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Oh my sweet baby boy,,,I sit here trying to write, and all I can think is 'what happened?'. In early July you were thought to have CHF and you became diabetic. The treatment the vet prescribed seemed to be helping you, slowly but surely. You seemed to be doing much better the past two weeks. Then on Fri you weren't very hungry and your breathing was a bit rapid again. But Fri night you ate all your dinner! On Sat morning, you again came to eat but only took a few licks. I did not want to leave you,,but was forced to go to work as it was a new job and they would not let me take off. But there had been days even during your improvement that you were a bit off your food, so since your attitude seemed good, meowing and coming to me as usual, I told myself you would be okay.

I came home from work and instead of going right to making up the dinner dishes for you guys, I looked in to see where you were. My heart stopped,,,as my eyes scanned the room, I saw your face lying behind a cat pole,,your eyes open. Since that was all I could see, I prayed maybe you were just resting, but then something told me it wasn't right. I tapped on the glass and everyone else raised their head,,,,except you. I went rushing in,,,and the sight of you ripped my heart out---you were twisted and looked broken. I broke down, then realized all your buddies were circling us, and knew I had to be strong for them as they were waiting for dinner. It was all I could do to pick you up and place you in the carrier box and keep going. It was such a horrible sight, and I can't get it out of my mind. It looked like you suffered, but the vet said that it was most likely a seizure, and that you would've been unconscious so would not have suffered. I can only pray and have faith that as bad as it looked, you did not suffer, as that would break my heart even more.

You were one of my more skittish babies, never letting anyone else touch you, and terrified if the vet came in. You'd run straight out the cat door into your run-out pen. But when she had to make her first visit, and I held you while she came in, you were so good, only trying to run a little bit, like you knew we were trying to help. And as adamant as you were about not having your ears touched, you let me do BG tests on you and let me give you the insulin. It was unbelievable. You would try to run, but only half-heartedly, like you just felt the love and knew I was trying to make you feel better. I was so thankful for that.

You were such a beautiful, sweet boy. Your little quiet meows at feeding time still whisper in my ears. It was so hard this morning and tonight when you were not there. Your brothers seem very confused,,,it makes me so sad to think they saw this happen to you, and had to see you lying there until I came home. They definitely miss you already and look at me as if to say 'where'd you take him?". Please let them know you're okay, and are whole and well again. That's all I can pray for and believe too. I'll never forget when I rescued your mom, who was pregnant with the four of you, and she gave birth to you in my bedroom. She was such a good mom to all four of you, and would carry you up one by one and place you in my bed. She has definitely seemed confused and sad without you here.

I took you to the crematory today and brought your ashes home. I asked the manager if they could reposition you, as I couldn't stomach trying to do it, but couldn't look at you that way. I thank God he was able to, and I got to see you and pet you and say goodbye before you went in. My Onyx, Oni (Ahni), Oni-Felani,,,,

I know it will take a lot of time before I stop looking for you, or putting your dish out with the others to prepare food. Please visit me and let me know you are okay, and please forgive me that I couldn't make you better,,,,we did try our best, but I guess God had other plans. I will never understand what happened, or why, especially after you seemed to be improving, but I guess there are some things we're just not meant to know,,,and I have to try to understand that you guys are on loan to us, but belong to God.

I hope although you didn't get to hang out with them, that Jettie, Comet, Ellie, and Slater met you and you are all well and together.

Please know how much I love you Onyx, and that you will always be in my heart. It took me so long to write all this, as I can't see through the tears, but I know you see me,,,,and know,,,,,

I'll love and miss you always sweet boy,,,,,Love and Light XOX,,,,Mommy


Would you know my name, if I saw you in Heaven.
Would it be the same, if I saw you in Heaven.
I must be strong, and carry on, 'cause I know I don't belong here in Heaven.

Would you hold my hand, if I saw you in Heaven.
Would you help me stand, if I saw you in Heaven.
I'll find my way, through night and day, 'cause I know I just can't stay here in Heaven.

Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees
Time can break your heart, have you begging please,,,begging please

Beyond the door, there's peace I'm sure
And I know there'll be no more tears in Heaven

Would you know my name, if I saw you in Heaven
Would it be the same, if I saw you in Heaven
I must be strong, and carry on, 'cause I know I don't belong here in Heaven

'Cause I know I don't belong here in Heaven,,,,,,


8/23/16: Oh Oni,,,,I miss you,,,,I had to take Monday off work as I just couldn't bear it,,,the sight of you the way I found you, and at feeding time when you would look up into my eyes and meow,,,,your sweet, sweet eyes,,,I just couldn't be around anyone, so asked if I could work from home. They weren't happy, and I think I might be getting fired, but it was all I could do,,,I knew I would keep having visions of you and break down, and didn't want to be around anyone. Your brothers seem very confused, especially Polo, who is meowing at me a lot more, and is wanting to be petted a lot more (as you know, he's not a big fan of being mushed usually). But right now he wants it,,,and then he'll just stare at me straight in the eyes, like he's looking into my soul. Please let him know this was out of my control. It rips my heart out wondering how long you were gone that they had to see you that way, and I still stop breathing when I think you may have suffered. I always ask God that when he has to take any of you back, to please take you in your sleep and not make you suffer, and with Jettie, my prayer was answered, but with you I am not sure. Please forgive me that I had to leave that morning,,,I was forced to work as I was the only one on that day in my dept,,,,had I known it would be your last day, I would've risked my job to be with you. But as you know, I had been out of work for so long, and needed to make sure I could pay for treatment and meds and insulin for all you guys. I wish I was wealthy so I'd never have to make that decision again,,,,I'm so sorry baby,,,
I don't know if the outcome would've been different if I'd been home, but it's killing me not knowing. Please know I did the best I could, and that I'd give anything to look into your eyes again. I have to go now as I can't see through the tears, but know you're always in my heart, whether I'm writing here or not.
Love and light baby boy,,,XOX,,,Mommy

11/27/16: Hi sweetie,,,,I came on today to put up Christmas stockings on your pages, and to renew your cousin Slater's residency. I am still seeing you each morning and evening, and swear I still hear your little meows when I come in with the food dishes, and have flashbacks of the loving look in your eyes when you would look up at me. You were such a timid boy but pushed through that to trust me to do your blood tests and give you your insulin,,,,you obviously felt the love and knew I was only trying to help you. I sadly still see the image of how I found you,,,it was so horrible and still haunts me, and the only way I get past it is to try and believe you were seizing and did not know or feel anything. I can only hope and pray that was true, as the thought of you suffering at all rips my heart out. I know you are probably thinking how silly I am, as you are fine now, whole and healthy again, and somewhere in my heart I know that's true, but I'm still struggling with it and hope you know I tried my best to help you. I'll always miss your sweet eyes and little meows, and please know how much I love and miss you. Love and light sweet boy,,,,XOX

8/20/17: Hi my baby boy,,,it's been a year since you went away and I can't believe how it still feels like yesterday. I will never know what happened to you that day, and the horrible images still haunt me. But I've learned that our human minds sometimes keep us focused on the bad things---the illnesses, the pain, the day you leave---instead of focusing and remembering your LIFE---all the good times, happiness, and love. I have to keep you in my heart that way, no matter how much that day tries to sneak in. I love you sweetie, and I know you've probably by now met up with Precious, Lucky, and Brinnie, who went to the bridge after you. Your soft, sweet meow I still miss terribly,,,I love you Ony--Love and Light baby boy XOX.

11/23/17: Hi baby boy,,,it's Thanksgiving Day and although that has been a sad day for me over the past few years, I wanted to come out and say how grateful and thankful I am to have had you and the others in my life. As I told the others, we humans tend to focus on the end, the illness and sadness, but forget all the years of life you gave us, and all the laughs and love, so I am trying to stop thinking of the bad and just be happy for all the good. I love and miss you so much, and will always, and hope you know I will never forget you. Love and Light baby,,,XOX

12/25/17: Merry Christmas baby boy,,,,I wanted to let you know that a candle has been lit for all of you in your resting place to honor your lives and that your spirits live on. I love and miss you every day sweetie,,,,Love and Light,,,XOX

1/1/18: Hi Ony,,,today is New Year's Day and I came on to write on Jettie's page, as today is the day he passed two years ago. But I wanted to visit you and let you know how much I miss you every day, and that no matter how it happens, or how long goes by, the pain of your loss is still there with a hole in my heart that will never mend. But I am learning more and more to focus on all the love and happiness you gave me for so many years, instead of remembering the sad day of loss, as it is your life that deserves the attention and honor, not your passing. I hope you can feel the big hug and kiss I'm sending you,,,I'll love and miss you always,,,,Love and Light sweet boy,,,,XOX

Please also visit Brinnie, Comet, Ellie, Jettie, Lucky, Precious and Slater.



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