Friday, August 13, 2010


My dear feline friend had to be put to sleep this afternoon. He became ill on Wednesday evening with a blocked urethra, and just deteriorated very fast. The vet was lovely to us, and I know they did everything they could for him, but by today he was very weak, his bladder had burst and he really couldn't take any more treatment. When we saw him he was so weak that he didn't react to us at all. We brought him home and he will be buried in the garden this evening.
He was such a character, right from the first moment I saw him. I picked up him in one hand and he sat there looking at me with these great big eyes and a white flash on his forehead and I said - oh you're Flash. And that was it. We loved him and he was so loving to us. The first time he purred, he gave himself such a fright that he jumped about a foot in the air. He loved sleeping in things, bags, baskets, anything really. He loved to be warm, and quite often came looking for a cuddle. He always knew when you felt sick or upset and came to sit with you. For a few months when he was a kitten he went completely grey and looked like a posh oriental cat, but then his black fur grew back again.
He had the most lovely paws, and he used to sit beside me and let me hold them in my hand. He hated winter time and just slept on someone's bed most of the time and he specially loved it when my hot water bottle was in the bed and he could lie on that. He was always happy to be cuddled and squeezed and never complained. He was never sick either, until this week. It has all happened so suddenly we are still coming to terms with it. There's a gap in our family today. Flash, thank you for all you gave us. We miss you.


  1. What sad news. You must all be feeling terrible. Knowing you gave Flash a wonderful life and home is cold comfort at the moment. My thoughts are with you all. Flash was a special cat and he will be missed greatly. Carol xoxox

  2. Oh no i'm so sorry to see this sad news. :-(
    It's so hard to loose a pet.
    He had a fantastic life with you and was so lucky to have such a good owner.

  3. Oh, I am so sorry to read this. I know many people think cats are stand-offish compared to dogs, but a loved and loving cat is just as much part of the family as any dog, no matter what Kipling wrote about the cat that walked by itself.

  4. thanks ladies, he was indeed part of this family and I really miss him.

  5. So sorry to hear about young Flash. No matter how long you have a pet it is part of the family and will be sorely missed by all.

  6. Hi Sabriel,

    Sorry to hear Flash is gone. I'm sure he's gone to somewhere nice and will always have a place in your heart.

    Here's a little poem I took comfort from once.

    Hugs Lily.

    Rainbow Bridge

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....