Sweet Paw Prints Forever On My Heart

Sweet paw prints forever on my heart is the story of my forever love, for a little green-eyed kitty girl named Minnie Mouse…she was my beautiful kitty angel girl…full of sweetness and vivid colors with defined stripes and Minnie dots with lots of white splashes here and there.

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“My Sweet Minnie Mouse, you wore a coat of Minnie colors designed by God above! We had almost 20 years together…you made such a HUGE impact on our lives…and also on others…you were My Heart Kitty, Who Truly Made My Life Better:)”

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My Dear Min-Min I miss you so much…you have been gone almost eight weeks and I look for you when I round the corner of the kitchen or

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When I go upstairs or when I sit on the sofa or…or…or…

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I’m used to seeing you laying in your favorite spots…on the back of the sofa so you could look outside and watch the birds…

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On our bed at night snuggled next to me…

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Riding shotgun with me in the office, in your very own office chair, with your heat pad under your Navajo blanket… which had good wooly nubs for you to rub and roll on your tender skin and soft coat of Minnie colors, a purrfectly good kitty scratch…

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And in the living room, how you always curled up where I sat on the sofa when I went to town for the day,

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I would come home and there you would be, waiting for me to return while keeping my seat warm, with a hint of kitty annoyance that I left you for the day…

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And you snuggling up in my horse quilt on my lap when we watched TV, rolling over on your back just like the above photo, wanting me to rub your soft white tummy as you loved for me to stroke and itch all the places you could not reach. I miss you Min-Mouse…my beautiful sweet girl…I miss you much.

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I remember when you first came to live with us you were so teeny tiny….you fit in my hand and as you grew and got a bit stronger you chased your toys under one of my antique cupboards that you could also fit under! After you chased a real mouse under there, he was too scared to come out so he died at some point and made an awful smell…I unloaded all the dishes I had stored so that Dad could roll the cupboard over to get the smelly mouse out of the house and to our surprise you had a dozen of your toys under there too….after that Dad made a wood cover to cover up the narrow place where you crawled under it…we didn’t want you to get stuck too!

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I miss you playing on your Navajo blanket that you truly loved…and doing catestetics chasing that darn red mouse!

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And I miss the sound of your sweet claws clicky click-clicking each morning on the wood floors letting me know “Here She Comes, Purring Along The Way.”

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After Christmas one year, you decided the small figurine my Mom gave to me of a small girl who fell asleep in her saddle, while riding her white pony was your play toy at night…the figurine reminded my Mom of me when I was little on my first horse, Prince who was white…however, the girl was yours and you loved to drag her off her pony by her hair every night after we went to bed…you were so funny and very determined! That girl was yours…and yes I was!

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And all the times you raced Dad to the office when you thought he was going to sit in your office chair…

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You were so cute, we always laughed as you won the chair every time…you were a very classy, sassy kitty girl, my Minnie Mouse and yes, you reigned as the Queenie of my House!

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When I first saw you, I named you Isabella or Bella as you struck me as a very regal kitty…as a nickname, I often called you Izzerbee, as you were my sweet kitty girl from the get go…

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Until Dad taught you how to mooch and he began calling you Minnie the Moocher, but I liked Minnie Mouse better and you became my Minnie. Every once in a while I would call you Izzerbee or Bella or Isabella and you would look at me like you knew exactly what I was saying…you knew who Izzerbee was. You were so smart and intuitive as you truly were the “Cat Who Knew Where It Was At!”

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You loved to play the clown to keep us laughing…you were always in the moments of my life…full of sweetness and God’s grace. Going through every part of life with me…through the illness of both my parents…first, loosing my Dad and a year later loosing my Mom…

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You played the kitty clown as you loved chasing your tail or the air on your very cool kitty scratcher…you knew it was a tough time and you played the funny kitty girl to make her humans laugh and we always did:) !

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When I went through breast cancer, you became my kitty angel nurse, attaching yourself to me like glue…WB always knew where I was in the house by seeing you in various windows…you were so loving and caring with your big heart and beautiful green eyes.

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I remember the night when we came home after being gone 10 days to Oregon Health Science University Hospital, you were beside yourself with love and worry for your Mommy…and the night before traveling back to OHSU for my post op…you insisted on laying next to me…something you never did before. I knew something was not right in the surgical site but you knew much more…it was a blood clot and when my Dr. saw me the next day, I was in emergency surgery within the hour to deal with the clot.

