November 19, 2015

Buddy has gone to the Bridge

Buddy Longwhiskers
2000-11/9/2015

I can't bring myself to write out all the details. I was in NY to visit family and attend the retirement party of an old friend. My sister Marj, who my cats and I live with, called to say she thought Buddy was dying. He had been diabetic for about a year and a half; we were working hard with his vet to get his insulin right, but we just couldn't get the magic number. Apparently, there has been something else impacting his health that we had never discovered. He had one attack of pancreatitis in the summer, so it's possible he had another. Something dropped his blood glucose level extremely low, caused him to start having seizures and eventually caused me to have to make the decision to let him go ahead to Rainbow Bridge.


I'm so glad this wonderful cat entered my life when he was three years old to become Finnegan's brofur and friend. Buddy was so very special! He wasn't a huge lover like Finny; he liked who he liked - and the rest of the world had better be careful. He might let you pet him, but on very specific terms. In the time since Finny died he had become more affectionate, snuggling with me as often as he could and for much longer periods of time than he used to.


I'll miss his paw on my nose to wake me in the morning, his loud mrow-mrowing at night as he played with his very special strip of fleecy fabric, his soft purring that became snoring, racing me down the hallway to the bathroom to drink from the faucet, giving him his insulin shots twice a day - of course followed by a little squirt of whipped cream! Most of all, I will miss the sweet, loving, snuggly orange boy who shared our lives for the last twelve years.

 
Buddy is buried in our little pet cemetery, near his brofur Finnegan, Cuzzin Dusty the cat and Cuzzin Magic the good woofie. He has in his arms a very special nip toy made here in North Carolina, some squishy pompoms, a nip mousie, his fleecy strip and his "Critter Baby"; a toy that came with him when I adopted him from a friend of a friend 12 years ago.

Fly free, my Best Bud. You'll always be my Sunshine, my only Sunshine.

Love Mom


57 comments:

William said...

Oh no, we're so very sorry to hear this sad news and know how hard it must have been to let him go. We're glad he rests nearby with love all around him. Our hearts are with you.

Summer said...

I'm so sorry about Buddy, and how awful to have this happen while you were out of town. Purrs to you.

Random Felines said...

we are so very sorry.....it is never easy to lose a cherished loved one. purrs

Brian said...

We are very, very sorry to hear about dear Buddy. Love and hugs from all of us.

Old Kitty said...

We are so sorry to read about angel Buddy. Sending you many comforting purrs and hugs, take care
x

Kea said...

We're terribly saddened to read that Buddy has to fly to the Bridge. The hole he leaves behind in your heart is a large one, but we hope and purray in time that you'll find peace, knowing he had a wonderful life with you, and that he passed from love into Love.

Purrs and peace,
Nicki, Derry and Kim (Fuzzy Tales)

The Island Cats said...

We are so very sorry. Purrs....

Katiez Furry Mewz said...

So sad to hear the Buddy has gone home... yet so glad that he became more affectionate... sometimes our sweeties know when we need them more...especially after Finny went home. Sometimes they know their time is short and want to loves us more before they go home too.

Had a sweet kitty that developed diabetes... so hard to keep it stable.. he lived a little over a year after the diagnosis too.

Purrz of loves for you and Buddy.
-Katie Kat and The Katz Gang.

Everycat said...

We are so sorry & send you all love & rumbly purrs to comfort you. What a lovely character Buddy was, may happy memories of your beautiful friend comfort you

Luff
Mungo
Jet
& The Ape xx

Marg said...

Oh goodness, we are so sorry about Buddy. He was such a lucky boy to have had all the love that you gave him while he was living with you. It sure sounds like he had a great life. Sending big hugs to everyone.

Zoolatry said...

Farewell, beautiful!

Timmy Tomcat said...

We are so sad to hear about dear Buddy going over the Bridge. Dear Buddy we know you are watching over us all with love. Keep you family and us all safe and we shall meet again on a special day when we all meet again.
Love, Purrs and Prayers of Support
Timmy, Dad Pete and Family

Katie Isabella said...

This breaks my heart. Precious beautiful ginger baby. Go and rest peacefully darling, you were loved, xo

Marilynn said...

Ohhhhhhh =(
Grace and her boys and I are really sad about Buddy, especially because he was a ginger-boy. We know you'll really miss him. We're sending our purrrrrssss and prayers and {{{{hugs}}}} to help.

Love, Grace and Company

The Swiss Cats said...

We're sorry for your loss. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbonks. Purrs

Flynn said...

I am so sorry that it was Buddy's time to go to the Bridge. He and Finny were amongst our very first visitors to welcome us when Eric and I started blogging. I send you my purrs and mum sends hugs and her condolences.

Teri and her Cats ~ Coco the Couture Cat, Brighton, Disco NoFurNo, Kely and Sammy said...

Such a loving tribute...one can tell what a special place he holds in your heart. May the love you shared soften your sadness as you put one paw in front of the other and go on without him by your side...Hugs to you...

Donna Rail said...

Rest in peace.

Luv, Angel Keisha and Murphy the Poodle

Jans Funny Farm said...

We're very sorry it came time for Buddy to leave. What a great life he had with you. You have so many wonderful memories of him. But we know this is hard, so we send a warm hug.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

we did not have the honor of knowing you buddy, but wanted to stop by and offer our sincerest sympathies to your mom and family
Godspeed your journey to heaven. with hugs from boomer, dai$y, tuna, and dude and sauce too

Austin Towers said...

We have heard from Ann that Buddy has gone to the bridge and though we didn't know him we wanted to come and share condolences! He was obviously much loved and cherished and you will be lost for a good while. Sending hugs and gentle purrs, Caro and Austin xx

Cats of wildcat woods said...

