As I have mentioned on a few threads, I had to have my family kitty of 18 years put down a few weeks ago. I insisted on being in the room with him, which was very sad and hard, but I wanted to make sure he went peacfully, looking at the face of someone that knew and loved him as he was lovingly stroked and put to rest. A week or so later my vet's office sent a card with this poem in it. I thought it was very nice and I wanted to share it with all of you.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor, those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content except for one small thing; they miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly he begins to run for the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross.
***Edited By: peaches13185 on 5/4/2008 4:22:03 PM*** Reason: accidentally left out a line
Sorry to hear about your kitty. Its hard when we have to say goodbye to a loved one. The rainbow bridge poem is a well known poem and has been posted here many many times. Always sad to hear it because it means a familys beloved pet has passed. My favorite poem is called " I loved you best ". Maybe it will give you some comfort as it did me.
I Loved You Best by: Jim Willis
So this is where we part, My Friend, and you'll run on, around the bend, gone from sight, but not from mind, new pleasures there you'll surely find.
I will go on, I'll find the strength, life measures quality, not its length. One long embrace before you leave, share one last look, before I grieve.
There are others, that much is true, but they be they, and they aren't you. And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought, will remember well all you've taught.
Your place I'll hold, you will be missed, the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed. And as you journey to your final rest, take with you this...I loved you best.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I'm so sorry Peaches. I read that thread where you mentioned the family cat's passing away but it was just a brief reference when you were talking about cat longevity. I didn't realize what happened and how hard that must have been for you to do. I had to put my Nikita down last fall when she was 15 because she had a huge tumor in her mouth. I could not be there the way that you were. I didn't want to face it that way. Fortunately my big sister stepped in and once I had made the decision and called the vet, she handled the hard part for me. Sadly, that just means it is something I will still have to learn to face someday when the current group of furballs gets old. I hope that I can be as brave as you were. I can't read either poem without tearing up.
Aaaw, thats awful MaxandAllie. It is very hard to witness your beloved pet dying, but it is a very personal choice and never let someone pressure you or make you feel guilty for not being there. I just wanted to be there because I knew no one else in my family could have handled it, and Little Foot hated the vet, so I couldn't let them be the last people he saw. It was a little comforting to see how peacefully he went. It also helped that my boyfriend (a former cop) had been through it with his K-9 unit that had cancer. He told me exactly what to expect and what it would be like. I am glad I was there with him, and when it comes time for my two new fur-babies to go (hopefully many-many years from now), I will be with them too.
Having a sick animal put to sleep is the most loving and un-selfish thing a human can do.