I am about to lose a very dear friend!

@Loverbear (4928)
United States
February 19, 2013 3:00pm CST
I met Murphy 19 years ago in the local shelter. She was a terrified little girl, cowering in the corner of the cage in absolute terror. I fell for her in a heartbeat! I asked to see her and the worker warned me that she was "mean" but handed me the little bundle of fur. Murphy instantly nestled in the crook of my neck and the bond was formed. I learned how she finally came to be in the cage. The video tape showed a man literally throw the cat in a cage and slam the door. He didn't latch the door and the cat escaped. It took the people at the shelter three days to capture the little girl and had just did the intake that day. The poor cat was terrified by everyone chasing her and trying to catch her...out of fear that she would get to the highway and get run over. I adopted her on the spot, but had to wait three long days to be able to pick her up. While we were picking up the cat, the owner of the cat called about her lost kitty. Mom was in the office finishing the paperwork on Murphy and was holding her breath because she knew it would crush me to not be able to adopt the little girl. The lady that handled the call told the caller that the cat was going home with her new owner... The caller went ballistic! Mom could hear the woman screaming across the office. It turns out that my little Murphy was a Lynx Point Siamese, and a registered cat. The woman had paid $1500 for the cat and wanted her back. The worker stated right then and there that there was NO WAY the woman would get the cat back, first because she never reported the cat missing, and then that the cat was tossed in the cage like so much garbage. The worker went on to finish that Murphy was going to a great home where she would be treated like royalty and that there was no way that they would allow the woman to have that cat back! Murphy traveled home in a HUGE crate, with plenty of soft bedding, a "port-a-potty" and of course a container of water. Before she even got to my home she went into the vet for her check up to make sure everything was okay. He was amazed that she came from the humane society, and he looked at me and asked if I knew what she was...I looked at him and stated "She's a cat". The vet smiled and stated that Murphy was a Lynx Point Siamese and a newly recognized breed and a very expensive cat. Murphy was about 10 months old when we got her, and she was my birthday gift from my Mom in 1994. Murphy has been through a lot with me through the years and has been the best most faithful friend I have had. She was soggy for many months after my Mom died, but she would still snuggle and allow me to cry in her fur. She went through the difficulties I had with my daughter, again becoming soggy from the tears that she allowed me to cry into her fur. She knew when I was down and she knew what would brighten me up and have me laughing, I would hear the thud thud thump in the bathtub. I would go in and Murphy would be chasing her tail to make me laugh. During my pain filled nights she would sleep in the crook of my neck to comfort me. If I woke up during the night in pain she would purr me back to sleep. During the day, when I was working on making teddy bears she would sleep on the sewing machine table to "supervise" my work. Often I would find her sleeping in the boxes of bears or nestled down in a box of fur scraps. She has been my best friend for the past 19 years, and to say my heart is breaking at losing her is putting it mildly. I know my heart will heal over time, but it is still so hard to lose a wonderful furry friend. I know that I will look for a new little girl that needs rescuing from the shelter, simply because I am that kind of person who loves totally and freely. But right now I am saying good bye to such a wonderful friend, and to the best gift that Mom gave me. It also is the last vestiges of Mom that is living with me. It's like a double loss! Murphy will rest under the Mullberry tree, and I can't send her across the bridge without a can of whipped cream to take with her. I have two other older furry friends that will be leaving on their trip across the bridge one day soon, one is Little Bit, the mini dachshund who is 19, and Abby the pit/lab mix who is 13. Each will be very sorely missed and will be eulogized in my heart. I am sorry to be so down with this post, but I had to eulogize the very special little 3 pound miracle that has been such a super best friend. If you hear of a flood in California, you will know that it is from the passing and burial of my best furry friend.
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10 responses
• United States
19 Feb 13
I am crying my eyes out here because that was just so beautifully said, and I do understand how you're feeling right now. I'm sure a lot of people understand. When you started mentioning all the things you went through, and how Murphy knew you were sad, it just brought back my own memories of Kashmere. I had her for 18 years and she went through everything with me too. I'm so, so sorry for your loss and I know the heartbreak than accompanies it. I will miss Murphy too, just from what you said. I'm sorry.
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
19 Feb 13
I understand that. I have had my little dog tootsie for over 12 years now. I will be sad the day she goes. Take care there.
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• Mexico
23 Feb 13
sorry o hear that.... keep those great memories next to your heart.
