Monday, May 18, 2009

Go With God, Baxter

It's with sadness that I write this. Our sweet little Baxter kitty died this weekend. We don't know how or why, but we found him when we came in last night. He was well and energetic and a bouncy bundle of kitten. Perhaps he played with a wasp, as they sometimes get inside. He may have eaten one, who knows. We will never know. It was clear he didn't die alone. His arm fur was licked by his friends. They were probably trying to make him better and in doing so provided for him the last comfort he got in this world. He was with us for 7 short months, still getting to know things, constantly exploring and very slowly growing into his large ears. He ran sideways like a puppy and smiled when he slept. Loved to be a lap cat from the minute we met him.

He personified hope.

He came to us in the fall of last year when things were pretty bleak. He was the ray of light we so very much needed.
He ran towards us one night down the driveway as we walked in from the studio.
It was that same path we took last night to lay him to rest.
Under the same star-lit sky.
Hope feels different now. Kind of hard to find.
Too much uncertainty.

We're forever grateful we had this wonderful little tiger for the time we did, however brief. His passing a cruel reminder how hard it is to let go, especially with no notice.There are lessons to take from this, all relevant, but right now we are wrapping our thoughts around our Milo, Fripples and Oreo, and missing our little Baxter bear. We all lost a part of our little family and today we are sad.

Thanks for the love all our friends have sent.
Thanks for understanding how hard this is.

Thank you Saint Francis for taking our Baxter home to God.

Pat & Jon
Milo, Fripples and Oreo


lavachickie said...

I'll say it again, I am so, so sorry to hear about Baxter. We will never know the reasons; he was blessed to be in your home during the time he was.


pleasurearts said...

I am very sorry for your loss. Sending warm thoughts your way!

Deborah T. Colter said...

I am so sorry to read about Buster, I could not stop the tears. You must be crushed - we too are cat lovers and it breaks my heart to read about you losing one of your family. The unconditional love they give is so amazing and when they are gone it rips your heart out. It is always so hard to let go. I feel your pain and hope that your memories of him will soon replace the sorrow.


Spillar said...

Oh no, I am thinking of you guys and I am so sorry about Baxter. you all gave him a great life. He was meant to find you all 7 months ago


Campbell Jane said...

I'm so sorry. He was a beautiful kitty. It's so awful to lose a pet that you love. He was lucky to find your home.

katy said...

So sorry for your loss! It's so incredibly difficult to lost a pet and friend.

Anonymous said...

Baxter is purring away in heaven....which is probably not so different from his old home, "The Purple Hill."

SMWJewels said...

Pat and Jon, So sorry for your loss. Baxter was in your life for such a short time, but what an impression he made.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear of your loss Patricia. Our furry companions do leave such a deep-rooted love in our hearts which is difficult to mend when we lose them. Remember Baxter and the joy and love that he brought into your life for no other reason than he loved being your furry companion.


Janet said...

Oh, Patricia!

I just read your post and I am so sorry to hear about Baxter. I believe that Cat is one of my power animals. Perhaps you feel the same.

In my world they come and they go without much rhyme or reason, but each one shines a new light into my life at exactly the right moment.

I understand your grief. I know that nothing but the tincture of time can heal your broken heart, so I'm sending you blessings of peace tonight.

Janet Chilton