It’s been a rough summer for pets I have known. First my mom’s old cat Tom finally succumbed to renal failure, then just in the last week, both my aunt’s dog Zardoz and our former roommate Mike’s cat Toby have had to make that final trip to the vet. While none of these pets were mine (though each of the cats, at one time, I would have referred to as “my cat”), I can’t help but feel the loss, and know that others are feeling it worse. So here and the above comic are my own small, hopefully light-hearted, tributes to these wonderful animals.


In a more thoughtful vein, here are Mike’s own recollections of Toby.