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Sparky has gone to Heaven

post #1 of 15
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Sparky, the "famous" AOL Pet-of-the-Day cat, and best bud for the past 17 years, was called back home by God today.

He had been suffering from kidney failure, a heart murmur and thyroid problems. He had lost alot of weight, and had become much weaker recently.

I firmly believe that he was sent to me, by God, to keep an eye on me, and to help me through some bad times, and to help me celebrate the good times.

He was selected, in the early 1990s, as America Online's "Pet of the Day". The picture, in typical Sparky style, was one of him with his tongue stuck out.

He was a popular, and well-liked cat in the neighborhood. He liked to stroll around the unit block with me, on nice days.

Sparky was a caring cat. In all his years, I think he may have hissed or spit less than 10 times (mostly at the vet!)He loved to "talk", had a great sense of humor, and would even hold my hand, when it was time to go to sleep. Up until just recently, he still loved to play.

I have two beautiful "memorials" of him - two cross-stitch patterns I stitched of him. On the backs of them, today, I wrote his name and the dates he spent on this earth taking care of me.

At the end, I sang to him all the songs I had ever sung to him: "You Are So Beautiful" (Joe Cocker), "I Will" (the Beatles), and a version of "Yankee Doodle Dandy", which I called "Sparky Doodle Dandy". Before I took him for his last ride, we went for one last walk. His decision was to just walk half-way up the sidewalk, then come home.

He will always live in my heart, but it will take time for me to not miss his presence.

BTW, if you would like to see his pictures, please go to my Picture Trail website, and go the People and Pets Portraits album.

post #2 of 15
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Sparky sounds like a very special cat. It's so sweet that you sang to him at the end. I did the same when I lost my buddy Willy in '99. You and Sparky will be in my thoughts and prayers.
post #3 of 15
Oh I am very sorry for your loss, I am sure he knew you Loved him and I am sure he was very special to you, you are in my thoughts and prayers RIP Sparky
post #4 of 15
I'm crying with you Debbie.

RIP Sparky
post #5 of 15
I am very sorry for the loss of Sparky. You wrote a great description of him.
I'm sure he's aware of your love and respect.
post #6 of 15
I'm so sorry you lost your Sparky
post #7 of 15
I am sorry to hear of your loss of Sparky. He will always be in your heart and is watching over you know, through good and bad times. My thoughts are with you. RIP Sparky
post #8 of 15
I'm sorry about your Sparky. He was a pretty long hair boy. He is looking down on you know to say thank you for taking such good care of him and giving him so much love. RIP Sparky.
post #9 of 15
I am so sorry about Sparky. Your description of him reminds me of my bridge boy Butch. You did the loving thing to let him go, and I know you are hurting now but HE is free and happy at the bridge. Someday you will be reunited with him. Hugs
post #10 of 15
I'm sorry to hear about Sparky, my prayers are with you.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers for Sparky and me. Even in my grief, I have been blessed. The day following Sparky's passing, I returned the unused portion of his prescription food, and his flea medication. His doctor told me that shortly after Sparky had gone, a woman brought 4 7-week-old kittens in for adoption, and would I consider adopting one. I thought at first that I shouldn't, out of respect for Sparky, but I changed my mind and said I'd at least look at them. I asked if there were any little boys, and the vet said yes.

She handed me the baby boy who hadn't yet been claimed, and told me to go into one of the empty examining rooms and take my time to see if we were a "match."

He and I played for abit and he settled in under my chin. I asked him if any of the names I mentioned were his. When I said, "Tigger", he perked up. I was hooked.

Tigger is the new love of my life. I still miss Sparky, but Tigger has brought some much needed laughter and joy to my life.

At first, being a new baby, in a strange environment, he didn't purr or knead. Everything was so new and confusing to him, but he never was scared. After the initial shock, he and I just relaxed on the couch. Pretty soon, I "felt" him purring and kneading on my chest.
Even later, I got kitten-kisses!

Guess he loves me! :-). I KNOW I love him.

post #12 of 15
Oh Debbie isn't that wonderful that you found some to Love so quickly, and I am sure it will help the grief you are feeling, and you did something wonderful for your new little tigger, I'm so Happy for you and Tigger and Sparky is safe and free at RB
post #13 of 15
Debbie.. I´m so sorry for your lost..RIP little Sparky..
post #14 of 15
Big Hugs to you and RIP sweet Sparky! My heart goes out to you!
post #15 of 15
I am glad that you found Tiggy to help ease your pain.
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