AWOL Goodbye Sherman and Shadow is Gone

They were not the best of friends

On the best days.

Sherman, our soon to be 15 year old Aussie Border Collie Mix

Was scared of Shadow the black cat

That lived on the porch,

He swiped at him when he walked past.


Shadow was 11

Wiley and a farm cat to the core

Sherman was pampered


and a food stealing dog.


They were not the best of friends,

But they occasionally acknowledged one another’s existence.


Sherman when he was able

Loved walks down our country road

Shadow loved to come along

and wind in

and out

between our legs and bat at Sherman when the mood caught him.


Almost two weeks ago

Shadow disappeared.

Last week

we lost Sherman

Together they are AWOL

And our farm is too quiet, we mourn them, we miss them, and too soon they were gone.


There are no words

To replace my furry friend

That was the subject of many Little Green stories

That sat by my side day in and day out

And in the last few years laid down and made us walk over and around  him.


The cat, my daughters true joy

Kept us mouse free

Created havoc on cars

Shared food with possums

And was loved beyond measure.


They are AWOL, they are loved.