Sunday, October 21, 2012

Possum's Last Will and Testament

Greetings, Fellow Felines - and Woofies and Humans as well!

This is the Last Will and Testament of Me, Felinemarshall Sir Possum MagnifiCatus, KCB (Knight of the Cat Blogosphere).

By the time you read this, I shall be at the Rainbow Bridge with my sisfur, Pixie, who flew away almost ten months ago.

As you will know, from reading my Mummy's reports, I have been feeling ever so tired and old for quite a while now, and very much in need of the kind of rest one can only get at the Bridge. I have been trying to tell Mummy this, at least from Rosh Hashana, but it took her a long time to accept what I was saying. When she did, she tried everything in her power to make me change my mind, including manhandling Me and feeding me by force - but I'm not angry with her. I understand. She loves Me so very much and it was very, very hard for her to let Me go. It was the same with Pixie, of course. 

It was hard for me, too, to make the decision to leave for the Bridge. I love Mummy very much and I knew her heart would break. Pixie has been whispering in my ear for several weeks, telling Me it was Time and that she was waiting for Me, but I told Pixie that I couldn't leave Mummy all alone, she's only a Human and she can't possibly manage without a kitty to take care of her. But I was so very, very tired. I just couldn't keep going anymore. I think Mummy finally understood that last night, and this morning, she decided the Time had come to respect my Wishes and let Me go.

So now, I want to ask all my friends - and Mummy's - to continue to visit Mummy once in a while, here on this Blog, even after I'm gone, to comfort her and not let her feel all alone. She is going to be grieving for a long while. I know she's been thinking that maybe she won't get another kitty, because We don't live as long as Humans and the thought of having to go through all this heartache again some day is very terrible. But I know too that, deep in her heart, she knows that Love and Loss are bound up together, that you can't have the one without the other, and that it's better to have a kitty to love and to share her life with - even if, some day in the future, she has to face the Pain of Parting once more - than never again to know the devoted love of a furbaby.

So now, I want to ask you, Mummy, when the Time is right and Pixie and I whisper in your ear that we've found the right kitty (or kitties) for you, that you listen to Us and open your heart once more. There are so many kitties in need of a Fur-Ever Home, and there is no-one better capable of giving them one, full of Love. Both Pixie and I had a Wonderful Life with you and we want to know that you are honouring our Memory by giving a wonderful life to the kitty (or kitties) we shall send you.

I love you, Mummy. I shall be watching over you from the Rainbow Bridge, together with Pixie, and Minxie Who Went Before, until it's Time for you to come and collect Us.

Yours Fur-ever,

Possum the MagnifiCat


My beloved Possum departed for the Rainbow Bridge at 11:50 this morning, October 21st, 2012. My heart is broken.
Fly free, my precious little one. We shall meet again, someday, beyond the Rainbow.

Shimona

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82 comments:

GreatGranny said...

Shimona, I send you my deepest sympathy. As I read this, the tears are flowing and I'm heartbroken as well. It always hurts to read that someone loses their beloved pet.
Your friends will still be here, still missing Sweet Pixie and her Sweet Brofur.
As always, Kassey and her Mom

Katie Isabella said...

MY heart is breaking. Possum darling precious boy...sweetest furchild, I shall miss you so badly. I have known you, the Admiral and I have,for a long time darling. I will come here to visit..never you worry and I will send all my loves and purrs to your mommy. My mommy is crying too. She understands she said. And one day, just as you, Possum said in your love letter and testement, you, I and all of we fur babies will meet again by and by and be reunited with our pawrents. XX (((HUGS))) always.

meowmeowmans said...

We, too, are heartbroken. Dear, sweet Possum, we are sorry that you had to run off to the Bridge. We will miss you, but will take comfort in the fact that you and Pixie will be looking down from there on your Mommy and all of us. We promise we will still come here to visit your Mommy, and to honor you, Pixie and Minxie. Fly free, sweet friend.

Shimona, we are sending hugs, purrs and prayers of comfort and understanding.

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

May the love you shared comfort you now...you had a special friendship that some have never experienced and that is a gift that will stay with you forever...

Marg said...

