Sunday, December 24, 2006

Farewell, Dear Friend

Yesterday I lost a dear friend. This is Toby - a member of my family for the last 17 years - longer than my husband. Her age finally got the best of her and I had to make the horribly difficult decision to let her go. I know she's in a better place, but it still makes me sad.

Today is Christmas Eve. We'll go over to my in-laws' house this afternoon for the Allen family Christmas. I still have cooking to do, so I'd best get to it.

Happy Holidays to you all,


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see Toby in "critter heaven" chasing anything that moves...I too will have to say that farewell one of these days. Hope your holidays are good ones, even tho tinged with sadness.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment will be long because I want to gift you with this poem:

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan, I'm so sorry you lost your friend. I know how hard it is, I struggled with the decision back in the summer and I know my Barclay is better off now. He loved to curl up with the cats...maybe your Toby and he will curl up together!

12:05 PM  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

Sorry about Toby. That's sad, its hard losing a faithful companion.

Hope you have a good Christmas inspite of your loss.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

I'm so sorry about Toby. It's always hard to make a decision like that - but particularly this time of year. I hope you have lots of wonderful memories in which she lives on.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan I am so sorry about Toby. I know how very difficult that decision is. She will stay alive in your heart forever.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas in spite of losing a faithful friend.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Toby is a carbon copy of our Buster! I am so sorry for your loss. We have these special Angels in our lives for to short a time. Merry Christmas from one cat lover to another.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry for the loss of your ever faithful Toby. You certainly had many, many years together - hopefully you will remember the funny things and it will bring you a bit of cheer right now.

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about Toby. I hope your memories of her bring you smoles & Mine will send your some comforting purrs.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Lucy said...

I am sorry to hear about Toby.. You had her for a long time ! She died on a respectable age .....

1:40 PM  
Blogger Betty J in OKC said...

My deepest sympathy is with you and your family on the passing of Toby. I know how hard it is to make the decision to let one of our feline family members pass over. Just remember that Toby's passed over straight to Heaven. When it's your turn to go, Toby will be among the first to meet you.
Betty J in OKC

10:09 PM  

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