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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Good Night Sweet Prince

It is with overwhelming sadness, loss, and utter disbelief that I write this.
 My sweet lovey best friend and furry boy passed on Aug. 14 at 8:54 a.m. 
I was with him when he took his last deep breath. I thanked him for all his love, fun, and everything else, and told him it would be okay. He looked at me, and was gone.
I am lost without him, miss him so much, and think about him every hour of everyday.
I am so thankful for every single moment of laughter, friendship, bravery, loyalty, honesty, and supreme unconditional love that he gave me. It was 24 years of absolute affection between the two of us. I miss him so much. I see him everywhere, in everything.
He came to me through an open door in an apartment I was staying in. I was cocktail waitressing at the time. I would come home, exhausted, 3:00 in the morning, and throw open a screen door to cool things off. One night, a beautiful furry boy walked in the door. The rest, as they say, is history.

Tigger was the ultimate good judge of character. He always made a judgement on new acquaintances within 3 seconds, and he was ALWAYS right. People who I thought were good people---& who Tigger thought were not--were always proved to be what he thought they were, and vice versa.
He was my confidant, my defender, my knight in shining armor. He would follow us on walks, and to the hot tub. Everyone in an entire apartment complex knew who he was.
  When moved to a new house, he made it very clear who was in charge. When I tried to put a collar on him, it was found hanging from a tree branch. To show his displeasure of my boyfriend/ roommate, he definitely made his kingship known. He was the muse of many writings, the source of many a conversation, the reason to celebrate, and a gift to entertain.
   The last 12 years in my most recent home, he always ruled the roost. His vet, my friends, family and other acquaintances always knew and asked of him. He was well known in many circles, for his extreme naughtiness, and endless ability to shock you while making you laugh. He was eating turkey hot dogs and chicken up until 2 days before he died. I sincerely hope he is getting King Crab legs in heaven, as those were his favorites, as well as black olives and "Spicy Cheeze -its." (Anything spicy for that matter!)
  Thank you, sweet Tigger, for making my life infinitely better than I every could have imagined. I love you more than you will ever know sweet boy. I hope you are fat and happy and running free.
"Good night, sweet prince. May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest."


Brian said...

Oh dear, I am so very, very sorry to hear about dear Tigger. He was a most special friend. We all send you purrs, love and gentle hugs. Run free dear boy, you will live in our hearts forever.

Father Tom said...

Our hearts go out to you in your sorrow. How blessed you were to have so many years with him..for those of us who have lost our furries, we're grateful for every moment. Please know how much we care. xx

Mom Julie, Tinker, Anastasia and Angel Tom

Simba said...

Though we have not visited before, we came to give our comfort when Ann of Zoolatry sent out an email about Tigger. How mazing that he lived over 24 years on this earth! We are sure you miss him very much but take comfort that he is now young and healthy and running free. Purrs to you and Georgie on your loss.

Old Kitty said...

We are so so so sorry to hear of beautiful and stunning angel Tigger. What a most amazing precious pal of 24 years. Twenty-four! That is so so special! We send you many hugs and purrs. Take care

Everycat said...

Angie and Georgie, we are so very sad to learn that the Grand Old Fella Tigger has gone. He was a most wonderful lad and it made us laugh so much to read of his antics and how he ruled his roost so well.

His long life was testament to the wonderful care you gave him and the tremendous love, because love is the biggest life giver of all.

We know that Whicky, Oliver, Angel and all of his friends will be showing him the ropes at The Bridge, his supply of special treats will be endless and he will always keep an eye on you and Georgie.

He will be with you forever in your heart.

We are so sorry, we will miss him very much.

Love & rumbly purrs

Gerry, Mungo & Jane xx

Team Tabby said...

All of us here are saddened by your loss of Tigger. We were very touched by the wonderful tribute you have given to a very special friend of so many years, twenty-four in fact.

