Farewell to Gus

Gus did not wake up in the hospital this morning.   It wasn’t a shock given how he was withdrawing inward yesterday.  It was just time to go.

I got to see his body a last time.  He looked more relaxed than even when he was sleeping these days.  I hadn’t been sure what that would be like but it did me some good.

Seventeen years is a long time to know someone, but even then you wish it had been longer.  As I found with Calpurnia, you don’t always get anywhere near that long.

Gus used to be the one to greet me at the door every day.  I wonder if someone will take over for him?

He always wanted to be nearby – not in your face or demanding, but you’d suddenly hear his purr filling the room.  As he got older sometimes his snores did that too.  And if I said his name even when asleep, he would start to purr.

He even fought through his issues in cat communication with the kittens these last few months.  They understood him very well and always treated him with respect due his age but never any fear.  I think that made him happy.

This last picture is the epitome of Gus.  I was facing the other direction and he sat behind me out of sight.  I turned the camera back toward him to take the picture.  He never needed to be the center of attention as long as he could be with those he loved.

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52 Responses to Farewell to Gus

  1. digitalgranny says:

    I am so sorry for your loss of sweet Gus.

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  2. I am so sorry! I understand how hard it is…. Hugs and purrrrrrrrs to you♥

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      • The human was heartbroken to hear about Gus. She also lost a very special Kitty that she had had fur years and he had followed her all over the house, and slept with her every night… He had to be put to sleep (kidney failure). It was sudden and she was crushed.

        Purraying that the Lord comfort and carry you through this time.

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  3. We are so sorry. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbutts.

    RIP, Gus….

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  5. Herman says:

    So sorry for your loss. Please cherish all the sweet and warm memories of Gus deep in your heart. I know he was a true and loyal friend.

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  6. nadbugs says:

    I am so sad. What an elegant and loving tribute you’ve written. Here’s mine, to dear dignified gentleman Gus. I hope you feel I’m with you: http://catself.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/for-gus/

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  7. dezizworld says:

    Meez is so sowwy fur you’s loss. Gus wus vewy handsum and we’s know you will miss him.

    Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 🙂

    Dezi

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  8. We heard about your dear Gus at Nadbug’s and felt the urge to stop by with soft purrs of condolence.

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  9. Jo Woolf says:

    Oh, bless you and bless gentle Gus. What a lovely, dear soul, and I will miss him, too. Sending you the very kindest wishes and sympathy.

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  10. I’m so sorry for your loss…

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  11. Laura says:

    I am so sorry. What a beautiful and gentle cat.

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  12. minlit says:

    So very sorry to hear. D

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  13. Oh my gosh, I am so terribly sorry. I loved your sweet boy, such a darling old gentleman. His profile pictures always made me smile because his fur pattern made his adorable nose look upturned and cute. We’re sending lots of hugs and purrs and prayers to you, Julie and the kits.

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  14. Sonia M. says:

    So sad,I’m so sorry for your loss.Rest in peace,sweet Gus

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  15. twoblindcatsandcrew says:

    Sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

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  16. MizRobyn says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m going to miss seeing his sweet profile.

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  17. 17 years is a wonderfully long life to share with such a sweet kitty. I am very sorry for your loss and will miss seeing him in the yard.

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  18. Oh no…we are so very sorry. It never seems like long enough to be with each other. We are sending gentle purrs and love seeing these wonderful pictures of him.

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  19. Geraldine says:

    I am so sorry to read this. sending warm hugs. 😦

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  20. weggieboy says:

    You gave Gus a great life, companionship, a lovely garden, your love, and he clearly thrived a long time in your home. That’s something.

    I’m so sorry for his loss. It’s never easy, is it?

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  21. kimkiminy says:

    Oh, OldCat, I’m so, so sorry you lost your friend. He had a wonderful, long life.

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  22. Connie says:

    I too am very sorry for your loss. No matter how long they are with us, it is never enough.. purrs of comfort and healing for you at this difficult time

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  23. Lily Le Mew says:

    We’re so sorry. Hugs and purrs.

