December 30 1996 ----- September 13 1999
You came into my life,
When I didn't really care.
Through all the toils and strife,
You were always there.
You were my sunshine,
That brightened every day.
Meant to only be mine,
But then our lives turned gray.
They told me you were ill,
I didn't want to care.
All my fears fulfilled,
And reality met me there.
The day that you left me was the hardest of my life,
Holding you for the last time and setting you to rest
Oh! The tears I cried
But it all was for the best
You suffer no more.
Those tears I still cry.
But you'll never leave me,
You're forever by my side.
"To love someone deeply gives you
strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you
I feel this quote describes how the love
that we gave him gave him the strenght to let go and
go to heaven.
"My name is Helen Craft and I would like to tell you
the story of my cat Hunter.
I know the poem explains
most of it but the loss has been tremendous.
In1996 Hunter came to us thanks to fate.
We were very
lucky to have gotten such a great and loyal cat.
he was diagnosed with leukemia.
We gave him medicine every day
and he was very good about it and
loved us no less.
In January 1998 my mom had double
bypass surgery and while she was in the hospital
Hunter got sick.
My dad force fed him baby food and
gave him Pedalyte for strength
and to keep him hydrated.
The day that he began to eat again
I can remember my dad crying
because he knew that he had
brought Hunter back from near death.
For the nextyear and a half
we battled keeping odd illnesses off.
Until September 1999 we had to move.
Literally themove killed him.
Shortly after we arrived Hunter
became very sick.
He wouldn't eat and we were worried.
We called a vet we had been recommended to
and he treated Hunter
as much as he could.
The day before he died
he began having seizures. So we took
him back to the Vet and he told us
that he might live
but the chance was very small.
On the way home my
dad told Hunter that he couldn't give up unless he
told him he could.
That night my dad stayed up all
night with Hunter as
he had seizures every 15 minutes or so.
Early the next morning my mom got me up to
spend time with Hunter
so my dad could get some sleep.
My mom had to go to Nashville
that day for business reasons.
That hour before he died was the longest of
I remember holding him while he had seizures.
That continued to go on for a while and
then my dad got up and held him.
During the last seizure
my dad told him it was okay to give up
and he did so.
Even to this day I will never forget how
much that cat loved me and how much I loved him.
He taught me things no one else could.
He taught me "courage." and I'd also like
to tell Hunter one
"Hunter you'll always be my sunshine!"