Monday, November 10, 2008

Rest in Peace my sweet Winton!

                             R.I.P   Winton
                February 1997? - November 10, 2008

I knew this day was coming-I tried to prepare for it, but is anyone ever prepared? I didn't know if I'd know it was time-but when it came to it I knew! I came home today from putting my son on a plane to my sweet boy just not acting himself! He was vomiting-he vomited three times in about 2 hours, was straining in the litter box trying to poop with no success and the telltale sign...he was wandering around the house looking for a place to hide. He was crying at a closed bedroom that he hadn't shown any interest in in years! He was looking for a place to die! I knew it was time! I called the vet and I was rushed right in. They were wonderful! I still had doubts about if I was doing the right thing. They took him back into the back to put an IV catheter in his front leg and then brought him back to me! This was my time to let him go! No more pain! No more dehydration! No more High Blood Pressure! No more fluids! No more wasting away! I hugged and kissed him and told him I loved him! I so loved him! What a sweet boy! He went so peacefully! The vet actually told me that his heart had stopped before she had finished injecting him! He was ready! His heart was ready! He was telling me it was time and thank god I was able to be there for him and help him!

I called my wonderful petsitter before I left for the vet! She has been with all of my animals for about 4 years! She raced to the vet to say her goodbyes to my boy as well! We were both there with him when he went to the rainbow bridge! Rest in peace my sweet Winton! You will be forever loved!

Rainbow Bridge 

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...


Poppy Q said...

Oh Penny, my face is are leaky as I read this. You know it was the toughest thing I ever had to do when I had to take Puss to the vet and just like you and Winton.

You have been such a special mom for that boy, and we know how much you loved and cared for him. For you to be there to ease his pain, and to help him to the bridge with your love and kisses is a special thing.

I had always worried that Puss would fall and die alone at home by herself, and even though I could have run away from the vets that day, and felt guilty for some time, I know now that I did the right thing for her.

Sending you big hugs to you and your special furry family from across the ocean.

Julie and poppy Q

Parker said...

Oh dear, sweet Winton. At least he was let go with love and had you there.
You are such a good Mom and my heart breaks for you. All of our love and healing thoughts go to you at this sad time.
Here is a poem that brought Mommy peace when she had to let one of our "Ones Who Came Before" go to the bridge;
Time to let me go my friend,
Because my life no-one can mend,
Its better to let me go this way,
Than watch me suffer night and day.

I'm happy to go, my time has come,
My quality of life is no longer fun,
Ive been so ill, so its not a bad thing,
To let me go forever resting.

Stay with me till I drift away,
Fast asleep forever I pray,
To relieve me from suffering and pain,
What more can I ask from my best friend.

Don't be sad, I'll be free from pain,
Never to be ill ever again,
I know you'll miss me being there,
But all the memories you have to share.

Thank you for being my best friend,
And all my needs that you did tend,
Try not to be sad, try not to cry,
Now's the time to say GOODBYE.

If you would not mind, please send your mailing address to us,
our email is

ML said...

My face is leaky also.
How fortunate that you and his petsitter were both with him as he breathed his last. Winton knows he was loved.
That's about all I can write.
Please, send me your mailing address also...
Love & Purrs,

Everycat said...

I am so sorry to read that Winton has gone to the Bridge. He was a lovely fella and you cared for him so diligently through his illness. He was so very loved. I know you are hurting but I want you to know that you gave him the kindest most humane gift in helping him on his way.

Sening rumbly purrs and love to you all

Whicky Wuudler & family.

THE ZOO said...

we are so sorry for yur loss.

Angus Mhor said...

My dear friend, I am sooooo sorry for the loss of your sweetest boy. My mom had to do the same for Whiskers, the Cat-Who-Came-Before, but she didn't have anyone with her, nor anyone she knew who would share her grief. I am hugging you, Miss Penny and purring very hard and offering my purrs up to soothe your heart.

The Meezers said...

we are so very sorry about Winton. We are all leaky eyed here and our hearts ache for you.
Winton knew how loved he was and he absolutely knew that you would know what he wanted and that you would give him that.

Winton, we cannot say good-bye to you, so we will only say
Until we meet at The Bridge

Anonymous said...

We are very sad to hear that Winton as gone to the Bridge. We know how hard it is to say goodbye to someone you love so dearly. Purrs ♥

The Island Cats said...

We are so sorry! Mom's eyes are is never easy to say goodbye, even if you know it's the right thing to do. We hope all the good memories you have of Winton helps you during this difficult time...we are purrayin for you!

Wally, Ernie, Zoey and mom Sue

Cory said...

Oh, I think we are all leaky eyed as we read about dear Winton. It's the hardest thing to do, to say goodbye, but my mom says that it's the most important thing you can there to help them to the bridge.

