December 13th 2012 3:49 pm
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I never saw it coming...Hemi crossed the bridge this morning. He showed no signs that I remember. Hemi loved being near me and was always at my feet tripping me up or being right in the middle of whatever I was trying to do. I was always having to move him out of the way to accomplish my task. He would just meow at me and go right back to where I was trying to move him from. As much as he was always in my way, that's the one thing that I could count on...I always knew where he was.
He never jumped up on anything in the kitchen unlike the other kitties in the house. So, Hemi was always on the floor and under my feet. Yesterday when I came home from work, I started cleaning up the messes that the cats and dogs made. Hemi was laying on the floor in front of the guest bathroom door. When I went to clean the floor, like usual, I had to push Hemi out of the way to get in that bathroom. As I moved him, I realized all 4 of his paws, his complete underside as well as his tail were completely soaked with water. I had no idea what happened to him. Did he fall in the water bowl? He wasn't anywhere near the water bowls and there was no indication of a water trail, etc. What happened to him??? I will never know. He didn't seem to mind being all wet but he was completely dry everywhere else. I went and got a blanket and wrapped him up to dry him off and warm him up. The weather forecast had us forecasted for the 20s and I didn't want Hemi to catch a cold. I picked him up, he meowed at me while just looking at me and then he started purring. I set him back on the floor but he staggered and fell over for a minute then got back up and walked away. I knew something wasn't right.
I set him on the bed and had him wrapped in the blanket and turned the heating pad on to warm him up. He laid next to me all night long and purred and snored like he usually does. I stayed up all night and pet him, talked to him and gave him kisses. I wanted to make sure he knew he was loved and wasn't alone. All night I kept watching the clock because I knew I had to get up at 2:15am to get ready for work. I told him that once I got up, I'd put him in the guest bedroom in the dog kennel so that he'd stay safe. I was undecided whether I should get up at 2:15 and get ready for work or call in. I didn't want Hemi to be alone but I also didn't think he was going to leave me. All signs were normal during the night and I thought he'd still be with me when I came home from work.
At 2am, he got up and repositioned himself on the bed and laid back down. At 2:04 he cried out in pain, stretched his legs and feet all the way out from his body and started tensing up. He took a few gasps and that was it. His pupils were already fully dilated. I listened to his heart and he still had a heartbeat. I cried and cried and watched his face. At 2:07 I listened for a heartbeat and it was gone. My Hemi was gone. Hemi made the decision for me as to what I was going to do. He didn't want to be put in a kennel and he didn't want me to worry about him or miss work because of him. That was his final gift to me.
I can't believe my little boy is gone. He was only 6.5 years old, way too young to cross the bridge. I have no idea why he died and never thought that I'd be saying goodbye to him so soon. There's so many things about him I'm going to miss. He was a unique kitty and will never be forgotten. I hope to be reunited with him again someday. Until then, I hope he has fun at the bridge and waits for me with all the others that have gone before him. Hemi is and will always be my gorgeous kitty. Rest in peace sweet boy. Til we meet again. I love you Hemi and will miss you and think of you often.
Hemi 14 Jun 2006 - 13 Dec 2012
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Oh Mom has tears in her eyes and all over her face, we are so sorry to hear that your sweet Hemi has made his journey today. We all met him and even his angel siblings.
You are in our thoughts and prayers, know we are here for you!
Mom always worries about all of us when she is gone...one just never knows what today or tomorrow will bring...so she always makes sure she loves us before she leaves and tells us she loves us and to be good...
Your sweet Hemi is a handsome angel now watching over you.
purrs and prayers from me and my family
The poor wee man. Many purrs to you all. I can understand the shock. He will be at peace it was lovely you were able to be with him at the end. Purrs and hugs from BDR&S (NZ furgang)
We add our Love, Hugs, Kisses, Purrs and Prayers to You and Yours family. We know you will be missed. May the memories of the happy days stay in your hearts.
Love, Angel Yoda, Kibbles, Francis, and The Crew
I have tears reading about your poor Hemi. He was really beautiful, and I'm so sorry that he left you so soon after finding him. I just wanted to tell you what a beautiful boy he was.