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Vic Biorseth, Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Smokey Biorseth had been slowly failing for some time. We had to give him his special medicine that we would wipe inside his ear once a day to maintain his thyroid balance. He wouldn't take pills, so we had to grind up his other pills, make a sort of slurry with water and inject it way back into his mouth with a sort of hypodermic device minus the needle. He hated it, and we hated doing it. An elderly cat, he had gone down to virtually skin and bones. We coaxed him into eating, experimenting with all sorts of kitty food to find something he would eat more of, and perhaps gain back some weight.
The second to last time we took him to the vet they kept him for three days, getting him properly hydrated and fed intravenously. Going to the vet seemed to be the only way to get him rejuvenated for awhile, probably due to getting the proper vitamins and minerals necessary for good kitty health. Each time, he would come home in better health and mood, and he would eat and drink, and he would curl up on or near Marcie, and be “normal,” in so much as an elderly cat can be normal.
But, just as before, after a couple of days, the downhill slide was rapid. He slowed and stopped eating; he seemed to want to eat, but when his food was presented he just pushed it around a little and laid down. Then he seemed to be having difficulty walking. He would go a short way and lay down. He would come into the kitchen asking for food, in a manner quite familiar and fully understood by all of us. We generally fed him in one of the downstairs bathrooms because his food was different than Honkey’s food and we had to keep their food separate and keep them apart for feeding. However, after asking for food, he had trouble getting up to go and eat it. When I carried him, he seemed to be in pain.
Well, to make a long story short, this time the vet kept him again, and the next day the call was not good. Our Smokey was in the final stages of kidney failure. They could “boost” him up and give him energy again, but it would only be for a shorter time, and each time would be shorter, and he would eventually die from it. Marcie was the one they called; and she had to tell them to put our poor Smokey down. It was heart breaking. She just cried and cried. Of course, I handled it OK. Real men don’t cry. Sometimes we get something in our eye, or something gets caught in our throat, but we never cry. No, really.
Our first cat, Pooter Biorseth, was buried out in back right in front of the lilies. Marcie asked me to bury our Smokey beside the lilies, right against the back fence. Of course, again, we talked about the possibility of cats going to Heaven, and again, it was comforting to know how God loves His creatures. Now, I know, I know, there is no doctrine regarding animal souls. There’s nothing in the Old Testament about it; our Lord never spoke of it; His Apostles never spoke of it; there’s nothing about it that I know of in the sacred Deposit of Faith. Yet, we are comforted by how, at each step of Creation, He saw that “it was good.” If the Church, guided by Peter, never said there is a kitty Heaven, well, neither did it say there is not, or that any sort of afterlife is prohibited to beings lower than humans and angels.
So, at the selected site against the back fence alongside the lilies, I said a little prayer for the repose of the soul of our beloved pet, as stupid as that may seem to some, and then began digging Smokey’s grave.
Movement in the lilies caught my attention, and a small, black, yellow-eyed face poked out. Out stepped a youngish, months-old, coal-black kitten, the spitting image of how Smokey must have looked at that age. He sniffed Smokey; he sniffed the new partially dug grave; and he more cautiously sniffed my hand. He allowed me to pick him up, and I took him into the house to show Marcie. More tears, this time while hugging a new kitty who didn’t know what was going on. Of course, Marcie was the one who cried; real men don’t ever cry, remember?
The Church has no doctrine on any such thing as Kitty Heaven, or animals in Heaven, and never will. Nothing may be added to, subtracted from, or changed within the Deposit of Faith. Be all that as it may, the fact that this new kitty emerged from the lilies, and the fact that the lily is the flower of the Resurrection, was not lost on us. And, of course, we do not believe in reincarnation. However, this whole thing was, to us, too much of a coincidence to really be a coincidence, although others may disagree. God works in mysterious ways, and we are not given to understand it all.
Yet, I do believe that He, in His wisdom, sent this little one to us to ease our pain of loss, and to help dry my Marcie’s tears. (Of course, real men don’t cry.) So now, Honkey Biorseth has a new buddy to play with. I wanted to name the new recruit “Smokey II”, but Marcie wanted Coal, but spelled as Cole, and she won, as usual. Cole Biorseth it is.
Farewell, old buddy.
Welcome to our home, Cole.
Honky Biorseth and Cole Biorseth,
sharing the window-sill hammock.
Outside that window are our humming bird and regular bird feeders.
(Honky and Cole are strictly indoor kitties.)
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Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.
"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great). Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.
Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture. What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible. Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.
Taking a look at Illegal Immigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem.
First journal / blog entries when the thinking catolic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing.
On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006 Adding items to book store.
Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.
Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.
Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.
Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.
The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now. Well … so what?
Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace. Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.
Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.
Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine life without the USA?
More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.
Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.
Website Status Update 11/09/10 Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.
Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.
A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense. Why?
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.
Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithuanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Get behind these Tea Party Candidates. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot. America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.—Winston Churchill
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.—Ayn Rand
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