May 23rd 2011 7:02 pm
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Tanner made his journey across the bridge today. I came home from work and found his body on the floor next to my bed. His tail was all fluffed up like he was startled and his eyes were open. I think he had a heart attack.
Tanner was my FIV baby that was abandoned by his previous owner after Katrina. I saw him and his brother grow up and couldn't bear the thought of something bad happening to them. It took about 6 months but I won Tanner's trust and he became a member of the family. I had him fixed and tested and the tests came back positive for FIV and the vet wanted me to give the ok to put him down. "No" immediately came out of my mouth. Just because he tested positive didn't mean an instant death sentence. If taken care of, he could have a great quality of life even if quantity of life was limited. And that's what he had. He was loved, taken care of and knew he found a furrever home.
He was my kiss-kiss kitty. He loved being loved on. He'd head butt me for kisses and would swing at me if he thought our kiss-kiss time wasn't long enough. But lately things changed. He lost so much weight over a short amount of time. He'd still eat and drink like normal but he was basically skin and bones. I knew his time was coming and I let him do whatever he wanted.
Some of the other kitties would bathe his head and he didn't object like he used to. The signs were there and I knew his days were numbered but I didn't realize it would be this soon. So I got ready for work this morning like I usually do, gave him a head scratch and a kiss on top of his head, told him I loved him and that I was proud of him, kicked all the rowdy animals out of the room and closed the door to give him some peace and quiet.
Not sure when he crossed the bridge but he had been dead for several hours by the time I found him. I hate the fact that I wasn't there for him when he crossed the bridge but I also know that I told him those things this morning before I left. He knows he was loved. I just hope he didn't suffer and wasn't in any pain before he crossed over.
I took him to be cremated. He will be forever in my heart. He had a good life and I'm lucky to have been the human he could call his own. Rest in peace my sweet Tanner...my Kiss-Kiss kitty. I will forever love and miss you. Till we meet again...
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Many purrs from our family and a big hug.
So very sorry for Tanner and your family.
Prayers of comfort for his family.
We are so sorry for your loss of Tanner, may he fly free.
We are sorry to hear your loss of Tanner.
Fly high-Fly free Tanner.
Love, Angel Yoda, Kibbles, Francis, & The Crew
We are sorry to hear of Tanner's crossing.
Fly free and play hard
Mikey, Brofurs and MOM
Tanner,my brother Gulliver has passed over the bridge just a couple of days before you. Please do say Hi for us. I am sure that both of you will get along, expecially as you both have a lot in common. We also wish to express our sympathies to your mom.
Kato, Taser and Mom.
So sorry for your lose, we know it is hard to lose your sweet precious fur babies....Tanner is a handsome angel now watching over you, he will be with you always...
Xena and family
Sad purrs from the Catfather and the Taneytown Crew. Rest easy, Tanner!!!
So sorry you had to leave for the bridge today Tanner. We send big hugs to you and to your Momma. You were loved and that is all any kitty can ask for, hold onto thnat love it will last forever.
Zeeke & the crew
*Bows head for Tanner*
So sorry you had to leave your wonderful loving Earth home, Tanner. The angels at the Bridge will be very glad to welcome you to your new home. The love continues there.
We are so sorry to hear about Tanner. Love and hugs to all of you during such a heartbreaking time.
Sofie and family