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.