goodbye my friend

By: Mrs. Swarr

Oliver is gone. I stayed with him last evening, holding him and watching him - hoping for a glimmer of a will to live. I could make his death a long story, but I would rather not just now. Suffice it to say I travelled to the vet this morning and then brought Oliver home to be placed in the grave lovingly dug by Zach and Declan.

I have never been a cat person. Dogs are much better - loyal and true and joyful. But Oliver was all of those things. He loved us from the moment we found him at the shelter. Of course Oliver belonged to all of us, but there is no doubting that he was "my" cat. He curled up next to me in bed at night - he was rarely far away if not sitting on my lap. Even Declan got along well with Oliver. Oliver was fond of laying in the middle of Declan's puzzles and was always happy to give a kiss or rub to him. There aren't many cats that are patient enough to enjoy a 2 year old.

A lot of changes went through Oliver when he got sick, but he never lost his love and kindness. He purred all through his visits to the vet, and snuggled in my arms anytime I wanted to hold him and love him. He truly was a great cat, through and through, and we miss him desperately.

Thank you Oliver, and may you rest in peace.


zach said...

Alas here we are. I miss Oliver dearly and right now I am feeling a lot of anger. Not at anything in particular, but overall. Hindsight is always 20/20 and now the thoughts of 'should have, could have' are running through my head.

For those that know me know that I am strangely competent when it comes to the world of medicine. I am also a protector. So in this instance, I felt very helpless and my hindsight is fueling my regret.

So please...if you don't want to hear an angry rant don't tell me 'There's nothing you could have done.' least not right now.

But what's done is done. We made the best decision we could at the time. It wasn't easy, but now that doesn't matter. We can only celebrate his life and contribution to the family.

I think I'll work on a tribute post for Oliver, but not just yet.

Lamar The Revenger said...

that cat was awesome. i'm really upset by his loss. i will miss him very much. michelle will miss him more.

Savage said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. Hang in there.

zach said...

What's killing me now is Arty...he keeps looking for Ollie. >sigh<