New Smyrna Beach, Florida, US
I am so sorry. I know how hard it is.
I am trying to read through this entire thread, but i have to constantly stop and wipe my eyes and blow my nose. These times are so hard. I will keep you in my prayers. Rest in Peace Jacob.
Rika Rave wrote: My old kitty went the same way.
They are at peace now.
A very inspiring piece of literature by author unknown:
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Makes me cry every time.
This is the most beautiful thing ever written.
I always post this whenever a friend loses a pet.
It was written I think by Former NY Giant/LA Ram D lineman Rosie Greer.
I just wanted to say that your photos & memories will never be lost of your special friend.
Losing a pet & best friend is a horrible & difficult thing to have to go through. The positive from this though, is knowing you made a safe & loving environment for them. They will always be waiting & watching with patience for the day when you arrive at the Rainbow Bridge to collect them again. The happiness will outshine any you have ever known before.
Rest now little one, we know you are in our hearts to stay.
i'm so sorry for your loss... my first pet that i ever had, rufus, is approaching that age.. he is going to be 15 this year.... and i can't bear to think about the day he will go.... i love him so much and squeeze his eyeballs out whenever i can.
but your kitty is in a good place... it's always painful to lose pets... again, i'm sorry.
DVS wrote: His final days were difficult to witness as he was no longer was the spirited feline he once was, mostly laying still unmoving with hindered breathing with no appetite.
We had a cat of 18 yrs go lastyear this very way. her fate however was caused by feline breast cancer that spread to her lungs.
She was highly spirited and untrusing of just about everyone. She only allowed my Husband to pick her up or pet her most of the time. On rare occassions she would allow me. However once I because pregnant with the twins last year she became more docile towards me as well. Every night she would jump up on the bed and lay at the foot while my hubby and took out the doppler baby heart monitor to listen to the babies heartbeats. She would come up from the foot and cuddle up next to my stomach sometimes and lick it as if welcoming the babies to the family. Sadly she didn't make it through to see them brought home.
We miss her dearly.
I am so sorry for your loss. Many many hugs to you.
Edit: I just realized this was a revived post....no matter I still give many hugs for the loss...I hope that the pain of the loss has lessened some for you.
my deepest sympathy, all though its been a while, i know u will appreciate the words, why? because it does not matter how many years go by.. our love ones are always miss especially when u can't turn around your shoulder to look at them one more time.. i lost my cats about 4years ago and i still shed tears.. until this day, the emptiness is still there..
Engel Schrei wrote: Why animals don't live as long as people
by Robin Downing, DVM
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owner, his wife, and their little boy were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, the owners told me they thought it would be good for the four-year-old boy to observe the procedure. They felt he could learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. The little boy seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.
Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion.
We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
The little boy, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. He said, "Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good life - like loving everybody and being nice, right?" The four-year- old continued, "Well, animals already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
Yeah, I'm bumping the thread/crying with it. I'm a die-hard animal lover; I went to my first cat's last trip to the vet when I was 13. Keechu was 25, had been with my dad about half of his life and with me all of mine. Sweetest calico ever...I can still sympathize with you.
And you know, I haven't a clue what happens after we go, but if there is something waiting, it had better involve my fuzzies.
All I do is keep Keech's ashes in a pretty spot. I loved your avatar before this, now I'm so glad you kept it.
I can't tell you how he died, but I can tell you how he saved my life.
Ernie was a Manx kitten, and was given to me by a neighbor when I moved out of my parents home for the first time. Feisty, grey tabby, full of fun. He settled with me into an 8x14 trailer. Ancient, even in 1974. Little more than a camp trailer on blocks, but it was my home.
A previous renter had made a hole in the screen by the front door. For whatever reason it had been made, it was perfect for my cat to pass in and out of the house through, so I left that window open always. On the outside, there was the rail of my steps, and inside was a chair. He had no problem coming and going when he pleased.
Ernie didn't sleep with me, like so many cats will. So this night when he was in my face, clawing me awake, was unusual. I choked and coughed to consciousness enough to see Ernie, and notice that we were both enveloped in a cloud of smoke that was suffocating me. I got up and quickly realized my oil stove flue was backed up, and all the exhaust was filling this trailer. I opened windows, the door, shut off the heater, got outside and watched smoke roll out into the darkness. The cloud around my porch light told me what I had escaped.
A couple of weeks later, I moved out. By this time, Ernie had stopped coming home at all. I never saw him again and have no idea how his life went after that.
Ernie could have easily saved himself that night, but he saved me. I am forever indebted to cats because of him.
Very very touching! It brought a tear to my eye. What a wonderful little guy you had in him. Very photogenic and a definite ham! My condolences. I know what it feels like with cats and dogs. You never forget.