In Loving Memory Of Kobe

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My heart is broken once again. I had to have my dear Kobe put to sleep the other day (February 17, 2021) after he had become ill. I just can't believe it. He wasn't quite a year old, and I had hoped we were going to spend many wonderful, happy years together. Kobe came into my life on April 28, 2020. And yes, he was named after basketball legend, Kobe Bryant. He was a tiny kitten of only a few weeks old. He could’ve been over a month old, but I’m uncertain. He was tiny. I had walked outside on the porch that day and heard a kitten meowing nearby. At first I thought I was hearing things. I walked around and looked, but couldn’t see it. It hushed for a while, then started again. Then, I opened the hood of the truck and looked in there and spotted him. A tiny grey kitten with a little bit of white on it. A beautiful little kitten. It wouldn't come to me at first, though. Later that night, it came up on the porch just below my bedroom window and started meowing like crazy. I went out there and put out a few pieces of shrimp flavored Temptations cat treats for him to eat. Treats that had belonged to my dear cat Lady G. He was skittish at first, but by day three, we were best buds, and he was climbing all over me, even up on my shoulders. Even headbutted my hand like Lady G. used to do. He was so full of energy, and would happily play all day. He loved playing, and it was such a joy to watch. When he was still pretty small, I had an empty water bottle I would roll towards him, and he would slap that thing all over the place, fighting and rolling with it in the grasp of his little paws. That bottle was as big as him, and it was his favorite thing in the world. He loved playing with that bottle. He played with it every day, and for long periods of time. I once placed a large mirror on the porch for him to see himself, and it was just the cutest thing to see. Kobe would look at himself in that mirror, bow up, and run back and forth, while staring at himself. He would even look behind the mirror thinking another cat was back there. It was so funny watching his tiny self bow up like he was this big, bad cat. His little self seemed so healthy, and just as happy as could be. And of course, I was too. Finally again. I’ve always been a cat person, and they seem to know they can easily steal my heart.

As Kobe got a little bigger, he would often run and slam into my leg when I was outside playing with him. I am not kidding, he would literally run hard into my leg and wrap it with his front legs and paws. It would nearly knock me down if I weren’t paying attention to him. I thought he was going to hurt himself, but that little joker was as tough as nails. While outside, he would often run and climb up the Lady G. tree. A small tree I named after Lady G. He would also climb up into the large live oaks around the house, and walk way out across those limbs. That scared me nearly to death. I would call for him to come down, but he was determined to do as he wished. He loved to climb and wasn’t scared a bit. And just like human kids, Kobe would get into everything. OMG he could be a handful at times! He would chew on everything. Even cables. I had to keep a close eye on him while he was inside for fear he would chew on something I had plugged in. But Kobe knew he had me wrapped around his little paws. I could never get real mad at him. He was just being a cat.

Once Kobe got a little older, he started going outside at night more often and wandering around. He was an indoor/outdoor cat. I wanted him to be free and do cat things, instead of being stuffed inside the house all day. I kept my bedroom window slightly open for him to come and go as he wished. Something I’ve always done for my cats. If I had the window closed at night, he would moan and paw at it, begging to go outside. Sometimes he’d go out and use the bathroom and come back in after a few minutes. Other times he’d go out and be gone for several hours. One of those nights he did get into a fight, or maybe even attacked, and was injured, possibly bitten, which may have contributed to his illness. I never got Kobe neutered, and I do regret not doing so. I did plan on getting him neutered soon, and doing so may have prevented him from wanting to ramble at night, possibly even saving his life. I feel guilty for not getting him fixed sooner.

On the morning of February 17, 2021, I was asleep in the recliner, and Kobe was sleeping in my room with the window closed at the time. Sometime that morning, Kobe jumped up on the arm of the recliner and woke me up. He then quickly hopped over onto the couch and laid down. I immediately saw that he was very ill. As I was getting up, he went towards the front door to go out. He was wobbly when he walked. And would lay down as if he was extremely exhausted. I got him and took him to a vet not far up the road. He appeared to be in very bad shape, and it was such a heartbreaking thing to see. My God, it was just terrible. The vet tested Kobe’s blood and told me that he had tested positive for both feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency viruses, which she said both were deadly viruses. I was told the best decision was to put him to sleep because most likely he wouldn't have been able to recover from this. So I agreed to have him put to sleep, which is something I’ve never had to do to a pet before. And I know I’ll think about this decision for the rest of my life. I do know that my dear Kobe was pretty sick that day, and it was probably best for him. I love Kobe dearly. And he knew he was dearly loved, so I feel good knowing that. Kobe was such a sweet, loving boy. We didn't quite have a year together, but we hit it off from the very beginning and became very close. He brought so much joy into my life with the little time we were blessed to share together. And he always managed to put a big smile on my face. Always! Now, he and my dear Lady G. are together. Two special feline friends that will be carried inside of my heart for as long as I live.

Thank you my dear Kobe for coming into my life, and for being such a loving, special little friend. And thank you Kobe for all the joy and beautiful memories you have given me. Memories I will cherish forever. You were, and will always be, a blessing to me. Thank you for everything, Bubba. And I promise you, I will never forget you! We are friends forever!

Rest in peace Kobe. I dearly miss you and dearly love you, buddy!

Kobe (April 28, 2020 - February 17, 2021)

You may view more pics of Kobe at this link: Kobe

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I am so sincerely sorry for your loss. Your love for him is his guide to his eternal happiness and calm.

