||Deceased, Two years old|
||Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA|
For me Artimus was special, not only because he was one of three beautiful furry children of ours. He was only a kitten at the farmer's market. I had just gotten into a relationship and he told me I could pick out anything I wanted. Of course I walked around the farmers market and speed a bunch of kittens he was the only polydactyl ball of fluff and I fell in love with him. Two hours went by and my love caught up with me only to find me with a kitten. We took him in, made sure to ask if he had all his shots and meds. And our resident Momma kitty or Aroura took care of him like he was her own.
After a year he started to lose weight, and when we brought him in they diagnosed him with pancreatitis which we put him on medication for. He started to get better though at this point would eat anything you left out. We figured this was because he had a near death experience, After about two months he started losing weight again and the vet couldn't diagnose the problem.
When he had gotten down to about seven pounds, we brought him in. This time he couldn't do anything. They did tests, blood transfusion, and he was at the vet for two weeks and they couldn't figure it out. The official diagnosis was pancreatitis, liver failure, and a blood parasite.
We had brought him home the night we thought he was going to pass away, but he held on, crying in pain all night. We brought him back in the following morning because I had to work. They called me at lunch to tell me he was in a coma. They said I should make my decision to either put him down or try more antibiotics (which they wouldn't be able to feed him). I told them that I would like him out of pain, for his own sake. When the vet went back to put him to rest at about 5 pm that evening, Artimus had already passed.
I picked him up after work and buried him in the pocket of my favorite tree. (Through all this I was bawling my eyes out becuase I thought he was still breathing. Which I know he wasn't. )
Artimus was a lover just like Aroura. He was playful and I think the greatest thing was he could easily jump vertically to the ceiling.
This is the poem I found that I used for my post:
My heart is in the frost, little one, for thou hast left me,
and gone to the land where walks already thy mother and all thy kin.
Thou hast left me alone to mourn thee,
my little boy, and I will not be comforted.
Two short years thou dwelt with me, and I loved thee always,
I knew no other like unto thee - forever will thy place be empty.
Forever wilt thy presence be missed, and always will there be sadness
when thoughts of our loss do come.
I have seen thee, my little one, in a dream;
Thou wast in a place I knew not; a field, with golden grass -
Thou looked at me, thy eyes bright, thy face happy, but asking
"Why dost thou not follow me?"
Thou disappeared into the grass, and I have seen thee not again.
Forgive me, little one, for thy last hours, that I was not there -
Forgive me that you met death in the arms of strangers.
That grieveth me so I cannot tell thee, but I could not do otherwise -
Know that had I believed you that close I would have been with thee.
Thou wast with me during the times that tried heart and soul,
but thou didst not live to see the sun rise upon us.
Would that you could be with us now that the tide has finally turned!
I miss thee with each day, and look to your haunts, and hope to find you.
Old age will finally dim both sight and mind,
but memory of thee will last throughout -
I pray God of His infinite mercies to let me see you again
when it is my turn to cross the border.
Oh, how I hope that thou woke to find thyself with the Maker!
I hope that now He rubs your soft ears as I used to do!
I pray that one day we shall be together again If it is His will.
Then know, my beloved,that truly thou wilt not be forgotten -
Truly, you live on in heart and mind.
Thy tiny body wilt be buried in the plot where we shall one day rest
In the hope that on a brighter day we will all be together again forever.
He will always be in my heart. I will always miss him. I love him so much. <3