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October 3rd 1990
I was married at the time, and we were buying our first home. I knew the first thing I would buy was a cat! I grew up with a seal point Siamese who died when I was 15. My mother refused to get another cat because she was devasted when he died. For years, I was unable to have a cat for various reasons. About three or four months before our settlement, my husband, who traveled a lot for work, came home with a homemade poster of a cat needing a home. On it was a picture of Zachary. He asked me 'do you want him'? Well, of course I did, but we couldn't take a cat till we had the house, plus Zachary lived in Connecticut; we lived in southeast Pennsylvania. Luckily, Zachary's owner kept him for us. She was engaged to a guy with two large dogs and was rehoming Zachary. The first weekend after settlement, we drove to CT to get him. It was a long ride home! I felt awful taking him from his home. He cried in the car, but would take turns either sitting with me or my husband. When we got home, he ran right under one of the beds. I would look underneath, call him, and he would come out. Then, he would go back under. When it was time for bed though that first night, he didn't hesitate - he hopped right in there with us!
In April 2004, I was away for four days. When I came home, Zachary was waiting for me on the kitchen table per usual. I looked at him and cried out to my mom "What happened to Zachary?" She didn't know what I meant. The left side of his face was swollen. I called the vet hoping it was a tooth issue, but I knew we wouldn't be that lucky. It was a tumor. Squamous cell carcinoma. A very aggressive oral cancer. There was nothing they could do as it was in his mouth. I was sick. I made an appointment with a specialist just so that I could be 100% sure that there wasn't some new miracle. I had to give him fluids because he couldn't drink water. When eating became difficult, it was time. I couldn't see having him struggle to eat, or force feed him, or have him starve. Zachary crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on May 25, 2004.
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May 25th 2014 9:25 am
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10 years ago today, I made my journey to the Bridge. Mom is awfully sad, and I wish I could snuggle up with her and make her feel better like I did all those years ago. April and May are filled with sad events and bad memories. A week ago today was my friend Crystal's tenth Bridge anniversary. She was mom's mom's cat, and we both made our journeys one week apart. We both had cancer. Crystal had breast cancer, and I had an oral squamous cell carcinoma.
I wish mom could really see how wonderful it is here. I can eat and drink like normal. Even the catnip makes me happy here (I never liked it much before.) Rafiki and I play together all the time. He is a big, crazy cat! He sits on me and grabs me by the back of the neck until I throw him off. Then we chase! I am even nice to Crystal all the time - we were friends, but sometimes I was naughty and picked on her.
Our time together was too short Mom. We had less time together than I have been at the Bridge. But I am always watching over you and one day we'll be together again.
April 17th 2014 8:07 pm
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Rafiki is here. Yes, he is, and he's doing just fine. We've been talking about you, you know. Getting to know each other and sharing stories about 'Mom.' He told me how he got you to move out of his spot on the sofa. MOL!I told him how I would steal a warm spot as soon as someone got off the couch or the comfy chair. Rafiki is much sneakier though.
It's ten years already Mom. It doesn't seem possible does it? I am always watching over you though, and now Rafiki will be joining me too. We'll always be with you.
May 25th 2012 8:58 am
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I know this is a hard day for you. I know you don't like to remember this day, so I want to bring you a reminder of a happy memory.
Remember the bird feeder? I didn’t know you set it up. That morning I sat there in the dining room trying to decide if I should lounge on the window perch, the dining chair or maybe just stay on the floor. I was gazing out the French door leading to the deck. All of a sudden, a bird flew by right in front of the door! My ears perked up! My whiskers perked up! I sat at attention. I waited. Whoosh! It went by again. I ran to the kitchen window. I pressed my nose against the glass. I chattered. I looked at you and back out the window. There is a bird out there! One foot away! If you would just open this window, I could get him! But you wouldn’t do it. You laughed and said the birdies were there to entertain me. Torture me is more like it. I kept my eye on those birdies every day and made sure they knew they better not get complacent because at any time, I might sneak out there and lie in wait for them. We spent a lot of time there in the kitchen didn't we? They were good times. Smile Mom when you think of me.
Love always, Zach
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