Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rusty - Sad News


Rusty's Mom here. I want to thank everyone for their purrs and prayers. Rusty was gently helped to the bridge this morning. I know he's there now with his brother Grady and his friend Fat Eric and all the other kitties that have gone before.

Last night we rushed him to the emergency vet when he could no longer walk. He began deteriorating rapidly after we took him to his regular vet yesterday evening. At the emergency vet he got more fluids and they gave me a nutritional supplement. They ran blood work on him and everything appeared to be pretty good, but still the fact remains that he was not doing good. I got him home and took him to the litter box and had to help him stay upright so he could go. This morning he couldn't even lift his head and I knew it was time. So, with my heart breaking, I called his vet and took him in.

When I'm feeling more up to it, I'll post a remembrance of him here, but for right now, I just have to get used to the idea of him being gone.

Thank you everyone for being here for me and Rusty.

99 comments:

Kea said...

We're so, so sorry, our mom is bawling her eyes out, she can barely type. Please know we're sending purrs to Rusty at the Bridge, glad he's healthy again, and Light to you, for healing of your grief.

(((Hugs))) and Blessings.

Forty Paws said...

Oh, this is such sad news. We are sending you tons of purrs and many hugs. Rusty will now be happy and free at The Bridge.

Luf, Us and Maw

Jennifer said...

Pat, I am so sorry to hear about Rusty, but he was a wonderful cat, and now you have 20 years worth of memories to hang onto. There is no doubt that he is feeling 100% up in heaven and he is watching over you, as him and Grady play like they used to. We love you!!

Jennifer, Chris and Austin

The Paw Relations said...

We're so so sorry that Rusty had to go to the bridge. We will miss him lots!

The Island Cats said...

Pat, I'm so sorry. I know how hard this is. Rusty lived a long life and now he's playing with Grady again.

Sue

Katnip Lounge said...

Oh Rusty, we love you and will remember you always. Bon Voyage, and we will meet you again someday.
Love, the Lounge 13

My sincere sympathy for your loss. Rusty was a great guy, and I will miss him a lot. {{hugs}}
MomKat Trish

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

We're so sorry that Rusty had to go to the Bridge.

Sending purrs to help comfort you during this sad time.

Charlemagne and Tamar

Brian said...

Oh my God, I am so very, very sorry to hear that news. We all know it was for the best but we also know how difficult it was. My sisters and I send purrs to you. We will always remember our pal Rusty. Love, Brian, Sascha, Gracie, Zoe & Dolly, Mom & Dad.

CCL Wendy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Rusty's an icon in the Cat Blogosphere. He led a long and very happy life, and it seems didn't suffer much before he had to go. I could only wish the same for all our dear pussycats.

I know you will miss him so much having had him by your side for almost 20 years. Though he may be on the Bridge and is no longer with you physically, he'll always be with you in your heart and your mind. Just talk to him and I'm sure he will comfort you.

Rusty has left a wonderful legacy of with his gentle, loving nature and his perseverance.

Angel and Kirby said...

I am so sorry to hear this. Rusty was a great friend. We know how hard the decision was but know it was right. A Mom always knows when it is time. When Wizard had to lay down three times to cross a room, we knew it was time.

WE found that sharing his memory and sharing his story helped ease the pain some. It takes time.

WE are sending purrs for you and the family! We will miss him.

Parker said...

Our hearts break for you. We send you our softest purrs for your loss of dear, sweet Rusty.
If you would not mind, may we have your snail mail address, there is something we would like to do.
Purrs and (((hugs)))
Parker and her family.
hmiller013ATwohDOTrrDOTcom

Punapippuri said...

Many purrs and headbonks to you, and much respect for Rusty's life and legacy. xxxx

Evangeline said...

I never left a comment but I visited this blog regularly to read about the newest adventures of Rusty. I will miss him, but I won't forget him.

ABBY said...

Pat
I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Rusty. I was so hoping for a positive outcome with the Vet, but they do let us know when it is time to let them go. It was with kindest and most loving thing you could have done for him since he was ready. I will keep you in my prayers for the hole in your heart will be in the shape of Rusty.

{{{HUGS}}}

What we have once enjoyed
we can never lose;
All that we love deeply,
becomes a part of us.
-Helen Keller

~Debra (Abby's Mom)

Anonymous said...