We are so sorry about Possom. We understand how hard it is to lose your fur friend. We sure are sending tons of purrs and some mighty big hugs too. We know you did the best you could to keep him going but the best gift you gave him is to let him go. You sure are in our thoughts and prayers.

cats of wildcat woods said...

Katie Isabella sent us over and we are so very sorry that Possum has gone. We know you will find the right kitty when you are ready. In the meantime, know that both Pixie and Possum are with you always in your heart.

Simba said...

We came over because of a message from Katie Isabella's Mom, that you needed some comforting. Please know that so many in the cat blogosphere understand the deep loss and sadness you are feeling, but that Possum is now free and energetic at the Rainbow Bridge.

Simba, Audry and Mom

The Furries of Whisppy said...

We are so sorry for your loss, Shimona. We know you are together with your sister, Pixie at the Bridge.
We will send comforting thoughts to your Mummy and we know you'll be watching over her as well from the Rainbow Bridge.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Shimona, I'm so sorry, I'm in tears reading this. It reminds me so much of my beloved Annie's last weeks and passing. I'm sorrier than I can say. Please never second guess yourself, as I have done. You did all you could for Possum, but All Beings have their time to cross and so sadly, it was his.

Please let yourself grieve as you need, for however long. I would say it's taken a good year and a half for me to really feel easier in my mind about Annie's loss, as it did with me when Chumley passed too. Only Annie's was harder in so many ways, because there just wasn't anything obviously wrong with her...or the vet and I missed things. I don't know, I'll never know.

So I wish you peace in your heart, knowing you gave Possum the best life he ever could have, that you loved him heart and soul and that is what is most important.

And please try to remember that all the holes in our hearts are to let the Light shine through.

Hugs and Blessings, and godspeed to Possum.

-Kim

Brian said...

My sisters and I are so very, very sorry to hear about dear Possum. We send you our best purrs, prayers and hugs.

Mariodacat said...

Shimona - we are so very sorry for your loss - it's so heartbreaking to lose one of our very dear pets. May you find some peace in knowing your two sweeties are now together, running and having a good time again without any pain. We so know the pain you feel, but you made the right decision. You don't want your furbaby to suffer and Possum is as peace now. M sends you a big HUG.

Mario and Mom

CATachresis said...

So very heartbreaking for you Shimona. I weep too. Possum is happy and free and playing tag with Pixie. I hope that one day soon you will be able to love another kitty like you do Pixie and Possum xox

Peaceful said...

I understand your sorrow...
May you have peace in the knowledge that you will indeed see your baby again, all healthy and full of life.

Jenna and Sissy said...

We are so sad to hear Possum has gone to the Bridge. We know he is happy to be with Pixie again. They will send another furbaby your way, I'm sure. We're sending lots of purrs and hugs from our house.

Ginger Jasper said...

I came over from a friends blog and wanted to say how sorry I a that you lost your sweet Possum. I read what you had wriiten and they were so heartfelt and made the tears flow. I send hugs to you and say so sorry for your loss.. Hugs GJ xx

Everycat said...

We would like to leave you many rumbly purrs and love for the loss of handsome Possum. You gave him and Pixie wonderful lives full of love and they have left a gift with you. In time, when the pain recedes a little, they will be there, letting you know that it's time for you to give the gift of a wonderful life to another kitty.

We are so sorry..

With love
Gerry, Mungo & The Ape xx

Random Felines said...

we are so very sorry for your loss. it is so hard to love our furkids and lose them after so short a time. we hope that happy memories can help you heal

BeadedTail said...

We came from Katie Isabella's blog to let you know that we're so sorry to hear about Possum and are sending you comforting purrs.

Purrs,
Angel & Isabella

SailorEdgar said...

I learned about this on Katie's blog. I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and am sure you are grieving terribly. When our late Hemingway left for the Bridge in 2007, after his sister Margo had departed in 2005, we were very sad because we had no kitties at all. However, later in 2007, Hemingway and Margo whispered in our ears that we should go to the area animal shelter. Gracie was waiting thre for us, and we adopted her. And now we have Millie as well. I am sure that someday before long, there will be another kitty for you.

JC said...

I'm sending you a big hug. I knew you would know when it was time. You did the best you could. Give yourself time to remember.

