Thursday, July 20, 2006

In loving memory

Katie Cat ~ July 2004 to July 2006

Katie is gone.
She was killed tonight (July 20) at about 9 p.m. by a car speeding down our street. Whoever hit her didn’t have the courtesy to stop and tell us they had killed our cat.
We found her because teenagers walking through the neighborhood stopped and pulled her off the road, then came and asked us if she was ours. Their mother put her in a bag for us while the girls sat on the porch with me and my children, rubbing our shoulders as we wept.
David hosed off the big bloody spot in the road in front of the house, and the streak of fur where she had been dragged by the car.
We are going to bury her tomorrow in Ls pansy patch.
I am so very sad.
As A said “I hope I feel better tomorrow.”
She was such a good cat, a beautiful, animal and much too young to die.
She was an athlete, a comic, our morning alarm clock.
We didn’t know we wanted a cat until we got her. Now I can’t imagine our house without her dozing in a patch of sunlight, watching birds out the window from the top bunk in L’s bedroom, or climbing the tree in our back yard at a full run.
She liked to play with the children by stalking and chasing them as they ran around the yard. She was not a cuddly cat, but when no one was in the house but me, she liked to curl up on the sleeping bag beside my computer.


Her death comes on the same day we discovered a crawl-space in our basement behind the wood paneling. Inside the space was a pile of logs and a thriving colony of termites. Previous owners had covered the crawl space (we believe it was a coal chute at one time) without bothering to remove the wood in it.
It seems our family is suffering a great deal because of the stupidly of others.

27 comments:

chris jenkins said...

oh how sad! so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved cat - the nerve of some careless person!

i also hope the termite situation gets resolved

hugs to you and your family!

Wyo sis said...

Poor Katie. She was so pretty. If anything ever happens to Bucky A will be inconsolable. Stupidity is almost always painful to someone, too bad it isn't painful to the stupid people often enough. So sad and so infuriating. Best of luck with the rest of your summer.

Jamie said...

oh hun, I am so so sorry.. She was a beautiful cat.... HUGS

pr31wb said...

I am so so sorry that you lost your pet in such a horrible way. She was a beauiful animal.

horseygal said...

I am so truly sorry... My heart goes out to you and your family....

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for the death of your friend and family member, I would be devestated.

~Debby~ said...

(((HUGS)))
I beleive she will be with your family again, in the next life.
It is so hard to have a pet in the family get hurt. I know exactly how you feel. I hope you can let her go and find a new kitten to fill the space. A new family member is waiting for you to pick them up at the shelter. (((hugs))) to everyone.

Kim said...

So Sorry...she was a beautiful cat. People do suck. Hope you get rid of the critters too.

Francine said...

I'm so so sorry Alleen! I have tears in my eyes, I can't imagine how I would feel if it were our kitty. Katie was a wonderful kitty!

amberjane said...

Oh hun I am so sorry ((((hugs)))I know I would be devestated if this happened to our two kitties.

Barbie said...

I am so sorry about your precious cat. People are so careless and unfeeling. If it makes you feel any better, perhaps the driver was overwhelmed with shame, guilt and sadness and couldn't face you?! I don't know but I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. She was indeed a beautiful cat...and family member.

Shirley said...

GIANT HUGS to you all.....

Deanna Kroll said...

Oh Alleen, I am so sorry for your loss. :( She was a beautiful cat, agains, so sorry.

I also hope you guys get the termite situation under control. Hugs

Robyn said...

I'm so very sorry. What a beautiful kitty. It's so hard when people are so careless.

Pi-day Dave said...

Like someone said, It's not the birth or the death of someone special it's the dash in-between the dates that makes them so special. We all miss Katie. The house just feels emptier without her. I love You. DW

Terri said...

I am so sorry for your loss - she was a beautiful cat.

Cindy Lee said...

oh Alleen, I'm crying my eyes out for you and I'm so sorry that this happened. I'll be praying for your whole family today to have "the peace that surpasses all human understanding" as you mourn your sweet Katie. love and HUGE hugs to you, Cindy Lee

Anonymous said...

Oh...darn it. I'm so sorry. She was a gorgeous kitty and it's just HARD to lose them, isn't it? BIG HUGS!

Amy Sorensen said...

ps, that last comment was from me...not sure why my name didn't show up! ;)

Barb said...

Oh man, this is awful. Sorry to hear about your kitty. :*(
And I hope you manage to get the termite problem resolved quickly.

Hugs to you.

Peggy said...

So sorry to hear about your kitty. She was a beautiful cat. I had to put my kitty down last year. I had for 18 years. It was one of the hardest things I had to do.

Sorry about the stupidity of those that covered up the crawl space. I hate stupid people.

Monica said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss. She looked to be so beautiful. Here is the story of the rainbow bridge.. this helped me when my pet died..

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Karen said...

I'm so sorry about Katie-Cat! My heart goes out to you!

melissa said...

:( I am so sorry, and your family will be in my prayers. she was a beautiful cat. hope your termite situation gets under control ASAP ((((HUGS))))

Peg said...

Al....so very sorry for your loss. Glenni just had to put one of her Border Collies, Trooper, down and I have been talking with her, crying mostly. So many pets leaving us...I am truly sorry.

Sending big hugs!~Peg

Big Sis said...

Oh no! It is just like losing a family member. I am so sorry for you. Check out the shelters and adoption groups. There is a very special kitty waiting. maybe 2. Stupid people drive me nuts, mean and obnoxious ones are worse. Glad you found the source of the termites. Hope things go better soon

Roxanne Bagley said...

Oh Alleen, I am sooooo sorry this happend to you I started crying.
My heart goes out to you and your family, I hope you can find another baby to bring into your home someday.
Big hugs to you!

Rox -