Friday, July 6, 2007

It has been 2 years...

Woo every pup and Girl Girl.. First - if you did not see my post from yesterday, please scroll down to see it. Mom put me in a t-shirt AND there is a video of my attempting to attack the broom!!! Now, on to today's post. Grab your Kleenex.

Time sure does pass fast, huh? It was just two years ago today that we lost my big brother Simi. He was Tia's brother (litter mates). He had always been so active, carefree, and loving. He LOVED anthing ITALIAN! He loved the smell of fresh herbs and the simmer of a homemade Italian Sauce on the stove. On May 31st around 1 a.m. (going into the morning of June 1st), he started acting very strange. He settled on mom's chest and laid on her for 2 hours. Mom and Dad decided that something was not right with him and decided to take him to the ER vet. I remember Mom and Dad saying that it cost like 300 bucks just to walk in the door (WOW). So, after an examination, it was what mom feared. Simi had a stroke. He was fine at that time but the doctor said that he could tell by the way his eyes looked inside. So, he told us to keep him calm for the next few days and don't let him jump around. HA! Keeping a cat on it's 4 paws is like keeping a Siberian still. I thought it would work out good for me because the cats eat up on the top of the dresser in our bedroom so I knew that the food would have to be on the ground now. But rats! Mom and Dad were much smarter than me and they bought a crate, put the cats food in it, and turned it into the wall so I could not get into it. Bummer!!!

So, it seemed that Simi was doing better. He was eating well and appeared to be steady on his feet, until July 5th. Mom came home from work around 2:30 p.m. that day and Simi did not seem right. He was on the dining room table, his pupils were very large, and he was extremely unsteady. Mom called our vet and they said to come on in. Simi had another stroke. Mom was in tears now because she knew the time was near. It was decided that we would keep him in peace and make a decision the next day. Surgery would do no good at this point because things had become neurological at this point.

So, after an entire night of holding Simi in mom's arms, by sunrise, it was apparent what the day would bring. Simi would not even open his eyes, was unresponsive, and just laid wherever mom put him. He had gone into a coma. He was so floppy in mom's arms. She held him all day until the afternoon appointment time with the vet. Tia and I stayed close too. We knew that he was a very sick kitty.

Mom brought him back home so that we could say our goodbye to him and smell him one last time. Then, mom took him to her mom's house (my granna) to lay him to rest by Zero, who had passed only 6 months prior, and PJ.

Mom got Simi and Tia when they were 6 weeks old. Simi lived to be 12 and 1/2. Tia is going strong at 14 and 1/2 now. Simi is now at the Rainbow Bridge running free of what took him there. He is with all of our animals that we have lost.... Tosha, Phange and Honey (the Siberian Huskies mom had when she was a little girl), PJ (mom's first Shih Tzu) and Zero (the German Shepherd), and along with all of the other animals there to show him the way and guide him around. He will always be in our hearts. We miss him terribly and await the day when we can see him again and look into his beautiful blue eyes. We love you Simi... now and forever.

I leave you with some of our favorite photos of Simi. Hugs: Sitka, Tia, and Shelli


The Husky in the Window said...

Such a beautiful story (my mom cried). Simi was a pretty kitty. I'm sure you'all miss him, but he is better now and with all his friends. It was good that you and Tia stayed close to your mom during that time, she needed you.

Luckie Girl said...

That was really sad but I'm sure your family will keep Simi's memories close to their hearts.

Maggie said...

You've got my mom all teary-eyed. Simi was a pretty kitty!

Love ya lots,

Lee :) said...

Simi was a beautiful cat! Hopefully Simi is having tons of fun over the Rainbow bridge and playing with other animals. It's sad to lose animals that have become a very significant part in your family. Beautiful pics.

Boo said...

that's one touchy story about simi. i'm sure he's having fun at the rainbow bridge now.

with love


The Army of Four said...

That was really beautiful! And Simi looked so darling = like such a great friend!
Tail wags,

BLU and Comet said...

What a lovely tribute to your friend Simi. He seems like a really good friend (for being a cat!). Even though we remember and miss our old friends, it opens us up for new friends. If my friend Tequila didn't die, I wouldn't have met Comet.
Oh, wait. I don't think I traded up on that one.

Suki said...

Wow, Simi was lucky to have had a family that loved him so much. And how nice that he and Tia spent so many years together.

It is a very sad story, though, Sitka...I am sorry for your family's loss. It's never easy to lose a pet because they are so much more than a "pet", they are a family member.

Puggy kisses
Suki & Katy

The Daily Echo said...

Oh woo. I'm not real good around kitties but I think I would have liked Simi. Mom knows how hard it is to say goodbye. She says when her furbabies leave they take a piece of her heart with them. When she meets them again someday, her heart will be whole again.

Guinness & Shiloh's Family said...

Echo's mommy said things the best. Our Scottie kitty and General doggy took peices of our hearts too. Even the fosters take a wee bit when they go to their fur-ever homes. We wish we could give you all a big slurp and belly rub.

Putter said...

Hi Sitka:

Simi was a very pretty kitty for sure ... Your story is very sweet ... It made ME and my Mom sad ... Thanks for sharing it with us all ... I hope you had a nice 4th ... Talk to you soon!

Your Friend,

Putter ...:)

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

Hey Sitka,

Mum said that you shouldn't make her cry so early in the morning :( I hope that Simi is playing at the Bridge with all our other pals from DWB's - it is never easy losing a family member :(

I asked Dad about Kat leaving Miami Ink - and both he and mum reckons that the show will bomb big time without her - especially if the rumour of Garver leaving to go join Kat at her new studio is true. The other guys are good artists - but Kat & Garver are the standouts, they both do amazing stuff ! We all hope we get her new show on cable out here in Oz when it starts.
Her now being based back in LA will make it much easier for mum and dad when they make the appointment to go and get Dad's tattoo done - how cool will that be !!

Hope you are all having a great weekend :)


Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

Mum and dad said thanks so much for the offer - they will see if it will be shown on cable - they think it will be as it will be pretty popular.

They didn't know Darren and his wife split up - not surprising though ! I think we are alittle behind here in Oz :( Like with everything !

We all can't wait for Kat's new show ! It will be pawesome :)


Ruby Bleu said...

OK Sitka, you were right about the kleenex. So sad...but Simi lived a nice long life with people who loved him. You will see him again one day!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Oscar Airedale said...

Aw, poor Simi. I am glad that he is not suffering any more, but it's still hard when animals get sick. Mum worries about Flakes getting ill as she is 15.

Oscar x

Ferndoggle said...

Thank you for sharing Simi's story. It sounds like he lived a wonderful life & was much loved. All kitties should be so lucky!