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Message 949402 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 4:33:15 UTC
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My friends......

It is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you all of the passing of Oscar - the Maine Coon kitty. He has travelled on. In my heart, I knew this day was coming....but that did not make it any easier.

The very much loved, and so very much loving, friend and companion of Lori and Mark, had to leave us to make his journey to the Rainbow Bridge where he shall await us until we too have to make that journey.

He wanted to stay with us, but his poor body could just no longer keep his soul here. He was not breathing easily towards the end. Lori and I would not keep him here just because we did not want to let go. It's so hard to send a friend upon their way. Knowing you shall never see them again. We must part.........forever. And so I cry.....I have never known such sorrow. But having to say goodbye forever to one so true......

It would not have been right for Oscar to try to keep him here longer than he could bear the burden. And so, our beloved friend had to be on his way. He was far too young to have to go. This is so very heavy a burden to carry for us.

But his breathing was coming harder, and we could not coax him to eat for several days. And so it was time. This morning I petted him for a long while before his last journey, and he purred for me one last time.

I thought my heart was going to break on the trip to the vet, but somehow that last moment when he went to sleep I found somehow comforting.
At least he is at peace now. His pain has ended. My peace should be so simple........

We laid him to his rest gently in the flower garden outside the window in which he spent many happy hours sitting and watching the birds that came to the feeder there or to watch Lori and I working outside. A fitting place for him to rest forever.

I guess that God, in his infinite wisdom, gave us these wonderful creatures, who cannot stay on this Earth as long as we, to teach us lessons about the fleeting, fragile, and precious thing that life is.

And about friends.

So true a friend was he.....asking little except for a pat on the head, a scratch on the back, a little kibble and litter. And just to be with you. To share your space whenever he could. He just had to follow Lori wherever she was in the house. That was all it took to make him truly a happy kitty.

How could you not love a friend like that?

Every time I would come up to him, he would cock his head up and give me that little signature Maine Coon chirp...and then roll over on his back for his well deserved attentions. Which were always given in abundance.

When he was brought into the family, he was always such a gentleman.....
He always let the elder Callie girl eat her kibble first and then he would have his. I have known many kitties, but none so smart, and as gentle as our Oscar boy. You could not have known a more gentle soul.

And he was such a 'water kitty'....he would follow Lori into the shower and enjoy the mist........and he always guarded the water dish....we would often find him snoozing with his chin in it. LOL.

I should refer to the breed as 'Maine Cool' kitties.

I found our beloved Oscar on Petfinder, and Lori and I drove many miles to visit and adopt him. We try to take solice now in the fact that he was rescued from his abandonment and spent his remaining years in a very, very, loving home........ We only wish there could have been many more.


It will take some healing time, but perhaps some day we will find the room in our hearts to help another kitty find that they are loved too.


All Oscar's trials are done now......endless peace follows. I do believe that kitties have little souls too. God would have not granted them anything less.


And from me. For him.....
A little kitty poem for Oscar...........


"Oscar, my friend, you have left us much too soon.
But I know you couldn't stay, my friend.
You most wonderful Maine Coon.

We knew it was your time to go.
When your eyes said "I must depart".
When your body was no longer strong enough
to hold your loving kitty heart.

And so now we have to say goodbye
to one who was so true.
A little soul whose life here now is done,
but whose love we always knew.

I know now why you were not afraid,
your journey for to start.
For I'm sure you knew that when you left,
you would take with you our hearts."



Rest in peace, my Osco bud.


Many tears have been shed for you.
I cannot possibly tell you how much you shall be missed......
But then again, you must know.
I am sure you miss us.

Your kittymates Callie and Starbucks miss you too. They wonder where the Oscar kitty has gone. Maybe you can give them a meow in their little kitty dreams to let them know you are OK and waiting for them.


Meow meow, purr purr.


I shall see you on the Rainbow Bridge one day.


Please wait there for me. You shall be forever in my thoughts until then.

I love you Oscar. And you too, Lori.


Mark


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Message 949404 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 4:36:23 UTC

RIP Oscar. Mark and Lori, our thoughts are with you.

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Message 949405 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 4:38:08 UTC

My sympathy on your loss.
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Message 949406 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 4:39:43 UTC

Oscar is happy now. I'm sorry about your loss, friend.

Kind Regards to you,
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Message 949408 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 4:55:41 UTC

Sorry for your loss Mark.

