Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Remembering Sweet Praline

Wow! It's hard to believe it was seven years ago today that I helped Sweet Praline cross the Rainbow Bridge. 
Sweet Praline

I'll never forget the "Diva of the Cat Blogosphere" and she will always be in my heart.



After losing Praline, I was extremely depressed. I felt her presence in my home several times: the touch of her soft fur when I'd be on the computer, the bounce of the bed when I was lying down to sleep, and once even saw her sitting at the corner of the hallway looking at me. Those moments were frequent before the girls came to live with me. I haven't sensed her much over the past 7 years, but Coryelle tells me that she visits all the time.

I've felt Praline's presence again the last couple of months. It usually happens when I've gotten into bed and getting ready to go to sleep. I feel the pounce on the bed and thinking it's one of the girls, will sit up to tell them good night. Only, they aren't there!!! Rather than being depressed, I'll say, "Well, hello Praline! It's nice to have you visit." Then, I'll feel some comfort knowing she's still around. 

I love Truffle and Brulee with all my heart, but there's still that special place where Praline will always provide some comfort and warmth.


Sweet Praline and Mom Paula

Please tell us in the comments if you've ever felt the presence of a departed fur child. What did it feel like? Could you feel them? Could you see them? Were you able to communicate with them?

27 comments:

  1. Purrs to you as you remember Praline today. My human doesn't sense any of the kitties who came before, but that's mainly because she's not open to that. It's too painful to not have them here, and she would not find it a comfort.

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  2. Mom Paula has learned to welcome her presence. It was weird and scary at first.

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  3. Purrs to you today. We used to 'hear' Sadie trying to get up from the tile floor in the weeks after she went to the Bridge. We haven't felt her, or any of our furbabies who've gone to the bridge. When we nearly lost Angel this past January, after she came home from the emergency vet she would stare up at the walls usually where Sadie's pictures were. We think Angel had her own guardian angel that protected her and kept her here with us during that scary situation.

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    1. We believe that to be true. We believe our fur children are always with us - watching over us to help protect us and to guide the fur children left behind.

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  4. Hugs for you as you remember Sweet Praline. I completely believe that they come back to visit us. When Eric first left I kept seeing flashes out of the corner of my eye but I thought it was reflections from my glasses. He must have got fed up with me not realising he was there because he made himself visible to me and something happened that I knew without any doubt that he was there. I hear Flynn walking across the floor sometimes during the night or feel him jump on the bed. Several times I have found a few hairs on the quilt even though it has been laundered many times since he left.

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  5. Oh my, it's hard to believe it's been seven years, we miss that unique sweetie. Angel Ivan still visits the Dad. Hugs from all of us.

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  6. Unfortunately, I haven't felt their presence. It's so nice that Praline still visits you.

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  7. I've read that a kitty will visit you if you have unfinished business. I've always hoped Truffles would visit me because we never got to say goodbye, but she hasn't...at least I don't think she has. I feel the same as you...I love Mudpie so much it's crazy, but that doesn't stop me from missing those that came before any less.

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    1. Very interesting. This ties in with something Coryelle told me.

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  8. OMFP (oh my furry paws!) I am in love with her picture! Mom misses her kitties that are in the clouds. She has pictures of all of them on her dresser and on the wall, 'cause she says it brings her comfort. Purrs. -Valentine (& Mom) of Noir Kitty Mews

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  9. Praline was a pretty girl. We never forget those we love. XO

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  10. We remember Sweet Praline...such a beauty. The mom has sensed the cat that came before us. Just like you, she has felt him on the bed.

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  11. Gentle purrs to you, Mom Paula, as you remember your beloved Sweet Praline. We remember and miss her lots!

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  12. I'm newer to the blogging world, so I never knew Sweet Praline. What a beauty! My Darya has been gone for 12 years now, and sometimes I still feel her with me. A couple years ago, I swear I felt a cat brush against my leg, but there was no cat in the room. Darya?

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  13. Purrs to you as you remember Praline. We always knew our Georgia cat and our Iggy Cat didn't leave us right away. While Mama never felt Chey, Coryelle felt that she was very much around and we did a few weird things as if we saw her and were giving her her space...

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  14. It seems so hard to believe but somehow our brains don't let register how time just goes by. It'll be 5 years since Abby left me in the summer of 2013. She stayed with me for a few weeks after she left. I am sure she appeared as a black butterfly for many days in September of 2013. This one butterfly circled me one day while I was outside. I just knew it was her. And once also during that time I was feeling so overwhelmed with sadness I walked outside and saw a heart in the clouds it immediately made me stop crying I knew that too was not a coincidence. I got photos of it and it was gone in seconds. But it was there so I felt very strongly she was giving me a sign. There were brushed of fur against my legs but all of this was basically in the fall of 2013. I miss those moments and have no explanation for why they stopped.

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    1. What a wonderful sign from Abby for you. I haven't felt the physical brushes of the fur since Truffle and Brulee came to live with me. I only saw Praline once. It's been only the last two months or so that I've felt the bed move again with her jumping on it.

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  15. It's never easy to lose a furkid they will always have special place in our hearts, but there are some that have touched our heart like no other, our animals understand that. I see and feel my heart cat PC (perfect Cat) more of late and that always make me smile. Love to you and the girls all of them

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    1. Thank you Coryelle for all you've done for us. Mom Paula was so thrilled to meet you in person at BlogPaws last week.

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  16. Oh my goodness. I can so relate to what you were saying! I finally see your sweet Praline you've mentioned before. Gorgeous. As for sensing my fur kids after they have gotten their angel wings' I can testify. I've experienced everything from seeing Dusty in the corner of my eye to feeling paw prints on the bed from both my girls. I wonder if you are feeling Pralines' presence now because you are stressed or feeling sad. Our fur kids know us better than we know ourselves and still try to comfort us even from the other side. Thanks for sharing this special personal post.

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  18. Paula, I'm so glad that Sweet Praline comes to visit you! Dolly, my corgi left her physical body in May 2012....but she still spends a lot of time with me...she's here everytime I open the refridgerator, Luna gets a treat or I'm cooking meat. She's also here a lot when I'm not paying attention. She still comes whenever I call her and can feel her firm little self between my hands. She came today when a friend of mine who can also see/feel her energy came by to visit with me -- she really likes him. It's nice to be able to talk about this with other people who have this experience -- Thank you!

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