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25 June 2015 @ 10:49 pm
The Last Of His Kind, My Sweetheart.  
As most of you know, Roo has been sick for the past few weeks. A week ago the vet said he was getting much better, but four days after that he took a downward turn and we found it had gotten into his bone marrow. There isn't much they can do at that point, especially for a cat of 16 years. I brought him home and had one last night with him, cuddling in bed together.

He was such a good boy, really just so sweet and lovey once he warmed up to you and he adored Kirk and Pippin so much. I was there when he was born, actually helped birth him. I held him when he was born and I held him when he passed. He was the last of his line. My sister's cat, Zippo, and my cat, Papa Bear, had four kittens and Roo was the last to go. It feels like breaking ties to my youth, somehow. We got Zippo when I was 18 and Papa Bear when I was 19. Then Roo and his siblings were born about 2 months before my 21st birthday. Roo was with me through most of my 20s and 30s. I will miss him so much.



Roo-Roo Kitty-Cat
April, 1999 - June, 2015
When he loved you, he loved you forever. And I will love him forever, my sweet boy.
 
 
 
Shirebound: Rainbow - Mucunshirebound on June 26th, 2015 03:04 am (UTC)
My heart aches with you, my friend. Your Roo-Roo was very special, and will always live in your heart. You gave him a wonderful life.

*hugs you very tight*
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Roo was my sweet boy, would never hurt a fly, and I loved him so. I think Kirk misses him as much as I do.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 26th, 2015 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh, darling. I am so, so sorry. Expected, but still heartbreaking. *hugs*
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
I told Roo he had to give me a year after Buddy passed, but when it came down to it, I just couldn't watch him suffer. In the last few days, he just wanted to lay next to me and hold hands, so that is what we did. Thanks, babe.
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dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darling. Sometimes I still feel bad about the years I had to leave him at my mom's house, but in the end, I don't think Roo remembered anything but this house and our bed and his pile of pillows.
Kate: Hiding Catceitfianna on June 26th, 2015 04:11 am (UTC)
*hugs you and all the kitties* I'm sorry. He'll be missed a lot.
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC)
It is still strange because I come into my room and immediately look to my bed, because the first thing I always did when I came in my room was greet my special old man and sometimes I am shocked when he isn't there. Kirk still looks for him from time to time and that breaks my heart as well. Thanks for the love.
Who'da thought, baby? We're civilians.dugindeep on June 26th, 2015 04:41 am (UTC)
Oh hon. I'm so sorry but I'm glad he had such a great mama to be there with him for so long ♥
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you, babe. I really tried to make his last few weeks extra special and give him lots of extra love. It's still hard at night, when he isn't right next to my head, snoring away. My sweet boy is missed.
Trigger Warning: Life: ottersmatchboximpala on June 26th, 2015 05:02 am (UTC)
Honey, I am so sorry. I know that Roo was such an important part of your life. You were so hopeful that he was getting better and I can imagine that this was a real blow. My deepest sympathies to you and your sister -- I know you are going to miss him terribly. *more hugs than you can handle*

Edited at 2015-06-26 05:03 am (UTC)
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:21 pm (UTC)
That was the hard part, was how quick Roo took a downturn from this, when the vet had said there was no reason to expect he wouldn't make a recovery. It's strange now because I haven't slept alone in bed at night since I got Papa at 19. Between Papa Bear and Buddy and Roo someone was always in my bed. Sometimes now one of the other cats will sleep with me, but not always and when they do, Hiccup and Kirk prefer to sleep on my feet (Pippin at least is a cuddler), so it is strange to be sleeping alone for the first time in 18 years. It's strange and sad. Thank you for the love.
lindahoylandlindahoyland on June 26th, 2015 07:26 am (UTC)
I'm so very sorry. You gave him a wonderful life. Big hugs.
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darling. Roo is missed everyday still and I suspect will be for awhile. <3s
wolfrider89wolfrider89 on June 26th, 2015 07:40 am (UTC)
I'm crying over here. Oh hon. I wish I could hug you. I wish I knew what to say except that I'm sending thoughts and cyber hugs your way. I know how much you loved Roo. He was an awesome cat.

*hugs*
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:23 pm (UTC)
Losing a pet is always hard but after 16 years it is like a piece of my body is missing, Roo was the sweetest cat I ever knew, all he wanted was treats and an occasional petting and to sleep next to his Mommy at night. Thanks for the love, babe.
Jojo: Animals ⇒ Kittyjojothecr on June 26th, 2015 09:29 am (UTC)
I am so sorry. :(
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darling. Losing a pet is like losing a piece of yourself. <3
elfscribe5: Hugs!elfscribe5 on June 26th, 2015 10:06 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss. Hugs.
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The whole house is missing Roo, even the other cats are all out of sorts. <3s
Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?: Buttersrhymephile on June 26th, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
*hugs you and wipes away tears*
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks, babe. Sometimes it still overtakes me, especially at night, as you can imagine. I haven't slept alone since I was 19, I don't like it. I miss my boy. How is your baby doing?
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Jo Ann: Cats: Angel kitty halo wingsyeuxdebleu on June 27th, 2015 06:29 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss. He was so fortunate to have a long life and to spend it all being much loved by you. And you were fortunate, too. But that doesn't make it any easier, I know.
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:46 pm (UTC)
I know Roo had 16 good years (except for when he had to live at my mom's house for those three years) and I know his last few months were great as I spoiled him, but that kind of makes it harder, since the last two months of his life I was all about coddling him and now that he is gone, I need someone to coddle me. I miss my boy, but the other cats are caring for me, which is sweet. <3.
fragrantwoodsfragrantwoods on June 30th, 2015 03:02 pm (UTC)
So sorry to read this. He looks like a real sweetheart :-) Such a hard part of being a furry family. He looks like he had a lifetime of love {[all the hugs}}
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
Roo was such a sweetheart. I hardly know of any cats so sweet, he didn't have a mean bone in his body (except right before dinner when he would get cranky and hungry, lol). Mostly he just wanted to lay next to you and hold hands and look into your eyes so sweet. My good boy is sorely missed. Thank you for the love.
ranuaranua on June 30th, 2015 11:48 pm (UTC)
aw babe, I'm so sorry. *hugs tight*
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you, babe. I miss Roo a lot. It is so weird sleeping alone and coming into my room and finding it empty. There is a big empty spot where Roo, Buddy and Papa used to be, as I am no longer anyone's 'Mama'.
Denidenig37 on July 10th, 2015 02:32 am (UTC)
*hugs you*
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on July 16th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
/hugs back/. Thanks, babe. I miss Roo everyday still.