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ImageDitchlily
Mar 18, 2010 4:52 PM CST
Name: Laura Eiras
Huntsville, AL
Zone 7b

For all of you that have had to say goodbye:
Quoting:Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent, the eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster. YOU have been spotted and when you and your special friend finally meet you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress her beloved head and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you pass over Rainbow Bridge together....

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A few weeks into December 2009 I lost my beloved cat to kidney failure. I had her 17 1/2 years. Her name was The Beast, but she was the sweetest thing. A dedicated lap kitty. She got her name as a kitten when she would climb the grassy wall paper in our house all the way to the ceiling. My husband would come home and ask, "What has that beast done lately!" In many ways it was more of a title than a name. She had many nicknames: Beasty Beast, Beastus and Her Majesty. It has been several months and I still miss her. She slept with me every night. She slept on my chest in my arms her last night on earth before we took her to the vet.

This is the last picture I have of her.

Thumbnail by Ditchlily

ivyplantsnyc
Mar 18, 2010 7:35 PM CST
Name: Ivy T
Manhattan, New York
I am so sorry that you lost your beloved kitty, no matter what nickname she was called, she was your sweet baby. A dedicated lap kitty is one that we can't forget because we are shown such love and our laps are a special place just for them. Right below our heart.
Wishing you comfort in your memories and photos.
Torriesmom, Ivy
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ImageDitchlily
Mar 18, 2010 7:55 PM CST
Name: Laura Eiras
Huntsville, AL
Zone 7b
Thanks. It has been awhile since I cried, but I cried the whole time I wrote that. I was going through some photos my husband backed up on my computer from his and found the ones taken that day. I am glad to have them, but they caught me by surprise.

She was a beautiful tuxedo kitty with white whiskers. Very elegant. She ruled the house and my daughter's two cats definitely deferred to her till the day she was gone.
ivyplantsnyc
Mar 19, 2010 9:26 AM CST
Name: Ivy T
Manhattan, New York
I do understand. I have a black cat named Torrie who has finally become a lap cat. It took almost 10 years to coax her to my lap due to abuse when she was a tiny kitten. Now I can say the bond of love has deepened even more.
Take care,
Ivy
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ImageJune_NMexico
Mar 20, 2010 12:19 PM CST
Name: June_NMexico
New Mexico
It is always so sad to watch a thread like this. We lost our 16 year old
PC back in December and I understand your grief, Laura. His ashes now
sit on our mantel in a little rosewood box and we still cry whenever we
look at his pictures. My husband adopted PC when he was just six weeks
old and adored him as did I.

A few weeks ago we decided to open our heart and home to a shelter kitty,
not to replace PC but to remind us of how he taught us how to love and to
provide a forever home for an animal in need. We have a new one year old
male Tuxedo who makes us smile at his antics and eases the pain in my
heart that I still feel.



ImageDitchlily
Mar 20, 2010 2:16 PM CST
Name: Laura Eiras
Huntsville, AL
Zone 7b
Thanks everyone. I am mostly better, but it still hits me now and then. This time it was seeing the photos so unexpectedly.

I am about ready to have a new cat in the house. Not for me, but for my son. My seven year old has been wanting a kitten of his own (just like big sister) for quite some time. I always felt that three cats was enough for us so we had always said "No " until now. Also, he was not really old enough for the responsibility.

However, now there is room for one or two more. I am not sure that getting only one kitten is the right thing to do, they are so playful and the older cats might not want to play. That is why we got two when we got my daughter's cats. My Beast was already about 13-14 years old at that point and had always been by herself. We thought that two kittens would have each other and bother her less. As it was, we ended up with litter mates and they were/are inseparable.

I posted this one already, but here they are again: Dusty and Trixie.

