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Author Topic: Tiggerty has crossed the Rainbow Bridge!!!  (Read 5651 times)
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« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2014, 08:04:54 AM »

Thinking of you today, BW, and sending you big comforting hugs and serenity vibes. I came across this on the web a while ago, and found it comforting.

http://www.aplacetolovedogs.com/2010/06/why-do-dogs-leave-earth-first-a-child-answers/1486596831/
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« Reply #31 on: September 13, 2014, 05:19:00 PM »

GKit,  yes, I have read that before, and I think it is absolutely lovely.  And I think it's quite possible that the boy is right. Of course I'm not sure what that says for me, I'm 81 1/2 and still here, so obviously I still must have a lot to learn!! Smiley

And JoMax, I have decided that perhaps what I felt in the living room that night, might well have been my visit.  It was strong enough for me to still remember it, and the relief and comfort that it gave me, even tho it was so brief.
It would be wonderful to get another visit of some kind tho.

Of course I spent the day at my sick son's home today; he is not doing well at all, and so that has really occupied my mind.

Now I am home and searching for all the things I need to prepare Tiggerty's little casket.  Since I must go to my son's home again tomorrow, I really don't have time to go to the store and get the things I need, so I am looking through all the things I have here already.  I was very relieved to find the foam rubber for his little mattress, already cut to size etc.  so that is a big relief.
I have always found that preparing their last little beddie is indeed very healing and always makes me feel that I am still able to do one last thing that is kind and caring for them.  Often I feel that I am being observed. And so it is not a lonely thing to be doing.

I am having so much trouble finding the little casket.  I was relieved to think I had found the right size in the town where I used to live and where I rescued Tiggerty, but my friend who picked them up for me (I bought 4) said they are NOT ASSEMBLED, and that I will have to FOLD THEM up into the casket and lid myself.   I have never had that experience before, and can't wait to see what in the world these look like and whether or not they will even be suitable.
I may have to go and buy the one up here that is 4 inches too large, but already made.  I must go out tomorrow if it stops raining and measure the grave the man dug for me and see if the 24 inch one will fit.   Such a shame,  I always got the same kind and they were fine,  but nothing, nothing at all, stays the same.  And often most changes are not improvements.

I guess it is indeed true, well I already know this, that the key to survival is flexibility and adaptability.

So thank you GKit and JoMax so much for your messages.  Bless you both and have a good night.
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« Reply #32 on: September 14, 2014, 06:37:41 AM »

Well, we had torrential rains yesterday, and just now when I went out to check the grave site, there was a gaping hole on the side, outside of the planks the man put on top, and the rain had washed all kinds of soil and leaves into the hole.
So I have been out there, trying to shovel it back out and then realized that the man did not make it deep enough anyway, so I have been trying to make it longer and deeper.  I told him about 2 feet, we have a high water table next to the lake, but it is only about 13 inches deep, so that is inadequate.  I have been trying to make it deeper as well as longer, but I get so tired from the bending over and lifting that this is going to take time and I am going to have to rest in between diggings.  At least he got the hole started for me, that is something. He probably never buried anyone before and had no idea what was called for.   When I looked at it initially, it looked ok, from up on the stoop where I was standing.
So I have stopped digging for now and since my DIL is now going to be home today, I can go to the store for more supplies for the casket preparations.
 
I figure a little dirt at a time, I can and must be able to do.  Next time I will stand by him and tell him exactly what to do.
Nothing works out the way you think it will.  I will go down to my friends and get the cardboard caskets at about 2:30 today, maybe she will help me assemble one.
I guess if I think the casket doesn't seem sturdy enough, I will put that smaller casket inside the one that is too large and will buy that tomorrow.  the grave is large enough for that now that I have enlarged it. And he will be comfortable inside the one that is the right size. (Or even another cardboard box, I've done that before, one inside another)
And if it isn't deep enough, I can pile more dirt on top of the gravesite.  I could always put pavers on top of that area, the area next to it has pavers.  One task at a time.
Why am I telling you all this?  I don't know.
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« Reply #33 on: September 15, 2014, 11:06:03 AM »

ah, that sucks, BW.  Digging is the worst! Sad  Can't you call him and complain?  Get him to come back out?  or was it a volunteer?
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« Reply #34 on: September 15, 2014, 05:00:24 PM »

Merrihart, no I paid him, and he was very nice, I just think he never dug a hole to bury a cat in before.  he usually does excellent work.  I should have stepped down by the hole and advised him, but  was too tired to and just looked from where i was no the stoop.  The torrential rains washed some of the dirt back into the hole too, mother nature can be difficult to deal with. 
Anyway, its not supposed to rain soon, and so it should be ok with the planks over it temporarily.  If I called him, he might not be able to come right away, and Tigger really needs to be buried soon, so I did it, IN STAGES, and rested in between.
Have a good evening, and sweet dreams.  Many blessings.
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« Reply #35 on: September 18, 2014, 07:40:54 AM »

