Sadness has filled our house today. Romeo, our 17 year old Maine Coon fought a valiant battle with a cold that became an infection. At his age and with his condition colds turn into respiratory infections quickly. He simply could not overcome his illness and passed peacefully with me and my wife present. We both feel a deep void and the world just doesn't feel the same. He was loved and spoiled, and we were given 17 years to enjoy his love and company. I lost a friend, my wife lost a confidant, he was her special friend and they shared a very special relationship, she is lost, her heart is broken. I prepared a final resting place for him next to another of our beloved kitties that is both beautiful and sunny in the afternoon.....exactly what he loved most, sunny lazy days. He was a king in his own right, he was our special Romeo.