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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rest In Peace El Gato

Our daughter and son in law's Chartreaux cat, El Gato, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, 2/28/12.  He was rushed to the emergency vet and pronounced dead on arrival.  The vet said that he probably had an aneurism that ruptured, causing sudden death.  There was nothing that could be done to save him.  He was a wonderful boy and I fell in love with him from the moment I met him 9 years ago. Everyone who met him, cat folk or not, thought he was a wonderful cat.

Here is a little history about this serene fellow:   The "kids" adopted Gato early on in their marriage, after finding him starving, shaggy and frightened in the woods in Issaquah, WA.  They went around to all the local vets and also posted "Cat Found" posters around the area.  He was "de-clawed" (brutal amputation at the knuckles) when they found him so they figured he was someones indoor cat. When no one came forward to claim him, they went about getting his proper shots, etc. while nursing him back to health.  He totally became their cat.  The only thing I can say derogatory about Gato is that he was a miserable not a good traveler.  The kids only made one car trip with him to visit us in Idaho and it was a nightmare apparently.  Though he was normally very quiet he made noise and poohed and up-chucked the whole 9 hour trip. I think that was probably his one and only road trip...and maybe the only time he was naughty. About 2 years ago when Gato was at the vet it was discovered that he had a chip implanted in him.  The kids were devastated, fearing they would loose their wonderful cat, but knew the people that had owned him originally were probably missing him all those years. They prayed about what to do and decided they needed to contact the original owners. After many tears, they were prepared for the worst but hoped for the best.  The man that they talked with said that Gato was purchased for their little boy for his birthday, but when the cat ran away they got him another present. Just like that, he said, "No problem. He's your cat now."  Our daughter & SIL were so happy.  They called us to tell us the good news and we rejoiced with them.  Gato said nothing...he was a cat of few words, but we know he was happy too.

Rest in peace Gato.  You were a good boy and we will miss you.

13 comments:

Bicontinental Dachshund said...

Rest in peace, dear sweetheart. You will be missed. Please say hi to my fur-sister Daisy and play with her in Heaven.

Rev. Paul said...

What a beautiful cat he was!

LL Cool Joe said...

Aww I'm so sorry. He was beautiful!

Tom Stephenson said...

Oh Gato, Oh Gato,
what a wonderful cat, oh
I hope that your nine lives
are published by Chatto,
in a book that is written
by some little kitten
who - though maybe a ghost -
will be able to boast
that she knew handsome
Gato, a most admirable Catto.

Tom Stephenson said...

I'm now hoping that his name was pronounced Gat as in Cat...

The Japanese Redneck said...

I'm so sorry.

I have one of my elder cats at the vet today. It's not looking too good.

It's hard losing them.

Cassie said...

What a sweet poem Tom. I'll make sure the kids see it. I've tried to visit your blog, but you have it blocked to us mere mortals. Put me on your VIP list please!!

Tom Stephenson said...

It's not blocked, Cassie - try again. I have not blocked anyone!

Tom Stephenson said...

Hang on - go on it via Google, not Yahoo. That will work.

Daisy said...

I'm sorry to hear this, Cassie. Sounds like he was a sweet cat and well-loved.

ChrisJ said...

So sorry to hear about Gato. We know it's going to happen but don't know when and still we pet lovers wouldn't live without a pet. Mine is 9 years old and we've only had him for a year and he is the sweetest cat we've ever had -- but one day.... In the mean time we just enjoy him and hope he enjoys us.

Cassie said...

TOM, I hope you see this, because I still can't get to your blog. Can you print the http:// info for me please?? This is the message that I get trying to access it from google:

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John McElveen said...

I share and bear your Family's sorrow with you. Prayers and Love for your Healing Hearts!

John