Thursday, December 26, 2013

Saying Goodbye to Sweet Pea

Having been part of the face book "world" for more than two years now, we find ourselves making close connections with those that consistently and constantly make comments, give words of encouragement and make sacrificial donations to help us continue in our work to help more feral and homeless cats in Western Iowa.

One such person is Kat Towey.

Today I am devoting our web page to pay tribute to and to say goodbye to her beloved Sweet Pea.  I have chosen to copy and paste Kat's words to me, along with a short poem she has written.

We all know the pain of loosing one of our furry family.  This beautiful girl deserves the love expressed here, the tears we will all shed for her parting and the knowledge that there are many of us that devote our lives to helping cats and making their lives better.  Rest in peace, sweet Sweet Pea...we will see you at the bridge.

"I was given Sweet Pea (originally known as "Tiny") by a friend who thought that since I had three other cats, knowing how much I love them, that a kitten would be the perfect birthday gift for me one year! Well...what the heck...what's one more? (That's what I said after the first one--and the second one..)

She bonded quickly with the 3rd addition to my cat family, another Calico, a Tortie, I named Pretty. Pretty was an abandoned young girl we think may have been around 3 to 5 years old when I found her..rather, she found me. She took to Sweet Pea right away and the two of them were the closest of the four, even grooming each other, which I don't think too many cats that aren't litter mates do. After having Pretty for nearly 20 years, she passed away about four years ago.

Over the other years, I lost from old age, the others, leaving Sweet Pea, "the last of the Mohicans" and me on our own. She would have been 19 this coming new year and after struggling with a few health issues that commonly inflict the older cats, I opted not to medicate or force pill her, letting her last days be peaceful and less stressful. On December 22, after I came home from work and she had not eaten and didn't run to the door to greet me as usual, I took her to the ER to see if there was anything we could do. 
It was a painful and difficult decision to make, yet I know that she is in a happier and pain-free place, with no suffering or weakness and reunited with her best friend, Pretty."

April 1995 - December 22, 2013

Nearly half my 46 years!
Seems like forever
That is how long I've known you
That is how long you were here with me

Nearly half my life seems forever 
When counted by trials and change
Yet all those same years feel so fleeting and few 
When measured by time spent with you

You were so tiny when I brought you home
You fit in the palm of my hand
But you claimed the entirety of my heart
Filling each and every crevice and space
In every part of the human I am

Every touch was your whiskers and the brush of your tail
Every sound, your purr and sweet mew
Every sight was in the depth of your golden eyes
Every joy, coming home to you.

I miss you with every beat of my heart
And love you always--you are a part of my soul.
~~ Kathleen Towey 12-23-13~~