Not-So-Wordless Wednesday – 19 October 2016

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Xerxes_blur_webOne year ago today, our empty-nest baby Xerxes passed away due to feline leukemia.  His was not an easy passing, not for him…he struggled so, and not for us…we didn’t want to let him go.

He was diagnosed on 23 September 2015.  He was close to death when we took him in. We initially thought that he was just sad and missing the kids because suddenly it was just David and me here in the house.  Davey had xerxes_1446gone off to the Marine Corps and the girls had gone off to their respective universities.

It soon became readily apparent that it wasn’t just a case of the “sads”, but something very serious.  We took him to the vet’s office and they confirmed it was, indeed, something very serious.  He spent several days at the hospital, where he received a battery of tests and a transfusion from a donor kitty.

Xerxes_0188Once he came home, he seemed to be a little perkier, but not quite our little Tasmanian Debil.  He wasn’t running and attacking, but he was able to walk.  Then, he started to get lethargic again. We took him back to the vet.  The news was grim.  They said another transfusion would do him no good.  It would just prolong the inevitable.  He mentioned putting Xerxes down.  We just couldn’t make that decision.  We continued to pray that Heavenly Father would heal him.  We know that He is still in the miracle business, so we knew He fully well could heal Xerxes if He chose to.

He chose to heal him over on the Rainbow Bridge on 19 October 2015.  Xerxes was not alone when he left this earth.  David was holding him as I rubbed his forehead the way he loved so much.  He is not alone now.  He is with his many family members waiting for the rest of us to cross over.

What we don’t understand is why Heavenly Father gave us our empty-nest baby just to take him away so soon and in such an awful way.

We sure miss you, my babykins.


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About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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12 Responses to Not-So-Wordless Wednesday – 19 October 2016

  1. David E. McClendon Sr. says:

    A very fitting tribute to the only cat I ever included in future plans. He still has our hearts wrapped around his little claws. What a beautiful way to say, “We miss you.”

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  2. ghostmmnc says:

    So sorry for the loss of your cute little kitty. I know they are family members, just like ours, and it is so hard to let them go. I’ve always told them I’ll see them again someday. xo

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  3. eschudel says:

    I’m sorry about Xerxes. We had a kitty with feline leukemia once as well – Luther – he was 4 when he finally lost his battle. I know that Xerxes was loved and that you gave him a good home.

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  4. So sorry to hear this. I’m sure he knew he was very loved.

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  5. Suzanne, I’m sorry for your kitties passing. I know it’s not easy to lose a family pet. While the Bible mentions the lion shall lay down with the lamb in the Bible I know this is a symbolic reference to Christ and his followers but I think there will be animals in heaven for our enjoyment. That’s just my opinion, not scripture based. You and Dave are so kind to all creatures. May God bless you both!

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    • Thank you, Cathy. I appreciate that very much. I believe that there will be animals in Heaven. We are told in the Bible to take the gospel to all creatures…and kitties and puppies are creatures. To me, that counts, and very much says they can be in Heaven, too. Why would we be told to take the gospel to all creatures if they had no chance of getting in? The verse reference is: Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (This is Jesus talking, but I don’t know how to make the letters red here.) So, I think we’re both fine and right to believe there will be animals in Heaven. 🙂
      Thank you for your kind comment, Cathy. May our Father bless you and your husband, too. Have a blessed evening.

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