Monday, August 23, 2010

You Had Me At Meow

Last Tuesday we made a very difficult decision.

Tigger had been steadily declining in health for 5 months. We kept putting off the decision, wondering if we would wake up one morning and the decision would have been made for us.
We waited for signs that he was suffering and tried some all natural pain medication. By Tuesday, it was no longer possible to put it off.

On the advice of my good FB/Bloggy friend Bunny, we took Tigger to the SPCA in Sanford FL.
I was okay until my loving husband started crying as I was signing all the paperwork. We couldn't bear to bring home an empty carrier, so we donated it to the shelter.

We have had a pet almost continuously in our 31 years of marriage and I had 3 cats before we got married. The house is very quiet. Mr Sunshine misses Tigger greeting him at the front door after work every night. I miss him in the kitchen when I'm cooking. Before his world became confined to the spot in front of his food dishes, he used to climb in bed with us every night...stretching out between us while we read, one of us scratching his back and the other one rubbing his head.

We have been remembering how tiny he was when he came home at 6 weeks.

We named him Tigger because Sorority Girl was in a production of Winnie The Pooh And Friends that week.

Cape Cod Kid showered his love on Tigger in a very different way. They re-enacted the famous scene where Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a live chicken.

We remember that we have never seen a cat with so much fur before....


...who seemed to be so pissed off that hot summer when we had him shaved!






This is the very last picture I took of Tigger.

April 1998~August 2010





15 comments:

bunny said...

Our lives are always better because of the animals we love. He was a beauty. Peace to him and you.

Becca said...

he looks like he was loving and loved. I'm sorry for your loss.

Gail said...

So sorry...he was gorgeous and looked like a good friend to have.

Jen on the Edge said...

I am so sorry.

ms-teacher said...

Your post put a lump in my throat. We lost our cat Alfie a couple of months ago. I broke down again when we received a condolence card from the vet that Alfie's inked print on the inside.

Hugs to you.

robertga99 said...

so sorry for your loss :(

Loretta a/k/a Mrs. Pom said...

Hugs from here to you and your husband. A well-loved kitty who had a home and a heart for all of his life. I'm so sorry that your time with him has ended,

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I'm really sorry. Tigger was a peach of a cat--heck, he even guest-posted for you a few times! That must have been really hard for you to come to that decision, but you know you did it out of love for him.

blackbird said...

I'm think of you and yours...

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I am so sorry--the love, and the giving of our love, to a good pet is a blessing in our lives.

Kerry said...

Losing a pet is so hard. It looks like Tigger was well-loved and had a happy life. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Meg at the Members Lounge said...

Tigger was a one good looking kitty. Bee and I had our cat for over 20 years before she had to be put down. We used to dress the cat up at Christmas and stick her under the tree!

That was a nice tribute.

Carolina said...

Tigger is so beautiful! I'm sure he had a wonderful family! He's happy :) x

Cat (SoFla Mom) said...

I'm just now reading this, and I'm so sorry. Tears are strolling down my face. I'm gonna go hug my pup now.

{hugs}

Tara R. said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Tigger was fine looking cat, and sounds like a marvelous member of your family.