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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2012 1:02am (Mar 22nd 2012)
     
    Our dear pussy cat Thomas passed over the rainbow bridge last night (Wednesday). While he did bounce back remarkably well from his surgery to remove 2 infected teeth 2 weeks ago his poor kidneys and heart finally wore out. He deteriorated fairly quickly and yesterday morning we knew we had to make the most of our last days with him.
    We spent a worthwhile day together and told him how special he was to us, he was quite alert in the morning then became more subdued as the day wore on. At 8.15pm the vet and a lovely vet nurse arrived at our home. We said goodbye to our dear kitty surrounded by love.
    While with us for only 10 years we knew him for 2 years prior to that as he visited often, eventually adopting us as his family. I was overjoyed when his previous owners 3 doors down finally realised where his heart belonged and agreed for us to be his new family.
    What a fine age to live to: 20 years and 6 months. Thomas repeatedly amazed the veterinary staff, overcoming several health issues and our vet Richard said he was so resilient and patient and easy to treat. The staff said he was the most special cat they have ever treated and loved him too. We were fortunate to have Thomas in our lives and The Belmont vet clinic are a wonderful dedicated team who worked with us to give Thomas the best life possible.

    Maybe just a cat to some, but to us he was part of our family. I am crying as I write but know Brian and I will move on past this sad time and laugh and remember a wonderful companion with all his adventures and funny ways.

    Several friends have suggested I should write his story, even just for myself.
    Some of you have met Thomas and others have just heard about his antics. We took him to Daylesford on many little holidays as he travelled so well and loved exploring new cottages. He would walk beautifully in a harness and lead and most mornings he asked for a stroll outside to check his territory. Being a ‘blue’ Burmese he often displayed their characteristic ‘puppy like’ quality.
    He would play hide and seek running to hide around the end of the couch and peer out waiting for us to follow and he could jump up and open an unlocked screen door with lever type handle. I have a photo of him reaching out with both paws while I hold him as he tries to turn a round door knob. He once visited overnight guests in their bed to give them a little whiskery kiss and inspect just exactly who was in the front room! When we first installed the cat flap, as he was to become an indoor cat, we covered the flap with a wooden box and heavy rock until the cat run was connected the following day. I walked into the family room in time to see his tail disappearing outside. The little devil has used all his strength and shoved the box aside to get out. He always was a determined boy.

    I know we need to celebrate his life and be happy we knew him. I will and I am.

    Julie :cat:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2012 10:53am (Mar 22nd 2012)
     
    I am so saddened by your news, Julie.
    I understand what your feelings are today but know full well that you will remember the highlights of Thomas's life for far longer.

    He passed on in peace, which is so ccomforting.

    I'll give our Blue Burmese a special ccuddle today in Thomas's memory.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2012 11:17am (Mar 22nd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :heart:

    I'm so sorry to hear this, TM. He had a wonderful life with you, and was surrounded by love till the very end...he was lucky to know you and you were lucky he chose you! He sounded a real fun boy, full of character! :bighug:

    Nelly recently passed away on Mother's Day, she was hit by a car speeding down their lane. Lyle's mum is devastated as she was only 2 years old :sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2012 5:52pm (Mar 22nd 2012)
     
    I'm so so sorry, Julie. But he had such a wonderful life with you. And yes, you write so well that a piece about his life with you would be fabulous. Do it! Thinking of you all. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2012 11:27pm (Mar 22nd 2012)
     
    Writing about them is very cathartic (is that the right word?) I did that after Joey passed - I didn't share it, it just made me smile and remember him with fondness. Your post brought tears to my eyes - it was wonderful and the love you had for him shines through.

    Thomas was a wonderful cat who made the most of every day he had. His strength of character to get through his illnesses was amazing. You must feel very privileged to have known him, and he obviously knew how to pick a good home!

