Sunday, 8 February 2015

Good-bye Tiny....RIP Beautiful girl


Up until a week ago, Tiny looked absolutely amazing for her age, but last Sunday, she suddenly took a turn for the worse and was having a very hard time walking. She had become thin with age, but her breath became awful and she was very dehydrated even though she was eating and drinking regularly up until the day before. On Monday we took her to the vet where the doctor found that Tiny's kidneys were failing. They kept her for 2 nights giving her an infusion to rehydrate her, but the prognosis was not good. We brought her home on Wednesday with the sad hopes that she would cross the bridge on her own in the night at home, surrounded by Elioth, Chouchou, Ellwood and Ginger...and of course us, but she was a Tiny Mighty girl to the end and just held on despite no longer being able to walk at all and being paper thin. On Thursday, we took her back to the vet and helped her across the bridge.

Tiny was 20 years, 2 months and 1 day old.

As she left this world for a better one, I asked Tiny to occasionally send me greetings...be they in the sound of the wind blowing through the trees; the colors of a sunset; the song of a bird; in a shooting star on summer's night; in a beautiful flower or in the smell of an Autumn day. And as she faded away I cried. When we left the vet, it was horribly cold and gray, but suddenly when we neared home, the sun broke through the clouds and gray and the sky became a wonderful blue. That evening, the full moon (or nearly) came out so INCREDIBLY beautiful...surrounded by clouds as such that it appeared golden. These were Tiny's gifts, already sending me her greetings from the other side of the bridge. Thank you, dear, sweet, wonderful Tiny.


I am sure that Lautrec/Lolo is on the other side and that the two of them are now catching up on all that has happened since he crossed the bridge 3 years ago (yes, already so long ago). I imagine he is already trying to give her the bitey...hehe.


We buried Tiny in the garden near Lautrec. We wrapped her in one of my wool sweaters with the sleeves gently knotted around her so she will always feel me hugging her. On her grave, we lined up stones in the shape of a big heart. 



RIP Tiny...heaven's newest angel.


(one of the last photos taken of Tiny before her health completely declined)

56 comments:

Annie Bear said...

I'm so sorry about Tiny. What an amazing girl she was with an amazing and long life. She was obviously (and still is) so dearly loved.

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

Your words leave me with many tears falling from my eyes. I feel myself in them...and understand the loss and sadness you feel. I am so very very sorry to hear that Tiny left this world for her next Journey. It's hard, I know to understand and let go. Even though they want us to be free of pain of their loss, we will one day find relief from the absence. But until that time I hope the butterflies, the breeze, the crescent moon will give you some sign from Tiny that she is well and waiting. Waiting for you when your day comes.

Deepest prayers and purrs.

Summer said...

I am so, so sorry. Tiny was a longtime friend of Sparkle's, and she was quite fond of her. Although it's good for a kitty to have a good, long life, I know it probably makes your missing her all that much more heart-rending. Purrs to you.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Tiny, you were an exceptional lady in every way, and we had both great respect and great love for you. We are so sorry that your time came and we know how very much your family will miss you. Can we please ask you to watch over them all, and also to give our buddy Lolo a huge kiss from all of us?

Big Purrs, Gentle Woofs and Soft Neighs,
Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Tommy, Vidock and Violette

The Florida Furkids said...

RIP Tiny. You were amazing!

The Florida Furkids

The Island Cats said...

We're so sorry to hear that Tiny has left this world. We're sure she and Lolo are happy to be reunited at the Bridge. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbutts.

RIP, Tiny...you will be missed.

meowmeowmans said...

We are so sorry that Tiny had to go to the Bridge. Sending you hugs, purrs and prayers as you remember your special girl.

Brian said...

We are so sorry to hear about dear Tiny. Purrs, love and hugs from all of us.

Maggie@shelter-cats said...

What a lovely farewell post. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Simba said...

I am sorry we did not know Tiny while she was alive. Ann Adamus just let us know about her going to the Rainbow Bridge. What a wonderfully long life she had and it sounds like she had so much love from you. Run free, Tiny.

Marg said...

We are so sorry about Tiny. It sure seems like she had a very long and wonderful life and knew lots of love so she was a very lucky girl. We sure send lots of big hugs.

