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A dear pet lost today

Posted Sunday, June 15, 2008, at 10:56 AM

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It may not be a great Father's Day topic but the reality of life hit us right between the eyes this morning when the vet called and told us that our treasured, youngest cat Cooper had died.

You have seen his photo before jumping in his first snow this past winter or jumping from a tree to a swing set. He was so full of life and a GREAT jumper.

What we could not show you was his loving nature. The hugs he would give us, the way he would nuzzle us and lay on our chest purring. Life can sometimes be cruel, but we treasure the year and three months he brightened our lives.

He died of a disease that he probably had at birth. We would have been overprotective had we known his days were going to be so short, but he would not have been Cooper, mischievous and loving at the same time.

We miss all our pets when they leave us, but there are always a few that really touch us. The Lord gave us a precious gift in Cooper and we will miss him VERY MUCH.


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We had something happen very similar, so upsetting, geesh he looks like my cat Macauley. No joke.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 11:04 AM

Steve;

I know what you mean. It's the same as loosing a family member. All the animals we have lost are still in our memories, even after 50 years.

-- Posted by framestraight on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 11:27 AM

Steve,

My condolences. What a beautiful picture you have posted for all of us to see and remember your companion!

Isn't there a pet cemetery somewhere in the area? Have you or the readership considered memorializing their pets in a cemetery?

-- Posted by nmonajjem on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 11:45 AM

Steve, I'm sorry to read of your loss. I know how hard it can be to lose a friend.

-- Posted by cfrich on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 12:04 PM

Sorry for your loss Steve :>(

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 12:34 PM

Steve, I am very sorry to read this. If your pets didn't a part of your family, then you're doing it wrong. We've got four dogs and a cat and when people ask me if we have kids, I just tell them "Yep, four dogs and a cat." If you had done anything differently then, like you said, he wouldn't have been the same.

-- Posted by Thom on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 1:04 PM

You had a terrific cat in Cooper and he had a great Dad in you.

His soul was just bigger than his body could handle so he stepped outside of his flesh-suit in order to stretch out a bit.

Perhaps,one of the "surplus" kittens could find a place of his own in the empty part of the world where Cooper once lived.

But,no one will ever take his place.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 1:35 PM

we have a little pet cemetery underneath a tree and behind one of Cooper's favorite play sites. We will place him there tomorrow. Since the vet was up with him at 3:oo AM we chose to let them get some sleep and we will pick him up tomorrow.

Boy, this is tough writing about him in the past tense. Guess I better go.

I may be a little late for the internet get together tonight. Our daughter is coming over for FD at 5:00 so I need to eat with the family. My apologies, we had planned it for lunch, but we were just not in the mood for it.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 1:58 PM

My condolences Steve. Cooper is just the other side of Rainbow bridge.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 4:19 PM

Sorry for the loss of your loving pet.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 9:41 PM

aaawww....I'm sorry for your loss. That is a very good pic of him.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Mon, Jun 16, 2008, at 10:59 AM

Here is a poem that helped my husband when his 'best friend' died. Hope it helps you.

The Rainbow Bridge

inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.

-- Posted by shelbyvegas on Mon, Jun 16, 2008, at 12:20 PM

Thanks for all your kind comments and thoughts. I have to purposely force my mind on to other things, but Cooper is on my computer wallpaper, so I get a refresh every morning and night.

Another favorite of mine, Kit-Kat is laying beside me right now and he seems to know that we lost Cooper. He goes to the bird feeder where Cooper used to do his best to surprise the birdies and just sits where Cooper used to sit. He can not jump like Cooper and doesn't even try, just sits there as if he is waiting for Cooper to show up.

Boy, I will be glad when the emotions start to mellow. I know it will come, but....

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 16, 2008, at 4:37 PM

Steve,

I'm so very sorry to hear about Cooper. They become family members, and the loss isn't easier to bear just because they're animals. Prayers and good thoughts are being sent your way.

-- Posted by cherylrichardson on Tue, Jun 17, 2008, at 7:35 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.