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A Tribute to A Little Black Cat named Jakey

Thursday, January 26, 2012

As some of you know, I have been very worried about my little cat Jakey who last weekend became very ill. This morning Jakey crossed the rainbow bridge and he is now Home.

This blog is a tribute to my beloved little Jakey.

It was a little over a year ago in late autumn when I first met Jakey. I was driving down a neighborhood street when I heard a woman scream. I quickly looked her way and much to my surprise spotted a tiny black cat. He was standing on nails the length of stilts with long hair severely knotted. But it was his incessant yowling in a deep, gravely voice that really caught my attention. So I quickly got out of my car and grabbed him. And there we sat in the front seat of my rusty 95 Corolla, staring at each other. Somewhere during the time I was admiring his four fangs that pointed in four directions, Jakey made the decision to keep me and I in turn fell in love.
So off we went to the vet for a check up and a shave. The news was not good.
Jakey was very underweight and needed medication for an overactive thyroid, hence the yowl. I was ok with this. But then the vet told me that Jakey was old and that just about broke my heart. So I bought him the best food on the market and took him home determined to love him with such an intensity that he would leave this world knowing that he was valued and cherished.
My life with Jakey began the day the lion-shaved crotchety cat arrived home, gave one major hiss at his siblings that left them scattering and claimed my bedroom as his living quarters. It was there that he ate his meals, took his naps and occasionally looked out the window to catch up on the neighborhood gossip. Once the yowling was under control I began to get to know Jakey. What he lacked in weight and size he made up in personality. He was brilliant, opinionated and obstinate and on a regular basis tried to bite me with fangs that fortunately could not make serious contact. And every night he would redeem himself by curling up beside my head and wrapping his tail around my hand like a little monkey. And as the months passed, Jakey's tail quietly wrapped itself around my heart.
Deciding when it is time to let a beloved pet go has got to be one of the most painful and difficult decisions for a pet owner. But today I was blessed as I learnt that Jakey was emaciated due to cancer and that I was letting him go before he had begun to suffer. He has now crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is in the fine company of many of your beloved pets.
Welcome Home sweet Jakey.
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    What a wonderful tribute to Jakey! You write so beautifully of your special bond. He was blessed that you found him and you are certainly blessed by his existence.
    1887 days ago
    So, So sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved kitty. He was lucky to have you for his human emoticon emoticon
    1900 days ago
    My heart never sunk as much, as when I was reading about this endearing little cat. He will be chasing butterflys and playing with all the other animals on Rainbow bridge. I was shedding tears and holding one of my precious little guys really close while I was reading about Jakey.

    Funny how I had already commented previously on this. It just caught my eye again. Losing one always hurts.
    1916 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/20/2013 10:09:57 PM
    This made me cry too. My cat Tippy, also a rescue, had hyperthyroid, so I can totally relate to the loud MEOWS! She went to the rainbow bridge in April of this year. She got diagnosed with congestive heart failure. She appeared to be fine until the last day of her life. I had to make the decision to put her to sleep, too, but I was there with her, and kissing her warm fuzzy head telling her that I would love her forever.

    You are a good writer--very moving words. Thanks for sharing your love for Jakey.

    2050 days ago
    This made me cry. I love my little fur balls so much. Well, I do have a few more than you. I rescued 5 kittens from next door, with their Mother and an older kitten, from the same Mother. The house burned down, and the people left the cats/kittens. I was amazed that someone could do this. Poor little guys were lost, and kept returning to the burned down hulk of what was their home. Anyway needless to say Neighbor started feeding them (Me) but in turn I was feeding the neighborhood ferals as well, because the Mama kept getting preggers. I took Mom and the older kitten to where they lived now. And tried to figure out what to do with the kittens. Well after a couple of months one got pregnant and I took her in and got her through it she had 5 and they all were given away except my Lily. Anyway between her and her Sister who was still outside and 2 more batches of kittens. I ended up with 7 cats to accompany my 3 older cats I had inside. And I love them all. 3 are outside cats. But I took them all to the Vet for their rabies shots and spays and neuters. So no more kittens sigh......
    2176 days ago
  • SILLYHP1953
    Yes, he's playing and napping with quite a few of my cats.
    2185 days ago
    Everything that could be said has been said & I echo them, you are indeed a compassionate woman, and I'm sure Jakey thought so too,,,,
    Blessings, dearest Naomi....

