Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Saying Goodbye to Jazz

On Monday night, I had to have Jazz put to sleep. As I prepared to take him to the emergency pet hospital, I was pretty sure he wouldn't be coming back home. I laid him on my bed while I got dressed and he fell asleep. I decided to take this one last picture of him. Mostly because my daughter, Alissa, couldn't be there. I wanted her to have something to mark his passing. She was the one who wanted a kitty all those years ago and the reason that Jazz came into our lives.

At the hospital, the x-rays confirmed what we suspected, congestive heart failure. The prognosis was grim and I made the decision not to let him suffer. He passed away quietly and peacefully as I rubbed his face and chin. He always liked that.

He was a great cat. He'll be greatly missed.

Other posts starring Jazz:
How to Give a Cat a Haircut
How to Give a Cat a Haircut - The Sequel

I also want to share with you a sweet card that Mindy's mom made for me. I don't know whether she wrote the poem herself or found it somewhere, but it was...

He will not go quietly,
the cat who shared your life.
In subtle ways he lets you know
his spirit still survives.
Your feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And sometimes coming home at night,
you miss him terribly.
And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in your heart
belongs to him...
and always will.


Debra @ Common Ground said...

So very sweet, David. How hard it is to lose a little "loved one", and that is what they are. They share time and space with us, and even if we find another one to love and be loved by, they are never replaced in our hearts. I've been there so many times. I still miss the ones that are gone.
Blessings and comfort to you and your daughter.

trash talk said...

David, it's hard to find the right words to say, but loving my little dog like I do, my heart is aching for yours. It's kinda been a tough year hasn't it? I'll be keeping y'all in my thoughts.

summersundays-jw said...

I'm so sorry. Jan

Tracy said...

So sorry about Jazz ...

inspiredcomblogulations said...

I am sorry about Jazz, remember God says His eye is on the sparrow.

My Shabby Roses said...

I'm sorry to hear about your sweet cat. It's always hard to loose an animal.

thedomesticfringe said...

That was a very sweet card. I know you'll miss Jazz and I'm sorry.

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Awww, I am so sorry. I love my kitty, so I understand. People say "just get another cat", but they can't be replaced. They're a part of the family.
I knew you were a good guy, but now that I know you're a cat person, I like ya even better.


David, I'm so sorry to hear about Jazz. I know how much you will miss him. I'm going to give my 12-year old puppy dog some extra special ear scratching tonight.... Maggie