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Memories of Benson
Benson came to my home in December of 1998 through a series of events that just fell right into place for him to spend his life here with me. In the end I brought him home on Christmas Eve that year and what a great decision that was. We started out a little shaky but he blossomed out into the most beautiful and loving boy I could ever have asked for. So many people said he was too pretty to be a boy. He spent almost the next 17 years being a part of a loving family of other cats and although he used to swat Max around I think he really liked him and he is now once again playing with his old friend. Benson had a great and happy life here filled with love and very few medical issues. He loved his home and his little domain where he slept which pretty much was where ever he wanted. Then in April of 2015 he was having some labored breathing and was a little lethargic so I made an appointment to get him to the vet to see what was going on. They kept him for a few hours and when I was called to return to the office to get him I had no idea of what I was about to hear. The vet with a very gentle touch and voice guided me through the tests and x-rays as best she could until she came upon the spots on his lungs. As the tone of her voice grew increasingly serious I knew that I was about to hear heart breaking news. Benson has lung cancer and although he is not in pain he is not comfortable. The inference was that he did not have very long and that I should consider the dreaded option. She also said I could get a 2nd opinion which I felt was the prudent way to go. That was on Thursday. I brought him home, did some research on the internet and found holistic immune system restoration kit which I had decided to order. I hoped and prayed he would make it through the weekend just to give me more time with him. The weekend was not great for him but neither did he seem to be in pain or uncomfortable. It was a difficult time but he did make it through and I brought him in for the 2nd opinion on Monday and the prognosis was worse than the first one and her suggestion was to consider letting him go immediately. I declined figuring if he could live for one more night at least I could hold him and shower him with love before sending him on his way. When we arrived home from the vet's office the holistic package I had ordered on Friday had arrived. In view of the dire prognosis I seriously considered sending it back for a refund but decided to give it a try. The very next morning Benson was like a brand new kitten. He was awake, alert, had a great appetite, was jumping on the bed again, using the litter box and wanted to be a part of the family. I continued to give him the holistic medication every day and his progress was nothing short of amazing although I warned myself not to get to comfortable because the fact of the matter is cancer is a very serious issue. I did think deep down inside that either he was misdiagnosed or that holistic medicine was a miracle product. I considered each and every day an added blessing and I was thankful for the extra time with my little guy and I thanked him all the time for staying strong and staying with me. In short, everything seemed to be going great. Then after returning home from doing some errands on the morning of June 22nd I noticed the labored breathing and lethargy had returned to my beautiful boy. I watched him closely throughout the day and there was little doubt he was rapidly declining. It was becoming increasingly obvious that our luck was running out as I watched Benson struggle to breath and have no appetite. And so it was that 68 days after his diagnosis he was telling me it was time. Although my heart was shattered I am eternally grateful for each and every one of those 68 extra days with him. I then began looking at all the options for his release from his pain and for his final services and slept with him on the floor that night. Early on the morning of June 23rd I gave him some bits of his favorite food and held him tight before I made all the arrangements. The appointment at the hospital was set for 10:15 AM so that gave me more time to hold him and let him know how much he is loved. When the time came to go I held him on my lap for his final ride to the vet's office and my tears just flowed down on his beautiful fur. When we arrived there I went inside and signed the papers and paid the bill as I knew I would be in no condition to do it later. The vet and vet tech were more than kind and compassionate as they allowed me a final few more minutes with him before starting the procedure. My devastation was obvious but I could not bear to watch my loving and loyal friend struggle to breath any longer. The vet administered the sedative then allowed me yet a few more minutes with him before she returned to send him on his way to heaven. At 10:29 AM on June 23, 2015 my beautiful boy Benson went to heaven along with a huge piece of my heart. I am so sorry Benson. I love you and miss you forever. God Bless You Always. (((((BENSON))))) XOXO

"Farewell, Master,
Yet not farewell.
Where I go,
ye, too, shall dwell
I am gone, before your face,
A moment's time, a little space.
When ye come where I have stepped
Ye will wonder why ye wept."

