Tuesday, October 7, 2008

"Scooter's" Last Ride

"SCOOTER" 1993-2008

My son had to let Scooter go yesterday. Her little heart had just worn out after 15 years. She had been suffering with a bad heart for just the last couple of months and was on 5 different meds for it. She was a wonderful little kitty and had a great life with her "Pops." She loved my son so much, and he loved her.

She was a little stray kitten he found outside a diner one night in Augusta, GA. The waitress told him that she'd been there about 5 or 6 days and that she had been bringing cat food from her home each day to feed her. She also told him that her husband, who owned a reptile shop, was considering the kitten for snake food. Well, that did it! My son asked if the kitty would be okay there til the next morning. So at 6am the next day, with a pet carrier and a little litter box, food and water dishes, he headed out on the 2-hour drive from his home back to Augusta to get this dear little kitten.

She made kitty #2 in his household. Scooter and Punky got along so well and played all the time. They were buddies....actually, sisters in their own little world. After my son took them home from my home on September 21st, they did get another trip to Florida. Scooter had a lot of miles on her! But she had her last ride yesterday and received that final injection at 4:20pm. This leaves us all with a heavy spot in our hearts, but we know that she is now all well and waiting and watching for her master so they can someday cross Rainbow Bridge together.

Below is what my vet gives to his clients when they lose a pet....

"There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge, there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and 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 and 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. Her bright eyes are intent; her eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly she begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster to you. YOU have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion. 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 the Rainbow Bridge......together, never again to be separated.'
P.S. By the way, Punky, the kitty with the oral cancer, is doing quite well at the present time. And Buster, my daughter's black cat, had his last round of chemo on Monday. He is doing well, but he has to go back in a month for a checkup and another ultrasound.


Monogram Queen said...

RIP Scooter - it is SO hard to let a good pet go.... I am sorry. so glad Scooter did have a good, long life.

Old Lady Lincoln said...

So sorry to hear about Scooter.

Lib said...

Hi Nancy,
I am so sorry to hear of your great loss!

PEA said...

Losing a beloved pet is not an easy thing, is it! I'm so sorry to hear that Scooter is now gone but how blessed she was the day your son found her and brought her home. The companionship she gave you and your son will forever be in your hearts. xoxo

hippo chick said...


I've been haunting your blog every day looking for a new post from you. This isn't what I wanted to hear. I am so sorry for you and for Tim. Losing a pet is just plain awful.

~hippo hugs~

Renie Burghardt said...

Oh, Nancy, I am so very sorry to hear this about little Scooter. But your son gave her a good life, and her spirit will always be with him and you.

Take good care!

Hugs and prayers,


PS. I am glad to hear that Punky is doing well at this time.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

My sympathies for your loss, Nancy.

RIP, Scooter.

I have a 15 year old kitty myself. Candy is my baby and I'm already dreading having to give her up. She's showing signs of aging and going down.

Hope everything else is okay with you and yours, Nancy.

Love and hugs,


Diane said...

My heart aches for Tim. It's hard to let them go, but in this case the most wonderful final gift... peace.

Prayers go out to all of you.


Midlife Mom said...

So sorry to hear about Scooter. I know how much you and your son loved her. Be comforted knowing that she had a wonderful life with you and your son and that he saved her from a certain death at a very young age. Glad to hear that Punky is doing well and that Buster has had his last round of chemo. You go way beyound the call of duty with your cats and for that I am so proud of you! xoxo

Train Wreck said...

Oh! THat just make my hear hurt! But That little kitty had such a wonderful and loved life. I am sure even if she would have escaped the snake people she most likely would have had a short hard life. I love the Rainbow bridge! I have a few pets there!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about Scooter.
this is brilliant blog - keeps extraordinary by many elements I wish you all well and always happy to read
Steven may

Mrs Mom said...

So sorry Miss Nancy, about Scooter. Keep her alive in your hearts though, and she will always be there.

Big, Big Hugs to you and your son.

Mary said...


My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Scooter. Our pets are part of our families and it is difficult when they pass. How wonderful that your vet hands out the Rainbow Bridge poem.

