Friday, December 7, 2012

It's time to say Goodbye

Ah, don't panic....I am not saying goodbye to you guys,
But we are finally admitting
that Allred is Not coming home.
 
Today, My Vickie and I took our last
jaunt into our little surroundings in an effort
to find him and again we return
without him.
 We will miss this little guy
and even though he was a true character,
maybe even a little devilish,
and sometimes just plain painful
to those of us with four legs
Our hearts are hurting.
 It seemed that even the sky was telling
us our search was to be fruitless
 The only place left that we havn't searched
was a big grainery along the railroad tracks.
Sometime He would come here to
help keep the rat population under control
He was thougth-ful that way.
 I believe I told you how My Vickie had
maybe committed a felony in our efforts to find
Allred.  WEll today we even got hold
of the guy who's empty rental she
had broken into, to apologize
and pay the damages.
Oh this girl has a conscience.  I honestly
don't think she would have ever
been caught.  But she was
just so sure she heard a kitty crying
from the empty house. 
So back at home, I am peacefully sleeping
after our unsuccessful search when I am
awakened by some movement
at my side.
 
There was this little green tree with two
big red balls on it sitting right next to me. 
 
My buddy Tank and Allred
had each others names for the Christmas
Gift Exchange and even though
Allred has been Missing for the
last two weeks, Tank still sent his
Christmas gift.
 
Wasn't that thoughtful.
I suspect that Allred and Tank
were well on their way to making
peace with one another
before Allred disappeared.
So on behalf of Allred and all of us
here, I want to thank you Tank
for this wonderful Christmas Tree.
And even though it is really hard for us,
we are going to choose to beleive
that When Santa flies over the
world this year, delivering his gifts
and spreading love to all
We choose to believe that he will
have a passenger sitting
next to him by the name of Allred
 
We wont stop listening for him to come home
each night serenading us with his
musical meows, we won't stop looking for
him wherever we go walking in our area,
nor will I stop carefully stepping
through the doggy door
checking to see if he is there
ready to swat me on the face.
 
We won't stop hoping he will come home
but we will start the process
of accepting that he has moved on
without us.
 
Plus, we won't stop hoping for our own
Christmas Miracle.
 
Love
Bert
 
 


51 comments:

Murphy said...

Aw, we know your hearts are aching. Allred knew love because of you and Miss Vickie.

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Miss Sophie said...

Now my mom is crying because she tells me she really loved Allred. I'm sorry I never met him but still hold out hope that one day he will surprise everyone and show up on his kitty tower. May the force be with you, Allred. You are loved.

Sue B said...

aw..you made me sad to think of poor Allred, gone but not forgotten..there may still be a miracle, don't give up hope! :*)

What Remains Now said...

To love a wanderlust spirit is always heartbreaking, but I sense that his little paws were made for traversing this great big world, and he couldn't ignore the call of the road. I pray that he comes back...for good or for a visit, and I pray that no harm has come to him, but rather that he is on a great adventure, knowing he has a family in this world. I am so sorry. Hugs.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! This makes us sad ... Allred will never be forgotten. Precious Memories. Sending Lots of Golden LOVE. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

BTW: Interesting mom today was taking shadow photos just like your photo. Golden Woofs

GOOSE said...

I have big doggy tears in my eyes. Yes he could be a pain sometimes. But you know what? He taught me that I can exists with a cat. His little gift to me. I will miss him. But I will still have hope in my heart for him to come home or that he has found a warm place to be. And that TANK is a real sweet heart.
Blessings,
Goose

A Day In The Life Of A Goose said...

Oh Bert and Miss Vickie...me and Domeek are sitting here and have tears in our eyes, we were hoping with all of our hearts that Allred would be found sitting in your kitchen or living room with a smug look on his face! If he has trotted over the Rainbow Bridge, we know for a fact that Santy Paws will make an exception and have a passenger that long evening! Tank, that was a beautiful holiday gift, I think that Allred would have had fun batting about the ornaments and perhaps chewing on the tree!! :-)

We still hope with all our beings that he is just up to no good, tormenting another dog somewhere else, and that he will eventually come home!!

