Friday, July 10, 2009

" In Memory of Spooky "


Seven years ago, on a cold and rainy October night, my daughter Katie and I heard a faint non distinct sound on our front porch. We opened the door to find a very tiny gray puffball facing the front door looking at us. It was so tiny and so furry that is was a little hard to tell what it was a first. So tiny was he that he barely had a voice. Of course Katie and I had to investigate further.
It was most definitely a feline. Naturally we brought the poor, cold, and wet little orphan in the house. Naturally. We brought him into one of the spare bedrooms as we had at that time six other cats and didn't want them to start a revolt. Upon investigation, I determined that the fur ball was a boy. Oh dear, this is not good. You see all of our cats were females. All spayed of course but all that kept running through my mind was how much my husband disliked male cats.
What to do, what to do? I could lie and say it is a girl cat. Nope, my husband is far from stupid. So I did the right thing and told him that the kitty was a boy. And between Katie's begging and my absolute refusal to get rid of him, the little gray fur ball had a new home. There was however one condition. My husband wanted to name him. That was easy! And since it was very close to Halloween and a dark and rainy night at that, Jake named him Spooky.
One of the reasons that my husband didn't want a male cat was he had always heard that they sprayed. Spooky never did. Not even once. Spooky also learned early on to wrap his front legs around us when we picked him up. Just like a real hug. He loved my husband and would hug him whenever he could.
Spooky was a very easy going cat. Spooky was never mean. Spooky was filled with love. Spooky was a good cat. A very good cat. And we shall miss him very, very much.

The Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of it's many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge, there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. Those old and frail animals are young again. Those who have been maimed are whole again. They play all day with each other.
But there is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up. The nose twitches, the ears are up, the eyes are staring, and this one suddenly runs from the group. You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her into your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.



Eileen said...

Nice tribute, Diana.
I'm sorry you had to suffer this loss.
You know, Di, you are never far from my thoughts and always in my prayers.
Your friend,

Angie said...

Diana, I came over from Marcy's page. We don't know each other, you and I, and in fact don't even have a cat. But, having always had our lives run by dogs, I know what it's like to lose your beloved pet. My deepest condolences dear friend (may I call you that?). Please know that my prayers are with you and all of Spooky's family at this sad time.

Angie, xx (in England)

Blessings each day said...

Like I haven't cried enough, you had to do the Rainbow Bridge on me!! Now I have to go hug and smooch all the animals again.

You did a wonderful tribute to Spooky and he certainly was different and very that he hugged all of you!

lots of warm hugs and prayers and blessings your way,


Ginny said...

I posted some pictures of Spooky to honor him. He was one of my favorites:

Tamara said...

Diana, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Spooky. Isn't it amazing the unconditional love pets bring into our lives? If you can find a copy, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul is wonderful, but keep tissue close at hand.

Anonymous said...

Dear Spooky's Momo,
Your love for your kitty certainly shines through and the love your husband had for his girls was even greater. For one to come full circle and say yes to a previous no is very unselfish. He not only showed a good man's ways but you all enjoyed the love of one of God's creatures.
I'm sure spooky would tell you he is happy sitting by God's feet being petted and he'll wait for you all to get to him in God's time.
Tugs at my heart. I had two go last year and it's been rough. But we cound love to give to others needing rescue. So in spooky's beloved memory, I will give my four extra scribbies and hugs today for you.

Take care.

Anonymous said...

Diana....I can't quit crying.
I'm so sorry about Spooky. I don't have the words...I'm here...I cry with you.

Eddie Bluelights said...

I am so sorry about Spooky, Diana.
It is very sad when on loses a loved pet (as I know when as a child we lost two lovely Cocker Spaniel dogs. Yours was a wonderful and touching tribute to Spooky - you gave him a great life when you took him in. He was very special wasn't he. God bless ~ Eddie

Wanda..... said...

Sorry for your loss today Diana...hope you find comfort in the wonderful memories your family have of Spooky!
Take care!

Terrie said...

RIP Spooky. I also had a cat named Spooky. We had him for over 20 years and last August I had to make the same decision as let him go. You are welcome to check out my post titled Spooky 1986 - 2008. I know how hard it is to lose a friend. I am sorry for your loss.

Bernie said...

Diana, I am so sorry to read about Spooky....he was so loved by you and your family. A beautiful tribute to him Diana and may the sorrow in your heart now be lifted by the fond memories you have of him. Love you my friend....:-) Hugs

Jerelene said...

Oh Diana, I am so, so sorry..I just came in from taking Sam to see the new neurologist...I got on the computer and saw this sad and terrible news. My heart is heavy as I know from personal experiences how hard this is! Your tribute to Spooky was beautiful! I will keep you in my prayers and may God comfort you in this time of sadness. Sending hugs your way!
Love, Jerelene

Tranquility Speaks said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss Diana. Even though we've never had a pet, I can certainly understand what it must feel like to part with someone who was family. Your own. My condolences to you and your family.

Take care Diana!

Teresa said...

Oh Dear Diana,
I can only imagine the pain you are feeling over the loss of your beloved pet Spooky. I feel like crying myself right now. My heart goes out to you, and I am praying for your comforting. (((HUGS))) my friend.