    Sleep soundly Thomas, and I hope you have fun at Rainbow Bridge until you see your humans again. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2012 1:34am (Mar 23rd 2012)
     
    Julie, I'm so very sorry to hear this sad news. I know how badly you feel, when I lost my Chelsea I was devastated. I haven't been able to even think of getting another kitty since I lost her. Thomas was such a wonderful kitty..what a long, loving life he had with you. Rest in peace dear Thomas.:heart::face-crying:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2012 3:14am (Mar 23rd 2012) edited
     
    Thank you all so much dear friends, it warms my heart to read your thoughful words.

    Thomas lies at the base of his favourite tree, (next to the budgie he he he:face-smile:) wrapped snug in a purple blanket. I placed his favourite rubber ball in with him and a fluffy tickler toy, a little gold wooden heart for love, a note from us and a handful of sparkles from my craft room.:cat:

    He was an amazing, clever, resiliant, funny boy and we have received a lovely card which all the vet staff signed, they all say they loved him too. I have yet to read all their kind comments as the tears get in the way. The vet and his wife called in yesterday, how thoughtful. I know it will get easier and I really feel surrounded by love and friendship from near and far. Brian is sad too of course but not showing it as much as I do which is fine as we are all different.

    Red I was sorry to hear about Nelly I enjoyed hearing about when she first arrived and all the antics of her kittenish behaviour. She was a beautiful girl.

    Our pets certainly do touch our hearts and while the pain of loss may lessen we never forget them.
    Thankyou :bighug: xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2012 2:39pm (Mar 23rd 2012)
     
    I was just passing and noticed your post Julie and I am so sad and sorry to hear about Thomas. He will leave such a big gap in your lives as he was such a loving little fur baby. He had a lovely life with you and enjoyed every minute. How honoured you were that he chose you as his family knowing he would be loved and cherished and that he could love and cherish you back.
    I am thinking of you with much love xxxxxxxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2012 11:20pm (Mar 23rd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2012 11:15pm (Mar 24th 2012)
     
    I forgot to say how sorry I was to hear of Nelly's passing Red. It seems particularly cruel when they are so young and full of life. I know my old girls are going to die at some time, and though it isn't any easier to lose them after a long life, at least I have had the chance to prepare for that time as best I can.

    I love that you buried him with his favourite things TM. It always makes me think that in hundreds of years if a Time Team were to excavate what they would think of how we bury our pets. They would assume we thought of them as Gods I think, which isn't far wrong. How sweet of your vet and the staff - a lovely, kind thing to do.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2012 11:12am (Mar 25th 2012)
     
    Thanks NN and lovely girls one and all. I am still abit of a mess crying at the drop of a hat.:face-crying:
    I know it gets easier but it just feels very 'crappy' at present.:face-sad:

    I like the idea Kate that excavators in a hundred years or more will discover an interesting picture of how we lived and what we thought of our pets.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2012 10:47pm (Mar 26th 2012)
     
    It has always interested me. Hubby likes programmes where they're doing archaeology and these very highly qualified and high-brow people spout on about how and why bodies are found in certain places and positions, and that animal bones buried with them are status symbols or food. Could it not just be a pet they loved? I think I will have my cats cremated and then when I die they can bury their ashes (and those of the rats) with me.

    When Emmett's kittens died I buried them with a laminated list of their names and what had happened to them - just in case someone might be curious.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2012 4:53am (Mar 27th 2012)
     
    I like that idea Kate
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2012 11:35am (Mar 27th 2012)
     
    I have always sent hubby out to bury lost pets in such a way that I won't come across them. Then I don't get upset at their little grave side.

