4/2/09

Wow. I'm a little verklempt.

Thank you all for your amazing comments.

I don't know what else to say, so I'll leave it at that. You guys are great.

(and one more picture, sorry.)



We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

38 comments:

  1. My dog died in November. She was almost 10 years old. Some days I still think I'm hearing her footsteps on the kitchen floor. I still miss her so much.

    Hang in there.

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  2. My dog Willy died in 1999 and it took until 2007 for me to get another. I still miss him. He was awesome.

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  3. He's gorgeous. I see part of the reason you miss him.

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  4. What a lovely boy. And the cat's cute, too. ;-)

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  5. dude, quit apologizing. keep posting pictures. it takes a freaking long time. way to damn long. i have new dogs and it is not the same. can't even say i love em, yeah, i care for em, but don't know if i love em. hard to know ifi will again. your cat was gorgeous.

    good luck with it. again. sorry for your whole family's loss.

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  6. He's gorgeous. And like the other commenter said, don't apologize. I'm glad to hear about JD.

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  7. What a beautiful cat. So sorry about your loss. It really sucks to lose a pet. I still miss my dog and he's been gone for two years. Show us all the pictures you like and write all the stories you want about your cat. He was a part of your life and will be missed.

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  8. DarkAthena1:51 AM

    Johnny, I'm so sorry! I only just read your last two posts. JD was a beautiful boy. My heart is with you and your wife.

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  9. Dang what a handsome boy!

    A lucky cat to have known such love.

    Take care guys.

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  10. Scott and Lisa4:30 AM

    My wife and I lost our special, once in a lifetime companion a year ago this month (a beautiful dachshund named Karma). To those of us that have gone through it, you don't need to say anything, we understand and you are in our thoughts. To those who haven't gone through the loss of a special pet, there just aren't enough words to explain it.

    Time won't ever heal this wound, but it will give you perspective and the ability to look back on the great memories and smile... eventually.

    Best to you and your wife!

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  11. As any pet lover knows, the cost of a pet's unconditional love is often heartbreak when they leave us. It's worth every moment we spend with them but it sure is hard when they're gone. I went through those fluid bag days with my kitty too. They're so trusting and that just makes it harder. I like to believe they know we've done all we could to make them happy and healthy. What more can you ask from the person you love?

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  12. I feel your pain. Sorry for your loss. But yes, there are some things we do for our animals we have bonded with that others just do not understand. Rejoice that you had him in your life for 8 years. Hugs.

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  13. Totally get it. Thanks for sharing your story. I put my first dog down years ago and it still breaks my heart. He was lucky to have had you in his life and vice versa.

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  14. Linda Richmond? Whaaaat?

    Anyways, he is one beautiful cat. you can tell he has personality from thos big blue eyes. I loved hearing about him. He sounds like the perfect cat. Losing pets is always difficult. Hang in there!

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  16. Johnny ... Your wife and you gave JD a huge gift when you rescued him and then continued with mutual giving for eight more years. I see a very lucky cat here and a very sweet Mr. & Mrs. Virgil and know exactly why your hearts are broken.

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  17. Anonymous12:06 PM

    Beautiful cat, beautiful story. Heartbreakingly short life - but an amazing impact on your lives, eh?? Having been there countless times, my heart understands.

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  18. I feel for you and your wife. A dog is a dog and a bird is a bird, but a Siamese is an experience in love, loyalty, intelligence, and fun unmatched by any other creature. The loss is incalculable and heart-wrenching.

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  19. Arizona Diane2:31 PM

    Johnny,

    I am so sorry to hear of your sweet friend's passing. You made one of the most selfless decisions by letting him go, knowing all the while how badly it would suck for you. You both were wonderful pet parents and I hope you find comfort in knowing that.

    Take care.

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  20. Arizona Diane2:37 PM

    Me again. My mom sent me this when I lost the best cat in my world, Sam.

    "Let grief ride
    upon your shoulders
    until it loosens
    its grip
    and floats away."

    And, eventually, I discovered that it is true. The grief floats away and the memories linger.

    Peace.

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  21. I feel your pain. What a sweet kitty. Thinking about you!

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  22. no apologies necessary! you and your wife are a special as JD - not everyone would stop in the rain to rescue kittens. thanks for being you and having that kind of heart.

