"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. 
Cats have never forgotten this." 


Goodbye to those we love
is often hard to say
when pain is what we feel
as we send them on their way

Our lives continue on
while one comes to an end
the time has come so soon
to say goodbye my friend

A bond I won't forget
we've shared over the years
goodbye will now be said
 I'll smile through the tears

Deep down inside I know
in spirit you'll always be near
with goodbye I'll let you go
and miss having you here

As I say goodbye my friend
know my life was enriched by you
and the memories within my heart
will help to see me through

Author: Sharon Schafer
July 17, 2008

Another family member gone, forever living in our hearts.
Who's that girl? That's Thumper who was laying on a shelf above our fridge even though she's been told at least a million times, not to. It's not so hard to tell that Thumper could care less that she has been caught doing what she shouldn't be doing <G>

Back in 1994 when we had our Thumper kitty fixed, he decided he was upset about it and he ran away from home. Thumper has an interesting story. We had a male cat called Thumper and after we had him spayed, he ran away from home. A few months later, he came home. We moved to Nevada for a couple of years and Thumper went with us. When we came back to Idaho, there was a big discovery, Thumper was a girl....WHAT? Turns out, this was not OUR cat after all. Even vets never noticed the difference in her LOL

We love her just the same, though we do wonder where the real Thumper is after all of these years. We can only guess at her age and know she's at least 13 years old as of 2007.

The kitty stayed with us and we were sure it was our Thumper. We went about our daily lives and pretty soon discovered that the kitty who came home was a girl, though our Thumper had been a boy.  We had no clue where our Thumper was and though we were worried about him, we were happy to have the "imposter" Thumper with us.
Through the years Thumper has brought us much happiness even though she has a habit of biting me when I would try to pick her up and move her to make the bed, or when I groomed her or just at any time she felt like it. When we had a fish tank, Thumper used to love to sit near it and watch the fish. Like many other kitties, she always thought she catch them if she put her paw around the back while they were swimming around. 
For the past few years, Thumper has just enjoyed laying on the deck, watching birds and bugs. She would sometimes walk down the steps and lay in the grass or hang out under the deck. She used to love to go out the front door and walk around, however, when she got to where she couldn't run very fast, I stopped letting her out of fear she wouldn't be able to outrun a big dog. She never did stop sitting by the front door waiting for us to open it and let her go outside. 
About a year ago we noticed Thumper was limping and not able to walk as well as she used to. We took her to the vet and discovered that she had discs in her back which were gone. The vet said there were just black holes on the x-rays where the discs should be. We asked what could be done and were told that she should lose some weight and she'd be on pain medication for the rest of her life.
We did what the vet asked us to do and the pain medications were no longer working and she was getting worse. Thumper also has a problem swallowing and ends up gagging and spitting up. We had decided that the best thing to do is to help Thumper be pain free by having her put to sleep. Sadly, we had Thumper put to sleep on July 21, 2008.
It's never easy to say goodbye to someone who we are very close to and even though they are a pet, we consider them to be a member of the family. Thumper is that and much more to us. We are going to miss her so much, we know we're doing what is the best thing to be done, for her.
Thumper will be our last cat as we have no plans to get any more pets after the ones we have now are gone. It is just very hard to let them go, even when I know it's the best thing for them. Marc and I were both there when Thumper was put to sleep. Marc was petting her and I was massaging her paw, the way she always like it to be done. We were talking to her and telling her she was the prettiest and best kitty in the world. She drifted off to sleep, peacefully.

Thumper, along with all of the pets we have lost, will always be missed and forever be in our hearts.

Her Journey's Just Begun

Don't think of her as gone away
her journey's just begun
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one

Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years

Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away

And think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched
for nothing loved is ever lost
and she was loved so much!

Author: Ellen Brenneman


If It Should Be 

If it should be that I grow weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won. 

You will be sad, I understand;
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test. 

We've had so many happy years -
What is to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer so;
The time has come, so let me go. 

Take me where my needs they'll tend
And please stay with me until the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see. 

I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved. 

Please do not grieve - it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years -
Don't let your heart hold back its tears. 

Author: Unknown


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