Thursday, November 20, 2014

George is at The Bridge

Our dear furry boy, George, was helped to The Bridge yesterday.  He'd been fighting kidney disease for years and last week the vet said he also had anemia and diabetes.  His weight was down to just 6 lb.  Earlier this week he stopped eating and even the appetite stimulant pills didn't help this time.  My husband and I agreed we wouldn't put him through anything else and decided to let him go gently and painlessly.  We had been mentally preparing for this for the past 6 months when the kidney disease went to Stage 3 and we didn't expect him to last this long.

I always said George was a dog, or in his words "a dawg", in a cat's body.  Everyone says their cat was special, and they all are in their own way, but George was really different, more like a dog.  He was like no other cat we ever had, not aloof and independent but insisting on being with us, interested in every minute detail of what we did, "snoopervising" everything, and needy to the point of exasperation when we were trying to do something important while he demanded attention.  He would always get up to greet us when we came home and, unlike the other cats, we always knew where he was - not far from us.

I grew up in a home filled with cats and dogs.  When I married, we had cats and a dog, but for some reason they were always female.  My husband and I had been married 20 years when we lost two 14 year old littermate sisters within a month of each other.  We said "No more, we can't go through this again", but, of course, after a few months our home seemed very empty.  We went to a local shelter and there was a stray mother cat that had birthed a litter at the shelter.  George and his littermate sister Gracie were adopted at 10 weeks old.

I chose George and my husband chose Gracie, but George immediately bonded with his "Dad".   Never having had a male cat, I didn't realize what loverboys they could be.  We nicknamed George "The Love Sponge" because no matter how much love you gave him, he wanted more and more.  Dad was George's person.  He would follow my husband everywhere meowing loudly to be picked up, wait for him on the sink or toilet seat while my husband showered in the morning, then meow to be held on his shoulder and carried to the kitchen.  He would be with my husband every chance he got.  If my husband wasn't around, then George would settle for second place....me.  For years, he slept between us on the "big bed" and would not allow himself to be moved.  He was very persistent and always got what he wanted, no matter how long it took.

When Gracie died suddenly at 6 years old, we could tell George was distraught. He walked through the house, meowing, looking for his sister everywhere.  After 2 weeks of that I began worrying that he would make himself sick so we adopted Tipper to be his companion.  The tiny kitten immediately turned George's mood around and she became the "mother hen", bathing him and cleaning his ears.  She did that until he left us.

When we adopted Max then Misty as kittens, George adapted very well.  Max bonded with George, adored his older brother and followed him everywhere, trying to be near him.  Even when Coco and Dixie were adopted recently, mellow George was OK with that.  He was just so easy going.

George was always healthy until about 5 years ago when he was diagnosed with kidney disease.  We truly didn't expect him to live until 17 1/2 but are grateful for all the extra time with him.

We have Tipper, Max, Misty, Coco and Dixie, so our home is not empty, but there is an empty place in our hearts that no cat will ever fill. 

I will be taking a break from blogging and considering whether, after 8 1/2 years, I want to continue doing this without George.






53 Comments:

At November 20, 2014 11:50 PM, Blogger Summer at sparklecat.com said...

I am so very sorry to hear about George. It's hard to lose an extra-special kitty. Still, my human says you were lucky to have him so long after his diagnosis - Sparkle only lasted a couple of months and suddenly went downhill. Purrs to you. I do hope that maybe some of the other kitties will want to give their voices to the blog sometime in the future.

 
At November 21, 2014 1:22 AM, Blogger 6 cats from Singapore said...

I am so sorry to hear about George. This yeas I lost 3 cats one also kidney problem but from the day her diagnosis is only 2weeks. Purrs & prays to you.

Joanne
Jane
Jill
Johnny
Jay boy
Jasmine
Capu from Singapore

 
At November 21, 2014 5:46 AM, Blogger Simba said...

Farewell, sweet George. He sounds like he is a very special kitty and will be spreading that specialness around at the Rainbow Bridge.

Please keep blogging with the other kitties!

 
At November 21, 2014 7:45 AM, Blogger Angel and Kirby said...

George was a special guy! He was loved by all of us and will be missed. We are sending purrs and hugs to You and Dad and the other kitties.

