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. ♥