My Loving Companion
 
I am sorry to inform everyone that Boo passed away peacefully this morning at approximately 10:15AM at the vet's office. I held him in my arms and told him I loved him, and he went without a single growl or meow. He was very tired. In short, his body had given up, his kidneys had given up, his fur wouldn't even grow. His soul was tired, his body was tired, so I had to let him go. 


He has been buried in my back yard in a beautiful cardboard casket the vet so sweetly gave me, along with his favorite cuddly blanket and my mother put a small red rose bud with stem in there with him. I am carving a headstone for him. 


I have nothing else to say right now, I don't believe it has fully hit me. I must gather all of his things and put them away. Chickster wouldn't get near him as I tried to let her smell him, but she growled and ran away. This was her first experience with death so I can imagine. 


Thank you all for your kind words and support, it was so helpful and desperately needed, along with everything else. 
 


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'Kaika's mom
08/02/2010 14:13

I am so very sorry that your sweet boy has left you. Any words I have are inadequate, but just know that your love and care mattered most to keeping him going for as long as you have. You were very kind to see that he was tired and letting him go was your final act of love for him.

Hugs from me and gentle purrs from 'Kaika ...

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08/02/2010 16:48

Guess I accidentally deleted my comment.

I am so sorry about losing Boo. You did all you could, including letting him go when he was too tired to go on. Saying good-bye is so painful.

Soft purrs and tail wags from the Funny Farmers and hugs from me -
Jan

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08/02/2010 21:36

We's so sorry to hear Boo runned off to tha Bridge. I's maked a specshul grafik fur him and it's on The Cat Blogosphere today.
We had Charlie Taylor, who had to go to the Bridge last year this time. Even though him was too weak and tired to go on, it still hurts. We still miss him.
Maybe Boo and Charlie are running and playing togetfur now.
Sending you lots of soft purrs,
ove,
KC

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08/03/2010 00:05

Hi, I didn't know Boo, but I do understand the devastating pain of losing a pet you love so much. I'm sorry Boo had to go to the Bridge ~ but that boy must have had a wonderful life with you and was surrounded by love at the end. What more can we ask for our beloved pets?

I wondered if you'd come across this before ~ I hoped it might bring you comfort:

Living Love

If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will always remember...
The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your young new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed. You may have asked numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in finding a breeder. Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just chosen that silly looking mutt in a shelter - simply because something in its eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home, and watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front room - and when you feel it brush against you for the first time - it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the many years to come.

The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a day like any other. Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your long-time friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will see sleep where you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your friend's diet - and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until the third day finally arrives.

And on this day - if your friend and God have not decided for you, then you will be faced with making a decision of your own - on behalf of your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest Spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you - you will feel as alone as a single star in the dark night. If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as they must. And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you. But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul - a bit smaller in size than your own - seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come. And at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your leg - very, very lightly. And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend used to lie - you will remember those three significant days. The memory will most likely be painful, and leave an ache in your heart. As time passes, the ache will come and go as it has a life of its own. You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still be an ache.

But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when - along with the memory of your pet - and piercing through the heaviness in your heart - there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living Love - like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this love will remain and grow - and be there for us to remember. It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live. It is a love which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave, perhaps to join our beloved pets - it is a love that we will always possess.

~ Written by Martin Scot Kosins, Author of "Maya's First Rose" ~


(((((hugs)))))) from Jan
(Milo and Alfie's Mom)

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08/03/2010 01:08

Purring for you...

May Boo's passing while in your arms be a loving memory to hold onto until you meet again in the arms of God.

Katie Kat

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08/03/2010 01:58

I'm so very sorry for Boo's passing. I know there are no words of comfort at this time--I *know* this only too well--but I am sending universal healing Light and Blessings and wishing you peace of spirit.

-Kim with Annie, Nicki, Derry and "angel" Chumley

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08/03/2010 02:42

We are so sorry to hear about your loss, and understand your broken heart. Our Puss Angel, she had CRF, and even though we managed it for over a year, the end was sudden and very sad.

Sending you hugs and quiet purrs

Julie and Poppy Q

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Everycat
08/03/2010 03:18

We are sad to learn that dear little Boo had to leave for The Bridge. You worked so hard to help him and nursed him so well. Being with him as he passed is the most loving thing and will have made his journey easier. We hope that in time, your heart will heal enough for you to remember sweet Boo and smile again.

We send you love and rumbly purrs

Whicky Wuudler
Oliver
& Gerry

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08/03/2010 04:46

I remember when Scampie went, I actually felt a little relief, because I think it was seeing her ill for the last few weeks had really taken it out on me, so I felt happier that she wasn't in pain or feeling miserable.
IT will be a hard time for you, but time will make things more bearable, so take comfort that there are so many people around that have full sympathy for you, having also lost such a loved family member.

there's a poem on this page that might give you some comfort called the last will and testament of a cat http://www.freyacat.co.uk/2009/10/a-sad-weekend.html

Hugs,
xxx

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08/03/2010 05:01

We are so sorry to hear about your precious Boo passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and purrayers during this very sad time. (((hugs)))

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08/03/2010 06:58

I know that there are no words adequate to ease your pain but please know that I am sending my deepest condolences on the loss of your dear friend.

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08/03/2010 07:14

We are so sorry for your loss. What a very handsome mancat he was. You are in our thoughts and prayers. (((HUGS)))

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Charlemagne and Tamar
08/03/2010 08:04

We're very sorry to hear that Boo had to go the Bridge. He'll be waiting there for you.

Sending soft purrs to help comfort you,
Charlemagne and Tamar

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08/03/2010 11:32

We are very sorry for hte loss of Boo. We haven't visited before, but we saw the message on the CB. We are glad that you will not close yourself off from other kitties. We are sending purrs to help comfort you.

Junior and Orion

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08/03/2010 15:42

We never knew Boo, but it is clear he was much loved. Sending mournfull purrrss and gentle headbuttss to Boo's Ma and Chickie Sue.

ppuurrrrrr

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Marjorie Dawson
08/03/2010 15:49

My thoughts and tears are with you. This is so sad to hear. Boo must have been special and knew you needed his love.

Rest in peace lovely Boo.

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08/04/2010 09:24

We are so very sad to hear of your loss. We send loving purrs to you and all who loved Boo.

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    About Boo

    Boo was a 13.5 year old Persian male with Chronic Renal Failure diagnosed 03/15/10. He passed away peacefully on 08/02/10. For more on Boo, visit Boo's Life Story page.

    Boo's Ma

    I live in Central North Carolina and take care of 6 cats. 4 outside 'wanderers' and 2 indoor, Boo and Chickster. Boo is 13 years old and Chickster is 1-2. I'd rather be at home with my cats than anywhere else. I devote most of my time to Boo and try not to accidentally ignore Chickie Sue. I am starting to notice they can be a lot like children sometimes! It is not always an easy job!


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