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Memories of Lucky
Lucky was a wonderful companion. He came into my life when my boyfriend, Dennis, took his dog for a walk. He came back with a little gray kitten in his mouth. He laid the kitten right at Dennis' feet. The little kitten scampered off. When he told me about it, I went looking for a little gray kitten to make sure he was unharmed. I found him. He was tiny, skinny and very sick. His eyes were crusted shut. I picked him up and cleaned off his eyes. He was filthy. I let him go and went to Petsmart to get some KMR and a feeding bottle. I got it ready and went and looked for the kitten. I finally found him and he tried to run away but I was faster. I then gave him the bottle which he drank from greedily. I put him down after he finished the bottle and he ran off. Later that day I came back with a bottle of KMR and a warm damp towel. I found him and he didn't bolt from me. So I picked him up and began cleaning off his eyes again. When his eyes were clean I fed him. It was obvious that he needed a vet so I decided to take him in. I wasn't sure how the dogs would react. But I pretty much decided that they now had a new brother/sister. I took him in and he was given medication and eye ointment. He was declared old enough for solid food. And we now learned that my dogs had a new brother. My boyfriend suggested the name Lucky, because he was Lucky to be alive. I liked it. Lucky and I bonded quickly. I have never had a cat before and I was amazed at what incredibly loving creatures they were. That was not their reputation. I went online and learned everything I could about cats. I went to vet sites, cat owner sites, behaviorist sites, Animal Planet, and watched videos and read as many articles as I could. I wanted to be as prepared as I could be for what may come. I fell hard for this little bundle of gray fur. His eyes finally turned their final shade of pure green. He would sleep on my tummy or right by my side at night, and lay in my lap and PURR during the day. He was always by my side. He managed to turn me into a budding Crazy Cat Lady when I took in 6 more kittens in the course of 2 more years. But he was the first. Life went on with our happy household. Until one week ago. Lucky, never a big eater, but always a regular one, stopped eating. He had has a few teeth removed a few weeks ago and I wondered if something was bothering him. I gave him just wet which he managed to eat most of. In the following days he went off his food entirely. He would lick at it. I took him to the vet. He had dropped 2 pounds. He has so much fur that I didn't really notice. Obviously he had been ditching his food for more than a week. But I don't normally hover while they eat so when he left his food, I didn't notice. One of the other cats would just finish it off. We ran some tests. My vet looked very serious. I was then told that my cat had advanced lymphoma in his kidneys. I asked him if this was terminal. It was. He could be made more comfortable and he might last a few weeks. So I picked him up and asked, "Lucky, what do you want me to do?" I was devastated. He just looked at me with those incredible green eyes and gave me a soft growl. He was in pain. I nodded. I understood. I told the vet that Lucky wanted to go. I spent the next couple of hours alone with him. Holding him and chatting. I told the vet that I would be holding him when he injected him with the sedatives. They had set up a catheter, and we went into the consultation room to be alone. We just talked and loved each other for those hours. At 8:20, my vet euthanized Lucky as I held him. I held him right next to my heart as he slipped away. The following week has been very hard for me. I have to try to explain it all to 6 other cats and a dog. But there is a certain sadness that is prevalent in my home right now. Lucky's loss is felt so keenly. Especially with two of them. My dog Athena, as she was very close to Lucky, and one cat, Mystery. Mystery had always been very sweet on Lucky. She is missing her boy right now. As we all are.

IF TEARS COULD BUILD A STAIRWAY, AND MEMORIES A LANE
I WOULD WALK RIGHT UP TO HEAVEN AND BRING YOU BACK AGAIN.

NO FAREWELL WORDS WERE SPOKEN, NO TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
YOU WERE GONE BEFORE I KNEW IT, AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHY.

MY HEART STILL ACHES WITH SADNESS, AND SECRET TEARS STILL FLOW
WHAT IT MEANT TO LOVE YOU, NO ONE CAN EVER KNOW.

BUT NOW I KNOW YOU WANT ME TO MOURN FOR YOU NO MORE
TO REMEMBER ALL THE HAPPY TIMES, LIFE STILL HAS MUCH IN STORE.

SINCE YOU'LL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, I PLEDGE TO YOU TODAY
A HALLOWED PLACE WITHIN MY HEART IS WHERE YOU'LL ALWAYS STAY.

I love you Lucky

8/22/2014
Lucky, your ashes came home today. It actually made me feel better. I even have a cast of your paw print! I went online and bought your final resting place. A beautiful urn of a cat sleeping in a basket. It was perfect and it will be engraved with poems and my thoughts. It is almost as beautiful as you!
8/23/2014
Lucky I am so missing you. The other cats are obviously missing you. Mystery wants to head butt you. She always did love you best. Athena is also missing you. There have been litter box issues, but they are upset and eventually things will settle back down. A lady that works at the Starbucks I always go to is a painter. I told her about you and wondered if she would paint a portrait of you. I told her what happened to you and she was happy to. I told her I would pay for supplies and she looked horrified. She wouldn't hear of it. But I gave her 3 of your best photos and you will be immortalized on canvas very soon!!! Take care Lucky. Mommy loves you!
8/24/2014
It has been a rough day. I keep wondering if I let you go too soon? Could you and I have had a few more happy weeks? Did I jump the gun? I will never know the answer to this question and that tears my soul apart. I miss you Lucky...life is just not the same. I love you and keep thinking about you. I sleep with your collar and it's cool tag right near me. Magic and Mystery as well as Bogie are all sleeping near as well. We miss you baby cakes. Every one of us.
8/26/2014
Hi again my boy. I miss your sweet meow your head butts. It's been difficult, but I am coping. Dennis has asked about you and cried when he heard you had gone on. He wanted me to tell you he loves you and misses you. I just keep thinking of your lovely green eyes, such a brilliant green, slowly blinking at me. I have several really cool pictures of you on my desk. I miss you. Thinking of you baby cakes. I love you always.
8/28/2014
Lucky, it is late and it is a clear quiet night. The other cats are napping and Athena is sleeping. I an remembering the purrs and head butts. The gentle way you would put your paw on my nose or my lips and blink. You and I had some special rituals, and I miss them and cherish their memories. I can still feel you near, you must be watching over me. I love you Lucky.....always and forever.
9/9/2014
I am sitting here looking at your urn...so peaceful...and your photo. I have created a small memorial area for you with pictures, your collar and favorite toys, and your lovely resting place. I wish it didn't have to be this way...I miss your lounging in my lap. I miss your loud wake up call right before my alarm went off. I miss your very distinctive voice. I miss sitting at my desk and feeling your paw on my shoulder. I just miss you Lucky and wish so much that you were here. I love you big guy....forever and ever!
8/12/2015
It has been almost a year. It still hurts so much. Mystery is not coping well. She has never really gotten over you. I wish you could just be with her. Let her know you will meet again. I miss you baby cakes. I know I always will. So here is my Rainbow Bridge poem for you...

By the edge of the wood, at the foot of the 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.

I LOVE YOU LUCKY!



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