I am sorry... But there is no reason to be sorry. rusty has had 19 years of happiness. a full lifetime. given you such joys and happiness and the same by you to him. So make your mind up and celebrate his life. And think of another ginger baby to take the place vacated :)

Cory said...

Sweet Rusty...

We are purring for you during this time of loss. Rusty was such a good furriend to all of us and he had a most wonderful life. Loved by his humans and furry family and loved by the whole CB. 19 years is a good long life. We will look forward to his memorial.

Rest in Peace sweet boy.


Purrs, Cory and family

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We're so sorry to hear about Rusty, but, he's happy and healthy again...and he knows he was loved right to the end and beyond.

Daily Dose of Dogs (aka Cats with your Coffee) said...

Oh, how my heart breaks for you. Please know that I'm keeping you in my thoughts and in my heart as you go through this time of loss.

Mo said...

Sending LOVE to your family.
And PURRS to Rusty at the Bridge from the Purries at Purrchance To Dream.

Team Tabby said...

All of us here are so sorry to hear the sad news about Rusty. We send our heartfelt hugs and purrs of comfort to you.

The Misadventures Of Me said...

We came via Parker - we is so sorry Rusty had to go. The Bridge is a brighter place wif hims there and we know our TT and Fatty are showin hims around.

Purrs and headbutts,

Molly
Shadow
Trooder
Mooch

(((hugs)))
Mom Laure

cats of wildcat woods said...

We are so sad to hear this news that Rusty has gone to the Bridge. At least he was happy and active until right to the end. He is a legend in CB and will always be in our hearts. Sending loving purrs to you in your loss.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are sad and sorry to hear that Rusty has gone to the Bridge ~ but we comforted by the fact that he had a long and happy and loved life.
We know you did yoor very best for him ~ and helping him to the Bridge when the time was right is the final act of love.
We know how much you will be hurting and are sending yoo purrs, and (((((hugs)))) from our mom.

RIP sweet Rusty ~ we will all miss yoo very much. We are pleased that dear little Grady will be waiting for yoo at the Bridge so yoo won't be lonely.

Love Milo and Alfie xx

Baby Patches said...

Momma and I is so sorry to hears about Rusty. We are so glad you gots to has him wif you for so long and we knows you will loves him furever as he loves you! Rusty was such a sweet furriend to me and I will miss him dearly. Sending you many Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs and gentle paws.

Baby Patches

Raymond and Busby said...

We didn't get a chance to meet Rusty, but we can see that he was a cool cat. We are purring for the family. We know Rusty is running free at the bridge now with so many of his friends. 19 years old! What a tribute to the wonderful care that you gave Rusty. xoxo

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are so sorry to hear that Rusty has gone to Rainbow Bridge - his friends will have been waiting for him led by Fat Eric and showing him round. We know you will miss him very much but he can run free and is whole once more.
We send you our love and the knowledge that you did the kindest thing you could for him.
Luv Hannah, Lucy and mum Sue xxx

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Ohhh Rusty's Mom, we are leaky eyed and our hearts are breaking for you. But at the Bridge, Rusty is once again healthy, and you know he is your Angel who will be looking down on you and taking care of you with his Angel brofur Grady. We are sending our strongest purrs and purrayers to you and your family to help you get through this sad time ... and our brofur Max is there to greet him.
Hugs, purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam, Simon and Momma Jan too

Cara n Crew said...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Purrs and prayers of comfort to you from all of us.

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie

Furkidsmom said...

Our eyes are leaky and our hearts are sad. We're so sorry Rusty had to go to the Bridge. We know Sniffie will be there to greet him.

Take your time on your memorial post. Sniffie's been gone for almost six weeks and Mom can't bring herself to do hers.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Harry Spotter said...

We are heart broken for you and your family. Please accept our deepest purrs and prayers.

Noll said...

Purrs and hugs for you in this sad time.

A few Good Cats said...

We're so sorry to hear the sad news about Rusty. He had a great long life with you, and you'll always have many good memories of him. We hope those memories give you some comfort now.

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

We are so sorry to hear about Rusty going to the Rainbow Bridge!! We will miss him lots!! He was a cool and caring cat!! Our purrrrrrs and prayers are with you all!!! Till We Meet Again Rusty!!
(((((((HUGGGGSSSS))))))) from your TX furiends,

Derby, Ducky said...

Farewell fellow GingerBoy. We will meet you again someday. Purrs to your beans.

