Always the outdoor cat, loving to hunt and help keep the barn clear of rodents, he nevertheless was extremely loving. He would come into the house for short visits, always loving a hug and a pet but then he was ready to go back out to the great outdoors he loved so much. Right up until his moment of death he still had his powerful purr motor going if you rubbed him.
I first met Kahuna over fourteen years ago when I met my wife. He was a young and vibrant fellow then but he always had a very pleasing disposition. He and his twin brother Keebler were quite the pair together. Keebler received his name because of his small size while his Kahuna was much larger and stronger. The two of them were always hanging around together and they often would sit on opposite railings at the front door like a pair of odd sized gargoyles.
Keebler lived a long life as well, leaving us less than two years ago and we figured that Kahuna was on his "last legs" close thereafter, but he kept bouncing back and showed his independence, so we just let him "do his thing" while keeping a watchful eye. He never seemed to be in any pain, just suffering from the routine aches and pains of old age. Old age clearly isn't all that it's often said to be.
So to Kahuna we say, "Enjoy your new found Happy Hunting Ground. We'll see you again one day, old boy, and we'll look forward to that purr motor running full speed ahead".
Animals like Kahuna, his brother, and all of the other "friends" we have here on our land-locked ark teach us so much about the nature of God and what life is all about. We learn from them daily and they help us to learn much greater respect for a loving God who creates so many intricate living and breathing things, each with its difference and its own majesty. Thank you, Lord, for letting us enjoy your wonderful world and for the joy that so many of your living things give to us to enrich our lives.