10/14/11

Chris Kerr: Foster The Kitty



We had to put our old marmalade kitty to sleep last Saturday.  His name was Foster, and he was a crotchety fussbudget of an “old man kitty”.

He meowingly demanded his fresh water in the bowl on my bathroom floor…it had to be FRESH.

He wanted to be petted even when you needed to run out the door to work and really didn’t like the idea of orange kitty fur on your black scrubs.

He begged  for catnip at his scratching post.

He was a royal pain in the you-know-where.

And I miss him.

How, you may ask, does this rather sad kitty tale have any relevance in a “Grateful Living” Blog?  Well, I’m so grateful that we opened our life to Foster and adopted him so long ago.  I’m grateful for the lessons of patience and gifts of love he generously bestowed. My husband and I would roll our eyes when he began his morning routine of meowing his displeasure, but we grinned about it too.   We may have complained about his copious shedding, but we enjoyed the feel of his soft fur on our hands.

I’m so very grateful for his quirks.  And I knew I was needed, if only to fill his food bowl.

Anyone who is needed by any living thing knows this deep satisfaction, this deep knowledge that you are important to someone, even if they are a crotchety fussbudget.

So I thank you Foster, for being our kitty.  We were honored and blessed to be your servants.  You will be missed!
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13 comments:

Diane said...

Ahhh....sounds like Foster was a furry blessing in disguise. I am so sorry sweet Chris for your loss.

Malin de Koning said...

Aahh! They are such strong personalities. And I love the excentrities rhey develop over time. It is so cosy. Foster sounds like a one of a kind and a strong And wonderful personality. He needed you. But you also needed him. I understand he is missed. Sad. But lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Chris said...

Thank you Diane and Malin! Foster was a gift~~ We were blessed.

Kathy said...

So sorry for your loss. My orange kitty is 15 years old, and I keep wondering when the time will come that she is no longer with us. My husband and I adopted her when we returned home from our honeymoon. So she has been with us for our entire married lives! I like the spin you put on the ever persistent shedding...because I do indeed love the feel of her long soft hair. Hoping that your sweet memories of Foster will comfort you.

Fanciful Expressions said...

Sorry to hear your sad news Chris. Foster sounds like he was a wonderful friend. Our fur babies are so giving and loving. I'm happy for you that he was with you for a long time. I'm sure he'll live on in your happy memories of him.

Christine said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of dear Foster. Our pets are such dear friends giving us so much. We mourn their loss and treasure their memories.

mairedodd said...

so sorry foster's time came to an end recently... i think though that it is precisely those people and animals who challenge us that help us to grow... to be appreciative, to not take for granted... he was as lucky to have you as you were to have him...

In the Light of the Moon said...

When I finished reading this beautiful post,I wont lie,I had trouble swallowing,I wanted to be sad,but somehow,deep down I knew Foster wouldnt want it,noone would want that,so you see sweet Chris,we are grateful for him as well,grateful that his beautiful furry soul that has helped us to love each and every moment,each and every touch.Big Hugs friend,Cat

Cindy said...

Chris, your Foster was a special Kitty. I'm so sorry that you lost him recently, but so happy that he made your life so full. We lost our Hodgie very recently as well, and it is still so hard. Some days it's harder than others when I think of him and how much I miss him. Thank you for sharing your story and the adorable picture of Foster.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh we have had and lost so many pets and it never gets easier. We lost our dog 2 years ago and I miss him everyday! SO sorry for your loss : (

Chris Kerr said...

Dear Sweet gals Kathy, Carolyn, Mary Jane, Christine, Cindy, Cat and Patty: Thank you all so much for your loving comments! Your kindness and empathy just blow me away~~!!! Love love love you all

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh Kris, I know this deep satisfaction of being needed by a sweet four legged critter all too well. I am so sorry for your loss, and am so happy you had Foster in your lives. Riki xoxo

Chris Kerr said...

Riki~~We've been blessed to enjoy pet-affection. We're lucky ducks! Thank you for commenting!