Snow, Leo n Fairy's dad here. It's been so long since I last posted on this blog and so it seems strange that I am blogging now to write a goodbye post. It's just that some career concerns have taken over and I had to move to Australia to pursue my postgraduate career as a doctor. I thought many times about bringing Snow, Leo and Fairy over with me but I thought it was in their best interest not to. You see I still have to hang around here and look for a job in different locations before finding one and settling somewhere. And I felt that instead of carrying the cats around and giving them undue stress owing to travel, different climates etc - it would be best if they stayed in a comfortable place back home. I've always felt that cats are independent and resilient animals and hoped that my kitties would adjust as well to a new life in a different house. So before I came over here to Hobart, Australia last week I gave the cats to another family. And fortunately they've adjusted and are doing well. It's a good furrever home and the people have other animals too, including a Siamese cat that Leo and Fairy whapped a little after they moved in. But they have settled in now, are eating and playing around normally. I get pictures of them from time to time and they seem healthy and happy.
Giving away the cats was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life so far. It was heart-breaking to see their cute faces for the very last time and I cried and fretted a lot. But I've always felt that true love means to think and do the best for the ones you care about. I could have kept the cats with me but they would've been distressed more and it would've been a little selfish of me. So I've done what I felt was the best for their health and life in the long term. The people with whom they live now are very loving and may even be taking better care of them than I used to do.
For me in a way it's an end to a chapter in life. Maybe if I settle in Australia on the long term I'll be able to treasure the company of some other pet in the future. For now I'll focus on an appropriate academic and clinical career. The past couple of years have been so eventful. I've met so many great people on the web - particularly in the cat blogosphere. And I continue to believe that cat bloggers are amongst the nicest people not only on the internet but in real life as well. So I'd like to thank you all for your friendship and company in the blogosphere for the last few years - the nice comments and thoughts that you all used to leave on the daily blog posts always used to brighten my day. I will miss you all so very much. I'll definitely keep visiting your blogs with as much regularity as possible and perhaps try to comment as well occasionally. I'll keep this blog open and not delete it for it has so many memories past and present. Maybe if I get to have a cat in future, I could blog again. I'll try and stay active in my other blog and perhaps on twitter.
You know I always used to feel sad whenever I used to come across a blog that had been abandoned after some cat went to the rainbow bridge or when somebody stopped blogging for some reason...and now I feel so strange when I realize that this blog is going to end up like this as well...but anyways I have so many happy memories of my time with the SnowForest family that I'll always treasure. I don't have any pictures of the cats on my computer here but there are so many pictures and videos that I took that I wanted to share several times in the past but just didn't get around to doing it. There was one video of Forest in which she was playing under the blanket on the bed and I wanted to use it to hold some sort of identification contest but Forest went to the rainbow bridge soon afterwards... Even as I type this it's bringing tears to my eyes but that's how life is I guess..
So I'm going to stop now and say goodbye to all of you great friends and thank you once again for your friendship and all your nice thoughts and caring comments. Maybe sometime later in life I'll be able to blog here again...