    :)

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  23. One of my cats died that week, too. She was 15. I'm still not used to her not snuggling up next to me at night.

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  24. Like several commenters have already said, no need to apologize. Although I know how it can feel a bit odd to post something serious every now and then when most of your blog is devoted to the humorous and/or ridiculous. Your last post was truly poignant and J.D. was such a strikingly beautiful cat. Sadly, so many people miss out on the unforgettable experience of rescuing an animal in need. There truly is a whole other level of relationship that forms in the wake.

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  25. what a beautiful cat. I'm so sorry and been there, missing a pet. You were a great daddy to him. He was lucky to have you guys make his life comfy and full of love. Take Care.

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  26. Anonymous7:37 AM

    I've been reading for awhile, but this is my first comment. ^^

    My cat died last year, while I was away in Japan.
    I didn't even know until I got back 6 months later. No-one told me while I was away.
    I'm not even sure how he died; he was only about 5 years old. My family gets over things quickly so they never want to talk about it. They already got a new cat.

    I still miss him like crazy- but the worst thing is, having spent a year away before he died, I can hardly remember what it was like being with him...

    People sometimes don't understand if a pet dies-it's not a human like a friend or family member so they don't seem to sympathize as much.

    Great blog, by the way. Always makes me laugh!

    JD sounds like he was a wonderful cat. You nearly had me in tears.

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  27. a pet is more than a pet. a pet is a family member. one that you actually like to be around. they love you unconditionally and are so thankful for all you do for them. apologizing for acting on the need to talk about losing a pet is like apologizing for talking to someone about losing your grandmother. pet owners understand that family members aren't all human beings. i am so sorry life was cut short for JD but he really lucked out the day you and your wife took him home. his life was extended so much longer because of everything you did. thanks for sharing!

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  28. My cat Podunc died in 1995. She was almost 20. Three years after she died, I was telling a friend about it and started crying.
    PS I had another cat that looked like yours. His name was Squad Car. I had to give him away when I moved, which was only slightly less hard than losing him.

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  29. Anonymous11:01 PM

    aw such a handsome kitty, you are blessed with good memories.

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  30. We have owned Siamese, including a rescued sealpoint and they are special. They also seem inclined to medical difficulties, unfortunately. They are so much like ultra cognizant babies that it is hard to forget one, once owned. My heart goes out to you and your wife.

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  31. JV: I'm one of the many who found your blog through the JC Penney post. That one showed your talent. But this one, and the ones about your Mom and best friend, show your even bigger side: your heart.

    JD was a lucky cat, because he had you and your wife. My good wishes to you both, and I'll also send the good wishes of Harry, my stray cat who came in from the cold fours years ago. He who was looking over my shoulder as I read this, and he knew. Somehow, he knew.

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  32. Anonymous7:33 AM

    We have always kept Siamese, although have not had the heart to get another since our last died a few years ago. They are fully cognizant small wizards, I think. I wish for blessings to fall on you and your wife for harboring this fleeting spirit.

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  33. Toffeemama9:38 AM

    It's so hard to lose a furry friend; I know how you feel. My cat Pojack died late last year, and the way you describe JD, it sounds like he and Po were kindred spirits. There will never be a cat like JD, just like there will never be a cat like Po.

    There is a cat heaven, and you can bet that he's there, thinking about how loved he was.

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  34. I'm so sorry for your loss. I think they know they're loved.

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  35. I recently lost my cat too. I was so sad and still am to this day. He died in September. Here is a poem I posted on my blog about my cat, Mickey. I hope it may bring you some comfort.

    What Is A Cat?

    Gentle eyes
    that see so much,
    paws that have
    the quiet touch.

    Purrs to signal
    "all is well"
    and show more love
    than words can tell.

    Graceful movements
    touched with pride,
    a calming presence
    by our side.

    A friendship
    that will last and grow -
    small wonder
    why we love them so.

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  36. heyjo5:32 PM

    "If I'd known you'd break my heart, I would have loved you anyway."

    A tribute I once read to someone's dog. I can't say it better. So sorry about JD.

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  37. There is a special place in heaven for those like you who do as much as you did for God's creatures, those that he created before humans. Thank you for loving JD and being the ultimate parents.

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