I would like to share with you the life of our wonderful cat Cookie. She has sadly passed away now, but has left David and I with many happy memories.
Who was Cookie?
People might remember the article I wrote some time ago about Cookie, the beautiful white cat who lived with my partner David on his narrowboat. David travelled the canals and rivers of Britain with Cookie for a number of years. Then in 2010 he met me, and soon afterwards he and Cookie came to live at my house in the Peak District in Derbyshire.
In fact, Cookie didn't have a good a start in life. At the age of one she was unwanted and needed to find a new home. David's sister took her in, and Cookie lived in a London flat for the next eight years. She used to sit in the window, and people would walk past and admire the cat with the lovely long white fur. But Diane worked long hours and couldn't cope with the care that Cookie's long coat demanded. Diane also liked to wear black clothes, and being long-haired Cookie would moult a lot of white fur...a bit of a problem...
Cookie by Lady River Mouse
So about nine years ago David adopted her. Soon afterwards he went to live on the boat and Cookie became a travelling cat. She fell in the canal several times and was attacked by a dog – which left her with a lifelong fear of anything canine. And she didn't really like boating; later on I went with them a couple of times and I'm convinced she used to get seasick!
After David and I met and they both came to live with me, Cookie made it clear that she didn't like my five cats any more than she liked dogs. No problem – we gave her a room of her own. David seemed to think it was his study, and so he used to occasionally share it with her. But gradually she got used to the other cats, and eventually she got on quite well with Magnus, my Maine Coon, who seemed to like her and was very gentle with her.
Life went on like this for several years. But earlier this year we realised that Cookie was not the cat she had been. She was about 18 years old, a good age for a cat. She had had kidney disease and chronic constipation for some time, and was receiving treatment, but she appeared to be getting worse. She spent more and more time on her heating pad, and had lost a lot of weight. We began to realise that our beloved Cookie would not live for ever. Eventually, earlier this month, the vet confirmed that she probably wouldn't go on much longer...
Cookie's Memory Lives On
On August 22nd, Cookie died peacefully at home, surrounded by those who loved her – what more could any cat, or indeed any person, ask for. She is buried at the bottom of the garden. However, her memory lives on. Many people have read the book that David and I wrote about his life on the boat, “Travels With Cookie”. Complete strangers used to ask after her, and many, many people offered condolences on the Facebook thread I started after Cookie died. So Cookie lives on in the memories of those who knew her...
“Travels With Cookie” is still available on Amazon for £7.99 in paperback or £3.99 for the Kindle version.