My Precious Little Girl

WP_20141224_12_21_39_Pro On Friday April 10th, 2015 at approximately 11:05 am, we lost our precious little girl Josie to Lymphoma. Josie first arrived in our lives on Christmas Eve 2002. She couldn’t exactly be wrapped, though I later came to learn that she would have been happy to wait the entire night under a Christmas Tree. She was never more excited than when the tree would arrive as she knew the ribbon wouldn’t be far behind.

We don’t know exactly when she was born as she was rescued from the streets by her godparents Sean & Leslie. We believed she was about a year old at the time. We immediately named her Josie, in a tribute to the fact that she was a pussycat.

2006 Josie (3)The first few weeks were a harsh adjustment for all, mainly because we didn’t understand that she was now in charge. There was lots of hissing and gnashing of teeth between her and her adoptive brother Ceasar. He had been with us for a year already and was doing dog like things, such as playing fetch and tug. Josie called her union rep and put an end to that quickly.

Being a lady, she adored bags of all kinds, but especially leather. She took a special interest in high heel shoes, coats and handbags, never missing the opportunity to stick her head in and bask in the scent. Whenever possible she would climb in to get the full experience.

Back CameraWhen it came to loving she only had time for David and myself, but in her final months she came to bond with uncle Sheldon who house sat for us while we took a 3 week long journey across the world. By the time we returned, she was regularly jumping on his lap for petting.

Last Tuesday afternoon we first realized that she was sick. She had been laying in one spot all day. What first looked like an infection quickly turned serious and in less than 72 hours we were saying our tearful goodbyes.

WP_20141023_10_02_24_Pro__highresThe tests revealed that she had an extremely aggressive form of Large Cell Lymphoma and was bordering on multiple organ failure. The cancer was so aggressive that they could see it multiplying on the slide.

We held her through her tightly as she passed from this world and showered her with the love that she had given us for so many years. David wrapped his arms around her and I nuzzled her head ears and head as we did most mornings.

Over the 12 years, 3 months and 17 days she was with us, she was alternately timid and fierce, bitch and lover, adorable and infuriating. She carefully doled out the kisses, with a tiny flick of her tongue and had an adorable way of drinking water that always left her face covered in droplets. Josie is survived by her two daddies Daniel & David and by her adoptive brother Ceasar who all miss her very much.

IMG_0951She loved sunning on the flagstones in the backyard and her favorite times were first thing in the morning where she had her rituals. I’d wake up and there she would be waiting patiently on my nightstand at my side. We would have about 5-10 minutes of petting and nuzzling. When she was done, she would simply stand up and be gone. Sort of a “that’s all!” moment.

Last night, I found myself unconsciously pushing my drinking glass back on the nightstand to IMG_0187make space for her in the morning. But there is no more need for that and it breaks my heart. A hundred times a day I find myself missing the way she greeted me, with her squeaky little meow. She was my precious, my squeak, my angel, my little girl. The one that would checking on me after the shower, to make sure I didn’t drown, the one who would bolt to lay on top of me as soon as I sat back or laid down for the night.

There is no need for me to push my glass anymore, but I’ll probably keep doing it for a while, just to help me remember my precious little girl.

7 thoughts on “My Precious Little Girl

  1. I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious Josie. I’ve been a cat lover since I was a little girl and every one of them are special to me. I know your heart is broken, but you shared years of joy and companionship and gave her a loving home, and she blessed your life in return.


  2. I really enjoyed your tribute to Josie. Having cats and dogs myself, I know how attached you get to them, and them to heart goes out to you and family, because I know how it hurts to loose one. I cried for 2 weeks when my stud, Wildfire died.. I was there when he was born, his mama let me pet him, when he was just a few minutes old, and I was there when he died .25 years later.he was and still is missed 10 years later.. thanks for sharing this with us..


  3. Losing a beloved pet is truly devastating and leaves a hole in your life. Hoping your memories will bring smiles to you in the days to come.


  4. I know how difficult this is for the two of you! If anyone knows, Sean and I do, for sure. Our precious Candy departed this world just a month ago. When you are ready, we have rescued the most precious little girl from our backyard – Toni. She is lovely and loving but is very fearful of our cat filled house. Currently she lives in our guest bathroom and is very happy not to be disturbed except by us for much wanted loving and cat scratching. I have fond memories of your lovely Josie, living under the Indian Hawthorne in our front yard. She grew into such a gorgeous girl – you did that! My deepest sympathies for your loss.


  5. Losing a pet is losing a family member. We have two beautiful Poms, they give us some much joy & are so part of our lives. One of them is 16 years old, it will be hard when we lose her. Remember your joyous memories of her. God Bless Josie


  6. Dan, this is such a beautiful tribute to Josie. Unfortunately I know all too well how hard it is to lose our beautiful babies, but the pain is completely outweighed by the joy they bring to us. Sending you and David love – Laurie


  7. This is such a beautiful write up of your sweet girl. It makes me sad that she has crossed rainbow bridge. I know she was deeply loved and will be terribly missed. *hugs*


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