One of the most difficult things we had to do while in Europe was to confirm the order to put Hazel to sleep. Fortunately we were able to accomplish this with pre-planning and access to the internet while at the home of our friends in Marsannay le Bois. We had hoped it wouldn't come to that until our return. Our vet has served us well for all of Hazel's 16+ years. She came to us as a kitten on a temporary basis. It was our good fortune that she became a permanent resident.
She helped Maryann heal in her many trials with cancer and hip replacement. We always looked upon her as a healing cat and an angel on earth. We were blessed to have shared the time with her that she was here.
Like all of us, our time is measured. We all have missions to perform. When the mission is completed we must move on for the next one. For Hazel, this was no exception.
At the Southwest corner of our yard is a lovely garden spot under a tree. It is here that we interred her remains. Yes, that is a Buddha statue overlooking her final resting place. The flowers are lovely there. It has always been a special place. We could think of no finer place to put her remains.
Here you can get a better view of the foliage and stones surrounding the Buddha garden. The neighbors to the South (left of the photo) are constantly improving their back yard which looks like a park. We really appreciate the view from our back yard.
This close-up shows a special stone Maryann found while on a walk by the fields in Marsannay. She wanted something special to mark Hazel's special place. This particular piece of stone spoke to her and she knew it was the one.
The folks at the vets office (Lansing Veterinary Hospital) did tell us that Hazel was not her usual self and was beginning to suffer at the end. Dr. Chambers and his staff have always been kind to the animals and to their human friends. We were glad that Hazel was with them at the end.
Maryann has decided that there will be no replacement for Hazel. But, then, how could she be replaced? Only time will tell.
As for stories about the trip to Europe, just wait and see. It will take some time to process all 1,743 photos. There are 960 on one flash card alone. So be patient friends. The stories will be coming soon to a blog near you.
And thanks for letting me share these moments about Hazel with you.