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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Methuen, MA; USA

    Said goodby to Sparkle today

    Sparkle, my Sweet Stuff, cat of my heart, the second cat and second pet I ever owned as an adult, left me for Rainbow Bridge earlier today. She was 18 years, and spent all but her first 4 months living with me.

    Sparkle was born at the city animal control. Her mom and siblings were adopted out, and there she languished. Sparkle was showing signs of kennel depression and was scheduled for euthanasia the next time the vet came through -- the vet for the shelter being the vet I use. At that time I had one cat (no dogs) and as I was working, he was getting a bit pudgy and needed someone to keep him moving. Sparkle did all that, keeping Amber on the move as she taunted and teased him then raced through my apartment and hid under the dresser - a place a wee 4 month old gal could easily fit, but a pudgy 2 year old male could not.

    Sparkle brought birds in to my apartment and released them, on three occassions. I eventually removed the bird feeder I had hanging on the balcony from my third floor walk up, as she was clearly too quick!

    I knew Sparkle was a special kitty, she would greet visitors rather than run and hide, as most cats do when a stranger appears. I took her to classes, and she was certified as a Pet Assisted Therapy Cat. For 2 years, we visited local nursing homes, with Sparkle loving every minute of it, being petted and told what a pretty girl she was. We had many special times, like the woman who, at the young age of 53, was injured in a car accident and paralyzed from the neck down. She loved having Sparkle lay on the bed next to her, and could feel the purrs through her body. Then there was the elderly woman who was so upset her family placed her in a nursing home that she refused to speak. She'd been there 2 weeks when we stopped by and I placed Sparkle in her lap. Soon, she was whispering in Sparkle's ear, telling all her sorrows, and stroking Sparkle who of course loved every minute of it and cuddled closer. Sparkle never shared that woman's secrets, but that was the end of her self-imposed silence.

    When Vita joined our family, she and Sparkle quickly became cuddle buddies, and I have numerous photos of them snuggled together napping in a pet bed.

    And when I brought in a small 6 week old kitten whom I named Chestnut, Sparkle took him under her wing and taught him everything she knew - good and mischievous! He was a good student and the 2 of them proceeded to keep Amber and I on our toes for years.

    Dad moved in and Sparkle took to sleeping with him in the spare bedroom of my apartment, we all lived for 2 years prior to buying this house.

    A house and a back yard, all her own! Sparkle was sure this was heaven. She took to it and spent hours in the back yard when Dad or I were out working the garden, nibbling catnip and sleeping off her 'buzz' afterwards.

    Time passed quickly. Dogs joined our family. Sparkle never took any guff from any of them, merely sitting and slitting her eyes, making it clear she was NOT one to mess with. Each and every bichon who came through here, even the transports, quickly learned to steer clear of Sparkle. She ruled!

    Kidney failure is common in cats, and a cruel disease, which slowly progresses. Sparkle was diagnosed in the early stages of the disease in September, 2009. Having been through this several times already (Amber, Vita and Ruffles all had this), I knew what to do and took steps immediately to change her diet. That is why she was able to be with me for so long after diagnosis.

    Sadly, nothing can stop the progress of the disease. I was away at Dad's house for 72 hours and on my return it was clear something -- some cat -- was quite ill. I knew in my heart it had to be my Sparkly - warkly, but I walked through the house checking. (When I return from a trip, I leave the dogs in the car while I get things sorted out inside the house first). Yes, it was my dear Sweet Stuff who was so ill. And this morning, I took her in one last time to see our favorite vet. Sparkle was tired, it was time, and things moved quickly to the end.

    Run free at Rainbow Bridge, Sparkle! I know you will find Amber and continue to tease him until we meet again -- One Fine Day.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Alberta, Canada
    Sandie, I am so sorry you lost this very special girl. Sparkle was blessed to have you - you did the right thing to extend her life, and then made the heartbreaking decision to help her be at peace.

    "To begin, begin." ~William Wordsworth

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Northern cyberspace
    I'm so sorry you are going through this again-hopefully Sparkle and Tony will run together at the bridge.
    She had a happy life and was so loved, it was time and you did the right thing by her.

