Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Buster

Buster
I'm finding typing this really hard as I'm looking at my laptop through tears.  Dad called me this afternoon with some sad news.  He was calling to say that Buster died this afternoon.

This was a total shock.  I last saw Buster at the end of August and he was absolutely fine - eating, purring, sitting on my lap and generally just being himself.  I always asked how he was whenever I spoke to Dad and the answer was always the same - he's fine.

Buster on the lawn

But last night Buster was very ill and this morning he was even worse so Dad took him to the vet.  The vet thinks that Buster has had bowel cancer for some time and last night something just went wrong.  Because of his age - he was fourteen - the vet didn't think surgery and treatment would help him so Dad asked the vet to put Buster to sleep.

We'd had Buster since he was two.  We got him from the Blue Cross and I fell in love with him the minute I saw him there.  When I left home earlier this year I was distraught about leaving him and I've been missing him terribly.  Chris doesn't like cats, you see, so Buster stayed with Dad.  Although Buster was ill I'm pretty sure he wasn't suffering because as I say he was eating and everything and being his normal self.

Buster in my suitcase

I'm going to have to stop typing now.  My laptop is getting very wet and I need to go and get a tissue and some paracetemol - I have a crying headache. 

I just wanted to write a goodbye post for my Buster and to tell him thank you for being our cat.  Love you, miss you and sleep well, FurryPurry. ~X~

43 Comments

Helga Hansen said...

I am so sorry - our pets always have a special place in our heart, and it's no fun when they pass on. Hugs to you, Laura x

Laura G said...

oh I'm so so sorry Laura. It's awful to lose a cuddly friend. thinking of you x

hello gorgeous said...

:o(

they attach themselves to our hearts and never let go.....it's unbearable when something like this happens

Buster looks just like the first cat I had when I was 10...we called her Clouseau, as when she arrived {at only a few weeks old} she wondered around the Living room bumping into things...we had been watching one of the Pink Panther films earlier in the day with Peter Sellers.....hence the name!

Sending you big bear hugs sweetie ;o)

hugs xxx

Joy Funnell said...

What sad news Laura. So sorry to hear. How lovely though that Buster was not suffering for ages, when it was his time it came quickly and that you had a good vet who suggested the best for Buster. Still devastating when it happens though. I am glad you have some wonderful photos of him. He will always be with you in your memory.

Take care

Joy x

Sue Doran said...

What lovely photographs of a much loved friend. I am so, so sorry; it's awful to lose a pet, especially one who was with you for so long. I have a big lump in my throat and tears in my eyes for you reading about your loss. I always enjoyed your posts about him, cat burglar and getting tangled up with your sock yarn stick in my mind.
xx

Fiona said...

Poor Buster. But I'm sure he had a very happy life with your family. Soon you'll be able to remember the good things about him and smile.

Jonah the dog said...

Bless you hun - I remember him well and he was such a character. Big cwtches (hugs is welsh) xx

Mary said...

I'm so sorry Laura. He looks amazing in the photos. A well loved cat.

Klik said...

So sorry...the life of our pets is too short...But he had a vey nice live - with people's love - your's and your Dad's.

FloRaeMe said...

I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. It breaks my heart when special family members pass on. :( Jo

Sandy Cannings said...

Oh Laura, I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Buster. I was sobbing so much reading your post. I'm such a big softie when it comes to animals as everyone on here is too. What a gorgeous cat he was. At least he didn't suffer. You'll be looking back at some of the posts that Sue mentioned above and hopefully the memories of what he used to get up to will raise a little smile - maybe not yet though - it's still too raw. Oh god, I'm filling up again! Take care Laura. Sending you a big <<>>
Love Sandy xxx

Steph said...

oh no, what sad news. so sorry laura. buster always seemed like a real character. sending you big hugs. just remember all those happy times buster gave you and all those smiles :) x

Marcia Antle said...

Oh, I am hurting for you, Laura. I know how it feels and the pain will never truly cease completely, but it will get better. I lost my two cats within one month of each other and they were 19 and 20 years old. Very suddenly, just like Buster. Animals make our lives so much better, but it sure hurts to lose one, I know. My thoughts are with you. Marcy

Laura Cameron said...

Oh Laura, I'm sorry to hear your sad news. What a beautiful boy and I'm sure he was so grateful to have had such a loving home xo

Valerie said...

Laura,
I too lost a pet and know your pain. Take care and know that our thoughts are with you....Valerie

BeadyPool said...

Oh Laura, big hugs.
He will be sorely missed what a real character he was.
At least from the sounds of things it was quick and he wasn't in pain.
Happy purring in kitty heaven Buster x

Caroline B said...

Oh I'm so sorry Laura - I know exactly how you are feeling, having been through the same a few months ago with my dog. It was probably for the best, painful though it is for you, and he had a long and very happy life. Sending you lots of hugs,
Caroline xx

Marie Cramp said...