@Jargoness (1193)
• Israel
19 Feb 13
I have to say that I'm a little teary-eyed after reading your story. You just shared with us her amazing rescue and wonderful life she spent with you. The breed of the cat does not matter, I agree with you completely. On the 15th of January I found a black persian in very poor conditions; I brought her immediately to a vet and she improved a lot. Some people told me to sell her, but I just wanted a good family for her, not breeders. Now she found an amazing family. Again, I'm really sorry. Words can't really do much here, only time can.
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@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
21 Feb 13
Thanks for your kind words. Losing Scamp was quite a blow, he was the last of the 3 cats I got when I lost my dear friend Elaine.
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@redredrose (1107)
• United States
19 Feb 13
I am so so sorry for your loss. I had 3 cats that are gone now. None of them lived 19 yrs but they were nice cute cuddly cats. Yes pets can be like family and best friends. First when i saw the title i thought maybe you got into a fight with a human best friend. Then i kept seeing it say little girl and i thought you meant daughter lol. None of that was true it was your pet cat. It is cute and loving how you call her little girl and best friend. I have 2 dogs and my hubby and i call them our babies. they do what your cat did by laying with us cuddling with us and when we are sad they let us cry on them. one dog when i cry or she knows im sick or upset she licks my face. Well again i am so so sorry for your loss. Just remember the good times you had with her and know she is in a good place now.
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
22 Feb 13
The whole herd of animals I have saw me wrap Murphy up in her blanket and take her out of the bedroom. I have had dogs and cats all over me all morning! I should state that Murphy passed away on February 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time. Dinglebeary, who is very independent, let me cry on him for over an hour! Abby, the pit/lab crawled up on the couch and onto my lap! Talk about hard to hold!!! She weighs in at 60 pounds! It will be interesting to see what happens tonight when I go to bed and who decides that they need to be at the head of the bed. Murphy had been such a sweet loving kitty. She was constantly on my heels when my Mom passed away...right to the point of bringing me "little" gifts. Such as mice (she dropped on on my chest one night and I flipped it off and under one of the Rottweilers...I had mouse pancake in the morning.) and then she started bringing in lizards and turning them lose. I didn't have bugs in the house but I found them when they got to over 14 inches long! Nothing like going to the bathroom and getting the daylights scared out of you when you come across the 14 inch lizard! Thank you for your kind words and sharing about your babies. It makes it a little less painful about losing Murphy.
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@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
19 Feb 13
OMG I can't tell you how bad I feel about Murphy! I've been through this and it is heartbreaking. You saved her and that's what counts now. You gave her a wonderful life and for that God will bless you. I really am so sorry!
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
22 Feb 13
I have been spending a ton of time with Murphy, holding her, comforting her, and saying goodbye to her. I got back to the responses as soon as I could. Unfortunately Murphy passed away February 22, 2013 at 10:30 pacific time. I'm just waiting for Bill to return home from town with the can of whipped cream that I will send to heaven with her. I promised her that she would have all the whipped cream she could want up there. Thank you so much for your kindness. I hope one day soon I can post pictures of a new little girl that I can spoil as much as I spoiled Murphy.
@GardenGerty (96763)
• Marion, Kansas
21 Feb 13
I am so glad that Murphy got to live with you and be loved by you. I know that she has helped carry many of your sorrows. Kitties, and in fact all of our pets do this for us. We will be with you in missing this wonderful part of your life. I can see her as you write about her and I am so glad that you were able to value her for her, not for being a rarity and registered.
• United States
20 Feb 13
Murphy sounds like a wonderful friend. My sister has one-Baby Kit Kat, or Kit for short. Murphy is going over the bridge to keep your. Mom company, so don't get as sad. My dad lost my mom in 2002, and they had two cats who had spent most of their lives outside. Towards the last few years, Rut (pronounced root) had taken to coming inside and snuggling with my mom. Rut took it hard when my mom went to the hospital, but shortly after my mom passed, she and her daughter Chaplin began living indoors with my dad all the time. My dad, who didn't seem that broken up when his parents or my mom passed was devastated when Rut was killed by a coyote in front of his eyes.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
20 Feb 13
Oh loverbear, I am sooo sorry, the kitty who likes whipped cream, I remember her well.
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
19 Feb 13
What a beautiful, beautiful eulogy for Murphy. You have been truly blessed that you lived with her. I understand how you feel as we've had to go through making this decision many times. We always went and rescued another one after our mourning. Blessings on Murphy.
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
22 Feb 13
So sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Murphy.