But for right now, we will send all of our love and licks to the both of you!! <3

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Bert, we're sorry Allred hasn't come home. We still put his name on your card cause, well, we just did. We know Allred will always remember the love he had in your home. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Dougall-the-Scottie said...

Poor old Allred...... :(

Dexter said...

Oh Allred, this makes me very sad. I am sending hugs to you and your Vickie.

Kisses,
Dexter

Jeanne Pursell said...

We are sad reading this post and mama has water in her eyes too. Allred knows how much he was loved by everybody...we are sure of it...and we will continue to hope for a Christmas miracle. That TANK really is special. Hugs to you and your Vickie.
xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Oh my, I has not been keeping up and I was not awares that Allred was missing. I is so sorry to hear this. But you know, strange things happen with those kittehs. My gramma had a kitteh once that was missing fur NINE MONTHS! Two days before the moving truck came to load up all of Gramma's stuffs to move her far away, the kitteh came home! You just nefur know... So we has to believe in miracles, speshully at Chrissmuss time.

Bassetmomma said...

My heart aches for you and your Miss Vickie. My first ornament post in my countdown was Sylvester after a cat I owned. He too had wandered off and everyone thought the worst. I cried and cried and 2 1/2 months later I thought I heard meowing outside. Hubby said I was hearing things, but I ran outside and there was my baby all tattered. We had him for another 8 years! I do believe in miracles. :)

easyweimaraner said...

I'm sad about Allred and my tears are rolling over my paws.

Susie and Sidebite said...

Very nice post Bert, yeah sometimes you find that your bestest buddie was right there all the time, we are at your side with all our prayers buddy. We miss Allred and his antics also.

Your Pals
Susie & Bites

Ina in Alaska said...

So very sorry.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

You KNOW that Allred SCARED the POOPS outta us. We think that he is just off on an ADVENTURE.
We think Allred was and IS a totally FREE SPIRIT.
We HOPE and PRAY that he WILL return. He is truly missed.
We kinda hope that he does NOT go back to the North Pole with Santa Paws though.. Can you just imagine what our pressies would be like NEXT YEAR???? SHIVER SHAKE QUAKE WHINE WHIMPER

Val said...

Miss Vickie and Bert... What a beautiful tribute to Mr. Allred. I believe in miracles. we lost my Irish setter in a blizzard when I was a kid and she was found a few weeks later heading home--over 60 miles.
Tank is one special dude...that's an awesome tree--it's perfect.
Bless ya, val and the girlz

The Army of Four said...

You have our deep sympathies. I always thought there was good in Allred.
It was very kind of Tank to send that tree!
Play bows,
Zim

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are all so very sorry, Bert and Vickie. Words always fail us at times like this. We still hope he returns and we are going to hope for that Christmas miracle too. We understand the need to bring some closure but we know it isn't easy. We are sending you and your Vickie lots of hugs and smoochies.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Sam said...

We are still saying prayers he will come home. We've had cats disappear before that came home after we had given up hope, in one case it was over a year!

Sam

Amber DaWeenie said...

Allred is one guy we'll never furget in Blogville. And you just never know. Miracles do sometimes really happen.

georgia little pea said...

Oh Bert, I think I'm going to cry.

scotsmad said...

So sad, but we think you might be right. At least Allred knows he had a home to return to.

Hugs to you.

XXXOOO Daisy, bella & roxy

We like that little tree.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

We like to think of Allred riding in Santa's sleigh, sporting a natty red hat. And all our Chans are crossing their paws that there might indeed be a Christmas Miracle waiting to happen...

Woofs,
Tommy

Mitch and Molly said...

We're so sorry. ((hugs)) to you and Miss Vickie, Bert.

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

NanaNor's said...

Dear Bert and Miss Vickie, Oh my heart hurts for you! Whenever we choose to love, we risk the chance that our hearts might be broken. Still praying he returns to you; also for peace without him.
Sending lots of love today.
Noreen & Hunter

Keisha said...

