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By Sharon Brown on July 12, 2010

Cupcake was a garden kitty. In the heat of summer days, she slept in the shade of my daylilies, and on cooler days, she sunned herself on top of my brick arches. Cupcake was a stray, and she really belonged to no one, but I belonged to her.

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Jul 12, 2010 12:48 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Animals who chose to be a part of our lives and hearts are truly one of the most splendid gifts. Group hug
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Jul 12, 2010 12:54 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Thank you, Zany.
She was a very special little cat.
Jul 12, 2010 3:37 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
What a lovely article.
Jul 12, 2010 8:10 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Thanks, Hetty.

She was a fun little cat.
Jul 12, 2010 9:11 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Oh, what a lovely tribute to a charming little friend! You have me in tears, too, dear lady.
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Jul 12, 2010 9:14 AM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Thank you for sharing cupcake Sharon.
Jul 12, 2010 9:22 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Seriously. I'm crying. Not just damp eyes, but 'rolling down the cheeks' tears and nose blowing.

That was a beautiful story, so touchingly told and so descriptive. I have cats of my own, always have, so I've also had to say goodbye to my dear furry, cuddly friends. I totally understand. My heart, as you know, is aching for your loss.
Jul 12, 2010 9:46 AM CST
Name: Susan Coker
Bartlesville, Oklahoma,zone 6a
me too Nancy,

Sharon you are a wonderful writer. I could 'see' everything clearly. Crying
Jul 12, 2010 9:51 AM CST
Name: Sharon
I thought if I wrote this story it would heal the crack in my heart and ease the lump in my throat....and I felt really OK after I wrote it last night.

Then you all come along with your words and I'm a mess again.

But thanks, 'cause I know most of us have traveled this same path a few times in our lives.

Be sure to hug your critters when you tell them Good Night tonight.
Jul 12, 2010 9:53 AM CST
Name: Susan Coker
Bartlesville, Oklahoma,zone 6a
don't I know that. Group hug
Jul 12, 2010 11:00 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La zone 8b
Sharon, what a beautiful article on your baby. I, too, am crying as I type. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Jul 12, 2010 11:10 AM CST
Name: Bonnie
A very small town in Virginia
Remembering a certain little black puppy.... Thank you for a lovely healing story, Sharon.


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Jul 12, 2010 11:43 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
It reminds me of how hard it is to say goodbye. Thank you Sharon for writing your thoughts and feelings.
Jul 12, 2010 12:55 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Cupcake. What a charming name for a small, independent companion... And her little energy is still in your garden, absorbing the peace and tranquility and adding hers... Letting go is so heart wrenching - Lovey dubby
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Jul 12, 2010 1:39 PM CST
Aren't we so blessed when these little furkids choose us to love? They so innocently and openly weave themselves into our hearts.

We are forever changed by them.

What a beautiful tribute to your little friend Cupcake.

Jul 12, 2010 2:04 PM CST
Name: Liz
Emerald Hills, CA

I'm so sorry for your loss.... but so glad that you had each other, when you needed one another.

Jul 12, 2010 4:36 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Aw, now Sharon, gosh darn it all. You've got half of Cubits sobbing away, and the other half haven't read the article.

So sorry for your loss.
Jul 12, 2010 8:50 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Goodness, I get OK then I come back here and it starts all over again.
Yep, I know, Kitty...I know.

Hurts like heck, and I can't get her out of my mind. I think it's because we had this routine, and every evening at 6 we met out front and sat and chatted for awhile. Then again at about 11, when I told her good night.

Of course then there are the mornings.

I was thinking about the other pets in my life. My first dog lived till she was 17, she passed the month after I went away to college. She and I were the same age.

Then there was a Lhasa apso, who was 15, then a cat, Katy...she was 17, then Flucy, nearly 19. I've never lost a cat at such a young age, and I think I just feel that I still need her. We weren't finished.

Thanks for your tears...I've shed so many I think I've shriveled like a raisin.
And thanks for all your sweet words.
I've read them throughout the day, but simply couldn't find words to say.

We've all been there...I think the love we have for our pets, and they for us, make us better people.
Jul 12, 2010 8:55 PM CST
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La zone 8b
And our love for you Sharon. I know you will never replace Cupcake, nor would you want to. But I'm sure she wouldn't want you alone. I hope you get another baby to give a good home and all your love to , very soon.
Jul 12, 2010 9:06 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Thank you, Debbie.

OK, I wasn't going to tell this part, hurts too much....but here it is.
Sometime last week, she brought me another gift and dropped it at my feet. It was a silk flower, pink, like maybe a hibiscus, but it was mangled. I wondered if she snitched it from somebody's front door wreath. We played with it in the front yard till it got dark, then I came on inside and forgot about it. I did take a photo of it, but Cupcake was so fast, she didn't appear in the photo.

Finally tonight I went in to the garage, and thought about doing something about her bed. She has two blankets. So I folded the top blanket, and started to fold the second one. There was the mangled pink silk flower. She'd taken it to bed with her.

I'm keeping the flower. And the bed is still in the garage. I guess it'll have to stay there for awhile.

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