"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Boo has been in our lives for almost 19 years, ...................

Boo came to us, during the time that our children were small,.............she,  just a small kitten, sitting out by our fence with a small meek meow. She brought us much joy...........in her sweet loving ways...........she gave us a small litter of kittens to also love..............she gave up city life and moved out with us to the country, where she survived a horrific coyote attack . She watched all of the children grow up and leave and also out lived all of her children. Her latest days were spent much of the time napping on the foot of our bed. 19 years seems like such a long time,.............I thought, until at the vets office this week, I had a only few short minutes left to hold this wonderful creature............before the death needle of the vet would take her away. After all of these years, her kidneys had started to fail.
Now there is an empty spot on the foot of our bed.

On the same day, I took Abbey along. Abbey was one of a group of kittens that came to the farm when we first moved out to the country. For 10 years she has explored the woods and brought back mice and has left them lying neatly by the door. She claimed the shelf and the top of the dryer in the laundry room as her favorite sleeping spot.She would sit with me outside in the late afternoons. She was gentle and sweet. Again, time seems not long at all when you realize that something so dear will soon be gone.
After exploratory surgery, the very next day after Boo's death,  Abbey received that dreaded needle of the vet......................
she had cancer.
I listen to the lonely call of the doves as I sit outside...............missing this beloved cat.

There is no cure for a broken heart................except for time, perhaps...............
Life has always filled me with awe....................
and yet, death has done the same.................
It seems that one gets to know and have time to look forward to a new life about to arrive...........
Yet death holds no announcement..............it can pop up when one least expects it.
I guess, some would say, that it's a good lesson on why we should enjoy what we have each day that we are given the chance to do so.
And I am truly grateful for all of the time and the memories that these two creatures brought my way, perhaps I am just a little selfish is wanting just a little more time with them.
 

22 comments:

Magnolia Tea said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Kathleen. I know very well how devastating it is to lose a beloved pet. But, at the same time, how wonderful that you had so many years with her.

Auntea said...

Writing through tears, oh you poor dear. I have been in your shoes and I will be again someday, so I know your pain. Big hugs

ramona said...

So sorry you lost two beautiful companions. I have been where you are many times. May you be comforted by your memories.

Paula Fraker said...

I am so so sorry, Kathleen... to lose two good friends so quickly like that is terrible. Sending prayers and hugs your way today....

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I am deeply sorry to read that you had to put to sleep your beloved cats so close together. As a cat lover and I had 4 at one time that were all the same age, they came from the same litter so within one year I had to put them all to sleep, they were 18 years of age. I know how empty the bed feels, how quiet the house can get and the killer of it when you lift a sofa to move the furniture only to find a ball they played with a year after they have all been gone. MY heart hurts for you and you are in my prayers that GOD will comfort you. Our vet said the best thing to do is to get another pet, you are not replacing one with another but you are easing the hurt and giving another cat a home that needs one. Had I not had the parrots, I would have but I could never have trusted another cat around the parrots as I did my babies. SO maybe there is another baby out there for you that GOD will bring your way should you so desire to have another one.

GOD give you peace in your heart as you go through this time of sadness. It does get better but you never forget them. Its been 6 years now and I still have moments that rip through my heart. BUT it does get better and the pain is not as great.

Prayers for you!

Bev C said...

Hello Kathleen,

Oh this is say, to have one gone is bad enough but two. Happy memories of your family pets will get you through this.

Bev.

Laurie said...

I'm so sorry Kathleen, I know your precious memories of your cats will bring you comfort. Death is so hard, isn't it. Our pets are not only a family member, they are our friends. I know so well your grief.

Sherri Farley said...

So sad, but so beautifully written. Beloved pets are like family. Thinking of you.

Betty Lou said...

Oh Kathleen, my heart goes out to you, I can't imagine loosing two,dear pets. Time heals but there will always be a special place in your heart for both kitties.

Cindy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Cats are really wonderful companions and are missed when they are gone. I'm sure you and your family will have many memories of these guys. Take care, Cindy

sweetvintageofmine said...

My heart goes out to you....not just losing one but two. I had a dog name Boo-Boo many years ago and I just lost my beloved Miss Phoebe on June 20. She was adorable. There was such a void I didn't expect too....our pets are so precious and innocent....they love so unconditionally. Prayers and Hugs, Roxie

Mary @ Colony Mountain Folk Art Dolls said...

A loving home for 19 long years; what a fortunate kitty. But, it's so hard to give them up...

Kate said...

I am sorry for your loss..sending hugs from CT.

lil red hen said...

I can truly say I know how you feel. My kitty didn't have a chance to live out a long life before he was brutally killed by dogs. I have lots of barn cats, but none I can bring inside for a real little friend. Perhaps another will come to your door soon, looking for a loving home.

Agrigirl said...

I am so sorry. I had wonderful cat that looked just like Abby. When I lost him, my heart was broken for very long time. I have two kitties now that I enjoy but I still miss Elvis.

Nancy J said...

The emptiness will be huge, and grief will rest heavily for a while, a long time maybe, until memories of happiness fill the gap gradually, Losing two, so, so hard. I have been there too. Fond greetings, Jean.

Anita said...

Sorry to hear you've lost your two lovely friends. It is always sad to say goodbye.
Hugs, Anita.

Michaele said...

Oh my heart aches for you. I know how you must miss them. We have two cats that are especially special to us and I can't imagine the day they won't be around. Take comfort in their wonderful lives.

Marie said...

How very sad! I miss our cats too so much! Cricket had to be put down also and that about broke our hearts. We had to find new homes for Tinker Bell and Jaws because we ourselves were going through some issues and couldn't take them with us. I know how sad you have to feel right now. 19 years was a long time for the momma cat. Wow!

Kelly_Deal said...

Oh Kathleen, I'm so sorry for your loss. Brought tears to my eyes.

Daisy said...

Oh Kathleen, I'm so sorry to hear this sad news! How unbearable to lose them both in such a short time span. Hugs to you my dear friend.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I am sorry to read of the loss of your beloved pets, Kathleen. We too have known the sadness of losing beloved companions and from similar causes too. Memories are precious links to hold onto.