I don’t even know how to write this.
On Thursday 2nd May we left Charleston and headed north 60+miles to an anchorage in Georgetown SC. It was blowing pretty hard and because of a long day we were both tired so we went to bed fairly early.
As we do every night, Gary closed the boat canvass up as tight as possible but unfortunately our beloved Jessie got out during the night and must have fallen overboard.
We have tried very hard for the past 11 months to keep her safe but she would out-smart our every move, escaping as often as she could. Every time we were there to call her back, or catch her when she would fall…..This time she was successful and our hearts are forever broken.
We searched for her everywhere and in hope that she would turn up, we contacted the humane society in Georgetown because she is microchip-ed …..but we think she never made it to shore. She fell in and drowned and now we must live with that and go on without her.
We are reminded of her everywhere on the boat, from her favourite sleeping place to her toys and food dish. We have cried and cried and tried not to blame ourselves… We tried to make her life as good as we could, we loved her so much, we will miss her forever.
She was our Jessie girl ….our Jessica-Q-Cat…..I don’t know what to do for now but try to remember the great times we had with her.
I hope you don’t mind me sharing them with you…
|Her favourite spot was upstairs in the fly bridge with us, |
she would take turns sitting on
Gary's and my lap. As soon as she heard the engine start, she would
rush up stairs. We tried to stop her from going up
but she was always too smart....
|She loved head butting Gary on the chin,|
|She always wanted to be outside|
|She was never a lap cat, but the day before she died she sat on my lap for such a long time |
that Gary had to take a picture.
|When ever we docked and people would walk pass the boat, she would mew|
until they came over to talk to her.
When we were parked on Jacksonville 's wall there
were so many people that stopped and talked to us, because of her.
|In the end the safety netting we put around the boat didn't help.|
She will be missed.