Saturday, December 10, 2011

In Memorium, Skeeter



THE BIG THING:  Well, it is the 3rd anniversary of Skeeter's death.  I still miss him SO much.  I won't retell his life this time.  I've done that often enough.  I think I'll just mention a few memories...

Skeeter finally coming out of his hidey-hole to accept the first scritches, then staying close to me for days after, so that I named him after the mosquitos (skeeters)...

Skeeter immediately protecting the young LC when she came into the house a year later...

Skeeter outside in his prime, jumping higher than my head to grab a passing sparrow...

Skeeter napping near a pile of honeysuckle, then without transition, plunging inside to haul out a juvenile rabbit... 

Skeeter catching voles without the least effort...

Skeeter of 16 pounds of rippling muscles at his best...

Skeeter curled up on my lap every evening purring his head off, and sometimes actually passing out from the pleasure of the scritchies...

Skeeter giving LC attention every day all his adult life...

Skeeter curled up next to me under the blankets every night in his old age, quiet and grateful for the warmth...

Skeeter, aging, failing, losing the litterbox habits, but still loving and attentive, trying his best.  Sitting on my lap purring happily when I picked him up to there when he couldn't hop up on his own anymore....

Skeeter, finally falling over as he tried to walk the last day...

Skeeter on the vet table, purring as he looked into my eyes and I looked into his the last time, passing from my world at 3:45 PM on this date 3 years ago...

Release from his struggles, then joyful happiness and health over The Bridge, aged 5 again forever...

The long drive home with his abandoned body.

And burying him in the cold, dark ground...

I sure miss you, Skeeter.

3 years and it hurts like yesterday...

Mark

29 comments:

Fuzzy Tales said...

Your post for Skeeter is so beautiful and so deeply moving. Sending you universal Light and hugs...and now I really, really need some Kleenex.

Eric and Flynn said...

This is a beautiful tribute to Skeeter. We send you our purrs as you remember this sad anniversary.

ABBY said...

There is no better way to keep their memory alive than to remember and reminiscence. Mom was moved to tears, there is not a Mom or Dad amongst us who could not feel the total love and adoration you have for Skeeter and he for you.
purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

Katnip Lounge said...

This is wonderful, in a teary way...Skeeter was a One-in-a-Million guy.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

It never does get easier, does it? The cat before me has been gone for almost a decade and my human still misses her terribly.

A few Good Cats said...

Our thoughts are with you on this sad anniversary...

Abby Normal and Stygia said...

Skeeter was a terrific kitty! Our Mum says she knows what you mean about it being like yesterday, The Cat Who Came Before us has been gone for many years now, but she is still thought about and missed every day.

Brian said...

We all understand, we wish we didn't, but we do. Purrs and hugs from all of us,

Laura and Jet Dragon said...

Wonderful memories, Mark. Gentle purrs to you on this anniversary. I lost my two last year; it is so hard to be without them after so amny years.

Hugs, Laura and Taffy

Laura and Jet Dragon said...

We meant "many" years. We blame the tears in our eyes.

L & T

Derby, Ducky said...

Purrs and hugs.

The Cat From Hell said...

Skeeter was your heart cat. And he will be with yous forever. Me sends yous lots of gentle purrs.
Kisses
Nellie

Cheysuli and gemini said...

That was a lovely tribute to Skeeter. We were thinking about your earlier when Kelly Cat's family posted their third year anniversary. Purrs.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Aw, Skeeter had a great life with you, didn't he? I'm sure your space is all reserved just across the Bridge where Skeeter will be looking forward to his nightly scritches again.

The Island Cats said...

Aw, TBT, we send you purrs as you remember handsome Skeeter today. Forever missed...but always loved.

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

To honor Skeeter every year, that is love and the sadness will soften, it truly will...but the love remains, as it should...

=^..^= said...

WE join you in remembering dear Skeeter with much much love and purrs.

~Slash & Bronzy

Prancer Pie said...

Purrs to you on this anniversary. It's nefur easier, just different. Hugs and whisker kisses.

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Mark I am so touched by this post with all your memories. All the memories we take on when we say yes to being part of a very special cat's life. Indeed, any animal we invite into our lives, as I think about the dogs I had when I was a kid to the guinea pigs more recently. Each one hurt when it came time to say goodbye. Skeeter was one special cat. A companion, confidant, dear dear friend. I hold you in my heart tonight knowing you have the most treasured memories of a very special friend uppermost in your heart right now. Knowing how hard it is for any human once they become intertwined with a creature on this earth that one day they must give that creature back to the source he came from. Pure Love back to Pure Love. Peace and love to you. Lynne & SS&S

Mr Puddy said...

Me and mom are leaking here. Lots of hugs and purrs to you.

Admiral Hestorb said...

Mom is very leaky eyed and tomorrow she will probably post about our Robin.

Your precious Skeeter...oh we all understand that deep love you had for one another and how you cherished him and he loved you. When our cats are loved so much, the know it and the return that love to us, unfailingly.

I still miss Robin who has been gone 16 years and only in the last 5 can I talk about her without choking. That is how I feel about the Admiral, turned 14 today.

xoxox

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We do come to love them and we miss them terribly when they leave. Skeeter was a special cat to you. You will always miss him. Eventually the pain will lessen, but you won't ever forget him.

Max said...

Skeeter was wicked cool, and he's still one of my buds, always will be. I can hardly believe it's been 3 years...

Natalie said...

What a beautiful post. Skeeter sounds like a wonderful, special cat. And quite the hunter, too- I can't believe he grabbed a sparrow out of the air! Holy cow.

m.q said...

sweet memory remains
love ya Skeeter

BoBo Salem
Meow Meow Family

DesertRose said...

I'm a bit late, but I'm leaky-eyed myself.

There are kitties I've lost (and, Bast help us, a doggie) whom I know are waiting for me over the Bridge.

They really do leave paw prints on our hearts.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

Oh Mark, what a wonderful tribute. It has been three years?? Wow.

He was a very special guy.

{hugs}
Danica

The Furry Kids said...

Skeeter was loved very much and was a huge part of your life for a long time. It continues to amaze me how those little furry faces just burrow into their own special spot in our hearts. I was always afraid that I'd forget our girl, Shadow, but she's in my heart and memories forever. The same with Skeeter. Please continue to share him with us - lots of us knew him, yet I'm sure there are new bloggie furriends who didn't and would love to hear the stories. He was special to a lot of us. I hold you in my heart, Mark. I know how hard it is to let them go off to the Bridge. (((hugs)))

The Mom

Sutoroberi Sheku said...

We think it's a wonderful tribute. Our Mummy cries every time :'( We can't imagine what it must feel like and we hope that day will never come...

Hugs and purrs,
Mummy and Siamese girls Pitts and Poppy