We send you our love and comforting purrs.

and da mom, Nina

Amber DaWeenie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Tigger beginning his journey to Rainbow Bridge. He had a very long and happy life with you and I know there are so many good memories that you will keep safe in your heart.

Run young and free again, beautiful boy!

Gracie=^o.o^= said...

I am so sorry to hear that Tigger has run off to the bridge. How very fortunate that you two were together for such a long time though I know you will miss him dearly know that you will meet again. Run free sweet one.

Maggie May said...

We are so very sorry to hear Tigger has run off to the Rainbow Bridge. We are sending you all the loving and comforting purrs.
Maggie May and The Creek Cats

Fuzzy Tales said...

We're so, so sorry for Tigger's passing. We know he had a wonderful long (24!) and happy life with you, but that doesn't help ease your grief.

We're sending you soft purrs of comfort and are wishing you peace in your heart.


Scout and Freyja said...

Sending comfort to your aching heart from our sad hearts at the passing of our dear friend.

Austin Towers said...

I just had to come over and say how sorry we are to hear about Tigger going to the Bridge. My heart was in my mouth as we call Austin's best buddy, Tigger and he looks much like your boy! He certainly lived a good long life and picked well when he picked you! Sending purrs and hugs to you at this time. Caro and Austin xxx

The Island Cats said...

We are so sorry to hear that Tigger has gone to the Bridge. What a long life he had...though we know you are missing him so much. We hope all the good memories you have helps you through this sad time. Purrs....

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so sorry to hear about Tigger. He sure was a character. Purrs of comfort and sympathy for your loss.

Cat said...

Although we did not know your lovely boy Tigger, please accept our heartfelt condolences on his passing. We read your wonderful tribute and marveled at what a long and full life the two of you had together. What a character he was, we know he will be missed and loved always.

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

Wish we had stopped by more often to get to you you both more. Your sweet Tigger was your angel on earth and will be watching over you until you meet again. He is always with you now and his wise intuition is still available if you ask him. It is so very hard to let such along lived companion go - I lost my Chica after 22 years. I know the heartache. May you find peace in the many memories you have of Tigger. With deepst sympathy,
Cats of wildcat woods

Forty Paws said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Tigger crossing over. Twenty-four years is a great life for him, and now he is running free and eating spicy Cheese-Its and King-crab legs all the time.

Hugs, Us and Maw

LaniBaby said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. 24 years is a long time, and not having him anymore is, i'm sure, a huge hole. But please take comfort in having been able to have him for 24 years! That's an amazing thing and I'm sure he wouldn't have had a better life anywhere else. Condolences and purrs from Alana & Crepes (Cat In The Fridge.)

The Tower Hill Mob said...

What a lovely tribute to a beloved pet. We miss our big ol' tigger kitty daily so we understand a little of your pain. Cherish the memories.
Purrs and prayers,
Cupcake,Clancy and MumKate

Zoolatry said...

We share your sadness and send our purrs and our prayers.

rinrinflu said...

So sorry. We send you lots of meowkises and a big hug! Be strong

Flynn said...

We are so sorry to hear that Tigger has gone to the Bridge. He has left you with 24 years of wonderful memories to cherish.
Purrs and hugs from Flynn and Jackie

The Lee County Clowder said...

SO sorry. Run free, Tigger.

Mo and The Purries said...

Sending love & condolences from all of us at Purrchance To Dream. Tigger was the luckiest kitty to have you love him for so long and to provide a safe home for him, and to be there with him as he made the crossing to the next life.

Anonymous said...

We did not know Tigger but that matters not - we do know the sadness of loss and we hope Tigger's spirit will keep you company just as he did for 24 years of his life on earth. Bless you and we send hugs of sympathy.

Pam and Sammy

katsrus said...

I am sorry for the loss of your sweet Tigger. What a beautiful kitty. Purrs and hugs.
Sue B

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Ginger Jasper said...

I am so sorry you have lost your sweet boy. Run free Tigger Hugs GJ x

The Misadventures Of Me said...

