View Full Version : Beloved Rainbow departed her body today...

02-02-2009, 05:45 PM
We drove her to the vet and she laid in my lap, her head in my hand as she died... She was loved, held, petted and talked to till past the end.

It was so emotional and now I feel so empty. It's difficult to see the keyboard for the tears...

What a lovely, wise, giving and loving personality she had. She was a teacher, if one was open to learn.


I fell in love with her when I saw her in a pound in Amarillo, Texas in 1991. She was in a cage with two tiny babies suckling on her breasts. She looked me in the eyes when I put my hand through the cage and she rubbed her head against my hand. This is how we met.

When I inquired about her, the people at the pound told me, her life would be terminated soon as no one wanted three cats all at once and she had been there for over a week already.

I had been at an animal orphanage earlier that day. There was 10 little kittens, some of whose eyes had not even opened yet. The woman was feeding them with and eye dropper.

I went back to the woman and told the her that I knew of a cat who would nurse all her little orphan kittens. I said that if she got this cat and her babies from the pound, I would take her when she was done nursing the orphan kittens to the point they would be able to eat on their own. This is what happened.


When I got Rainbow from her she was very thin. Nursing the 12 kittens had drained her.

She also had ringworms which we contracted excepted for Kissy, the calico I had adopted from a pound in Florida in the -80's.

Infected were Hank, my German shepherd, Safari, a cat who had came from another pound in Denver area, my daughter and and I,
-we all got the ringworms.

I nursed everybody to health as we headed back home to Alaska. I had a 20' travel trailer that was home on the road. In Alaska Rainbow and others got a new companion Rhett, a Siamese kitten. Rainbow was closest to him.


Over the years Rainbow showed another side of her to us. She missed her babies, -even till last week she thought of them. Every now and then she would go find wool socks, take them in her mouth one by one, and carry them to another location...all the while meowing loudly. She even knew how to count as sometimes she had carried 12 socks....


Rainbow had a habit of looking deep into my eyes as she sat on my lap. It was as if she was looking for my soul... her gaze was that deep...

She traveled well as all of our cats have done over the years. They are world travelers and more attached to their humans that to the place. She loved to sleep on my lap and in my arms. They were her home.

For over a year now, she had had diabetes. She was cared for with love and affection. Her blood tests taken from 2 to 4 times a day. Cass and I learned to do this ourself. We gave her her insulin shots and had her on a special diet. We did all we could.

In return, she enriched our lives till the end.

Dearest Rainbow, rest in peace. We love you and you will live on in out hearts and thoughts.


Her ashes will come home to Alaska with us as will the ashes of our other beloved companions:

Lurjus.... She was my Mother's beloved cat, came to us when Mother died. Lurjus had a great sense humor and we loved her dearly....RIP
She'd climb this marble statue to eat from a spider plant.


Cay...I saved him from the death row in Alaska. He was loyal to the end...RIP


Shadow...Cass's beloved dog since she was three years old. RIP


With heavy heart I post this...


John of Phoenix
02-02-2009, 05:52 PM
... <sniff>

02-02-2009, 05:52 PM
So sorry for your loss, Spinner. Sometimes the right thing to do isn't the easy choice.

02-02-2009, 06:06 PM

Phillip Allen
02-02-2009, 06:07 PM
Damn, Spinner...ya got me scared to open your posts...I got a soft heart

Peter Malcolm Jardine
02-02-2009, 06:09 PM
It's tough... but you gave them a good life, and a dignified death. We owe our pets that at least.

02-02-2009, 06:13 PM
You loved and they loved. You gave and they gave back. It is all we can hope for.

Peace and comfort to you.

- M

Tom Montgomery
02-02-2009, 06:19 PM
My condolences. My best buddy is a cat named "Leporello." I had never before owned a cat. I had always had dogs. Now I understand.

02-02-2009, 06:26 PM
Very sorry. Very sad

The Bigfella
02-02-2009, 06:29 PM
Take care of yourself there Spinner. Best wishes.

