For once, I will keep my mouth/keyboard shut, as nothing I could say would add to the perfect tribute below. Thanks to all who have been praying for our old battle ax in his final days.
The following was penned by Jonathan, for Nuttin‘s faithful sponsors.
“It was just 48 hours ago (as of this writing) that we let dear Nuttin’ go. His cancer had gotten much worse during the past few days, and his quality of life was fading rapidly.
“Nuttin’ was one of the old guard at Tabby’s Place. We figured that he had spent 1/2 of his life here. You can imagine how hard it was to say goodbye to him.
“Nuttin’ has a long, storied history here. During his first few years he was, not to put too fine a point on it, a terror. He was a vet’s nightmare, making each exam, blood draw, etc. into a test of wills and strength. Many an exam ended up with unanticipated blood draws (from the humans, that is).
“Nuttin’ also had a habit of biting human ankles. We eventually put him on a Prozac-like drug in hopes of curbing this behavior. We tried to reduce his dosage several times. Each time, he would bite another ankle within a day or two, and we would bump his dosage back up.
“Despite this oafish behavior, Nuttin’ was loved greatly and accumulated many fans over the years.
“He actually mellowed, and he became quite affectionate for his last year or so. In fact, he became quite the “lap fungus,” and got downright friendly with his suitemates.
“On his final day, Nuttin’ entertained a long line of volunteers paying their respects to the old war horse. It was an enormous outpouring of love for the old guy. He went very gently, cradled in the arms of Karina, one of his favorite people.
“To me, his passing feels like the end of an era. It’s hard to imagine Tabby’s Place without that guy.
“He was such a butt-kicker that I can imagine him being sent back down from the Rainbow Bridge for bad behavior 🙂
“RIP Baby Boy.”
Note: It’s also with great sadness that I must share the passing of another Tabby’s Place giant, Nuttin’s longtime roommate Jasper. This gentle guy knew the joy of a forever home in his final years. The haunting timing of his passing, just days before that of Nuttin’, was not lost on us. An eminent FIV+ Suite is being reconstituted on heavenly streets of gold as we speak.
Photo credits from top to bottom: Heather C., Flangela, Jessica, Jane, Rosanna.