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Gabby Sturm Cat
Birth: Aug. 1, 2001
Pinellas Park
Pinellas County
Florida, USA
Death: Dec. 12, 2002
Pinellas County
Florida, USA

My handsome FUR SON

the photo is not Gabby, but a very close likeness of him

I have sent you on a journey to a land free from pain, not because I did not love you,
but because I loved you too much to force you to stay


The stone that marks your tiny grave
Can never show how much you gave
To us who loved you, and always will.

Though some may say, "It's just a cat",
My heart knows you were more than that
To those who loved you, and love you still.

We didn't want that you should go
But couldn't let you suffer, so
We sent you home: It was God's will.

Don't Grieve Too Long

Don't grieve too long for now I'm free
I've followed the path God set for me
I ran to Him when I heard His call
I swished my tail and left it all.
I could not stay another day
to cuddle, love, romp or play
Games left unplayed must stay that way
I found such peace it made my day.
My parting has left you with a void
Please fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, your laugh, a kiss
Oh yes these things I too shall miss
Do not be burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life's been full, you've given so much
Your time, your love, your gentle touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your head and share with me
God wanted me, he set me free!

Author Unknown

If I could have a lifetime wish
A dream that would come true
I'd pray to God with all my heart
For yesterday and you
A thousand words can't bring you back
I know because I've tried
And neither will a million tears
I know because I've cried
You left behind my broken heart
And happy memories too
I never wanted memories
I only wanted you."

Author Unknown

Gabriel Dipstix, known as GABBY was our beloved CAT. Gabby came to us 2 days after the 9/11 tragedy. We named him Gabrielle (thinking HE was a she) after Hurricane Gabrielle that was ravaging Fla. We changed his name to Gabriel when we realized he was a BOY.

Gabby..... How can I discribe him. He was the cat that anyone would have wanted. He was very effectionate and loved any attention anyone was willing to give him, but only on HIS terms. Gabby by nature was rather shy. When new people would come by, Gabby would hide. It would take at least two visits from a person before Gabby would come out . Gabby was the only cat that our dog, Daisy, would let eat out of her food bowl. When we filled Daisy's bowl, Daisy didn't come running, Gabby did. Gabby had this annoying habit of growling at his toys. He would be playing with a ball and all of a sudden you'd hear growling. He'd have the ball in his mouth but be growling. It was so comical. Gabby loved to be out on our screened porch. He would spend hours lounging on the cat tree we had out their. When he wanted in he'd sit on his haunches on the step and bat at the door til you let him back inside.

Sadly Gabby got sick in January of 2002. He was diagnosed with a heart murmer. We didn't think much of it, the vet said it was nothing to serious and that we could get ten years of life on him. Sadly that didn't happen. In November of 2002 Gabby started getting sick again. The vet said it was fluid build up around his heart and lungs. They put him on Lassex to draw the fluid out. This seemed to work for a short while. In December 2002 Gabby was back at the vet. He spent December 9th and 10th in the animal hospital. He was in distress. The vet got him stabilized and we were exstatic to bring him home. The vet did tell us that we'd be lucky now to get two years of life out of Gabby. Gabby did really good the first day home from the vet. Ate well and even wanted to go on the screened porch. The next morning he was fine when we left for work but when we came home at 11:45 am December 12th our Gabby boy was gone. He must have just passed for his body was still warm. We contacted the vet and they said it was most likely a heart attack or a blood clot. We will never know. All I know is it literally broke my heart to loose him. I cried for a solid week. I was inconsolable. I have read and reread Gabby's vet work up sheet and saw that he actually had CARDIAL MYOPATHY. He was going to die regardless of what we did. I just wish I could have had him for a little longer. Even now 8 years later I still miss him terribly!

Thinking of you always Gabby, miss you especially at bed time. I still have the blanket that you loved to nuzzle on, I just can't bare to let it go.
Enjoy health and happiness at the Rainbow Bridge! Always remember that we LOVE you Gabby,
Love eternally,
Your HUMAN Mommy and Daddy

Many many thanks to all who have left notes for our Gabby boy. It helps ease the pain of him not being here.

Also thanks to Susan for sponsoring Gabby's memorial, it means more to us then words could ever say.

Specifically: Private Family Residence
Created by: Beth
Record added: Apr 04, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10719474
Gabby Sturm Cat
Added by: Beth
Gabby Sturm Cat
Added by: Beth
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- Rosie♥Mooch
 Added: Dec. 12, 2014
In Memory Of Gabby ♥.....
- Steve
 Added: Dec. 12, 2014

- sniksnak
 Added: Dec. 12, 2014
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