R.I.P. Thomas

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by kyteflyer, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. Best boy, suddenly claimed by Feline Aortic Thromboembolism (aka F.A.T.E., or Saddle Thrombus) this morning. I thought he had a broken back, his back legs had become useless. But he also had lung involvement, and could barely breathe. Took him to the emergency vet where they said that there was pretty much no treatment, but that if they did treat with anticoagulants it would only recur. He was 13, and he was in so much distress, it was a no brainer for me to have him euthanased. Having said that, I'll now say this. It doesnt get any easier. I'm sitting here even now, half expecting him to come in and demand to be brushed and given treats.

    Rest in Peace, Tom.

    6083630083_7fa66bd895_z.jpg Tom, resigned to his fate. by kyte50, on Flickr
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  2. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Rest in peace, Tom.
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    one of my customers who was close enough to nearly call him a friend passed this week. His wife came in today to bring me some of his ashes. I just about lost it, but the store was too busy. I hugged her a long time and consoled her the best I could. She saw it coming, but there's no way to prepare for the death of loved one. It hit me hard and I haven't lived with him for 44 years. I can only imagine her pain.

    Now I hear that one of my fave flickr cats has been called to the great beyond. My eyes are welling up just thinking about your pain. Our lives with these furry ones are just a brief collection of shared moments. And we have no clear, easy to understand shared language. But that doesn't stop us from sharing in moments of joy, and peace and love. We learn to read their expressions and movements. We care for them the best we can, and they do the same for us. There's no words I can use to make the "missing him" part hurt any less or pass any sooner. But Thomas is without pain now and that must bring some solace. I'm gonna troll through your flickr tonight and say goodbye to my old buddy. I need a good cry tonight anyways.

    requiescat in pace sweet Tommy
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  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I hope you don't mind me sharing one of your photos, Sue. But I'm just cruising through your stream and I love this shot....the colors are so nice and the composition is a classic......
    9410346983_47f148a970_c.jpg IMG_0289.JPG by kyte50, on Flickr
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  5. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Tommy, you were loved well, we shall all miss you greatly.
    Hugs to you, Sue
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  6. Sorry about this.

    Tough when they leave us.
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  7. Thanks, Luke. This was him to a "T". Always looking at me. I like to think he loved me too, as much as a cat is able.
  8. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Sad for you and T Sue. And a reminder that hurt is around the corner for all us pet owners.
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  9. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your furry pal, Sue. We all enjoyed seeing his photos pop up on SC and flickr on a regular basis.
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  10. Boid

    Boid All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    I'm sorry for your loss Sue. I hope you're holding up well.
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  11. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I'm so sorry to hear this Sue, but you did the only thing you could possibly do for him in the end. I know how much you will miss him and just what a huge part of our lives our furry friends become :( xxxxx
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  12. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    So sorry to hear Sue. Because of how much you shared of and about Tom here, it always seemed like he was the "forum cat". I'm heavily allergic and can't live with cats, but in always felt sort of close to Tom through your stories and photos. I got to like him, which I usually don't with cats. And now I'll / we'll miss him, although nothing like you do and will. But you know you did the right thing by him, as you always did. He was loved and knew it to the extent animals understand such. And that's all any of us can do for our animal family members.

    RIP Tom... And hang in there Sue - it's always hardest on those of us left behind.

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  13. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Sorry. I once lost a pair of 4 yr old cats to FIP, and it was a hard thing.
  14. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Losing a pet that you've been close to is tough... much tougher than non-pet towners can understand. I grew up with a dog and his passing occasionally still bothers me now, decades later. We're with you at this time, Sue.
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  15. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Sue, I am so sad for you. I know how much you loved Tom, and he you. It's very hard to lose such a well loved pet as Tom.

    Although your photographs of Tom don't make up for his not being with you now, thank goodness you made so many wonderful portraits of your boy. My thoughts are with you.
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  16. Thanks, everyone, for your kind words. They do help. Its not easy, really, when your pet *is* your family. I have no children or close family or partner, so Tom was my family. I say now there will be no more cats, but I am only kidding myself. In time...
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  17. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Lots of personality in such a small package, which is why losing them hurts so much.
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  18. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    So sorry for your loss Sue. Sending a big hug your way. It's never easy. We just have to keep reminding ourselves how blessed we were to have them in our lives.. and as their caretakers, how we gave that love back.
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  19. I'm terribly sorry for your loss, Sue :( I know it's hard to lose a pet... they become part of our lives and give so much back... even just by being there...
    He had a good life though - thanks to you.
    Hang in there, Sue, our thoughts are with you.
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