July 23, 2015-I love you Benson. Today it is one month since you had to leave this life and still I miss you more than mere words could ever say. My heart is shattered as tears still come to my eyes everyday. Benson I am so sorry. I love you and miss you to the moon and back. My sweet beautiful boy. (((((BENSON)))))

Sept 13,(Aug 23)2015-I love you Benson. I am so very sorry I missed my August visit with you my sweet beautiful boy. I know I should have been there to tell you how much I love and miss you but I am sure you know that already. I still struggle with the fact that I can't hold you in my loving arms and look at your beautiful face anymore. Everything is so different now without you being here. I love you forever my angel in heaven. (((((BENSON)))))

Sept 23, 2015-I love you Benson. I cannot believe it is 3 months since I last held you in my loving arms as you left this life to take your place in heaven. I miss you more than anyone could ever imagine but I find comfort in knowing that one day we will be reunited for all eternity. I love you so very much my special boy. (((((BENSON)))))

Oct 23, 2015-I love you Benson. It is now 4 months since you had to be released from the cancer and sent on your final journey. I miss you more than mere words could ever say and the tears still come every day. You will always be my special boy and I love you forever. God Bless you Sweetie. (((((BENSON)))))

Nov 23, 2015-I love you Benson. Today it is 5 months since I last held you in my loving arms my heart still aches with the pain of missing you. You are such a beautiful and loving boy and I will never forget you and all the comfort and happiness you brought to this world. You are loved forever my sweet angel. God Bless you forever and always. (((((BENSON)))))

Dec 23, 2015-I love you Benson. I just cannot believe that it was 6 months ago today that you had to leave this life and take your place in heaven. I miss you more than I ever thought possible as I try to prepare for my first Christmas without you. I know it will not be the same without you sitting by my side. Thank you for picking me and for being such a beautiful and wonderful part of my life. I love you always and forever. (((((BENSON)))))

Jan 23, 2016-I love you Benson. Today we are at 7 months since I had to free you from the pain of cancer and let you take your place in heaven. I know that your angel wings were ready but my heart was not. I love you forever beautiful boy. (((((BENSON)))))

Feb 23, 2016-I love you Benson. Today it is 8 months since I had to let you go and still my fragile heart aches with the pain of missing you. You are such a good boy and wonderful friend. Thank you for the love and companionship to brought to my life. I'll always love you sweet boy. (((((BENSON)))))

Mar 23, 2016-I love you Benson. It is now 9 months since that horrible day when I had to let you go to free you from your pain. I still can not believe that I can no longer hold you in my loving arms. I miss you so much my wonderful buddy. God Bless you always. (((((BENSON)))))

Apr 23, 2016-I love you Benson. It was 10 months ago today that I held you in my loving arms for one final time before you left for your place in heaven. I know you are now free from the pain of the cancer but still my heart aches so much with the pain of missing you. I love you forever. (((((Benson)))))

May 23, 2016-I love you Benson. Today it is 11 months since you had to leave this life and still my heart aches with the pain of missing you. I will always cherish the time we had together and I know that one day we will be together again. I love you always. (((((Benson)))))

June 23, 2016-I LOVE YOU BENSON. Today is a major milestone as we have reached the point of one year since I had to let you go to heaven to release you from the pain of that horrible cancer. I miss you more than mere words could ever say and my life will never be the same. You are in my heart forever and my love for you continues to grow each and every day. Thank you Benson for picking me to share your life and your love with. I am so very blessed for that. I love you forever my pal.(((((BENSON))))) XOXO

July 23, 2016-I love you Benson. Today we are now at 13 months since that heartbreaking day that I had to help you cross over to Rainbow Bridge. My heart still aches with the pain of missing you but I find comfort in knowing that you are healthy and happy again. I will always love you. God Bless you always. (((((BENSON)))))