Purrs to all of you!

Forty Paws said...

Our purrs and purrayers are being sent your way in Winton's passing.

Luf, Us

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

:Wiping tears from our eyes: Penny we are so sorry to hear of Winton going to the Bridge! Our (((hugs))) and purrs and purrayers are with you at this time! We are so glad the petsitter was there with you and we know how hard it is to let them go!
Purrrrrs and purrrs,
Your FL furiends,

TT said...

(((( hugs ))))

Mommy Bean Laure

Junior said...

We are so sorry for your loss, and at the same time we are glad that Winton is no longer sick.

We are very glad you and his petsitter could be there with him in his final moments. You both gave him a great not pass alone.

Anonymous said...

we are so sorry for the loss of winton.

Joanne, jane, jill, johnny, jay boy, jasmine & capu from singapore

The Crew said...

Please accept our condolences on the loss of Winton. We know he was well loved and will be missed.

The Crew

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Ohhh Penny, Kodak, 3 Perf and Blossom, we are so sorry that Winton had to cross on to the Bridge, our eyes were leaking so much earlier when we first found out that Momma couldn't even type for us. You did everything you could for him, so please realize that he is now free of pain and can run and play as a kitten again, and will always live on in your hearts. We will tell our brother Max at the Bridge to welcome him and be his furriend ...
Many hugs, purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam, Simon and Momma Jan

snowforest said...

We are so so sorry for your loss. Winston was very pretty and sweet and we can understand how you all must be hurting right now. Please accept our many purrs and prayers and hugs for all of you. Hoping for peace and comfort for you in days ahead.

HotMBC and Robyn said...

Our eyes are so leaky too. It's so hard when a friend has to go to the Bridge. Even tho you're sad from missing him, try to remember you did everything you possibly could for his stay here, and you even helped him go gracefully from this world to the Bridge when it was his time. We can't ask for more than that. We will purr for our Chloe to show him around at the Bridge. And we're purring lots for yall in sympathy.
Alla Us Hotties

Sara, Bebe and Iago said...

Oh Penny, I know that there are no words right now. I hope that you can feel the comfort and love that we're sending, and when you're ready for words that you reach out to us all.

Sending strength, peace and love,

Ann and the Cafe Cats

DEBRA said...

We are all so sorry to learn about your loss of Winton, our eyes are leaking and we will keep you in our purrs. We believe that Winton just went ahead but he will wait for you and one day you will be reunited with great happiness until that day he will watch over you and be your angel guardian cat and we believe you will feel his presence around you surrounding you with his love.

rumbly purrs
Abby,Boo,Ping,Jinx,Gracie and Mom Debra

Brenda said...

We are so sorry to hear of Winton's passing. I had to make the decision for my precious Ninja just a few weeks ago and you are right, you are never really prepared for that decision.

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.


Mickey said...

I am so very sorry to hear that Winton is gone. He was lucky that he had a great Mom to help him cross the Bridge without suffering.
You can never be prepared for the loss of a friend, so I will send you PURRS to help with your loss.
Purrs Mickey & family

Daisy said...

I am so sorry to read the sad news about Winton. But he knew it was his time, and thank goodness he left with dignity surrounded by love. My sincerest condolences on the loss of your sweet boy. Hugs and purrs to you.

Victor Tabbycat said...

We is furry sorry about Winton. He lufed you furry much, too an it's good that the end was as peasful as it was. He'll always lif on in yur hart.
Hugs an purrs,
Victor, Nina & Tabbymom Jen

meemsnyc said...

Oh Winton, sweetie. Rest in peace sweet kitty. You will be missed very much.

Purrs and hugs to your mommy,
Yaffa, Sebastian, and Dante

Maryland Girl said...

Rest in Peace Sweet Winton
Love, Maryland Girl, Sampson the Great Dane, Willow Cat and Shadow Cat.

PB 'n J said...

Oh dear, we knew it was coming - but it doesn't make it any easier to lose our sweet friend. But you and he knew it was time and you showed the ultimate act of love for him by helping him across the bridge.

We're send tons and tons of purrs and head-bumpies to you all. You and Winton will be in our hearts.
Pearl, Bert, Jake, George and Mommy Amanda

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

We are sorry to hear about the loss of Winton. He seemed like a such a good cat. But we all reach the end of our time, sooner or later.

Rest easy, sweet prince.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

This is always so hard to deal with. You want what is best but you hate to say good-bye.

Sending {{{{hugs}}}}


Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Goodbye Winton, say hello to all our frends who haf gone before...don't worry, we'll wrap yoor fambly in rumbly purrs and give them soft headbumpies to ease their broken hearts.
We're so sorry for your loss, no matter what you do you can never be prepared for their passing. It always leaves a hole in your heart.