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  24. We’re so sorry to hear of the loss of Gus. He was a very lucky cat to have been loved so much while he was with you. Thinking of you from Nashville. XOXO

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  25. looloo says:

    I am so sorry to hear this (I reas it on Anita’s blog). I am in love with all tuxedos and Gus was a wonderful one. His snout (hope this word exists in English) also shows the shape of a heart…
    Words don’ come easy in such cases…

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  26. Oh this is so sad 😦 thank you for sharing Gus story xxx

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  27. I came from CATSELF where I read such a touching tribute to your beloved Gus. I am so sorry for you loss and mine as I never got to know Gus. You are so correct to say there is never enough time, there’s not. Whether it be 17 days, 17 months or 17 years. It is never enough. Certainly not enough kisses and hugs and hellos and special moments. I won’t say this is now as easy journey you’re on because it’s not. I won’t be able to offer any comforting words because right now there are none. But one day, when time has soothed away some of the rough raw edges of this momentous loss you will smile and the love you shared with Gus will fill your heart with a bittersweetness. I know because I am 248 days ahead of you going down my own journey without my beloved tuxie Abby. ♥♥♥

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  28. Hi there, this is a furry sad time but whee just had to pop by after reading a bootiful tribute to your furry special kitty over on CatSelf. Whee cannot put into words how sorry whee are for your loss and to have come across you at such a sad time. Whee will read back posts to happier days and remember Gus as he was. A furry handsome, lovable, special cat.

    There will be one more star in the sky tonight but he will shine brighter than the rest with the love of all those who remember him.

    Sleep tight little kitty and gentle snuggles to your hoomans

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
    xxxx

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  29. earthchanges says:

    Gus was a well loved kitty. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and hearts are with you.

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  30. Anne Daigle says:

    Gustavus Adolphus, adieu.

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  31. Delaney says:

    I wish there was something I could say besides I am so sorry that Gus is gone. He was a lucky cat to have spent his life with someone who loved and cared for him so very much and I know he’ll be greatly missed.

    Like anyone who considers their cat or dog to be more family than pet, I know first-hand how hard it is to lose a beloved animal friend. It’s still heart-wrenching to think of the losses of my cats who have crossed over. The only thing I can think of that is worse is if I had never had them in my life at all. My condolences and best wishes to you, Julie, Davout, and Rhea.

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  32. seeker says:

    Thank you for sharing Gus with us.

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  33. Oldcat says:

    Thank you everyone for the kind words and thoughts over these last days. I know from when I am in your position that it is hard to think of what to say at these times, but be it long or short it helps very much that there are others out there who understand.

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  34. rumpydog says:

    Rest in peace, Gus.

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  35. ashley47 says:

    I’m so sorry Gus is gone. You were both fortunate to have each other and he will always be in your heart.

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  36. Wazeau says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m glad you have the kittens and Julius to be there with you.

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  37. lauowolf says:

    Gus was a sweet soul.
    I’m so sorry he’s left you.

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  38. littlemiao says:

    I am so sorry. You’re in our thoughts.

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  39. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  40. What a beautiful kitty (I’m prejudiced, being black and white and all–but he was BEAUTIFUL)! And had such love and devotion. Keep his memory in your hearts and smile when you bring out that memory! So sorry for your loss, but you shall meet again!

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  41. Star Wise says:

    Here is my poem tribute for Gus. for some reason, WP wouldn’t let me comment here back in April although I could comment on other blogs. Maybe it was my computer settings, I don’t know. Anyhow, having loved Gus myself, I wrote this for him. 🙂

    Thank you Gus
    For transforming us
    A beautiful boy always
    You never ceased to amaze
    We loved your sweet kind face
    Your gorgeous black & white coat
    And magnificent deportment something to gloat
    Wise and special friend
    Your love never ends
    The Body goes, but the Spirit flows,
    Thank you for being with Us
    Wonderful Spirit called Gus

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