Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Rest in Peace, Scherzo


I apologize for the lack of Big Brother updates. My 17-year old cat Scherzo, who had been fine two days ago, was lethargic when I got home from work yesterday. As the night went on, she took a turn for the worse. She died while I was waiting for a ride to get her to the emergency vet. I don't know what happened. I'm a bit of an emotional wreck right now.

She was such a good cat.

105 comments:

Anonymous said...

So sorry...I lost mine at 17 too..hang in there..

Margo said...

Jackie-
I'm soo sorry. I wish I could give you a hug in person but here is a virtual one {{{Jackie}}}

Margo

TerryinCA said...

Oh Jackie my love goes out to your this morning ((((Jackie))) Our fur babies are so precious to us. I can only say Scherzo was beautiful,and a very well loved kitty....
My Solomon welcomes her with a lick and a friendly paw....

sizzie said...

Bad and Sad news, Jackie, Lean on Us, we are here for you.

Janice said...

Jackie, I am so sorry to hear about your kitty; its never easy to lose a beloved pet; they are definitely family members and you will need time to grieve........take it, we're not going anywhere!

Janice/GA

Laurie said...

Jackie, I hope you can get some comfort from all the love that is sent to you from your friends and followers.

Many of us are animal lovers and know too well the pain of losing our beloved furry friends. We grieve with you and hold you in our hearts.

Scherzo was a beautiful animal who was well loved and cared for. She will live on in your memories which will eventually be a comfort to you. (((Jackie))) We love you.

Nana in the NW said...

Awwww Jackie--I am so sorry for you. I know how much you loved Scherzo. As hard as it is to lose a pet at least he didn't seem to suffer and he was in the arms of someone that loved him. Take all the time you need. We will keep things going here!

rozee said...

May you find peace in your strength given from the Lord above.

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Tami said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. I feel your pain I went through the samething 5 yrs ago with my Toby(17 also) who by the way looked alot like your kitty. While you will always miss your kitty the pain will ease. Hugs to you.

Anonymous said...

Jackie-so sorry to hear abt Scherzo. I have dogs, but I know how I would feel if I lost one of them...they're my babies. {{{Jackie}}}

Sydney said...

Oh Jackie --I am so so sorry. I know how difficult it was when you lost your other kitty. I wish I could have been nearby to speed over in my jeep and gotten you to the hospital.

How comforting for Scherzo to be with you in those final hours. It had to be just traumatic for you though. Sending you much love and hugs and sending blessings of passage and peace.

Bet said...

Oh, Jackie,I am so sorry to hear that. I have seven kitties and I know how much you love him. Please take the time you need and we will keep you our prayers and thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Jackie, my just breaks for you. I know there are no words that can comfort you at this time. Just know that Scherzo will be waiting for you in heaven.

My babies and I will be praying for you.

Nancy B.

Anonymous said...

Jackie: I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to loose, your best friend, who gives you unconditional love. Truly sorry for your loss.

Sue

Sydney said...

I have to add, do NOT worry about BB updates every second right now. We will live. We can also fill in in the comments or read Jokers or something if anyone's jonesing.

It's early in the game and the HG's are boring right now. Do what you need to do for your heart and know we're always here when you're ready.

Margo said...

Jackie-

I am thinking about you and sending up prayers for you and your kitty.

Donna in AL (Who can't come here from work)

K in WI said...

Jackie, I'm so sorry for your loss of your beloved Scherzo.

I lost my beloved Westie 8 months ago, so I understand the pain.

I hope you find some comfort in knowing how many friends you have who enjoy your hospitality here.

My wv is pawranse, so I'm picturing Scherzo pawransing around in heaven.

Becky said...

(((Jackie))), we are all grieving the loss of your wonderful Scherzo, the beautiful Calico who shared your life for seventeen years. All of your cyber friends across America have their arms wrapped around you and are sharing your tears.

We know that the pain you are feeling right now seems almost unbearable. It is so easy during times like these to say you will never let another pet get so close to your heart. But had you not let Scherzo and her companion into your life you would have missed the joy and laughter (and yes, even the frustration they can cause when they get into what they should have left alone) they brought to you over the years. Pets like Scherzo helped mold you into the caring, loving person you are today.