 
At November 21, 2014 8:37 AM, Blogger William said...

What a beautiful post about a very special boy. We are so sorry George is gone. Some kidlets are so rare that they only leave us in body but never escape our hearts. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts at this very sad time.

 
At November 21, 2014 8:42 AM, Blogger Brian said...

We are so very sorry to hear about dear George. We send you lots of hugs and all our love.

 
At November 21, 2014 9:21 AM, Blogger Zoolatry said...

We are so sorry you've lost your beautiful and very special boy ...
hugs and purrs to all.
Ann

 
At November 21, 2014 9:26 AM, Blogger Big Piney Woods Cats said...

We are so very sad about your loss. George was a blogging icon. We pretty much quite blogging after loosing Patches although we did post a bit, it has been a year now. Things just aren't the same. You have a deep emptiness now, we understand and purrs are sent from us.

 
At November 21, 2014 9:28 AM, Blogger TK and Pip said...

George was special. And that you shared a very special relationship is obvious in your blog.

I know what it is like to have that kind of unconditional love, and what it means to lose it. We purr for your comfort, in this sad time.

 
At November 21, 2014 9:30 AM, Blogger Random Felines said...

He sounds like a VERY special boy and we are very sorry for your loss.... it is never easy no matter the time or the circumstance. purrs

 
At November 21, 2014 9:33 AM, Blogger Angel Keisha said...

I am very sorry.

Rest in peace.

 
At November 21, 2014 9:36 AM, Blogger Marg said...

We sure are sorry to hear about George. He sure sounds like he was one very special cat. And he was so well loved while he was with you. You sure are in our thoughts and prayers.

 
At November 21, 2014 9:49 AM, Blogger CatInTheFridge said...

We heard about your loss of George and wanted to express our sympathy. We recently lost a family member, too, and we understand how hard it can be. Sending lots of purrs. - Alana and Crepes.

 
At November 21, 2014 9:57 AM, Blogger Fuzzy Tales said...

We just saw the news and came to leave soft purrs.

We understand that it doesn't matter that he had a good, long life, that he managed 5 years after his diagnosis of CRF, it's still a blow to your heart and spirit. We wish you healthy grieving, however long that takes, and healing on the other side of that chasm.

Peace to you all and godspeed to sweet George.

Nicki, Derry and Kim

 
At November 21, 2014 9:57 AM, Blogger Cheysuli and gemini said...

Ah man, George. You've got the Woman crying. You were the great wise old man of the blogosphere! We are so so sorry to hear about your family's loss and we too are saddened. But we know that we shall meet again on the other side.

 
At November 21, 2014 10:20 AM, Blogger Timmy Tomcat said...

We are all so sorry to hear about dear George. He sounds like a wonderful fellow and we wish we had known him.
Dear George please watch over us all until that day we all meet again.
Purrs and Prayers
Timmy Dad and Family

 
At November 21, 2014 10:21 AM, OpenID onespoiledcat said...

We send purrs and prayers for you and your family on your loss of George - he does sound like he was a most special guy. So many of our friends leave for the Bridge at this time of the year...my Mom and I think they get tired of the cold weather and want to be in the warm sun there.

Sending comforting hugs,
Sammy and Mom Pam

 
At November 21, 2014 10:26 AM, Blogger Just Me Pooh said...

We did not have the pleasure of knowing your, handsome, sweet and special George but we heard that he had to leave you. We are so sorry and we hope the wonderful memories you made with him will soon take over where the sadness is now. We are thinking of all of you and sending warm, gentle hugs, nose kisses, purrs and prayers. Mumsy, Pooh and family

 
At November 21, 2014 10:58 AM, Blogger Lovable Lily said...

We are saddened to hear about your great loss.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

 
At November 21, 2014 11:03 AM, Blogger Colehaus Cats said...

We are so sorry to hear George was needed at the Bridge. It sounds like he was the best boy ever and surely loved you more than anything. May he always shine in your hearts. Sending hugs and soft purrs....

 
At November 21, 2014 11:04 AM, Blogger Karen Jo said...

We are so sorry that George has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. He was a very special boy. My blogging has really fallen off since I lost Herman. It just isn't the same. I send hugs and all the kitties send comforting purrs.

