Monday, 17 August 2015

Goodbye Garfield

This isn't the post I wanted to make today. This isn't a post I ever wanted to make. I'm on a few hours sleep and I'm very emotional so you'll have to forgive me. My dad woke me up early to let me know one of the things I was fearing most had come to pass.

My beloved cat Garfield passed away overnight.
At first I didn't react much. I had just woken up and I didn't process it. Then about ten minutes later I started crying. An hour later, as I write this, I still am. To be honest it's probably harder on my dad. He fed Garfield the most so of course he was Garfield's favourite. He shouted at him a lot but I know he loved the guy really.

The first time Garfield actually left the house I cried a lot. Luckily my mum and family were in the house at the same. She organised a search party and found him pretty quick. Then he disappeared for a whole week to get laid once. I've actually seen cats around town that look an awful lot like him.

I know some people might think it odd for me to be so emotional about a cat but today I didn't just lose a cat. I lost an important friend. So I hope you can understand that today I won't be visiting any blogs or anything like that. I'll catch up tomorrow or something. Today I just want to take some time for myself.

Today I hugged my dad for the first time in probably a decade. Today I lost one of the best friends I've ever had.

I should have done something. I noticed you weren't breathing right. I thought it was just your weight. I'm really sorry I didn't. I hope you can forgive me.

I love you. I miss you. Now I'm off to cry some more.

6 comments:

  1. The breathing may also have been a symptom of old age though, not much you can do about that.
    Close friend of mine recently lost his dog, so I know what you're going through. Stay strong man, cat heaven is a good place.

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  2. I'm sorry for your loss, Mark. I know how important cats are in our lives as a source of friendship and love. Sounds like Garfield had a pretty great life with you and your Dad so please remember those happy times.

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  3. We're both truly sorry to hear this. A good cat isn't just a pet or even a friend, it's a member of the family. Garfield was no different. Hang in there, and just remember not to beat yourself up about it. It's unlikely that even if you had taken him to the vet for his breathing that it would have made a difference. When their bodies start to shut down, they go quickly.

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  4. So sorry for your loss, my sister has a cat that I have become quite attached to, so I can imagine how much worse it is when it is your own beloved cat.

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  5. I'm sorry, Mark. I have a friend at work who has a cat named Zip, and Zip is so important to him. I know you must feel the same about Garfield.

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  6. Mark I'm so sorry to read this. I've been there and God it hurts. Pets are not just "pets", they're family. Hugs to you and yours.

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