Scherzo was part of your family and as a member deserves the tears, regret and sadness you are feeling to see her go on before you. Take the time you need to grieve. Send up thanks to God that He allowed you the privilege of sharing your life with such a beautiful creature.

A favorite comfort to the Beagle Buddies is a poem (see the link below) about the Rainbow Bridge, a beautiful place where our furry (or winged) pets go to wait for us. One day when it is your turn to cross the Bridge, there will be a flurry movement as pets you have loved and cherished rush to meet you. They will fly across the Bridge and then you will cross together.

www.petloss.com/poems/maingrp/rainbowb.htm - 4k

CountryGirlSheri said...

{{{Jackie}}} I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved Sherzo. My thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

jackie,
i'm so sorry about Scherzo, my thoughts and prayers are with you
now in your time of need. We lost our dog a few years ago that we had for 19 years. it does feel like you have lost a family member.

with prayers
judi or aka mamawolf

Nancy said...

jackie I am so sorry i too have lost a pet and it's the worst because they are your family.

auntlisa3 said...

Oh Jackie I am so sorry.

Anonymous said...

jackie
so sorry to hear about your beloved Scherzo. my your memories and the many photos bring you comfort. if you believe in heaven know your beloved beautiful kitty is running free over rainbow's bridge, until she sees you again. -jeannemarie

Delee said...

Jackie, what can I say? I know how hard it is to lose a long time family member. Some would not agree but after years and years of unconditional love and companionship, they are our kids.

I am crying along with you and I feel your shock at how fast this all happened.

Anonymous said...

Jackie,
I'm sooo sorry for your loss...

Anonymous said...

Jackie, I'm so sorry for your loss. Try to take comfort in the fact that her momma was holding her when she left this world.

Hugs and prayers coming your way.

Katie in Chi

AlbGlinka said...

Jackie: I'm sorry to read about your loss of your kitty, Scherzo! I have two of my own and I know the very special bond we share with them. Hugs to you... know that you provided a very wonderful home for her.

Anonymous said...

Jackie my heart goes out to you. Being an pet owner I feel your pain. {{{Hugs}}} EileenM

lynn1 said...

Jackie,
I am so sorry for your loss. I know you are broken hearted and in tears as I was when my Siamese Mitch died.

I hope that in time the heartache you feel today will be replace will tender and happy memories of Scherzo.

I will be praying that you can find comfort and peace from the prayers and love of your blog friends who are grieving with you.

From those of us who care about you please know that our concern is with YOU and not BB or some silly TV show.

God bless & keep you.

RJM in SC said...

Jackie,
I am so very sorry. You have my sincere heartfelt sympathy. It seems so much worse when they are taken suddenly like that.

PlaidChick said...

Ohh Jackie, I am so sorry..

I know Scherzo had a wonderful 17 years with you. I have no doubt she is with her buddies, and all of us who have lost pets were no doubt waiting to meet her.

My thoughts are with you, please don't worry about the blog.

Hugs

Debbie P in NC said...

(((Jackie)))
I am so very sorry.

Braden's Mommy said...

I'm so sorry Jackie!!! ((((((HUGS))))))) and prayers!!!

cha cha said...

I am so sorry to hear of the loss. I commented a few months ago about how Scherzo looked just like my Patches. I do have thre kittens living under my deck. If I lived closer I would love for you to adopt one.

Auntie Leigh said...

Jackie...I am so so sorry for your loss. Scherzo was loved by all of us too and we grieve with you. Love, Auntie Leigh

Anonymous said...

There are no words. Scherzo is in heaven playing like kittys do when they are at peace. God Bless.

-not the other anon

DKNYNC said...

Jackie, I'm so sorry. Please aceept my condolences. I totally understand what you are going through. We lost our beloved Cavalier Cheerio just a few weeks ago and I miss her constantly. Sending you a big hug! Donna

meb said...

Oh Jackie, I write this with tears as I feel your pain. Scherzo was a big part of this blog, since you used his picture as your avatar and often told us stories about him.

I am so sorry for your loss. Know that we are here for you and praying that you will find the peace which passes understanding.

And of course, don't concern yourself with BB.

May your friends bring you comfort and may God bring you peace.

To repeat: "Rest in Peace Scherzo!"