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Message 949411 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 5:08:31 UTC

Sorry to hear about Oscar, He sounds like Angel, I hope Lori and You will be alright, Oscar is now an Angel and He has wings now.
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Message 949417 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 5:33:19 UTC - in response to Message 949411.

I too am sorry to hear about Oscar. It's hard to loose a close friend. I hope you are doing ok.

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Message 949423 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 5:56:32 UTC

You should take comfort in the fact that you did all you could, no one else could have done more. Oscar will be missed, but don't forget you have others that still need your love and will love you back.
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Message 949425 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 6:12:17 UTC

I'm so sorry to hear about Oscar. He has taken the journey to a far better place. Mark and Lori, my thoughts are with you. May you be well.

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Message 949429 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 7:06:21 UTC - in response to Message 949425.

Mark and Lori, my thoughts are with you. Sorry to hear about Oscar. He was a beautiful kitty.
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Message 949454 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 10:36:06 UTC

Very sorry to hear about Oscar, Mark.

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Message 949462 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 11:28:07 UTC


Im sorry Mark.
Please take care.
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Message 949466 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 11:51:55 UTC
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My sympathies too Mark, R.I.P. Oscar. I have a couple good friends up there waiting to show you around. Shuzzbutt(11 years), Maco(15 years) N' Chance(13 years) have all gone to meet their maker in the last 4 years, so you will be in good company.
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Message 949472 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 12:21:25 UTC

SO sorry to hear about Oscar. peace be with you and Lori.
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Message 949484 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 14:12:45 UTC

My condolences, Mark.


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Message 949534 - Posted: 24 Nov 2009, 23:08:14 UTC

Our condolences...
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Message 949588 - Posted: 25 Nov 2009, 2:43:30 UTC
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I can't say too much right now, 'cuz the tears are still rolling down my cheeks....makes it hard to see the monitor. I have been trying to distract myself with other postings.
But...........

Thank you to everyone who has expressed their feelings to me about the loss of our dear Oscar in this thread. It has indeed given me some comfort that there are a few others in these forums who would care about the life of a simple cat.

I cannot quite explain to some of you why I had such a connection to Oscar...and why I feel such pain at his leaving..perhaps the look in his eyes, which I posted in his obit, from when he was younger, might help to explain it.

He was such an intelligent kitty. Many Maine Coon and Maine Coon mixes are. They are simply 'above average' kitties.

Oscar came to us from a shelter.....they cared for him until we could rescue him...and we did. Lori gave that kitty soooo much more love and affection than most cats on this planet will ever know.

So, maybe it was destined that this kitty, who God knew would leave before his time, came to us. Or we to him.

"We are truly blessed human beings who have been chosen by a cat to have us in their lives..."

Amen.

Thank you God, for sending him to us to care for until you had to have him for yourself.



Excellent choice, my God.
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Message 949590 - Posted: 25 Nov 2009, 3:08:09 UTC
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And I guess I can apologize to those on these boards that think it should all be about sunshine and joy.......but life is just not that way, I guess.
Most of you understand my sadness....

These boards are about sharing......and I am sorry if I have had more of my share of pain to share sometimes. I am sure there are a few here that just cannot handle it, for whatever has gone on in THEIR lives.

I am sure the silent ones of you have yours as well.

Feel as free to cry on my shoulder as I have on yours.

Oscar was the best kitty I have ever known. I have 4 of them, but none was as special as he.......kinda hard to explain if you are not a kitty person......

They all have their traits.......their little things that make them special.......but Oscar just was amazing in that respect.....

Will never be another kitty like him.......

Enough. I have said my peace. Oscar has gone to a far kinder place than you or I live in.

I only wish I could have Gone away with him on his journey to peace.......

Some day it will come.

Meow. Meow.

I love you all......

Meow. Meow.
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Message 949594 - Posted: 25 Nov 2009, 3:36:08 UTC
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I know......my friends


BTW, did you notice that there is an icon in the upper left hand of youtube that allows you to resize the window? Nice.......now back to kitties........

Oscar died so another could take his place........and he will........God trust me, he will.
And by God's will, we will find that kitty......

My Squirrel kitty shall be the next one to fail......but hopefully not soon.

She is a good ol' gurl.......loves me sooooooooo much, is soooooooooo clingy........got to be around me evry moment........meow.

For every one child dies, will be born another.....to carry on.

Can I get an 'Amen'?
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Message 949604 - Posted: 25 Nov 2009, 4:06:55 UTC - in response to Message 949594.

Amen.
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