Thumbnail by Ditchlily

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ivyplantsnyc
Mar 20, 2010 8:55 PM CST
Name: Ivy T
Manhattan, New York
Dusty and Trixie are beautiful.
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Imagequeequeg1
Apr 17, 2010 6:27 PM CST
Name: Carrie Ferhatovic
Pinellas Park, FL
I, too, am sorry for your loss. I have been a vet tech for many years, and the Rainbow Bridge story ALWAYS makes me cry. They are such special souls, and even though we may move forward and acquire new relationships with new kittays, those we have lost are never replaced, just given a little spot in our hearts.
ImageDitchlily
Apr 18, 2010 5:33 AM CST
Name: Laura Eiras
Huntsville, AL
Zone 7b
Thanks!
Imagemelva
Aug 25, 2010 11:30 AM CST
Name: melva wheeler
texas
I am so sorry for your loss. It has been more than 2 years since I lost a piece of my heart when my cat Horsie died...I have another cat now and I love him a lot but it isn't the same...you have my sympathy.
Imagegwhizz
Mar 5, 2012 3:33 AM CST
Name: anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia
idonthavemuch-but i have everything
About to face that problem here, after 20 yrs..kidneys/dementia Sad
lily freaks are not geeks!
ImageZencat
Mar 5, 2012 6:27 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah
So sorry to hear that. Tell us a bit about your friend?
Imagegwhizz
Apr 2, 2012 4:16 AM CST
Name: anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia
idonthavemuch-but i have everything
Shes the last of 4 in the same family.,the original b/w stray'ol puss'[grandmother], gizmo[daughter], lily [grand daughter] and this one [bubbles], [gizmos sisters daughter].,thats our story of 26 yrs here,.but i do have 'sooty' a big black 15 y/o male, who i saved from a KFC outlet, when i was working night security,.,.Today, he realised, hes not the boss of everybody elses yard, and its now painful to jump 6ft fences and dads beard is nice to lick,..,
lily freaks are not geeks!
Imagegwhizz
Apr 28, 2012 4:52 AM CST
Name: anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia
idonthavemuch-but i have everything
20 yo Bubbles chooses varied places to stay/sleep, throughout the house, but shifts about every 2nd week.,.,Toilet times are every 3 hours, and we keep a book of toilet times[on the kitchen table, as each of us wake throughout the night],..,We've replaced a $500 mattress[due to an accident] and found the book is a godsend.,She still eats and drinks, quite well, and i call her ''my barrel on legs'',.,.All of her movements are erratic and carried out with great speed, until she stops at her chosen spot.,,.[She did have a stomach carsenoma removed at 18 yo, with a cut/shut of the intestinal system] and we believe that caused a 'hindquarters nerve weakness' or she may have had a stroke, somewhere after the process, to cause it,.We are both very decent/caring people and have had to have 3 cats euthanised in the past,[liver cancer/brain tumor/diabetes] but at this stage, other than dementia,she is quite well, and we believe she is comfortable,.., Thumbs up
lily freaks are not geeks!
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Imagegwhizz
May 14, 2012 2:32 AM CST
Name: anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia
idonthavemuch-but i have everything
Bubby died today at 10 past 3- a big hearted fighter to the end,,.I have a beautiful lily on her grave
lily freaks are not geeks!
ImageZencat
May 14, 2012 8:34 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah
Oh, so sorry to hear this. Gentle Group hug and many thoughts for you today.
ivyplantsnyc
May 14, 2012 9:42 PM CST
Name: Ivy T
Manhattan, New York
So sorry to hear the sad news. My condolences to you and your family.
Sending a hug your way.

Ivy
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Imagekareoke
May 15, 2012 8:30 AM CST
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
Horse,cattle owners click klenepipe
torriesmom wrote:So sorry to hear the sad news. My condolences to you and your family.
Sending a hug your way.

Ivy


I agree it is so sad to lose a pet regardless of how long they have been with you.
Imagegwhizz
May 16, 2012 2:59 AM CST
Name: anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia
idonthavemuch-but i have everything
thank youThumb of 2012-05-16/gwhizz/655e68
lily freaks are not geeks!
ImageZencat
May 16, 2012 7:26 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah
I love the one white foot.

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