Thursday, August 1, 2013

Bubbles the FreeRange Kitty

I keep wanting to blog about the clinic, and I want to get it all out while it's still fresh in my head.

Needless to say, I had the world's most incredible time... and in addition to having the time of my life, I learned so much my brain hurt.  In some areas of how I approach horses I experienced a completely revolutionary shift in thinking... which was both weird and awesome.

I have a ton of pictures to go through - I'm only about halfway through going through them, and I have over 50 "favorites".

I even took a bunch of notes on the long drive home, so I know exactly what I want to write about.

And then I woke up on Tuesday, physically exhausted but happy and ready to write....

And a freak accident occurred, and we lost our kitten Bubbles.

Even though he was still young, he was just an AWESOME cat.  He was one of those one-in-a-million cats.

I mean, we drove him to the DragonMonkey's  preschool for show and tell and handed him around to twenty different preschoolers, and he never even complained, or tried to wriggle away.

That's a pretty awesome cat.

On the one hand I'm just incredibly sad, although I'm not as devastated as I could be... mainly because when I lost my best friend (also another incredible cat) when I was in my early 20s,  I spent about three months just going through the motions of life, feeling like I had a hole where my heart used to be.... and I realized how ridiculous that was.

Our pets do not live as long as we do.  We live 80 years.  They live about 15 years.

I knew I couldn't survive having my heart destroyed every 10 or 15 years, and I made a conscious decision to not lose myself completely in any of my pets again, at least not the shorter lived ones.  Oh, I still love them passionately, but I just don't let myself completely go with them.  In the back of my mind I realize I'm going to outlive them.

Hey, maybe that's not the healthiest way to approach it, but it's what I had to do to keep myself from flinging myself off a bridge if I ever lost another pet.

Which I guess is why it surprised me that it hurt so much when Bubbles passed.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised - he was an incredible little cat, and I bottle fed him from the time he was about 5 days old.  Once they were old enough his sister found a home with my very good friend here in town, and we kept him. 

So, anyways, before I go on and post anything about the clinic, I just need to take a moment to say goodbye.  I kept trying to just keep it to myself, because I didn't feel like writing about it, but the sadness was seeping into my clinic posts, so I realized I needed to do this.

Miss you, Bubbles.  You really were the best of kitties.  I'll see you again someday.

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Blogger Doranna Benker Gilkey said...

So sorry for your loss. There's nothing wrong with hurting as much as you need to.

August 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I'm so sorry for your loss but I'm happy that you got to enjoy him while he was here. Wonderful animals are quite the blessing.

August 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Peanut said...


I'm so very sorry for your loss. I have not had any dogs for the last couple of years because it's so devastating to lose them - and even more so for the truly special ones.

August 1, 2013 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Funder said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Becky. :( RIP Bubbles.

August 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger gtyyup said...

I'm so sorry Becky...really hard to come home to loosing a loved one~

August 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Jamethiel Crabb said...

Bubbles was an amazing kitten and he fit right in with your family, so for his entire life he knew craziness, cuddles, love and affection and great care.
That's a good life for a cat.

August 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

So very sorry for your loss,

August 1, 2013 at 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sad to hear you lost your best little kitty. He was beautiful.

I believe that sharing their lives more than makes up for their loss.

August 2, 2013 at 3:41 AM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

So sorry about Bubbles. And, (deep breath) I agree with you. I would rather have them and say good-by(or "Hi" when I pass where they are buried) than to not have them. I cry and move on because I have to. Some losses are harder than others, but all hurt.

August 2, 2013 at 4:55 AM  
Blogger mugwump said...

So sorry Becky.

August 2, 2013 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger RuckusButt said...

I'm sorry Becky. I know what you mean about having to have an outlet for your feelings. I recently had to put my old cat to sleep who, incidentally, looked exactly like an adult version of Bubbles. Was he a Tonkinese?

August 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Half Dozen Farm said...

What a beautiful boy. I'm so sorry for your loss, Becky.

August 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Heather said...


August 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger CG said...

What a beautiful Siamese. So sorry for your loss:(

August 2, 2013 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger CG said...

What a beautiful Siamese. So sorry for your loss:(

August 2, 2013 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger shadowlake2005 said...

I'm so sorry for the untimely passing of Bubbles, and for your loss. (And I can't wait to hear about the clinic! )

August 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Heidi the Hick said...

I'm sorry, and I know how it feels.

August 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger CurtsBooks said...

It is such a hard thing to lose our pet friends.
A friend of mine once said "having pets is an occasional grief. But not having pets is a constant grief."

August 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM  
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August 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger AareneX said...

Aw, dang. So sorry.

August 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM  

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