In Memory of Sherman

We said goodbye to Sherman yesterday. Our active and affectionate feline companion of 15 years passed away after several weeks of worsening health. Fortunately, we were with him at the end and he died on his own terms in a place where he felt safe.

It was very hard to bear watching him during his last hours of distress, but the end came quickly.

The hard part for us comes now because he took such an active part in the daily rituals of our everyday life. From the moment we got up to the time when the last of us went to bed, Sherman interacted with each of us and chirped to get our attention when necessary.

The quirky aspects of his personality were captured in this pastel by Gretchen.
Sherman as Art

He and his sister, Buffy, have been an integral part of our lives ever since Gretchen and I were married.
Buffy is a dependable normal cat with a set routine that rarely varies. Sherman was an independent spirit who was always ready for an adventure and changed his routines almost every month. I have written about his activities here, here and here.

We noticed his first real signs of aging a year ago when his whiskers were beginning to come in white on one side.

He seemed to get more frail as the year progressed, but he was still able to leap off a nine foot high deck when he wanted to and he caught his last mole just a few evenings ago. He was quite upset with me because I wouldn’t allow him to bring his trophy in and present it to Gretchen who was sleeping.

We will miss his antics and cheerful companionship.


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0 Responses to In Memory of Sherman

  1. susan says:

    So sorry for the loss of your little friend. Pets are precious and Sherman will be greatly missed I’m sure.

  2. David and Gretchen:

    Amy and I offer our sincerest condolences over Sherman’s passing. We remember him well while he, Buffy and the two of your were our house guests in 2005. You were also with us when Loki, our beloved kitten, lost his battle with a brain tumor.

    Let us know if there is anything we can do.

  3. Liska says:

    We are sorry for the loss of your beloved pet and friend. It is never easy to say goodbye. You are in our thoughts.
    Liska and Bill

  4. Dickie says:

    I was so saddened to hear about Sherman. Such a cool dude at heart and always fun to try and figure him out….which of course he would then promptly show you that you were wrong! He will be greatly missed by more than just his family!

  5. Rick Parrish says:

    Dear David and Gretchen,
    Please accept our condolences. As animal lovers Nancy and I understand how pets become a part of the family and take on human qualities as we adapt to their individual personalities and they to ours.

    In my faith, we are taught that any created thing, whether it is a tree, an animal or a human being, is endowed with its own unique and divinely determined set of attributes of the Creator. We tend to imagine our pets having human qualities… but perhaps it’s more than that… a gift to us from our Maker, the greatest artist of them all.

    Rick & Nancy

  6. Marie says:

    Whoa. So Sherman is keeping good company these day. I imagine he and Mister Man are already tight buddies in their afterlives. Hugs.

  7. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of sweet boy Sherman.

  8. Scott says:

    Oh. Too bad. Let’s hope he lands in the big catnip patch in the sky.

  9. Ginny says:

    I am so very sorry that you have lost your beloved Sherman….I am glad that he had one last “trophy” though I can understand the reluctance of you humans in rejoicing in the moment!

    I know he will be missed in his antics and his presence will be missed!

    Love to you both,
    Ginny Miller

  10. Richard says:

    David –
    I check out your blog almost daily & enjoy it very much. . . I lost my little “kiwi” a couple of years ago this month & i still think of him & miss him each & every day & probably always will. . . animals are such a HUGE part of our lives. . .I am single & never married, to me, it was like losing a son. . . God bless you & your family.

  11. Myke Myers says:

    When a home loses a treasured pet, the emptiness can be felt. The energy and spirit that is gone leaves a void that hurts deeply. My sympathies for your loss.

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