Two compassionate girls from Hope found it in their hearts to care for a dying bird and to give it a proper burial, after their frisky cat Nash, attacked the poor creature late last week.
“My cat Nash killed a bird in our front yard and we felt really bad — me and my friend (Meadow Ouellet) found a box and we put some plants in it and tried to feed it some water, but it died in the box anyway,” said Briana Lefeuvre, a concerned resident of Hope.
After naming the diseased bird Rufus, the industrious pair of school girls and best friends decided to make a gravesite in ode to Rufus’ short but memorable life.
“We made a grave and put flowers around it — we were going to have a service with food and invite lots of people, but it didn’t quite work out that way, so we said some prayers and bid Rufus farewell,” said Briana.
In honour of the bird the girls have been praying for Rufus daily and wishing him well in the great beyond.
“We pray that he has a happy after life every single day when we pass by the grave,” said Briana.
After carefully painting and constructing a cross for the endearing and much loved bird, the girls erected it in honour of their winged friend and to make reparations for their cat Nash who acted hastily in pursuit of Rufus the day he died.
“We buried Rufus’ box and arranged some flowers neatly around his grave — we wish him the best in his new life. I hope he returns as a new bird and that my cat Nash is a bit nicer in the future,” she told The Hope Standard.