Thursday, November 04, 2010

R.I.P Taps (1991-2010)

Today I had to say goodbye to my furry friend who has been with me since my freshman year of high school. I have known that one day I would have to say goodbye and let him go to the rainbow bridge. Back in October 2004 I thought it was going to be then. This is when we found out he had kidney disease and was given 6 months to a year. Well, my main man sure showed them up now didn't he. I made the decision Tuesday that I was going to help him to bridge so that he would no longer be in discomfort. I know in my heart it was the kindest thing I could have done for him. Yet, I sit here and wonder how do you thank a furry friend for everything they have helped you with in there own way. One who has been with you on break ups with boyfriends, moves, marriage, a loss of a pregnancy, andthe birth of a two legged sibling. Let's not forget the acceptance of having new furry family members moving in. I guess the only way is to let them know how much you love them when they need your comfort the most. I have 2 of my furry boys at the bridge waiting for me now. I know Taps is now no longer in any discomfort/pain and his little body is healthy again. Most likely chasing mice, rooling in the grass, eating catnip and chilling with Shamy. I will miss you my honey cat. You will not be me forgotten by me. Rest in peace Taps 1-1991/11-04-2010
I'm sorry this is so long and rambling like. Thanks for reading...Val
We would like to thank those who have already left comforting messaages. We love our furiendz here on the blogosphere. ....Sia


Cheysuli and gemini said...

Purrs to you-

Jan's Funny Farm said...

It's not easy to say good-bye. Purrs and tail wags.

Max said...

Awww...I'm really sorry. Taps was wicked handsome, you know...ya know he won't be alone at the Bridge, but it still stings...

ABBY said...

Our deepest purrs


The Greatest Gift

I always knew this time would come,
From the very instant our eyes first met.
How I loved you then! How I love you now!
I made a promise then, and I will keep that promise now...
You will not suffer from a pain that will not heal;
You will not know the loss of a life remembered, now gone.

It is for me alone to make this decision,
The price for the bright joy and pure laughter
You brought me during the time we shared.
I am the only one who can decide when it is time.
When my hope dies, and my fear rides high,
Just when I need you most, I must let you go.

It is for you alone to tell me when you are ready
For without your guidance, I will not know
When to lay my grief, my guilt, my anger
My sorrow and my selfish heart aside
and give you this last gift, this greatest gift.
You eyes will speak to mine and I will know.

The pain of this moment is excruciating.
Tears stream down my face in a river of sorrow.
And my heart drowns in a pool of grief.
For you have spoken and I have listened,
and unlike other decisions I have made
This one brings no peace.

For if there's one thing you've taught me
If there's only one thing I've learned....
Unconditional love has a condition after all,
I must be willing to let you go, when you speak to me
I must be willing to help you go, if you cannot go alone
And I must accept my pain so you can be free of yours.

Go easily now, go quickly now,
Do not linger here, it is time for you to leave.
Go find your strength, go find your youth
Go find the ones who have gone before you
You are free to leave me now, free to let your spirit soar
Rest easy now, your pain will soon be gone.

I pray I will find comfort in my memories...
in the dark and lonely days ahead.
I cannot say I will not miss you, I cannot say I will not cry.
For only my tears can heal my broken heart.
But I promise you this; as long as I live,
You will live, alive in my mind, forever in my heart.

So I give you this last gift, all I have left to give,
And this will be my greatest gift...sending you away.
It is the measure of my unconditional love....
For only the greatest love can say
"Goodbye, go find the bridge, we'll meet again,
Loving you has been the greatest gift of all."

From our heart to yours

Abby & Mom Debra

The Lee County Clowder said...

Purrrrrss and purrrrrayers to you all.

cats of wildcat woods said...

Sending loving purrs to you in your loss of Taps.

Everycat said...

We are so sorry that you had to say goodbye to beautiful Taps and help him to The Bridge. It was the kindest gift to give to such a loyal and wise friend. We send you love and rumbly purrs

& Gerry

meowmeowmans said...

We are very sorry that Taps had to go off to the Bridge. Thank you for loving him so much and so well. (((purrs and nosetaps)))

Kimo and Sabi said...

Happy New Year 2011!

Kate said...

Saying goodbye is never an easy thing, right? . I remember how my kid reacted when her pet rabbit died in its rabbit hutch last year. Too bad I never explained to her about the lifespan of rabbit which is 2 to 3 years only. Now I got her a dog for a pet.