Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Go gently, sweet boy

I drove to Clarksville this morning, just me and Ike. Iky, who would usually scream the whole way, made one sad cry and then was silent. The night had been miserable, with E and I taking turns lying next to Ike on the floor, watching him breathe heavily and groan and cry.

I carried Ike into the dimly lit consultation room and sat on the sofa holding him. Then he struggled off to sit on the cool floor; I sat with him, stroking his shiny black head. Because he was so anemic and there might be trouble getting a vein, the vet gave him a sedative, but Ike still didn't relax, he just seemed bothered by the taste in his mouth from the medicine. The vet shaved his leg and found the vein easily. Quickly, peacefully, silently, Ike finally relaxed in my arms. His head softened onto the crook of my elbow as she said "He's gone."

My dear little cat, my friend for the last 16 years, where would I have been without you through all those lonely days, when every human had disappointed me, hurt me? I can feel your warm furry body, hear your rhythmic purring, smell your freshly groomed scent. For a long time it was just you and me and Pammy. We lost her together, and I hope you are somewhere together again. I have loved you and cherished you more than I can ever describe, and I will miss you forever. You were one of a kind.

In Memory of Ike

Eisenhower Brinsley

January 1992-April 9, 2008


At 11:02 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Oh, Gina, I am so sorry. Ike truly sounds like a wonderful friend.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger cole edwards said...

I am so sorry G. xxxxxxxxxx ( the kind that feel like sand paper and smell like fish ass)

At 7:18 PM, Blogger donna said...

I can only imagine how sad you feel. I am so sorry Gina.

At 9:42 PM, Blogger Debbi said...

I'm so sorry, Gina. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Lobbelou said...

Sorry for your loss Gina. It must be devastating to lose a pet after so many years together.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger jackie said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Gina.

At 7:05 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

Hi, just stumbled into your blog while browsing around and this post has brought tears to my eyes. So sad when we lose a pet. I'm a cat lover myself. So sorry!!


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