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    YOU ARE emoticon and I'm so sorry you lost your little friend....

    Sending you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Sylvia xx
    2189 days ago
  • SHEILA234
    That is so beautiful. I also have tears in my eyes. It was wonderful that you rescued this poor little soul and gave him love and a home for the last part of his life. I'm sorry that you didn't have longer with him. I hope you have many memories of the happy times you had together. Bless you.
    2191 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/21/2012 1:57:02 AM
    Hi Naomi;

    Jakey was very blessed to have you find him and give him a life of royalty for a short time. I had to put one of my dogs down and it broke my heart. I have a dog now that is 12 years old and has her sister that is 10 but I know time is near because the older one has heart, thyroid, lymed partially deaf so I take care of her and love both of them all I can. She runs and acts like a pup but she is so very loving. They are like children and we do get so attached. Stay healthy, exercise and make 2012 you best year in reaching your goals. God bless you and he is Jakey always.

    Smile Joyce
    2260 days ago
  • BLESSED714
    Oh I am so sorry Naomi. I am sitting here crying very hard. Your story touched my heart. You are truly a special person to take Jakey in. God bless you always. I am so happy that the 2 of you had time to bond. You took care of him and loved him, and whatever time you had together was so special, that you gave him such happiness and love. Now, he is at rest and in peace, no suffering at the Rainbow Bridge. Much Love and hugs to you. Again, I am so sorry.

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    2268 days ago
    Thank you for taking him in! Who knows what his life had been like before you found him--it takes a really special person to give an older cat like him a wonderful last year of his life.
    2269 days ago
    I'm SO sorry. It was so wonderful of you to take Jakey in - his last year was full of love because of you.
    2271 days ago
    I am crying so hard right now.

    Sending you comfort. Wrap in your rainbow shawl.

    You sent him off on a boat of love.

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    2271 days ago
    This is beautifully written from your soul and I can feel the love that you and sweet Jakey had for each other.

    2272 days ago
    Tears, Naomi. You are such an amazing woman with boundless love for underdogs of all shapes, sizes, and species. What a beautiful tribute!
    2274 days ago
    oH Naomi,I am in tears and my heart aches for you.I am sorry you didn't get to spend more time with Jakey.You gave him the best and he will never forget you,I am happy that you gave him so much love and compassion and he went to Rainbow Bridge loved and cared for.May you always remember him and the pain of letting him go,get less painful and you feel peace for what you did for him.Bless You and Bless Jakey. emoticon emoticon Diana
    2274 days ago
    Naomi, I wanted to cry as I read your blog, right up until I realized that you gave Jakey the best year of his life, and then helped him over the Rainbow Bridge before he began to suffer. Thank you for being such a loving lady.

    You've written a beautiful tribute.
    2274 days ago
    Much love and rainbow light to you and Jakey and the rest of your furry family. emoticon
    2274 days ago
    It is so hard to make the decision to let a beloved pet go...I had to do that 3 years ago with my little red dog Kody whom I'd had for eleven years. I feel for you and understand what you are going through...and believe it or not I've had a new little guy in my life for the past two years...he is black...and tan, but is of the canine variety...betcha can't guess what his name is?! Yup, its "Jakey"....thats what caught my eye on your blog...was the name. My Jakey is a little chihuahua, is 4 years old.....also rescued from a sad situation. He too, is quite the character like your Jakey was. I think you did the right thing letting him go when you did so that he didn't suffer...thats admirable and the true sign of a caring pet owner.

    emoticon to you for your loss, Wendenannie
    2275 days ago
  • SILLYHP1953
    You did a wonderful thing. I'm sorry you didn't have more time with him.
    2275 days ago
    I'm so sorry about Jakey. He sounds like a real character and it reminds me of when we got our Matt. He adopted our spare room and was my best buddy until the day he let me know it was time to go. I laid him down before we went to bed and he just never woke up again. I know he's doing just fine, but I miss him all the same. He laid around most of the time, but he stole my heart as well.

    What an awesome friend you were to him. It sounds like you were a blessing to each other. Sending you hugs. CJ
    2275 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/27/2012 3:59:07 PM
    What a treasure he had in his time with you, Naomi. That you opened yourself to him knowing this letting go was also part of the bargain speaks oceans of your bright light.