((((((Jackie)))))))

shannon said...

Im so sorry for your loss. I have followed your blog for about 5 years I had been on a leave of absence from work while battling cancer, 5 year survivor now, and you had been out on a leg injury I believe. I had just gotten a puppy also having 2 cats and the bond I have with them is unbelievable, I cant imagine loosing any of them. I know after 17 years, your cat has given you memories for a lifetime.
Thank you for always keeping me updated on the silliness of my favorite reality show Big Brother and I will keep you in my thoughts as you mourn your loss.

Caroline said...

Jackie, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know my thoughts and love are with you. The unconditional love we receive from our pets is just as important as any human relationships. Take comfort in knowing that Scherzo had a good life with you. Take all the time you need with this and don't worry about TV updates...we all know the difference between reality and "reality tv".

Sharon S said...

I'm so sorry. :(

sarah the great said...

jackie, i am so sorry for your loss. we just lost our max, 21, a month ago. and i just found one of his mysterious sleeping spots the other day (ugh, the fur!), i still can't believe he's gone.

you are so blessed to have had him so long!! and without a doubt you are the best cat parent. we all feel your pain.

thinking of you.
sarah

Anonymous said...

(((((Jackie))))) You don't know me but I have been following your Big Brother blogs for the last few seasons, and have throughly enjoyed them.
I just wanted to say how very sorry I am about your Scherzo, our 4 legged kids are just the "4 legged kids" and your heart hurts just as much when they leave.
I am so sorry.
Lacey

Anonymous said...

(((((Jackie))))) You don't know me but I have been following your Big Brother blogs for the last few seasons, and have throughly enjoyed them.
I just wanted to say how very sorry I am about your Scherzo, our 4 legged kids are just the "4 legged kids" and your heart hurts just as much when they leave.
I am so sorry.
Lacey

monty924 said...

Jackie,

I'm so sorry. She was a beautiful cat. RIP Scherzo!

Hugs to you Jackie.

joy n said...

Jackie, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Scherzo was a beautiful cat and we all know how much you loved her. I still have that jigsaw puzzle pic of her on my computer. Her memory will remain with you always. My heart goes out to you.

Sally (in tears) said...

Jackie,

I want to add my sincere sympathies on the loss of your beautiful cat. The loss of a pet can be heartbreaking and it leaves such a hole in one's life and home. It just doesn't seem fair that our cats and dogs don't get to live very long, when they've given us so much love, companionship and entertainment, asking little in return.

Take comfort in the knowledge that you provided a loving home for Scherzo, and that maybe your two cats are playing together again, at the Rainbow Bridge.

SueGee said...

(((Jackie))) so sorry for your loss, but I know she will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge!

Sue in CA

Zoetawny said...

Ohhhh Jackie, I didn't expect to read such sad news. I'm so very sorry and sad for your loss. I know how devastating it is to loose our furbabies. Please take care of yourself, your personal needs and the time you need to grieve. Scherzo was such a beautiful cat and was more fortunate than many animals in that she had a loving caring home with a devoted responsible owner. My words can't express the pain I'm sharing with you.

Please know that we are all here for you if you need us.

Hugs~
xoxo

Anonymous said...

Jackie,
I am so sorry for loss. Sad doesn't even cover it.
xo xo
Monica

Peg said...

Jackie, my heart goes out to you.

Sasha said...

Oh Jackie, I'm so sorry! She's beautiful. BB just doesn't matter at times like this! Hugs,
Sasha

Witt said...

{{{Jackie}}}
Hi Jackie, I've been out of town w/o computer for about 2 weeks and have just read about your sad news. I know how precious our four-footed family members are and I know you had little time to prepare yourself; you are in my thoughts and prayers. At least when her time came, she was with you in your arms, her most comforting place no doubt.

Witt

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss Jackie...

Donna in FL

Jayne said...

Several summers ago we lost our beloved dog of 17 years. These animals become our family and their loss is greatly felt. I am so sorry for your loss and hope you can find peace soon.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry, Jackie. What a wonderful outpouring of friends you have! Take care.

tbc

Anonymous said...

(((((Jackie))))I have followed your blogs (BB, Survivor, Idol) for quite a few years now.

So sorry....just remember they stay in your heart forever.

