Monday, March 12, 2007

End of the Kipper Era

Ashley Kipper died this morning at around 7:30. He had a really rough weekend and I knew it was time to take him to the vet to get the shot to put him out of his misery. He didn't make it to that shot. Instead, he waited until I woke up this morning. I was able to spend some comforting time with him before his passing. I held him, petted him and told him to "let go". He was close to death at that point, taking only shallow breaths, but was able to move. While I was holding him, he motioned that he wanted to be put on the floor. I put him down, laid on the ground next to him and within two minutes or so he took a violent gasps for air. Finally, he took in one giant breath, released it and let go.

I know there are two camps of people out there. Those who say, "he's just an animal" and those who will probably mourn their own pet's passing or potential passing. To the first camp, he was just an animal. But he was an animal that was with me for over 18 years. A long time to have any living creature in your life. Heck, most marriages don't even last that long. We had our own language and our own history filled with silly Kippy stories. He was there on my good days and bad. He jumped in front of the camera often (if you go through the pix of the week, you'll see him from time to time. Here. or Here. or Here. etc, etc) To those of you who have a cat, give them a little pat-pat, and cat nip today. A little nipper in honor of Kipper.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, poor little old Kipper.
You finally lost a friend. :-(

But Life's going on...
Gotta question - do you plan to have another cat, or maybe other animal?

I'm sorry, if you feel disgusted *now* with this question, but just when I lost my dog (huh, it was seven years ago), the same question was on my mind non stop about month time long. Well, even before he died. Finally, I got no pet, no time for it, too much long time day by day outside the house... But, maybe the moment for another animal will came...?

--
Mark, Poland

Cat said...

Thank you, Mark.
I've had several people ask me that. At this point I'll have to say "no" to a new pet. I've had Kipper for so long that it seems absurd to have a different one. He's been with me through nearly all of my adult life. Prior to Kipper I had a couple of cats that were with me almost all my ~aware~ childhood. Maybe in my golden years I'll think of getting another one. For now, no. We do have a lot of animals that are outdoors -- llamas, sheep, dogs and one cat. While I don't consider them "pets" on the same level as an indoor one, they will fill the need for a little companionship.
Thanks again.

RIT387 said...

Rest in peace Kipper. I totally understand what you are going through. I lost my cat of 18 1/2 yrs last summer. Yes, they have been part of hearts for so long.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. How sad for you.

Mark DaSacco said...

I am very sad for you;I had an almost identical thing happen with my old cat Abe.It tore me apart,but I was comforted by the fact that he died at home with my arm around him comforting him.I am sorry for your loss.Salaam.
Mark DaSacco,Michigan.