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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

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"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, April 1, 2016

Caturday-- Farewell, My Friend

Jake: 1996-2016

As this post goes live, Jake and I should be at the vet's for his final journey.


It was a little before 8AM on his last day that I took this shot. Of the two-hundred or so that I've uploaded and the thousand-plus I've taken of him, this'll likely be the last one.


Jake was in a friend's yard in 2004, clearly hungry and looking a little thin (at 15lbs). I took a cup of dry food out and poured it on the patio, then moved away six feet. He took a couple bites of the food, then came over to be petted. He alternated back and forth until the food was gone.

Here he is back then at his fighting weight of 19-20lbs:



I adopted him, of course. Over time, he lost all of his teeth, ending up toothless seven years ago.

It took a little while for him to adjust to living with my other cats, George and Gracie. Gracie had no problem putting Jake in his place. One time, when he was sleeping where she wanted to be, she just flopped down on top of him. Jake squirmed out, bapped her to let her know that he wasn't pleased, and found a new place to sleep.

Jake was good with people and even with small children. People who didn't normally like cats loved him. When it came to people, he was almost a dog in a cat suit. If you would scratch him, he was your friend. His favorite toys were the fuzzy worms known as squirmles (the orange one was his favorite). He loved looking out the window. He had the longest purr cycle; if you stopped petting him, he'd continue purring for five or six minutes. I know that, because I timed him. Even to the end, he was like that.

After the other two cats died four years ago, I promised Jake that he'd be an only cat. And he has been. His health began to turn poor last year and it got worse last January. I feared that was the end, but he hung on. Each week was a gift. That he made it through February and March felt like a blessing. Still, I knew that his health was declining. He wasn't eating very much and he continued to lose weight.

Over the last few days, I've given him canned tuna and salmon with his regular dinner, which were his favorite things to eat. I'd bring the bowl to him so he could sniff it and he'd excitedly follow me back to his feeding station. But he'd only eat a few bites.

This was his last lunch:


Matters not if all he wanted was a bite or two.

To the end, Jake maintained his good humor. He was a happy cat. He was easy to medicate and never took any of it personally.

The cancer diagnosis was the icing on a lousy cake. And so the hard thing of being a pet owner must be done.

Farewell, my friend. I will miss you more than I can ever express.

11 comments:

LRod said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Comrade. I'm a dog person, but that doesn't matter when it's time to let them out of your life because theirs are so much shorter. I've lost two. My daughter's lost two. I know what it's like, and I'm sorry.

LRod
ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired

mushroom said...

I offer my condolences. It is never easy to let them go.

Murphy's Law said...

He had a great life with you. In that, you were both blessed. I'm sorry for your loss.

Phil said...

Oh I am so saddened to see this news. I know I would have liked Old Jake. This must be tearing you up something awful. You have my sincere sympathies my dear lady. I know you still really miss Gracie,this is going to be tough on you. Farewell Mister Jake.

Deadstick said...

You gave a forever home to a cat who had none...Rasputin awaits him at the Rainbow Bridge.

OldAFSarge said...

I bid farewell to Jake, I wish I had known him.

'Tis bitter to lose him, 'tis sweet to have known him.

You will be reunited...

Someday.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Bye Jake, Good kitty.

Paul Wartenberg said...

You loved Jake and he knew it.

I'm gonna go cry for about two hours now and hug both my kittehs.

BadTux said...

He left with dignity intact despite any indignities suffered. In a way I envy our pets, they know we love them and they trust us to end it when their suffering becomes terminal, but we don't have anything of that sort in our own lives. My mother is in her 70's and in poor health, and she's going to end up dying wearing one of those stupid undignified hospital gowns with tubes stuck all in her... hopefully not for a few years, but she will, that's how it works for people. Sigh.

Sarah said...

Sorry to hear. A 20-year friend is hard to lose. I still think about my old guy, 2+ years after his passing. I'm going to give my current black&white monster cat an extra skritch and think of Jake. Peace.

bearsense said...

Comrade EB - -
So sorry to hear of Jake's demise.
The good memories will endure
Bear