Having grown up with dogs I was never a "cat person". However, when my mother became president of the local Humane Society in 1992 I worked the animal shelter with her and started being around cats and found myself liking their personalities. In March 1998, while attending school in Michigan, I decided it was time to adopt a cat. I decided I wanted a male cat which was preferably black and white. I went to the local animal shelter and found 2 little 8 week-old kittens. They were so cute together I decided to get both and named them Buddy and Jasmine. This decision was by far the best decision I have ever made. |
Over the past 19 years, I have never had anyone closer to me than Buddy. While I was close to his sister Jasmine, I was never as close to her as I was to Buddy. After Buddy's sister passed away in August 2010, he and I became even closer. Buddy was always there to meow at me when I walked in the door. No matter how bad of a day I had, Buddy was always there to greet me and ready to be loved upon. Buddy was such a gentle and loving cat. Buddy did not know a stranger. Buddy was always there for me and ready to jump and lay on my chest or lap and be loved upon. Like a lot of older cats, Buddy developed kidney disease and over the last 8 months I did everything I could to prolong his life and give him as much of a quality of life as I could. I boarded my cat at the local vet while I went out of town only to return and have the vet tell me that my Buddy was now anemic and the vet strongly recommended it was time to end the fight. I took my cat home only to discover Buddy's kidney disease had caused him to go blind.
Seeing my Buddy scared and not be able to see where he was walking was too much for me. I decided after 2 days the time had come to end the fight. Putting my Buddy to sleep was the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I felt I was betraying his trust even though I knew it was the right thing to do. His passing is so hard to accept. The loudest sound a person will ever hear is the sound of silence. The silence is deafening and not seeing Buddy greet me anymore with his meows just tears at me. I can only hope someday to be reunited with not only the people I have loved but also my dearly loved Buddy and Jasmine. I know how much my mother loved her animals and how much she mourned their passing. I can only hope my mother is up there in Heaven holding my Buddy and Jasmine along with her animals.
Buddy I hope and pray I will be able to see you again. Until that day comes, I hope you are surrounded by nothing but love and joy. Having to wait to see and hear you again is going to be so very hard. Wait for me my friend and hopefully we will never have to be separated again. Buddy I could not have asked for a better cat or friend. I love you and miss you with all of my heart.