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#523: Goodbye Little Thang

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Anyone who is or who has been a pet lover knows how hard this is to write. Last night at 11:00 one of my beloved kitty babies passed away.

She came to my house at the beginning of 2004, along with Brownie, another stray cat. I named her Little Thang because she was skinny and such a cute lil 'ol thang. When I brought them inside after deciding to keep them, she seemed happy to have a home and accepted her new status with contentment.

But during the past two weeks she began climbing on my bed and crawling on top of me, resting her face in my neck. I'd pet her as I read then hold her while I slept.

In the last few days she had become thinner but yesterday, other than a couple of small bites, she ignored her food and wouldn't drink water. She didn't seem to be in pain and never once cried out. I held her to my chest as her buddy, Thumper the Shepherd, looked at us and nudged Little Thang with her nose.

It was always funny watching the two of them together, Little Thang licking Thumper's face as if she were cleaning it and then Thumper licking Little Thang, leaving doggie slobber all over Little Thang's face.

Last night, Little Thang became much weaker but the vet's was closed and the emergency vet clinic wasn't open so I cuddled with her in bed lying next to her as she stretched out on a cool sheet.

But then Thumper, who had climbed on the bed and again was nosing Little Thang as if to say, "Let's play," began whimpering. Little Thang stretched her head and looked back at me, moved her lips, shuddered and passed on.

Some may think me crazy, but just as I had been telling her how much she was loved and what a good kitty she was, I believe she was telling me it was time for her to go.

Death is not a welcome guest, even though we all know it is inevitable.

For me, there has been so much of it the past few years as relatives, friends and pets departed, that I wonder how there can still be so many tears left to flow down my face.

Although I am blessed to still have Thumper, Brownie, and another stray I adopted, Baby the Boxer, with me, the house seems empty. The dogs sense my sadness and seek petting. Thumper has been going into the bedroom and out then back in looking, I'm sure, for Little Thang, her buddy.

I know there will be many happy memories to help soften the sad times of the future and that I will likely need to go through this again but for now I will cry unashamedly and believe Little Thang knew she was loved for the eight years we had together.

R.I.P. Little Thang. I firmly believe we will meet again one day. emoticon
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    So sorry about your kitty. I lost my cat just over a year ago. She had been my birthday present for my seventh birthday party, so we grew up together. She was nineteen when she died of old age, but no time is a 'good enough' time to lose a beloved pet. :(
    2967 days ago
    Sorry for your loss. I have been there also many times. My son loss his dog last year. It was so hard on him even being a married man with family.

    When he told me how fast the dog dropped to the ground out the back yard and he laid there with his heart raising so high. He knew his best pal was about to pass on. How he held is paw and told the dog. Go ahead little fellow. You can go. I know it is your time. We loved you so much. . You loved us. I find it hard to write this. I dont think tears will ever stop dropping when a loved animal dies.I cannot even finish the rest. My tears are streaming at this moment. emoticon

    Bless you dear one.

    3083 days ago
    3289 days ago
    There is nothing like the loss of a dear pet to hurt the heart. I am close to losing my dog of 18 years and want to stop time where it stands to prevent the inevitable. emoticon

    You did an amazing and great thing with Little Thang, giving her a warm, safe home with plenty of food and great friends who loved her too. She had a better life than many cats who end up as strays. And poor Thumper will moarn for a week or more but with your kind heart, will get thru this loss with you as you both go thur it together.

    gentle hugs of comfort for you and Thumper
    3294 days ago
    Dear Lou;

    My friend I feel you pain and pray God lessens it with his tender care. We love our pets as much as our chldren and family so there with be an empty space in your heart for Little Thang. Keep the memories close to your heart and the rest of your pets with comfort you as you comfort them. God bless you my friend and take each day with love.

    Your friend, Joyce
    3296 days ago
    Sorry for your loss Lou. You are in my prayers. God Bless.

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    3300 days ago
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    I'm so sorry for your loss, Lou. Hang in there.


    3300 days ago
    Sweet little thang will be in your heart & fond memories to comfort you. I still look at My Gidgy's photos to remind me of our love. It brings me comfort & I hope it works for you. Victoria
    3301 days ago
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    3305 days ago
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    I am so sorry about your kitten. emoticon
    3307 days ago
    Hugs to you Lou. It is a very das time when we lose our pets. So glad she had you as her owner right to the end and that she wanted to be with you when she died.

