Every so often a profound bond grows between a person and a Tabby’s Place cat. Volunteer Joyce and gentle Albert were the epitome of such a bond. As his Special Needs correspondent and his cherished friend, Joyce was a sweet constant in Albert’s life. Albert left this world last week. We thought it only right that Joyce should pen his tribute here.
I asked if I could write a tribute to Albert my Love.
Albert chose me to write for him [as Special Needs correspondent, sending monthly updates to his sponsors] in October 2008. As Albert moved into different rooms I went with him. Around March 09, Albert started acting un-Albert like. He’d let me pet him twice, and then he’d go into a crate and not come out.
One day a volunteer saw Albert having a seizure. He was given an MRI, diagnosed with brain cancer and given a couple months to live.
As the months followed I became an advocate for Albert. I made sure people knew about Albert, and he got a pet bed on his chair and had his favorite food to eat. In fact, he wound up with quite a fan club plus his own video on YouTube.
In October Albert got an Upper Respiratory Infection. I prepared for the worst, but he came out of it. Then I got a call on Tuesday Nov. 17 that he was back in the hospital. I stayed with him, talking and petting him. He even got up and came near me, so we stood together with me petting him and talking to him. I convinced him to lie down and go to sleep, which he did.
Wednesday I got two e-mails he was better. Then Thursday I was told he had struggled trying to walk up his steps, and was lying in Yasmine‘s crate. I sat with Albert for an hour, and he perked up a little, wagging his tail.
As the vet team at Tabby’s Place could tell that Albert was suffering and at the end of his battle, it was decided to put Albert down in his favorite chair, with his beloved fur blanket, which I asked should go with him when he is gone.
Albert taught me a lot about courage and love, and he got me to be more sociable at Tabby’s Place. I will love and miss him forever!
I know I speak for all of us at Tabby’s Place when I say that I am grateful, to the depths of my heart, that Albert had such a devoted friend as Joyce. Rest well, beloved Albert; we will meet again.