I should credit the photo within my photo (maybe Kim will know).
Here it is, in memory of Pike: