It is with a sad and heavy heart I write, today my beautiful cat Binky had to be put down as she was suffering kidney failure. Binky would have been 18 years old on June 25th… At almost 18 years old she has lived a full and wonderful life. She will be greatly missed. I thought I’d share a tribute to my Binky and Spike…
On Wed April 18, 2007 my mom took her dog “Auggie” to the vet, her and my dad were going to Jackson and Sutters Fort for the day (it was their anniversary) and “Auggie” gets mad at them if he has to stay in his kennel. So he needed some puppy teeth pulled and to be groomed, so she took him to her work for the day to get his “work” done. They hadn’t seen Binky come in from the garage, but thought she was just hiding, because on Tuesday night my sister brought both of her cats to my parents, Binky doesn’t like house guests… Anyway they ended up searching for her for three hours, my mom never saw her get out of the garage, and on the few times she has, she runs to the front door and howls (this is because she is an indoor ONLY cat)…. Anyway they were fairly certain she was just mad and hiding in the house, they called me and asked if I would come over and look because they hated to not go out for their anniversary because of a mad cat… Tanner and I searched for an hour and came up with nothing. I called Wed night thinking she would have come out by then, at least to eat… But no… Then I thought maybe (given that she will be 17 in June) she hid somewhere and died?? Again I called on Thursday, no Binky…. By then she had missed a day and a half of her medication, she takes thyroid meds and pain med for arthritis… So I was worried and upset, actually depressed about it, Spike wanted to go look for her and I just couldn’t do it… So Friday rolls around and rain is supposed to come, my dad is out mowing the lawn and asks his neighbor across the street if she has seen Binky, her grandson says YES she was in their bushes the day before howling! (they live right across the street)… SO he calls my mom, she leaves work and they search the neighborhood, bushes, and backyards…. When the neighbors husband comes home my mom talks to him and tells him she has been in their backyard and what his grandson Robert said, he then said well he couldn’t have seen her yesterday because he wasn’t here, he was here on Wed… Anyway, my dad went and placed an ad and my sister and mom went door to door again (Becky feeling horribly guilty)…So when I called Friday afternoon and heard she was seen and outside on Wed… I lost it, I mean I can’t even tell you the last time I cried that violently and I say that because I was so upset I was throwing up and it had nothing to do with a flu bug, I was just that upset… Spike came home from work and found me that way in the bathroom, he and Johnny then left and went to look for her, while I was home praying “Dear Lord Puuuuullllllllleeeeeeeeeeaz, you promise to take care of the birds and small creatures, take care of Binky, If anyone can find her it will be Spike, he is my KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR, he has always done exactly as he says, and he said he was going to find her”…. I mean heart wrenching begging prayers…. Spike, Johnny, and my dad searched through bushes and yards for two hours, and found nothing, Spike told Johnny they would come back at 11pm and look in the dark and when it was quieter from street noise to maybe hear her…. In the mean time I guess while they had been looking Johnny said he was praying “God if we don’t find her now, let us find her when we leave to go home”… It was 8:30ish and Spike gets up and tells Johnny, “OK John we are going to go FIND Binky, not look but FIND… Do you know what the difference is?” Johnny said, “no”, Spike said, “The difference is we will be bringing her home, we will FIND her we aren’t going to just look!” They get in the car and Spike tells my mom set food and water out on the front porch for her in-case that might lure her back…. They pull out of the driveway, heading towards Longs, driving super slow, about the 4th house in from Longs on the opposite side of the street Spike says, “John what’s that?” Johnny says, “IT’S BINKY”… Johnny got out of the car goes into the driveway where she is walking around the tire of a parked car, he calls her name, she stops lets him pick her up, and Spike turns the car around, pulls into my parents driveway rolls down the window, and asks my mom “Are you looking for this?” as he holds her up. He calls me and says, “DONE” and my mom grabs the cell phone SCREAMING and says “he did it, he found her, he is a knight in shining armor” (my exact words to the Lord)… He told me for like two seconds he thought about driving her to me, but then decided he didn’t want to stress or traumatize her any further, so he went to my parents… He came and picked me up and took to my “bones” (her nickname) and I held that cat for 10 minutes (it felt like hours) crying while she purred and purred….. Offering such Thanksgiving to the Lord, honestly I could handle her passing away and finding her, far better than the thought of her suffering, lost, confused, and in pain…. That’s the story…. I have officially told my husband, he is no longer “Spike” to me, he is my “Knight” That man has given me more than life can offer (I am not just talking about my cat) he is my EVERYTHING and constantly does something to prove that point, as if I needed reminding!
So that is last years Binky story, sadly almost a year later her little body had, had enough. I will always LOVE my “Bonesie Girl”!
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