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In Memory of Our Cat Tess (February 26, 2015)

Our beloved cat Tess died today and is now at Rainbow Bridge. Tess was 13 years old. She was blessed with good health for many years. We took her in as a stray when she was about three months old.

Last year she developed a tumor under her chin. We took her to the Veterinarian and the doctor said the tumor appeared to be skin deep. Tess went through the operation to remove the tumor. The doctor was hopeful it wasn't cancer. The pathology report came back and sadly it was a cancerous tumor.

The doctor was very encouraged and hopeful that she got all the cancer. Tess recovered from her surgery with flying colors. We were hopeful that the tumor would not grow back. Unfortunately, that was not going to be the case. The tumor resurfaced again in a couple of months and grew very, very quickly. We took her to the doctor again and their was nothing more they could do because the doctor was afraid that if she removed the tumor again that the cancer would spread into her other organs.

We decided to allow her to live her life out as best she could. Tess was eating, drinking, sleeping and the tumor seemed to not affect her lifestyle at all. The doctor gave her two weeks at the most. However our little Tess fooled everyone and made it for a couple of more months. When she stopped eating and drinking, we knew it was getting close. When the area around the tumor was filled with infection, we decided it was time to let her go to rainbow bridge. We took her to the Animal Shelter today and she went to sleep peacefully in our arms. We cried and cried but we knew in our heart of our hearts it was time to let her go.

Tess brought so much enjoyment in our lives over the years. She was a princess that's for sure. Tess was a real brat at times because she never tolerated the other cats. The only two cats she was close it was our beloved Peter J who has been gone for a few years now. The other cat is Baby cat. They were real close buddies. The other two cats-Chubbs and Heidi—she had no use for. If they would come near her, Tess would let out a blood curdling scream that would wake the dead. Well, the other two cats would go flying away from her as fast as they could run.

Tess was my cat. She was my cat and tolerated Cliff a little. Then I did the most unforgivable thing, we adopted another cat, Heidi. Heidi was a real shy cat and stayed in the bedroom. Heidi made up to me only. Well, Tess was really upset about this and literally divorced me from her life and went to Cliff. Cliff and Tess became real close buddies. Tess tolerated me and liked me when I fed her but that was it. She might let me pet her if I was lucky. But she definitely let me know that she wanted nothing much to do with me.

Tess finally got over her mad this past year and began to come to me again. Tess would once again jump in my lap, purr, and be happy. But she always remained closer to Cliff. Perhaps Tess knew that her time on earth was coming to an end and that she needed to forgive and make her amends. I believe animals are much more in tune with their Creator than most humans are. We will always cherish our precious memories of our Tess in our hearts.

It is a fact of life that we will probably live longer than our precious four-legged family members and we will have to go through the painful heartbreak of letting them go. Cliff and I are animal people. We've had to say good-bye to many of our precious pets over the years. It doesn't get easier and the heartbreak is deep and real each time. We choose to love despite the fact that we will also have to say goodbye to our fellow companions sooner than we like. But we also know that God created these precious creatures to show us how to love and how to be compassionate—our pets have taught us to always keep our hearts open to love more not less.


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone

here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends

so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and

our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored

to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are

made whole and strong again, just as we remember them

in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except

for one small thing; they each miss someone very

special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day

comes when one suddenly stops and looks

into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent;

Her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins

to run from the group, flying over the green grass,

her legs carrying her faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you

and your special friend finally meet,

you cling together in joyous reunion,

never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face;

your hands again caress the beloved head,

and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,

so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author unknown...





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21.06 | 13:10

So true.

28.02 | 07:56

Yes -- be quiet and listen.

14.02 | 12:50

Well said

13.02 | 19:05

Not so easy.

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