Karen Jo and the kitties

 
At November 21, 2014 11:14 AM, Blogger Austin Towers said...

We were so very sorry to hear of the loss of George! He sounded like a very special kitty indeed. Sending gentle hugs and purrs, Austin and Caro xx

 
At November 21, 2014 11:16 AM, Blogger Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Purrs of comfort and sympathy.

 
At November 21, 2014 11:16 AM, Blogger Kwee Cats and Art said...

Awww, we just got this news from Ann at Zoolatry. We are so sorry for your loss. We send you hugs, purrs and gentle kitty kisses.

 
At November 21, 2014 11:23 AM, Blogger Quill and Greyson said...

We're so sorry to hear George has passed over the bridge. Over the years we've been blogging we've grown to love him too.

I wish I could say anything to make it easier but know that I am sending my love and hugs to you and I hope your heartache eases. I believe that after Fin left us she was still close by and helped ease my own heartache and I'm sure George will do the same.

 
At November 21, 2014 11:45 AM, Blogger Madi and Mom said...

Mom and I are so very sorry read George passed. What an absolutely beautiful post to him and a testament of your love for this very special cat!
Hugs Madi and mom

 
At November 21, 2014 12:15 PM, Blogger Robyn Harton said...

All of us at the House of the Mostly Black Cats are sad to hear George had to go to the Bridge. We think it was loving, though, to help him go peacefully. *hugs* and purrrs from all of us

 
At November 21, 2014 1:34 PM, Blogger Flynn said...

I am so sorry to hear about George. He was one of our first friends and made us so welcome when we started blogging. He was a grand cat and will have been greeted by so many of his friends when he arrived at the Bridge. Purrs to you and hugs from my mum.

 
At November 21, 2014 2:04 PM, Blogger Old Kitty said...

Sending you lots of gentle purrs and hugs. We are truly sorry to read about the loss of your darling angel George. Please take care
x

 
At November 21, 2014 2:20 PM, Blogger Forty Paws said...

We are so sorry that George has crossed over. Kidney disease isn't much fun for poodins. We have several who are in the beginning stages of it. Many purrs and purrayers and hugs to you with George's crossing over.

Luf, Us and Maw

 
At November 21, 2014 2:22 PM, Blogger Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Ya did good, George! Purrs...

 
At November 21, 2014 3:03 PM, Blogger Team Tabby said...

George, you were so loved by so many. Purrs to your family.

Moe
Mindy
Cookie
Mike

 
At November 21, 2014 3:31 PM, Blogger ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

We are all so sorry about your loss. Losing that special ️cat is very very hard. Life develops a new normal although that takes time to help quiet the agonizing Grief. I understand your feelings regarding to continue to blog because George was your muse. When I lost Abby my world stopped spinning. It has only been recently that I have begun to feel less tortured from her loss. I hope you don't mind that I share these reflections. We've both blogged a long time and when I began I did it preserve the memories. I am so thankful I did. Now that Annabelle has joined our household I want to share her story and also continue to pay homage to my darling beloved Abby. I hope that time eases your sadness and all those special memories of George will bring smiles.

 
At November 21, 2014 4:02 PM, Blogger Georgia and Julie said...

We are so sorry to hear about George. We understand what it means to lose a precious,"heart" kitty.No matter what age they are, some kitties touch you more than others.
We send you comforting purrs and headbumps as you remember your special boy.
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ
and mom Nancy

 
At November 21, 2014 4:39 PM, Blogger Derby, Ducky said...

Oh my, our hearts are so sad to find that George has run off to The Bridge. He did have a long and lovely life, full of loves and adventures.

We will miss you dude, farewell and we will see you again some day.

Comforting purrs to your beans.

 
At November 21, 2014 5:11 PM, Blogger Jans Funny Farm said...

We are so sorry you have lost your handsome George. He sure was a handsome guy and he sounds like he was special. Sending a warm hug, purrs and tail wags of comfort.

 
At November 21, 2014 5:36 PM, Blogger Laila and Minchie said...

We are truly heartbroken that George ran off to the bridge. We have been following you guys for many, many years and feel like George was "family". You are all in our thoughts and purrs. (((hugs)))

 
At November 21, 2014 5:36 PM, Blogger (angel) Grrreta and Fam said...

