Thursday, October 16, 2008

Goodbye My Love



The last pictures I took of my baby.

I want to thank everyone for their purrs and thoughts over the last two days. Tiki got much worse last night and could no long walk more than a step or two. I could tell in his eyes that he was tired. He was tired of fighting and tired of being sick, and just plain tired. I felt that the best, most loving thing I could do for him was to let him rest. So, I took him to the vet this morning, and helped him over the bridge.


He is now resting with my other pets in the garden at my Dad's house. I am heartbroken, of course. But I also know that all of you have helped so much. Thank you for all of the purrs and prayers and thoughts you have sent our way. This community is one of the most wonderful places in the world!

103 comments:

Poppy Q said...

Dear Camie, you did a good job of looking after your boy Tiki. We are sure you are heartbroken losing him, but know that you did a good thing to ease his pain and help him to the bridge with you being beside him.

Sending you hugs.

Poppy and Julie (mum) Q

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

We are so so sorry for your loss. Tiki was adored and cared for by the most loving mom. Please know our thoughts are with you.

Latte

Liss said...

Oh, I'm so sorry, my heart breaks with your heart. Just remember that Tiki is so happy where he's at. Although it's difficult now just hold onto all the great memories you shared, you'll get through this.

PB 'n J said...

Our hearts are breaking for you all and our eyes are leakng. We're sure he's healthy and happy across the bridge with all our friends, but we'll miss him so.

Purrs to you all,
Pearl, Bert and Jake

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Godspeed Tiki, we'll see yoo later at da Bridge. We'z sending purrs and soft headbumpies to Camie, Tavi, Cody and mom, we know yoo'z gonna miss him.

Parker said...

Dear Tiki's Mommy,
You were such a good Mommy to Tiki and our hearts are so sad for you. It's time for Tiki to run and play and be healthy and happy at the Bridge as it's newest Angel.
We send you are love and our wishes for you to find some comfort in the fact that he is no longer sick.
xoxoxoxoxoxox
Parker, Puff, Powder, Rudy, Diamond Doggie and Mommy

The Island Cats said...

Oh we are so so sorry to hear about Tiki. We hope all the good memories that you have of him helps you through this difficult time.

We share your tears...

Wally, Ernie, Zoey & Island Cats mom

Mao said...

My hart is broken. I'm vary sad for Tiki and fur yer famly. We are purring and purraying hard for yoo all. It's hard loozing such a grate meezer.

Daisy said...

I am so sorry to learn the sad news about Tiki. My eyes are leaking now, too. I know Pixie will be at the Bridge waiting to welcome sweet Tiki. My sincerest condolences and soft purrs to you.

Millie said...

Oh, we are so sorry to hear about Tiki! We are sending purrs, headbutts and hugs your way.

Shadow / Molly said...

Our eyes are leaky .... the mom is choked up ... we is sorry Tiki had to go but he has plenty of kitty friends to greet him at the bridge.

Purrs and head butts to yoo all..


(((hugs))) from Mommy Bean

ZOOLATRY said...

Tiki, you will always be loved and always be remembered.

Fat Eric said...

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Tiki was a beautiful kitty. Sending many purrs and thinking of you.

Fat Eric and his mum

Moki Joe Designs said...

Oh Cammie, we are so sorry for your loss. If you need anything please let us know. Our thoughts and purrs and with you!

Jimmy Joe said...

Oh Tavi and Miss Jade and Cody and Camie and your momma--I am so sorry and sad that it was time for Tiki to go to the Bridge. He was such a brave and beautiful Meezer. Our eyes are leaky and I am sending purrs and furs in sympathy. We will all miss him.
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

ML said...

We will all miss Tiki so much.
He was a gorgeous kitty, both inside and out. And he is no longer suffering and is in such good company at the Bridge.
Lots of purrs to his wonnerful fambly...
Love,
KC & The Sherwood Bunch

Dana said...

Even thought we just joined the cat blogosphere and just met wonderful Tiki, we are deeply sadden for your loss. We all have leaky eyes and are purring for your family during this very sad time.
~Maggie May and The Creek Cats~

Kimo and Sabi said...

Mommakitty heard about da news from da CBBSC group. Purrrs to yer fambly during this time of loss.

The Furry Kids said...

We are so sorry. Tiki will always have a special place in our hearts because he was our very first Secret Paws pal last Christmas. Lots of hugs and purrs and purrayers for you and Tavi and Cody and Miss Jade and Camie. Tiki will be greatly missed.

The Furry Kids & The Mom

Gandalf and Grayson said...

We are so sad to hear that Tiki has gone from us. We will miss him terribly. We know how much you have loved him and how well you took care of him, but we also understand that letting him go is also a gift of love. ♥

DKM, Sophia and the Buns said...

I touches me that he spent this special time in his snuggle. You are in our thoughts.

Evie/VampyVictor said...

My dear furiends, I do not know quite the words to say at the moment, I haven't been able to visit much and missed yesterdays post.
Momma thought she woz getting better at this, but isn't.. her eyes and whole face infact are very wet.
We are happy that poor Tiki is no longer in burden of his illness but it is still so very difficult to not be able to reach out and touch someone.
We just want to grab you all up in a big group hug and make you feel better, but we knowz that will not help your pain..
We is so very much thinking of you, more than we can say...
Warm sincere love and light
Vic and the Momma

Sweet Praline said...

I am so sorry to hear about Tiki! Mom is sending prayers and I am sending special purrs!

The Meowers from Missouri said...

oh, miss camie, you did the last, most selfless and loving thing you could for your dear tiki. we are sending our most heartfelt purrs an' purrrayers to you an' the gang. sadly, we know just how you feel. may the bright, good memories come thick and fast to bear away your sorrow. and remember that it's not really "goodbye", it's only "hug you later!"

warm hugs and soft headbonks,
ed, nitro, and xingxing

Patty said...

We are so sorry to hear about Tiki.
It's obvious that he was loved by so many.

Hugs to all of Tiki's family.

Patty and the Brindle Pups - Jack and Scout

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

Sleep well, sweet friend. You are in a much better place now, where this not pain or suffering. Bast keep you, until we meet again!

Mickey said...

I am very sorry to hear about Tiki.
It is never easy to loose a friend or family member. I wish I could help with your pain.I know you will miss him.
((((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Niko and Cloud said...

We are so sorry. We barely knew him but he will be missed.
Hugs, Purrs, and Prayers,
Niko, Cloud and Momma Kat

WhimPurr's Whim and the Whiskers said...

I am so very sorry! May dear Tiki rest now in sweet slumber! Purrs and Hugs. :o(

The Whiskers and Purrs Gang said...

Dearest Tiki's Mommy,
We are so sorry and unnerstand how much you are hurtin' right now. We did not know Tiki but we are good friends with Vampy Vic. That's how we learned of his passing. Please know that Tiki will always be right there watchin' over you. We promise.

We will say lots of prayers for you and send lots of headbutts to you.

Very truly yours,
The Whiskers and Purrs Gang

Chancy, Jake, Babe and Ernies Voice said...

Tiki...you will be missed. We will see you later.

(((HUGS)))Chancy, Jake, Babe and Ernie's Voice

michico*Adan said...

I am so so so sorry for learning this news about Tiki.....
I will always thinking of Tiki and we will meet again at the bridge.

Big big hugs to you!!

Vincent and Mike said...

Good night sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. purrs

Junior said...

Oh no, we are so sorry to hear this. We are purring and purring for you and your family. We know that Tiki is all well and romping around at the bridge and you will see him again.

Chesney Cats said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. Tiki was a beautiful loving kitty & we know he'll be missed.
We are purring for all of you.

Hugs & Purrs,
Sammy, Festus & Emma

Lilly Lu, Iris and Maxwell Mufsa Millon said...

we are so sorry to hear about tink going to the bridge we are sure that mu shue and all those who went before were there to greet him. Tink when you get to the bridge say hi to mu shue and kayla for us

DaisyMae Maus said...

Oh, sweeties ... We are so very, very sorry for your loss. Tiki will be sorely missed in the blogosphere. Our purrs an' purrayers are with you all as you grieve this terrible loss.
DMM

William said...

Oh no. Mom and I are so very very sad to learn that you had to say goodbye to Tiki. Lots of hugs to you in this time of loss.

Bye, Tiki. We'll see you again some day.

Derby said...

{{{Hugs}}} and purrs to all of you on losing Tiki. You did right by him and it was his time to head to The Bridge. Farewell my friend.

T'Abby Normal said...

Camie,
We are sure that Tiki had the best care and life possible because of you. Both of you are wise and brave.

Purring for Tiki and you,
Abby, Stygia, and Ms. C

Jan's Funny Farm said...

On, no. What a shock to stop over at the CB and read the news. We are so sorry you have lost your dear boy.

We are thinking of you and sending extra purrs and hugs.

Willow said...

China Cat & I were so sorry to hear the sad news about Tiki. We are both sending over lots of soft purrs to your family.

Purrrrrrs, Willow

PrincessMia said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. Love and purrs to you all.

Purrs,
Mia

Cory said...

Sometimes all you can do is to help them along, knowing that is the greatest gift you can give. Tiki will always be with you. That love never goes away.

jh an Mickey Mantle said...

farewell tiki. mi sistah kallie will meet u at da bridge.
luv--jh

Ghost & Jade said...

We are so sorry for your loss of Tiki. Our sister Mia will be among those who meet him at bridge & show him the sights. Purrs for you...

Lux said...

I just found out, and I'm so very very sorry. Bless your hearts.

Sending you lots of love,
Luxie & family

Cheysuli and gemini said...

You have our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts are with you right now.

Hugs and headbutts

Chey, Gemini, Georgia and Family

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

We're so very sorry to hear about this. The Lady is leaky and we're all very sad. Purrs, hugs and love to all of you.

Max said...

Aw, man...I'm really, really sorry...

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

We just saw on the CB about Tiki! We are so sorry for your loss. Our eyes are leaking! We are sending our purrrayers and hugs to you all!
Your FL furiends,

Smeagol and Strider (Mystery and Gizmo too!) said...

We're so sorry. We're sendin' purrs for you all.

Kellykat said...

Oh sweet Tiki. We didn't want this for you. We are so sorry that you were tired. We will not forget you. Thank you for being such a good friend to your mom and all of us. We will miss you very much. We wish you peace.
-Stryder, Scotchy, Sugar and Kelly

The Cat Realm said...

We are so very very sorry. We aren't blogging/visiting a lot these days and we didn't even know something was wrong with him - we are so sorry! We know he will be missed very much and we are sending lots of purrs to the rest of you!
Mrs. OZ, Tintin and Karl

Karen Jo said...

Oh, Tara, I am so very sorry that Tiki had to leave you. You took such good care of him with his diabetes and everything. I am sure that he is very grateful to you for taking such good care of him this one last time. It's the best last gift you can give. I'm all leaky-eyed thinking about how much you will miss him. I will miss him, too.

Whicky Wuudler said...

I am so very sorry to read of Tiki's passing. He was such a lovely meezer and I know he will be missed so very much.

You gave Tiki the final and most compassionate gift in helping him out of pain and fatigue.

We send you all purrs and love to help your sadness.

Whicky Wuudler, Angel, Oliver & Gerry.

Dragonheart and Merlin said...

We are so sorry for your loss. :( Your have our deepest condolences. The One Who Came Before, Whiskers, was there at the Bridge to welcome Tiki.

Sending lots of purrs your way and keeping you in our prayers.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Oh dearest Tara and family! I am ever so sorry to hear that Tiki has flown the bounds of earth to the heavens above. You gave the final gift of love to him...
Soft purrrs to you all, Miss Peach


How can I bear to lose you, my precious gentle one,
To know that you will not be here when my day is done?
So much of my heart, my love, have I given up to you,
How then can I stand the pain now that your life is through?
My sorrow overwhelms me, the tears so freely flow,
How can I carry on my life, with a heart that's laden so?
Then the answer comes to me from the stillness in my soul.
Remembering the love we shared will help to make me whole.
I'll hold you in a special place, so deep within my heart
And in these loving memories we'll never be apart.
You will not be so far away, your presence I will feel.
I'll wrap myself in your memory and so very slowly I will heal.
The years we shared, the little joys, the laugher and the tears
My love for you will never die, but strengthen with the years
So fare you well, my precious love, I gently let you go
And pray to all the Gods there be that you will always know
I loved you so, my little one, that love will never cease
I gave you warmth, I gave you love, and now I give you peace.
~~ Constance Jenkins~~

Sen and Tom said...

So sorry about Tiki. He lived in love and left in love, That is all anyone could ever want.

NinjaCat said...

Our most sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Tiki. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this sad time.

Brenda & Ninja

DEBRA said...

My deepest sympathies on the loss of Tiki.
As a caretaker to Abby, Boo, Ping, Jinx and Gracie, I remind myself that I get their spirits, am allowed to witness their joys, see and come to understand the way they make meaning of things, watch as they handle change and heartache, see them grow. I love that I'm able to observe their lives, that they're mine on loan.

Tiki will always be with you, never forget that and he was grateful for all the love and care you bestowed upon him throughout his all too brief and shining life.

~Debra

As long we we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on-in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here".

-Morris S. Schwartz: Tuesdays With Morrie

Furkidsmom said...

We're so sorry to hear about Tiki. (((Hugs)))

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Kaz's Cats said...

Dear Tiki's Mom, Camie, Tavi, Cody and Miss Jade, We're so sorry for your loss and wish we could just reach out and hug your all. Tiki had the very best love and care living with your guys, and we believe that he knew that right up to the end.

Our hearts go out to all of you,

Kaz (Mum), Gypsy & Tasha

AM said...

We are teary eyed as we receive this news. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

We are so, so sorry about Tiki having to go to the Bridge ... we are sitting here with leaky eyes after learning this. We are sending you gentle purrs and headbutts in the hope that they will help all of you try to cope with this heartbreak. You are in our thoughts and prayers ...
((((((Hugs))))))
Sabrina, Sam, Simon and Momma Jan

Chance said...

Just saw the news here this morning and I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet baby. My heart is sad for you and I will be thinking of you and your other babies today. *HUGS* Chance sends you all of his puurrrrssss and headbutts.

Nelle (Chance's Mommie)

Cat-a-holic, Laila and Minchie said...

We are so sorry and heartbroken for you in the loss of your little man, Tiki. We will light a candle for him tonight.

Hugs and purrs to all of you.

Laila and Minchie

Purrageous Pirates said...

We just found out the sad news on the cat blogosphere today. We are so so sorry for your loss and will miss Tiki too. We will be thinking of you and sending you our good thoughts and purrayers.

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

We are so very sorry to read Tiki had to leave. You are in our prayers.
~ The Bunch

Designing Hilary said...

Just adding my tears ...

Keisha said...

I am so sorry. Rest in peace, friend Tiki.

The Crew said...

Please accept our condolences on the loss of Tiki. We know he was well loved and had a great forever home.

The Crew & Crew's Mom

Shinade said...

Oh my I don't know how I managed to miss you for so long.

But I just heard about this news over at Lux's.

I am so very sorry for your loss.

We are a cat loving family too. Everyone has one or two.

My oldest has four and they are children and grandchildren.

We lost Rusty after 12 years last year.

He too got sick and my daughter had to make the same decision. It was such a hard thing for all of us.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Robyn and HotMBC said...

Oh We's sad. Rest in peace Tiki! We'll purr lots and lots for yore fambly too.
Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs,
Sanjee and the rest of the Hotties

Magoo, Smudge, Bella & Dolce said...

We are so sorry for your loss. You made the decision that was right for Tiki. It will hurt for awhile, but it will lessen in time.

We will see Tiki at the Bridge some day.

Forty Paws said...

Oh goodness. We just found out. We are sorry that Tiki has crossed the bridge now, but we know he will anxiously await you there. Many {{{hugs}}} and purrs to all of you in this very difficult time.

Luf, Us & Maw

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

We're very sorry to hear that Tiki has gone to the bridge.

Purrs of support during this sad time,
Charlemagne and Tamar

Jeff said...

I am sorry to learn of your loss, (I found you through The Modulator,) and I know there isn't much that a stranger could say to sooth your heart, but what you did for Tiki is probably the greatest gift any of us can do for our faithful "pet" family members. To put the comfort of Tiki before your own feelings and emotions must have been incredibly hard, and though I have lost pets before, I have never had to go through that "last trip to the vet".

I now have three cats and three dogs, and undoubtedly I will have to make the same decision one day. I can only hope to have the courage you did when you took Tiki to find eternal comfort.

One last thing... I started my website as a dedication to my cat who died in 2003. I loved her very much, and I understand how grief-filled a person's life can be when they suffer the loss of a pet. In my case it has gotten a little better over time, but mainly because I replaced the memory of her death with those of her life. That was essentially how my website helped me feel better.

Take care of yourself.

-Jeff

Castle said...

oh no...my word...i am so sorry we didn't see the news sooner, we have only just checked the CB and seen this sad turn of events. we are so sorry we failed to come by sooner, you have been such a good blog pal to us.

we will miss the beautiful Tiki, such a beautiful Meezer...its so hard to say goodbye and set them free, but it is the kindest thing we can ever do for our babies. He had a great life with you and your family.

the award you have given us is so extra-special now. we will blog at the weekend about it.

