Sasha was Lauren's cat. We got her over Spring Break 2004 so that Lauren could bond with her while out of school. But she had to be spayed before she could come home, and spaying was done by the Vet students at Texas A&M -- which were on Spring Break! So she came home a week or so after Spring Break.
When Lauren went off to College, and then eventually got a job, got married and had a kid, Sasha stayed behind at our house. Although we got her Spring 2004, she was born the previous October, 2003. And this year she turned 20.
Unfortunately she also developed a lump on the side of her face, which her vet says was Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a very aggressive form of cancer.
She is buried in the Iris Bed.
The Iris Bed has underground drip irrigation, on Zone 5, which loops around the outside of the bed, so we can dig just away from the edges. We dug down in the corner by the house and the deck.
We dug down about 24 inches. Sasha is in a box whose top is then about 15 or 16 inches down.
Once we had the dirt back on top
we replaced the irises and lilies that we moved out of the way to be able to dig.
And then, to match the other cats, we added a little brass plaque marking where Sasha is.