Friday, August 21, 2009


This post is by special request from Jamie at Thoughts Fur Paws and Sandra, Tuna's Mom. Tuna was one of those once-in-a-lifetime cats who touch their human companions hearts so much that the love between them is all-consuming. Tuna was born on October 18th, 1995 and was sent to the Rainbow Bridge on March 23rd, 2007. Even after all this time, Sandra can hardly think about her without crying. The second picture is Tuna and Sandra with the Christmas tree at Tuna's last Christmas. Christmas was Tuna's very favorite time of year. Tuna loved going outside and especially loved chasing leaves and bringing them back to the front door of the house, where she would leave them. One day in 2005, Sandra was playing with Tuna and giving her a tummy rub when she noticed four lumps on her stomach. She was surprised, as the lumps hadn't been there a couple of days before. She rushed Tuna to the vet as soon as possible and soon learned that Tuna had both fibro sarcoma and spindell cell sarcoma, very bad news indeed. Tuna had two operations and two full courses of chemo over the next two years, but the cancer always came back, usually within a few weeks of the end of the chemo course. Tuna fought very hard, but near the end her weight was down to only three pounds. When the vet told Sandra that there was nothing more he could do for Tuna and the kindest thing would be to send her on to the Rainbow Bridge, Sandra was heart-broken. She took Tuna home for two more days to say goodbye. She pampered Tuna as much as she could and took her out in her stroller. Her brother Blackie found a leaf and brought it to Tuna. Sandra found this immensely touching. When the time came, Tuna went softly and gently, in Sandra's arms. Sandra couldn't bear to let the vet take her body away for a long time, but she finally did. Tuna is now buried in a pet cemetery, where Sandra can visit her. Sandra doesn't have a blog, but if you would like to leave her some comforting words, I will see to it that she gets them by e-mail.

                                                Tuna loved Christmas and leaves to chase.
                                                When Autumn winds blew, away she'd race.
                                                           Cancer took her away
                                                           To the Bridge to play.
                                                Leaving Sandra to mourn, with tears on her face.


Cheysuli and gemini said...

That was a lovely tribute you did for Tuna. I hope the people she left behind can find comfort in it. We will purr for her people too.

meowmeowmans said...

Thanks for writing such a lovely tribute.

Brian said...

That is so sad, I'll go see Sandra right now, love, Brian.

Brian said...

Oops, my paw was too quick, I thought the link was to Sandra's blog...didn't read close enough. Please tell Sandra that the tribute to Tuna was so touching and it made my whiskers weepy wet. Please tell Sandra that my sisters Sascha, Gracie, Zoe & I will remember Tuna forever now.

The Island Cats said...

A wonderful tribute to a special cat...we hope Tuna's mom Sandra can take some comfort in it....we hope she can remember all the joy Tuna brought her with smiles and not tears...purrs to her....

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

We feel for Sandra. We understand that kitties have a special bond with their humans. Even though Tuna had a good life,it is still hard to say goodbye. Some kitties just have the capacity to put paws directly on our humans hearts!!!!
We give {{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}} to Tuna's Mom.
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Thoughts said...

Thank you Karen Jo for doing this. Tuna was truly one of God's most precious gifts, like all animals. This is very touching.

And thanks for the kind words you left on my blog about our dear Nicky...means a lot to us.

Jaime, Sasha and Theodore