    Whenwe had some work done and exposed the house foundations I made a little time capsule to drop down 'tween the walls. It was baby's capped bottle. I sterilised it, with contents, in the micro wave, so it shouldn't decay much.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2012 5:42pm (Mar 27th 2012)
     
    A time capsule is a fabulous idea, Ollie; wish I'd thought of it while we had walls in disarray!
    Anyone digs up our back garden will think it was a slaughterhouse; three chickens, god knows how many rabbits, a cat and a hedgehog...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2012 11:28pm (Mar 27th 2012)
     
    I remember a friend saying that her parents had lived in the same house all their lives, and all the pets were buried in the garden. They'd had dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters ... all the usual. But she said it got hard to decide where to bury them as the years went on because there were so many and the garden was fairly small! They always had big dogs - German Shepherds and the like - and she said it used to take all day to bury such a big dog, but her dad was always adamant that they deserved a decent burial.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2012 9:40am (Mar 28th 2012)
     
    When our Persian swimming cat (don't ask!!)passed on
    it wasn't long before both of us gazing at the empty spot on the hearth, looking up at each other and expressing our distress at the emptiness there. That was the moment we decided to get our Burmese which we had met only afew weeks before and admired the species so very much. Strange that we had come across Burmese just at that point as we had no idea that we were about to lose our beloved cat.

    I went on to breed Burmese- a wonderful experience – the mother does all the house training - litter tray etc without any human being needed thank you very much…

    Julie, how did you decide to have a Burmese?
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2012 6:40am (Apr 2nd 2012)
     
    Here are a couple of photos of Thomas, he loved sitting at the computer with me and liked the heat from the desk lamp on his head, cheeky boy.

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    I have heard many stories Ollie about Burmese and their wonderful character, including wonderful mothering skills, we always told Thomas he must have had a great mummy.
    About 12 years ago Thomas started to wander through our property on his way to somewhere else. We actually thought he was a female for some reason. Our place was at that time about the only one in the street without dogs. Thomas lived 3 doors down from us The household had 3 teenager sons, 3 dogs, a female Burmese cat he didn’t like and a rabbit who chased everything that moved.
    One day I called to him as he strolled by, he came over and let me pat him. Next time I got a cuddle and after that I was smitten. Because I had allergies for years we had never considered a cat. I was overjoyed to find I was no longer allergic. Thomas visited more and more. When he injured himself he came to us for help and we would ring the owner. They would sometimes collect him to give him medicine and within minutes he would be back here again meowing to be let in. One night we let him sleep over. He stayed at the bottom of the bed all night. That was easy we thought.

    Once we went away for 10 days. Arriving home I got out of the car and saw Thomas leap 2 fences and then ‘gazelle like’ fly like over a pile of lumber in the neighbour’s front yard to arrive at my feet with a screeching halt!
    The owner reported to us the next day ‘your cat’ is not very happy with you, he has been off his food and meowing up and down the street waiting for your return. After that we knew we had a bond.

    Eventually after 2 years of me dreaming that I could one day have him for my own but never believing it would be possible the owner came and offered him to us.I had thought ‘people don’t just give away their cat’. Thomas had already decided where his heart belonged and I cried with joy.

    We decided to have a cat run built as he was a bird catcher and wanderer. He would become an indoor cat but with outside access to the run. Later we discovered he would happily walk in a harness with lead, so we often walked outside with him in the garden. As he grew older and less agile he still loved a stroll in the garden, now without the lead or harness and would lie on a mat in the sun while we has a morning cuppa.

    I am still struggling to get used to not having him around as he was such a wonderful companion. I have begun writing about him and am finding it helps, even if I just put together his story for myself, we will see what happens.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2012 11:58am (Apr 2nd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They are beautiful photos of him TM and I love the story of how he became yours :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2012 5:10pm (Apr 2nd 2012)
     
    Lovely pics; he knew where and which side his bread was buttered - cheeky boy!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2012 11:43pm (Apr 2nd 2012)
     
    Just your short story of how he came to choose you brought tears to my eyes TM, so I can only imagine how you must feel writing it. He must've been so happy to have found you. And vice-versa of course!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 3:55am (Apr 11th 2012)
     
    Rest in peace, sweet darling Thomas. You will always be loved.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 9:58am (Apr 11th 2012)
     
    Thank you:heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 11:08pm (Apr 11th 2012)
     
    Hello Diane! You must've sensed we'd been discussing poop on another thread - we thought of you while we discussed!

    How are things with you?