I am so sorry to hear this. Having a diabetic cat is difficult - something is always changing. I know how that goes. He had a

Sending purrs of sympathy

Mickey's Musings said...

We are very sorry to hear that Buddy has crossed the Bridge.
It is even more sad that you were away.
We understand the strong bond humans have with their cats and woofies.
To help you heal, we send comforting purrs.
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ
and mom Nancy

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

We are so sorry for your loss. It's not easy to lose our fur babies. Hugs and purrs from all of us.

Big Piney Woods Cats said...

There is nothing we can say to make the pain go away and the sadness heal.........we are thinking of you, we cats of the Big Piney Woods and our MomToni....Bit Hugs.......

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I'm so, so sorry for your loss. There is no greater loss than that of a beloved pet {{{HUGS}}}

Just Ducky said...

Oh goodness. I know he was a good furiend of Derby's. They are probably swapping stories right now at The Bridge.

Sending comforting purrs and hugs. He will live on in your memories.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Buddy. Purrs of sympathy and paws of comfort.

Laila and Minchie said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your handsome mancat. (((hugs)))

Dash Kitten said...

It sounds as though Buddy really was one in a million. RIP wonderful ginger boy.

Cara n Crew said...

we are so sorry your dear Buddy had to leave for the Rainbow Bridge. He sounded like such a sweetheart. We send our sincerest condolences and purrs and prayers of comfort.

Fraidy Cats pip, smidgen, Minnie, hollie, sharpie

Mariodacat said...

I am so very very sorry for your loss. Letting him go was your final act of love, and I'm sure if he could talk, he would tell you thank you for letting him cross the bridge. Big HUGS for you - wish I could do more to ease the pain.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Buddy.

Mr Puddy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.
Rest in peace sweet Buddy
Soft purrs

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are so sorry to hear that Buddy has crossed over Rainbow Bridge. We didn't know him but we wanted to let you know we are thinking of you.
Take care.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

The Church Cat Family said...

We're teary-eyed after reading how close you and Buddy were and still are as he awaits you at the Bridge. There are special cats who come into our lives and thanks to them, they make us better people.So sorry for your loss and pray your memories will keep his sunshine in your life as you go forward. Sending hugs and purrs from all of us.
Chopin, Bridgie, Anastasia, Tinker and mom Julie

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

I am so very sorry to learn that your beloved Buddy gained his angel wings. I can feel the ache in your heart and in your words. There is never enough time with our cherished babies. I hope those dozen years of memories will sustain you until your hearts can again be reunited at the Rainbow Bridge.

Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey said...

Oh... such sad news. I am so very sorry and my heart goes out to you. Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang - including my beloved angels, Mr. Jazz and Harley, who will be sure to open their hearts and paws to Buddy.

Marty the Manx said...

So very sorry to hear about your loss of your wonderful Buddy. Your tribute post is beautiful. Sending you purrs, soft woofs and a hug.
Marty, Mom and the Gang

The Meezers or Billy said...

dear furriend Buddy - we just cannot bring ourselves to say good bye - but we do know that we will meet you at the Bridge. You had the bestest home and the bestest Mamma, and we know that you will always be with her. Purrrsss to your Mamma

Forty Paws said...

We are so very sorry. It is difficult to lose our babies. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers to you during this difficult time.

From all of us at Forty Paws and Maw

KitKat said...

We are so sorry Buddy had to run off to the Bridge. We know your heart is broken. Buddy had a good life with you and you will always have those precious memories of your time together.
Sending healing purrs and hugs.
Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

Maggie@shelter-cats said...

I'm so sorry to hear that your sunshine boy has left for the bridge. You took the best care of him, and it sounds like you were his dearest person.

Debra Taylor said...

I am so sorry to learn your Buddy is gone. When such a cat is so dear and endearing, you will always have the beautiful memories to go to when you feel the pain. I hope you will always feel his presence.

Debby
http://homelesscatcare.blogspot.com

John Bellen said...

Please accept my condolences upon Buddy's passing. There is no way to make someone feel better at such a time. There is only sadness, and the memories that will help later hurt now. God bless all there, and Godspeed, Buddy.

meowmeowmans said...

We're so sorry that Buddy had to go to the Bridge. It's clear he had the very best life there. Thank you for loving him so much. Purrs and prayers...

THE ZOO said...

We are so sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace Buddy.

Nanük said...

Gentle wooooos, godspeed kitteh,

NukNuk & Family

Linda said...

I have had cats all my life and I feel your pain. The memorial and photos of your beloved cat are beautiful and touching.

Photo Cache said...

Our heartfelt sympathy. Purrs to you.

Emma and Buster

Peaches and Paprika said...

Hello Buddy and your human, you might wonder why we are writing you so very late, but wanted to tell you we're putting together a special rainbow slideshow honoring those kitties who crossed over in 2015. Check our blog from time to time for further details. We have your picture and will include you. We also want to offer our condolences to your loving human left behind. This was a great loss! we plan to share this show first two weeks in February!

Cathy Keisha said...

Sending healing purrz on your loss.

Eileen Clark said...

Very sad, still very beautiful. =^..^=

Nanük said...

We hope wooos have found peace,

Nuk

Henry said...

I am so sorry for your lost. Buddy looks so nice is those pictures. I really hope you will feel better soon. Sending a big hug.
Kylie

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

So sorry you had to make this difficult decision. I am afraid that we are going to reach the foot of that bridge sooner than we would like. One of our six cats, Intrepid, whom we brought back to the USA with us from Jordan, we are told, has small cell lymphoma. He is on chemotherapy at the moment, and we are, for now, in denial about the long-term implications. God bless you and Buddy; I am sure he will be waiting for you on the other side of the bridge.

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