Our Beloved Pets
The pets shown in these pictures are the friends we've lost over the years. At top are Tyler (orange and white Tabby) who went to Heaven a few years ago and his brother Simon who died recently of a thyroid problem. Joshua was the last to go in July of 2008. He was the last of a complete family of beloved pets who gave us their love without asking anything in return. Next are Christy, Tiffany, Freddy, Becky and Patty Ann. They will always be in our hearts until the day we meet them in Heaven.,
The loss of three beloved pets in one year - Tiffany, a 21-year-old Siamese, Freddy - a white Tabby and our Calico, Becky, prompted me to search for the truth. Then in July of 2004 our orange and white Tabby, Tyler, the strength of our cat family, died after surgery, creating, once again, that feeling of loneliness knowing that we won’t see him again until he greets us at Heaven’s gate.
Tiffany was our best friend and when she continued well beyond the usual age for cats we felt maybe she'd be with us forever. Losing her was heartbreaking to say the least. Unless you've had a cat for 21 years you aren't aware of how attached you can become. We also fondly remember Tiffany’s sister, Kristy, who died at age 12 and Patty Ann who died a number of years ago while in surgery. She was the first of our pets to go to Heaven.
Years of research have shown me that God has prepared a special place for our animals and that they do have spirits and souls and do go to Heaven. The Bible and learned scholars agree.
Looking back, Patty Ann came into our lives when my daughters were just growing up. Kristy and Tiffany came as a team to fill the spot left when Patty Ann left us. They were just a few weeks old and very small.
The family has fond memories of the time Tyler, Joshua and Simon came to us as kittens. Mother, Becky, had her batch of kittens under the porch of a neighbour’s house and because it had been our habit to feed her and Teddy, the father, she felt we had earned the right to meet and greet her children and give them their first solid meals.
It wasn’t an easy task because kittens born outside don’t automatically come with a sense of trust. But eventually we managed to give a home to three of Becky’s four kittens. Even after taking them in there were some interesting times.
Eventually they managed to settle down and accept our home as their own.
OF A RESPONSIBLE
1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me- it is crucial for my well being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up for my punishment. You have your work, your friends, and your entertainment. I have only you!
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll NEVER forget it.
7. Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
8.Before you scold be for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting old and weak.
9.Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old.
10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch it" or, "Let it happen on my absence." Everything is easier for ME if you are there. Remember, I love you.
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