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Posted: 4/23/2014 6:08:56 PM EDT
I'll miss you Ashton. We bonded together, you always greeted me in the hallway when I woke up, left for work, and came back from work. I was a sucker for you and spoiled you petting and scratching until you had enough.

Last January I found a couple watery spots of blood in the bathtub and we had to take him to the vet for emergency cystolithotomy surgery because of bladder stones. That gave us another 1 year and 4 months together. Smart kitty to leave it where I'd see it.

When I came home from work yesterday he was laying on his side, really laboring to breathe. His breathing had been raspy since a little before the surgery. I petted him for about 15 minutes but he kept getting up and moving like he didn't want me to pet him. I watched him awhile and he sat up to look out the back door like he loved to do. A little later I was brushing my teeth when he came to the doorway and laid down looking bad again. I petted him for at least 30 minutes talking to him and he seemed a little better and moved around to a couple different spots after awhile. The next time I saw him not much later he was laying on his side, dead.

R.I.P. Ashton
Dec. 2003 - April 22nd 2014

As his memorial I'm going to post some pictures of him so he lives on the Internet forever.

Happy Face (2004):


Sitting Proud (2005):


Laying Down (2005):


Licking Lips (2005):


Hiding in the Grass (2009):

Ashton loved to go outside while we supervised him. He got me to spoil him there, too. He had a period where he'd get mighty darn pissed when we picked him up to bring back inside. This picture is the "shade garden" he liked, before you tell me to cut the grass!

Not Amused (2012):


Christmas Kitty (2012):


Enough Pictures Already! (2012):


Dang Dog! (2013):

He didn't take well to sharing the house while we took care of my brother's dog. That was the closest he voluntarily got to her. He jumped up from the backside of the couch. I think you can tell his look of disgust.

He loved to hop up in your lap and lay between your legs as soon as you popped the recliner up. He kept my legs warm on winter mornings while I read a book and drank coffee.

I love you Ashton.

Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:10:25 PM EDT
Kitty is at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for you.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:11:03 PM EDT
sorry for the loss man
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:11:57 PM EDT
Damn, sorry for your loss. He looks just like the cat I had as a child.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:12:53 PM EDT
Sorry to hear it . R.I.P. kitteh.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:13:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:16:41 PM EDT
Great looking cat. I'm sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:17:43 PM EDT
these threads kill me.

I have an orange tabby that i pulled from his mother in may 1999. He will be 15 in a couple of weeks. Right now you couldnt guess his age, he gets around fine and is healthy.

But i know his time is coming soon. I hope he will be one of those 25+ year old cats.

But enough about mine. Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:19:59 PM EDT
Rip :-(

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Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:20:18 PM EDT
Awesome looking kitty...looks kind of like my little dude . So sorry for your loss; hang in there.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:21:55 PM EDT
So sorry dude. I miss my kitties too.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:22:45 PM EDT
Sorry to hear this OP. This one hits a little closer to home, as Ashton looks like my cat (but skinnier). RIP Ashton.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:23:15 PM EDT
Man I'm so sorry. I have a tabby that looks just like your cat.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:23:55 PM EDT
Sorry. You gave him a good life. Reminds me of my cat Batman.




That's a nice tribute by the way.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:23:57 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:25:37 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 4v50:
Kitty is at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for you.
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Aww man, I remember this from Dear Abby long long ago.

http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm

Godspeed Ashton! Sorry for you loss OP.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:25:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/23/2014 6:26:18 PM EDT by NwG]
Man that's rough.. Glad you got to spend some time with him at the end. I understand what you mean when you say you were petting him and he kept moving around like he didn't want you to let him or he couldn't get comfortable. It's a sign they are in pain and near the end. He is not in pain any more, he is in a warm, fuzzy, dry, grass filled place with plenty of treats and endless glasses of water to push off the table without anybody getting upset..

