In my series of ‘real rides’ this is one I had rather not taken. Last week I had to collect the ashes of our dear little cat which had been with us for over 17 years. She died unexpectedly, less than 24 hours after a she had a massive stroke. We asked our veterinarian to have her remains cremated, but we only later found out that the pet crematorium they chose was in Boxtel. After the cremation I really only had one day to get her ashes, since I had to go to hospital for my coronary catheterization. I knew I would not be able to cycle for a week after that procedure (even though my condition does not have much influence on my cycling abilities otherwise). On top of all this my mother was also admitted to hospital, that same week. When it rains, it pours is the saying. The Dutch equivalent of this proverb would translate as an accident never comes alone. Both sayings seem very appropriate to describe our last week. The only good news was that my heart condition isn’t worse than already established; the examination revealed that my aorta valve is indeed the only thing which needs to be replaced. However, since my right arm was in a sling for most of the past week, I will only have a picture post for you. I hope you’ll understand that it was more than enough work to have to type almost everything in this post with only my left hand!
12 thoughts on “Riding to a pet crematorium”
Mooi filmpje weer. Nu naar mijn geboorteplaats Boxtel. Wist niet dat daar bij de Kampina een huisdierencrematorium is gevestigd. Sterkte met de gezondheid.
So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved pet cat. Like Paul’s comment, I understand that the loss of a pet can be very painful. I am also glad to know that the medical procedure you went through was successful and is now over. I look forward to many, many more years of your wonderful blog!
Ah, I was not clear enough. This medical procedure was an assessment for the open heart surgery that is to be planned. I’m not done yet, unfortunately. But thanks for the good wishes.
I’m sure all will go well with your heart surgery. Be happy that the assessment went through your wrist, the wire used to go through your groin, and you had to lay flat for a good while afterwards. Now that would hinder cycling even more than a sore wrist 😬.
Perhaps in the weeks after your operation you might do short opinion pieces from home (that is after you run out of the videos you said you made earlier).
But I’m also sure Mark, if you have to take a sabbatical to recover properly or look after family, that none of the people who follow your blog will mind. Your health and family have to come first. Wishing you strength for your operation and hope to see you back soon in (on) the saddle.
Best wishes for your health!
So sorry for your loss, and I wish you a very healthy fiture. Thanks for all your informative posts.
The ambition for the Dutch railways infrastructure is to get rid of all level crossings. At least for all intercity connections. Many tunnels are build around the country to give bicyclists an underpass. Some are met with protests because of the inconvenience.
Hi Mark. I have a similar black cat who is 18 and we had to take her to emergency vet yesterday but somehow she’s recovered enough to move on to one of her nine lives. So I really feel your pain, as I had a good cry yesterday. I’m sorry for your medical issues, but grateful you spent the time on the blog. One idea for later might be to visit at pet cemetery. They are not common in my homeland (USA) but I’ve stumbled across several in NL (always by bike) and I find them always lovely and I enjoy reading the various messages and artwork on the graves. Long live Pippi in your hearts!
Sorry about the death of your cat.
I hope your mum is okay, nothing too bad?
It is nice seeing your smile, with all that you are going through.
Good to see you smiling despite these happenings. Do take care.
Condolences, Mark. The grief following the loss of a pet is often more painful than after losing a human you love, as the relationship is purer & uncomplicated with an animal, with the memories being almost entirely positive. It makes it hard for those who’ve not lost an animal companion to understand fully. Love to all.
Thanks Paul, very good to hear from you. Yes, I know you would understand, having pets yourself. This was such a sweetheart. With the working from home in the pandemic she had been in my working room or on my lap for most of the last one-and-a-half-years. Even my colleagues miss her. Her head or at least her ears would always show in video meetings. We have another cat (10 yo) who was more distant, but she is already getting closer now.