The BKODs had for a month or so, allowed another feral cat into their domain. He enjoyed his time so much here he was given a name, Ainmire. It is Gaelic for "Great Lord"
Thus Ainmire was welcomed into the FOB:YF family, he would gleefully charge after the dogs at full speed, attempting to leap onto the dogs backs, or perhaps hang from their necks. Ainmire earned his keep as well; hunting to protect the barn from rodents.
Feeding time is always at the same time twice a day. One saturday, last saturday, he failed to come to feeding. On sunday, our worse fears were confirmed by a neighbor down the road.
He had died.
How ? i don't know. Some things, i think, we just aren't allowed to know the why or how.
It just is.
It saddens me that we lost him. The dogs know, the BKODs seem to know as well. Our little family is diminished.
Goodbye Ainmire, you came home after all.