Amber DaWeenie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Tiny. She lived a very long and wonderful life with you. She will always be with you as you recall all the good memories of your time spent together.

Run young and free again, Tiny.

Lovable Lily said...

Run free Tiny. You will be missed here on this earth. It sounds like you lived a wonderful, long life. Your Mama wrote a beautiful post for you today and we know her heart is now breaking. Thank you for sending her a "sign." We know she needed that!

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Flynn said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss of Tiny and send my purrs of condolence.

Laila and Minchie said...

We are so sorry your sweet and beautiful Tiny ran off to the bridge. And what a moving tribute to her. What a long and wonderful life she lived with all of you.

Kea said...

We're so sorry. You wrote such a beautiful tribute to your precious Tiny...We wish we had some words of comfort, but we know she and Lautrec are together, waiting for you to join them.

Purrs, peace and hugs.

Kim, Nicki and Derry (Fuzzy Tales)

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

We are so sorry she had to leave, Tiny was a beautiful lady cat.
Purrs,
~ The Bunch

Big Piney Woods Cats said...

I didn't know Tiny but I still cry when I read your story. I too have gone through the loss of my cats and I know how heartbreaking it us. Hugs to you.

CalicoMom Toni and the girls

Katie Isabella said...

I didn't know Tiny but I have come here and read your loving heart filled tribute to her and I as do the other bloggers understand fully.

I still have many tears flowing after reading this very tender tribute to a precious little soul. rest in Peace darling Tiny.

CatInTheFridge said...

We heard you lost your friend and are so sorry and wanted to send our condolences. - Alana and Crepes from Catinthefridge.com

Madi and Mom said...

Mom and I were so very sorry to read about Tiny's passing. We came to know Tiny and LoLo back in 2009. We didn't realize she was 20...that must be a record. She as with all your pets know unconditional love in your home and lots of TLC.
Hugs madi and Mom

Robyn Harton said...

All of us at the House of the Mostly Black Cats are sorry to hear about Tiny's passing. We're sending lots of purrs and love for your sadness. Fly free Tiny.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are sorry to hear that your beloved Tiny has passed over Rainbow Bridge. We know that you will miss her very much and there will be a big hole in your lives.
Take care.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Random Felines said...

we are so very sorry.....no matter how long we have, it never seems like enough time. purrs

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl.

Caren Gittleman said...

We are so sorry for your loss. RIP Sweet Tiny, how blessed she was to live for 20 wonderful years. Sending you comforting prayers and love. Caren and Cody

Just Me Pooh said...

We just saw in our email that you had to say goodbye to your beloved Tiny. We did not have the pleasure of knowing your sweet girl but we wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Having to say goodbye is not easy we know that very well. This post is so tender and sweet filled with love. Lots of prayers, purrs and hugs. Mumsy and Pooh

da tabbies o trout towne said...

Godspeed Tiny, HIS strength to your mom and family during this very difficult time. You are and always will be a beautiful girl. Your mom wrote you a very loving tribute. We send our sincerest sympathies ~~~

love from:
boomer, dai$y, tuna and dude & sauce too ♥♥♥♥♥

Marilynn said...

What an absolutely wonderful and loving life Tiny led. And twenty years! Absolutely marvelous! We send you all our purrrrrsssss and prayers and hugs ...

Marilynn, Grace, and Company

Austin Towers said...

This is such a wonderful tribute to your very much loved kitty. We are so sorry for your loss and send our deepest condolences, hugs and purrs, Caro and Austin x0x

JC said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Sounds like she had a marvelous life with you. Just your words about her made me cry.
I've had many cats and one lived to be 21. So, I know what it is like to have a beautiful soul with you and leave.

Memories .. awe, they are what get us through and knowing that she knew love and so did you.

Hugs,
JC

Jans Funny Farm said...

How wonderful you had so many good years with her! She must have left a lot of happy memories. But we know you are missing her and we want to leave a hug, along with some purrs and tail wags of comfort.

Karen Jo said...

I am so very sorry that you had to help Tiny to the Rainbow Bridge. It is the last, best gift you could give her. I send hugs and the kitties send comforting purrs.

Old Kitty said...

Sending you many comforting hugs and purrs for your sweet, amazing angel Tiny! Heaven's newest star is shining brightest. Take care
x

Timmy Tomcat said...