While we did not know Tigger we came to say we are sorry. How blessed by Bastet he was to be with you so long!!!

Purrs and headbutts,


Mom Laure

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

We are so sorry for your loss.. so very, very sorry.
~ The Bunch and Mom Bobbie

Fisher and Staff said...

We are so sad to hear this news. It hurts the heart to know Tigger has moved on and those who love him so deeply are suffering greatly. Purrs to you all.
Jobi and Fisher

JC said...

I am so sorry for you loss.
If he was any thing like you mentioned, he was a wonderful cat.
I know how it goes.
My oldest cat was Cashmere.
She past away at the age of 21. Her sister past when she was 19.
By that age, they have spent half of my life with me.
I think of them every day.
All I can tell you is that it gets better.
The memories will only be of the good times.
Your heart will mend.
Hugs to you,
JC and The Purr and Fur Gang

KitKat said...

So very sorry for your loss. We didn't know Tigger but wish we had. Our hearts go out to you. 24 years is pawsome. Sending healing purrs and prayers your way.
Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

da tabbies o trout towne said...

we wanted ta stop by N offer R sincerest sympathies; God's speed two ewe tigger & HIS comfort two your mom


asta said...

I wanted to stop by and tell yoo how vewy sowwy I am that yoow wondewful Tiggew had to leave fow the bwidge. I am shoowe he is feasting on all his favowites and being notty and funny and delighting all the othew angels. You have such wondewful memowies and he will aways be pawt of yoow heawt. Someday I believe you will see him again
Saf smoochie kisses

ANGEL ABBY said...

We did not know the brave little boy you so beloved, but we do completely understand your deep sadness. 24 years is a remarkable feat, and it sounds to us that your Tigger was a most remarkable character who gave you gave love and comfort throughout all of those years. There are no words that can help ease your broken heart, we know as I lost my dearly beloved heart and soul kitty 8-12-13. It is so very hard to say goodbye, but as with myself, I am sure you are glad you were there with him to send him on his way to the Bridge.
Godspeed and Gentle hugs.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Hi there, we haven't visited before, but wanted to stop by and give our condolences. What a beautiful boy, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Clooney said...

Oh no, we are so very sorry to hear that Tigger has passed away. This was such a beautiful tribute to your very special boy. The love you have for him and your special relationship and bond was always so clear to us. It is so wonderful that Tigger was here for 24 years and how he blessed your life with all his "character". We are very sad for your loss and send all our love, purrs and prayers to you and Georgie.

Be Well Sweet Tigger

Poppy Q said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful boy.

Julie and Poppy Q

Anonymous said...

I did not knowTigger, but we know what love between humans and kitties can mean. You will be furramily agin, just not until you are ready. Tigger waits for you, just for you. Paw pats, Savannah and Mom Linda

Pattyskypants said...

We are so sorry that he had to leave, but we know you treated him very well otherwise why would he stay for 24 years? Anyway, he is so handsome that he is gonna be VERY popular OTRB! We are purrin' fer you and hope your heart heals, sweet lady! xxoo Patty & Bhu

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Lots of purrs and prayers for You!! Till we meet again Tigger!! Have fun at the Rainbow Bridge!
Your TX furiends,

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

We are so sorry that Tigger had to go to the Bridge. What a wonderful life he had with you! We're sure he's waiting for you at the Bridge until you're together again.

Sending soft purrs of comfort,

Charlemagne, Tamar and Mal

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Purrs to Tigger and you. We admire his skills at judging visitors, but mostly that he chose you perfectly as the right place to be for most of his life.

Anonymous said...

What a special boy Tigger was. Sending comforting purrs and looking for Tigger's star in the heavens. Purrs....

Jeanne Pursell said...

My heart goes out to you in the loss of your sweet Tigger. He will live in your heart forever. Hugs to you.
xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

Hannah and Lucy said...

We were so sorry to hear that your Tigger has run off to Rainbow Bridge. He had a wonderful 24 years with you and we know you will miss him very much.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Beau Beau & Angie said...

