Hi there, Ariane here. You’ll know me from helping with the music on a Sunday morning and running Jasper’s Vicarage Cat Diary.
You may have noticed that there’s been a lack of updates from the praying cat recently, and so I am writing this update for his fans and followers (both online and in the magazine).
Jasper passed away on Saturday, January 2 – he had been unwell for a while and started deteriorating more around October/November before suddenly becoming seriously poorly on New Year’s Day. We knew that it would probably be his last Christmas with us this year and we are all so grateful that we did get one more Christmas with him.
To give you all some background, Jasper turned 17 in November – he was my ninth birthday present when he was around five months old (I’m soon to turn 26). From the start he was full of life, mischief and he loved a good cuddle.
I’m also so glad we got to celebrate his 17th birthday in November and celebrate him. I promised him that if he made it to 17 I would throw him a small party and that’s exactly what we did, with a special kitty friendly cake for him and a Colin the Caterpillar cake for the humans – party hats, a banner and party music included. He enjoyed it so much, he told me and Lewis off because he didn’t get one again the next day.
We loved getting to share Jasper with you while we’ve been part of the Parish of LBA – from his updates online and in the magazine, to him shouting at the most inappropriate times during online services and sitting on visitors at the vicarage before the pandemic.
He looked after Techie Lewis and me when were unwell with Covid-19, he has enjoyed his favourite toilet (in form of the vicarage herb garden) and being generally vocal around the vicarage.
He loved making new friends and purring when any or all of us were praying. As a lot of you are aware, he also loved mayonnaise (along with tuna, ham, gravy, baked beans, cucumber, seaweed, cheese, generally anything us humans were eating and Dreamies). In case you needed more evidence of Jasper thinking himself to be a human, his favourite crisps were Walkers Cheese and Onion, and his favourite yogurt flavour was strawberry – he very rarely ate them because he had been purposefully fed them.
Following his online blog and Twitter account, and subsequent magazine pieces, it seemed only right to publicly pay tribute to him and to let all of you, who have shared in his online presence, know about what has happened.
He really was the one and only Jasper, and while we are currently are all grieving his loss, we are also relieved that he is no longer suffering or in pain. I know he is in heaven with Jesus and I look forward to being reunited with him in the future.
Thank you for listening and God bless – Ariane.