Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jak

Our cat Jak has been ill for a while now, but today was his time to move on to the next place. He passed away in my arms, all wrapped up in his favorite quilt.

Jak was the sweetest and most affectionate cat I've ever known. He loved to cuddle so much that the minute anyone sat down he would jump in their lap. Every night for the last twelve years he slept curled up somewhere around me, usually next to my heart, like this:



I don't know how I'm going to fill the space he's left behind, but I'm glad he's at peace now. Safe journey, my angel.

54 comments:

  1. Hugs to you and your family. Losing a heart-friend is so painful.

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  2. Oh, I'm so sorry. I've been dealing with a lot of losses lately and I keep asking myself how to fill the hole... the best answer I've come up with is just to fill it with memories. It's not the same but it's better than bleeding. :O/

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  3. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll be keeping Jak and your family in my thoughts.

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  4. I'm so sorry. I lost my Rikki Tikki Tavi six years ago, and I still miss him, even though I know it was for the best.

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  5. I'm so sorry! I'm still missing my Lucky-cat, who passed on a couple months ago... and there are days I resort to a mood best summed up as "I just want my cat back!e"

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  6. i am so very sorry for your loss.

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  7. It's hard for a writer to admit how useless words can be.
    I'm so very sorry, Lynn.
    {{{hug}}}.

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  8. Margaret6:19 AM

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your much loved pet Jak. The hole will heal but the mark on your hearts will remain forever.
    We lost our Golden Retriever Candy at the age of 14 last year (10 Nov 09). She is buried in the corner of the lawn. Before we put the turf back we placed mixed spring bulbs in the ground that flower from about March until early summer. A symbol of renewal.
    When I go out in the garden I often find myself in Candy's Corner (as we now call it) talking to her as I did when she was with us.
    I hope you and yours will get to the point where Jak becomes a fond memory rather than a sorrowful one.
    My heart and thoughts go out to you all.

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  9. I'm so sorry, it is so hard to lose someone you care about! My heart aches for you.

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  10. My heartfelt condolences to you, S. I think the hardest thing a companion can do is make that decision and follow through.

    I miss Saxon who left last year after seventeen years with me. I want her back, but know her spirit is with me. Always.

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  11. Huggs.

    My cat, who was like that, died 25 years ago and it's better, but sometimes I still miss him.

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  12. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  13. OMG, I'm so sorry. :hugs:

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  14. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  15. Liz B9:11 AM

    I'm very sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a pet.

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  16. I'm so sorry. Hugs and may Jak be welcomed by the light.

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  17. I'm so sorry for your family's loss.

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  18. Briana N.9:27 AM

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Loosing a pet is always difficult; I lost my cat five years ago and I still miss her. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  19. My condolences to you on the loss of your family member. Our cat Crouton was 21 when she passed away seven years ago. Time will ease the ache in your heart, and Jak will live forever in your memories.

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  20. Oh, no. I'm so sorry. I hope somebody comes along to fill Jak-sized hole eventually, when the time is right and you're ready.

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  21. I'm so sorry to hear this. Almost three years on, and there's not a day goes by I don't miss my cat Buddug. Our pets are such special friends it's hard to let them go. Know that Jak's at peace now, and there will be others fortunate enough to come into your life.

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  22. Sorry to hear about Jak. Had my kitty Danner for 16 years and lost him a couple of years ago. I still miss him...

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  23. Poor Lynn. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so very hard to say goodbye. But as long as he remains in your heart, he's not really gone.

    Hugs

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  24. Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that about Jak. :'( I know how hard it must have been to go through that. Well at least he is no longer in pain and is in a better place now.

    ~TRA

    http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

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  25. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  26. So, so sorry for your loss - my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

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  27. I'm so sorry to hear this! It's been 6 years since we lost our Max-the-wonder-dog at the age of 16 1/2. I still miss the silly fuzz-head every day. My condolences.

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  28. ((((((a hug))))) I'm sorry. He looks like he was a lovely guy.

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  29. Big warm hugs to you and your family. I know the hurt and hollow feelings you have right now. We had to say goodbye to our Ninja this past summer. He was with us for 14 wonderful years.

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  30. Hugs on your loss. Those of us lucky enough to have loved an animal understand your grief.

    My kitty, Pan, was a serious snuggler as well. He was also a fierce hunter of mice. I called him a Renaissance kitty because he was so good at everything he did.

