Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thankful Thursday

The Story of Daddy Cat, Mommy Cat and Jax

Today would be my adorable Jax's 9th birthday, so I thought I would share his story in remembrance of the sweetest boy I have ever known and it all began when his Daddy Cat entered my life...

Daddy Cat was born in my garage on May 2, 2000, when a stray in my neighborhood decided to adopt me; I called them Orange Cat/Mom and White Cat/Daddy...I had Orange Cat fixed and mother and son ran around together until Orange Cat disappeared on Halloween 2000; the very next morning, a kitten about 8 weeks old was sleeping in some Tupperware in my garage and she and White Cat became fast friends...On May 13, 2001/Mother's Day!, that little girl gave birth to a litter in my garage and I kept 1 of their kittens, a beautiful sweet boy named Jax=which is how Mommy Cat and Daddy Cat got their names at the vet when I took them to get fixed!...They made a fabulous family; Jax was a smaller version of Daddy Cat and they were best friends who went everywhere together, I was blessed to witness such devotion in their family unit...Jax was the sweetest boy I have ever known...He loved me and trusted me so much, he came home when he was bitten by a snake in August 2005 and cried for me with all his might; I rushed him to the vet and he went into a coma in my arms there...He received a blood transfusion from Daddy Cat (you have to provide the blood-who knew??...I was about 3 miles from the vet so I rushed home and grabbed Daddy Cat, thank goodness he was there)...Anyway, I had to leave Jax for 5 days, picking him up from the regular vet every evening at 5pm to drop him off at the Emergency Clinic until 7 am the next morning and starting over at the regular vet again so he could have around the clock treatment...I moved Jax into my home for about 6 weeks after he came home to recuperate; Calle and Halle thought he was their boyfriend...He was such a wonderful kitty to everyone (he was very good to my first Siamese, Nikki too; she was a senior kitty and he always approached her with love and kitty kisses!!)...Anyway, sadly, Jax disappeared from my front porch on July 9, 2007; I put out hundreds of flyers and visited the pound every other day for about 2 months, walked the neighborhood for those 2 months, but never found him...It will always haunt me not knowing what happened to him and not having his body to show Mommy and Daddy so they would understand; they both grieved for Jax by not hardly leaving the front yard for months, waiting for him to come home...My Nikki's death was the biggest heartbreak of my life, she was my baby for 20 years (1984-2004), but I consider Jax's disappearance the biggest kitty tragedy of my life, I will always regret losing him too soon...He was a special, fun boy with so much love to give; his picture is on my sidebar, along with my Nikki...I am so thankful for all the kitties that have brought so much love into my life.

05-13-01 Jax 07-09-07

Jax came into my life and left paw prints on my heart...

RIP sweet Jax

*****Thank you to Goodness Gracie for the heart paws photo and Purrchance to Dream for the rainbow bridge kitty photo.

49 comments:

Esme said...

What a sweet yet sad story-I cannot imagine not knowing what happened to little Jax-you have to hope someone took him in. It is amazing the mark they leave on our lives.

I am welling up after reading this.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thanks fur sharing Jax's story -

Wherever he is I know he's purring fur woo!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

What a sad story, but we're glad you got to know Jax. He was very special.

Connie said...

I'm so sorry you lost Jax! Our pets are our little fur babies. Kids in fur that wrap us around their cute little paws.

Ayla and Iza, said...

Jax was a special cat. He was lucky for your love.

Kas said...

Yes he was a lucky cat to have you. I feel cats leave pawprints on ones soul.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

A truly beautiful and yet sad story. Mom said she knows just how much it hurts when yoo lose a kitty, so she understands.

Thanks for sharing a lovely remembrance post. Those who went before will never be forgotten ~ because as you said: they left footprints on your heart.

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Sad story, but very beautiful. I love that phrase.... footprints on your heart. Very beautiful thought.

Old Kitty said...

Oh Jacqueline!!!

I am so sorry about Jax. How awful for you. Oh my goodness what a heartbreak.

Thank you for sharing this very sad story and such treasured memories. Mommy Cat and Daddy Cat and Halle, and Sukki and Calle are now even more special and precious.

Take care
x

The Island Cats said...

Thanks for sharing Jax's happy but also sad story. We send you purrs today as you remember such a sweet kitty! oxoxoxo

Furkidsmom said...

Thank you for sharing Jax's story. He sounds like a super kitty.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Cindy said...

Wonderful story! How sad he is gone. I can see why there is no closure. Take care.

Forever Foster said...

Jax was a lucky boy to have you and your love. We think he will be watching down on you and smiling, with a heart full of love, from the bridge.

Marg said...

Thanks for that wonderful story. It is sad but also good in that you have such memories of Jax and you bonded with him when he was living in the house.
I know just how you feel about him disappearing. I had one disappear and never come back about two years ago. There is not a worse feeling. I would almost rather find them dead. At least then we know that they were in a better place.
Loved the story and aren't you glad you had Jax in your life.

Catherine said...

Pets stay in our heart forever!

xo Catherine

Hannah and Lucy said...

How sad not to know where Jax was -not knowing is worse than having to make the decision when you have an ill kitty. The will be at the Bridge watching you with love as you tend to your present kitties.

Kea said...

Aw, Jacqueline....(((Hugs))).

What can I say? I know you were blessed to have Jax (and everyone else), but it's so bittersweet. Made even harder for the not knowing what happened to him.

Sending you lots of love and Light today.

Peace.

-Kim

Nina said...

Jacqueline, Such a sweet and sad story. Jax knew how much you loved him and you cared for him with all your heart. As you know, our pets are like family and it is so sad to lose them; their paw prints stay in our hearts forever. Nikki was a beautiful baby as well and I know she has a special place in your heart too. Thank you for being the special and caring person that you are to take such wonderful care of your babies. Remember, you left a human print of love in Nikki and Jax's heart too!

Madi and Mom said...

Jax had gorgeous markings especially his tail. The time you had him he knew 100% love.
Madi and Mom

Deb said...

It is so much harder to heal when you don't know what happened. You can only pray that he is watched over and someone is loving him. Hugs, Deb

umi_e said...

A sad story about Jax :( but he will always stay in your heart :)

Remington said...

A great but sad post....I am certain he is being watched over....

Busby and Raymond said...

We think the bright side of the story is that perhaps Jax was taken in by another family and is living happily ever after. That's what we are going to believe. Happy birthday sweet Jax!

The Meezers or Billy said...

::sniff sniff:: we is so sorry! Jax sounds like a wonderful boy. {{{{HUGS}}}}

meowmeowmans said...

Such a bittersweet story. I am thankful that Jax came into your life and heart, and that you loved him so much. Purrs to you as you celebrate his special day.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We are sad to read Jax' story but know that he was a very loved cat. That was the hardest thing for the Woman when Gemini disappeared for a day thinking that she might never see her again and not know what had happened to her. Purrs.

JC said...

Thanks for telling us their story. So sorry that Jax disappeared. That's why I keep my Purr Gang inside. I used to let them out during the day and got them all in at night. Did that for 12 years and one night my cat, Lilly .. photo in my profile ... did not come home. We didn't find her either. Thus, the indoor only now.

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

We are so sad to have learned of Jax's story. We wish you had the chance to say goodbye, but pets do that when they're ill, to save you the heartache. Thank you for sharing them with us today and (((HUGS))) to you!

Brian said...

What a loving tribute, made us all cry too but he will be with you forever.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

Jax was a special fella. We are sorry it ended badly but he lives forever in your wonderful memories of him.

{hugs}
The Sumacs

Sammy and Andy said...

Our mama has wet stuff running down her cheeks.......what a wonderful tribute to your Jax..........mama says she hopes that someone else fell in love with him and took him inside and gave him a very loving forever home.

Mama had a doxie, Schnitzel, that got snake bit back in the mid 1970's......unfortunately the vet couldn't save him.

We love y'all.....xxxxxxxxx

Ginger Jasper said...

Mum also had tears. What an awful thing not to know what happened.. You made a beautiful tribute.. Beautiful post.. Hugs GJ xx

CCL Wendy said...

I'm very sorry that you lost Jax all too soon. It seems very ironic that you nursed him back to health after that snake bite only to have him disappear into thin air.

He really did look like Daddy Cat.

I know what it's like to lose a beloved kitty too soon -- it's even more heartbreaking because it's not expected. You can understand when a kitty passes from old age although you still feel sad. And not knowing what happened is difficult to bear.

You have my sympathies.

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

We agree,that was a tragedy not knowing what happened to that sweet kitty. We hope he is in a happy place.It was good that you had some time to spend with him.
It's always good to remember the kitties :)
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Angel and Kirby said...

That is a very sweet tribute to Jax. I know how haunting not knowing is!

Thank you so much for your words of comfort in our time of loss. It means a lot to have friends like you! Nan

ABBY said...

That was such a bittersweet story...we are so sorry about the loss of Jax. WE know and understand why it haunts you. We lost our sister Button in somewhat the same fashion. To this day we don't know for sure what happened, and it's hard, the not knowing. We are glad though that Mommy & Daddy cat stay close to home.

purrs
>^,,^<
Abby

TK said...

That is a sad storee. It reminds me of mommy's Midnight. Jax sounds like a very nice kittie. We is shur you will sees him again! Love that big can't just go away.
We hopes you takes comfort knowing that you makes him a good life while he letted you.
Love TK
PeeEss- smoooches to the ladies

Melody said...

That was some story. Jax even looked like a sweet kitty. Im sorry he went missing. I can tell he does have a piece of your heart and always will. I know he's at the rainbow bridge playing with my beloved kitties.

You gave Jax lots of Love and care. He knew you loved him and Im sure he misses you and daddy cat.

Thanks for telling such a sweet story about Jax.
Paws & Whiskers,
Jude,Poo,Babybella,Piper,Marley and Melody

Fin said...

Hopefully Sweet Jax left to make another human happy and loved. It was a lovely tribute to your boy!

Sweet Praline said...

Leaky eyes over here. We're staying positive that he is happy somewhere making another bean smile.

Keiko (from Kitty Trio) said...

Thank you for sharing that beautiful story. It's very sad not to know what happened to sweet little Jax, and heartbreaking to picture Mommy Cat and Daddy Cat waiting for him to come home... Thanks for letting us join you in remembering your sweet little kitty!
Lots of purrs and hugs, Keiko Kenji & Pricilla and Misa

Anya said...

A very touching post !!!
Its a wonderful tribute ....
He had luck to had you as a Mommy
:))

Hugs for all from Kareltje =^.^=

Katie and Da Katz said...

Sweet babies are always in our hearts.

Thank you so much for stopping by last month with kind words about the loss of sweet Bella. I will always remember how Daisy kept putting her on my bed in the middle of the night, wanting me to play Mommy, instead.

purrz,
katie kat

tekorin said...

Jacqueline,thank you so much for sharing a beautiful story of Jax.
Now Jax left his paw prints on our hearts,too....
We know you are always a 100% sweetest mommy and we're sure Jax was so happy to be with you!!!

Cory said...

We are just getting caught up with everyone this weekend. Thank you for sharing Jax's story. We think that would be the hardest thing in the world...not knowing what truly happened. It just breaks our hearts to think of it. We are sending you purrs.

He was a special boy.

Winston said...

Jacqueline this story has made me cry, I am so sorry that your little boy went missing. I really hope that maybe someone found him and kept him as a beloved pet and love him as much as you do.

Manda x

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

My heart aches for your loss, after all the years it still hurts, doesn't it. Loss without knowing why is so very hard.

Beth said...

Jacqueline, I'm sorry you lost Jax. You took very good care of him, though, saving his life in 2005 which gave you two more years with him. I am sorry for the little hole in your heart from losing him; as you know, those we hold in our arms for a little while we hold in our hearts forever. Beth

Prints the Cat said...

Oh... it much be so hard not knowing what happened to Jax. But, the time he had with you were very good years.