Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekend of Remembrance


This year has been one of loss.  So many of the icons of Cat Blogosphere have gone to the Rainbow Bridge.  Mother Earth has shaken us all up with catastrophic earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires and tornadoes which caused even more losses worldwide, of humans and animals.  We are joining in on a Weekend of Remembrance with Three Tabby Cats in Vienna  and Momo at Floof and Fur.

For those in harm's way by Zoolatry.


We would like to remember some of the cats who have come before in our home...Clarence was a stray who wandered into our yard and hearts, skinny, hungry and matted.  He only was with us for 18 months when he passed of cardiomyopathy in 2004 but he took a large part of our hearts with him.

Clarence in better days.

Nick lived outside for most of his short life, a sweet but shy boy.  When he lost weight, we brought him inside only to discover he had an intestinal tumor which took his life at age 6 in 2006.  He loved being loved and cuddled right to the end.

Nick on the left with Big Guy.


Dear Manny left us very suddenly in 2007 when he was only two of a blocked urethra.  Such sweet memories of him - he loved to play with the laser toy and that was the only time he ever growled  - he was very possessive of  his favorite toy.  He loved to eat and was so excited he would run in circles instead of eating when  Mom put the food plate down.


Manny

Mom lost many of the ferals who never came inside but lived in our outdoor shelter in the yard - Big Guy our calm peace keeping head male cowcat, sweet Momcat who probably was the mother to most of them until her spaying in her later years, and last but not least, little black Bob and Leroy who both disappeared suddenly at age 6 months.

We love them and miss them still but know we will see them again one day.  Here is a lovely poem in memory of all the wonderful animals who have passed from our lives and yours.  Thank you for sharing a short time with us on Earth.


I Will Always Remember

I will always remember
the olive-eyed tabby who
taught me that not all
relationships are meant to
last a lifetime.  Sometimes
just an hour is enough to
touch your heart.

Barbara L. Diamond

21 comments:

Brian said...

That was such a beautiful tribute with loving memories.

Kea said...

Such a wonderful and loving post.

Lisa of Cat of Nine Tails had posted about the loss of fur family on her personal blog, just a few days ago. I had chimed in with a comment, then Trish did too and she has such a wonderful perspective, namely that all the cats that have come to them would have had much shorter, harder lives, or would have been euthanized. That's something for me to keep in mind as I work through lingering grief over Annie's loss--that both she and Chumley would have been euthanized if not adopted by me (or someone else), and that while they were with me, I did the best I could to give them good lives.

Nicki and Derry both are from a no-kill shelter outside our city, but their lives would have been spent in a cage. So no matter how long they have with me, they have a pretty cushy life and are loved beyond measure.

That counts for a lot.

That's everything.

ABBY said...

Oh we love that quote it is so true.
What a loving touching tribute to all of those who have come and gone from you life. Just beautiful.

purrs
Abby

Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing your memories of some wonderful kitties with us.
~Lisa Co9T

Old Kitty said...

This is such a beautiful tribute to all. Thanks for sharing such wonderful memories of sweet Manny, Clarence, Nick and all the gorgeous angel furriends. Take care
x

caspersmom said...

What a beautiful Memorial to all the animals across the world during the horrible tragedies that have been happening. It is so hard when our furry friends have passed. It never gets any easier, always hurts. We also have said good bye to two other fur friends besides Patches since starting our blog. Amber our dog and Gizmo kitty.

We wanted to stop by and thank you very much for you Sympathies and purrs for Patches, it was greatly appreciated. We do miss her and our others, and I can see you also miss your special fur friends of the past. God Bless.

Admiral Hestorb said...

It was so loving and special. Gave mommy leaky eyes for those babies who have passed.

We love LUNA said...

This post is a lovely homage to our beautiful friends that now are playing among the flowers in a garden full of lights!
purrs
Luna

Hannah and Lucy said...

Thank you for sharing your special memories - they must have loved being in a happy, loving place and having full tummies.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Beautiful memories.
((((Hugs))))

~ The Bunch

Marg said...

That sure was a lovely post. I think it is so nice for everyone to remember all the animal that have passed. I am doing a post tomorrow. It is especially hard with the feral cats. Take care. At least the weather is great.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Lovely post. We love the quote at the end.

Each one that enters our lives and leaves is greatly missed!

meowmeowmans said...

What a beautiful post. Such a lovely tribute to the many that came before. Thank you for loving them all so much and so well.

Purrs and hugs.

catsynth said...

Beautiful tribute - we liked seeing Manny's picture and finding out about him.
So much loss recently, it's good to take a moment to remember.

Madi and Mom said...

What a lovely post in honor of the kitties who came before you all presently living and loving life on your beautiful mountain.
Hugs Madi

Catherine said...

So many sweet kitties ~ may they be chasing butterflies and sleeping in sunbeams.
xo Catherine

The Island Cats said...

Those that came before will always live on in our hearts.

Angel + 6 Garden Cottage Cats said...

What a Loving Tribute to all your Beautiful Babies ~
Each and every one owns a piece of our hearts ~
We loved the poem ~
Purrz, Purayers & Light ~

oliverandruby said...

All of the postings this weekend are making Scott verry sad!
Oliver and Ruby

Cloon said...

Thanks for sharing all your Angels with us. That was a wonderful tribute and post and a great poem (so true).

Michelle said...

What a beautiful post! I found you on the Blog Hop and I love your site!

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