Three years is not enough...

by Chuck E.

We were in the process of selling our house in Florida and staying with my parents. They had 2 dogs and a cat, and that was fine. I was outside working on a project when a stray torti-tabby came by to say hello. I tried to ignore her, and told my wife that she was not, under any circumstances, to fall in love with "it".

Fortunately for me, I didn't listen to my own words, because by the end of the day, I had decided she was a keeper. We named her Tatiana, took her to the vet to make sure she was healthy, got her shots and spayed. We eventually broke down and adopted her sister as well, and named her Tiger Lily.

Tati liked to sit on my chest as I sat in my recliner and watched TV, or she would sit in my lap as I played games on the computer. She loved to hunt and bring me her "gifts", and had a lovely spicy smell about her that I've never noticed on any other feline. She became my "little girl", as we have 2 boys to show for 7 pregnancies, but after 5 miscarraiges, our reproductive days are done.

One day I noticed she was looking thin and her appetite had dropped off. The next day she didn't have the energy to jump up to the litter box, and she seemed embarrassed when she urinated on the floor in front of it. Around 2am, she lay in my arms and shook. I told her it was OK to go if it hurt too bad, and she took her last breath. I buried her in a wooden box, wrapped in one of my shirts, and marked her resting place with a stone that I chiseled her name into.

It's been 5 years now since she left, and I'm still near to tears as I write this, I really miss her still. Her sister is loved and healthy, but she's not quite the same either. Anybody who would tell me that pets don't go to heaven won't have any luck convincing me.

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Oct 31, 2009
thank you
by: Anonymous

Tati sounds a lot like my Millie who just passed. Thank you for your story, it helps to think about our fuzzy ones waiting in heaven.

Mar 12, 2009
sorry about your kitty
by: tracey

Wow, your story about your kitty brought me to tears. It must have been very hard for you when she passed away. Her grave marker sounds like you put a lot of work and love into it.

My baby passed Feb.5 2009, her passing was very peaceful. But I suffer from a lot of guilt. I guess guilt is one of the processes of grief. So I still feel sad and cry almost daily. It doesn't seem fair that our pets don't live longer. But it wouldn't matter how long they lived, it would never be long enough. I feel your pain. Please take care. Peace and love to you.


Feb 27, 2009
Your baby, gone before us !
by: Sheila Joyce Gibbs

Dear Chuck:
What a lovely story to share !!
And yes, I agree.....they'll be waiting eagerly for us in Glory !
God Bless !

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