Little furry ninjas take up a pretty big spot in your heart, sorry you lost him.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:26:20 PM EDT
So sorry to hear of your loss.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:29:03 PM EDT


I'm sorry man.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:29:42 PM EDT
I'm sorry you lost your friend.

I miss mine too.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:31:05 PM EDT
I'm sorry for your loss. I highly recommend people look at pet food, and try to go with American made, and sourced over Chinese sourced. We have had cats get tumours, and other internal problems from the food from China. I now feed my pets better than I eat, and it's worth it.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:32:22 PM EDT
So sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:33:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:35:03 PM EDT
Sorry man. I had to put mine down a few months ago and it sucks.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:35:39 PM EDT
Looked like a pretty cool pussy. Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:36:03 PM EDT
Having just lost my best friend Wizard in early February, I know what you're experiencing.
Remember the good times, remember the loving times, remember the warm companionship.

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye


My heartfelt condolences, brother.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:36:21 PM EDT
Ashton made his mark on your world.

Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:39:29 PM EDT
My daughter has a cat that looks exactly like yours and he's sleeping on my bed now. His mother who was only 4, who I spent a lot of money on surgery saving just vapor locked under our Christmas tree the day before last Christmas. It's tough but remember the good memories. I'm not a cat person but I find myself attached. The one on my bed right now will be there until morning and if I get too close in the middle of the night he'll swat me and want to be let outside in the morning. Sorry for your loss OP.

Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:47:41 PM EDT

sorry for your loss, it's always tough, i went through the same thing in the fall...
http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_154/1521421_it_s_your_first_ever_night_away_from_us_piper__but_everyone_is_pulling_for_you___.html

ar-jedi
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 6:56:17 PM EDT
I'm sorry for your loss. Ashton must have been a good kitty.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:00:34 PM EDT
I'm sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:01:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:02:48 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:04:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:05:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:05:10 PM EDT
Sorry man. It's hard losing one of your little friends.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:07:16 PM EDT
Moki, Kitty, Charlotte and Applesauce join me in offering you our condolences,
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:12:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:16:59 PM EDT
This is so hard to go through...lost my first-born. Still hurts. (Wish I knew how to post photos..duh.) I could meow or talk to him...he always knew what I was saying.



RIP Ashton. RIP J.E.B.

Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:19:12 PM EDT
He was a fine kitty.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:20:37 PM EDT
I'm sorry for your loss
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:21:09 PM EDT
Poor kitty. Sorry
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:21:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:25:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:25:53 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss, buddy. I'm dreading the day my my little pal leaves me. She is laying next to my right now. I had to give her a hug after reading your post...
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:26:31 PM EDT
Sorry to read this but it sounds like you gave him a great home while he was here.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:27:04 PM EDT
The juice is worth the squeeze. Their companionship is well worth the heartbreak
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:33:07 PM EDT
My condolences for your loss. He was a sweet, good boy. RIP Ashton.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:54:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/23/2014 7:54:49 PM EDT by Daytona955i]
]Reminds me of my trouble maker...



Losing a pet is especially hard because we just live so much longer than they do. But look at it from his side. He lived his entire life being loved unconditionally. He was a lucky guy.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 9:15:11 PM EDT
Thank you all so much for your kind words and warm reception. I enjoyed seeing and reading about all your little buddies, too.

I read the Rainbow Bridge poem, which managed to put a smile on my face.

ar-jedi, I missed your thread, it's easy to do here. I'm glad I was able to read it now, you have a beautiful family and home. So many adorable pics you have. We have a leopard-skin window-sill lay similar to yours. Ashton loved hopping in boxes, too. That pic drinking out of faucet, Ashton loved to drink out of the bathtub faucet. I'd give in multiple times per day, as he'd follow me in. He used to like taking showers with us, though he'd sometimes have enough and start clawing before shampoo completely washed out.

Thank you all, it was too difficult to post this last night. I'll check back tomorrow, have a few more memories I'd like to share about my time with Ashton.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 9:21:48 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss.
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