Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sir Tuxedo Thunderpaws 2004-2016


I appreciate all your well-wishes, but last night it became very apparent that Tux wasn't going to bounce back. I spent the night sleeping fitfully on the couch with him, and at 5:30 am he woke me up again. So I bundled him up in his favourite blankie, and we sat in the yard as the world woke up around us, waiting for the vet's office to open up.

Dave drove us up first thing, and together we said a final goodbye to our dear sweet Tuxie boy.
It's very hard so soon after Rocky, but not really unexpected. I've been preparing myself for this since before his surgery... three  years ago. Every day of those last three years has been a gift.

You can read the full story of how Tux came into my life here... but suffice it to say... he chose me.
And while he was my best buddy from the start... 
He and Dave had some territorial issues to work out
But they soon settled things, and while they weren't best friends, they coexisted pretty well (as long as I let Tux sleep on Dave's pillow when Dave wasn't home.)
Tux was full of catitude, but at the same time was absolutely the sweetest, snuggliest boy. And he had a silly side too.
 
He had no problem letting you know what he wanted...
or taking it either, when the occasion arose...
It's going to be a while before I can eat icecream with out missing him sorely (or a cheeseburger, a sandwich, chicken, bacon, pizza, a piece of cheese, a bowl of cereal, a cookie....)

And while his amputation slowed him down a little bit...
It didn't change his outlook and attitude one bit!
Like Rocky, he loved to be outside, soaking up the sun...
And as sad as I am, at least he's with his best bud once again.
 He was the most amazing cat who left his mark on me in more ways than one...
He will always be a part of me...
and thank you to all of your who helped give us an extra three years with him. I treasured every minute of it
Buh-bye Big Bear. We will miss you.

17 comments:

Monika said...

So sad reading this. I'm sorry for your loss Valerie!

Dee said...

What a sweet, sweet boy. RIP, Tux. You will be missed by all of us.

Judy S. said...

So sorry to hear about your kitty's passing. Tux was a sweetie.

Bridget said...

Oh wow I am so sorry. It is so hard, I know. A few years ago two of our cats died within two days of each other and it really is terrible. I'm glad he and Rocky can be together, and I'm especially happy you know he knew he was the best. God bless all of you.

Araignee said...

Sorry doesn't say it. That's a crazy amount of sad to bear. Take care of yourself.

Rachelle said...

It's hard to say goodbye to a loved family member and to have to do it twice in such a short time is even harder. It is nice to know they are together again though, a small comfort is better than none.

Witchknit said...

As someone who reads your blog every day I was so sorry to hear about Rocky and now Tux. They were loved and well taken care of; there is no doubt of that. Be kind to yourself (shoe shopping and yarn buying are very therapeutic) and cry when you must. Many hugs and prayers are being sent through the airways to you.

Vera said...

So very, very sorry. Thinking of you.

Delighted Hands said...

Loved and lost; tears indeed. I'm so sorry.

Chrisknits b said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure he flourished through the years you loved and cared for him.

Frieda said...

Oh Valerie , I am so sorry for your loss , especially so soon after Rocky . I can imagine how devastated you must feel . I hope that time will ease the hurt . Take care of yourself , hugs ....

RobinH said...

Ah, it's always so hard to lose a beloved friend. Hugs and warmest wishes.

kathy b said...

oh so sad for you, gone too soon even if with rocky big hugs

Mereknits said...

I am so sorry for your loss.
Meredith

Laura said...

Oh no- Tux too?

Black and white cats are special- they are such big personalities, aren't they? I am so sorry.

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. Losses. Big hugs to you and Dave.

elns said...

Oh god. I'm so sorry. (I'm reading this one after hours) I am surprised if you're not. I think I'm just ... I don't know. I'm really sorry though. He was lovely. I love the sweetness of this post. You really remind us of how special he was and who HE was specifically. I remember his thing with Dave's pillow. Made me laugh so hard the first time you shared that with us. My heart goes out to you.