    I've been frosted--- thank you Cassie'smom

    I've been Boo'd----

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Waltham, MA, USA
    Play now up at the Rainbow Bridge, Sparkle, restored to the healthy kitty again! But do take a moment to send your momma some purrs in her dreams, so she knows you arrived safely, and all is well.

    Sandi, our condolences.
    I've Been Frosted

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Your tribute was beautifully written and brought me to tears. Sparkle seems like such a special kitty. My sincerest condolences to you, Sandie. ((Hugs)) from across these many miles.

    I will miss you forever, my sweet Scooter Bug. You were my best friend. 9/21/1995 - 1/23/2010
    Goodbye, Oreo. 4/2003 - 9/12/2011. Gone too soon.
    Farewell & Godspeed, sweet Jadie Francine 11/2002 - 8/8/2016

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    I am so sorry to hear this. R.I.P Sparkle!

    All things work together for good to them that love God.
    (Romans 8:28)

    I've been defrosted-- Thanks, Sana

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Illinois, USA
    Oh, Sandie. I am so sorry to read this sad news. Sparkly-warkly, we will all be with you, One Fine Day.
    I've been Boo'd ... right off the stage!

    Aaahh, I have been defrosted! Thank you, Bonny and Asiel!
    Brrrr, I've been Frosted! Thank you, Asiel and Pomtzu!

    "That's the power of kittens (and puppies too, of course): They can reduce us to quivering masses of Jell-O in about two seconds flat and make us like it. Good thing they don't have opposable thumbs or they'd surely have taken over the world by now." -- Paul Lukas

    "We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays." -- Persius, first century Roman poet

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Gayle - self proclaimed Queen of Poop
    Mommy to: Cali and Diego (nine year old kittens)
    (RB furbabies: Rascal RB 10/11/03 (ferret), Sami RB 24/02/04 (dog), Trouble RB 10/08/05 (ferret), Miko RB 20/01/06 (ferret) and Sebastian RB 12/12/06(ferret), Sasha RB 17/10/09 (border collie cross)

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    I'm very sorry for your loss of Sparkle.
    Forever in my heart...

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Litter Box, Greenville, SC
    I am so sorry for your loss of Sparkle. She had a great time with you and the fluffies and furrles. RIP girl, you earned it!
    Meowmie to Mr. Spunky, Lady Jane, Bob, Callie, Kimi, and fosters Lucy Lou and HRH Oliver Woodrow von Katz.

    I've been Boo'd ... right off the stage!

    RIP Samwise (Dec 2, 2014), Emily (Oct 8, 2013), Rose (Sept 24, 2001), Maggie (Fall 2003)

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Zurich, Switzerland
    I am sorry for your loss. Your tribute to Sparkle was great.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    That was a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. I am sure she is sending you purrs down from The Bridge. R.I.P. Special Kitty Girl.
    Proud to be a crazy cat lady!

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Monterey, California
    Godspeed sweet kitty.....
    Central Coast CA
    "Cats happen......"

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
    Oh, Sandie, I am so very sorry. What a lovely, wonderful tribute to dear, beloved Sparkle you have written there! It makes me feel as though I know her. And what a wonderful, long life she had with you, rescued from execution at an early age to become a cherished family member, friend and sometimes mentor to the other kitties and the doggies, dedicated visitor to nursing homes who made contact with and gave love to patients no one else could reach. My very deepest sympathy to you and Dad and all the fur babies.

    Dearest Sparkly-Warkly, rest in peace, a glorious Angel now, whole and healthy again at the Rainbow Bridge with so many other beloved angel friends. Please send some purrs down to the hearts of Sandie and Dad to reassure them that you are with them always and you will all be together again.. One Fine Day.

    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.

    -- Terry Pratchett (1948—2015), Sourcery

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    I'm so sorry to hear that Sparkle has gone to the Rainbow Bridge.
    It sounds like she had a great, long life with you and your other furbabies.
    Sending hugs your way.
    RIP sweet Samantha

    Milly & Izzy


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