When Scott Ewels cat died, he was devastated. Unfortunately, Bear passed away from what looked like being hit by a car not far from home.
Ewels had two cats, brothers named Teddy and Bear, and they loved going on adventures together. They would spend a lot of time outdoors and then come home each night to a loving home.
But what Ewels didn't realize was that Teddy and Bear had made some good friends outside of the home. So good, in fact, that one stranger noticed Bear wasn't coming around anymore and was starting to get worried.
Two weeks after Bear passed away, Teddy came back home but had something attached to his collar. There was a note from a neighbor who had apparently come to know the brother cats very well.
"Dear Owner: I'm your neighbour, living in 4. I'm also your cats' close friends as they (2 cats) are used to coming to my room everyday," it read. "But one of them, a bigger one has disappeared for two weeks. Is he OK? I'm so worried about him. He is so lovely cat and always touched my heart. Wish he is fine."
As it turns out, the two cats were finding love in other places when they were away from home.
"I wrote a note back to number 4, and posted it straight away, even as it was late in the evening," Ewels said. "I mentioned that Bear had passed away, and was so glad that he had brought joy to their lives too. I included my email address, and she has since emailed us with pictures of Bear (and Teddy) in her house, and stories of their adventures with her."
"He really made an impression with our neighbor," said Ewels. "She rehearsed her university thesis to him and she had no one else to talk to. It makes his death even more poignant."
It's heartbreaking the way Bear died, but it's bittersweet to know just how many people loved him and appreciated his life. Ewels says he and the neighbor will be meeting for the first time to say goodbye to Bear at his grave. Bear's life brought two people together who otherwise would have stayed strangers.
Rest in peace, sweet Bear.