October 2nd 2012 5:57 pm
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I wanted to thank everyone for all the kindness and support in dealing with the loss of my sweet, precious, beautiful boy. Thank you for everything - all the gifts, stars, rosies, pawmails, poems, photos, comments and also for diary entries.
I will be working on thank yous, but I’ve just been so physically and emotionally drained that I haven’t had a chance to send out any thank yous. I am very grateful for everything. For every comment, every kind message and gift. Having this place to share our fur babies and their lives - the joy, the fun and the pain - is a beautiful thing. It doesn’t change the loss, but it so helps knowing others understand and care. I also feel grateful to have been able to share my sweet boy with others.
Some purrsonal thank yous:
I wanted to thank Tasha and angel QT for posting very touching and caring diaries which helped ease my pain. I need to repost the writing/poem Tasha posted called "You Have Chosen Tears". So beautiful and healing.
Thank you to Sammie & Lady’s dad for the pawmails and for the lovely poems. Those poems are very comforting to read. Thank you for the caring pawmails from QT and her mom, Kaci’s mom, Natasha, Bella & Ruffy, Tully, and Monster. Thank you so much for caring and taking the time to pawmail. Thank you to Calvin and his caring Mawmee for getting wings so quickly for Gumpy. Thank you to Tigger’s mom for reaching out to me when she was dealing with so much loss herself. Thank you to Angel Alfie's mom Eva for being there that day through email and phone and trying to help me. Thank you to Tully’s mom for always caring about my tuxie boy (and me). Thank you to Lacey & Alex for posting about what was happening and for your understanding. Thank you to Annabelle for writing a diary for Gumpy. Thank you all!! I may have missed others - please let me know and I’m sorry if I did.
Thank you to Zach, Zoe & family and the GreenPaws group for the gift of the two lovely Angel's Breath Achillea plants! I’ve planted them in an area to keep them more protected through the winter, though I may end up moving them once they get established. Gumpy's Angel's Breath plants by the garden fairy. What a kind, thoughtful thing to do in memory of my boy who loved being outside. I look forward to watching them grow and bloom with abundant white flowers. Thank you!!
I also just received another wonderful, special gift in the mail. Look at this lovely and wonderful custom throw/blanket!. I cried when I opened this. Such a unique and caring thing to do for us! I love all the photos that you picked! I will cherish this and will be enjoying it so much! So wonderful to have those photos right there and in such a large scale, too. Thank you all!!
Thank you also for taking the time to comment in our diary. All of those comments mean so much and have helped me. I’m feeling a little better, but I'm still crying often about not having Gumpy physically with me and still questioning some things. The hurt will never be fully gone because he was so much to me. Even though intellectually I knew that cats don’t really have long life spans and I knew his little body had dealt with a lot which was weakening him, part of me thought he was my strong, sweet boy who had overcome so much and I thought I’d have him with me longer. Part of me thought maybe, maybe I could have him with me much longer. Maybe he could overcome more. But of course he couldn’t. I’ll write more....
I have what’s left of him back with us now. I found a nice container, but I feel numb when I look at it. It’s not him, but I’m glad ‘he’ is back here...in a some form, I guess.
Thank you also for all of the fun balloon and pirate gifties. I’m sorry we just haven’t been up to sending out those light and happy gifties. But thank you for thinking of us. I’m always grateful for that. We’ll get back to doing more of this.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for ALL the kindness, love and support. Thank you for caring and being our friends. Everything is appreciated. I’m sure my little angel boy is also grateful for the kindness you’ve shown us.
P.S. I’m sorry if I’ve left off anything or anyone.
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You're so welcome and jeez! Please don't feel bad about anything at all. No one expects you to remember everything or to be there 100%. You've gone through a tremendous loss. Did you read my latest blog entry about how my furbrats helped me to laugh again? I hope so much that someday soon you'll find a new little one to help you laugh again. That little one won't replace Gumpy in any way, shape or form. But they will help to heal the wounds, at least a little, if not a lot. You're much stronger than you give yourself credit for, even if you don't feel like you are. You can't see it, but I can. BIG HUGS TO YOU JEN!
Alex said it so well I dido her comment. These feelings will soon ease a little, you are already sounding stronger.
As the spokesperson for GreenPaws I know I can speak for all of us when I say your welcome! It only seemed right to do something under the circumstances. The memory of Gump and Tigger will always live in this new tradition we've started. We are calling it the Tigger Gump Memorial Gift.
