Scott Ewels and his girlfriend had two cats—Bear and Teddy—but one day Bear was tragically struck by a car and passed away.
Pets become part of the family, and the death of any pet can become a terrible loss.
“Not hearing the meow is what did it for me,” Ewels wrote on Reddit. “Bear always used to make a ‘wa-waow’ sound whenever he saw me. It was definitely his greeting. Not hearing that now is very saddening.”
“Little things too, such as when Teddy is indoors, you can now close the other doors in the house knowing there’s no other cats that could come through, or not hearing the catflap go as Bear comes in late after Teddy for food.”
Bear and Teddy used to be inseparable. They would go out on adventures in the neighborhood together—and now Teddy was alone.
But one day, Teddy went out by himself—and came home with a mysterious note on his collar.
Ewels had no idea what his cats were getting up to when they wandered out about the neighborhood. But it seems like they made a friend.
“Dear Owner: I’m your neighbour, living in 4. I’m also your cats’ close friends as they (2 cats) are used to coming to my room everyday,” it read. “But one of them, a bigger one has disappeared for two weeks. Is he OK? I’m so worried about him. He is so lovely cat and always touched my heart. Wish he is fine.”
Ewels was still grieving the loss of Bear, and was so touched to see that a complete stranger was missing him too.
He soon wrote back to explain that Bear had passed away, and was so glad he had brought joy to their life as well. He included his email address so they could communicate more easily, and Teddy soon carried the note back to Apartment 4.
It turns out the stranger was a Taiwanese exchange student, and Bear had been loyal company during her studies.
She told him about how “they used to practice their university presentations to Bear as he would sit on her bed and listen, as she didn’t have anyone else to practice with.”
“The email they sent is the most touching thing ever,” Ewels shared on Reddit. “Very touching. Makes you proud that he could brighten up more than just my household’s lives.”