J is for Jackie

J is for Jackie

My motto for this year’s A to Z Challenge is “Animals in my life – stuffed or alive”

I mentioned in an earlier post, that Jackie changed her behavior completely after her mother Sammy died last September. She really tried to comfort me for months.

Now, as my grief lessens, she changes her behavior again. She spends more time outside, she doesn’t want to snuggle as much. Don’t get me wrong, she still loves to cuddle at night and she still is very affectionate. But she definitely has more “cat-time” now.

Jackie is very good when it comes to teaching independence. She stayed with me until I understood Sammy’s death was not meant to torture me for the rest of my life, because true love never dies. But that I had to let her go nonetheless. And that life goes on.

Shortly after Sammy’s death, I said to my husband that I don’t want to have any more cats, because it hurts so much when they leave for the Rainbow Bridge. That my heart would never heal.

Jackie proved me wrong. Her love was infectious! But now everything has stabilized on a new level, and can everything please go back to normal, meow🐱?

4 thoughts on “J is for Jackie

  1. I get this. When our Little Bit went to the bridge my hubby said no more babies. That won’t change, but I sure would love to have another little one to share our lives with.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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  2. Nothing is harder than saying goodybye to a furkid that has shared your life and all your secrets for years. They are family members, and we mourn their loss. We know that cats and dogs will only be here to share part of our lives, but it is still so very hard to have them go, the house feels so empty and you remember everything they did that make them unique and special. I like to think about what wonderful lives full of love and care we have given them, and how much they have given us in return.

    It is true that their behavior changes as their role in the family does. Our Sophie is getting old and frail, and it will be interesting to see which one assumes the role of kitty clan leader when she passes. Tiggy is the oldest, but the boys are more assertive, so I suspect one of them will.

    Don’t be surprised if one day down the roads way you find or learn of another kitty needing rescue and it makes it’s way into your heart and home. I believe our cats who have passed sometimes send them to us, our Smoky was most certainly intended to be ours, heaven sent!

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