Saturday, May 12, 2012

Goodbye, Sweet Smokie


We are so sad to announce that our sweet Smokie earned her furangel wings and crossed the Rainbow Bridge suddenly today. I received a phone call this morning that she was hit by a car right around the corner from our house. A good samaritan (who did not hit her), named Gwen, stopped, picked her up, brought her to our vet, who rushed her into emergency surgery. Both Gwen and our vet called me to let me know what happened. Smokie did not make it...she passed from a brain hemorrhage, but our vet assured us that she did not suffer. My daughter and I are devastated. We were with her as she began her journey to the Rainbow Bridge, even though she had already passed. 

As many of you know, Smokie was a starving, abandoned young cat when my daughter rescued her. She has been a loving part of our lives for over four years. She loved to roll in the grass, get her tummy rubbed, and we always joked that she was our "watch" cat as she was always patrolling and sunning herself in the front of our property as though she was the owner! We also dubbed her our honorary Husky cat as her long, thick beautiful coat made her fit right in our family of Sibes.

The Rainbow Bridge has welcomed Furangel Smokie

Smokie was not only a beautiful cat, she was a beautiful soul. She was so gentle cat and trusting. She was claustrophobic and while she would be invited into the house, clearly after a few minutes of investigating, she would quickly find her way to the front door and "meow" until she was let back out! She befriended my boy Gibson. Whenever Gib and I would take a walk, Smokie would roll over and invite him to play. They would spend time just sitting together and gazing off. 

Smokie and her boy, Binx.

One day, she brought home a friend...a scared, starving feral kitten my daughter named Binx and adopted as well. Together, Smokie and Binx would play, fight, sun, eat, and sleep together. He will be lost without his best friend. 

She did have one bad habit though - she loved to sun in the road. Luckily, we live on a dead end road, but we don't know if that is what finally caught up with her, or if she was just patrolling when her time to become a furangel arrived this morning. My daughter said she would like to think God needed her and that's why she was taken. Maybe someone up in Heaven needed a wonderful, darling cat for company - because she truly was the sweetest.

Gibson and Smokie just chillin' together.
While our hearts are broken at this tragedy, and we are still in a state of disbelief that our sweet Smokes is gone, we are thankful that she did not suffer. What we know now is, when she was hit, she became unconscious. Then Gwen, the good samaritan, gently spoke to her as they took her, coincidentally, to our veterinarian hospital. Upon arrival, coincidentally, Smokie's vet had just come in to work. She rushed Smokie right into surgery and we know if she ever had a fighting chance, she was in the best hands possible. 


We want to sincerely thank Gwen, a total stranger, for her kindness and compassion for stopping to help our baby and offering her comfort in her final moments here on Earth, and a heartfelt thanks to our wonderful vet and staff for trying to save her and helping her to have a peaceful journey. Smokie is now at the Rainbow Bridge, and we take comfort in knowing our other furangels are there to welcome her.

Smokie, this memorial tribute is for you: 


Rest in peace, our beautiful, 
sweet Smokie, girl. 
We will love you and miss you forever. ♥



51 comments:

  1. We are terribly sorry for your loss. What a hard blow this must be for all of you. We are sending healing prayers and virtual hugs.

    Oskar & Pam

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  2. aww so sorry for your loss :( may she rest in peace ...

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  3. We couldn't hold back the tears reading about the loss of your beautiful Smokie! What a moving tribute you gave her, Dorothy. We send prayers & paw hugs from Bailey and me! Our hearts go out to you today.

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  4. We're so sorry for your loss. We'll cross paws and think of Smokie and the fur-friends left behind to miss her.

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  5. I am so, so sorry to hear that sad news. We all send you our best purrs and our love. Run free sweet Smokie, run free.

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  6. We are so very sorry to hear about Smokie - she was a beautiful kitty. You have given her a beautiful tribute. It is easy to know that she was so very well-loved. Soft woos and gentle hugs to you from us.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

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  7. So sorry to hear about your loss, what a sweet furangel she will be.

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  8. We are so very sorry to hear about Smokie. It's true...I'm sure God had a very important job in Heaven that only Smokie could do. Keep all the wonderful memories safely in your heart.

    We would be happy to include Smokie in our May posting of "Our Rainbow Friends" that will be published on June 15. If you would like, please send Smokie's approximate age and your favorite picture to:
    ourrainbowfriends@gmail.com

    Linda
    (Amber's Mom)

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  9. We're sorry to hear that Smokie has gone to the Bridge. That was a great slideshow. We especially liked the Honorary Siberian one!!

    (((Hugs)))


    The Florida Furkids and Lexi

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  10. We are so sorry to hear about Smokie. We are glad that she was able to have a wonderful home with you.

    Steve, Kat, and Wilbur

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  11. We are so sorry for the lost of dear Smokie, an honorary huskerboo indeed! Gentle woooos,

    RA, Isis & Nanük

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  12. We are so sorry and sad to hear about Smokie. Big Hugs to you all.

    Rubie and Poots

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  13. oh,i am so sorry that you lost your smokie!I know exactly what you feel ,cause we had the same thing a few years ago and lost our beloved cat"tante".
    perhaps , they are together in heaven now and tell each other stories bout their lovin families.
    i am sure ,you will all be together again,when your time has come.
    i wished i could do something for you
    hugs,anni

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  14. We are so sad to learn about sweet Smokie.
    We are sending purrs and soft head bumpies.
    Love & Purrs,
    KC
    Missy Blue Eyes
    Faith Boomerang
    Baby Cat
    Sol
    Smokey
    BJ
    Mom ML

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  15. We just heard about Smokie going to the Bridge. We are so sorry. We send comforting purrs and headbutts to help ease the sadness you are feeling.