Oh the many memories you have of all those precious years together. Our hearts go out to you to help fill the emptiness you feel now with sadness and missing him. Farewell Tigger. You've decided to watch over and help your lady from the other side.
Hugs, purrs and much love from Brenda, Beau Beau and Angie

Katie Isabella said...

I am so sorry your sweet boy has flown away to the Rainbow Bridge. I hope your heart will heal. It is so hard on our mom's when we fly away without them for a while. One day, we will al meet again, our pawrents and us. xox

Tillie and Georgia said...

We are sorry to hear that Tigger has gone to the Bridge. While we did not know this amazing kitty that lived well for 24 years, we know his passing hurts, and you will miss him dearly.
We send comforting purrs.
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Treasure,Tiger, JJ and Julie

meowmeowmans said...

We're so sorry to hear that your sweet Tigger had to run to the Bridge. Thank you for giving him such a long and wonderful life, and for loving him so much. Hugs, and soft and gentle purrs and prayers to you.

Prancer Pie said...

Sending you purrs of comfort from all of us at Prancer Pie on the loss of your handsome Tigger.

Kitikata-san said...

I am sorry to read about Tigger's crossing over the rainbow bridge. My kitty Kitikata-san just went over the bridge too. Together, Tigger and Kitikata-san are playing and having fun together over the bridge. May your sadness ease with time.

The Swiss Cats said...

We're sorry for your loss. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbutts.

Kaz's Cats said...

We're so sorry for your loss...Tigger seemed like a special kitty,

Tasha & Buddy & Karen (Mum)

Dr Tweety of da Fab Five said...

We are very sorry about your gorgeous Tigger. He must have been an amazing friend, for all those years. You were so fortunate to have such a dear dear buddy. We send you gentle comforting hugs,
Dr Tweety, Iris, Maximillian, Delilah, and Ella

Karen Jo said...

I am so very sorry that Tigger ran off to the Rainbow Bridge. He was a very special kitty.

Ikaika said...

Condolences for the loss of your lovely boy.

Run free, handsome Tigger ...

Andrea said...

I'm sure you are thinking that 24 years was not enough. It doesn't matter if it is 24 years or 2 days, we never have enough time with our feline friends. But you will hold him in your heart forever. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Bellen said...

Good-bye, Tigger. I can tell there will be no end tp missing you.

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

Mungo and Gerry let us know of Tigger's passing and we came by to purr for you and to read about your special ManCat. Your tribute to him and your life together shines with the love you shared. May that love comfort you in the saddest of days ahead...you for both fortunate to have had each other...

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

My deepest condolences.. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We came by a few days ago and tried to leave condolences but couldn't because you have word verification on and we can't read it. But it's so important to support each other when one loses a "furbaby" that we came back to try again.

We're sorry of your loss. We wish we had known Tigger better. He was loved and he left a legacy of love for you. Hugs.

Old Kitty said...

Thank you so much for passing by our blog! We continue to send you many gentle purrs and hugs and keep angel Tigger in our hearts. Take care

Joshua Cintron said...

I'm sorry for your loss. My deepest symapthy to you and your family. ~Josh

Gracie=^o.o^= said...

Wondering how you are doing with the loss of your sweet Tigger? Know you will see him someday.
Thanks for stopping by the other day to help me celebrate my Blogoversary. Hope you made it home OK.

Team Tabby said...

How nice of you to drop in and say hello to us, we're very pleased.

We know you are missing Tigger, you were together so many years. Please visit us anytime.


Old Kitty said...

Beautiful angel Tigger! We just popped by to let you know we've looked up to the heavens and saw your star shining ever so brightly! Take care

THE ZOO said...

We are so sorry for your loss. Purrs to you all.

Everycat said...

It's August 2014 and me and the Ape usually think about Tigger in summer, so we are dropping by to see if you and Georgie are doing ok still? We hope all is well

We miss Tigger

Mungo xx

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