It took me about three months to get over losing my Sweet Bella. Not that I'm over her but I don't cry anymore.

Thus, the big hug going to you, cause you need it so.

XO,

JC and The Purr and Fur Gang

Keisha said...

I gives u a hug. (((Luv)))

Cherry City Kitties said...

Shimona, we don't know you, but we know how hard this must be for you. We send our purrs and hugs to you in this sad, sad time. We know you loved Possum very much.
Harry, Dexter and Tipp

Oskar said...


We are so sorry for your loss.

Hugs & love,
Oskar & Pam

NTM and The Purries said...

Sending condolences and empathy from me and The Purries of Purrchance To Dream.

Old Kitty said...

We are so so sorry to read that beautiful Possum has gone to the Bridge. We know he and sweet Pixie and Minxie will watch over all of you. We also know that they will forever be in your hearts. We send you many purrs and comfort hugs. Please take care
x

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We are so very sorry it came Possum's time to leave. We know how broken-hearted you are and hope you will be able to open your heart to another one or more kitties in time. Hugs, purrs and pawhugs!

Kat's Kats said...

May the memories of love outweigh the grief of loss.

Purrs & Prayers,
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty Horde & their Feeders

Asta said...

Possum
I'm so sowwy, i nevew got to know you hewe on eawf .
You awe such a bwave and wise kitteh. I know Pixie and all ouw angels wewe at the bwidge to welcome you, and you awe finally able to west.
I am sending youw Mommy healing smoochies fow hew sad, bwoken heawt. I know she'll heaw youw whispews and open hew loving heawt once again someday.
'Till we meet at the bwidge
Love
Asta

Madi and Mom said...

Run free sweet Possum and my you find eternal sunpuddles.
Hugs to your Mom
Madi and my mom

The Lee County Clowder said...

Sending comforting purrrrrsss and gentle headbonks to Shimona.

betweencatsblog said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Kate and Dora

Father Tom said...

Shimona, so sorry to hear of Possum's passing. Purrs and thoughts of comfort go out to all of you from all of us..

Tom, Mom Julie, Tinker, & Anastasia

NanaNor's said...

I am so truly sorry for your loss today. I know the pain of letting our beloved furbabies go before we want them to but it is love that releases them. Your heart will heal in time but I'm sure you will always miss them; I've shed quite a few tears over the years for the different dogs I've lost.
Find comfort in their memories and the love they gave and your gave back.
Hugs, Noreen

♥Da fambly kitties♥ said...

A very wise and wonderful last will and testament. Sleep with the angels, sweetheart, you have earned your wings.

Mr. Black said...

I am so very sorry for your loss.

TK and Squashies said...

Oh sweet Posuum, you always were such a wise boy. We read your will through tear filled eyes, and know the wisdom of youe words.

We are so very sorry for your mom, to lose so much in such a short period. We pray for her comfort, until you are all reunited.

Love and comfort, TK, Squashies, Pip and dee

DaisyMae Maus said...

We are ever so sorry for your loss and certainly commiserate with your feelings. Deepest condolences and gentle hugs.
DMM & Charmee (and Jessica)

(A)FSS and Alasandra said...

We are very sorry for your loss Shimona, we know how hard it is for you humans to let us go. We grieve with you over Possums passing but hope when you are ready your will honor his and Pixie's memory by loving another kitten(s).

san said...

That is a such a wise testament Sir Possum.We are very sorry you had to go and send loving purrs to your mom.

the amigos and san

Maggie said...

I'm so sorry
Sending ((hugs))

Katz Tales said...

Oh how awfully sad. We're purring for you.

The Island Cats said...

We are so very sorry to hear that Possum has gone to the bridge. We send you comforting purrs, headbutts and hugs to help you during this sad time.

RIP, Possum...you will be missed.

Wally, Ernie, Zoey and mom Sue

Poppy Q said...

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweetie. Your heart must be broken, so please be kind to yourself.

Hugs

Julie and Poppy Q
xxx

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

Our purrs of comfort to you in missing Possum Over The Bridge. We are all in tears here reading his Will...

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

We're so sorry for your loss. Many purrs during this difficult time.

FURKIDSMOM said...

