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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Last Thursday morning I called my vet's office to make an appointment to bring my kitty, Socks in. You see Socks was getting very old and in the last few months had gone deaf and blind...he was 18 years old and we had gotten to the point we were taking it one-day-at-a-time.

Socks was my friend and my buddy and we had been together since he was very young. We had been through so much together over the 18 daughter grew up from a pre-teen to a mother and wife, I had four grandchildren born, I had gotten a divorce, moved and started over 15 years ago. He has been my "constant" in my life. He was always by my side. When I came home he was always waiting on me, glad I was home once again to be with him. When I worked in my yard and my flower beds he always stayed near by, watching over me.

So when the last stage of his life began taking a toll on him I thought I'd take him in to see the vet just to see if there was anything they could do to make him more comfortable. The vet said he was in kidney failure and with his age, there just wasn't anything we could do. He said when I was ready to call them for them to put him to sleep. We left his office, went to the car and he died in the front seat of my car before I left the parking lot. I honestly feel he knew how hard it was for me to have to decide when to put him down, so he made that choice on his own. I feel so honored to have been with him, petting him when he took his last breath. He went out of this world very easily and peacefully.

I took my friend and buddy home, wrapped him in one of his favorite blankets, placed him in a box and took him out to the garden bench that he used to nap on while I worked in my yard and we had a little chat. Then I buried him on the edge of the yard, near that garden bench so when I'm out working in my flower beds he can continue to watch over me.

I feel so lucky to have had so many years with him and to have had his unconditional love and devotion. He will continue to live in my heart and my memories.

Till we see each other again my friend, I know you are waiting on me at heaven's gate~
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    What a wonderful tribute to your sweet buddy Socks! Sorry I missed this blog! So sad to lose a precious animal, who are like children to us. I was in tears by the end of it, thinking of the ones I have lost in the past. I hope the next cat you get will give you all the love that Socks did! emoticon emoticon
    1217 days ago
    Oh my, I cried through your entire post. My heart goes out to you in the loss of your companion. May God keep you deepest sympathy to you. I've felt that same pain, allow yourself the time needed to grieve and work your way through your loss. Know Socks will be waiting on the other side of the Rainbow bridge for you. In the meantime he'll be romping and playing with all the other pets waiting for their masters to join them, bright eyed and listening to the birds! Bless you...
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    1257 days ago
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    I also have many special friends waiting for me in Heaven. I'm sure they were all lined up at the gate waiting to welcome Socks.
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    1257 days ago
    Heaven's Littlest Angel

    All God's creatures are His special angels
    They are with us for just a little while

    They bring joy and laughter into our lives
    We are better for loving them so

    We say goodbye with care and comfort
    Returning them to their Father above

    Remember the warmth of their breath
    Upon you cheek at night

    When the wind blows and you feel the breeze
    It is him whispering his hello's

    I hope my poem will help you taday and in the days to come.

    1258 days ago
    Honey, I am so sorry. so sorry. I know how you feel. oh my. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Karen
    1258 days ago
    So sorry about your furry friend. 18 years is a long time for a cat, I'm impressed! Clearly his memory is lasting, because he was such a good companion. emoticon
    1258 days ago
    Awww! I'm so sorry you lost your buddy. Sounds like he had a great life though. I can't imagine losing my buddy....RIP Socks. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon
    1258 days ago
    So sorry that you have lost your little buddy. I am glad that he lived a long life and was always there for you during trying times. I'm sure he's chasing bugs and birds now and will be anticipating your arrival so the two of you can work in the garden once again.
    1258 days ago
    Thank you for sharing that lovely tribute to Socks. emoticon

    Our Kitty Kitty was 19. She is watching over us from a spot in the woods just beyond our back yard where she used to love to walk with us.

    Our furkids walk along side of us for a while but we will carry them in our hearts forever.
    1258 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a loving pet. My heart goes out to you. Big Big hugs!
    1258 days ago
    So sorry you lost your beloved pet. I lost two dogs in the past 4 year of old age. My only remaining dog in 14 and has his bad days. He is my faithful companion as well. I love him to pieces and so does my husband. You were lucky to have your cat as a companion for so long. I know you will miss Socks. emoticon
    1258 days ago
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