I love he. I sry. {{{Allred}}}

NCmountainwoman said...

Allred shared with you what he wanted to share and you willingly accepted that. You could not have been a better friend to him. I'm hoping for a Christmas miracle for all of you.

Collie222 said...

I am so very sorry. I will keep hoping for his safe return. I know how much you must miss him. Have you put up flyers and contacted the shelters and veterinarians in your town and the surrounding towns? (I'm guessing you have, but I would keep checking, you just never know....some people with lost pets are reunited months and even years later. You are in our thoughts.

chicamom85 said...

Bert, I am so sorry to say goodbye to Allred. He was a beautiful kitty and although very sassy, he made me smile all the time. Thank you for sharing his stories while we were lucky enough to have him here. I will cross paws that he is either running free or running home

Loveys Sasha

Sagira said...

I am so very sorry to hear he is missing.

Cotton said...

So very sorry to hear this. Sending love and woofs to you and your family...
I hope this is not too soon but I have an award for you, your family and Allred included, please come by.
Cotton

Casey said...

I'm so sorry. It hurts to say goodbye. :(

Shawn said...

So sorry to hear this sad news but we will pray for the Christmas Miracle!!!
Winston, Chloe and Cecil

Meeka said...

I think Santa needed an extra helper this Christmas. Allred is in good hands.

We'll miss him.

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Sorry to hear Allred didn't come back yet. We will still keep our paws crossed that he comes home soon.

KEY WEST COLLIES said...

We will continue to hope when all hope is lost. Your pack is in our prayers and we hope Allred returns to his home.

Essex & Sherman

Catherine said...

This makes me so sad. Sending you all our love and good thoughts.
xo Catherine and Banjo

Brian said...

My sisters and I are so very sorry about dear Allred. We send you many purrs, lots of love, and many hugs.

Mr. Black said...

I was just over at Nellie the cat's blog and heard about Allred.

It's the not knowing what happened that can be the hardest.

We hope that there might be a miracle.

KB said...

Somehow I overlooked this post two days ago. I have eyes full of tears for I think that this must be very hard for you. But, I do love the vision of what you choose to believe... I hope that Allred visits our house with Santa because I always wanted to meet him.

That Tank is a sweet guy.

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Just came over from Nellie's to send love and hugs to you all xxx

2browndawgs said...

We are so sad. :(

stellaroselong said...

First that was very nice of Tank he is one kind puggie.
Second, as you know Ms. Vicki my Mom and I suck at goodbyes so I think you will understand when we say we will just wait awhile on that goodbye and instead believe in Christmas Miracles....i do believe Allred has that wonderlust adventure in him and you just never know do you?
We are sending you our best hugs and prayers.
Stella Rose

Colehaus Cats said...

We are so sad about Alfred choosing to go off elsewhere and not coming home. We'll continue to think about him and hope that one day, he'll remember that the very best adventure is the one snuggled up in a warm, loving home. Purrs...

colliesofthemeadow said...

We are praying for a miracle... Lots of collie hugs and may God Bless You!
the sad collies and chuck who is praying up a storm...

zooperson said...

What a super nice tribute to your Allred. We never forget our furpals, and I know Allred will never forget you or Your Vickie. Lady Caroline Lamb

snoopy@snoopysdogblog said...

Bert,

That is such a beautiful post my friend - you even made Mum and I cry - we so hope Allred is off causing his Mischief somewhere else, whether it's over the rainbow or still here, he's such a wonderful spirit!!

Our hearts are aching for you and your Vickie and we're sending you huge hugs,

Your pal Snoopy :)

rumpydog.com said...

I just now learned that Allred had left you. I am so sad for you friends. xxx

Sarge said...

Oh, Bert, I'm a little behind on my reading, so I am so very sorry about Allred. I don't blame you at all for continuing to watch for him and my whole pack is full of sadness for your loss. Sending warm vibes and love to you.
Grr and a Sorrowful Woof,
Sarge, Furiend