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goofygirlinva

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 #201 
Hi Sharon, thank you for your post and for remembering that Squeeker's 1-year Bridge Day was coming. 

It was a bittersweet day. We had absolutely horrible weather here - high temps near 100, high humidity, the kind of weather I absolutely hate, particularly if it is so early in the year! I largely stayed indoors for most of the day and tried to avoid melting, LOL!

I did shed a few tears in memory of my boy. I do miss him so much, especially how easily he purred for me. I was taking care of a friend's cats while she is out of town, and she has the kind of cat that reminds me so much of Squeeker - very friendly, purrs pretty much as soon as you pet him, his coat is so silky soft, just like Squeeker's was. It reminded me of some of the aspects of Squeeker that I missed so very much...

Today marks Thomas' 1-year Gotcha Day. I would like to think it has been a relatively good year for Thomas, despite all of the drama surrounding him and Bud. I know if I had not taken him in he would most likely have been PTS, which is sad because this is a cat that definitely has a lot of life and love left in him to give. He really is a sweet boy and is in remarkable condition for a 22-year old kitty. :-) 

I am Facebook friends with Thomas' person's sister. She lives here in town but we have never met in person, only spoken on the phone and "met" via Facebook. We've exchanged a few Facebook posts and messages over the past year, and I posted a few times over the weekend on her FB page. We have talked about meeting up one of these days so she can visit Thomas. I hope we can make this happen, as I would love to meet somebody connected to most of Thomas' life before he came to live with me and the boys...

- Kelly
Angel Blackie's mom
Angel Squeeker's mom

goofygirlinva

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I just wanted to come here today and post a thank you to Karen - kamc22 - for all the love and friendship and support she gave me and countless others on this message board throughout the years. We both posted on each other's threads throughout the years. Karen was such a source of comfort during and after Squeeker's cancer journey and, although we never met and I never knew her full name or communicated with her outside this message board, I considered her a friend. 

I just learned today that Karen passed away. I do not know when this happened, but I believe she last posted on this message board sometime in June 2017. Karen was not coming to this board very often back then, but when she did, she gave us wonderful updates on her life with the two kitty siblings Adorian and Arabella she adopted after their person passed away. She also often responded to my PMs and posts about Squeeker and life after Squeeker, and I always read her writings with a big smile on my face.

I had often wondered what happened to Karen because she stopped responding to my posts and to the PMs I sent to her. Now I know - she sadly passed away - and the world has lost a wonderful woman and somebody I considered to be a friend. I know this is a selfish request, but if anybody knows more about Karen and is willing to share, please feel free to share about her, either here or on her thread in the Ongoing Threads section of the message board. You will find her thread titled "Help Needed" - this is where she wrote about her journey to adopt Adorian & Arabella and the life they shared after they came to be her precious kitties.

Karen, I am so sorry we never had a chance to meet in person. I wish I had known about your illness and passing sooner and I wish I could have just done something to help you, the way you so selflessly helped me an so many others throughout the years. The world has lost an amazing, wonderful, compassionate and selfless woman, and I have lost a friend. I am sure you are reunited with your beloved Julian and most likely with so many others that have been blessed to know your love. I hope one day we will meet up in heaven. Until then...

- Kelly
Angel Blackie's mom
Angel Squeeker's mom
goofygirlinva

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 #203 
Two years ago today my beloved Squeeker left this earth after a valiant battle with cancer and flew on up to heaven. I still miss him and think of him practically every day. I'm not sure what else I can write about him that I haven't already said, but I do know my love for him is as strong as ever, if not stronger, and I would give almost anything to have him back here with me.

Squeeker, my precious, special, wonderful boy, I miss you and love you so very much. I am so very sorry you had to go through your horrible cancer battle. It wasn't fair that you got sick and it wasn't fair that you died so young. We should have had so many more years together to enjoy, so many more walks through the neighborhood and in the nearby park. We should have had so many more nights hanging out together on my sofa and sleeping together in my bed. We should have had so many more mornings playing with my bed sheets and blankets before I headed off to work. You should not have died, but you are gone and we have had to pick up the pieces and have had to find a way to go on without you. I miss coming home to find you waiting for me at my door. I miss picking you up and holding you in my arms and looking into your eyes as you purred your beautiful, strong, unique purr for me. I miss everything about you and I always will. You were a gift from the angels and I just hope I did right by you during the few years we were together.

Be strong and patient, my beautiful one. We will eventually be together up in heaven and then nobody will ever be able to separate us again. Until that time, all my love forever and ever...

