All she wanted was just one more Christmas

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    Dec 30, 2012 6:08 AM GMT
    December 15, 1997. Arrived home from work late, after a two hour drive through the rain, and found a tiny little kitten sitting on my door step. She was, at the most, one month old, soaking wet and obviously quite hungry. Not being a cat person, I had no idea what to feed her, but I brought her in and dried her with a towel and fed her some cold milk. That seemed to calm her down and she drifted off to sleep for the rest of the night.
    When I woke up the next morning, I was quite shocked to find her sitting on my chest, staring me in the eyes. We had a little chat where I explained to her that I had never had a cat, nor never really wanted one. But, what the hell, it was Christmas. I was alone, she was alone....so I told her she could stay but we led separate lives.
    As she grew to be a young lady, she surprised me with how smart she was. She quickly learned how to fetch!! She loved cellophane, and I would lie in bed and crumple an empty pack a cigarettes and throw it about 20 feet down the hall. She promptly jumped off the bed, chased after the crinkly paper and bring it back to me!! Much to my surprise, she would do this repeatedly as long as I kept throwing the wrapper.
    Soon she discovered "dress-up". When I would go to the grocery store, she would jump on the table and immediately grab one of the empty plastic bags and carry it to the floor, where she would wallow in it and stick her nose into the corner of the back which made her sneeze. BUT, the fun was just about to begin. She would finally put her head through the handle and wear the bag around the house for the rest of the day. Wal-Mart "drag" was her favorite.
    Last Tuesday, Christmas 2012, I woke to find that she hadn't eaten her dinner. She appeared weak...and struggled to walk. I picked her up and placed her on one of her favorite Wal-Mart ball gowns and set her on the corner of my bed. About noon, I head her tiny last little meow, and knelt over and kissed her good-bye.
    Punkin' is in heaven now...and has given me something very special to remember about this last Christmas...and all of the Christmases to come.
    God Bless and keep you warm, little girl....poppa misses you!!

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    Dec 30, 2012 6:19 AM GMT
    FriendsOnly saidIs this thing turned on??????????????????????


    How do you have over 2000 posts and I have never heard of you...




    Sorry about your cat btw...
  • reptile18

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    Dec 30, 2012 6:19 AM GMT
    aww, RIP Punkin'...
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    Dec 30, 2012 6:25 AM GMT
    Thanks....your profile pic is perfect for my topic... icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 30, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
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    Dec 30, 2012 7:33 AM GMT
    aww she looks so cuddlable.

    Sorry for your loss, she sounds like a cool cat.
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    Dec 30, 2012 7:38 AM GMT
    LIKE DIS STATUS IF U CREY
  • Musicman91

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    Dec 30, 2012 9:58 AM GMT
    Aww I am sorry for your loss icon_sad.gif
  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Dec 30, 2012 1:38 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said


    That episode gets me every time...especially the last 30 seconds...
    Sorry for your loss.
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    Dec 30, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear that.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 30, 2012 2:01 PM GMT
    Wow, really appreciated your telling us about your little gem. It would be very easy to shed a few tears hearing about the gift were given for 15 years.
    She sounds awesome, glad you had her for all those years. Very sorry to hear she is now gone. It was no loss.. she was a 15 year gift!

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    Dec 30, 2012 2:11 PM GMT
    Death is a part of life, all good things must come to an end.
    You had a great 15 years together but it is time for the next chapter.
    Cherish those memories remembering that your grief stems from love.
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:02 PM GMT
    Such a touching and refreshing story, even with the sad ending. You will have her forever in your memories.
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    You gave her 15 years of love , she had 15 years of happiness , please , please go to a shelter and offer the same happiness and love to another one that so need some ...icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:24 PM GMT
    There is nothing like the love and dedication an animal brings to our lives. I was so ad to read your post and I know your heart is broken, but she is in a much better place now.

    It's ironic as before I read this, I was wondering if my one cat, Rusty, will make it through 2013. He's a stray that I took in back in 1998 and I know he's pushing 15 years old now. Rusty (his picture is in with my profile pics) is getting very thin and frail and I'm thinking his hearing is just about gone (then again, when does a cat actually "listen" to you anyway...). Life without him is going to be tough on me, but it will be especially tough for his "half sister," Hoosier (her pic is there too). Hoosier is very "clingy" and when Rusty is gone, she'll be alone while I'm at work. She's also getting up there in years too as her 13th year with me will be in 2013.

    It's good to see you here on the forums again, whether it be good news or bad. My heart goes out to you, buddy. Losing an animal isn't like not being able to find one's house keys. Be it a dog, cat, or whatever....they don't ask for much. You provided a wonderful home for her. You cannot hang your head for doing that.

    Best wishes to you and each day will be a little easier.
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:28 PM GMT
    Rest in peace, little puss puss.
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidRest in peace, little puss puss.

    I'm sorry, this makes me LOL
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    I call all kittehs "puss puss."
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    Dec 30, 2012 9:25 PM GMT
    Chris, Jeff, Neffa and Howard....thanks so much for you sentiments. I actually have TWO feral twin sisters that have been with me for six years...and they actually show sadness when looking around the house for "Aunt Punkin".
    I don't think I'll be adding any new comers to my family...they would probably out live me, and I couldn't deal with that!!!
  • ASHDOD

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    Dec 30, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    thank you for giving her a good life.
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    Jan 04, 2013 8:44 PM GMT
    So sorry, man. To that little soul, you were the whole world. Glad she found you.
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    Jan 06, 2013 2:47 PM GMT
    Oh man, I'm sorry to hear about her. I'm glad you gave her a good life.

  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 06, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear that, this is so sad. icon_sad.gificon_sad.gif
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    Jan 06, 2013 2:53 PM GMT
    Beaux saidSo sorry, man. To that little soul, you were the whole world. Glad she found you.

    Among the many lovely things written here in response to the OP, this simple post touched me the most. We can indeed be the whole world to our pets, and we should never forget that, how much they depend upon us, and look to us for protection, love & affection.
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    Jan 06, 2013 4:23 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]East_Village_Idiot said[/cite]Oh man, I'm sorry to hear about her. I'm glad you gave her a good life.

    Thank you so much, Dave. A beautiful song from my favorite singer...the words at the end moved me to tears: "It's OK...you can go now". I heard you say the same thing to LuLu.