We lost a very dear friend a few weeks ago. Ivan passed away on August 9, 2012. He has been on this blog a lot.
You can see him here: When he first joined our family .
With Dad here: Getting cuddles .
He peeks in here: Getting his nose into all my food/photos .
You can see his sweet face here: Under the Christmas tree .
This was his most recent photo.
I am devastated. He seemed perfectly healthy when I fed him his dinner and said goodnight on Tuesday. Wednesday morning he looked so terrible, we rushed to the vet. She took him in the back, ran some tests, did x-rays, and everything was normal, save for him being very dehydrated. I thought that was good news, that he would be fine. I set him up in his carrier, said “see you later”, and went about my day.Later, she called to tell us that he was looking better, but they wanted to keep him overnight just in case.Thursday morning I had a missed call from her, and called back right away; thrilled that he got come home so soon. But the news I received was the exact opposite. Physically, Ivan would never be coming home.The shock, complete and utter shock, has worn off, but not the sadness. My furry friends hold such a respected place in my family, and a tender place in my heart.It is particularly breaking my heart that I didn’t get to say goodbye. I had no idea he was going to leave this world. He barely got an extra head pat because I was running around after Little B. Speaking of the munchkin, I never imagined having to go through this. Not being able to explain to my son where his friend is. Ivan was obviously around since the day LB came home from the hospital. When he was younger, he just let him play on or around him. Now that Little Brontosaurus is older, they played out in our mudroom together, daily. To the point where Ivan was almost a live-in babysitter. His second word (second only to dada) was cat. When we leave the house, he still calls out “Bye cats!”. He goes to Ivan’s room, and points in there and says “Cat?”. He wants to know where his friend is.I want to thank everyone who has shown support, and who will once they read this. Also, thank you for all the love and prayers that were shared when he was sick in the past. This was unrelated to his urinary issues. In fact, I really don’t have any answer as to why he passed away; something else that will forever haunt me on sad days, I’m sure.Our house feels empty. My heart feels heavy.————————————————————————————————-Ivan,
My dear sweet friend. I miss you so much. As I sit here writing this, I miss you trying to fit yourself between my belly and the computer. I miss you when we come home and you aren’t in your favorite sun spot by the door, and I miss the sound of your expectant “meow” for your breakfast. I miss you trying to eat our food, and breaking into the groceries. I miss you following me everywhere I go. I am sorry for all the times I yelled at you, squirted you with water, and pushed you aside (because you really did follow meeverywhere), but I am sure you know that I love you. And I know you love me. No one, feline or otherwise, will ever replace you, be certain of that. You were truly a one of a kind, a wonderful cat. So sweet, so loving, so mischievous, and full of energy and life. I am so sorry that our time together had to end so soon, I will forever wish that we had more. You will always be fondly remembered, and dearly missed.
- Mom His first day home.