Tuesday, September 21, 2010

URGENT ***Sniffie***

Sniffie's Mom Sharon left a comment this morning that Sniffie would be making her final trip to the Vet this morning at 10:45 AM EST...we are heartbroken and leaky eyed. Our soft purrs for Mom and Dad and Tamir, Ellie, Allie, Cubby and Clifford.


The Greatest Gift

I always knew this time would come,
From the very instant our eyes first met.
How I loved you then! How I love you now!
I made a promise then, and I will keep that promise now...
You will not suffer from a pain that will not heal;
You will not know the loss of a life remembered, now gone.

It is for me alone to make this decision,
The price for the bright joy and pure laughter
You brought me during the time we shared.
I am the only one who can decide when it is time.
When my hope dies, and my fear rides high,
Just when I need you most, I must let you go.

It is for you alone to tell me when you are ready
For without your guidance, I will not know
When to lay my grief, my guilt, my anger
My sorrow and my selfish heart aside
and give you this last gift, this greatest gift.
You eyes will speak to mine and I will know.

The pain of this moment is excruciating.
Tears stream down my face in a river of sorrow.
And my heart drowns in a pool of grief.
For you have spoken and I have listened,
and unlike other decisions I have made
This one brings no relief...no comfort...no peace.

For if there's one thing you've taught me
If there's only one thing I've learned....
Unconditional love has a condition after all,
I must be willing to let you go, when you speak to me
I must be willing to help you go, if you cannot go alone
And I must accept my pain so you can be free of yours.

Go easily now, go quickly now,
Do not linger here, it is time for you to leave.
Go find your strength, go find your youth
Go find the ones who have gone before you
You are free to leave me now, free to let your spirit soar
Rest easy now, your pain will soon be gone.

I pray I will find comfort in my memories...
in the dark and lonely days ahead.
I cannot say I will not miss you, I cannot say I will not cry.
For only my tears can heal my broken heart.
But I promise you this; as long as I live,
You will live, alive in my mind, forever in my heart.

So I give you this last gift, all I have left to give,
And this will be my greatest gift...sending you away.
It is the measure of my unconditional love....
For only the greatest love can say
"Goodbye, go find the bridge, we'll meet again,
Loving you has been the greatest gift of all."

By Karla Bertram


  1. We just heard a little while ago. We are so furry sad and are working on a memorial post to put up later this evening or tomorrow morning.

  2. Oh dears...I was getting ready to read the other post when I saw this one. Thank you for letting us know. Our hearts will be with them during this journey.


  3. We will go and visit later...this is so sad. Thank you for the lovely poem, I am going to save it.

  4. What, already? We thought she'd have weeks, if not a few months, still with them....

  5. Our mom has been teary since she read that on Sharon's FaceBook. we are so sad. We will have a memorial post for her tomorrow and light a candle for her journey tonight.

  6. I saw that message right after she posted it and had it put on the Cat Blogosphere. We will always love that beautiful girl.

  7. Oh, we just saw the news about Sniffie and are so sad that she has to go to the bridge. We went and left lots of purrs and prayers for them all.

  8. Oh no. :-(

    Oh I'm truly sorry. This is so sad. Oh beautiful Sniffie.

    Thanks for the update. We're going over there now to offer our purrs too.

    Take care

  9. We were so sorry to wake up this morning and hear about Sniffie. She has updated her facebook page. We are purring hard for Sniffie's family.

  10. We are so sorry to hear this sad news.

  11. Such sad news. What a beautiful poem...sad and true words!

  12. We are very sad, but also happy that we got to know Sniffie. We know she is pain free now and flying high!

  13. Thanks for letting us know. Now we can offer our support.

  14. This is so sad! We are sending Sniffie's family many purrs.

  15. This just breaks my heart and the poem is so perfect though it also makes my eyes leak a lot. All of we pet parents have been through this heartache and it is always just as excruciating as the first time.
    I don't know that baby but I will go by in a while. Thank you so much for the poem and just for being there and for being as loving as you are.

  16. We are very crushed by the news and dad is taking it very hard. H would wish that our four legged companions could out live us.

    Our prayers and deepest sympathies to the humans for their loss.

    Miss Kitty and Egmont

  17. Daddy apologizes for not having comment on the beautiful and fitting poem. It has touched our hearts and comforted the shock of the news.

    Miss Kitty

  18. Oh we are so sorry, for everybody who loved and was friends with Sniffie. The poem is a wonderful tribute and has Mom crying for all those who ever have to give such a gift to their furry loves.


  19. so sorry about Sniffle. what a pretty girl. We know she is with Prinnie now, playing in the grass and snuggling in sun puddles

    bonks for letting us know

  20. I am sad about sweet Sniffie, but I think we kitties know when it's our time to go. She was a lucky kitteh to have such great Humans, and they were fortunate to have her. I'm purring for everybody who's feeling leaky-eyed tonight, specially Sniffie's people.

  21. Beautiful post for the beautiful Sniffie. And it is the greatest gift when the time comes, because we know that when of one of us ventures on to the Bridge we will be free of pain, will be loved forever and will love our our families and furriends and look after all of them forever ...
    Hugs to all of you, furriends,
    Sabrina, Sam and Simon

  22. Our hearts go out to you as you and Sniffie have to go through this....Kassey and Mom


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