- Kelly
Angel Blackie's mom
Angel Squeeker's mom

goofygirlinva

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 #204 
Today marks Thomas' 2-year Gotcha Day anniversary. I adopted him 3 days after Squeeker passed away and 10 days after Mary, his person, died from a fall in her bathtub. 

People that know Mary say she and Thomas were extremely bonded - Thomas followed her wherever she went throughout her home. I'm told when the EMTs and police arrived at Mary's home, they found Thomas right by her side in the bathroom. I'm sure he was scared out of his mind and his whole world was turned upside down once Mary died. It is a shame that none of Mary's family could or were willing to adopt either Thomas or the other two cats that Mary had. Thankfully somebody adopted the other two kitties and I brought Thomas home with me. It has been a rocky two years with Thomas with all of the drama between him and Bud and sometimes Rufus. But Thomas has settled in and is, I think, doing well. 

Thomas is now 22 years old. I think he is a remarkable cat. He has so much spunk and he can be such a sweet, loving cat when he isn't growling or hissing at Bud, LOL. He has clearly bonded with me (and I with him) and I am so blessed to know this amazing boy and to be loved by him. I have never had a cat as old as Thomas, and to me every day he is alive is a day to celebrate because if I had not taken him in, he most likely would have been PTS. 

Here's to you, Thomas - happy Gotcha Day today! I love you, my sweet boy and with some good luck we might have a few more Gotcha Days to celebrate!

- Kelly
Angel Blackie's mom
Angel Squeeker's mom
goofygirlinva

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 #205 
Today is Squeeker's 3-year RB Day anniversary. It is so poignant this year because Rufus passed away last week on Monday, May 18. Rufus and I had just celebrated his 14th Gotcha Day anniversary on April 21, and I thought he was doing great. Rufus' illness came on so quickly - he showed the first signs of not doing well on Thursday, I took him in to the vet on Friday and he was gone the next Monday. 

With Rufus' passing I only have 3 kitties in my house and none that lived with me before I bought and moved into my current house. The house is so different without both Rufus & Squeeker here. I remember when I brought Squeeker home with me. It was just 2 days after Blackie died. I found Squeeker at the Animal Ark shelter and it was an instant connection with the two of us. So I brought him home with me that day. I had planned on separating Rufus & Squeeker so Squeeker could get used to his new home and Rufus could get used to having a new cat in the house. But when I brought Squeeker home, Rufus followed me right into my bedroom and when I opened up the carrier, Squeeker jumped right out of it and went right up to Rufus in what was to become his usual friendly way with all cats he met. He gave him a friendly hi and that was how they met. 

Squeeker was the friendliest cat - he loved all cats he met and he enjoyed having people over. I believe Rufus was only 3 years old at the time. I got him when he was 1 and he spent the next two years of his life living with my beloved Blackie. Blackie definitely did not want to share me with Rufus, so unfortunately Rufus spent his first 2 years with me living with a cat that did not like him at all. But when Squeeker came to live with us, Rufus was finally living with a cat that loved other cats. He never really did figure out how to react to that, LOL, but I so fondly remember seeing Squeeker try to groom Rufus a few times in the first couple of weeks that he was with us. And Squeeker was definitely the glue that held my kitty household together. He showed Rufus how to be a good cat, he showed my kitten Bud how to be loving, playful and well behaved boy, and he showed Little Red how to navigate living in my household. Red absolutely loved Squeeker - he would often seek out Squeeker and snuggle with him, even when Squeeker was in a kitty bed designed for just one cat. I have a few pictures of the two of them snuggled together in a kitty bed with a lot of Red spilling out onto the floor, LOL.

Now that Rufus is gone, I no longer have any direct connection to Blackie or to Squeeker. The house looks and feels different. The energy is so different and I miss having my boys with me.

Squeeker, I hope you are happy and healthy up in heaven. I hope you greeted Rufus when he joined you last week and that you are showing him around and helping him adjust to his new life. And even though you never knew him here on earth, I hope you and Blackie have met and are fast friends. I know Blackie never liked sharing me with another cat, but I really think you and he would have become fast friends and I hope you are friends up in heaven. 

Squeeker, I miss you. I still think about you quite often. You were the most amazing cat I have been privileged to know and love, and when you left, you took a big part of my heart with you. I hope you know I loved you so much and everything I did for you I did out of love. I look at your pictures and can see your love shining through...what I wouldn't give to hold you, kiss you, feel your heart beat, hear and feel your purr one more time. But I can't so until we are reunited, stay happy my friend and know I will always love you until the end of time and beyond...

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