15 March 2010 - 21 April 2023
Hailey and I made it home last week, after another six months on the road. But all was not well. Hailey has been dealing with various medical conditions for several years now, one of which required the amputation of one of her front legs four years ago. Like every other challenge she faced, she did not let it slow her down. Unfortunately, a tumour growing inside her reached a point of no return shortly after our return. It was inevitable, but the timing was unknown. I have been trying to give her the best possible life for the last few years, knowing that her time was running out.
Friday was her final day, we spent most of it with her curled up and napping on my chest.
This is not going to be a 'normal' blog post, detailing our travel and camping. It is only going to be about Hailey. Feel free to skip the rest, if you are only looking for travel reports.
Hailey was born on an Alberta farm, as far as we know, about March 15, an only kitten!
She was always very brave, and took everything life had to give, in stride.
Her very first camping trip up was up Revelstoke Lake in 2010.
Later that fall, we moved out of Lake Louise, and she 'helped', by checking out every box, and inspecting every drawer!
2011 was also our first visit to Padre Island in south Texas.
In 2013, I started summer work for Alberta Forestry, generally living in the 5th wheel, while managing fire camps. But the work also involved short stints in various fire lookouts all over north central Alberta.
She accompanied me to 11 different lookouts, several of them more than once. In doing so, she became quite comfortable flying in helicopters, big and small. She ended up with 13 such flights on her resume.
I'm pretty sure she enjoyed visiting them all, but she likely preferred the mountain-top lookouts where she could be right with me all day, while we both watched for smoke - and ground squirrels!
Chilling in a fly-in tower cabin north of Peace River
She even got the front seat in this one.
For the first 9 years of her life, she was a pretty normal cat, albeit well-traveled, if not particularly friendly!
She liked to climb trees.
She was my little girl, and faithful companion for 13 years. I miss her dearly. She will never be forgotten. Ms Hailey