Thursday, August 23, 2012

Our Little Mancat


Today is the one year anniversary of Beignet joining Sweet Praline at the Bridge.  Beignet was destined to be such a fine little mancat, but God had other plans for him.  We believe God needed the gentle purrs and playful antics of a little silver shaded gentlemancat to sit beside him.  Beignet was Truffle's littermate and was scheduled to come live with us but died from a vaccine associated sarcoma (VAS) at 11 weeks of age.  Our thoughts are also with Mom Terri as she remembers this sweet little boy today.  We'll always love you, little brother!
Beignet at 11 weeks of age

We haven't shared this story about Beignet with you yet, so we thought today was the most appropriate time.  As many of you know, our sister-before-us, Sweet Praline, left for the Bridge on April 25, 2011.  Losing another fur child within a few months from that awful cancer was very upsetting to Mom Paula.  Mom Paula was so afraid that Mom Terri would want to keep Truffle for herself and Mom Terri was afraid Mom Paula wouldn't want Truffle anymore.  After losing her littermate, Truffle would following Mom Terri around the house and stay very close to her, even while the other kittens from Zoey were playing.  Truffle and Mom Terri developed a close bond during this time.  Mom Paula held her breath those two weeks before Truffle came to live with her, afraid that Mom Terri would change her mind and want to keep Truffle.  Mom Paula shouldn't have worried because Mom Terri knew Truffle belonged to us!
Truffle and Beignet at 11 weeks of age

Mom Terri always brings a bag full of goodies to all of the new human mom and dads.  Truffle's goodies were in a bright yellow bag (Mom Paula still has this bag).  As Mom Terri was showing Mom Paula all of Truffle's goodies, Mom Terri said, "I know today was the day that both Truffle and Beignet were supposed to come live with you.  I've brought part of him today to always be with both of you" and Mom Terri pulled out this beautiful little urn with some of Beignet's ashes.  Both Mom Paula and Mom Terri cried together over their mutual love of this little mancat.  Mom Terri is such a special person.  Who would have ever thought that she'd share Beignet's ashes with Mom Paula?  Beignet has a special place in the curio cabinet beside Sweet Praline.  
Beignet's Urn

Note from Mom Paula:  It's with mixed emotions that I post about Beignet today.  I was so emotionally distraught after losing Sweet Praline that I didn't know if I could ever love another fur child again.  It was through the support of the Cat Blogosphere that I found that strength to move forward.  When Truffle and Beignet were born, my heart opened up again to these small furry babies.  I was able to visit with Truffle and Beignet three times before they were scheduled to come live with me.  After Terri found the tumor and Beignet had his first surgery, I asked to come down to visit and she graciously agreed.  I was able to spend a few hours with Beignet on that Saturday, August 20.  Beignet was active and friendly that day, even though he had a large incision on his side.  Little did Terri or I know that the biopsy would come back as cancer and that we would lose Beignet 3 days later on the operating table.  Beignet will always have a special place in my heart and will always be my little mancat.  God blessed us with another pregnant cat and Brulee was born 4 days after Beignet went to the bridge.  I truly believe that we may not always understand why things happen, but that a another door is opened when one is closed.  The Cat Blogosphere reached out to both Terri and me when we lost Beignet and we'll both be forever grateful.  So, today, I'm pausing from the antics of Truffle and Brulee to remember our little Beignet.  I know Sweet Praline is looking after him at the bridge and he's probably driving her crazy.  
Mom Paula with Beignet (Mom Chloe in background) 3 days before he left for the Bridge.

Vaccine-Associated Sarcomas (VAS) are a rare and aggressive form of cancer.  It's important for owners to talk with their veterinarians about required and necessary vaccinations for your fur children.  Beignet was that 1 in 10,000 who developed this form of cancer at such a young age.  

43 comments:

  1. Oh he was such a sweet little mancat! Sometimes we do all we need to do here in such a short time.

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  2. We know it is hard for you to relive the pain of losing sweet Beignet even before you had him. What a lovely kitty he was! We will pause a little today especilly to think of him.

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  3. We are so glad you were able to open your heart and arms to the two little darlings you have now! Remembering Beignet with sweet thoughts today. XOXOXO

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  4. A beautiful tribute. It breaks the heart when the fur babies go. It heals the heart a little when a new one comes along. We're glad you let new ones come along.

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  5. ::bows head in honor::

    Remembering precious Beignet...what a sweet boy.

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  6. The entire CB fell madly in love with this little mancat, even though he was still a tiny baby.
    We all miss him so much.
    And I think of him so often, he was such a sweet boy.
    KC dedicated her bloggie to him today.
    Sending Love & Purrs to Mom Paula and Truffle.
    Mom ML, KC and Kitties

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  7. :: pauses quietly to remember little Beignet ::

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  8. Thank you for sharing your memories of Beignet today. My human and I were both very touched, especially that Terri brought you the urn with some of his ashes. She is a very special human and really loves the babies that she raises.

