Gentle Sookie

It’s with a heavy heart I share that today I lost a good friend.  It had gotten to the point where Sookie’s quality of life was compromised, and we decided it was time to help him on his way.

Sookie (200? - 2015)

Sookie (200? – 2015)

When I first got Sookie from the SPCA in 2011, he was in a foster home recovering from a respiratory illness, one that would follow him throughout his life.  I named him (or her, as he was originally mis-sexed as a girl!) Sookie since he was such a sook, always head-butting for pats and prime lap time. He quickly fell into a routine of sitting on my lap when I was awake and sleeping right next to my head at night.

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When I got Ciara in 2012, she was so shy and skittish, she wouldn’t come out from under the couch. Sookie, being a good big brother, would squeeze under the couch (he was quite chubby back in those days), lie next to Ciara and lick her head soothingly.  Ciara loved Sookie because of that, always going up to him for licks and love.

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After I noticed Sookie was walking into things, a visit to the eye vet confirmed that Sookie was blind. The eye vet didn’t know the cause, but said that blind cats do quite well given their other heightened senses of hearing and feeling (whiskers).

Sookie managed quite fine, however kept experiencing health issues over the years. He eventually was diagnosed with arthritis, senility, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Recent complications and potential neurological issues made it clear that his quality of life wasn’t what it had been.

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But even with his health issues (and those pesky young black kitties trying to get him to play and run!), Sookie was a true gentleman. Always thankful for laps and pats, purring away beside me, happy to have a loving and safe home. Given the original mis-sexing and the development of other senior-age cat complications, I don’t actually believe Sookie was as old as first thought (born 2006, or 9 yrs).  Several vets have said he was a senior kitty, probably in his teens, and I agree.

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I am thankful and blessed to have shared at least a few years with gentle Sookie, and I hope he finds his way across the Rainbow Bridge to meet my other kitties who have gone before (Tiffy, Morrie and Ginger). Goodbye Sookie, and thank you for being in my life.

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barb Young
    Jul 10, 2015 @ 20:08:31

    So sorry Sharyn: Our fur babies are so special.
    You gave him a good life 🐾❤️

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  2. Karen
    Jul 10, 2015 @ 20:55:29

    He was one very lucky cat to have you rescue him. The last few years of his life were the BEST he ever had. He left paw prints on our hearts. We will miss you Sookie. xxxxx

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  3. Diana
    Jul 13, 2015 @ 05:00:15

    So sorry to hear Sharyn, our pets are not pets, they are our family. So sorry to hear of your loss. He had a wonderful with you.

    Reply

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