    Wally, Ernie & Zoey

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  16. May the memories of love outweigh the grief of loss.

    Love,
    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Horde & their Feeders

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  17. We are very sorry to hear the sad news about Smokie. Purrs...

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  18. We are so sorry that Smokie had to cross over. Apparently it was her time to go. There will be many cats waiting to meet her at The Bridge.

    Luf, Us and Maw

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  19. We are so sorry to hear about beautiful Smokie. We are sending lots of purrs and comforting hugs your way. From all of us at Prancer Pie.

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  20. We write through misted eyes, sending our prayers to all who loved her, will miss her.
    Yet she remains forever in their hearts.
    Blessings little Smokie, to you, to your family.

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  21. We've just come from the CB and are so terribly saddened to read of Smokie's sudden passing. We're sending you all soft purrs to comfort you at this time, and are wishing you peace in your hearts.

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  22. We've just come from the CB and are so terribly saddened to read of Smokie's sudden passing. We're sending you all soft purrs to comfort you at this time, and are wishing you peace in your hearts.

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  23. We're so sorry for your loss. Writing this through tears at your loving remembrance. Purrs for you and your family.

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  24. I am so deeply sorry. I can imagine how devastated you have to be. You wrote Smokey a beautiful memorial and how kind that Gwen was the Angel that helped soothe her as she crossed the bridge.

    Our deepest sympathy

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  25. Such a beautiful tribute. We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet girl, Smokie, and we send you gentle purrs and headbumps.

    Run free at the Bridge, beautiful Smokie ...

    'Kaika and the Yosemite cats

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  26. Such a beautiful tribute. We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet girl, Smokie, and we send you gentle purrs and headbumps.

    Run free at the Bridge, beautiful Smokie ...

    'Kaika and the Yosemite cats

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  27. We are so sorry and sad for the loss of your beautiful Smokie. (((hugs)))

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  28. It is always sad when a cat has to cross OTRB before its time has come. I am glad I like living indoors where I am safe. I cry for Smokie...such a beautiful soul

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  29. We are so very sorry that Smokie had to go to the Bridge. Hugs, purrs and prayers to you.

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  30. We are so very sorry about Smokie, she sounds like a very special cat. We can tell you loved her very much. Blessings for Gwen who was there to help her at the end and comforting purrs for your family. We knows you will miss her very much.

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  32. Oh sweet Smokie. Me and my cat Charlie came over from the CB and are so sad to read about this awful tragedy. We are glad that kind Gwen was there and we are heartened to read that Smokie didn't suffer.
    We are sending you all hugs and purrs. Take care
    x

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  33. I am glad little Smokie did not suffer. So very sorry for your loss. Smokie knew love and that is the best thing imaginable. Big hugs.

    Mango Momma

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  34. WE are also so sad to hear about Sweet Smokey. She sure was such a pretty girl. I have cats like that. They just can't stand to be shut up in the house. So you know she was a happy girl when she went to the bridge. Sending tons of purrs and many hugs. It is so hard to lose a fur friend.

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  35. Mommi and I awe so vewy sowwy that heaven needed a sweet angel and Smoky went to join ouw angels. I know she had a wondewful fouw yeaws in yoow loving family and she is taking that love wif hew..i hope all of you will take ouw love to help you heal
    Smoochie kisses
    Asta and Mommi

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  36. We are so sorry for the loss of your lovely Smokey. We too had a cat who loved to sun in the road, and one day the inevitable happened. Luckily, the worse injury he had was a broken jaw, but he never wanted to go outside from that day on. We hope the years of love will comfort you, so many deserving animals never know what love is. Smokey also brought you a gift, Binx. She could not have found a better one, and she must have been very smart. We are purring for the entire family, that you will find peace soon.

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  37. Farewell sweet Smokie. So sorry for your loss.

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  38. We heard from Brian that you has lost your sweet Smokie. If it was to happen, we are grateful as you are that Gwen stopped and took her to the vet. Sending soft purrs of comfort in your sudden loss.

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  39. We are terribly sorry to hear of Smokie's accident and that she has gone to the bridge. Gwen is a wonderful person to have helped your girl in her time of need. Please accept our sincere condolences!

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  40. I read on the Cat Blogosphere site that Smokie has died. I wish this day had been different for you. Please accept my condolences.

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  41. We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl, Smokie. We send gentle hugs and soft purrs to you and your family. Run free, sweet Smokie!

    Laura & Taffy

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  42. Beautiful Smokie, fly free at The Bridge sweetheart, and please keep an eye on your family, they must be in so much shock now. We send you and them, love and rumbly purrs.

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  43. We are so sorry to hear your sweet Smokie has gone to Rainbow Bridge. We can see how much you will all miss her but you will have all your wonderful and happy memories of her to sustain you.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  44. How wonderful someone stopped...so many just drive on. A kind man noticed a collar on my niece's dead cat at the side of the road, found the tag and called. Without such thoughtful people one might never know what happened.

    We are so sorry for your lost. Smokie had four wonderful years with you. We send purrs and hugs.

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  45. *heads hung* soft husky wooo's in honor of Smokie ~ Our thoughts and prayers are with you ~ Lil Dez, Tyler and Packleaderette

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  46. Sincere condolances over the loss of your beautiful sweetheart, Smokie; she was very lucky to have such a loving, wonderful family and I understand your sorrow over this huge loss...Wishing you all comfort at this sad time...Love never dies...Smokie=never forgotten, always loved, forever cherished...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

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  47. Rest in peace sweet Smokie

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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  48. We are so very sorry for your loss of sweet Smokie. Our best puppy kisses for you and for poor little Binx. Maybe he'll decide to become a house cat.

    Jed & Abby

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  49. Oh we are so sorry to hear about beautiful Smokie. Sending gentle wooos and leonberger licks from us here x

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