Tobias Aureus or Tobias Aurelius
b. April 1988, d. September 28, 2009. Red DSH, classic tabby markings.
Named around the same time my school was staging Menotti's one-act opera The Medium, but not really named for the mute child in the work. Aureus (sometimes I prefer Aurelius) because of his golden coat and eyes. The first cat I got after moving out of the dorm "on my own," more or less came with the apartment. Faithful companion throughout all of my graduate school days. My master's thesis is dedicated to Tobias.
Toby died at the ripe old age of 21. For the last few years he had hypothyroidism. He got his thyroid medicine every morning, as well as Cosequin for his arthritis, and was spry up until the end. After getting pudgy in middle age he now had trouble maintaining weight, so I would feed him as much as I can. I miss him curling up by my pillow and purring.