Hi Alex & Zoe, yes, I read that and I will come back to comment. Just not a lot of energy still. I have been looking for a new kitty, and I guess I'll know when it's right. I think Nadi will also really appreciate a little kitty with some fun and spunk. Great tradition there, Zoe and the GreenPaws group.
Jen, you and Gumpy are in my heart. We've both suffered such great loss and it's going to be a long time before anything feels remotely like "normal" again. Thank you so much for mentioning me in your thank yous.
Zoe, the Tigger Gump Memorial Gift is very special! (((hugs)))
Sending lots of purrs and hugs.
Lots of gentle hugs for you,
Hi Jen, So glad we were able to comfort you. Have to agree with Lisa, a little furball would keep you busy and laughing. But it has to be on your timetable, of course!
Zoe's gift is very special.Can't wait to see flowers in the spring.
The blanket is gorgeous! WOW!
Take care of yourself!
Give your sweet Nadi a hug♥
Hi Jen ~ I'm glad you are doing okay considering your huge loss. I love that Nadia is in the photo you took of the beautiful blanket, we're so glad you like it. The Angel's Breath plants are gorgeous and will be a very nice way to remember Gumpy. I can imagine him rolling around in it and soaking up the sunshine. Purrs and big hugs to you.
Sending comforting purrs to you, and wowza, that blanket is pawsome! The plants are going to be beautiful when they grow up!
What special gifts in remembrance of your sweet Gumpy. More purrrrrrrs to you, Gumpy's mom.
I want to thank you for sharing Gumpy with us. We are keeping you in our purrs and thoughts always.
Your loss will take time and no need to worry about thanking your friends, we all have been there one time or another. Just knowing we are here to help you heal a little. Each day you get through you heal a little more. Getting gifts that you can cherish and remember is a great gift of love for you and Gumpy. The ones Mom got for me she has displayed them loving with all of them earthly things, she remembers me and all of our friends, just as you always will...
We are so happy we are friends and we can be here for you, we all continue to purr and pray for you.
QT and Mom
Loss is certainly never easy - it is hard to know what to say when you know how bad someone is hurting. The important thing is that you take care of yourself, and Nadia. Each day will get a bit easier to breathe. The blanket is beautiful! You can wrap yourself in Gumpy's paws any time now right? Take care & I also want to thank you for the advice you gave us personally about the slippery elm. I got some for Smitty & have put a pinch in his food, and he has not had an issue for a few days, so thank you & thank you Gumpy. purrs
Thinking of you today. Sending you hugs and purrs.
We think of you often...
And though we didn't respond due to our meowmy not being here too much these past days, we were happy to see those tigers doing the win thing.
Maybe you need a tiger furball...though purrhaps Nadia might find that a bit overwhelming, if not intimidating, MOL!
Many hugs & purrs!
We feel privileged to have known Gumpy for the short time we've had - a prince of a cat!
Hello everyone and thank you! This reply is late; we've not been around here the last week or so - physically I'm just not feeling well in addition to emotionally still dealing with this loss.
I knew there was going to be someone I forgot to thank. I forgot to thank Orange Ruffy and his mom Deb for the lovely diary about Gumpy sweet boy McGee. Sorry!
Hi Tig & Smitty's mom, I'm glad the slippery elm seems to be helping. You know, that stuff really kept some of Gumpy's symptoms under control. I gave it to him most nights before we went to bed and he rarely vomited - which is very common in cats with CKD. He also had a very good appetite in spite of having advanced and ultimately end stage renal failure. It was great that this natural herb helped alleviate his symptoms, but it also made it appear that his disease wasn't as bad it was. It's still upsetting to me that I didn't get him into the vets earlier. But we can't know everything or do everything right.
Hi WBS, yay for the Tigers. I think it would be cool if the Tigers could play the SF Giants in the World Series - it would be fun to have Tully's and Gumpy's teams in the World Series. We shall see...
Thank you all again, for everything!
Hugs and purrs for you! I think about you often and it's good to hear from you. I've been having the same issues around Tigger's death. His birthday and Gotcha Day were really sad for me. Please take good care of yourself. There is no time frame for the grief.
Gina Tigger's Mom
Hi Gina, thank you! You are in my thoughts often too, as we are both dealing with these losses. Try to take care of yourself. Sending you caring hugs.
Just here to check up on your mommy Gumpy. We are still purring for you Jen. The blanket looks wonderful. Thanks for the photo.
Purring for the right kitty to put it's paw out and touch you. Us guardian angels will make sure it happens.
Molly,Misha and family