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MY BELOVED TABITHA IS AT THE BRIDGE

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Last Saturday,August 19th, I had to

make the heart wrenching decision to

send my my beloved kitty Tabitha

to The Bridge.

 

The loss of her loving and beautiful

presence in my life..which she blessed

for one month shy of 15 years...is

devastating.

 

Tabitha had been having a bit of

a rough go of things since the

beginning of the month but she

was a tough girl with a strong

will to live and I was always right

there with her, like a lioness

protecting her cub.

 

Tabitha and I had been down this

road before late last year,but she

pulled through and I hoped and prayed

that she'd do so again this time..especially

after she had made two special goals

that I had set for her.

 

The first one which I set last December

was for Tabitha to make it to her 15th

birthday in February, which she did.

 

After that victory I told my girl

that I wanted her to her to make it

to my birthday in June which she did.

 

I then set a new goal for her..

to make it to September so that

we could celebrate the anniversary

of the day that I rescued this amazing

7 month old kitten (not feral) who

had been tossed out to fend for herself.

Sadly this was not to be.

 

On Monday,the 14th,I noticed that

she was moving about a lot slower than

she normally did and I was immediately

on edge. By Wednesday her eating habits

had changed (not for the better) and

on Thursday evening when I saw that she

could barely use her hind legs I scooped

her up into my arms and began to cry into

her fur....I knew that I was loosing my

precious girl.

 

By early Saturday morning I could see

that Tabitha was starting to shut down

and I knew that the moment that I was

dreading had arrived.

 

I gently wrapped her in one of my towels

that had my scent on it and carried her to

my Jeep...but before I did so I made sure

that my other four kitties were upstairs

before we left the cottage.

 

I drove with my right hand while I

held my sweet girl with my left arm

against my body.

Her head was nestled in the crook of

my elbow and she was looking at

me with those beautiful pea green eyes.

I could tell that she was at peace.

 

At one point Tabitha stretched out her left

front leg and placed her left paw over my

heart...and kept it there until we reached

the vet's office...and her eyes were still

on me the entire time.

I will keep this precious,beautiful image

in my heart for the rest of my life.

 

In the vet's office, with her

still wrapped in my towel,her head

now nestled in the crook of my right

arm as I covered Tabitha's soft furry

head with kisses and tears and whispered

how much I loved her..I set her beautiful

spirit free.

 

Even though my heart aches I'm

finding a sense of peace in knowing

that Tabitha is no longer in pain

and that she has been reunited with

Tigger,Sophie,Maggie,Tom and Forrest,

that they're all running though the

sunlit meadows of that most blessed place

on the other side of The Bridge....and

that one day I'll be reunited with

all of them.

 

Tabitha

February 1,2002 - August 19,2017

Mommy loves you, precious angel

 

 

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All of my children have paws =^..^=

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm so sorry.  My first cat was named Tabetha.  I spelled it differently.

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Its so sad you had to lose your beautiful kitty, but what wonderful memories you must have of her and the rest of your family. 

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I'm so sorry.  Thank you for being such a wonderful part of her life.  Not everyone is as caring as you.

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@beastielove  so glad you could write all this and share your love for Tabitha.  we have to make tough decisions out of deep love and compassion-  you feel pain from such a loss, but you released her from the pain of continued earthly existence in ill health.  i believe we will all be reunited in due course. i hope you will take comfort in that.


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Last Saturday,August 19th, I had to

make the heart wrenching decision to

send my my beloved kitty Tabitha

to The Bridge.

 

The loss of her loving and beautiful

presence in my life..which she blessed

for one month shy of 15 years...is

devastating.

 

Tabitha had been having a bit of

a rough go of things since the

beginning of the month but she

was a tough girl with a strong

will to live and I was always right

there with her, like a lioness

protecting her cub.

 

Tabitha and I had been down this

road before late last year,but she

pulled through and I hoped and prayed

that she'd do so again this time..especially

after she had made two special goals

that I had set for her.

 

The first one which I set last December

was for Tabitha to make it to her 15th

birthday in February, which she did.

 

After that victory I told my girl

that I wanted her to her to make it

to my birthday in June which she did.

 

I then set a new goal for her..

to make it to September so that

we could celebrate the anniversary

of the day that I rescued this amazing

7 month old kitten (not feral) who

had been tossed out to fend for herself.

Sadly this was not to be.

 

On Monday,the 14th,I noticed that

she was moving about a lot slower than

she normally did and I was immediately

on edge. By Wednesday her eating habits

had changed (not for the better) and

on Thursday evening when I saw that she

could barely use her hind legs I scooped

her up into my arms and began to cry into

her fur....I knew that I was loosing my

precious girl.

 

By early Saturday morning I could see

that Tabitha was starting to shut down

and I knew that the moment that I was

dreading had arrived.

 

I gently wrapped her in one of my towels

that had my scent on it and carried her to

my Jeep...but before I did so I made sure

that my other four kitties were upstairs

before we left the cottage.

 

I drove with my right hand while I

held my sweet girl with my left arm

against my body.

Her head was nestled in the crook of

my elbow and she was looking at

me with those beautiful pea green eyes.

I could tell that she was at peace.

 

At one point Tabitha stretched out her left

front leg and placed her left paw over my heart...and kept it there until we reached

the vet's office...and her eyes were still

on me the entire time. I will keep this

precious beautiful image in my heart

for the rest

of my life.

 

In the vet's office, with her

still wrapped in my towel,her head

now nestled in the crook of my right

arm as I covered Tabitha's soft furry

head with kisses and tears and whispered

how much I loved her..I set her beautiful

spirit free.

 

Even though my heart aches I'm

finding a sense of peace in knowing

that Tabitha is no longer in pain

and that she has been reunited with

Tigger,Sophie,Maggie,Tom and Forrest,

that they're all running though the

sunlit meadows of that most blessed place

on the other side of The Bridge....and

that one day I'll be reunited with

all of them.

 

Tabitha

February 1,2002 - August 19,2017

Mommy loves you, precious angel

 

 

-------------------------------

All of mychildrenhave paws =^..^=

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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My heart truly goes out to you. You sound like the most wonderful kitty Mom. I send you a BIG hug and my sincere condolences. I know the pain and I pray for more and more peace to come for you.

 

Hugs,

pup 

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I'm so sorry @beastielove-

I'm crying with you.

I can tell how much you loved each other.

Though terribly sad, your description gave me comfort recalling when we let our precious granddogs go.

And we will definitely be together again! Until then we will feel their love in our hearts forever and ever!

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I am so sorry for the loss of Tabitha.  She was very much loved and now she is your guardian angel and will always be with you.  Run free at the Bridge, Tabitha!

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It's hard.  Tabitha is no longer suffering.  I knew I was heading to that decision with my boy, Rick.  I got him at three months and he was almost 18 when he left me.  

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@beastielove

 

Tears for you in the loss of your dear Tabitha.

They are always with us.❤️💙💚💜🙏🏻

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