Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Terribly Tragic Day.

Today was a terrible and tragic day for me. My beloved cat Shayla passed away. Shayla was with me for the past 13 years of my life. She was my constant companion when I was single and struggling to make ends meet living in a one bedroom apartment and just barely scraping by. She was the smiling face that greeted me at the door when I returned from work to an empty apartment. She was 13 years old and quite the spunky old lady. As a matter of fact I used to call her "My old lady Kitty". She would meow loudly in delight every time I touched her or rubbed her with my foot. That' right, she loved a good massage with my foot and she'd come running as soon as I motioned my foot her way.

This afternoon my husband accidentally backed over her with my car as he was exiting the garage to wash my car. She liked to hang out in the garage and lay out on the concrete floor. It wasn't unusual to find her stretched out and relaxing in the afternoons. My husband had no idea that she had decided to sit under the car this afternoon and so he was unaware of what happened until he got out of the car to wash it. He came and got me and I immediately burst into tears and hurriedly tried to pick her up to get her to the vet when I realized that it would be no use. I sat down next to her and stroked her fur and told her I loved her until she eventually took her last breath. I have cried inconsolably for the better part of the day and I am sure I will continue to cry for some time.

I decided to take her into the vet's office to have her cremated so that I can keep a part of her with me always. She was so special and she meant so much to me so if you can, give your doggy or kitty and extra hug and kiss for me tonight in remembrance of my dear, sweet, little Shayla Mae.


  1. Oh Cindy,
    My heart goes out to you and your husband. I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Im dearly sorry fo your loss... i have been there before...find some happiness and peace in your heart, knowing that you took good care of her all these years. Take care.

  3. Oh, Cindy, I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved Shayla Mae. My heart goes out to you. My thoughts are with you.
    Hugs, Debi

  4. Thank you ladies for the kind and supportive comments. Words can't even describe how incredibly heartbroken I am over this. :(

  5. Cindy, I cried with you this morning....I know what it is like to lose a beloved kitty too. They are just as much a part of your family as a child is. Please find comfort that she is not only in kitty heaven relaxing in a sunny place, but still with you in spirit!

  6. Our pets alaways bring us so much joy and teach us much about unconditional love. I understand your sadness at your loss. Shayla Mae will continue to be with you kept alive by your fond memories of her. It sounds like you were her best friend, too.

  7. Oh how very sad for all of you, I am thinking of you all.

    Sue xxx

  8. I am sooooooooo sorry! You poor thing!

    m ^..^

  9. Cindy..
    we're sharing the same feeling...i'm crying right really hurt...

  10. Oh my gosh, Cindy, my heart is breaking for you after reading this post. How very sad for everyone involved... What a beautiful girl your Shayla Mae was. It is so hard to lose a precious companion.

    Thank you for all your kind words regarding our Spotty. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

    All my best to you,


  11. Oh you poor thing! I am just reading this post and it's now Dec., I'm so sorry I didn't see this before. I can only imagine. I have two kitties, a brother a sister that we've had since they were 5 weeks old. They're now 14 and I know how they truly are family members. My little girl, Jemimah, has diabetes now and I worry over her like crazy. I'm so sorry for you and your husband. He must just feel awful. I hope time has helped ease the hurt some for you, although I know it never goes away. {{{Hugs}}}

  12. How incredibly sad. I cried as I read this post; my heart is so heavy for you and your husband both. I don't know if you are a praying woman, but I am a huge believer in the power of prayer, and I have prayed for comfort for you and your husband. I love my pets so very much and know the heartache of losing them as well. Your precious Shayla will indeed remain in your heart always. In time I believe the sadness and hurt will lessen, and the good memories and feelings of love you had for and shared with her will be what remain strongest. Just try to remember how much better a life Shayla had for having been loved and cared for by you, as well as the blessings she brought to your life. With heartfelt sympathy to you, Sarah


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