Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rusty Comes Home


Rusty's Mom here: Today started out being a very bad day. I cried from the time I got up this morning, I don't know why, but I was just feeling the loss of Rusty so much. Then the vet's office called. Rusty's remains were ready to be picked up. I didn't know how I would feel, and I was already being torn about what to do with him. Should I bury him in his favorite place in the yard or should I just keep him close to me? Well, I didn't realize this, but he came back in a very nice wooden box. They made me a cast of his paw print, which made me cry again. But, I decided for now that he should be on his window ledge where he always sat and watched outside. So, that's where he is.

Thank you everyone for all your kind comments and thoughts. I cried while reading them but they let me know how much Rusty was loved by so many friends here.

30 comments:

Brian said...

That made my whiskers weepy wet too, but I think you've got him right where he belongs. He would love that. Purrs & Hugs.

Kea said...

(((Hugs))) and Light from our mom and purrs from us.

Wishing you a peace-full heart.

-Mom Kim with Annie, Nicki and Derry (and angel Chumley too)

CCL Wendy said...

It's such a difficult time. I really feel for you.

When our Tommy died, his remains were put in an urn, and I kept them on a shelf in the family room for several years. Finally, I decided that he should be outside in the yard where he loved to the most. So, we sprinkled his ashes under the willow bushes where he liked to hide.

Just go with your heart and how you feel at the time. I'm sure Rusty's watching over you and will approve of whatever you choose to do. The love didn't die, only the physical body.

The Island Cats said...

We're sure Rusty likes being back on his windowsill watching over his yard....

Laila and Minchie said...

We are crying right along with you as well. Rusty looks wonderful sitting on his windowsill. (((HUGS))) and purrs.

Eric and Flynn said...

We have leaky eyes too. That is perfect for Rusty to keep his favourite spot in the window.
(((hugs))) to you.

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Rusty's Mom, I am Sabrina, Sam and Simon's Momma Jan. When I had to send my tuxie boy Max to the Bridge, I put his remains in a special wooden box I have had since I was a child, and it is in the kitties' room. I see his memorial every day; it gives me comfort to know that he is still there for me. I know how heartbreaking this is for you, and you have to decide what is best for you and Rusty ... but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs from me and the kitties,
Momma Jan

Percy the Cat said...

*big hugs and purrs*

We miss Rusty too.
That is a very nice box, and a perfect place.

*more big hugs and purrs*

ABBY said...

When we saw the box by the window we thought yep Rusty is right where he loved to be. Just know that Rusty was loved and he will be missed by many.

purrs and hugs
Abby

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you.”
~Winnie the pooh

Angel and Kirby said...

That sounds like the perfect place for him! When Wizard came home in his beautiful wooden box I has the place picked out. He always wanted to nap on the mantle and he loved boxes. So his box is on the mantle. We did not get a paw cast! That was very special!

Jacqueline said...

We've all been there and I am so sorry for your deep sorrow...Reading your post made me cry; after my Nikki died 6 years ago, I felt the same way, but then realized I wanted her ashes mixed with my own one day...Wishing you comfort and peace during this difficult time...Love is an energy that never dies and Rusty's love will always be with you...Big hugs...J

Sparkle said...

We are weepy here too, but I think you have Rusty's ashes in just the perfect place. Purrs and headbutts to you.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a perfect spot to put Rusty's box. We know you miss him. Purrs and tail wags.s

meowmeowmans said...

We are weeping along with you. What a beautiful thing it is that Rusty was -- and still is -- loved so much and so well. Purrs and prayers of comfort to you.

Katnip Lounge said...

I think Rusty is happy knowing that he's still with you, in his favorite spot.
I have a shelf in the bedroom with ashes and mementos from my furkids, and I smile every time I see it.
It's OK to cry and mourn, Rusty was a wonderful friend for many years. I'm crying too.
Love, Trish

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

The mom speaks:

I so understand how difficult a day this must have been. Both joyful because Rusty came home, but sad beyond belief because it was his ashes. (((((hugs)))))

When I collected Henry's ashes (my beloved siamese 1985 ~ 2004) I too wept all day ~ and for days and days after. And yet it was comforting having my boy home ~ even in a box. I kept his ashes and they are still with me in a box by my desk. We have moved home since then and I couldn't imagine leaving him behind ~ so I know I did the right thing keeping him.

Rusty was very special and so you will always keep him safe within your heart ~ he has his own special place.

Jan

The Paw Relations said...

((((hugs)))) Now that Rusty is home with you where he belongs the pain should ease a little. It will never ever leave you. But as time passes it will become easier to smile at the memories

Ginger Jasper said...

Oh reading this post made us all leaky too. You have your boy back with you now and he is as you say where he loved to sit. Dont make any quick decisions, just let your heart tell you what to do. I think what the vet did for you is pretty special. Hugs GJ xx

The Monkeys said...

It is such a difficult thing to lose a sweet friend like Rusty. We all send you our best purrs and hugs.

Cat with a Garden said...

Welcome home, sweet Rusty. We just love that you can still sit on your window sill. Many heartfelt purrs to your Mom.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh I am so sorry that you have had such a sad time lately - Rusty was just such a wonderful sweet boy, it must be so hard for you. I remember how hard it was when we picked up Floyd's ashes - I am still sad about it even now. I think that putting his ashes in his favorite window to sit in is just such a wonderful, beautiful idea. We are sending you tons of comforting purrs and prayers and hugs.

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

You beautiful post made moms eyes leaky too. We're sure Rusty is happy right there on his favorite window sill and close to you. We send you gentle hugs and purrs.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Happy Thanksgiving to yoo all. We hope the year ahead is healthy, wealthy and very happy.

We are Thankful that Rusty, and Grady, had a wonderful loved life before they went to the Bridge. We haven't forgotten about yoo all.

Cheyenne -Millie said...

We did not know this. We are sorry. You were so good to Rusty and he was lucky to have you. We pray for you.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are remembering Rusty and Grady as Christmas approaches ~ and we hope yoo are all OK.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Greetings at Christmas to yoo ALL ~ may you have friends at your fire, blessings in your home, and joy in your heart. Merry Christmas dear friends.

We remember Rusty and Grady wiv love.

Kimo and Sabi said...

We hope you have a peaceful new year 2011

TESOL certification said...

I'm very sorry to hear the news. Hope you still had a wonderful new year.

Tristan and Crikey said...

Our Mom just read this to us and then she had a good cry. We really miss Rusty, friend.

Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

What a lovely box and you have put Rusty in the place he belongs. Our hearts are all breaking with yours - we liked to check in on him cuz there are so few really senior cats on CB. Rusty was a legend! Sending lots of love.