Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Gabi Lin


I had no clue she was so sick ~ however last week I noticed some subtle changes in her behavior, but thought it was because I was away from her when I was in the hospital. But her Vet said this has probably been coming on for sometime. Her lab work was all over the charts....none of it normal. After taking her over to the Vet's office today, I came home and eventually went to my dentist appointment. When I got home I called the office and he came on the phone and told me about the grossly abnormal lab work, and that they were having difficulty bringing her out of the light sedation they gave her to do the labs. He said she had almost complete renal failure as well as the continuing intestinal blockage. In my heart, I knew the answer to my next question~ "Can you do anything for her?" He gently told me "no." I told him that I hated to let her go but I didn't want her to suffer. He wanted to know if I wanted to come & tell her goodbye and I told him I already did that this morning when I dropped her off. You see every time I left her, even go to the store, I'd give her our 'special' hug and tell her 'I'll be back in a little while.'
She's been with me for 3-1/2 years, rescued from the streets of Seattle, obviously abandoned or lost. However, no one ever claimed her from the multitude of ads that were placed in all the Seattle papers. I gave her lots of love and TLC but she gave me more.
Of all the cats I've had.....none of them affected me as much as this little one has. However, I was very close to my son's beautiful Siamese, Tuffy, who was also lost to renal failure from Diabetes. He was such a sweet guy. And when ever my son would go away, Tuffy would stay with me, because he had to have insulin shots every 12 hours. When he passed, I was with my son, so he wouldn't have to be alone in his grief. He was here with me this afternoon.
I take comfort in knowing she's crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is whole and well, playing with Tuffy, Raisin, and all the other cats and dogs that have gone before her.
I received so many emails this afternoon....thank you so much.......Linda
Rest in peace my little Gabi, I will always love you....................

33 comments:

Robin said...

I'm sitting here crying for you and little Gabi. I know she is better off and winning the hearts of the angels right now but it still makes me sad. I'm always here for you Linda, I know how special Gabi was and always will be. xoxo

a corgi said...

(((Linda)))) again, I'm so sorry :(

betty

Sugar said...

our condolences linda, i've been waiting to hear, was afraid this would be the news.
in the condition she was in, this was the way for her to find peace & comfort. she's at the rainbow bridge now, making friends with many of our dear furrs that are there.
you'll see her again someday, i have no doubt.
the girls are sending soft howls for their friend gabi.
saying a prayer for you my friend.
God bless...
SUGAR & GIRLS

if you'd like gabi on our Pet Memorial, just let me know. {{}}

sober white women said...

I am so sorry. I hate it when my cats get sick and I cried when I had to my old girl down.
Hugs!
Kelli

garnett109 said...

So sorry for the loss of your special friend.

Monica said...

(((((Linda))))) I remember when we were talking about Gabi not eating, I prayed that she was alright as I knew how much she meant to you. I'm so sorry to hear this bit of news. I'm glad your son was able to be there with you today. Gabi has joined some wonderful pets, my sweet Slo Mo is up there too.

Keeping you in my prayers.

Monica

Joyce said...

I can't tell you how sorry I was to hear this news. Gabi was a beautiful kitty. I think I told you several times that I loved your cat. I know how hard it is to lose a little one and I will pray that the tears pass quickly and the memories stay sweet.
Great big hugs, Joyce

Beth said...

Rest in peace, sweet little kitty. I bet you had no idea you were known all across the country, did you? :)

Hugs to you, Linda.
Beth

Joann said...

(((LINDA))) I'm so sorry, my friend!!

Marie said...

Oh Linda, I am so sorry to read about Gabi. I know how much you loved her. Sending hugs and love from across the sea. (((hugs)))

Jeannette said...

Linda, I already left my condolences on a previous post but just wanted to leave one here. I'm so sad and sorry to know that Gabi is gone, she's taken the secret of her former life with her. You were the first thought on my mind when I woke up today, I know it won't be easy for you but one day you'll be able to look back and smile about your very special sweet kitty and know you did so much to make her life happy. Jeannette xxxx

Jan said...

Dear Linda ,I am so sorry ,you must be so upset ,It shook me to read this ,you will miss her so ,as we will too ,you mentioned her in so many entrys ..love and hugs Jan xx

Lynne said...

Linda, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Gabi. She looked like a sweet lil gal. Bless you and your family!

Chrissie said...

Linda, I know you will lost without your precious Gabi around. But you are right she had suffered enough. I'm sure that Raisin was there to met his friend and welcome her. As I said before I will miss your sharing of her pics. I did not know you rescued her what a wonderful home she had with you with so much love. Hugs to you.
Take care, Chrissie

Ally Lifewithally said...

Linda I am so sorry for your loss ~ I know how much our pets mean to us ~ and I also know how much you loved Gabi ~ she had become part of all of our lives and I know we will miss her as well ~ I am glad your Son was with you and glad that Gabi didn't suffer ~ {{{Hugs}}}} Ally x

Hollie said...

Linda,
I am so sorry for your loss. SHe was such a pretty girl. I have 2 cats that I dearly love, & I know I would be devastated if & when something happens to them. I'm sending up prayers for you for comfort during this tough time.

(((((HUGS)))))

ADB said...

Linda,
The 8 hour time difference makes me one of the later commenters, but I'm very upset for you that you've lost Gabi - out of the blue if truth be known. You have done everything you could for her, and she made your home hers. At the end, this is the final thing you could do for her: to end suffering.

You'll meet again beyond the Rainbow Bridge.

Guido

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You have my sympathies on the loss of your precious cat. I have several pets that have gone over the bridge too. We can only be thankful for the little time we were blessed by their presence.
'On Ya'-ma

Traci said...

I'm so sorry.

Julie said...

Oh Linda, I am so sorry. Sweet Gabi Lin. My heart goes out to you.

mortonlake said...

im so sorry.if it was mine i know how i would feel.take care,mort x

Linda :) said...

I'll miss you Gabi Lyn.....
ok now I'm crying and I just put on my makeup for work....
Gentle Hugs to you my friend......

Gerry said...

Sorry about the unexpected death of your cat. You know what, I still miss Tiger, the beloved family cat we had as a child. He died far too soon, but his delightful personality could never be forgotten. Pets do leave their imprint on our lives. Gerry

just me said...

I just found out about Gabi, I am so sorry.

Meg said...

(((((Linda))))) I'm so sorry. I know Gabi was a real family member, and my heart is touched by your love for her. I know God placed her with you because He knew no one would love her like you do.

nancy said...

Sorry about your cat. I'm sure she is in good hand with the pet angel.Take care! Nancy

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Hugs to you Linda.

Jeannette said...

Tears have sprung to my eyes. I am sorry very sorry my friend, I know how much Gabi meant to you. She is with all our pets now and our Pip will look after her.

madcobug said...

So sorry about your loss of Gabi. It really hurts to lose a beloved pet. Helen

Lori said...

My heart goes out to you Linda. I am so sorry. She was a beautiful cat, and I know she was a wonderful companion for you. All of our Fur Friends are precious, but sometimes one comes along that is just extra special.

Marlene said...

Ahhh, I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Gabi. It's hard but I think she is looking down on you and remembering how lucky she was to have found you. Marlene

Jimmy's Journal said...

It breaks my heart to know little Gabi passed away. I really don't deal to well with moments like that. Stay strong, my sweet. God Bless Gabi Lin.

Jimmy

Barb said...

oh my! I have just found out about Gabi..I am sitting here with tears rolling down my face. I just loved Gabi...I am so sorry it took me this long to find out. I know you miss her. So sorry my dear friend. xoxbarb