We have leaky eyes after reading this. We're so sorry that Possum has gone to the Bridge. We know that our Tamir was there to greet him and how him around.

The Florida Furkids

Tillie and Georgia said...

We are so very sorry that your precious furbaby went to the Bridge.
Coming home to an empty home is very sad.We send comforting purrs and headbumps.
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Tiger,Treasure,JJ and Julie

Robyn Harton said...

*hugs* love and purrs,
Robyn and the House of the Mostly Black Cats

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Lots of prayers and purrs for you Shimona!! We shall miss Possum!
(((((HUGGGGGSSSSSS))))) from your TX furiends,

Diamond said...

Diamond wouldn't eat on the last day. The vet told me that he would not have been able to absorb water or food anyway, as his organs were shutting down. Perhaps that was happening with Possum.
I can sympathize with you on losing an only cat, as I am going through that at the moment.
It is probably best that you get another kitty, especially if you are about to retire, as they provide such joy in our lives and there isn't much point in making oneself suffer for no reason.
best wishes,
Lynettea

Jacqueline said...

My deepest condolances over the terrible loss of your beautiful Possum...I sincerely hope you will find another baby soon; in my experience, they really do help your heart to heal...Wishing you comfort at this sad time, sending you big hugs from Jacqueline's Cat House

Forty Paws said...

We are so very sorry that Possum has crossed over. But he is happy now with Pixie, and they are running free and both are very healthy now. When they send you a kitty or kitties, listen to them and take it or them into your life.

Luf, Us

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

I read about Possum at Katie Isabella's and wanted to come leave some purrs for you. Your Possum left you SUCH wise words, too. He knew how great a life you gave him and his sisfur and he knew there were others out there, waiting for that good life to be theirs. He'll lead you to them when the time is right. XOXOXO

haopee said...

We dropped by from Fuzzy Tales to send out heartfelt condolences. We pray that you gain the strength to overcome the sadness that you're feeling right now.

Run Free, Possum.

Regards,

Haopee

The Paw Relations said...

We're sorry that Possum had to leave to go to the bridge and we're aslo sorry we never got to know him.

RIP Possum xxx

onespoiledcat said...

Dear Shimona....We don't know you but that hardly matters - what DOES matter is your grief at losing your Possum. We read of this on Katie Isabella's blog this morning and wanted to tell you how sad we are for you. It's ever so hard to say goodbye...and it sounds as if Possum really didn't WANT to go as much as it was simply his time - to join Pixie - for the two of them to wait together for you to join them one day. Meanwhile we hope you will listen for them to whisper in your ear that it's time to get another companion for that bond and that love is something that once known, can never be forgotten.....never.

Special Hugs,
Pam (and Sammy)

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are so sorry to hear your sad news - we have never visited you before but know you will be feeling very sad. It is so hard to say goodbye to your dearest furry friends but you know you did the best thing you could for Possum and he is now at peace with Pixie and resting at Rainbow Bridge.
He will always watch over you and now and again you may see a movement out the corner of your eye and will know he has been checking to see you are alright.
Luv and Purrs, Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Amber DaWeenie said...

So very sorry to be hearing about Possum. His memory will always be safe in your heart.

Maggie May said...

We are so sad to hear about dear, sweet Possum. Please know you are in our thoughts and purrayers during this very difficult time.
(((hugs)))
Maggie May and The Creek Cats

Texas, a Cat in New York said...

I learned about Possum leaving for the Bridge at Katie Isabella's.
I am so sorry and I can feel your pain. From Possum's words, we can clearly see that there was a very special kitty-human bond and this can never ever be broken.
We are sending lots of purrs and hugs.

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

I am so sorry that you had to leave for the bridge. I know your mommie will miss you and you can bet that your friends will visit her and try to make her feel a little better. Forever run and play without pain and the limitations that life puts on one. Until we meet someday.

Forever Foster said...

We learned about Possum's crossing from Fuzzy Tales, and wanted to say how very sorry we are. It sounds like you gave him a wonderful life. We know that when Possum and Pixie choose another kitty to send you, that will be a very lucky kitty indeed.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

We're so sorry for your loss. I'm sure it was hard to let him go, but I'm sure you did the right thing. Not that it makes it any easier, but you should know that it was right.
Our hearts are with you.

