Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My Tribute to Ziggy

This post has nothing to do with running, triathlons or fitness.  If you aren't an animal person you can probably skip this post and come back tomorrow.

Writing this post is hard for me (I'm crying as I write it) but I feel that it is something I have to do since blogging is therapeutic for me, as I have mentioned before. 

On Saturday my world changed forever when my mom told me that they had to put my cat, Ziggy, to sleep.

 My favorite picture of him

Anger, sadness and guilt all hit me at the same time.  I was angry because I hadn't been there to comfort him and I hadn't seen him since last August, the downfall of living 10 hours away from my parents.  Mike and I are going to Maine this August and I was so close to seeing Ziggy again that I was of course angry.  I was sad because I am never going to see him again, but the guilt hit me the hardest.  I felt guilty because I haven't been able to see him as much as I did when I lived with my parents and I was worried that he didn't know that I loved him. 

My mom told me that the last thing she told him was how much I loved him and I truly hope he knows that in someway.  He was my cat for 17 years and I can still remember the first time I saw him.  He was in a potato basket that had a divider in it and he was so tiny, which is funny because he grew to be a kind of chunky cat.  

I had a "pact" with him that he just had to get me through elementary school (I went to a K-8 school), high school, college and grad school and then he was free to do what he wished.  I am thankful to say that I graduated with my Masters degree last May, so he fulfilled our pact.

My mom has this poem, or some version of it, in her pet scrapbooks and it is the perfect tribute to Ziggy. 

What would I do without you
my precious furry friend;
part mischief but part blessing
and faithful to the end. 

You look at me with eyes of love:
you never hold a grudge, 
you think I'm far too wonderful
to criticize or judge.

It seems your greatest joy in life
is being close to me. 
I never knew how comforting
your warm soft fur would be.

I know you think you're human
but I'm glad it isn't true
the world would be a better place
if folks were more like you. 

A few short years are all we have
one day we'll have to part.
But you my pet will always have
a place within my heart.

- Author Unknown


Ziggy, thank you for giving me a little bit more than a few short years and know that I will always love you. 

39 comments:

  1. Great picture, Jamie. And...beautiful poem.

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  2. I am so sorry for your loss! Thinking of you!

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  3. I am so sorry :( Pets are such an important part of life! :)

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    1. Thanks Heather, I agree they definitely are very important.

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss! Losing our dear precious furry children is so heart breaking. HUGS.

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    1. Thanks Mandy! It is hard but at least he had a great life :)

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  5. So sorry for you Jamie. Thinking of you!!

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  6. I am so sorry:( believe me when I tell you, he knew you loved him. We had to put our 16 year old cat down 2 days before Christmas and it was very hard. Get a good cry in and feel better soon:)

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    1. Thank you! I definitely had a good cry last night, I'm sorry for your loss too.

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    1. Thanks Jenny and thank you for emailing me :)

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  8. I'm so sorry for your loss Jamie xoxox. Animal relationships are so very special. I have a feeling Ziggy is right with you :)

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  9. Beautiful poem. I know how hard it is to lose a pet. Seems so unfair! Hang in there! Sorry for your loss!

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    1. Thanks Laurie, sorry that you found my blog on a sad day.

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  10. So sorry for your loss Jamie, no words can take the hurt away that comes with losing a friend.
    What a beautiful cat Ziggy was and the poem is equally as beautiful. Sending you hugs

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  11. He was a wonderful cat...with his quirky ways and his loud loud purr...Dad and I miss him terribly and Bailey is lost without him.
    He was one of a kind and he will always hold a special place in our hearts!!

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    1. He was definitely one of a kind. I hope that Bailey is doing alright, I know he loved him! We all did :)

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    2. Bailey is really lost...he sticks to me and dad like glue when we are home and he cries quite a bit...I know that he will get used to it but they were the only two cats for 4 years and they became best buds!

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  12. Oh, I'm so sorry, Jamie! Pets definitely become part of the family!

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  13. I'm so sorry! I lost my dog last year & it was one of the hardest things I've ever had to deal with. It does get easier, though. Im sorry again!

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    1. Thanks! I know it will get easier with time :)

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  14. Oh sweets, so sorry for your loss. I feel for you deeply xx

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  15. So sorry to hear about your loss! I lost my childhood pup this past summer and it was incredibly hard for me. Keep your head up!

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  16. My heart goes out to you! I know this has been a really rough week for you. I put my childhood dog to sleep the week I left for college and it broke my heart. This past year one of my favorite childhood cats passed away. I shudder to think about losing Lucky or Sasha. Getting up to go give them some extra love right now!

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    1. Thank you Suzanne!! Give them some love from me too :)

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  17. I'm so sorry Jamie! I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a beloved pet. I just found out that my sweet dog has a tumor, and while she's ok now, she probably doesn't have a lot of time. I'm really sorry for your loss!

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    1. Thank you Kathy!! Give your dog some kisses from me! I hope you have more time with her than you think you will.

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  18. I'm sorry, Jamie. It's hard to lose a pet - they are family for sure. Hugs to you.

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  19. 2 years ago we had to put my cat to sleep. I had her since I was 5 and it was quite sad. So sorry for your loss - hope your doing ok!

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    1. Thanks Joanna! I'm doing alright.

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