Fat Eric said...

We are so sorry to hear about Winton but we know it was his time and no one could have loved him more than you did.
Winton is a Rainbow Ginger now. Maybe he is playing with my sister Hattie.
Sending lots of purrs and thinking of you. Please give 3 Perf, Kodak and Blossom some cuddles from us.

Fat Eric and his mum, Kate

Copito said...

oh I'm sorry, is very sad this new... goodbye kitty!


Sprinkles the cat said...
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The Cat Realm said...

We are so very very sorry. We don't think you can ever prepare for the loss of a loved one - no matter what - when they leave the world has a hole which will never ever quiet close anymore. Our hearts, thoughts, and purrs go out to you all - Winton knew love and left with love, he was a happy cat! Lots of purrs for you.....

WhimPurr's Whim and the Whiskers said...

I am crying for your loss! (((((HUGS)))))

William said...

Farewell to your Winton. We are brokenhearted with your loss but know that he is at peace. We're pretty sure that there is a very special place over the Bridge for CRF babies--he is probably playing with my sis Sophie right now and they are comparing notes on how wonderful their last years were after all. Winton's mom, please take care of yourself now.

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

I read your post with tears in my eyes. I too have have to let two of mine go who had CRF. Winton was a very handsome orange boy. He will live on forever in your heart. I am lighting a candle for him tonight.

Hugs and purrs to you.


Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

oh no. We are so so sorry to hear about Winton. You have been such a loving and caring mommy to him, always putting your beloved Winton first. I hope that comforts you.

I am very glad that you and your wonderful pet sitter were both with Winton. I'm sure he took all your love with him over the Bridge.

We will keep you and your family furry and otherwise in our purrs and prayers.

Sweet Praline said...

I am so sorry to hear about Winton. Mom is sending special purrs to you.

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

We're so sorry that Winton had to go the Bridge. You did the right thing - we need our parents to take care of us when it is our time to go, but it is never easy to lose a kitty that you have loved so much.

Purrs and soft headbutts,
Charlemagne and Tamar

Furkidsmom said...

We're so sorry to hear about Winton. We think he was really telling you that he was ready to go to the Bridge. CRF is an awful disease. (((Hugs)))

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

muffinmidi said...

We are so sorry about Winton.You both are in our prayers.

Moki Joe Designs said...

It is always hard to part with those we love. We are so very sorry to hear of your loss.

Skeeter, LC, and Ayla said...

I am so sorry ta hear about Winton! I am beginnin ta understand how he was feeling there toward the end.

He was very lucky ta haf a carin an lovin Mom ike you who knew when it was "time" and to help him ofer the Bridge.


Milo said...

Mom is writing this:

I am so very sad and sorry to hear about Winton - and yet so pleased that his passing was so gentle and with the Mom he loved so much. He will have made his journey to the bridge knowing he had been cherished and loved - and that's what's is important at the end.
There is never a right time to lose a loved pet and my heart goes out to you in your grief.

((((((((HUGS))))))) from Milo too.

Camie's Kitties said...

I am so sorry to hear about your boy, Winton. I just went thru this with my Tiki to the same disease. It is horrible, but you did what was the hardest, most loving thing you could. My heart will be with you during your healing process.

Tara (not the cat)

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

So so sorry to hear of your loss. Winton was so well loved.

Our eyes are leaking for you.


Goldie, Shade, Banshee and PM~ Danica

Kaz's Cats said...

We're so sorry that Winton had to leave for the Bridge. There were leaky eyes all around here as we read your post. That was so lovely that he got to have his human friends with him to say goodbye.

Our hearts go out especally to Winton's Mom and to his petsitter, and to his furry siblings at this toughest of times.


Gypsy & Tasha & Kaz (Mum)

Dana said...

Our eyes are leaking. We are so sorry for your loss. We are sending you our purrs and purrayers during his very difficult time.
~The Creek Cats~

JB's Big World said...

So sorry to hear about Winton. Our thoughts are with you. Purrs and purrayers to you all.

Alexi said...

Oh, Penny, we are soo sorry to hear about Winton. He knew it was time and you took extra good care of him. To help him to the Bridge was a loving act. We're here for you.

Alexi and the other Krasota Castle Cats

Lux said...

Oh my dear ones,

It's good to be sure you've done the right thing. Bless your hearts. Winton was a very lucky kitty to have you.

Hilary Baumann said...

I just happened across your blog searching for CRF. I don't even have to read beyond this post to know that Winton was the one with CRF. I lost my baby in January to CRF and it was so so SO hard. I had been through a year and five months of subq fluids and all. His name was Marmalade.

Ironically his brother from the same litter is named Velcro (the same as your dog.)