Many purrs and hugs to you all, we know this is such a difficult time for you all xxxx

Victor Tabbycat said...

Tara, we are so sorry about dear, sweet Tiki! As hard as it was, you know you did the right thing and it's a final act of love. He'll be with you always in your heart and with time, the pain will ease. You're in our thoughts and purrayers and I wish I could hug you right now for real. Goodbye, Tiki.
Hugs,
Tabbymom Jen, Victor & Nina

Riley & Tiki said...

We are so very sorry that it was Tiki's time to go. We are sending you many purrs and comforting hugs.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

we are so sorry to hear about Tiki going to the Bridge. he took all your love with him until you meet again.
we are sending you many comforting purrs and prayers.

Princess said...

We are here to share in your sadness.
(((hugs))) I know that Caesar was there at the bridge to greet Tiki.
they are playing now

purrrrs

Sarah said...

I am so, very, very sorry.

We lost our lovely Lily a short time ago. I know how much it hurts.

Big hugs, Sarah x

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Our hearts go out to you. He was a beautiful, beautiful kitty and he will always be in your heart.

Donny and Marie and Casey said...

We are very sad, and very sorry for your loss. We are purring and purraying for your mommy and family during this difficult time.

~Donny, Marie, Casey

Eric and Flynn said...

We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Our Beans are on holiday so we haven't been able to get on the computer much while they are away, and have only just heard. We are sending you (((hugs))) and purrs. We will miss you Tiki.

Tink said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Tiki! Losing a furry friend is hard... Hang in there! Big hugs for all of you.

The Cat Realm said...

Still thinking of you all - sending purrs!

KitKat said...

Oh, we are very sad to hear this news. We look at your blog every day. We had no idea Tiki was so sick. Our collective purrs and prayers go out to your family.
He was a beautiful Meezer.
Our hearts go out to you.
Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady

The Devil Dog said...

We are very sorry for the loss of your beloved Tiki. Out thoughts are with you.

Roxy & Lucky

Big Piney Woods Cats said...

We are so sorry! Purrs from the Big Piney Woods.

Skeeter, LC, and Ayla said...

We are sad about Tiki. I know about tired. I'm feeling kinda tired that way myself lately.

Skeeter

Alexi said...

We just found out the news and are so sorry to hear this. Please know that we are purring and purraying for you.

Alexi and the other Krasota Castle Cats

Anita said...

I´m so sorry for your lost.

Hugs and purrrrs.

Margaret Cloud said...

I am sorry for your loss of Tiki, I really know how you feel. My 16 year old Melody (cat) had the same symptoms as Tiki and we went to the vets and I helped her to the Bridge, they will be waiting for us someday.

Dorydoo said...

We Ballicai are so sorry to hear about Tiki. And we're sorry we just found out -- Mom's been slow on the uptake. Our hearts to out to you and your family and we send our love. Tiki was a precious kitty and will always be loved and missed.

Much love and hugs from Dorydoo and all the Ballicai.

THE ZOO said...

we are so sorry for your loss.

Ariel said...

I'm so sorry to hear the sad news...Hugs Ariel

Southbay Girl said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I just came upon your blog-I wish I had found it earlier for I have a cat who has renal failure and a kitty with diabetes. Renal Failure in kitties is horrible and I feel your pain!! I know what you have gone thru! My boy, WInton, made a turn for the worse about 2 months ago and I feel it just a matter of time. It's so sad to see them lose so much weight and just fade. But you did everything you possibly could for your baby!!!! Always remember that! You've been an amazing kitty mommy!!! Don't ever doubt anything you did!!!!

My thoughts and prayers are with you!!! I've been battling this horrible disease for about 5 years-I'm so sorry you didn't have longer with your beloved Tiki! May he rest in peace and may you have the comfort and knowledge that you were able to put him out of his pain!!! You are an amazing mom!!!

Kodak, Winton, 3 Perf, Blossom and mom

Tyler said...

We all just read your terribly sad news. And we are so sorry. Tiki and all of you are in our prayers. We wish you strength.
Love,
Us

Kelly Cat said...

We want to add our deepest sympathies for your loss, and we're sending comforting vibes and purrayers to you.

Sparky said...

Thinking of you Tiki. Say hi to my kitties Mollee and Frostee up there for me.