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  9. Such a sad, sad time and it still gets my whiskers so weepy wet. Hugs to you from all of us.

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  10. How touching that Mom Terri brought you some of Beignet's ashes. Lots of purrs for you. VAS is terrible, at any age

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  11. oh my goodness thank you for your post...it helps me too...you know what I mean Paula. how quickly little Beignet touched all of our hearts...forever in our hearts is where he belongs.
    holding you close, now and always!

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  12. Beautiful pictures. Hope you get lots of comforting whisker kisses from Truffle and Brulee today.

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  13. Sweet Beignet left this world far too soon. We send you gentle purrs and headbutts as you remember him this day.

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  14. I sure do remember that horribly sad day. I felt so bad for Beignet and you too Mom Paula. I think one wonderful thing that came out of this so sad trip to the bridge is that you and Terri became really good friends. Anyway sending tons of hugs and purrs to both you Paula and Terri. Love the pictures.

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  15. We will always remember sweet little Beignet and how sad we were when he went to the Bridge. Mom Terri did a wonderful thing by sharing Beignet's ashes with you. You will always have him near.

    The Florida Furkids

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  16. Beautiful tribute to such a special little mancat, Mom Paula. One of the saddest days ever. Mom Peggy is bawling like a little baby right now. She is going to light a candle in his memory tonight.

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  17. We were so sad when sweet little Beignet went to the Bridge - we know you must still feel the hole he left in your heart. Just give those two pretty girls a kiss and a cuddle it will help you feel a little better.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy's Mum Sue x

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  18. Lots of purrs to you, Paula, and Terri too. We can well imagine little Beignet driving Sweet Praline crazy at the Bridge.

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  19. We are sending purrs and know that Praline has that Beignet under her paw....and they are both watching over you and Mom Teri and the girls.

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  20. Thanks for sharing that story. We're all teary, though, thinking of when you and Teri lost Beignet.. But we're happy you have good memories of him.

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  21. The human haf leaky eyes. We know Beignet is haffing a good time at the Bridge. Purrs and hugs from our house to yours.

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  22. It was simply tragic Paula, I have no other words!!!!

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  23. Sad to hear about this as he was a lovely boy, it was a shame his life was cut short, but you have to hold onto your happy memories of him.

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  24. A beautiful tribute to a very special kitty.
    (((purrs)))
    Katie & Glogirly

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  25. It doesn't seem as long ago as a year that this tragedy occurred. Yes, I guess the little sweet boy was destined to be an Angel. For such a short time on earth, he certainly generated a lot of love!

    Hope you're having lots of fun up there on the Bridge, Beignet! I am sure you will want for nothing.

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  26. It is easy to see him with wings. He is so gorgeous! (Chloe is looking pretty possessive in the background of the last photo.)

    I know how hard this must have been for you. I'm sure your little man is smiling from the bridge, that you remember him so well.

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  27. Purrs and warm thoughts for sweet Beignet

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  28. We remember this and can't believe it has been a year already. You are strong to continue to care for these beautiful girl kittens in a time of sorrow

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  29. We remember Beignet and were so saddened that he crossed over as such a teeny baby. We know that Sweet Praline is watching over him and that he is galloping in the fields everyday!

    Luf, Us

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  30. What an exquisite mancat he was! Our hearts go out to you (((((hugs))))

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  31. Beignet was such a handsome little boy. We send our purrs to you and mom Terri as you remember him today.

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  32. So sad to loose such a sweet handsome kitten.

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  33. Purrs to you Miss Paula. Maybe you are destined to have ladycats versus mancats. The story made mum get all leaky eyed too.

    Oh, yeah, mum says to tell you she voted.

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  34. Beignet was beautiful. We are sure he is providing much happiness to others at the Bridge.

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  35. Such a lovely tribute to such a sweet kitty. We send purrs to you Paula and to Terri too. I was a sad time.We bet he and Praline are having a blast at the Bridge :)
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Tiger,Treasure,JJ and Julie

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  36. Beignet was a beautiful Boy and we miss him lots!! That was such a special touch from Mom Terri to give you the URN!! Lots of hugs and kisses to you all this day!!
    Your TX furiends,

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  37. I did not know about Biegnet, but am so terrible sorry for such a sweet life cut so short. You loved him and he you...that was a blessing for all, paw pats, Savannah

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  38. I didn't get here yesterday and I wish I had. As with all of we moms, I know how it is to lose a beloved furchild. I love reading about Beignet and seeing him again along with Chloe and all of the babies you have loved that you have shared with us.

    Beignet, you and dear Sweet Praline will be waiting for your mom just as Robin and Hopping John and Admiral will be waiting on my mom. I will be there too and we will all be joyous by and by, mom Paula.

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  39. Happy MEOWVALOUS birthday wishes from me & myself! On countzadown for your Terrificat Two pawty next year!

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