We are sending purrs and prayers of support. Dear Tiny sounds like a real tiger and we are so happy she sent you a sign that she has arrived safely over the bridge. We love that you knew her age to the day and she will be sending many more messages and suppurrt when it is needed. Fly free Tiny and watch over us until we all meet again.
Timmy Dad and Family

Katiez Furry Mewz said...

what an amazing life dear Tiny had... you loved her soo much...sweet Tiny didn't want to go...

After my brother died, my mother asked her cat who was getting up there in age, if she would stay another year to help mom grieve. She did, and went over the bridge on the anniversary of my brother's homecoming.

Our sweet loved ones are waiting for us... Dear Tiny, I hope you meet Kitty, Sandy Red Tigger, Snow Baby and Spunky... they can show you around Heaven. -Katie.

Katiez Furry Mewz said...

oh and Mouse!!! How could I forget my dear Mouse... She was an amazing little girl too. Hope you have already met. -Katie.

Samantha & Mom said...

So sorry to hear about Tiny! She was loved by you all! Till We Meet You Again! Lots of hugs for Mom and The Family!Your TX furiends,
Samantha & Mom

Georgia and Julie said...

20+ years is quite a milestone and you were quite a girl Tiny.
We send comforting purrs to your family
as we know it will be hard to adjust to life without you.W are glad you had a wonderful life and we hope your family has lots of happy memories.
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ

Just Ducky said...

Purrs to you on your loss.

Forty Paws said...

We are so sorry to hear about Tiny. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers are being sent to you from all of us at Forty Paws.

Luf, Us and Maw

Smokey said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Tiny And for your heartache. Sending comforting hugs during this sad time.

Katnip Lounge said...

We're sending love and purrs; Tiny was anything but with her wonderful personality and beautiful looks. Godspeed, Tiny girl.

xx

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so very sorry it was Tiny's time to go to the Rainbow Bridge. May the 20+ years of memories you share of your precious girl bring you comfort.

Purrs of comfort and sympathy. ~Socks, Scylla, Fenris, Tuiren and Mom Alasandra

Maggie May said...

Sending you our love and most comforting purrs. We are so very sorry to hear about your sweet Tiny.
XOXO
Maggie May and The Creek Cats

John Bellen said...

How could someone named Tiny inspire such giant love? What a long life filled with affection, yet not long enough. Godspeed, Tiny.

KitKat said...

So very sorry to hear of the passing of your precious angel girl Tiny. Our hearts go out to you at this sad time. Sending love and healing purrs.
With deepest condolences,
Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

Me and my mom-person are so sorry for your loss and send our deepest condolences, hugs and (((purrs)))

"The Boys" and Karen said...

We're so sorry to learn about Tiny and her need to go to the Rainbow Bridge. She was a beautiful little girl.

We recently lost our Mikey and we know it's not easy. But what a wonderful gift you gave each other over the years.

You have your memories close to your heart.

Colehaus Cats said...

We are so terribly sorry that Tiny was needed at the Bridge so quickly. We lost our Maxx this morning to the same thing and just as soon as he fully arrives, maybe they will seek each other out and share notes. Thank you for loving her. Sending hugs and purrs...

Cory said...

::sniff::

Tiny was one of our very special furriends. We are so sorry she had to run off to The Bridge. It gives us comfort thinking of her being with Lolo.

Soft comforting purrs from all of us.

xoxo Cory and family

Harvey Button said...

Tiny was over 20? OH wow I know your grief must be immense but what an age for a cat - this is a tribute to your great love and kindness.

Rest in peace Tiny.

Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey said...

We are so very sorry. What a beauty Tiny was. May she be at peace...

orbit said...

Reading this made me tear up all over again. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We know it's extra hard when they've been with you as long as they have been. Believe me, we feel for you..

haopee said...

We're sorry to hear about Tiny's passing. Twenty years... it's a very very very accomplished life. That's what Tiny had with you guys.

Think of it this way. Your family's loss is heaven's gain. Hugs.


Kind Regards,

Haopee of MyDogsLove.Me

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

Oh my goodness! We are so sorry to hear of Tiny's passing, but know her and Lolo are having a good time and feeling all young and spry again.

((HUGS))