Selina said...

Oh what you did is SO hard & we're purring for, and thinking of, you. And Possum's right - you'll know when the time is right to open your heart once more & give another sweet, deserving kitty a forever home!

We're so very sorry ... MomKatt just helped my brofur, Sharif, to The Bridge last month and, though it WAS the right thing to do because his kidneys were shutting down, you just find it SO hard to say goodbye anyway ... XOXO

Selina & MomKatt Laura

Diddy said...

I was very sorry to read this. I remember how Possum used to hide from visitors, but sometimes poke his head out furr-tively to see who was there.

I know it must be very hard for you after Pixie, but at least they are now together and at peace.

Colehaus Cats said...

We are so terribly sorry to hear about Possum's journey to the Bridge and send you all of today's purrs for comfort.

Anonymous said...

תנחומים סימון והכי חשוב - חתול חדש בנובמבר:) מהחברים בעבודה

Sherlock, Ash and Traveler said...

We are so very sorry and send all our deepest love and purrs your way. Our eyes are leaking and we are so sorry :'(

Rykers Boyz n Allie said...

Oh Shimona, we are so very very sorry for your loss! We believe pets that are our fur-children area true gift from G-d and so we wish to extend to you our condolences...

HaMakom yenachem et'chem b'toch shar avay'lay Tzion vee'Yerushalayim.....

Our beloved friends sat shiva with us virtually in the twitterverse, and said kaddish too, when we lost our Ryker. We would do the same for you.

ABBY said...

I am very sad I did not get to know Possum because he was such a great cat. We send you our deepest purrs and we will keep all of you in our purrayers.

purrs
>^,,^<
✿•*¨`*•. ♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥✿•*¨`*•.

Tamago said...

We are so sorry to hear about your precious baby. Sending you purrs and warm thoughts from bottom of our hearts...

KEY WEST COLLIES said...

We read about you on Jan's Funny Farm. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We know Possum was loved and that is what counts most.

Essex & Sherman

Robyn :) said...

We are so sorry to hear of your sweet Possum's passing. Lots of purrs and hugs to you.

Love, Scout and his mama

Team Tabby said...

We are very sorry to hear that it was Possum's time to go on to the Rainbow Bridge. We send you lots of purrs and hope that time will heal your loss and you will many the good memories to look back on.

Photo Cache said...

Pawhugs to you catmama.

Emma and Buster

GreatGranny said...

Shimona, just wanted to let you know you're still in my thoughts and prayers.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Just checking back to see how you're doing, if you're okay.

Kim, Nicki and Derry

Tiger Lily said...

We are so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in your memories of the love you shared with Possum.

Mom's eyes are leaking for you right now. She asked us to tell you what she had to figure out from many times through this kind of sadness: The pain you feel is not your heart breaking. It is your heart expanding so there is room for the next kitty you will love when the time is right.

{{{HUGS}}}

prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs and gentle tail wags,
Zeke, Sushi and Tiger Lily

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Sending you our thoughts and purrs. We're so sorry for your loss.

Karen Jo said...

I am so very sorry. I know how hard it is to let go, though I have never had to take a kitty to the vet to be helped to the Rainbow Bridge. Herman, Oja and Spyro send comforting purrs and I am sure that Emma was there to help welcome Possum to the Bridge.

ra husky said...

We came to paw our sympathy and offer soft husky wooooos,

RA, Isis & Nanük

Shahlimare said...

Possum was right. Take another cat, it is not betrayal, it is simply pursuing a new story. This is to give love another cat to get better. The departure of Feline broke my heart. She was my first cat really me. She shared my joys, my sorrows, my life for 15 years. Gospel and Gribouil when they arrived, they did not fill the void left by Feline. They got a place next. I kept my love for Feline Gosepl and Gribouil but also needed love. I knew I could give them this love without betraying and not forgetting my Feline.

Cats are always advised friends very good advice. We always win in wisdom if we listen.
Big kisses to you Shimona
Sweet thoughts for Feline Pixie and Possum
Gentle caresses for Trixie, Caline, Gribouil and Gospel