    I miss my little Abby and Bizkit, but have lots of wonderful memories as I am sure you have to.

    3307 days ago

    Sorry to hear of your loss. I also believe it is hard to lose a pet. I had a Golden Retriever that I had for 13 years and I cried for days when he died, and still think of him.

    emoticon Linda
    3308 days ago
    So sorry for you. We've had several pet deaths lately, and it's just SO hard! Bless you for taking her in and giving her a good life!
    3308 days ago
    Oh, LOU! I have tears in my eyes! Only someone who has watched their dear pet pass away can understand the anguish of losing a pet. Our sheltie, Ginger, passed away at 13, and of course, Drex was out of town on a school weekend field trip! I am just so sorry that your baby died; I am glad she was with you and Thumper to the end, though. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3309 days ago
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    I am so sorry Lou, you are certainly going through a lot right now, between the loss of your beloved pet and your sport. :(My prayers are with you.
    3309 days ago
    Gosh Lou so sad to hear of your pain & tears you are going thru..Even today It's difficult to think of my siamese cat who lived to be 18 yrs. I cried my heart out, I had to tell her it was ok to go. I heard her last dying sigh..Yet I was almost to the vets & he tried to bring her back. I just disolved to tears..So I understand your pain..It was wonderful you could be there to help her on her journey to pet heaven.. emoticon
    3309 days ago
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    I truly share your tears, Lou.
    3309 days ago
    Awe . . so sorry for your loss. We have a very old kitty too. I'm wondering every day what the next will bring with her. Your kitty was very loved and I know knew it too . . .

    my heart is with you . . friend, love, jan
    3309 days ago
  • 0309COOKIE
    I'm so sorry for your loss. May Little Thang rest in peace.
    3310 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    I am so sorry for your loss Lou. Wish I could be there to give you a big hug.
    Little Thang was so lucky to have found you - as any animal would be. She had many years of being loved and cherished, something all animals deserve. I loved reading about how Thumper gave Little Thang so much loving attention.

    Take care my friend and know that you are in my thoughts.
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  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I am SO SORRY, I also shed a tear reading this.

    She knows she was loved and it's so nice that you could
    be there with her & comfort her last few minutes here
    on earth.

    Love you, warm emoticon
    3310 days ago
  • DKWP614
    Death is never easy for those it leaves behind. But it sounds like you made her departure a warm, safe and loving one. I believe that animals' souls are just as acute as our own, and I am sure that she was grateful for your comfort in her last days.

    You were a good Dad!

    I send you thoughts of warmth and healing in this difficult time.
    3310 days ago
    I love cats. At one time I had 4 cats all at once...loved them all...they have all passed away due to old age or illnesses. Sending prayers to you and God Bless You.

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    3310 days ago
    So sorry for your loss :(
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  • TEMPEST272002
    Thank you for sharing your lovely memories of Little Thang. She was such a sweet little cat & such a joy in your life. Hugs as you grieve her loss.
    3310 days ago
    I know how tough this is, and the love you gave each other is so precious and sweet. This blog brought tears to my eyes. Very sad to lose our furry loved ones.
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    3310 days ago
    Lou, so sorry about the loss of your cat. I believe the other pets could sense her death and experience grief, too. Take comfort in knowing Little Thang spent her the end of her life surrounded by love. emoticon
    3310 days ago
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    Awww.. I'm so sorry for your loss. You know, usually animals hide when they're sick or know that they're about to leave us, but your little thang chose to spend her last moments with you. That says a lot about you Lou. I hope that soon your memories will bring smiles instead of tears..
    3310 days ago
    God bless you Lou. You never have to be ashamed to cry about your pets to me. I have 15 strays and you know about my #16 pups at one time. They are my children each and everyone. They were left at my doorstep for a reason and we give them a good home till they must move on. It is my gift to the lord for giving us such loving creatures that even as someone is tossing them aside, they welcome my husband and I with open hearts. God bless.
    3310 days ago
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    I know all too well, and recently, your pain, Lou! I agree with you, I believe I will see my beloved babies again also. I am praying for you! God bless you! emoticon
    3310 days ago
    The pain is great, but the joy is greater. You've written a lovely tribute. QEII said 'Grief is the price we pay for love.' I guess it is - but how wonderful you had LT in your life.
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  • LESLIES537
    Beautifully written. I firmly believe she will be there at those golden gates, waiting for your arrival! Bless her little heart and bless yours! BIG emoticon
    3310 days ago
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