Saturday, August 29, 2015

Heart Kitties


Everyone in the cat blogging world was participating in the first annual Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day (August 28, 2015) sponsored by our friend, Deb, from Zee & Zoey Cat Chronicles.  We were not able to participate in the blog hop yesterday because we were committed to share about our experiences with Natural Balance.  This was a day to remember those special fur children who've put their pawprints in the hearts of our humans that will always be a reminder of the love that was shared.  Mom Paula did post a collage on Facebook of her three feline children she's had who've crossed that bridge.  At some point, we've talked about Muff, Sweet Praline, and Beignet and you've been introduced to them.  We thought we'd pause a few minutes today for a belated post of our siblings-before-us who've left their pawprints on Mom Paula's heart.

Mom Paula grieved the loss of Muff, Sweet Praline, and Beignet each in her own time and own way. She does experience some sadness when the remembers the special times she had with each, but she also smiles a little inside when she remembers the things these special cats did to help make her day a little brighter.

Muff

Mom Paula and Muff (circa 1978)

Muff was the first kitty Mom Paula ever had.  She'd grown up with dogs the first 20 years of her life. When she got married, she wanted a pet, but her husband didn't like dogs, so Mom Paula said she wanted a cat, but the cat would stay indoors to stay safe.  Muff was "rescued" from underneath a mobile home in rural South Carolina.  She wasn't feral, but was the kitten from a mom kitty who belonged to of one of Mom Paula's college classmates.  Mom Paula immediately fell in love and wondered why she never had a cat.  Muff was a destructive little kitty and never agreed to use a scratcher for her claws.  She preferred to destroy two different sofas. As Muff became a senior kitty, she would lay down beside Mom Paula for an afternoon nap after Mom Paula would get home from a long day of teaching.  When Mom Paula and her ex would get into fights (verbal), Muff would always walk in between their feet, look up at them, and meow loudly.  That usually gave Mom Paula a laugh and their focus went to Muff.  Muff developed chronic renal failure (CRF) as about 15 years old.  When Mom Paula and her ex separated, he asked who would get Muff.  Mom Paula's exact words were, "if I'm going to lose both of you, then I'd rather it be at the same time."  She said this because the vet had only given Muff a short time to live.  Muff fought the valiant fight for almost 5 more years before leaving for the bridge one month prior to Mom Paula's divorce (after 21 years of marriage).  Mom Paula never got to say goodbye and that always makes her sad, but she does remember that fun times with her first little fur child.  Muff was 19 years old when she left in 1996.

Sweet Praline

Mom Paula and Praline (circa 1995)

Mom Paula had been separated from her ex-husband and Muff for about 1 year and 3 months and was ready to bring another fur child into her heart back in 1995.  She'd always admired Persians and wanted to get a Persian kitten.  Mom Paula had begun working on a Ph.D. at Clemson University and she needed some companionship.  She'd gone back home to Columbia, SC for a day to get her hair done.  She dropped by a local pet store and there were the most adorable little Persian kittens for sale.  The owners were an oriental couple and they introduced Mom Paula to Praline's mom kitty (seal-point Himalayan) and daddy kitty (red tabby Persian).  The first thing Praline did when Mom Paula picked her up was to lick her face and start purring.  The owners let Mom Paula carry Praline around the story in her arms for almost an hour while Praline fell asleep.  Praline had chosen Mom Paula that day and went on to share a wonderful adventure together for almost 16 years.  Praline was known as the Diva of the Cat Blogosphere because of her little arrogant Persian attitude.  Mom Paula helped Sweet Praline go to the bridge on April 25, 2011 because of cancer. It was one of the hardest things she'd ever done, but it was the ultimate show of love to let Praline go when it was time.  Praline fell asleep on Mom Paula's shoulder before that last needle was given to her to help her peacefully cross the bridge that day.  Mom Paula still has moments when memories will flash back and the tears will flow, but we all believe that Praline is watching over all of us.

Beignet

Beignet and Mom Paula - August 20, 2011

Beignet was the little mancat that wasn't meant to come live with Mom Paula.  After losing Sweet Praline, Mom Paula knew she wanted another Persian kitten within six months.  She's decided to get two this time because of her job commitment and so the kitties could keep each other company.  Mom Paula was so lucky to find Mom Terri from Crystalpurrs Cattery, which was about 2 hours away.  Mom Paula visited and saw that all of the cats were part of Mom Terri's home and family.  Beignet was the only sibling to Truffle.  This was going to be the first male cat that Mom Paula had ever had and since he was Truffle's brother, Mom Paula decided to get both.  Since the cattery was only 2 hours away, Mom Paula was able to travel down 3 times to visit the kittens.  There was already a bond that couldn't be broken.  Unfortunately, little Beignet developed a fibrosarcoma (VAS) from his vaccination and crossed the bridge from the operating table exactly 4 months after Sweet Praline left.  


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22 comments:

  1. It is good to have a special day to remember all the dear friends who have gone before... ~ TBT

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  2. Loved hearing about all your cats. I've often thought that cats come and go at pivotal junctures in our lives, big changes like school, new jobs, marriage, divorce and death.

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  3. Such a lovely remembrance for those sweet kitties.
    You will always have them in your heart.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  4. What a beautiful post to remember those that came before. They may be gone, but they are not forgotten...and they are always loved. Purrs....

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  5. That was a wonderful tribute to those wonderful sweeties. We always miss that Sweet Praline.

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  6. Each kitty just sort of prances into your heart and stays there, don't they?

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  7. Such heartfelt stories - thank you so much for sharing. A little moment of truth now too - years ago, long before I really was much of a blogger at all, I happened up your beautiful tribute post you wrote for Sweet Praline. I will never, ever forget it. You wrote with such eloquence and honesty and I took it to heart for myself - you inspired me to become a better writer and I will always thank you and Praline for that. Thank you so much for sharing memories of your beloved angels and for participating in Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day - xoxo from Deb, Mr. Jazz, Purr Prints of the Heart, and the Zee/Zoey Gang

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    1. Thank you, Deb. That brings tears to my eyes. That was one of the hardest times in my life (other than my divorce) and I tried to stay positive for all of my readers as I went through the healing process. I have never been much of a writer because of having been a mathematics teacher/professor for 28 years, but I just wrote from the heart. Thank you for sharing this with me.

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  8. This is a lovely tribute to your beautiful angels.

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  9. Such beautiful memories and we still miss that little Diva so much.
    Purrs to you on this day of remembrance.

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  10. Even though they are gone from sight, the good memories always remain behind in our hearts to help us through the bad days.

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  11. Sweet memories for that special event. Hugs and purrs

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  12. We’re totally in love with Muff. They kitties that came before us were all loved and never forgotten.

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    1. Mom Paula found some new "old" photos of Muff today. She's going to scan them and share.

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  13. Beautiful kitties who will live forever in your heart.

    The Florida Furkids

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  14. We loved sharing your Angels with you. They each and every one so wonderful.
    Love and Purrs
    Timmy

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  15. So beautifully done. We are so grateful to Deb for creating this day for us all to remember and share about our beloved angels. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  16. Such sad but happy memories in a great post.

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  17. Thank you for sharing about all of your angels with us, Mom Paula. We surely do miss our beautiful friend Sweet Praline. Hugs to you...

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