Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Goodbye, Love

Wendell died on July 25, just a few weeks shy of his 12th birthday. He was an incredibly sweet, wonderful cat and I miss him.

We never posted here very much; we preferred the more social, short-form communication of Facebook. But I wanted to leave a tribute for him, should anyone find their way here.

Wendell "Bruce"
Goodbye, my Jersey boy, my Stinky Pete, my little love, my Bruce. Thank you for being such a sweet, wonderful, loving cat. Thank you for the interspecies naps and the head butts. Thank you for the games of footsies and for warming my feet in the winter with your mass of fur. Thank you for the days spent watching football and old movies, for making me laugh as you assaulted toy mice and popped soap bubbles,  for letting me share in your excitement at the sight of a

bird outside, for climbing on top of me and purring your little head off, for letting me talk to you when there was no one else around to talk to, for putting up with my madness and my showtunes, and for making me feel better just by reaching out a paw to touch me.


Thank you for killing that real mouse in ‘09. Sorry I didn’t let you eat it.


I will miss following the stripes of your perfectly symmetrical tabby body.  I will miss tickling you on that little white spot on your chest. . . the one I call your “caramel cream.” I wilI miss kissing that big black spot on your head five times in a row. I will miss the warm breath of your giant kitty yawns and the way you slept with one leg elevated. I will miss how happy I could make you with a few shrimp or some post-Thanksgiving turkey from Aunt Jenn. I’ll miss scooping you up in one arm to kiss your head when I said goodbye in the morning. And I’ll even miss your disapproving meows when I came home after abandoning you for the day, because the moment I scooped you back up--this time into both my arms, you immediately started to purr and all was forgiven.


I hope you can forgive me for my shortcomings; that our apartment wasn’t always as clean as it should be, or that I didn’t force you to eat better food so that maybe you wouldn’t have gotten sick. And that I wasn’t watching you close enough that horrible day in 2007 when you ate a piece of plastic that had to be removed surgically. How lucky I was to get six more years with you.


I hope you understand that this is what I believe you wanted--that you were in pain, and that it was not going to get better anytime soon, and that this is so you don’t have to be sad anymore.


I loved you with all my heart and I always will. Thank you for being my buddy. We made a great team and I am so very lucky to have been your Mom.

10 comments:

  1. We came across your bloggie today, Soft wooooos,

    RA

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  2. What a beautiful tribute to sweet Wendell! He was a wonderful friend and always knew that you loved him and did your bast for him!

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  3. That was a beautiful post. Wendell was a very sweet ManCat and we know you will miss him very much. We're glad we got to know him.

    The Florida Furkids

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  4. These are the words of love. Thank you for sharing your and Wendell hearts with us.

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  5. We're glad you finally posted this for Wendell. We were surprised and sad when we learned he was gone so suddenly. But we know how hard it can be to post after losing a furry friend. You obviously loved each other very much and we know you miss him.

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  6. A lovely tribute to a special cat. Purrs to you....

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  7. Sending comforting purrrrrrrsss and gentle headbumps to Wendell's Mom. We never noo Wendell very well, but it is clear he was a much loved kittie. Fare thee well, Wendell.

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  8. That was a lovely and beautiful tribute to your sweet Wendell. Thank you for loving him so much, and so well. Surely he is watching over you now, and you will see him again someday. Hugs, purrs and prayers.

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