From the day you came into my [and then Cat's] life, you have been my shadow, my sweetheart, my everlasting kitten, our joy, the 'paw over the edge of the dinner table' hoot and so, so, so many more things. No more will 'bed fight puma' when putting clean sheets on the bed be played, no more will you drink water from our sinks, no more will you sing to us from the shower, no more will you lay on my chest when I go to bed and purr in my nose. No longer will the sound of a fig newton package being opened get your attention and bring you to take the dough from an edge of one. No longer will you sit on my lap in front of the TV. No longer will you jump onto my shoulder when I am at the computer. You gave us 6 beautiful kittens, 3 of whom still are here with us. No longer will you 'talk' with me in your oh so opinionated manner. No longer will you pat my cheek softly with your paw when I cuddle you upside down in my arms. No more will we hear you beating your coda on our bedroom door in the morning to tell us you are hungry...or for that matter any closed door in the house to signal that "THE QUEEN OF THE HOUSE" wishes to be allowed into a room. Since you came to the back door in Orlando in February 2002, you have owned me, and now us, body and soul. You are and will always be our little sweetheart. Your kidney failure came so suddenly and the vet worked so hard to save you but now we have to go to the vet and bid you a loving and heartbreaking adieu. We will ever miss you Gypsy. Your place on the kitchen counter is now so empty and lonely.
Postscript: Our gratitude and thanks to Dr. Nichole Logan, DVM and the staff of Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic for the very aggressive attempt to grant Gypsy more time with us... it was not to be. Tuesday she appeared to be fine and today she could barely raise her head from the table. She was still opinionated with her meows and purred beautifully, but she [and we] knew that her time for the Rainbow Bridge had arrived. She lay in my arms and gave a soft meow, as if to say, "Thank you for all the love and good things you gave me. I'm ready to go onwards now. Meow/purr." Frolic and play with those who went before you Gypsy Mouse and be front and center when I come to find you. We will never forget the joy, exasperation, total devotion and everything else you offered.