Scott Ewels of Norwich, England, loved his cats, Teddy and Bear. They loved to do everything together and were always exploring their neighborhood like the adventurous brothers they were.
One tragic day, Bear was struck by a car and passed away. Scott and Teddy were devastated at the loss of Bear.
Scott was in disbelief after learning that his beloved Bear had died . Bear and Teddy shared a special bond but now, Teddy would be alone.
Scott was surprised when he found a note attached to Teddy’s collar two weeks after Bear’s passing. He thought that maybe Teddy had picked up some trash, but then he looked closer and realized what the note said…
The note read: “Dear Owner: I’m your neighbor, living in 4. I’m also your cats’ close friends as they (2 cats) are used to coming to my room every day,” it said. “But one of them, a bigger one has disappeared for two weeks. Is he OK? I’m so worried about him. He is [such a] lovely cat and always touched my heart. Wish he is fine.”
That was a bittersweet moment for Scott to learn that Bear meant so much to someone else. The fact that he noticed he’d been missing from the neighborhood. This was the first time since his cat’s passing that he finally felt ready to cry over the loss.
“I wrote a note back to number 4, and posted it straight away, even as it was late in the evening,” Scott said. It was crazy to Scott to realize that, while he assumed his cats were exploring all of Norwich, they were actually usually just visiting next door!
“I mentioned that Bear had passed away, and was so glad that he had brought joy to their lives too. I included my email address, and she has since emailed us with pictures of Bear (and Teddy) in her house, and stories of their adventures with her.”
Scott didn’t realize how special Bear was to “number 4,” as he called her. “He really made an impression with our neighbor,” he said. “She rehearsed her university thesis to him and she had no one else to talk to. It makes his death even more poignant.”
Scott and his neighbor planned to meet for the first time so that they could say goodbye to Bear together. “She is now coming over tomorrow to visit Bear’s grave,” said Scott. It will be a bittersweet first meeting, but a special one for sure.
It is always encouraging to hear about animals bringing people together. Hopefully, Scott’s mourning process will be a little easier with his neighbor and you can’t help but think of Bear smiling down on them both.
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