Goodbye my little buddy

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© Lisa Slifko
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I'm grateful I took hold of the moment to take pictures a few months ago. Had I not I would not have this memory frozen in time.

This is Ibbey, his name is short for "itty bit". 13 years ago on Christmas day he was under our Christmas tree with a red bow taped to his body. Originally intended to be a gift to our children, Ibbey quickly became my little buddy. He was so small when we got him, hence the name. However, he did not stay "itty bit" for long, at 20 lbs, he was a big cat.

Perched on my shoulder, he went with me where I went. Followed me when not on my shoulder. Found his sleeping spot above my head and woke me sometimes in the morning, with a little bite on the head. When I was sad, he would come running to me and lay with me while I cried. Reaching his paw out and stroke my face, as if to dry my tears. When I was in pain, he would lay with me. Close by my side and purr as if to say "it's going to be alright, I'm here". From the other side of the house, he would hear me call his name and never hesitated to come running to be by me side. If I had to go away, he would lay in my suitcase as if to protest my leaving him. Mr. Personality Plus, that was Ibbey. For 13 years, Ibbey and I were buddies.

Never before have I experienced a cat like Ibbey and doubt I ever will again. He's gone to sleep for the last time. I will sorely miss him.

Goodbye my sweet Ibbey, my little buddy. I will miss you.

13 responses

  • Aubrey's Oma

    Aubrey's Oma (Deleted) gave props (12 Dec 2008):

    I know your pain, my prayers are with you. Our vet once told me that they are with us for such a short time because their work is done that quickly.

  • Lois Martin

    Lois Martin said (12 Dec 2008):

    I'm sorry for your loss, my cat was with me for 17 years when he passed on. You don't realize what a major part of your life they are and what a void they leave when they are gone.

  • Jose Rico

    Jose Rico (Deleted) gave props (12 Dec 2008):

    I'm sorry. it's a cute and memorable portrait.

  • Tim Foltz

    Tim Foltz gave props (12 Dec 2008):

    Very sorry to hear of your loss, it is always hard to lose a friend

  • Lisa Slifko

    Lisa Slifko said (12 Dec 2008):

    Thank you for your kind comments. I do appreciate it. writing this and posting it here has been a form of therapy for me. To receive your kind comments means so much to me.

  • Manuel Guerzoni

    Manuel Guerzoni said (14 Dec 2008):

    :-(

  • Camille Allison

    Camille Allison said (3 Jan 2009):

    Oh i'm SO SAD for you!! My Baby was like this - my companion. He even looked like your cat. At 13, it was hard for me to let him go too...

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (11 Jan 2009):

    He is not gone. He lives beyond the "Rainbow Bridge" - with so many other of our family pets. RIP Ibbey

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (12 Apr 2009):

    RI P Ibbey

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    Remembering Ibbey today.....................

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (21 Aug 2010):

    Ibbey ~ You are remembered this day.....

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (24 Apr 2011):

    Gone but not forgotten.............

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    I have added Iddey to my Rainow Bridge collection and he will be remembered.

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