Ginger Jasper said...

I am so so sorry to hear this sad news. I am happy that sweet Rusty has company for when he gets to the bridge You did your utmost for Rusty and gave him the ultimate gift of love at the end. He was lved and will be remembered by so many. You are in our thoughts. Love GJ and Carol xx

The Crew said...

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your dear Rusty. 19 years is an extraordinarily long life for a cat and we know he will be sadly missed. Purrs to you all.

The Crew & Crew's Mom

The Monkeys said...

We are all very sad about sweet Rusty and we're sending big purrs and lots of hugs to you during this difficult time. His brother Grady is with him now and we know they are playing like kittens. We love Rusty very much and we know he will be missed.

Marg said...

We are so very sorry about Rusty. We are sending tons of purrs and prayers and lots of hugs to Mom. We were very fond of Rusty but he is probably feeling much better now that he is in kitty heaven. Take care and we sure are thinking about you.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, this is sad news and we read it through tears. We are so sorry for your loss of Rusty. Purrs and tail wags.

Ayla and Iza, said...

Our softest purrs to Rusty, and the ones left behind. We know this is a hard time. Let yours tears dry for a short time while we leak tears for you... Then you can cry again.

betweencatsblog said...

We are so, so sorry to hear this news. Rusty was a beautiful kitty and reminded me a lot of Fat Eric too. I know he had a great life with you for nearly 20 years, and I just know that Grady and Fat Eric were there to welcome him to the Bridge. Dora sends very soft floofy headbutts and many purrs.

Laila and Minchie said...

We are so sad and sorry for your huge loss. A huge loss for us and the whole CB as well. We are so lucky to have known your handsome mancat. We just lit a candle in his honor and it will burn until we go to bed.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult and sad time. (((HUGS))) and *tears*. Laila, Minchie & Mom Peggy

Kat's Kats said...

Many many purrs & hugs from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty Horde & their Feeders.

May the memories of love outweigh the grief of loss until you meet again.

The Meezers or Billy said...

we are so very sad to learn that Rusty has gone to the bridge. many many purrrrsss to you and {{HUGS}}

We cannot say goodbye to our furriends so we will only say "until we meet at the bridge". PURRRSS and Love

Tristan and Crikey said...

We'll miss you, sweet Rusty. Cod speed to The Bridge. Tonight we will light a candle in your honor.

~Tristan, Crikey and Mom Angela

OKcats said...

We're so very sorry you had to say goodbye to Rusty. I'm really at a loss for words. I've been through almost this exact same thing twice in the past 3 years, and it's heart breaking. Rusty knew he was loved, and you did right by him. What a lucky boy he was. My 2 girls will purr for your healing heart.

Fuzzy, Zoe, and mom Jana

Fin said...

We are so sorry for the loss of such a special kitty. Please accept our condolences, purrs and hugs during this difficult time.

Fin and Meg

Admiral Hestorb said...

I am so very very sorry that your baby has gone to the Bridge but I know that he and his brothers and my Robin and all the other babies who went before are running and happy and waiting with joy for us... who loved them so much. They loved us just as much . Me and my mommy will purr and purr hard for you. We send a tender hug.

Percy the Cat said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. *big hugs and purrs* We will miss Rusty a lot.

Max said...

Oh man...I'm really sorry :(

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

I am so sorry for your loss my friends. Rusty touched us all here, he was such a brave and handsome man. Our thoughts are with you.

Jacqueline said...

We are so sorry Rusty had to leave, but know he is running free, healthy again with Grady and Eric at the Bridge...Rusty was so lucky to have such a loving family and we send you our sincere condolances over the loss of your beautiful boy...Rusty was special to us too...Love is an energy that never dies and in that way, Rusty will always be with you=always remembered, never forgotten, forever loved...Sending you big hugs and wishing you comfort at this sad time...xoxo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

momsbusy said...

sending comforting purrs and healing purrayers during this time.

kazoku neko

Chesney Cats said...

Oh no! We are so sorry to hear this, our eyes are leaking. We are sending our love, hugs & purrs to you. So sorry for your loss.

Lisa, Jack and Baby said...

We are happy to have known Rusty. What a sweet boy he was. Our thoughts are with you, as we are going through our own "coming to the end" with Jack. May Rusty now enjoy his life frolicking and sunbathing over the bridge.

ZOOLATRY said...

Rusty ~ we think you were the
purrtriarch of the cat blogosphere!
You were the best of the best...
we treasured our time with you.
Find peace and comfort beyond the rainbow as you always remain in our hearts.
With chin scritches and tails up, we send love to your family,
Maggy and Zoey (and Ann), the Zoolatry Girls

CindyLu's Muse said...

So very sorry, heard from Brian about your news, and wanted to send some purrs and licks from all of us here for you!

West 40 Cats said...

It is never easy when our furry loved ones leave. We are sending purrs and hugs and snuggles to all of you at this very hard time.


Da Critters and Da Crazy Lady

Batu said...

So sorry to hear this.. hugs and purrs to you xxxooo

Daisy said...

I am so sorry Rusty had to go to the Bridge. Soft purrs to you during this sad time. Rest in peace, sweet Rusty. You were a Good Boy.

Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My the happy times with Rusty sustain you at this difficult time.

Purrs from Libby, Buddy, Freckles and Lily

Cat said...

I am so sorry to hear about Rusty, it is very difficult to let our babies go! It was definitely Rusty's time but I know how heart heavy you must be. My boys are sending purrs to you and I offer my sincere condolences.

Cindy said...

I'm so sorry. No matter how old they are it is not easy to let go. May God bless you at this time.

Nikita Cat said...

RIP Rusty.

Hugs, purrs,and Purrayers, from Elvira, daddy, and I to you, and yours.

AFSS said...

We were very sorry to learn Rusty had to go to the bridge. Purrs of comfort for his family

Old Kitty said...

Me and my cat Charlie have come over from Brian's Home blog. We are so so so so so sorry to hear about beautiful adorable Rusty. Our thoughts and prayers and purrs go to you all, his loving family. The Rainbow Bridge has another sweet angel.

Take care
x

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Forever loved, Godspeed Rusty..
We are so sorry he had to leave.
~ The Bunch

Zig et Zag said...

How difficult it is when our loved ones go to the rainbow bridge. Us cats are never very far from our verticals and now Rusty will always have an eye on you from afar and he will always be in your hearts.

bisous de Nantes xxxxx

Cat said...

It sounds as if Rusty was a lover and a fighter to the very end. We are sorry that he had to leave you, but are happy that he went gently and did not suffer. Thank you for loving him for nearly 2 decades...what a wonderful life he must have had. He will always be with you and with all the people that he touched. We are sending lots of purrs and puppy licks to give you courage to make it through this difficult time. From Prague, Weezdabadcats (Lautrec, Tiny and puppy Ellwood)

Cathy Keisha said...

I never knew Rusty. I've just come from Brian's blog where I read all about how he got his wings today. My purrayers go out to you. Know that he can walk again and is jumping around all over Heaven.

GrammyMouseTails said...

Healing hugs...
sorry I never got to meet rusty :( just coming over to offer comfort from Brian's blog. I am sure Rusty is happy and well cared for over the Bridge and waiting for you. ~hugs~

Cat with a Garden said...

Oh, sweetest Rusty - Rest in Peace you wonderful mancat.
He lead an exeptional long life and was blessed with good health for what it seems the mayority of it. We can't even imagine how it must feel to be without him now. Many, many purrs to you and Rusty at The Bridge.
Siena, Chilli and mom

Boo-Bah said...

We never had the pleasure of knowing Rusty but we are so sorry that you have had to say goodbye. I know you will miss him greatly. He lived a very long life which is to his families credit for he was well loved and cared for through the years.

Esme said...

So sorry about Rusty-we did not know him. I am sure he was well loved-you had him since he was a little baby and we know the loss of missing our kitties.

May Rusty be with all the other kitties over the rainbow bridge.

The Creek Cats said...

(((hugs))) our hearts are breaking of you. We are so sorry to hear Rusty had to leave for the bridge. He had such a full and wonderful life with you. Everykitty should be so lucky. We will miss him greatly. We know of Cal was there to welcome him in.

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

We are so sorry that rusty was helped to The Bridge this morning. We are so sad for you. Take peace in knowing that he had a LONG happy, love~filled life with you and he will continue to watch over you and send you signs from time to time, to let you know he is there. We will miss him so.

Gentle Hugs and Purrs,
The Kool~Kittie~Krew and Shannon

Wyatt's Corner said...

Sending you purrrssss...Thank you for loving Rusty so well.

lupie said...

We send our hugs and purrs....

{{{hugs}}}

Love, Bin, Lucky & Co

Cat Lady Diary said...

we are sorry for your loss and send purrs your way.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself...Rest helps.

(((hug)))

I Wonder Wye said...

I am so sorry for your loss -- I lost my Scat cat in july and my heart is still breaking, I miss my furry guy so much...the others help, it's hard very hard...

Karen Jo said...

I just heard the news. I am so very sorry that Rusty had to go to the Rainbow Bridge. Just remember that he will be happy and healthy again there. I hope that will make his loss easier to bear.

Forever Foster said...

I'm so very very sorry. Rusty, you were a good cat.

Gracie =^o.o^= said...

I am so sorry to hear that Rusty has left for the bridge. My heart is heavy as I am typing to you now. Know that he is free of illness and can run and play the whole day long with those that were waiting to see him again. Know too that someday you will meet again. My purrrs and good thoughts will be for you as you go through this hard time.

Sammy and Andy said...

We are so sad to hear of your loss of Rusty. We send purrs and hugs in hopes they will comfort you in some little way.

Clarissa said...

We found out about your loss from Brian's blog. We are so sorry and we know it's never easy to lose a beloved family member. Our mom and us all send you gentle hugs and purrs and we know that Rusty will always have a special place in your heart.

Godspeed, Rusty.

SuziQCat said...

Very sorry to hear this sad news...sending comforting purrs to you today. Rusty will never be forgotten.

Everycat said...

We are very sad to learn that dear Rusty has left for The Bridge. He was such a grand old trooper of a cat and we loved reading about his long, happy life. We send you love and rumbly purrs

Fly free Rusty!

Whicky
Oliver
& Gerry

Anonymous said...

It's so so difficult to lose a kitty and Rusty was such a dear sweet boy. I loved his wry sense of humor. You were a super mom always, especially in being able to do the right last thing for him. Now Grady and all the other gingers will take over.

Hugs,

Lizzie

Anonymous said...

I read Rusty's blog often but have never left a comment, Rusty will be missed, but don't be so sad, he's happy and healthy where he is now, he had such a loving momma and a wonderful life.
Jake the red tabby

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh my gosh I am just in shock to read that Rusty had to go to the bridge. I am so so sorry that you had to let him go but I know he had such a wonderful loving life with you. You did what was best for him instead of being selfish and trying to keep him here longer, and that is one of the most loving, though most difficult, things you could have done. I am totally just crying because I just adored Rusty - we are all sending you tons of purrs and prayers of comfort and we know that Rusty will be watching over you from the bridge.

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

We are sorry to her about Rusty. Having a kitty that long makes it harder to say goodbye.Mickey is 17.
We cannot take away your pain, but we will send lots of kitty purrs.

Purrs Mickey, Georgia & Tillie

Jonna said...

We are all very sorry for your loss. I hope you'll find peace in the fact that Rusty is not feeling any pain anymore. I'm sure he lived a wonderful life with you.

Purrs and hugs.

Qish, Rue and our Hooman Momma Jonna

meowmeowmans said...

Our hearts are breaking, and we are so very sorry that Rusty had to go to the Bridge. Your life together was so special and touched so many around the world. Thank you for loving him so much and so well. You are in our thoughts, purrs and prayers.

Junior and Orion said...

Oh goodness! We are very sorry to read this. Given Rusty's age, he lived anice long life...and with you as his owner, we know he was loved to pieces. We are sending purrs to help you feel better.

Cat Street Boyz said...

Rusty will be missed by all of us. What a handsome boy, many tears and broken hearts...........heart healing prayers and purrz, Tinker, Toy, Tang, Teak, Tygr, Cherokee, Setzer, ICE and (Mom) Holly

Eric and Flynn said...

We are so very sorry to hear that Rusty has gone to the Bridge. We haven't been able to visit anyone for the last two weeks and just heard the sad news. Rusty was a very handsome and brave mancat and he has left you with lots of happy memories. We will miss our dear friend Rusty.

Cat Street Boyz said...

With the approach of the Christmas Holiday, we remember all our furends in the arms of the Angels, with love, the Cat Street Boyz, ICE and Mommy Holly=^Y^=

Cat Street Boyz said...

RUSTY, you are in our hearts, we miss you furend=^Y^=Thomas and theBoyz