Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Farewell, Ziggy


One day a small kitty showed up where the family at Sheep Thrills Farm parked their cars and followed them to the house. He then parked himself on a bench and stared into the sun room through the window. Because they are nice and kind people, they set up a nice place for him in the barn and got him some food and water. They didn't bring him inside right away because they already had a houseful of cats and two dogs. Every day, Ziggy would be back on the bench, staring in the sunroom window. Finally they couldn't stand it any more and decided that they could at least fix him up a place in the basement. You can guess how long that lasted. Ziggy moved right in and became part of the family for 17 years. He absolutely loved to play fetch. He had a rabbit-fur mousie that he would bring to anyone who would sit still for a little while. He would fetch the thrown mousie for hours if the person would keep throwing it. He only stopped this game after he had a bad fall and injured his back. Ziggy was a big cat, weighing up to 26 pounds. He had a big frame to go with it and the vet said that he was in perfect health. He did develop a thyroid problem, but that was easily controlled with medication. This winter, he just didn't seem to be himself. He got one problem after another, ending up with pneumonia. He died on his heating pad with his Mom petting him. He is sorely missed.

                                          Ziggy got his new home by staring
                                          At the folks he sensed were caring.
                                               They welcomed him in
                                               To their cozy den.
                                           Now he's at the Bridge, where it's all about sharing.

35 comments:

Tina T-P said...

Oh, how nice of you to do a limerick about Ziggy. He was a very special kitty for my friend Kathy, and I know she'll be touched by it. T.

Brian said...

That was such a nice tribute, my whiskers are weepy wet for Ziggy's Mommy.

-d ma said...

wow ziggy was a big boy and he sounds like he was a great cat.

Angel and Kirby said...

WE know Ziggy is missed. He was a big sweet boy

Kathy said...

How can we ever thank you enough for your post and limerick about our beloved Ziggy? We so miss seeing him on the loveseat where he spent most of his time.
I know my dad met him as he went to the bridge. Dad used to call him "Tank". Now Zig's there with Dad and all the cats he loved who went before him: his love, April as well as Socks, Scooter, Bandit, Matilda, Zuzu, and Max.
Thank you...from the bottom of my heart.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

What a wonderful limerick about Ziggy.

The Island Cats said...

What a nice tribute to Ziggy...we know he will be missed.

meowmeowmans said...

Such a nice tribute to Ziggy. Sounds like he was an amazing cat.

Luna, Luzie and Olli said...

This is a wonderful post about Ziggy.
We are sure he was a sweet cat!

Marg said...

I am so sorry about Ziggy. He sure sounds like a wonderful and very large cat. The ones that find us are the best cats. I have one here that stared at me so long, I had to go our and finally feed her and she has been here ever since. Great post.

Tuck said...

As always, a beautiful tribute...my human has leaky eyes

Pierro said...

Good bye Ziggy. You were a great kitty and you were loved a lot
this is a really nice limerick too
bonks

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Noll's Nip said...

A lovely tribute to Ziggy, who was surrounded by love even to the end.

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Grrreta said...

That's a lovely tribute to Ziggy. he was a very special kitty. Your limerick is very sweet.

Christine and FAZ said...

A lovely tribute to Ziggy. FAZ

caspersmom said...

Ziggy sure had a cute way of getting into the family. He kept himself visable. He sure was a big guy and gave his family 17 wonderful years. Purrs and prayers to his family.

Casper and crew

Diamond said...

His human was patting him at the end. That brings tears to my eyes. Happy enjoyment at the Rainbow Bridge Ziggy.

Lorianna said...

That was a sweet tribute for Ziggy, Karen Jo.
You are so nice to take time to do these.
hugs,
Lorianna

Kavan said...

How sweet! And I thought I was a big mancat!

Thanks for the birthday wish!

Kavan

Pierro said...

This is a very nice tribute to Ziggy. He was a good kitty and lived almost as long as my sister Princess. It is very hard to say goodbye, we know that very well.

bonkbonk for a great limerick!

MaoMao said...

Poor Ziggy. He sounds like a precious boy and our hearts go out to his family.

Hugs and purrs,

The Ballicai

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Gracie =^o.o^= said...

I didn't know Ziggy but now feel like I got to know him a little. That was a lovely limerick. I am so happy that Ziggy found a forever inside home. I know he will be so missed.

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Anya said...

Very touching tribute for Ziggy
He was a beauty !!!!
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Ariel said...

Great post beautiful Limerick.

Christine and FAZ said...

A lovely limerick for Ziggy FAZ

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a character Ziggy was.

Kylie said...

Saying goodbye or farewell to someone very important to us is very hard. I am so sorry for what happened to Ziggy. I myself is in pain because my favorite bunny also past away for unknown reason. I just found her in her rabbit hutch lifeless.