RUSH: I´ve got people e-mailing me about Punkin, my cat, and I would not have been able to describe this or tell you about this any earlier than today literally without losing it, but we had to put Punkin to sleep a week ago. She was 16 years old, and the first cat that I´d ever had, and ended up being the best pet that I´ve ever had. I´d always thought that cats were these aloof creatures that couldn´t care less if you were around or not. And to strangers and so forth, they might be. But when a cat
Comments: My heart goes out to Rush in the loss of his precious Punkin and I shed some tears when I heard this. I know, as well as the rest of you, how devastating it is to lose your precious fur babies. I lost one of my three tabby cats to cancer a year ago and I think of him so often. He was a gentle, big, lovable cat. I have two tabbies remaining who are 15 and 16. I treasure every day I have with them because I know they are senior citizen kitties.
Tears here too, OP. I´ve "been there and done that" for a beloved pet. Rush is right, they don´t give up. But the pain and suffering becomes unbearable for them and for those who love them. It is a very sad thing to have to do, but it becomes the merciful thing to do.
RIP, dear Punkin Limbaugh, thanks for the years of joy you gave to Rush, and to us in the audience when Rush shared his stories about you with us.
Aww, Punkin, I remember when Rush first got you. Pets are part of our families, and it´s hard to say goodbye. I know it´s corny, but that poem ´Rainbow Bridge´ about lost pets makes me feel better.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Oh poor Rush. I would always laugh thru the years at his hilarious stories about his Punkin and how she RAN the household. Because of this heartbreak, I am more thankful than ever that Rush has his wonderful Katherine.
My Bride introduced me to Cats as animal companions. I am so very grateful to her for agreeing to be my Bride for so many reasons and introducing me to Cats as animal companions is just one of many. I was a K-9 Handler my first enlistment in the USAF and I was certain that I would never ever have a cat as a pet. My Bride´s cats did find their way into my heart and allowed me into their family. I have two cats that claim me as their human. They are definitely family members and I cried when we had to have the first kitty put too sleep when his kidneys failed. Sorry for your loss Rush and RIP Punkin Limbaugh. I am also of the opinion we will be able to recognize our beloved animal companions when we reach our eternal reward.
Thank you, #6, for such a beautiful image. My dog, Buddy, used to wait outside in the driveway every night of his life, rain or shine, for me to come home. I have no doubt he will be waiting for me and will be the first being I see when I get to the other side. I, too, have had to put too many pets down, and it is always one of the worst things a person has to do.
Our household is home to four cats and two dogs. We had three, but we lost our beloved Charlie, a very young Boxer, to canine lymphoma, the day after Christmas. It´s said that Boxers are puppies from the day they are born until the day they die. That was true of Charlie. We miss him so.
Like most here, we´ve had to say goodbye to many, many loving and lovable fur babies, and it´s never easy. A week or so ago, Rush talked about bringing Punkin home from the vet after an extended stay, and he talked about her illness. I knew then that he was facing a very rough time.
RIP, precious Punkin...you loved and were loved by our beloved Rush..You will see him again when you meet at The Rainbow Bridge..we will see all of our fur babies again..they are there waiting for us, in that beautiful place.
I read an interview they did with people who had crossed over and came back. One was a 4-yr. old who had no preconceived notions. The child described who she saw, Grandma, Charlie and Gretchen. When the doctor asked who Charlie and Gretchen were, one was their family dog and the other their cat. Yes, our animals go to Heaven. It comforts us because it is true.
Being a dog person, I cannot believe how difficult it would be to let him go. You can´t have a bad day with a good dog or cat! They do wrap themselves around our hearts!
Our deepest sympathies to you, Rush and Katherine. Punkin is just fine. XO
I understand Rush´s feelings of losing his beloved Punkin. I had to put my 19 year old cat to sleep. My husband and I stood in the Vet´s office and cried. My cat given to me by my son was the first cat I ever loved. Cats are wonderful pets. My heart goes out to you Rush.
Very sorry to hear about this. As one who lost a beloved cat after 14 years together (she was 5 years old when I adopted her at the city animal shelter) I know just how Rush feels. My heart goes out to him. RIP, Punkin.
The love Rush had for Punkin was so evident even over the airwaves. When he gave the last update after her hospital stay I was so hopeful she was going to be alright for awhile. I can´t listen to Rush live because of work, so I´m a 24/7 member and listen to his podcasts from the day before on my commute. For my own stupid selfish reason, it was better to read this now. If I heard about it on the way to work Monday, I swear I would have to pull over and bawl my eyes out.
We buried our 18 year old aby at the top of the hill in 1998. We buried our second aby there this spring. I visit them every day to say I´ll see them in a while. I don´t know what worries me more with our new guy, experiencing this again or passing before him. He´s here now, gotta go...
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