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Anyone who has had
the Honor of being loved by one of God's
knows the pain,
one day having to part with these Loving
But we also know we have been privileged
to have had this selfless relationship
with this special critter, and we will
always be richer for it.
I am of the impression humans can learn
much about selfless love,
by observing, and in sharing with God's other
After all, they don't gossip, deceive or
Wouldn't you call that, intelligent?
My family has been blessed with many
In time, I hope to share each and every one of them with
Those who have gone on to a special
and those who still grace us with their love and tolerance.
Each and every one of my animal friends
were unique and special!
Each one touched a chord....
And a tear falls as I remember ***
Tom, sweet face
affectionately called him TomTom,
Jamsome (meaning handsome).
came into our life early 1983.
We were in L.A. on business, staying
at a motel.
One night, as I was tending to our dogs
(all five, three large) in their trailer kennel,
noticed this mangy skinny cat hanging dangerously close to the dogs,
especially when they were tied out & eating during the day.
Realizing he was hungry, I started
leaving food out for him, hoping
he wouldn't get too close to our five
dogs as I wasn't sure
how they would react in a situation such as this.
My husband Dan said, if you stop feeding
he won't hang around. But I knew better,
this was no ordinary cat.
One night, shortly after feeding the
dogs and getting ready
to put them in their mobile kennels, I spied
Tom taking turns,
eating out of each and every one of the dogs food
and the dogs literally embracing this little scrawny stranger.
Convincing Dan of this was something
I fed Tom on a regular basis and one night he showed up in pain
with an obvious shoulder problem. Someone had abused
I talked Dan into letting me put
into one of the empty kennels
till we could locate a home for this little
lover. Dan, reluctantly, agreed.
Tom and I began our quest to capture
Danís heart, for Tom that is!
Tom had shown signs of Dan becoming his
Anyone having been owned by a cat will
understand what I am saying.
Tom was so
Charming when Dan was
close. He would lay on his back
and flail his legs, wiggling and
talking to Dan, and he would do this special thing
with his eyes and mouth
both Dan and I away each time he did it!
Thus, two of our affectionate names for
Tom was born,
(handsome) and Tomgesious.
Dan wasn't budging
and he would constantly say, "we have to find that cat a
home" and I?
I would say, "yes, I'm working on
it!" In the meantime?
Tom was working on Dan!
It took a
long while (years), but in time,
Tom settled into a routine of charming
And Dan? Well, he ate it up!
Tom became deeply involved with our
and held a pivotal position until he was called home
to charm the
We said good-bye a Year ago Mother's
Tom died in Dan's arms, where he chose
I still can't stop the tears from flowing as I reminisce
this wondrous creature which we were blessed
to have in our lives for
fifteen of his sixteen years!
showed such grace and courage as he
faced his illness.
We tried to make him comfortable in his final months of life.
had to give him fluids every day and eventually twice a day.
Dan had to hand feed him, since
wasn't feeling well enough to feed himself.
It reached a point where
we felt Tom might be in pain and
we had to make
one of the hardest decisions Dan &
I have ever had to make,
that being to take him to the
vet where Tom would be put to sleep.
When we got to the vet Tom
Our Vet said she believed he wasn't ready yet,
that he wanted to go back home with us.
were elated that we still had some time left
with what had become our heart;
Less then a few days had passed, and
upon rising this day,
1998, we found Tom, who slept in his
next to Danís side of the bed, since he became ill;
calm, and in
no apparent distress.
He was talking and did that thing with
his eyes and mouth
that grabbed at your heart strings!
it suddenly began,
was saying good-bye!
Dan took Tom
in his arms, gently laid
him on his side of the bed
and while caressing him, told Tom
it was ok to let go,
that we would be ok, and, we will miss him very much.
To say there were dry eyes in that room
would be a terrible lie.
In fact, I am crying now, as I write about our