He was a beautiful cat. He became an angel so quickly.

hang in there.
 

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His memory and his love will be forever etched into your soul, it will never leave you because it is a part of you. I pray you can use your beautiful memories to bring yourself comfort, he lived his life to the fullest for as long as he could. He is at peace because he has your love. Though the hole in your heart and your life seems huge right now, time will soften grief's sharp edges and allow you to create a new life's order. Time is the only thing that helps with grief, and in time both he and Lady G will seek out and send another little love to help you with their absence. This love will never replace their own, rather it will add on to and amplify what they left you. Try to celebrate having them in your life. Do not make the death, more important than the life, that can never be. His life is too important, too precious for your soul to have never known, one of life's treasures to be savored and celebrated.
His love is spiritual, so eternal. it will be a part of you forever. He lives on through you now, so send him thoughts and prayers of love and gratitude. My heart cries for your pain........RIP Kobe. You will be dearly missed, you will always have a secure place in a loving heart. May the good Lord bless and keep you, until you meet again!
 
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His memory and his love will be forever etched into your soul, it will never leave you because it is a part of you. I pray you can use your beautiful memories to bring yourself comfort, he lived his life to the fullest for as long as he could. He is at peace because he has your love. Though the hole in your heart and your life seems huge right now, time will soften grief's sharp edges and allow you to create a new life's order. Time is the only thing that helps with grief, and in time both he and Lady G will seek out and send another little love to help you with their absence. This love will never replace their own, rather it will add on to and amplify what they left you. Try to celebrate having them in your life. Do not make the death, more important than the life, that can never be. His life is too important, too precious for your soul to have never known, one of life's treasures to be savored and celebrated.
His love is spiritual, so eternal. it will be a part of you forever. He lives on through you now, so send him thoughts and prayers of love and gratitude. My heart cries for your pain........RIP Kobe. You will be dearly missed, you will always have a secure place in a loving heart. May the good Lord bless and keep you, until you meet again!
Thank you di and bob.
 

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My condolences. Way to young for a fur buddy to pass. Kobe was a beautiful animal I'm sure he loved you like you loved him.
 

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Oh, no, poor little guy. What a cutie he was--you got some wonderful photos of him. I'm very sorry he was taken from you so soon. My heart goes out to you.

Rest in peace, little man. :rbheart:
 
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My condolences. Way to young for a fur buddy to pass. Kobe was a beautiful animal I'm sure he loved you like you loved him.
Thank you John.
Oh, no, poor little guy. What a cutie he was--you got some wonderful photos of him. I'm very sorry he was taken from you so soon. My heart goes out to you.

Rest in peace, little man. :rbheart:
Thank you betsygee.
 

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Rest you gentle, Kobe, dream you deep. You walk in someone's heart forever.

Such a short time together...but where there is love, an eternity is not long enough. You did your best for him at each turn. Kobe lived, breathed and had his being wrapped in your love each moment of his life with you. It is all we can do. And now, in That Place Where All Things Are Known, Kobe blesses you for putting his well-being ahead of your own heartbreak. His love for you, translated and purified into Love, he sends back to walk beside you down through all of your days.
 
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Rest you gentle, Kobe, dream you deep. You walk in someone's heart forever.

Such a short time together...but where there is love, an eternity is not long enough. You did your best for him at each turn. Kobe lived, breathed and had his being wrapped in your love each moment of his life with you. It is all we can do. And now, in That Place Where All Things Are Known, Kobe blesses you for putting his well-being ahead of your own heartbreak. His love for you, translated and purified into Love, he sends back to walk beside you down through all of your days.
Thank you for such kind words, Mamanyt1953.
 
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he was so cute. I am sorry that he was taken at such a young age
Thank you, zed xyzed. He was so smart. Kobe had learned a lot in his short life.

Here's a funny little story I'd like to share about Kobe. I hope he don't mind. :lol:

Kobe always used the bathroom outside, and instead of digging just one big hole each time to do all his business in at once, he'd dig separate holes for each business. He'd dig and go in the first hole, quickly cover it up, and run a few steps over, quickly dig another hole, and do his other business.
:lol:
I've never seen a cat do that, and that really cracked me up! Sometimes he had to go so bad, those little legs were going a hundred miles an hour digging that second hole. Too funny!
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My goodness, I miss my little buddy.
 

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Thank you, zed xyzed. He was so smart. Kobe had learned a lot in his short life.

Here's a funny little story I'd like to share about Kobe. I hope he don't mind. :lol:

Kobe always used the bathroom outside, and instead of digging just one big hole each time to do all his business in at once, he'd dig separate holes for each business. He'd dig and go in the first hole, quickly cover it up, and run a few steps over, quickly dig another hole, and do his other business.
:lol:
I've never seen a cat do that, and that really cracked me up! Sometimes he had to go so bad, those little legs were going a hundred miles an hour digging that second hole. Too funny!
:lol:
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My goodness, I miss my little buddy.
aww that sounds too cute. My Midnight who passed last year had 2 litter boxes. One for for number 1's and the other for number 2's. But the digging two holes is too adorable. What a smart little guy
 

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So sorry for your loss, I know how it feels to lose a pet. It hurts for a long time. What a beautiful cat. There's a lot of people here to support you and help you here. I am truly so sorry for your loss.
 
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