Sunday, September 1, 2013

Our Darling Ginger...





Our beautiful little cat of 15 years, Ginger died this morning at 3:30 am
after a long illness...







Our beautiful boy was never quite the same after his mum died last September.
He missed her something terrible and just kind of lost his spark and then just
fell into a lung condition that didn't respond to treatment....and the last couple of months have been torture for us as he has been in and out of the vets...the last time, last Friday, the vet said we should put him down...but we took him home instead, with us, in his own little bed, where he belonged and where we could love him to the very end....and it got tough...real tough...but it was the right thing for all of us, because when he decided to pass away, he gave us signs and it was over with in a few hours...and we are grateful that we stuck to our decision.

These cats were the reason we bought a house...Our landlord wouldn't let us have pets and these strays worked their way into our hearts and we got them in, and worked on their feral ways, with love love and more love.  I saw the tender side of my husband come out...I'll never forget the first time I came home and heard him cooing and baby talking to him...Ginger was always "his pal"





Now this is from a man who swore he didn't like cats..."I'm allergic to them" is what he always said.
They became steadfast and true friends...Ginger picking him over me anyday...my boys stuck together.
Ginger would sit on the bathroom floor in the morning and watch him shave, they would play endless rounds of "tennis" and filbert nut throwing....Ginger was smart...real smart...come when your called smart unless the lure of freedom got to be to much for him and we would have to chase him a little bit...
Both our cats were inside cats...living where we do cars, crime, racoons, hawks, fleas, other cats, all were ready to play havoc...so we kept them indoors...after they got a bit older , I would sit outside with them in my side garden and watch over them.

So today, my husband is building him a copper box, and we will lay our beautiful friend to rest in our garden next to his mum...

Our house is quiet ....
our hearts are so heavy..
our loss so complete...






26 comments:

RaggedRobyn said...

What beautiful memories you have and thank you so much for sharing a few on your blog. How lovely Ginger got to stay at home where he belonged, safe and loved until he passed. I'm welling up as I read. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Jiorji said...

oh no! :(
sorry for your loss.
always think pets are super lucky when they get so much love

Alice said...

Oh no, I'm so sorry! But I am glad Ginger was where he loved to be and with you there by his side.

Lela said...

Awww, Cynthia, I'm so sorry to hear this. I know your hearts are heavy. Pets have such a way with us that they are part of the family. This was a beautiful tribute for your sweet Ginger.

Chris said...

Cynthia~sorry for the loss of your sweet boy kitty. Your stories made him "live" for me, and I love how your hubby's attitude toward cats was changed by this silly smart one. Sending you love!

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh Oh Oh...My Dear C. & G.
I am Soooo deeply deeply sorry for your loss...That Ginger was so loved and I know will be so very missed....It breaks my heart for you both....This made me sob, with recognition and rememberance of the dearness and sweetness of these special special four legged friends----who become dearer than 'family', because they ARE true family....They crawl into our hearts and bring us so much joy and
love---Ginger was such a special boy....And now he is with his Mum once again---together in Kitty Heaven. And you both were so right to bring him home where he was so loved and comforted....
My Heart reaches out to yours with understanding and love....
I can just imagine what a Beautiful resting place that G. is making for his special buddy...! Sending Healing Hugs to you both in this very tender time.
((((((((((HUGS))))))))))

PipnMolly said...

Big heartfelt hug for you both. Your cats could not have found a better home.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Farewell, Ginger, true and faithful cat companion! It sounds like you gave him a wonderful life after rescuing him from a feral existence. Hugs to you both today.

Kath said...

Big hug for you sweet girl, I understand the feelings you describe. You wrote so movingly about Ginger, he sounds like a very special little soul xx

Lucie said...

Big hugs Cynthia! I know how sad it is to loose one of them. Your words are beautiful, I recognize myself in here, I couldn't live without a furry friend

La Petite Gallery said...

I am so sorry, they are like family.
Our pets are so calming and loving.
RIP Ginger.
yvonne

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Cynthia ...... I know just how you feel. We had 3 cats { one ginger } and I was SO upset when each one passed away. I was that upset that I couldn't have anymore !
Thinking of you both and, just remember what a wonderful home you gave Ginger, the lovely memories that you have and the fact that you had him in your lives. XXXX

betweenreader said...

Oh my, you have had a hard time and stood by Ginger in a strong and loving way. He's leaving an empty spot in the house, I know. Love to all there in flesh and spirit!

Patty said...

So sad for you both. In our home our
animals are more like family
members than pets. When one dies it
leaves jagged holes in our daily
routine. You had the grace and patience to let your dear ginger go
on his own time. Harder for you, I know, but a sweet gift to him.
Take care in your grief.

louise said...

Ah Cynthia how sad for you both. 15 years is a pretty grand age for a cat, especially with all the love you heaped on him xx

Sharon said...

Cynthia, I am so very sorry that your sweet friend is gone, but so very happy that you gave him such a loving home and years of happiness. Blessings to you both.

annamei said...

Oh Dear,so sad....
Take a big warm hug from my heart.
You´ve shared 15 wonderful years together and this love will stay forever.

Melissa Manley said...

Oh how sad! I'm so sorry for your loss. I have had many kitties over the years and they've all been my babies, each one so different and special. He sounded very, very special. I wish you peace.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I am sad just reading this
I hate this time in our lives when we loose our precious pets to death
my heart goes out to you

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Ginger. I have tears just writing this as the loss of a pet/family member is a hard one to bear.

My thoughts are with you, Elizabeth

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh my-- I am so very sorry for you loss. Your lovely cats were part of your family and my heart is breaking for you.
xoxoxoxoxox jj

martinisfor2 said...

So very sorry Cynthia. Hugs to you for healing. This was a lovely tribute for Ginger.

We lost one of ours in April. Maddie decided when it was time and left us but not our hearts. My last words to her were to find us someone to rescue when we were ready. Jake just kept looking for her so we gave him extra love. Two weeks later my sister in law called to say she had two 3 week old kittens rescued from a dumpster. Some cruel person dumped them because the were used to people contact. Maddie worked fast for Jake and us to bring Bella and Shelby GT to our home to love.

Our hearts go out to you.

fanciful devices said...

This fills my heart. Recently, after a death in the family, my parents inherited two cats. They were certainly not "cat people" but in the intervening time they've thoroughly converted to say the least. mom practically swoons each time i ask about how they are.
those photos are beyond precious. that little face! im all teary eyed. when i've had dogs pass i know the best cure is to get new, different needful furbabies to fill my home. don't know when your time will be but you clearly have tons of love to give.
big hug and kiss, marina.

Pam said...

So sorry Cynthia. When they go it leaves us with such a heavy heart. He looks a beautiful cat who was gifted with a wonderful home. You both gave him so much love. A beautiful tribute to Ginger.

PK Studios said...

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sorry to hear this. now he is with his mama. what an incredibly sweet photo of them curled up together! sending you kitty prayers.... Hugs, Penny

Jackie said...

Oh Cynthia, so sad to read this, it's so very hard to lose our furbabies. You gave them a wonderful life. I know they have left beautiful memories to help with your loss. Sending healing hugs your way.
...Jackie

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