Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lean on Me


Yesterday was a crazy day, we had what we believe was a rabid fox down our road, the down side to living in the country.  And then Photobucket is having some hiccups so pictures aren't showing up in my sidebar.




Tuesday evening I phoned my friend Connie from Hartwood Roses to check and see how she was doing, her cat Amy has been very sick, and I know she's been struggling to deal with the impending loss.




Like me, Connie and her family love their pets as members of their own family.  Now some of you might think that's crazy, and to you I say, well then we simply will never be friends.




As someone who has lost both of my parents and also friends that I cherish more than I can put into words, I have to tell you that the hole left by a pet is a true loss, just like that of our human loved ones.

The impact may be less, I get all of that, but as someone once told me after losing his brother and his beloved Border Collie..."I loved my brother and miss him terribly, and don't want to sound like I don't care, I do, but I didn't sleep with my brother every night, but I did with my dog."  I understood what he was trying to say.




Yesterday evening while Connie was facing the grief of losing someone she loved, I walked outside as the rain was ending.  There was the most beautiful light that fell on everything as far as the eye could see.




It was then that I knew that Amy was shining down upon Connie and telling her that everything was going to be ok.  That Connie and her family had given her the life that some cats can only dream of, and that one day a long time from now she would once again sit in her lap and nuzzle her face.

Just like the roses in the photos above, I know that Connie will shed many tears as she begins life without her friend, her companion, her cat.  But just like a rose, sometimes life has thorns, but those short lived blossoms are so worth the occasional prick and subsequent pain.

If you have a moment, please stop by Connie's blog HERE and send her some love, I know she could use it right about now.


XOXO my friend...Bill Withers says it better than I ever could...

19 comments:

  1. The loss of a beloved pet companion is so hard. Your friend is right - we spend hours every day with our pets and they are an integral part of our lives. Their passing leaves such a gap - if people don't get it, then we really won't understand one another.

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  2. I'm about to head over to Connie's blog. So understand her pain.
    These photo's are so good. Love the leaves with the raindrops. A few blogs have photobucket photo's down at the moment.

    x

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  3. Beautifully put Kat. It is such a hard thing to lose a pet - I'm already dreading when Juno goes. I've been enjoying all your posts and photos, just haven't commented as much as usual - too much going on I guess.

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  4. Good morning Kat. Losing a pet is never easy and the thought of it brings tears to my eyes. The impact that a pet, a member of the family, has on our lives is incredible! They teach us love, patience, understanding and they are always there for us. I truly believe that there is a place in Heaven for them and we will see them again.
    Your photos are beautiful and so glad that the sun came out.

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  5. It was raining here, as Amy left us. How wonderful to see that she sent such beautiful light to you as she went.

    Thank you for being such an amazing friend!
    Connie

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  6. As I sit here with my darling cat asleep on my lap I echo what you said and send my love to your friend. ♥O

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  7. Dearest Kat, your words are beautiful today and brought tears. Pets are such a huge part of our lives and sadly they leave us too soon. My heart goes out to Connie.

    XO,
    Rene

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  8. Nothing better than a pet curled up in the lap, at the feet, or snuggled into the curve of your legs in bed. Nothing. I have a couple of friends that I've known for years. They don't have pets and they are completely different from pet loving people. Sometimes I almost feel sorry for them.

    Di

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  9. I know how she is feeling. We had talked about this just the last couple of days after Rusty passed away. It is so hard to lose a pet. We get so attached.

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  10. Oh...I could just cry reading your post and Connie's comment. It can all be so hard, the circle of life. You put it so well in your post. Your pictures are perfect.

    XO,
    Jane

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  11. Kelly J/Hunters HillApril 13, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    At our home, we understand all to well that horrible hole in your heart when you lose a pet.

    It was a really lovely light last night wasn't it before the clouds came back in .... great picures and I am sorry to hear about the fox! I love foxes and I can't bear to think of them sick

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  12. Kat I know what your saying about losing a pet. One of our three cats, no sign of ill health or anything, suddenly went missing about two years ago. We searched everywhere but never found her or even a body. It feels like an empty space in your life! Your pictures are beautiful as always!

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  13. Having lost a number of adored pets over the years - I know exactly how Connie must be feeling. ;)Sharyne

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  14. It is never easy when we lose someone we love! Pets are so important in our lives...they really are out family memebers! I know my sweet LC is getting older and I just dread the day she is no longer my faithful companian.

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  15. I feel for Connie! HUGS to her! I wish our pets would live as long as we do!

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  16. Hello Kat....!

    I've just returned from visiting with Connie & must admit to being worn out emotionally....THANK YOU for introducing me to this sweet lady & fellow cat Friend....!!

    I'm going to take my leave now & sit with Baxter on my lap quietly in the sun....!

    Bye for now,
    Tamarah xx

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  17. I really understand this post...our pets are family and add great love to our lives...I have been through this many times over the years and it is always SO hard...I truly believe we will see them in heaven again one day.

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  18. On June 8th, it will be a year since I lost my beloved dog, Sheldon. He was my constant companion, my dearest friend and I still miss him every single day. His loss is as real to me as the loss of my parents and others.

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  19. I loved this post and your images of that amazing light. I too believe in signs from the heavens when something weighs heavy on your mind. It's so hard to say goodbye to a beloved family pet and this is a lovely tribute to Connie's dear Amy. Hugs ~Lili

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