Saying goodbye…

One of the things that won me over when I first started dating my husband was the fact that he bottle feed his two cats, Stink and Bean, when they were kittens.  Over the years, these cats were a part of so many wonderful memories.  One of my favorite was when I was only months pregnant with my son.  After a late night at work, I took at shower and laid on the bed in pure exhaustion.  Stink, who takes every moment to physically attach himself to you, laid across my stomach and kneaded his little paws into my robe like a kitten.  It was then that I felt my son kick for the very first time.  My husband was not home yet so I shared my excitement with Stink.

Before Gavin was born, my phone was filled with pictures of our cats…including this picture of both of them on my gigantic, 2 week overdue belly the day before I went into labor.


my first two babies

Last Sunday we realized that Stink suddenly lost a lot of weight and was having a hard time walking on his hind legs.  The next day we took him to the vet and the prognosis was not good.  Acute renal failure.  Of course Omari had to go away that Tuesday and I was left anxiously awaiting “the moment” without him.  By Thursday morning he had passed…I assume sometime during the night.  The house seems like there is something missing.  His sister doesn’t seem herself and I assume that it will be a major adjustment.  They have spent years cooped up inside together being each others constant companion.  My favorite was to see them snuggled in a ball together on the couch.

Thankfully we had a heads up on his illness and I was able to get a few shots of Stink and Gavin together. He was so weak and cold.  The doctor told us to keep him warm.  Gavin brought his Thomas the Train comforter in to keep him warm and did an excellent job of tucking him in.

It is not easy to lose anyone you are close too.  I am thankful that this wasn’t a relative or friend because something so sudden is very traumatic.  It is still difficult to lose a presence of someone that was quietly there 24/7.  Mikado “Stink” Bunns…you will be missed.



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