Aug 23, 2016-I love you Benson. We have now passed 14 months since I last held you in my loving arms. I will always miss you and I know I am very blessed that you chose me to share your beautiful life with. I love you always my sweet angel. (((((BENSON)))))

Sept 23, 2016-I love you Benson. It is now 15 months since you had to leave this life and still I miss you more than mere words could ever say. I will always love you and I know that one day we shall be reunited for all eternity. God Bless you forever my sweet angel. (((((BENSON)))))

Oct 23, 2016-I love you Benson. Today it is 16 months since that fateful day that I had to help you on your way to heaven and still my heart aches with the pain of missing you. I always told you that you are very special and you truly are. I will never forget you and I will love you forever my little bulldog. (((((BENSON)))))

Nov 23, 2016-I love you Benson. We are now at 17 months since I had to let you go to heaven and I still miss you more than I ever thought possible. I think of you everyday and wish so much I could have saved you from the horrible cancer. I love you Benson more than you could ever know. God Bless you my sweet boy. (((((BENSON)))))

Dec 23, 2016-I love you Benson. I can't believe it has been 18 months since I last held you in my loving arms on that heartbreaking day. I always think of you and the wonderful memories we created together and how much I miss those days. Just know that I will never forget you and you will live on forever in my heart. God Bless you little angel. (((((BENSON)))))

Jan 23, 2017-I love you Benson. Today it is 19 months since you had to leave this life and still my heart aches with the pain of missing you. I still can't believe it Benny. I always told you that you are a special boy and you are forever so. God Bless you Sweetie. (((((BENSON)))))

Feb 23, 2017-I love you Benson. It is now 20 months since that fateful day and still the tears flow ever so freely but I know that one day we will be together again. Thank you for the years of love and devotion you gave to me. You will never be forgotten. (((((BENSON)))))

Mar 23, 2017-I love you Benson. It was 21 months ago today that the angels came for you to relieve you from your pain. I miss you so much and my heart is so broken but I know that one day we will be reunited for all eternity. I love you my special boy. (((((BENSON)))))

Apr 23, 2017-I love you Benson. It is now 22 months since I last held you in my loving arms and I still cannot believe that you are gone from this life. I love you more than you could ever know and I am so blessed that you chose me to spend your beautiful life with. God Bless you always sweet Benny. (((((BENSON)))))

May 23, 2017-I love you Benson. Today it is 23 months since you had to go and take your place in heaven and still I miss you more each day. You had the loudest and most beautiful purr and were never shy about using it. I love you forever my sweet angel in heaven. (((((BENSON)))))

June 23, 2017-I love you Benson. Today it is now 2 years since you left this life and it hardly seems possible. It feels like I was just holding you in my loving arms last month. I miss you more than I ever thought possible but I do know that we will be reunited one day never to be apart again. I love you always and forever my sweet beautiful boy in heaven. (((((BENSON))))) XOXO

July 23, 2017-I love you Benson. Today it is 25 months since I last held you in my loving arms and I still miss you more than anyone could ever know. You will always be a very special boy to me and I am so thankful that you picked me to share your life with. God Bless you always Sweet Benny Benson. (((((BENSON)))))

Aug 23, 2017-I love you Benson. Today it is 26 months ago that you went to Rainbow Bridge and my heart still aches with the pain of missing you. I know I am so blessed for the time we had together and that one day will be reunited for all eternity. God Bless you Sweet Angel Benson. (((((Benson)))))

Sept 23, 2017-I love you Benson. Today we are at 27 months since you left this life to go to Rainbow Bridge. Not a single day goes by that I don't think of you with all the love in my heart and how much I miss you being here beside me. I will always keep you close till we meet again my sweet little boy. I love you forever Benny Benson. (((((Benson)))))

Oct 23, 2017-I love you Benson. It is now 28 months since I let you go to heaven and I still miss you like it was yesterday. You are forever in my heart and I am more than blessed for the wonderful life you shared with me and I thank you for being a great friend. God Bless you my sweet little boy in Heaven. (((((BENSON)))))

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