Anonymous said...

Jackie, you are such a special person and much loved. I along with everyone, feel so sad as grieve your loss. May you have lovely, sweet dreams of your beloved Scherzo. May the precious memories you have give you comfort now and in the days ahead. Write as you feel about your loss right here...you don't need to go through this alone, dear friend.

Feral Cat said...

Sorry to hear about your pet's passing.

Dave

Lars Eller said...

Jackie,
I'm so sorry to hear about your cat.
I feel so sad for you, please stay strong.
Thank-you for all you do for us.

Lars Eller

Susan in FL said...

Jackie, all of us are sending comforting thoughts your way. Stay strong and hang in there.

Petals said...

Ms Jackie -

You may remember I lost my son, unexpectedly. He was my Light & Life, so I absolutely am crying right along with you.
SOOO many prayers and God's light to shine around you to help you heal. Cry away. You aren't alone.
And all your loved ones in Heaven are there, and taking care of your baby.
click only with tissues handy, when you are ready:

http://www.rainbowbridge.com/

RverShirley said...

Jackie, Like everyone else I am so sorry to hear about Scherzo passing away. Our pets are like family and when they leave us it is very hard to understand some times. My heart goes out to you.

Jenna said...

Jackie~ soo sorry to hear about your beautiful cat. My heart goes out to you....

QuixoticElf said...

My heart really goes out to you. (((((hugs))))) Rest in Peace, Scherzo.

chris said...

sorry to hear about the loss of your cat, a huge part of your life.
take care of yourself
chris

Alf N Stitches said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!
Amy

Anonymous said...

Oh Jackie. I'm so sorry to hear that. My heart goes out to you.

Tiffany

Anonymous said...

Jackie,
I never post but I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am . There is nothing else I can say that will make you feel better, just I am sorry.

Anonymous said...

I too am so sorry you lost your wonderful cat. It is always so hard to lose an animal friend. I dont usually comment because my computer skills arent very good but I really wanted you to know how sorry I am that you lost your friend.

Karen

Susan said...

Oh Jackie, I am SO sorry. I've had cats all of my life, and it's so heartbreaking to lose them. I have my one Zoey now, and I don't know who I'd talk to if I didn't have her (kidding, kind of). It would be especially hard when it's sudden like that.
At least she had you.

debbons@aol.com said...

OHHH Jackie I am so sorry for your loss. I had a cat that kind of looked like yours. She passed. I does not get easier
Debbie

Anonymous said...

So sorry Jackie, but at least your kitty had a wonderful momma that loved her.
-Jamie Mae-

Evi said...

I am so sorry Jackie. My cat Fezziwig had a blocked bladder last week and if I hadn't brought him to the Vet, he would have died. He also had to have an operation(called PU for short) to help it not to happen again. I'd never even heard of a blocked bladder. I know I love my cats like my family and I am sorry for your loss.

meb said...

Jackie... I know I commented previously, but I wanted to come back and send flowers for your precious Scherzo. She was so beautiful and I know it will take time for you to heal, but know we love you and we're here for you.

Jazz.in.NJ said...

Jackie, big hugs to you.

God Speed Scherzo.

jokats said...

The Rainbow Bridge story

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 vigour; 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 Scherzo 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 Scherzo, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together........

I hope this message warms your heart & lifts your spirit if just for a moment.

From one cat lover to another.

My Deepest Condolences, Jokats

sizzie said...

Jackie, you and Scherzo have so many friends here today. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that many are thinking of you both today.

Becky said...

((Jackie)), just wanted to wish you wonderful dreams of Scherzo tonight.

Lucy said...

May I add my condolences. This is a difficult time and I hope the hole that is now in your heart will soon be filled with fond memories of Scherzo and the joy that he brought into your life.

The right words are often hard to express when a beloved pet has been lost. I hope you find a small amount of comfort in the words of Irving Townsend.

Another cat? Perhaps.
For love there is also a season; its seeds must be resown.
But a family cat is not replaceable like a worn out coat or a set of tires.
Each kitten becomes its own cat, and none is repeated.
I am four cats old, measuring out my life in friends that have succeeded but not replaces one another.
- Irving Townsend

Laurie said...