I am so sorry your sweetie passed on. I wish I could give you a big hug! I don't know what else to say, so take care and have a good hard cry, it will help you feel better.
Marie

Catherine Bonham said...

Oh bless you! Poor little thing and poor you. Sending you lots of love and hugs.
Catherine

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura,

So very sorry for your loss, its amazing how our pets attach themselves to our hearts, I have 2 dogs whom I adore. Thinking of you and sending lots of hugs your way from us.

Lisa, Amber and Trevor xxx

Jo said...

I am so sorry Laura. He looked so happy in your photos, and I know how much you loved him.
Lots of hugs from me too,
Jx

Anonymous said...

Hello Laura,

I am so very sorry. Buster was a beautiful cat. His personality shows even in your photos. As Marcia mentioned, the pain will lessen with time. And even though he's not there with you physically, he'll always be with you in your heart. He's resting and safe now. Please take care of yourself during this time. Lori

elizabeth said...

Aaw he's a really beautiful cat.

The best advice is to remember the good times with him (I bet there are loads!) and that the bad feelings will fade in time.

I know about this, I've had plenty of cats and can remember them all with very fond memories. You'll be fine! x

Seraphimgirl said...

I'm soooo sorry for your loss. I know exactly how you feel - and our animals are family.

Really painful - hoping you'll take comfort in your beautiful memories of a wonderful friend.

All the best,
Sera

Carol Tannahill said...

I'm so sorry and I feel your pain. I had a beloved dog that I had to leave with my Mom that was euthanized due to cancer. Let the tears flow. It helps, a bit.

Laura said...

Hello everybody,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such lovely comments. And thanks to everyone who has sent me tweets and emails about Buster too.

Your kind words are much appreciated.

Laura x

The Beadfather said...

As Laura has said, Thank you everyone for all your wonderful comments about Buster, or as I called him 'Fluff Arse'. He had a good life !

Roland X

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Laura,
I am so sorry for your loss of your furry friend. It is always hard to lose one of our pets, but know that he was well loved by you and your dad. My thoughts are with you!
Beth

Indonesia Heritage said...

...RIP For Buster...

Big hug for your family too Laura. I believe they're sad too...

Kc said...

I'm so so sorry Laura, that's terrible news. He was a very handsome fella. Take care.

Narrative jewelry said...

All my thoughts are for you and your father dear Laura, Buster seemed to be a wonderful boy. Thanks for sharing this photo with us, i really love his face and his incredible look.
A new star tonight in our sky.

Karen lorenz said...

Big hugs Laura, we lost our Kat- mandu over 4 years ago, but he is still loved and remembered. Trust me after a while the pain gets less and the love and funny times are whats left. Wishing you peace

KarenXX

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for that. I'm thinking of you and sending you a big hug from Switzerland.

Sue

Klassy Joolz said...

So sorry Laura & Beadfather...Buster was a very handsome kitty and everyone can tell he was special!!! Wonder why they can't stay with us longer(???)...but he'll never leave your heart!!!!

Hugs to you!!!

Pam

Shaiha said...

I am so sorry about your loss. Our pets become so much a part of our lives and their loss always leaves a huge hole in the heart.

Anonymous said...

Dear Laura, that is such sad news. I am really sorry you lost Buster. From all your posts about him, it feels like I actually knew the furry fiend. He was quite a character and I know he had the best possible life with your family.. he was one lucky moggy. Kerryn xx

Mel P said...

Huge belated (((((((hugs)))))) Laura. I am sure is is skipping around kitty heaven eating chocolate and chasing butterflies. I am so so sorry for your loss xxxx

K S Jewellery Designs said...

Sad, sad, sad.... what a gorgeous looking pusscat. It's tough when they leave us but it sounds like you have very happy memories to treasure.
All the best
Kristin :)

Cazzphil said...

Such a big personality, such vitality, it still makes me cry to look at his photos again and I never met him. Feeling for you at this very sad time.

BlueBoxStudio said...

So sad. I am so sorry for your loss. He was lucky to have had you and your Dad, Rescues always know that. He's waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge. ((hugs)).

Nancy said...

Buster looks amazingly like my Winnie! I can truly empathize with you losing him. The feline fuzzballs ARE family. So sorry!! xx

Pretty Things said...

I'm so incredibly sorry. I lost my Buddy not too long ago. I love all the pictures you have and totally know how you feel. I'm thinking of you.

Anonymous said...

I feel so bad for you :( It's never easy when we lose a furry family member. Stripey's are one of my favs,,,how wonderful to have had him for 12 years,,,but, no matter how long you have a furry friend it's never easy to say good bye. Please accept a big hug wrapped in luv,,,,