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.
Embrace your inner kitty...ya know ya wanna!
I have met a few friends in my life.
Most were cats.