Aww, BW, I'm so sorry!  You were such a caring catmom for him.  Run free and healthy at the Bridge, little Tiggerty.   Cry
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« Reply #36 on: September 24, 2014, 08:44:41 AM »

Well,  Tiggerty is finally under the earth!!  Phew!!  I am exhausted totally,  covering him up and putting him in the grave was far more difficult than I imagined.
I know it has been a long time, but I had the weekend and Monday from Hell, so couldn't do it then, and he was all sealed up and covered in plastic too, so he was fine, but still  I'm glad it is done.

I am sure I had a visit!!!  A very quick visit, but nonetheless a visit.

I really think he is extremely relieved and GRATEFUL!!!  that I have finally put him where he belongs.

I was feeling soooo upset to have to be putting him in the ground, it was really really bothering me to have to shovel that dirt over him, and the more I shovelled the more upset I was becoming, and then suddenly when I  got to his feet area, as I was bending over and shoveling, when
Suddenly, a feeling of deep relief and gratitude swept over me!!!  It was strong enough to make me stop working and stand up!!

It was very brief, but it was strong enough for me to recognize the strong feeling of gratitude, and that is the only word I can find for the feeling.!! Gratitude, I was being thanked!! and given a strong sense of his relief and comfort!  From that point on, shovelling was no problem for me, and I was glad to be doing it for him.
SOOOO,  since he is thankful, and finally comfortable, I feel sooo much better about putting him under the earth!! that is where he absolutely wants to be now, or at least his earthly remains, I am certain of that, and he IS SOMEWHERE, I am certain, and HE KNOWS what I was doing, I am sure of that too!!!
My grief is over because I am so certain that  He is fine now. I will miss him,  I keep calling other cats by his name accidentally, but I have no need to feel sorry on his behalf.

And I am soaking wet with perspiration, and exhausted.  I have learned my lesson.  Next time, I will fix the casket, do all the work for the beddie and covers etc, cover it, seal it and THEN when it is ready, then I will call the man to come dig the hole while I watch to make sure its right, and then let HIM, lower the casket, let me say my prayer and then cover it up for me!!!

for now tho, I am so relieved that Tigger is satisfied.

Now what made the job even harder,  when I looked in, the hole was filled with about  25 or 30 crickets!  And they couldn't get out, too deep,  so I had to try and shovel them out, which made me keep bending over, and of course when I had them in the shovel, they HOPPED OUT, again and again and again!!!  It was exhausting, but I didn't want to bury the poor things, and they were so afraid of the shovel, but I didn't know how else to get them out. I think it must have taken me at least a half hour bending over trying to catch them on my shovel and throw the out, and they kept jumping out of the shovel.

I even put a piece of wood over the edge to make a slanted way for them to climb up it and jump out, and I came inside and waited, but when I went back out they were still in there, a lot of them.  Yes, I finally got them out, but all that bending over and shoveling, (what I wanted to avoid doing any more than was necessary for the burial,) really added to my job.   I hope I didn't bury any alive, I THINK I got them all out.  Big ugly things some of them, the ones that look like spiders, but I think are called spider crickets.  Most of them were regular crickets tho.
I think they  must have fallen into the hole by accident, thinking that under the planks would be a nice home, and then  OH MY,  it was a deep hole they couldn't jump high enough to get out of!!!  Of course I could be wrong about that.   Smiley
  
Oh well, the job is done and  I'm not upset about putting dear Tiggerty in his grave any more, since  I now really feel that is where he wanted me to put him.
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« Reply #37 on: September 24, 2014, 08:57:31 AM »

I am very glad to hear that that is done, BW.  And it's wonderful McTiggerty let you know he is pleased.
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« Reply #38 on: September 24, 2014, 11:22:18 AM »

{{{Hugs}}}  It's always good when those visits happen!
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« Reply #39 on: September 24, 2014, 11:49:00 AM »

I'm glad Tiggerty let you know he is watching over you, BW.  Lots of folklore, etc., about crickets. Interesting that Tiggerty chose crickets for you to see and rescue.

http://www.universalsky.com/Articles/Animals/cricket_intuition_power_belief.htm
"Most crickets live on the ground, which reminds those who use their intuition and psychic abilities to remain grounded in your thoughts and perceptions.  If a cricket has appeared remember to stay balanced and grounded. 
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That I am always with them
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« Reply #40 on: September 24, 2014, 04:17:19 PM »

I haven't had a chance to tell you I am sorry you lost McTiggerty, BW. I am sure you are absolutely right, you have experienced his presence today. The crickets being there too, that does seem meaningful.
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