Dear Karen, I have already replied to you through e-mail, but I want to let you know that Patchey was not alone when he left this world. He was right there with you, where he will remain for ever. Buddy was at the clinic when he left for the Bridge, and I had the same feelings of guilt and remorse that you do, that I wasn't with him. I agonized over that for a long time. Bud had had surgery that day to remove the mass from his intestine. He had come through the surgery so well, and was his talkative, interactive self with the clinic staff all day long and into the evening. Two of them even stayed a little late that night just to spend time with Buddy because he was talking to them and entertaining them so much. When they returned in the morning, he was gone. All I could think for weeks ~ months! ~ after that was, "He died all alone, in a cold metal cage with only his hot water bottles to keep him warm." In time I came to realize that he left on his own terms. he preferred being alone, just as cats do in the wild. He sisn't want to make a big fanfare over his departure. I know he was guided by angels, led by my sweet Angel King Bing, who would never let one of my babies make that journey alone. I also know he came to visit me at the beginning of that trip. I just felt him so close to me that night, even before I knew he was gone. Rest assured that Bingo and Buddy were there with your Bridge Kids to escort Patchey on his trip. He will watch over you as long as you live. Bless you for loving him so well, and for giving him a lifetime of love in the short 1.5 years he was with you. You, your husband, your surviving kitties, and Angel Patchey and all your Bridge Kids are in my thoughts and prayers.
My heart is battered and bruised, but I will not let it break. It holds such precious cargo, I must protect it now. (Susie Squillions)
"Memories of loved ones are like songs in our soul." Margaret Wakeley
BUDDY GUY AYRES~LYNCH'S RESIDENCY:
KING BING THE GOD CAT'S RESIDENCY:
In one of the stars, I shall be living.
In one of them, I shall be laughing.
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.
~ The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery