Best friends Sasha & Lode reunited
After 6 years of house & pet sitting, the list of pets we've looked after is long.
But some pets will forever keep a very special place in my heart and my 4,5 year old son Lode feels exactly the same. For him, life - since he was born - consists of moving regularly and making new furry friends each time. He loves all 'his' pets but every now and then someone really special walks into his life; cat friend Sasha is his all time favourite.
Sasha used to live in Cherrybrook and we looked after her in 2010 for 6 months (photos 1 & 2, Lode age 2). When we first met her, Sasha had no experience at all with young kids but she was fascinated. She got addicted to his love and attention, not to mention the new games and interesting toys.
With Lode at home full time they were together constantly for the full 6 months and Sasha would even try to join us on our daily walk by hiding in the basket underneath the pram. (Now, that one didn't work!) When Lode broke his leg and couldn't get up or walk for 7 weeks, their friendship grew even more intense. It was like nothing I'd ever seen between a child and a pet: a very, very special connection.
Obviously it was heartbreaking for Lode to leave Sasha behind after their 6 months together. So we just had to stay in touch and visit Sasha occasionnally.
You can imagine our excitement when we recently managed to arrange a house sit in the Blue Mountains. That is of course tempting in itself but even more so knowing that Sasha & her family are living there now. So we started planning another special visit.
Lode always loves to be prepared: he bought Sasha a little toy mouse at the local pet shop. He put a lot of effort in wrapping it up in (pink) paper that he decorated beautifully.
He also decided he'd have to help Sasha open the gift. "You know, cats can't do that themselves, mum." Although Sasha would probably manage, if you're asking me.
Upon arrival in the Mountains we started our new house sit and we were introduced to our 6 house mates, all cats, that we'd look after. It all felt good straight away but Lode couldn't wait to go out to the other house and see Sasha again. So off we went to Wentworthfalls for a visit.
No big surprises there: Sasha hadn't changed at all; she is still inquisitive, playful and feels like she's the centre of the universe. Sure enough Lode and Sasha started checking each other out again and soon it was like they hadn't been separated at all. (photo 3, Lode age 4,5)
Being reunited with Sasha was very special and emotional. My boy is not one of many words (and English is his 2nd language) but when we left Sasha's house, he sweetly asked her owner: "Can I come back another time?" Sure enough the answer was yes. We got invited on the spot look after Sasha & her furry friends later this year.
That made our boy (and the rest of us) very happy and we went on to relax in our new home in Katoomba. Our cat family of 6 soon lost all shyness and joined us on the sofa and on the bed
(Well, they probably see it differently and would say WE joined THEM on THEIR sofa & bed.)
The house sit was very straightforward with good instructions and easy going pets at a great location.
We went off to see the Tree sisters, did a couple of bush walks, visited the local play ground and we even made it to the Jenolan Caves.
So it felt like a love story & a proper holiday all in one.
Is there an 'endless repeat' button for this?
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Best friends Sasha & Lode reunited