We're so very sorry for your loss. George was a very special cat and will be greatly missed.

 
At November 21, 2014 5:41 PM, Blogger Cinnamon said...

Run Free Sweet George.
xo Cinnamon

 
At November 21, 2014 7:25 PM, Blogger The Island Cats said...

We are so sorry to hear about George. Purrs to all of you. RIP, George...you will be missed.

 
At November 22, 2014 3:08 AM, Blogger MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Indeed it would seem that your precious George was your heart cat in your household and that going on is hard for you in blogland...I often felt the same way when Miss Peach left us at 19 years old. I purrr real hard that you will go on...find the strength to do so...your memories will keep your heart smiling during the dark times...
we are so sad for you and your hubby...it was amazing to have had George for such a long time after he began to be ill....blessings to you all from the cozy cottage

 
At November 22, 2014 5:16 AM, Blogger Everycat said...

We are so sorry that George had to leave, but what a remarkable character cat he was and he lived a great life with you. A cat couldn't ask for more than to be such a real family member. Whicky Wuudler will meet him up there and show him a grand time.

Sending love and purrs to help the happy memories fill your hearts again

Love
Mungo
& Jane xx

 
At November 22, 2014 9:46 AM, Blogger Karen and Gerard said...

Sorry George got sicker but I think you guys did the right thing. He certainly had a long happy life with you. George was a special cat, just like our Mr. Moe was. All cats are unique though and I'm glad you still have the others with you. Like you say, George will always have a special place in your hearts.

 
At November 23, 2014 8:45 AM, Blogger Samantha & Mom said...

Oh we are so sorry to here about George!! He was a great furiend to us all and we will miss him a lot! Lots of purrs and prayers to you all!
Hugs,
Samantha & Chandra

 
At November 23, 2014 10:22 AM, Blogger Kitties Blue said...

We didn't know George, but we wanted to drop by and give you our condolences . George sounds like an exceptionally great cat who was fortunate enough to find the purrfect home. How fortunate for you that he had such a long life. We know he will be in your hearts forever. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo.

 
At November 23, 2014 10:37 AM, OpenID dezizworld said...

Weez so sorry fur yous loss. We awe sendin' hugs and purrayers and kitty kisses to you all.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Lexi

 
At November 23, 2014 10:40 AM, Blogger pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I am so sorry for your loss of George. He sounds like an amazing and very unique kitty. He sure was a handsome boy.

 
At November 23, 2014 6:46 PM, Blogger Spike William and Angels China Cat and Willow said...

We were so sorry to just find out that George went to the Bridge. China Cat & Willow both went there last year and I'm sure they were there to greet George.

It is so hard to lose our special cats. Hugs and prayers to all of you and soft purrs are coming too.

Purrrrrrrrrrrrs, Spike William

 
At November 23, 2014 10:05 PM, Blogger meowmeowmans said...

George sure sounds special. We are so sorry he had to go to the Bridge. Thank you for loving him so very much.

Purrs, prayers and all good thoughts to you as you remember your beloved George.

 
At November 24, 2014 7:18 AM, Blogger Carolina Cats said...

We're so very sorry to hear that George has run off to the Bridge. We know Finny will be happy to see one of his oldest furiends. I'm sure Finny will introduce George to our Grampa, who went to the Bridge just 3 weeks before Finny. They were best buds too. Grampa will keep George comfy until his own Dad gets there.

Hugs & purrs,
Buddy, Jazzy & Mom Nora

 
At November 24, 2014 7:42 AM, Blogger John Bellen said...

What a triumph of George's love and your care that he stayed so long after contracting kidney disease. He was just not ready to leave you. But sometimes the body fails while the soul goes on. I have a dog in a cat's body myself, my Renn, so I can understand your description of George. He sounds like such a wonderful boy. I wish he could have stayed. Godspeed, George.

 
At November 24, 2014 10:16 AM, Blogger da tabbies o trout towne said...

George;

God's speed two you; our sincerest sympathies to your mom and family. We never had the honor of knowing you, but wanted to stop by and express our condolences



 
At November 24, 2014 8:48 PM, Blogger Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Belated, we have been offline learnin about our new old laptop... But our purrs of comfort to you all.

 

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