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    2275 days ago
    I'm so sorry about Jakey's passing, but you can find some comfort in knowing that you gave him a wonderful life.
    2275 days ago
    It's always so hard to lose a pet. You gave him a wonderful life this past year. He knew he was loved. You can't ask for more than that. emoticon
    2276 days ago
    How much love you have for you sweet kitty! It was so brave and kind of you to know when to let Jakey go.
    2276 days ago
    Naomi, my heart hurts for you. I'm so sorry you lost your little Jakey. You made the last year of his life so wonderful for him.
    Take care my friend!

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    2276 days ago
    So sorry for your loss. Eventually, the sweet memories of Jakey will be more joyful rather than sad, time does heal, eventually.

    My furry kitty, Lucky was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism a few months ago. It was a rough few months but he seems to be feeling better just lately. Love him lots. He is my buddy - acts just like a dog the way he hangs out with me.

    Sending you hugs.
    2276 days ago
    Naomi, my heart breaks for you. I know too well the loss you're feeling. I understand that even knowing that that you gave Jakey enough love in your short time together to make up for Jakey's life time of neglect, does not release you from the pain of living without your beloved pet & friend. Sending you my love, and prayers that your heart heals, and you find comfort in the well wishes and love of your friends.
    2276 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/26/2012 9:41:58 PM
  • DAISY443
    Tears for Jakey and you!
    2276 days ago
    How awesome to let him go before he had the pain with cancer. I also would let them go when it came to this state in their life. I couldn't see being so selfish to keep them alive for my benefit.
    Jakey is now with all kinds of friends now.
    2276 days ago
    You know how I feel emoticon
    and what I am thinking

    In addition to my feelings, I am feeling for you and I know how hard this is. You are a love. Tell Christopher I said it's his job to be beside you now.

    I am not home right now otherwise I would give you a ring. I will ring you on the morrow. emoticon
    2276 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/26/2012 7:15:40 PM
    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Jakey. My Kea-Dog has only been at Rainbow Bridge for 8 days and I am still mourning her loss. Our pets fill a whole in our lives we didn't even know was there. Keep all the happy memories you have of Jakey close - it helps to remember and honor our beloved fur-babies.
    2276 days ago
    Beautifully *penned,* with love oozing all over my computer. ALL HAIL The JAKEY!
    2276 days ago
    Jakey joins some of mine, also. You must be a GOOD person to have such a sweet heart for animals. I join you in your loss. vista emoticon
    2276 days ago
    I am sorry to hear of your loss of your furry friend. It is so hard when we grow so close and lose them. Jakey is in the company of my furry kitties that have crossed that bridge as well.
    2276 days ago
  • GOIN4GR8
    Your sweet tribute made me tear up.; I'm SO sorry for your loss. I, too, know how hard it is ... and thank you so much for giving Jakey so much love before he left us.

    Rainbow Bridge sure is going to be a wonderful place when we get there, with all our beloved friends waiting for us.

    Thank you for sharing.

    2276 days ago
  • CURRY63
    Dearest Naomi, I am so sorry to hear about Jakey but I understand that it was your love for him that wanted to give him a home where he would not hurt anymore. Aunt Lila still doesn't want to let Maggie go. Maggie is the last living connection she has to the life she lived before my uncle died. Remember that I am with you in spirit. God Bless. Love and hugs, Janice emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2276 days ago
    Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss Naomi. I too know how much it hurts to loose a beloved pet... Jakey was well loved thanks to your kindness. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2276 days ago
    I'm sorry you lost Jakey but he's so happy now - feels good and is with friends. It's hard, but he's fine! emoticon emoticon
    2276 days ago
    Ohh what a lovely way for Jakey to to go home to rainbow bridge ..
    I am so sorry for your loss of such a lovely little cat.
    but had you not taken him home and loved him his fate would have been much worse ..
    So very sorry you lost him so soon!!
    Love and hugs Susie emoticon emoticon
    2276 days ago
    You and Jakey are in my thoughts, Naomi. I am so glad he knew your love before he crossed the bridge.
    2276 days ago
    I feel for you hun, it's so sad to have to let go but Jakey is at peace now.
    You have my sympathy, pets become a part of our family life and give unconditional love.
    Sending hugs
    2276 days ago
    Sweet Jakey is in the company of some of my very best companions. I know he is safe and pain free now. Thank you for sharing your closest thoughts.

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    2276 days ago
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