Jordy’s Story

Recently I came across one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever heard about devotion to a pet. Jordy the cat lived in the WA town of Kellerberrin with his doting ‘human’ Craig. When Jordy was 4 years old he was diagnosed with cancer and had the tops of his ears surgically removed to stop the cancer from spreading. Regrettably, ten years later, the cancer returned. Second time around, there were three options for Jordy; intense chemotherapy with harsh side effects, leaving him untreated which would lead to a gradual decrease in his quality of life, or removal of the cancer which could give him two or more years with Craig.

Craig opted for the latter, and in March 2008 Jordy underwent surgery to have his right eye and surrounding tissue removed. The photos of him post surgery are an amazing testament to the resolve Jordy had in beating his disease. He accepted his treatment and without complaint he simply got on with his recovery….and his life. Over the next 18 months he gradually got back to his normal self, enjoying the sunshine and chasing shadows.

So I had a heavy heart when I recently heard that Jordy’s health had deteriorated, and he couldn’t keep fighting anymore, eventually passing away in Craig’s arms.

The way animals can adapt and compensate even in the most trying circumstances is astounding. And the amount of love Craig showered on his much loved Jordy is touching. If everyone loved their pets as much as Craig loved his, the world really would be a better place. 

Craig told me “I just really want to get Jordy’s story out there to people, letting people understand that pets are more than animals – they are our companions and they can be strong and have huge personalities too. Jordy (and my two other boys, Basil and Fudge) are my children because I could not have human children. The more people who read his story and are touched by it … the better I feel about how we are with our fur kids.”

You can read Jordy’s entire story on Craig’s blog at http://casphotography.blogspot.com/search/label/jordy and perhaps whilst you’re there you can drop Craig a line of support.

Jordy was much loved and I know he is very sadly missed.


Photo courtesy of Craig Shillington.


2 Comments to “Jordy’s Story”

  1. Janine says:

    Beautiful story…brought a tear to my eye. Off to torture myself now by reading Craig’s version of it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Brenda VanIwarden says:

    Having recently lost my beloved old cat, just short of reaching our 17th year together, Jordy’s story moved me to tears. I recently found these beautiful words, which are written for a dog, but I think anyone who has lost a treasured pet understands and appreciates their meaning. Brenda xx

    “There is one best place to bury a good dog. If you bury him in this spot, he will come to you when you call – come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down the well-remembered path, and to your side again. And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel, they shall not growl at him nor resent his coming, for he belongs there. People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper: people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them, for you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing. The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.” (B.H. Campman)

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