Friday, February 05, 2010

Thank Each And Every One Of You

I would like to thank all of you for the outpouring of love and kindness shown to us with our loss of Ziggy. You will never know or imagine how much that helped me get through this week. While I read each comment or note with leaky eyes, the pain in my heart was endured knowing I was not alone.

All of us have lost furr-friends. All of us have felt the gaping hole in our heart when it was their time to pass on. I got to thinking that most of my dear friends have lost animals recently. Yet, hurt as we do at their passing, we would endure the pain all over again knowing that we get much more out of our having these wonderful creatures in our lives than we would without them. Our four-legged friends enrich our lives and make us better people for it.

I would like to share something with you...something I found my first time visiting the small town of Jerome, Arizona. It was in a little shop with many "cat things" in it. While I brought a few cat-toys home for the gang, this I got for me.

For all of us who have lost our friends:

"Stray Cat"

"Oh, what unhappy twist of fate

Has brought you, homeless to my gate?

The gate where once another stood

To beg for shelter, warmth and food.

For from that day I ceased to be

The master of my destiny.

While he, with purr and velvet paw

Became within my house, The Law.

He scratched the furniture and shed

And claimed the middle of my bed.

He ruled in arrogance and pride

And broke the heart the day he died.

So if you really think, oh cat,

I'd willingly relive all that

Because you come, forlorn and thin

Well...don't just stand there...come on in!"

-Francis Witham-

To all of those we have loved, and lost...


Sharon said...

Isn't that how it is. Dogs too. I see Eddie aging this year. It seems we were just there with old dogs and now here we are again. I love our pets and am so enriched by their contribution to our lives.

Jennifer said...

I can see why you bought the poem - it made me laugh out loud! We've taken in a number of strays also! There's alwasy something special about them that makes it all worthwhile!

nursedragon said...

I'm sure that out there somewhere, there is a "kitty code" that indicates where the kind people live who adopt stray cats. It's interesting that the hobo code for a kindhearted woman is a picture of a cat!

Val said...

I agree with nursedragon, I know Kathy has a doormat that says "Cats Welcome" on it

Karen Jo said...

That's a lovely poem and so true. Our lives are truly enriched by sharing them with our furry friends.

Mayleen said...

Thanks for sharing the poem. We are more than willing to feel that loss again, because what we gain, before that inevitable time, is irreplaceable and necessary for a fulfilling life.
The door is open...

Cheryle Hoover Davis said...

So true....I've loved, and lost, many a pet friend (feline or canine)...but I'd never NOT have done it.

I, too, have a doormat that says: "Cats (and dogs) Welcome!"


Karen Jo said...

I am glad that you liked my tribute and limerick for Ziggy.

shirl said...

Hello I found my way to you from Miss Peach. I had to stop by and wish my condolences on your loss of Ziggy. I send prayers and hugs your way. I know only to well how hard it is, they sure do wrap their paws around our hearts.
Your little poem on strays is so true. We live in the country and have about 12 at last count. LOL. We have one that looks so much like Ziggy. He came in with the same attutude as I read here about Ziggy, looks alot like him too. He's a very happy cat to be living here with us and many times you will see him jump for joy! LOL His name is Mr. Gray the Stray!
Blessings to you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage