RIP – Tigger

Tigger was not getting better, Russ and I made the hard decision Thursday morning.

Tigger had begun to fight off his shots, he was howling around the house, thirsty and then excessive peeing and this was about a week after increasing the insulin again.  We felt so bad for him and it has been an ongoing conversation between Russ and myself, it was interesting that we were both thinking the same thing Thursday morning – it was time.

So . . .  he was put to sleep, out of his misery and left us with years of happy times, laughter at his antics and miss him waking us in the morning and meeting us at the door.  Very quiet around the house, he was a busy boy.

We had him cremated, we will bury his ashes in the garden next to our patio and next spring plant a catnip plant over him.

Here is a picture of healthy Tigger taken in November 2011, look at the poor sick guy on my 10/18 post.  We did the humane thing.

Tigger – RIP – we miss you a lot, we had 12 great years together thankful for that.


RIP – Tigger — 50 Comments

  1. So sorry to hear of Tigger’s passing. I know that pain only too well and wish you much comfort in the days to come. Yes, you did the right thing, but that does not help the emptiness without them. Perhaps he will meet up with my Beagle boys at The Bridge. Perhaps these words will bring some comfort. They are from a book called Separate Lifetimes by Irving Townsend, and from the last short story (The Once Again Prince) in the book:
    “We who choose to surround ourselves
    with lives even more temporary than our
    own, live within a fragile circle;
    easily and often breached.
    Unable to accept its awful gaps,
    we would still live no other way.
    We cherish memory as the only
    certain immortality, never fully
    understanding the necessary plan.”
    (( ))

    • I totally agree, it is so hard to loose them, but I can’t imagine life without pets, they come and go, give so much joy it softens the pain of loss.
      Over the years we have adopted or taken in strays, never bought a pet, so we have an opening for a new stray or pound kitty some day.
      Thanks for your note. Hugs, Jo

  2. So very sorry for the loss of your sweet Tigger. We love our furry friends so much as they are such a huge part of our family. My heart goes out to you.

  3. Oh Jo, I am so sorry about your little. Our orange tabby Milo, went through the same scenario at Christmas. He too lost his strong battle with diabetes. Embrace the wonderful pictures and memories of your precious Tigger. My heart is definitely with you at this time.

  4. Jo & Russ, I am so sorry for your loss. Our furry friends are such a big part of our families, they bring us love and entertainment. Hugs to both of you during this difficult time.

  5. Oh Jo I am so very sorry for your loss. I have a kitty who looks EXACTLY like Tigger – his name is Pumpkin. He is 5 now, and I find it so hard to think about the short time they are with us. My friend says that the only mistake that God made is not having our best friends live as long as we do. Hopefully you know about the Rainbow Bridge? Such a sweet spirit – he will be there waiting for you on your way to heaven. It couldn’t be heaven without Tigger for you.

  6. Jo & Russ, my heart and prayers go out to you over the loss of your furry friend. Praying that happy memories will fill your hearts during this sad time.

  7. Tigger had a wonderful home and a wonderful life. I know how hard it is to let go but you did the best thing for him. Think of him waiting for you on Rainbow Bridge. Perhaps he will get to know my first sheltie, Tuppence.

  8. Oh Jo, I am sorry you have lost Tigger. Very special post about a boy who touched your heart. A catnip plant sounds just perfect.

  9. I am so very sorry for the loss of your boy, Jo and Russ. Many happy memories of Tigger will forever warm your hearts.

    Three years ago, my husband and I lost our parrot, Pierre. He’d been part of our lives for almost thirty years.

    A few months later, another parrot found his way into our lives. I believe that Pierre had a hand in helping us find another bird to share our lives with because we’d so cherished those years with our beloved pet.

    When the time is right, you’ll honor Tigger by finding another feline friend to love.

      • Understood, it is hard to make this decision but in the end quality of life is just so much more important. I think you did wonderful in the care giving to this Ginger with health issues he was having you were a wonderful Fur mum.
        I hope that your feeling healthier yourself Jo hugs.

  10. Jo & Russ – I’m so very sorry for your loss. Loosing a member of the family is never easy and having to make the hard decision you both did takes courage. Take care and cuddle with your other fur-kids.

  11. It is so hard when they get sick, we do the best we can and give them lots of love, it is all we can do. I know how you feel, I had to let a kitty go last year and this year my dog has gone into kidney failure, so he is on lots of pills and we give him lots of love. For now he is ok, he can’t play anymore, but he still enjoys being with us and being loved and not in pain, so we will take each day as it comes. My sympathies to you and your husband.


  12. So sorry Jo and Russ. Curtis and i have had to make the same decision twice and each time it was a difficult decision but the right one. Don’t be surprised when another kitty finds his way to your house.

  13. So sorry for the loss of your Tigger. We had our 19-year-old kitty put to sleep last year, and it seems like last week. I know how you must be feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Russ.

  14. Dear Jo and Russ, So sorry to hear about the loss of Tigger. The right thing to do isn’t easy and it sure doesn’t lessen the loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. hugs, Elaine and Jim

  15. Hi, Jo, poor Tigger, he was so sick; you did the right thing. It hurts so much to lose them. I’m so sorry! I had an orange kitty named Tigger years ago as well. I still tear up over my darling Gaston who disappeared and even over poor Ginger, who had to put to sleep and had had a very long life. I hope you get another kitty soon.

  16. Jo anRuss, my thought and prayers are with you at this time. I have gone though this as well. I know the you did the right right thing. When faced with the end of life we always have a new fresh beginning.

  17. Jo, so sorry for your loss. We lost our beloved Tucker, part of our family for 13 years, last Monday. That last trip to the vet is so horribly painful.

  18. So sorry for the loss of your kitty kid Jo and Russ. I know he will always be in your heart. At least you had the comfort of him during one last illness. Animals often make the sweetest nurses. Hugs!
    Linda L in Tx

  19. Jo, I feel your pain. We only have dogs, so I know how hard it is. We have to do what’s right for them, but wrong for us. Thinking of you.

  20. Jo, I am so sorry for your loss. It breaks your heart when something happens to our pets. They are so much a part of our family. Just know that Tigger had a wonderful life. I’m thinking of you and Russ.

  21. Im sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Tigger. Twelve years is a long time to live with a pet-they fill your lives with such joy and happiness, its hard to remember a time when they werent part of your life. Its harder still to see someone so important become ill or suffer. Two legs or four, they are a member of your family. Good wishes to you in the difficult days ahead and knowing he is always close to you.

  22. Jo, I am so sorry for your loss of Tigger. It is so hard to say goodbye to our animal family members. I love that you will have his ashes close by to always remember him.

  23. Jo & Russ, so sorry to hear of your loss, but the right thing to do for him. It is so hard loosing one of your family… they are our kids…and our joy. But hopefully the memories will carry you through this hard time. Hugs and prayers in the days ahead…

  24. I am so, so sorry for your loss of Tigger. For all the pain you are feeling now, just try to remember every time that he made you smile and laugh. RIP Tigger.

  25. Jo and Russ, we are so sorry to learn of Tigger’s passing. Please remember all the posts I’ve made about my experiences with my kitties after they passed. I know Tigger is fascinated with his new life and understands your decision. Hugs from both of us.

  26. What a handsome fella Tigger was. We had to make the same decision two years ago for our Golden. It is never easy, even though you have shown your love for him in that descision.
    Gosh sounds like you were really under the weather, I do hope you are feeling like your best self soon. Someone very nice gifted me with a nice bundle of fat quarters of your newest line, and I gifted myself with that beautiful focus fabric. Love the pansies in it, Mom’s favorite was always pansies. Take care Jo, Louise

  27. So very sad to read about Tigger. It’s the worst part of pet ownership having to be brave enough to let them go but at least you can save them from suffering. You’ve certainly had a tough couple of weeks; here’s hoping that things brighten up for you, Sue.

  28. Such a tough time for you. Best to remember the joy Tigger placed in your lives. After losing a cat that had been with me for 18 years, I was lucky to have a one-eyed, gentle soul of a cat come into my life. His name is Buddy… and he truly is just that. Hope each day becomes brighter for you.

  29. So very sorry to hear about your terrible loss. We, also, have had to put a dearly beloved cat to sleep in the past and, with two more in our family, their time will come also. We, too, had Kidder cremated and I have her ashes here in the house in a lovely container. My husband has strict instructions that all kitties’ cremains be combined with mine when the time comes and I will let him know where I want US scattered! Sounds morbid, I know, but my cats don’t know what to do without me and vice versa! Your Tigger was such a handsome devil but you did the right thing by him. How fortunate you found each other! Laurie

  30. Hi Jo,

    I am sorry for your loss. We have had to make that decision several times and still miss all our friends. A few years ago we lost both our golden retriever, Chuck, and our kitty, Tigger, within a few months of each other. We are in the country, so all our furry friends are resting here in our pet cemetery. Our house was too quiet, so now we have another golden, Cooper, and a wonderful bi-color, Derby.

    You were truly blest with having a wonderful companion.


  31. I was sad to see that you both had to make that hard decision. As you said it was the humane thing to do. I have a special place in my heart for orange tabbies having had three. Our last one gave us joy for 20 years. You will be sad but remember the good times he gave you. It does help.
    Take care.

  32. Jo, I am so sorry for your loss. Tigger will be remembered by all those who have got to know you through the web as well as in person. He was a very special kitty!

  33. I googled this because my Tigger just passed yesterday. He looks so much like yours. He had cancer. Never in my life have I wanted to just disappear so much. My life without him is so empty and cold

    • I so understand and am sorry for your loss. I still think of Tigger most everyday I’m home, and it has been a while.
      Thinking of you.

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