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Subject:Gone Where We Can't Follow ...
Time:09:19 pm
Current Mood:sadsad
I don't often post about events in my life which are not Elijah-related, but a few of you know about our two adored cats, Beatrice and Mabel, who came into our lives 16 years ago when they were just six weeks old, so I thought I should share this with you. Yesterday we had to have Mabel put to sleep. She had been suffering with kidney disease, something that happens with so many elderly cats, and over the past few weeks she declined rapidly. By Monday night we knew that it wouldn't be right to let her suffer any longer and she was put to sleep early yesterday morning.

I can't even begin to describe how this has affected us - sixteen years is a long time. She was our 'teddy bear cat' - big, fluffy and cuddly. I've never known her catch a bird or mouse, she lacked the quickness and agility of her sister, but she was strong and solid and one of my most vivid memories is of her sitting by the butterfly bush and launching her stout little body into the air every time she saw a butterfly - with little regard for the law that says what goes up must come down!! A more recent memory is of her tottering along the back of the sofa on her now unsteady legs to greet me on my return from hospital. I can't believe she's gone.



Our beloved Mabel. Laid to rest 30 May 2007. Rest in peace.

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ladysunrope
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Time:2007-05-31 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry - that is a lovely photograph. *hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-01 08:51 pm (UTC)
Many thanks:) *hugs*
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baranduin
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Time:2007-05-31 09:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. What a beautiful kitty she was.
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-01 08:52 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - she was very beautiful:)
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_celebrian
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Time:2007-05-31 09:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad that you have such wonderful memories and pictures to remember her by. *hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-01 08:54 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - we do have many lovely memories of her:) *hugs*
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primula_baggins
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Time:2007-05-31 09:09 pm (UTC)
Poor darling, Mabel. I know those decisions are so hard. I've had to do that once or twice too. She was a beautiful, sweet kittie, and I know you'll miss her. What joy she gave, and you were lucky to have had her so long. Is Beatrice OK?

I'm sorry for your loss.
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-02 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks Prim. Yes we were very lucky to have had her for so long. Beatrice is ok thanks - although she and Mabel were sisters they were never what you could call close and this doesn't seem to have affected her at all. She does have a thyroid condition but that can be kept under control with tablets.
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-02 03:28 pm (UTC)
Many thanks:) Yes, she was very beautiful. *hugs*
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shirebound
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Time:2007-05-31 09:14 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful kitty. How sad to lose a heart-friend, as our beloved pets truly are. I hope she's catching all the butterflies she wishes even now, in that far green country.

*hugs you very tight*
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-02 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much Shirebound - she will always be greatly missed.

*hugs*
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2007-05-31 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, Pauline.

I'm so very sorry. She's beautiful!

I don't know what to say, except that I know exactly how you feel. We had two of our cats for sixteen years too, and it's such a wrench to let them go. It's too soon for words to be of any comfort, I know, but rememeber that Mabel had a wonderful life with people who loved and cared for her.

I hope Beatrice will be OK. Take care.

Love, and hugs,
Blossom.
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-02 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you Blossom. It is comforting to know that throughout her long life she was always loved and wanted for nothing.

Although she was Bea's sister, they were never close and Bea hasn't shown any signs of missing her yet, but you never really know.

*many hugs*
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notabluemaia
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Time:2007-05-31 09:19 pm (UTC)
Mabel is so very beautiful in her portrait! It's lovely to think of her bounding for a butterfly; thank you for telling us about her. She sounds like a wonderful, much loved kitty. *hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-02 03:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, she was very beautiful and greatly loved. We will always miss her:) *hugs*
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melyanna_65
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Time:2007-05-31 09:46 pm (UTC)
She was so beautiful!

I'm so sorry, my dear! I know how it feels, we had to take this terrible decision several years ago, when our beloved kitty Poldo (15 years old) was suffering from a severe heart disease.

Some people say they're just kitties, but I don't agree. They're part of the family and lovely friends. I'm sure our kitties will live forever in our hearts.

*lots of comforting hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-02 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you Mel. You're right, people who really love their pets regard them as a member of the family - we certainly do. We know that eventually we'll have to say goodbye to them but it is still devastating when that day comes, as you know with your Poldo.

*many hugs*
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earths_daughter
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Time:2007-05-31 09:46 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry. I'm glad you have such happy, vivid memories of her.
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-02 03:49 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - she has certainly given us many happy memories:)
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-02 03:50 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Mews. She was a very lovely cat, sweet-natured as well as beautiful - she will be greatly missed:)
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frodobaggins252
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Time:2007-05-31 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so very sorry. She is beautiful and looks so well-loved.

**gentle hugs**
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-02 03:52 pm (UTC)
Many thanks. She was very beautiful and much-loved - we'll always miss her:) *hugs*
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keye
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Time:2007-05-31 11:09 pm (UTC)
My heart goes out to you, knowing how it feels to lose a dear one after many long years of companionship. Mabel looks like a sweetheart and I'm sure you gave her a wonderful life. ♥
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-02 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much - it is a comfort to know that she had a wonderful life:)
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harukameko
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Time:2007-05-31 11:37 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful cat. I had to put down my precious dog a few years ago too. It is never easy, but I'm glad that you have such vivid memories of her that you can treasure forever. *hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-02 03:59 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - and I'm so sorry to hear that you had the same sad experience with your dog. As you say, she has given us many happy memories:)

Your Brutus is very beautiful:) *hugs*
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ink_gypsy
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Time:2007-05-31 11:49 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss. My Sam is going to be seventeen this year, and has multiple health problems, so I know he's living on borrowed time. While not a cuddly cat, it will still be devastating for me when he's gone.
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not_alone
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Time:2007-06-02 04:05 pm (UTC)
Many thanks. I'm sorry to hear that Sam has many health problems - even though we know that the inevitable will happen when we have elderly pets, it's still impossible to imagine that sad day actually arriving:(
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