Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tucker tribute: The final photos

It's been almost seven months since Tucker died. I had a very hard time around the holidays, with a number of things making me cry. But, in the past few weeks, I've noticed that the heavy veil of grief is starting to lift. I can look at photographs now and not always cry.

It helps that Ringo is such a people-oriented cat. He's made both of us laugh through the tears. I know there will be many more sad times, and more tears, but I also know I'll be ok. He was such a special cat, and we were blessed to have him in our lives for 16 years.

On this Tucker tribute I wanted to share the last four photos I ever took of him. These were taken on July 17, the day before he died. He spent all of his time on our enclosed porch, and I sat next to him on the couch.



And the very last photo:

I did not take any photos on his final day. Jim took several just before he was euthanized, but I could not. He was not responsive to our touch anymore, and it wasn't how I wanted to remember him. I much prefer the above photo.

Thanks for reading this, and for caring about our Tucker boy.

13 comments:

Fuzzy Tales said...

Those photos of sweet Tucker made me cry. Hugs and purrs.

The Rosie Bee said...

Oh, this made me cry. Tucker was such a special kitty. Many, many people will remember him and carry his memory in their hearts.

Random Felines said...

what sweet pictures....

Tucker was a special boy but we are glad Ringo came along to help you heal too.

**I admit, I finally had to go through my phone and create a separate album for pictures of Coral cause I kept seeing them it and choke up at weird times.

Eileen said...

Sweet photos of Tucker. I'm glad Ringo is helping you heal and I'm certain Tucker is watching over you both.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

That last photo says a lot. There was a real, loving connection there. It's very easy to see it in that photo.

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

Purrs to you. My human still misses Sparkle often too. Although my human and I are great pals and do things together that Sparkle never dreamed of, I don't need her the way Sparkle did, and I think that is what she misses most.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Thank you for sharing beautiful Tucker's photos.

Roberta said...

These photos and narrative were so touching and brought tears to my eyes. We will never forget this very special boy.

The Island Cats said...

Thanks for sharing these last pictures of your sweet boy. I share your tears....

Island Cat Mom

Fur Everywhere said...

Tucker was a handsome mancat, and he was lucky to have such a loving family. <3

Katnip Lounge said...

Aw shoot now I'm all teary at work...thanks though for sharing a private moment.

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

wow.. how has it been seven months already??

I have some photos of Kodi that sometimes I'm sad I have, and sometimes I'm glad I have them as a reminder that letting him go was the right thing..

A few Good Cats said...

I'm glad to hear you're working through your grief. They say that as time goes on, the many good memories will overcome the few sad ones from the end. I hope so, because it's been less than a month since we let Caitie go, and I'm still working through it.

Two kitties on the porch couch

Ringo and Lucy both love to sneak out on the porch anytime they can (with sneak meaning that Jim opens the door for them).