RIP, my best friend Oscar
January 30, 2000 – September 23, 2013
I have some very sad news: Oscar died very suddenly at home on Monday morning. He had been feeling ill last week and I took him to a vet on Friday. Over the weekend he seemed fatigued and disoriented and I began to feel worried. I spent the entire weekend with him. On Saturday night I took him to the Champ de Mars where he gazed at the Eiffel Tower; and on Sunday night I took him to the banks of the Seine where he watched the boats pass on the river at dusk near the Pont des Invalides. That was his last walk outside, though he was so tired that I had to carry him in my arms most of the time.
On Monday morning he was sleeping on a sofa for more than an hour while I worked in my study. When I tried to wake him, I realised he was in a coma. A vet came urgently, within 30 minutes, but it was too late to save Oscar. The vet mercifully put him to sleep.
Oscar would have turned 14 in January. I feel gratified knowing that Oscar had a fabulous life — the first six years in Toronto, then more than seven years in France. He now joins his little brother Leo, who like Oscar died at home in Paris with me. Needless to say, I am feeling shattered and very sad. Oscar was a special boy to me. He was our little dog when I was married and living in Toronto. Oscar was three years old when my wife Rebecca died suddenly. The same year, I adopted Leo and we eventually moved to France. My book Home Again in Paris is about that journey. Sadly, now there is a second epilogue. I will write a testimony to Oscar and Leo as the final chapter to my book. It will be published on this blog.
The photo above shows a very happy Oscar in the Jardin du Luxembourg. He was joyful and happy all his life. God bless Oscar and Leo.
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