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Gryffie, Mr Godric Gryffindor

RIP, Mr. Godric Gryffindor

Posted on 2009.11.06 at 09:44

A few weeks ago, "Gryffie," more formally known as "Mr. Godric Gryffindor," known by a previous human as "Tigger," a beautiful, sweet-natured, social, affectionate cat, seen above as he slept on my hip in the wee hours of February 25th, 1998, had a change in behavior, hiding in corners and dark places. I gave him a few days to get over it, then made it my business to haul him out and love on him, and encourage him to re-join the family. At first, it worked.

The week before last, however, he began acting listless and torpid, and, the Saturday before last, I became concerned enough to want to take him to the vet. The vet, however, was not there, and would not be until Monday. By that Monday morning, I feared he would not make it through the day, and he was nearly dead before I could get him in to the Vet's office.

The next day, having had subcutaneous fluids and food, he seemed happier and peppier, and was sent home. "But wait," I asked. "What caused this? Did the blood work show anything?" Well, no, it hadn't, and the vet had no idea, but assumed that Gryffie had ingested some sort of poison, or that I had been inept in applying anti-flea drops, and poisoned him. I knew that wasn't the case, and knew that it was not an environmental poison -- my other three cats, after all, had no problems -- but there was no way of knowing what the problem was.

That night, lying in bed between my wife and me, he had a seizure, and, come the morn, it was back to the Vet for Mr. Gryffie. He was given Phenobarbital, and an antibiotic, and by Sunday, seeming much the better, was sent home again. Sunday night, another seizure, Monday morning, a return to the vet.

More Phenobarbital, a seizure-free night, more phenobarbital, another seizure in the night, and the Vet was now fairly confident that it would just be a matter of adjusting dosages, and that Gryffie would soon be home and happy. I spoke with the vet at approximately 6:00 last evening, and all was well. One more night to make sure the dosages were working, and he'd be coming home, probably, today.

This morning at 8:40 AM, ten minutes after his office had opened, the Vet called me to tell me that Gryffie had passed away overnight.

I can't begin to express how I loved that cat, nor how heartbroken I am to know he'll never again be coming home to me, never again leap onto me as I try to settle in for bed, before I'm quite in position to go to sleep.

Rest Well, Gryffie. I will always love and miss you.


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Madam Minnie
madam_minnie at 2009-11-06 15:27 (UTC) (Link)
*tight hugs* I'm so sorry for your loss luv.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:18 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much. It's so much harder not having been there for him.
louboutin at 2009-11-06 16:03 (UTC) (Link)

I'm so sorry, honey. That's incredibly sad but a beautiful tribute to the kitty.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:18 (UTC) (Link)
I appreciate it, really.
dream_wia_dream at 2009-11-06 16:09 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry you've lost your Gryffie. *lots of love*
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:19 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe he'll meet up with the Captain, and they can play with infinite yarn.
natertatersmom at 2009-11-06 16:29 (UTC) (Link)
Love and hugs and love and hugs and more love and more hugs.

I'm so sorry.

God Rest Ye, Mr. G.G.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:19 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so very much. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.
scribhneoir1 at 2009-11-06 16:41 (UTC) (Link)
oh honey, I'm so sorry for your loss.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:20 (UTC) (Link)
I appreciate it.
shygryf at 2009-11-06 16:48 (UTC) (Link)
I am sorry for your loss.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:20 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, babe.
triomakesmehot at 2009-11-06 17:00 (UTC) (Link)
*hugs you tightly*

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I know how easy it is to be attached to a cat or dog, and how much it hurts to have to let them go. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and if you need a shoulder to cry on, you know how to find me.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:20 (UTC) (Link)
The support means the world to me, honestly,
the fine line between magic and science
lionille at 2009-11-06 17:20 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry to hear this, you have my condolences. He seems a most magnificent cat.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:21 (UTC) (Link)
He was just the most magical, special, loving little guy.
uk_sef at 2009-11-06 17:35 (UTC) (Link)
Yet more sad fluffy news. :-(

Is the vet going to work out what was really wrong with Gryffie? It might matter if one of your other cats (or another cat in the neighbourhood) gets the same thing.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:23 (UTC) (Link)
Apparently, if it were anything that could have spread, it would have shown up in the blood tests. Sadly, we're probably into the vet for about a thousand dollars as it is, with all the over-nights, tests, and drugs, so I don't think we can afford to pay more for an autopsy. I'm assuming it was a brain tumor, and calling it a day.
elfwhistletree at 2009-11-06 17:48 (UTC) (Link)
You did all the right things - and it sounds like the vet their best too.

Methinks Gryffie was one very splendid kitty, and he had a very happy life with you ♥

I'm very sorry for your loss *hugs*
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:24 (UTC) (Link)
The vet is one we like for his willingness to really fight for a pet who wants to live, and it's clear that sweet Gryffie worked his magic on the good doctor, who was near tears when he called to give me the news.

I was privileged to spend time with Gryffie.
Abby Normal
ozma_katiebell at 2009-11-06 18:22 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry fopr your loss :-(

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:25 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so very much.
fitzette at 2009-11-06 20:10 (UTC) (Link)
*huge hugs*
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:25 (UTC) (Link)
deena beena bo beena
almond_joyz at 2009-11-06 20:14 (UTC) (Link)
John, I understand completely. My dear sweet Sammy passed in July and I will forever miss her cuddling ways and how she always slept on hip. she was my first baby and my heart is empty without her. I wasn't there when Sammy died, either, and I truly don't know if it was a good thing or not.
Please know that things will get easier and that Gryffie loved you unconditionally.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:26 (UTC) (Link)
Sammy should join in the "Infinite Yarn" game with dream_wia_dream's Captain and Gryffie.
mrsquizzical at 2009-11-06 20:46 (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* i'm so sorry for your loss, L.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It's amazing how a seven-pound (Three Kilogram) cat can leave such a huge hole in our lives....
tariana at 2009-11-07 01:39 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Jonathan, I'm so sorry. *hugs* He was beautiful.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2009-11-08 01:28 (UTC) (Link)
He was just an amazing little guy.
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