When Whaley passed away in March — a few days before her 97th birthday — Trooper was inconsolable.
“She didn’t want to be around my grandma’s body,” Hackney said. “I had taken her in there to show her that Grandma is not coming back … because if they don’t know, they’ll look for them, and I wanted her to understand that our grandma is not there anymore. But she ran away and got underneath my parents’ bed. And after they’d taken my grandma’s body, she stopped eating. She’s not a very vocal cat, but she was just walking around the house, crying all of the time.”
Trooper is doing a lot better now, Hackney explained, although she still goes into Whaley’s room, and leaves socks and other objects on the floor.