Jackie, it is heartwarming to see all the comments here from your friends and followers. As I said this morning, I hope you are comforted by the outpouring of love shown here. You are in my prayers.

Lara said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose a furry friend.

dla said...

((( Jackie )))

My heart is breaking into a million pieces for you right now...

Scherzo was a beautiful, loyal and loving friend.

I like to think that she is on the other side of Rainbow Bridge playing tag with my boys, AJ and Jazz, racing like the wind.

Take care of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers right now.

Gayle said...

Jackie, I'm so sorry to hear about Scherzo.

Sydney said...

Jackie -- I'm joining others in sending flowers too. I looked for purple but they have that one covered, to match yours.

Kale is purple too (hoped to make you smile just a little)

Sydney said...

Hi Gayle -- if you're still there. GOod to "see" you.

Gayle said...

Hi Sydney! I've been "missing" a long time. I'm sorry to return to hear of sad news.

Mel said...

Jackie- I've been reading you for 3 years and I love your writing style. It makes me feel like I know you. So reading that your cat passed away, my heart really and truly goes out to you. I hope you can find some solace in the fact that he's gone to a better place. Take care.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved kitty.

Jennasmom said...

Dear Jackie,
I don't know what else I can add. All our cyberfriends have pretty much said it all. I am so sorry to hear about Scherzo, but I know he is probably frolicking around in a field of catnip with my dear Nicholas that we lost last year at 15. I know how much you are hurting, but please know that we are all here for you.
We all love you! Hang in there.

Victoria said...

Jackie,
I have followed your blog since the time of your first knee replacement and have never posted before. But, I want you to know how sorry I am and wish you comfort in the near future.

Natdanai Yongsawai said...

So Sorry too.

http://dana-carvey-snl.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry, Jackie. She was such a beautiful and loyal friend and I know you'll miss her very much. My thoughts are with you.

{{{Jackie}}}

Diana

Anonymous said...

I lost my cat of 19 years. A friend sent me this poem. My sypmpathy to you, Jackie.

"The Rainbow Bridge"

"There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play with each other.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated."

~AUTHOR UNKNOWN~

Anonymous said...

So sorry Jackie. Our pets are our family!
Missy

RBennie said...

Jackie I'm so sorry to hear about Scherzo passing away. I know how much you loved him and I know you are hurting right now. I'm sending you hugs right now. My cat Jazz is 18 years old and I'm always wondering how much longer she has. I hope you will eventually be able to get another cat or maybe 2 for companionship. No they won't be Scherzo, but that doesn't mean you can't come to love them just as much.

Sydney said...

As someone who comments regularly, it is SO great to see and meet all of you who follow along with us but say you never commment. I feel so enriched to "see and hear" all of you, and would love it if you commented more. Even a little bit... lol I know it's not for everyone, but I am just extending the wish and invitation, for whatever that's worth.

Anonymous said...

We all understand your pain, especially those of us who have choosen to have pets instead of kids. They are family. Scherzo lived a good long life and did not suffer a long illness which should give you comfort. Also, it spared you from having to make that horrible decision of when to put a pet down.

I know right now that may not seem comforting but hopefully you will soon be able to look back at all the sweet times you spent together and know what a blessing you and she were given.

Purrbal said...

OMGoodness I can so relate Jackie, 4 mo before my wedding we lost my 19yr old cat Squeaky and I loved her so I still weep for her when I think too much about it. Hard to lose a friend you've lived so long with.

Arlene said...

Jackie, I am so sorry to hear of your lost. Take all the time you need. Hang in there and take care of yourself.

sandyy456 said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your baby. Scherzo was beautiful.

Lorie said...

So so sorry for your loss, I hope you are okay soon. Long time reader.....

Donna in AL said...

{{{{{{Jackie}}}}}
I can't log on at work but thanks to Margo, she let you know I was thinking about you.
Here are pink flowers for Scherzo. I know it is hard to lose your best friend. She has been there through all your sicknesses, job problems, family or friend problems and she was always there to listen when you came home. Purring while you petted her and poured your heart out to her. She was there for you.
May she rest in peace knowing she was lucky to have you as her momma.

Patti in kzoo said...

Jackie, my thought are with you, I also lost my Sarah several years back at 17 years old. Hugs to you.