Glad your other kitties are doing well. I hope he has a good monthly checkup.


Heidi said...

Nancy - you are such a wonderful woman. I dont know that I have ever 'met' someone with as much love for thier pets as you.... :)

Mississippi Songbird said...

I'm so very very sorry. Bless your hearts. Bunches of hugs..

Talk..to..Grams said...

When Nancy's kitty cat died last year she was 15 years old and her name was Ollie.

Nancy was so sad that our neighbor came over and told her about the Rainbow Bridge and that seemed to heip her. I had never heard of that before.

Nancy is my 46 years old Special Needs daughter.She just loved that cat so much! and Ollie loved her too!! After Ollie was gone our other Cat Zeek went in the bed room and curled up next to Nancy.

He goes in there almost every day and takes his afternoon nap with her!
I am sorry about your lost. Hugs, Grams

Jess said...

I hate it, but I know she isnt suffering anymore... so sorry! I know how much you guys love your pets...as much as we do here..

Lots of love and prayers to you and your son.

Sammy said...

I'm so sorry, Nancy. Losing a pet is the worst feeling.

That Rainbow Bridge piece kills me every time. I'm my pregnant, hormonal state, especially.

I'm very sorry for your loss.


raccoonlover1963 said...

Hi Nancy. Sorry to hear about Scooter. I know how it is to lose a pet. We had to put our Lhasa Apso down 2 days before his 10th birthday. He had a tumor in his belly. Hated to see him suffer any more.

Anonymous said...

Nancy,I'm so sorry. Losing a pet is the worst feeling.

BClark said...

Scooter was given a lovely life, much better then what had been in store for her. She gave and recieved love, make the world a better place. Much love to you and your son


Nancy - Sorry to hear about Scooter. I, too, have lost beloved pets and it's like losing a child. I know your grief is real. Thinking of you at this time.

Gramma Ann said...

Sorry to hear about Scooter. Hope all the other furry friends are well.


raccoonlover1963 said...

Hi Nancy. When are you going to post again? A lot of the jokes and things that you send out in the e-mails, you could put on your blog.
Have a great day!

Mary said...


My sincere sympathies on the passing of Scooter. It is very hard when our pets cross Rainbow Bridge.

I'm glad your son rescued Scooter. What was that man thinking? Feed a cat to a snake? I suppose these atrocities go on all the time but I'm glad that Scooter lived a nice long life with someone who loved her.


Midlife Mom said...

Hi Nancy,
Was thinking of you today and just stopped in to say hi! Hope all is well, miss your posts!
I have a new stray kitten that has found me! He has learned how to use the cat door and has been helping himself to the cat food! I saw him in the kitchen the day we got home from Florida but I couldn't catch him! I'm glad he is eating here though and will continue to try to tame him.
Take care! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Nancy,lenghtened you absence -I want you all the best

Tracy said...

Oh, Nancy! I am so sorry about your kitty. We put our old, 14-yr-old Chocolate Lab down early in 2008 and our kitty, who is pushing 15 seems to be slowing down as well. I know how sad you feel. ((hugs))

Gramma Ann said...

Hi Nancy,

How are you and all your furry friends? I hope all is well and things are looking up.

If you find a few spare minutes, hop over to my blog; http://annsreadingcorner.blogspot.com/ for a little award.

Gramma Ann said...

Nancy, I'm sorry, did you find your award? I have so many blogs you probably didn't know which one it was in. It is in my "Reading Corner" blog. When you have time you may come by and try again. If I have already posted something else, it will be in the archives....

Have a nice evening and rest of the week....looking forward to your next post...

Reva said...

It's always hard to say goodbye. I had to have our old chow, Fred, go a year and a half ago and we still miss him. We have Myrtle now of course and she is our baby, but once inawhile I still think about Fred, my old friend

Edie Marie's Attic said...

I am so sorry for your loss Sweetie! They are part of our families and it's so hard to say goodbye. But I do believe there is a rainbow bridge! My faithful dogs Nikki, Brandy and Brownie are there playing with your Scooter, romping and having fun until they see us again.
Big warm hugs, Sherry