    On the year anniversary of his death, I found a mouse trapped in the bath tub. We NEVER have mice so I knew he was leaving me a present to say "hi" and to remind me he was still around although out of sight.

    Never out of heart, though.

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  31. What a sweet, sweet photo. That's where he will remain, in your heart. I've stumbled on your blog looking for a school assignment, which is to comment on a writer's blog. Then I read about Jak and wanted to say, peace be still...

    Sending love for you and Jak...

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  32. So sorry to hear about your kitty loss. You know, some spaces can never be filled. I lost my Lion kitty several years ago and I still miss him. Also still miss the dog I grew up with. She's been gone over 30 years. But . . . new pets make new spaces in our hearts and that always helps. :)

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  33. You have my sympathy and healing thoughts. We lost Natasha a few months ago, and it's a sad time for us as well.

    At least we give the best of ourselves to them, and that should count for something.

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  34. I'm so sorry, Lynn. Much love to you.

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  35. This post brought tears to my eyes as well as bittersweet memories of all the adored companions that moved on.

    I grieve with thee.

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  36. ::hugs:: It's hard to lose a cat, even when you know it's time and he had a good, long life. I'm glad you were able to fill his years with love.

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  37. I'm so sorry, Lynn. I've lost cats too; it just tears a hole in your heart. You are in my thoughts and prayer.

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  38. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I was crying as I read your post because I so understand. My 16 1/2year old cat, Spot, sounds like your Jak. Just the sweetest, most loveable cat. He's in his last days now, and I'm just trying to spend every minute I can with him until the end.

    It's very hard to let go of our fur babies, but we're blessed we can share our lives with them while they're with us.

    Big ((HUGS)) to you and your family.

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  39. Thank you all for the kind words and thoughts, and for sharing your stories about your little loves. When you lose a much-loved pet you feel so alone, and it helps to know there are friends out there who understand exactly what you're going through.

    We decided to do something positive and go to the dog park today. Since our new pup Skye has finished having all her shots she went along for the first time. It was great to see her socialize with other pups (she was a bit timid, but perked up when a gentleman brought his two lovely Shelties for a visit.) I think Jak would have approved, too. Any time you spend with your pets is never wasted.

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  40. Anonymous12:09 AM

    I'm sorry for your loss; even when we know it's time, it's still hard to say goodbye to a good pet. The wonderful photo says so much.

    Fare the well Jak. I have two snugglers who will happily wait with you on the other side.

    JulieB

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  41. I know how you feel--we lost Rocky recently, and I still find myself looking for him. Sweetest cat I ever knew.

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  42. How sad to lose your friend. There's a beautiful poem by Mary Oliver about the death of her companion: "....A dog comes to you and lives with you in your own house, but you do not therefore own her, as you do not own the rain, or the trees, or the laws which pertain to them....How strong was her dark body! How apt is her grave place. How beautiful is her unshakable sleep. Finally, the slick mountains of love break Over us." ("Her Grave"). Love to you.

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  43. So sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved pet is like losing a member of the family.

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  44. It's a sad thing to lose such a companion - especially one like you have described. But take pride in knowing you gave Jak the love not many receive, and so you've done a good thing. I understand the heartbreak of your loss, and I send my sympathy and heartfelt thoughts out to you!

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  45. My sincere condolences :(

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  46. I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful cat. I had a cat named Vinnie who would ride around perched on my shoulder, he was a snuggler too.

    I still miss each one of my fur babies I have lost. My first two dogs have become dog angel tattoos on my back, with two more waiting to join them. Still waiting for the right moment to welcome another dog into our family. Our last dog Tazi left a Newfoundland-sized hole in my heart when it was time for him to go.

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  47. HUGS! It's always hard to lose one of our animal friends. Their lives are so much shorter than ours, but we're blessed for the time we get to share their lives.

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  48. Sorry to hear this. That's the worse thing about our cats and dogs -- they don't live long enough. It seems like we barely get to love them, and then they're gone.

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  49. I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is losing family.

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  50. I'm so sorry, Lynn. It hurts.

    James was my favourite of all our cats. When I got injured and couldn't move for many months, he cuddled up and kept me company for the duration. At the end of his long life, we planted a cherry tree over his grave. Every springtime James smiles at us from the cloud of delicate blossoms and purrs contentedly.

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  51. I'm so sorry. :( It's been less than a year since my wife and I lost our sweet dog, and I'd never experienced anything like that before. It's amazing what an important part of our families our furry friends become.

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