In Loving Memory of the World’s Best Companion and RV Copilot — 17 Comments

  1. Fuck. I never met the damn cat and you’ve got me misty here at work.

    Hang in there.

  2. Oh Kernut, I am so sorry for your loss! {{{{{hugs}}}}} The park rangers are so awesome for doing this for you and Checkers. I started crying because we were going to nickname our youngest Checkers. That’s what his big brother said when we asked, “So what do you want to name your little brother?” “Checkers!” he said with no hesitation.

    More {{{{{{hugs}}}}}

  3. I’m slow to respond, and sorry for that. Everyone who has ever had the fortune of a relationship with a non-human companion knows the joy of that relationship. Most of us also know the pain of loss. These friends of ours are with us too briefly.

    You have my heartfelt sympathy.

  4. I checked in today to see how Checkers was doing and I am so sad to read this post. Having just lost my best cat friend EVER after 17 years of mutual love, I know how hard this is for you right now. When my cat died,the vet sent me a sympathy card with this Norse legend. It somehow helped me cope so I am passing it on to you. (Just reading it again has tears rolling down my cheeks) Take care!

    The Rainbow Bridge

    inspired by a Norse legend

    By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
    Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
    Where the friends of man and woman do run,
    When their time on earth is over and done.
    For here, between this world and the next,
    Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
    On this golden land, they wait and they play,
    Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
    No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
    For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
    Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
    Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
    They romp through the grass, without even a care,
    Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
    All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
    Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
    For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
    Together again, both person and pet.
    So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
    The time of their parting is over at last.
    The sadness they felt while they were apart,
    Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
    They embrace with a love that will last forever,
    And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

  5. My heart hurts with you, as I have had the same situation with my pups so many times, and it never gets easier to see them reach the end of their earthly days! I’m glad you’ve had so much support and caring over these terribly hard days, and I loved talking to you on the phone 2 days ago! The box they made for Checkers is LOVELY ……. a box any self-respecting feline would be proud of !!
    To be sure, Checkers is now free of pain, and ‘medical insult’, and happily chasing butterflies, leaves, and fantasy prey, and will live on forever in your heart and memories. I’m thrilled that you kept that bit of fur!! I’ve truly had you on my mind, in my thoughts, and my prayers, hoping that you and Checkers would find that peace that comes with knowing there was a ‘life will-lived’, a companionship unmatched, and a closure filled with hugs and love! You certainly did EVERYTHING possible to help her have MORE THAN 9 lives, and surely Checkers now hopes that you will ‘make it all count’ by taking some time to grieve, then moving on your quest to get the most out of YOUR life! Life is short, so make the most of it, in honor of Checkers!!! HUGE HUGS, …..and with a very Caring Heart, please know that you are welcome to call and talk anytime! Becky!

  6. As with all the others (comments) my heart felt condolence to you.
    May your soul be comforted in the process of grief. Checker spirit lives,
    You two had a good life together. Precious. Indeed. (((Hug)))

  7. Much love to you and your sweet angel. We know that angel Checkers will continue to watch over you.

  8. That’s so sad…

    But what a beautiful send off you gave to Checker. Many people don’t the effort to give themselves a proper chance to say goodbye to a much loved pet.

  9. Thank you all so much for your kind words and prayers! They really do make a huge difference, I don’t feel so alone.

    Love and hugs to you all,

    Kernut, and Checkers – in spirit

  10. A Love like that is most precious. Just remember Checkers is always with you. Our condolences to you during this most difficult time. Hugs!

  11. I amm so sorry for your loss, dear. My cat Bacia is buried somewhere in the Texas hill country, too. Sending you lots of healing vibes.<3

  12. I just found out. Oh, I am SO sorry. I only met Checkers that one time, but she was a truly wonderful kitty. You know I am cat person through and through, and I too have had companions for their entire lives, and it is SO hard to say goodbye. I know she will be with you in spirit, forever, and that she is as grateful for the many years you spent together as you are. You could not have been a better mom to a better kitty. God bless you both.

  13. So sorry you lost your Checkers. Hope my brother was the one who dug the grave; he can be nice like that. My sister calls him ‘sweet’, but I don’t know if I’d go that far. ha Mischievous comes to mind though.

    • Thank you. 🙂 I think he helped, mostly by supervising. He is very nice, and fun to work with. I’m still learning about his mischievous side… he probably “gets” me half the time with his jokes.