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    Capt. Zigzag
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    Default My best friend has departed

    This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write.

    Seventeen years ago, on a bright summer day, I was working in my garden. I was stooping down and adding compost to the watermelons. Lord knows they can’t get enough of that compost. When I looked up there was this fuzzy little ball of a Siamese kitten sitting in the tree watching me with great interest.

    I introduced myself and gave him a scratch behind his ear and went back to work. No matter where I worked in my garden he would follow and watch me with his little kitty curiosity. To the end he always enjoyed watching me work in my garden and being scratched right in that spot the most.

    Anyway, the story was that the girl next door had a boyfriend who had purchased him for her birthday. Papers and all. He came over and got him that night and I thought “that was that.”

    Well, the next day there he was following me around the yard again. Just a little ball of fur. You couldn’t even see that he was much more than a head. Turns out that the girlfriend had a little brother whom was a mangler. So the cat would escape to me on a daily basis. And the boyfriend would come over every night to retrieve him. Soon the boyfriend started coming over less and less until one day he walked up my driveway and asked if I would be interested in buying the cat’s papers. “Not really” I told him. “If you’re going to give him to me I’ll have him fixed. So the papers are of no use to me.” I’ll never forget the look on that guy as he walked away. Needless to say. He gave up and I got the best friend I ever had.

    “So, if you’re gonna stay, I guess you have to get a proper name. Qui Chang (Grasshopper) Cane.” I said. He started the first few years as Grasshopper, but at some point, and rightly so, it turned to Butthead.

    He knew me like a book and he would teach me so many lessons in humility and grace over the years. I still battle with that, but his memory will continue help.

    He developed a proclivity for a particular pair of jeans. And whenever we were going to have together time I would put on his (yes, his) jeans and he would lay across me and make a ton of biscuits while I scratched that spot behind his ear. That’s why he loved those jeans so much, because he could really get into his baking chores without sticking me with his claws. Something he was always most polite about.

    At about ten years old he lost his meower. He had the most wonderful and adorable meow after that. Kinda sounded like Lucille Ball.

    He simply would not go to bed until I did. Then he would begin his real estate game. Every time I moved an inch he would scoot right in and take it up. By morning. EVERY MORNING. I would be scrunched over to the side of the bed while Butthead had the rest to himself. Tomorrow morning will be very tuff.

    He survived a dog, two birds and one other cat. Was always my one and only friend. I mean only, like ONLY. Human or otherwise. Everyone else always left me. He always loved ONLY me.

    Anyway, he’s been sick and I knew that today would probably be it. About two hours ago he looked up at me and I knew it was time.

    I put on his jeans and laid him across my lap. Just the way he liked it. Gave him a couple of tokes, which relaxed him and made him much more comfortable. I scratched him in his favorite spot and begged him to let go. I just couldn’t take him being in so much pain anymore. After an hour or so, he looked up at me. He hadn’t moved his head for hours. And he gave me a Lucille Ball goodbye meow, and he took his last breath. It was so hard. I couldn’t put him down. I didn’t want to let him go. I don’t want to let him go.

    Lord, please let him be jumping around now. Pleeease.

    I know he only stuck around this long because he knew how fragile I was. I’m sure he suffered much more than he would have liked, just for me. That was the kind of friend he was.

    Now he is gone. My beautiful little baby boy is gone and I’m truly all alone. I can’t stop sobbing.

    Goodbye my good friend. Please save a spot for me.
    ________________________________


    If only I knew
    that you knew
    when I say

    that my life will be
    fuller and
    sadder today

    I know that
    you know
    what I don’t
    need to say

    my life will be
    fuller and emptier
    today.

    I’m waiting
    I’m Stalling
    ‘cuz I know when I say
    goodbye
    my old friend

    that you’ll
    go away

    the pain and the sorrow
    must be replaced
    With memories of
    Joy

    Grasshopper

    Save my place

    ____________________________________


    R.I.P.

    Qui Chang (Grasshopper) Cane

    Butthead.


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    Wow, Capt. Zigzag, I'm truly truly sorry for your loss. I hope that you realize and know that you gave Grasshopper just as much joy as he gave you. You're not alone and you never will be - his life has touched you in such a way that you will carry him with you forever. Being lonely is different - I know you know this - and loneliness just sucks, especially when the one that always provided that unconditional love is no longer with you. I really feel for you, your post brought me to tears, as I had to put my first cat down in early December - I feel your pain.

    I wish you happy thoughts of you, with your - excuse me, "his" - favorite jeans on, with him making mountains of biscuits until no more can be made! Don't be surprised if you sometimes get that sensation as if he's still on your lap - I do believe they visit after they've moved on to the Rainbow Bridge.

    My sympathies to you Capt....

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    Qui Chang will be patiently waiting for his friend and guardian on the other side of the gates. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.
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    Condolences Zig. May Qui Chang find his way to the Big Cat Nip field in the sky.

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    I feel your pain, I have 3 dogs and an old fat cat ... who follows me around my vegetable garden ... that is what about your cat the really hit home and made me cry, my boy is 16 years old ... oh god I just hurt for you.
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    ((((((((((( Capt. Zigzag)))))))))) very sorry for your loss...I don't think there is a dry eye in the house
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    I'm sorry, that's so sad. :~(

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    feel for ya bro ....

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    Wow I am so sorry for your loss..

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    Sorry to hear about your loss. You have people here at TY who you can call on if you are in need me being 1 of them.

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    Sorry to hear of your loss Capt...micah

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    My Sympathy to you... Butthead was as happy with you as his friend.as you with him.
    he was all to content to know you were allowing him to leave this world and know you will be ok..

    you will never forget Butthead. and he will have a big part in you gardens to come.
    Hugs my friend
    Ps Butthead.. Look up Ursie. she loved gardening to

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    Made me want to cry. May the little ball of fur you knew that visited you in your garden, be hopping around up there in some garden, just awaiting your return.

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    Well I've shed a tear with ya capt. Sorry for your loss,

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    sorry to hear about your loss, capt. god bless you and comfort you and give you peace.
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    Default Thank you all so much

    Your kind words have been a source of comfort for me which I will cheerish. This is the only place I posted his memorial because I knew that this forum would understand. You have come through for me and I really do feel much better because of your support.

    Thank you much

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    I am SO sorry to hear of your loss. It leaves a huge hole in your heart.
    How lucky you were to have a friend like that choose YOU.
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    I cried all through your post. Some of the most wonderful pets find us. I am still morning the death of my little dog for over a year now. Sorry Capt. I am so sorry.

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    So sorry to hear Capt. You both had a loving relationship that started when that kitty chose you to be with. It's so hard to lose a dear friend like that, I know. I fought back tears as I read your post.
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    It is wonderful when two souls find each other and so sad when they are torn apart...Butthead will be waiting to be rejoined with you in the cosmic beyond. My thoughts are with you today.

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    The Clone family sends our love to you Capt.!!
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    I'm sorry to hear of your loss P.....

    It's been a decade and I still miss my best friend.

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    Nothing has made me cry this much in a very long time.

    Thank you for reminding me to charish my loved ones, even these little fuzzballs. Possibly especially them.

    My condolences to you, capt.

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    I am sorry for your loss.

    I had a similar type of cat and when he passed away I felt so lonely.

    Then I took a trip to the human society and ended getting two more little kittens that are now wonderful cats.

    Remember the good times.

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    Such tiny paws can leave huge prints all over ones heart...

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