Friday, December 10, 2010

Remembering Skeeter

THE BIG THING:  It is hard to believe it has been 2 years since Skeeter went over The Bridge...  I decided the best thing to do today was to collect some of the best pictures of him I could find and post them in order of the days of his life with me.

His first day here:
After 1 week (and that was a small remote):
His first Spring (age 8 months):

Protecting young LC from Mean Old Tinkerbell, about age 2:
Playin with my parents' cat Jeremy at about 2.5 years.  Jeremy stayed with us many Winters while my parents were traveling in the 90s:
Standing up for the treats he loved so much:

His "Glamor Shot", about age 5:
Curling up on his Gizzy quilt: 
His best funny picture:
The "family" picture, Spring 2008:
Napping in his favorite chair:
His spot in the yard:

The CCSI Episode "Detective Skeeter" Tribute:
Skeeter awaiting LC's arrival Jan 2010:

Skeeter, I love you always and miss you every day...

"If it takes forever, I will wait for you
For a thousand summers, I will wait for you
'Til you're back beside me, 'til I'm holding you
'Til I hear you sigh here in my arms

Anywhere you run to, anywhere you go
Every day remember, how I love you so
In your heart believe what in my heart I know
That forever more I'll wait for you

If it takes forever, I will wait for you
For a thousand summers, I will wait for you
'Til you're back beside me, 'til I'm touching you
And forever more cherish your love

Anywhere you run to, anywhere you go
Every day remember, how I love you so
In your heart believe what in my heart I know
That forever more I'll wait for you"

I went and re-read the several hundred comments left for Skeeter on his final days and after.  They brought tears to my eyes again, but also help to my heart then and now.  I cannot express to all of you how much those messages meant and mean to me.  He had so many friends and I remain thankful for every one...

I can't explain how Skeeter's passing hurts so much even now after 2 years.  I have missed good cats before and since, but never any like Skeeter.  I still cry when I think of him.  LC was a good cat, Ayla and Iza are good cats.  But there was something about Skeeter that was beyond that.

So on this day of his passing, I feel I should remind myself of him.  "I love and miss you every day Skeeter. You were the best"...


Sweet Praline said...

What a wonderful tribute. I don't think I ever got to know Skeeter, but he sounds like he was a great kitty.

Mom Paula: I don't know what I will do when it comes time for Praline to travel. She's slowing down a little more each day.

Cat with a Garden said...

This tribute is so beautiful we don't have the matching words for it. It's a warm feeling deep inside that Skeeter was so loved.
Many purrs,
Siena & Chilli

Mr Puddy said...

Absolutely Beautiful Tribute ! Me and my mom miss him. Thank you for this wonderful post

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

I never met Skeeter, but my human knows about special kitties - hers has been gone for over 8 years and she still misses her.

Megan said...

One of the wonderful things about blogging is to know that you're not the only one who forms such a deep bond with a pet such that even years after their death you miss them and cry when you think about losing them. Grieving for pets is something that isn't talked about a great deal - and yet once you start a conversation with someone about it, it's amazing how many people respond with their own stories. Thank you for so openly expressing your feelings about Skeeter and sharing them with your readers.

Sydney, Australia

Brian said...

That is such a wonderful tribute to Skeeter, the love will never lessen and neither will the memories. Purrs and hugs.

Max said...

I still think about Skeeter a lot. He was a wicked cool cat. And I love that picture of him napping on his face... It's classic.

Ya know he's having himself a blast up there with LC. I'm counting on him to be able to show me where the good stuff is when I get there...

Derby, Ducky said...

Headbonks and hugs TBT. Skeeter was a great cat.

The Island Cats said...

Wow, two year! Hard to believe! Such a wonderful tribute to Skeeter. TBT, there's always that crawls into your heart and stays in there forever, no matter what. We send you lots of purrs.

Katnip Lounge said...

We were just starting to lurk when Skeeter passed, and we want to offer our condolences.
Mommy says that you were very blessed to have such a Good Cat. She still misses her Special Cat Hooter each and every day, even after 12 years. As long as you (and we) remember Skeeter, he'll always be here.

Caren Gittleman said...

I so wish I could give you a giant hug!
This was the most beautiful tribute and brought me to tears!
Skeeter was such a wonderful kitty!
I completely understand how you feel. My Bobo passed almost 4 years ago and he was so special to me. I can still cry TODAY the way I did when it first happened.
I feel the love you had for Skeeter and my heart sooo goes out to you!

the casbah kitten said...

That is such a touching tribute. We never met Skeeter but we know exactly how it is to form such a close bond with a cat. It's as if your heart opens up and they just curl up inside it. Our Mr. Pickles was like that and Momma still tears up thinking about him.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Yes, we have been blogging just 2 years too and remember when you lost Skeeter, and yes, the hurt is still there, but softer for you, we hope. As my therapist told me, time makes grief less 'sharp' as in the beginning it cuts like a shard of broken glass...but with time that glass becomes smoother, like beach glass, and does not pierce the skin or the heart so deeply...I like thinking of it that way...healing but not like never hurt...

AFSS said...

We understand completely. We are missing our Whiskers & Charybdis. The tribute to Skeeter is lovely. We loved all the pictures you shared of him but his first Spring picture is pawsome. So many happy memories of such a handsome boy.

Sylvester, Camille and Ava said...

we didnt make it to your blog intime to visit with skeeter, but we are glad he had such a wonderfull human and a good life with you.

the mom: there is always at least one that really holds a special place in your heart no mater how many come and go during and after. I have two, One is gone and sylvester who is still with me.

Cory said...

We remember Skeeters last days and we still get leaky remembering him...we just LOVE that springtime picture of him, looking so handsome and proud. He was an awesome cat.

We never stop missing our Bridge Angels.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Such a nice tribute. My Human says that her special once-in-a-lifetime cat was a big gray boy named Mr. Teeth. (Of course I think **I** should be the specialist boy ever, but whatever).

And thanks for your purrs for Aggie and Wally's Dad--he's lots better!

Natalie said...

Beautiful tribute. I didn't get to know Skeeter, but it sounds like he was a wonderful cat, and he was certainly lucky to be so loved.

Pierro said...

Amazing what two years, the bonk memories are still fresh.
Skeeter was such a sweet and wonderful fella. We loved the tribute with all of the marvelous photos.
It will be one year since Princess left us and the emotional memories are still fresh here. this is a great idea to show all of these great photos. Mom will try to help me do the same... if she does not get too busy

bonks to all of you - BIG bonks!

Jacqueline said...

What a beautiful and loving tribute to your precious boy; Skeeter was obviously a special baby and his love will never leave you...The unconditional love between us and these sweet animal souls is unique and everlasting, a bond that can never be broken...This post touches me so deeply and made me cry=for your loss and the loss of my own animal babies...Take care, Mark, sending you love and big hugs...J

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Beautiful tribute!
He was an awesome cat and very handsome too!

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Oh my gosh!! This post brought tears to our eyes!! We miss Skeeter, too!!
Hugs and love,
Samantha & Chandra