Friday, May 10, 2013

Ode to King Kitty Kramer



His chest moves rhythmically as he sleeps.  Aside from my computer, I'm keeping close company with Kramer today. He lies at my feet and purrs away my sorrow as I reach down and stroke his soft fur.  Today is my last day with him.  Kramer has been living with a chronic illness for a while now and today we will say goodbye to him before his illness turns to suffering. 


Kramer was a rescue kitty along with his sister, Zoey, who passed a number of years ago.  He was never a lap kitty, but more dog like in his behavior, sitting at our feet under the dinner table or lying bedside in the evenings.  Cautious and careful, Kramer would hiss at brooms or vacuum cleaners and run from heavy footsteps.  Always affectionate, he loved head rubs and would greet me in the mornings with a kitty mew hello or a pawing at the sheets to inform me his food dish was empty.  

Other times, I would awake to the gift of his fave toy, a little yellow duckie by my bedside.  He taught us to throw water in the shower for him to drink, to never let his food bowl go empty and that persistent head bumps should be met with a kitty massage.





Kramer will enjoy his last breath in our backyard surrounded 
by chatty birds and the sounds of mother nature.  

As it should be.  

He will feel our love as his heart stops. 






Kramer. King Kitty Kramer.  Kitty Kitty. 1997-2013.
My heart aches with your loss.


43 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i'm so sorry, reena...

Carolyn Watson-Dubisch said...

He sure is a pretty cat. I'm sorry for your loss.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, Reena, I'm so sorry!! Having just had to put my beloved Sam Schnauzer to sleep, I can truly feel your hurt!! So hard to lose our dear four-footed friends! My thoughts are with you!

mrs mediocrity said...

Oh, whew... I am crying now. What a beautiful boy. I am so sorry. We just went through this with our 18-year-old Mama cat, it's so hard.
You have given him a beautiful life, he looks very loved. xoxo

Betty Manousos said...

i'm so sorry reena...





i linked to you today...if you get a chance to stop by.

(((hugs)))

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I am so sorry for your loss. This was a very touching and beautifully written post. I have gone through this before so I know how hard it is and how deep the pain is that you are feeling right now. You'll be in my thoughts. Kramer was a gorgeous kitty with such lovely eyes!

Claudia said...

I'm so very, very sorry, Reena. Blessing to your beloved kitty Kramer as he transitions via The Rainbow Bridge.

Love to you. Love to your dear one.

xo
Claudia

Nancy Claeys said...

So very sorry Reena. Kramer was a lovely cat and I'm sure you brought each other much joy over the years.

She Who Carries Camera said...

My heart aches and my stomach's in a knot just reading this. The ultimate decision is so difficult to make. My heart is with you. Hugs.

grammie g said...

Hi Reena ..Sorry.. that is a hard decision, because I had to do the same,but when the quality of life is slipping away you just know it is time...ooooh so hard though!!
Your Ode to him is lovely, with adorable photo's!
Take care
Grace

Brian Miller said...

having just lost our cat in december, my heart breaks a bit for you...cats are awesome...and a fun addition to the family...ours is buried under a tree she often laid under...

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, sweetie, I'm so sorry! Wish I could give you a hug. You're being a good kitty mom and doing the right thing for King Kitty Kramer, but it hurts so much. Here's another hug, my dear.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

thinking about ya. so sorry for your loss. big big hugs. ( :

eileeninmd said...

Reena, I am so sorry for your loss. Kramer will be missed, I am sure you have lots of sweet memories to keep. HUGS, Eileen

Country Girl said...

Oh, Reena and Ralph - I am so sorry to hear about Kramer. I thought he was a lovely boy and I know you will miss him much.

Marilyn said...

Reena, my heart goes out to you. I die a little each time we lose an animal. We no doubt have quite a collection on the rainbow bridge. But they bring us such joy for the time they are in our lives.
Saying your good-bye in the back yard is a wonderful thing for you and him. Prayers....

Liza said...

We lost our kitty in February for the same reason. I'm glad you could write about it. Even tonight, I said to my husband, "I miss Winkie." They have a part of our hearts we didn't know we owned.

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Barb said...

Reena - so sad to lose a furry friend. Hugs to you. Kramer sounds like a great companion.

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

So very sorry to read this. I know how painful and difficult this decision is. May your pretty green-eyed Kramer find continued joy on the other side of the rainbow bridge. :(

Out on the prairie said...

Sad to be at this point with a pet, sounds like time to get another.

biebkriebels said...

What a touching post, to say goodbye to a cat is so heartbreaking. You made such beautiful photos to remember.

Kerri said...

So very sorry.....
Beautiful tribute to your Kitty.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Reena, what a lovely tribute. I'm so sorry for your loss. He's he's really a handsome cat that I know has given you so many wonderful memories that I hope you find comfort in at a sad time for you and your family.

Hilary said...

Oh Reena, I'm so sorry that you have lost your beautiful Kramer. I know how very painful that is. It's difficult to find the right time.. not too soon and not too late. It sounds to me that you did just that for your lovely boy. Beautiful tribute. Hugs to you.

bailey-road.com said...

What a beautiful and moving tribute to Kramer. I am so sorry for your loss.

S. Etole said...

Such a difficult loss. So hard to let them go.

Daryl said...

i ache for you but i am so proud of you having the strength and courage to do this one last loving thing for your friend ... i was honored to know Kramer and will miss him but i know this is the right thing and he will be happy free of pain .. xoxooxoxoxo

Linda R said...

It so hard to say goodbye to our furry friends.. My Heart goes out to you my friend..

Hugs~

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

A beautiful tribute, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Michaele said...

My heart hurts. So sorry.

Michael Manning said...

Reena: I'm so sorry for your loss, as I too have experienced this situation with a cat, just days after rescuing him in a thunderstorm. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Catherine said...

Such a sweetie. It hurts so much to have to lose our fur babies. They stay in our hearts forever!
Sending you much love and hugs!
xo Catherine

Evelyn S. said...

I'm so sorry. These are beautiful images of Kramer---special memories.

ladyfi said...

Oh, I'm so very very sorry to hear this.

Rambling Woods said...

Oh this made me cry as we have had this loss too... Hugs.. Michelle

Rose L said...

I am so sorry to hear. Wish I had read this much earlier tho. You see, I have a friend whose kitty was diagnosed with cancer and their vet said she should be put to sleep. My friend just could not do it then so took her kitty home. It has been 2 years since that day. The new vet says the cancer is all gone, without any treatment.

Pat Tillett said...

I am so sorry to hear this.
One thing for sure, you can take solace in the fact that you rescued this boy and gave him a great life.

GailO said...

I am so sorry Reena....it hurts so much to lose a pet and he sounds like he was one of the best:)

Gillian Olson said...

A nice tribute to Kramer, sounds like a very special cat. So sorry for your loss.

Lisa Gordon said...

I know how this feels, Reena, and my heart breaks for you.

bon bon said...

what a touching and beautiful tribute to your furry boy. pets leave indelible memories...

Barbara said...

Such a loving tribute, Reena. I'm glad you were able to be with him in a place he loved while he passed. I did the same with my Siamese kitty-child years ago, and I give thanks every day I was able to hold her and whisper goodbye. Still thinking of you and sending another hug.