J. Dillon
02-02-2009, 06:32 PM
My sincere condolences Spinner and thanks for posting their stories. Touching.


Michael Beckman
02-02-2009, 06:34 PM
Pets are so good at becoming family members quickly. Always very hard to lose one.. I'm sorry for your loss.

02-02-2009, 06:36 PM
Sorry, Spin. We know it was the right thing, no matter how hard.


02-02-2009, 06:54 PM
Thinking of you at the moment, Spin.

What a lovely group of friends you have shared your life with over the years.

02-02-2009, 06:54 PM
Don't know what to say. It has been a very tough month for you and your family, Spin. Very tough. I wish that I could take some of that pain away but I just don't know how.

Your friends are at peace. You will be too, in time. God bless and keep you.

Mickey Lake

Bob Adams
02-02-2009, 07:09 PM
They'll be waiting for you Spinner. As much as I dislike Woody, go reread his posting of the Rainbow Bridge. To let them go when they are having no quality of life is the most unselfish, and loving act.

02-02-2009, 07:10 PM
I'm so sorry Spinner and Cass....

Funny how they seemed to know about the move. I remember when you first posted, struggling with knowing what was the best thing to do with them re the move. They knew.....

02-02-2009, 07:14 PM
Sorry to hearmof this Spinner and Cass, but with the pleasure of having such loving companions comes the pain and responsibility. You always remember them

02-02-2009, 07:34 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss.:(

02-02-2009, 07:45 PM
Sorry to hear that Spin...:(.
At least you ease and comforted Rainbow to the end... Letting her know that you loves her....

Shadow is quite a beautiful dog...

02-02-2009, 09:59 PM
So sorry for your loss. I admire both your courage and compassion. Taking my own cat for one last trip to the vet when he was very sick was one of the hardest things I ever had to do.

All the best to you, Cass and David.

bob winter
02-03-2009, 07:49 AM
Its hard to find the words to express my sympathy. The loss of a pet is always hard but at least you have the memories and know that you gave her a good life.

02-03-2009, 10:18 AM
My condolences for the lost of a very dear loved one.

Dan McCosh
02-03-2009, 10:25 AM
Having lost some pets recently, it takes you by surprise how deeply the experience affects you.

02-03-2009, 10:27 AM
You are richer from having known them, and they too, from having known you. Neither is diminished by the passages of life.


02-03-2009, 10:56 AM
So, so sorry. Give each other lots of hugs from me, please.

Tar Devil
02-03-2009, 11:09 AM
I'm sorry, Spinner!

Lew Barrett
02-03-2009, 11:11 AM
Sorry for the sadness, Spin.

Captain Blight
02-03-2009, 11:50 AM
"Heven is the place where, when you go there, all the dogs and cats you've ever known come running to greet you."

I'm so sorry for your losses, Aulikki. Heartfelt condolences.

02-03-2009, 04:23 PM
Thank you all for your consolation and caring. You make it a bit easier to bear....

The "rainbow bridge" is lovely...

It's been tough losing our beloved Cay and Rainbow within three weeks from each other.

Both gave us a sign it was time to go. It made the decision process urgent and immediate, but not easy. -Yet it had to be done....


Life goes on...and we have to focus in the present and the future.

Rainbow, Cay, Shadow and Kissy are on our minds and hearts and they will always be cherished and never forgotten.

In present time this is our beloved big boy Rhett. He loves a warm spot...


and baskets...



...and watching the birds through the kitchen window...


He will be coming to the US with us.... Like said before, we will look for another dog and a kitten when we get to the East Coast...

02-03-2009, 04:50 PM
Sorry to hear that Spinner. They are really family when all is said and done...

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
02-03-2009, 10:50 PM
I was trying to post to this thread when the forum went down.
Twenty years is a long time, what a blessing Rainbow was.
Cats live on in our hearts and minds and photos.
They give us their best and bring out the best in us.
I remember that source of affection both giving and receiving is suddenly gone.
What a shock to the system that was for me when "Fat Bob" had to go.
Thank goodness you and Cass still have Rhett.

Robbie 2
02-03-2009, 11:33 PM
Sad news Spinner but they knew they were loved so can rest in peace.. take care