expat life

Martin the Warrior


I always find it funny how those little strange creatures we call pets become family. I mean, cats are pretty much meowing, eating machines that pay attention to you when it’s convenient for them with varying degrees of affection. We had a mostly outdoor cat who, for the last 14 years, was friendlier than most cats and constantly in and out of the door just to remind us of his existence. He was the kitten who perched on the dashboard of my mother’s car, waiting for me to get out of middle school. (That didn’t last long after he figured out the car also went to the vet.) He was my extra black shadow whenever I went outside. He was the one who we’re pretty sure roamed miles away from the house but always managed to come back to stare at us through the window.

Rest in Peace, Martin the Warrior. I’m glad I was home to see you off.



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  • Reply sunandsany June 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Oh, so sorry for your lost! I had a cat a couple of years ago. 14 years is quite a long time for a pet… or not?

    • Reply Polly June 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Yes, he was quite old (and sick) so it wasn’t a surprise, just sad :/

  • Reply Elizabeth June 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I’m sorry about your cat but I’m glad you have nice memories of him

  • Reply Amy R June 28, 2014 at 1:24 am

    It’s always sad to say goodbye to a beloved member of the family. Cherish those lovely memories of him. He looks like a gorgeous boy!

    • Reply Polly June 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Isn’t it funny how pets just end up as such an integral part of your life?

  • Reply Jessie June 28, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about your cat.

    • Reply Polly June 28, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks, I’m just glad I got to get home first.

  • Reply Kate June 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Oh Martin! :(

  • Reply Angela Fuerte June 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Sorry for your lost… Martin the Warrior was pleased to have you there as you are for been there to see him off. I will have a tuna salad in his honor!

    • Reply Polly June 29, 2014 at 12:26 am

      Haha, I’m sure he would appreciate that!

  • Reply ladyofthecakes June 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Aw, gorgeous kitteh… 14 is a good age. You’ll miss him :(

    • Reply Polly June 29, 2014 at 12:26 am

      Yup, he lived way longer than we ever anticipated (he was a cat/dog/fox fighter) so good on him.

  • Reply Kerri June 29, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Oh no! I think it’s because animals are a lot more affectionate than humans sometimes, that must be why we like them :) Hope you’re ok!

    • Reply Polly June 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you. It’s hard imagining that he’s just going to pop out from somewhere as he was such an integral part of my home life for so long.

  • Reply Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons June 30, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Ah, sorry for your lose! I’m glad you got to be home though.

    • Reply Polly June 30, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Thank you, Amanda.

  • Reply Sophie June 30, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I’m so sorry :( Sounds like he had a wonderful life <3

    • Reply Polly June 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      He lived a life of bad-assery that most people (err, cats) could hope for!

  • Reply Annie June 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    aw man. right in the heart-hurtin spot! sorry for your loss, dear.

    • Reply Polly June 30, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you Annie :/

  • Reply teresa June 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    He looks exactly like my Shadow, and he too has gotten old now. I think he’s 10 years old — more or less. And I just really want to take care of him because his brother has left us year. I miss him so much.. my Garfield.
    Martin’s in the cat heaven now, together with my Garfield. meowing on us. :)

    • Reply Polly June 30, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Take good care of Shadow – I love black cats!

  • Reply Mariah-Food, Booze, & Baggage June 30, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Martin sounds like an awesome cat, that lived a very full and adventurous life :)

    • Reply Polly June 30, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you for your kind words!

  • Reply Cynthia July 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Ahhhh, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your buddy, but I’m really glad you were home to see him off, as you said. I had a similar event happen with my dachshund of 13 years, but I happened to be home visiting over the weekend when it happened… and somehow that made me feel good to be there, for closure purposes I guess.

    • Reply Polly July 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Absolutely. He was really my cat more than my family’s, even if I was gone a lot, so it was really good to be there.

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