The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Ode to a Princess



Francesca’s last night, 6/21/16

When we lost our girl Jessie 10 years ago, her sister Snow was beyond consolable.  Always a character, she was becoming more of a fussbudget and curmudgeon as she grew older.  We thought that maybe having another cat around the house would bring her some welcomed company.  We took a trip into the city to an adoption event and found the most beautiful chocolate point Siamese girl, appropriately named Francesca.  Mark picked her up and she immediately buried her head under his chin.  It was love at first sight.  She was ours.

We brought Francie home and kept her under a watchful eye for a few hours until we stepped out to run a few errands.  When we got home, there was no sign of Francie.  We tore the house apart only to find her hiding in the one impossible to get to area of the house; a small space between the drywall and outer wall of the basement behind the water pipes.  Panicked, but not knowing how to get her out we thought we would just wait and she’ll eventually emerge.  Hours passed…nothing.  Then I thought, let’s try saying a magic word:  “treats.”  Immediately she came out from her hiding space and gobbled up her reward.  From that point forward we knew this orphan was a princess.

Getting Snow a companion turned out to not be the best idea for Snow herself.  She was not fond of Francie, but Francie was always respectful of Snow and her rank of queen of the house.  She never challenged her, nor gave her any grief and actually was kind to her even though Snow continued to become more confused and curmudgeonly.  Less than a year later, we lost Snow and Francesca took her role as lady of the house.  Since getting Francie, we have added Duncan to the house who she treated like a loving older sister.  And Lily, who for years she viewed with suspicion, but eventually tolerated, like Snow did with her.

We’re not quite sure how old Francie was when we adopted her, but the doctor thought that she probably around two.  As she was so sweet, we wondered why someone would have gotten rid of her.  When we adopted her, the shelter said that she had been living outside, even though she was declawed, and someone was feeding her for a couple of months until they brought her to the shelter.  Once, we took her to the doctor because she was having some leg pains….they completed an x-ray and they found that her back leg had once fractured and healed on its own.  The doctor said that most likely she was hit by a car and because if it, would most likely end up with arthritis.  Francie never had a desire to ever go outside or to even look out of the window…we now knew why.

Whatever her background, Francie had been well taken care of at one time.  The fact that she knew the word “treat” means someone had given her love.  Plus, as a princess, she loved her people food and we obliged her with cooking her chicken thighs (dark meat only!), giving her licks of ice cream and making sure that she had treats whenever she wanted them.  She even had a love of perfume which I once wrote about.  We knew that she once had a hard life and it was our job to ensure that she was well taken care of.  Besides, she never demanded it.

Cats, like all animals, have such distinctive personalities.  Francie loved to hug on her dads and was always obliging with a kiss.  You could talk to her and you knew that she understood each word.  At night, she would curl up in Mark’s arms, her favorite place to sleep.  She was a lady in every sense of the word as she was gentle, always thankful and lovingly sweet.

Last year, Francie was struck with pancreatitis. It was very painful to her, but through medication we were able to ease her discomfort.  This, along with the emergence of kidney disease we knew that our time was limited, but for the past nine months she was doing incredibly well.  We were surprised that within three days the decline was rapid and immediate.  It didn’t feel like we had adequate time to say goodbye.

The house feels different now.  We don’t have that steady sweet presence that was always obliging with a hug and a kiss.  We miss our lady and our princess but we know that our lives converged for a reason. We love you Francie.   Thank you for enriching our lives.  You were special.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

40 thoughts on “Ode to a Princess

  1. Oh Steve, my deepest condolences. Thank you so much for writing and sharing this heartfelt tribute to your beloved Francie. Sending you a big hug.


  2. Oh goodness, I’m so sorry for your loss. (Here I am tearing up at work, thinking of my own two little furballs.) Sounds like Francesca had an incredible life with you, though, and you were fortunate to have found each other. I hope you find enormous solace in all the years of happiness


  3. Completely heartbroken for you and Mark, Steve. Francesca is a stone cold stunner- thank you for sharing her story with us. I’m so very sorry for your loss.


  4. I’m very sorry for your loss. But what a beauty she was, and what a wonderful temper, you were lucky to cross paths.


  5. I am so very sorry for your loss.


  6. I’m so sorry for your loss, Steve. What a lovely furball she was. She had a fantastic like with you for sure. Sending you hugs. xx


  7. So sorry hear, but what a beautiful tribute xoxo


  8. So sorry to hear about your beautiful Francine. Such a lovely ode to her, her story and your memories. A lovely lady whom you will never forgot. I send you hugs in your sadness. xox


  9. I’m so sorry that Francie went to the rainbow bridge to wait for you. Our pets bring such love and laughter to our lives, it’s difficult to say goodbye. Hugs to you.


  10. Such sad news. It’s always hard to lose a good friend. I’m so sorry, dearest Hound and am sending you both much love and hugs!


  11. I send you the biggest hug, and then 8 or 9 more. I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss, Steve. I wish there were something to ease your aching heart, and I know the emptiness of the house just accentuates the void. But I also know with absolute certainty that you and Mark made Princess Francesca feel safe, loved, cherished, and wanted. And she was incredibly lucky to have you both. For all the joy she brought into your lives, I’m sure you brought triple that into hers. I hope that brings you some comfort in the days to come, my dear. You’re a good, good man, Mr. Hound. Xoxoxoxo


    • My dear K – thank you so much for the lovely words. We all were lucky to have each other in our lives. Funny, you know that their time won’t last forever, but yet, you’re never really prepared to see them go. Give your baby a hug from me. Thanks again for the beautiful words. xoxoxox


  12. Oh Steve, I’m so sorry to read this. The loss of a pet, especially those brilliant and soulful kitties, is so difficult. I cry with you, but know that you gave her a wonderful home filled with love and joy.


  13. So sorry to hear about the loss of Francie! What a wonderful tribute to the Princess. She couldn’t ask for a better set of daddies.


  14. What a beautiful cat! Thank you so much for sharing her story. I am so sorry for your loss, but I am so happy she had a happy life in your home.


  15. I am so sorry for your loss, I always used to think we as humans rescue them. I’ve come to realize that they are the ones that rescue us. Sometimes they like ourselves experience Hell on earth before we finally come together, but once we are joined as a family, we are blessed with Love and Laughter, even though it is only for a short part of our lives journey. These little Angels bless and ease our lives on this earth. R.I.P. Princess Francesca.


  16. What a beautiful tribute! The price of a wonderful relationship is the heartache and void that is left behind. As a fellow kitty lover, I feel for you. I hope you both find comfort in your memories of the the love you shared. Xo


  17. I am writing to you with Truffle on my lap, and really, really feeling for you and your loss. No matter how used one is to eventually losing a pet, it is always a massive shock. What a sweet companion Francie was, and what a poignant photo record of her last night. Sending you condolences and happy memories. x


  18. Beautiful kitty. I had a lovely seal point Meezer myself who died a few years ago. She was so smart and amazing. Siamese cats rule! Beautiful tribute also.


  19. Houndy, you and Mark have my deepest sympathy. I know how you feel. We all do. As pet owners whenever you bring one home you bring home that inevitable bit of heartache that comes at the end. Try and think of the good times you had with your little princess. I’m sending you hugs and much love. She was beautiful.


  20. Dear Steve,

    I’m just getting to the posts I missed due to the RL events and I want to say how sorry I am for your loss! Our pets become so dear to us that it hurts so much when they depart. I’m glad Francie had many good years in your loving family and I hope it’ll get easier in a while.
    Hugs to you and my sympathy to Mark.


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