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And you tried to protect me from your illness during the last weeks of your life…you tried so hard and you were so very brave my sweet Minnie…you were very strong and so beautiful as you tried to live your life as normal as you could…but when I found you asleep in your litter box, I knew there was something very wrong…and there was. You did not have the strength to get out of the box, as it took all you had to get the few feet to the box from your comfy bed on the sofa…I cradled you to my heart to comfort you as I carried you…and stayed by your side 24/7 those last days to help you…bringing water and food to you. I did not know until your doctor examined you and found your heart was failing with Congestive Heart Failure.

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My Brave Sweet Kitty Girl…we knew it was time to let you step away and into God’s heaven where you would be free of suffering and pain…it was ok for you to go my Min Mouse. I could never wish for you to stay here with me knowing you were suffering.

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My beautiful kitty girl full of heart…my forever kitty girl…and my forever heart.

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Now you are safe…and you are well and in God’s kitty heaven playing and eating catnip greens with Nylablue and lots of kitty angel’s just like you:)

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I love you Minnie Mouse and I will forever hold you close in my heart until I see you again…

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We will have a happy reunion with lots of purrs, tummy rubs, head butts, more kitty purrs, chin rubs, ear scratches, eye rubs and more belly rubs with lots of snuggles!

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“God Bless You Minnie, God Bless You And Keep You, May God’s Face Always Shine On You. You Are Precious In His Sight And You Are Precious In Mine. I Love You Minnie Mouse…You Are the Queenie Of My Heart and My House Forever:)”

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“Rest In Peace Sweet Angel Kitty Girl”

May 14, 1995 – November 24, 2014

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  1. fozziemum
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 15:08:38

    Big hugs again from us all..a beautiful post which your sweet girl would purr over..i have lost too many and never ever does it not take a piece of your soul..she was a beauty and I am sure has met all the wonderful sweeties we all terribly miss…time does not always make it easier..love to you from a leaky eyed Fozziemum xx ❤ ❤

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 18, 2015 @ 15:17:57

      Thank you so much and I am leaking right along with you…it took me a long time to write as I loved her so much and it was hard to not cry, so I wrote it with many boxes of tissue. I know she is playing with all your kitty angels too…it is so hard to loose them. I am thankful she is not suffering and that I will see her again someday…and what a reunion! Off to blow my nose…

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      • fozziemum
        Jan 18, 2015 @ 15:34:07

        Good girl..blow away…these posts are the hardest to write..and tissues and runny noses are a common thing…huge hugs xx

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Jan 18, 2015 @ 15:55:47

        Amazing how many tears we can cry! I have been so stuck in writing since I lost her…it took away the joy in life as loosing her knocked me on my ear and I have felt so sad and grieved…writing about her, remembering the funny memories and her silly Minnie antics has helped while at the same time I cried buckets going through cases of tissue. I wanted to write Minnie’s memorial with my love and heart to share her beautiful soul and heart with you all:) Our animals are such blessings to us and I love each and every one that comes to share their life with us…I felt chosen to have Minnie Girl as my girl and for almost 20 years…I was very blessed with those years as she was always so healthy. I feel blessed with every animal we have from Minnie’s size to my horses sizes and all the doggies in between. God made such beauty in His animals and His creation…animals have such true hearts and souls and boy do they love us as well. I wish all people could see that and know that too. Hugs back and thank you much…

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      • fozziemum
        Jan 18, 2015 @ 16:21:23

        How I agree…the ones like us who do see that I think are truly lucky…to not see them as the wonderful little souls they are is truly sad…what a hollow life..i will take the pain as a trade for the love they give us while with us anyday…hard as it is…big hugs and loves back xxx ❤ ❤

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Jan 18, 2015 @ 20:27:44

        Me too and I totally agree. Loosing Min-Min broke my heart but I count myself blessed that I loved her and she loved me….she taught me so many things about life and love…and I would do it all over again with her, even knowing how the ending would go…I would love her and keep her with every breath…and truly those that do not know animals think, feel, have emotions and a heart full of love for us…they miss out on a miracle of life and the wonderful blessing of an animal’s life and love. (((Hugz)))

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      • fozziemum
        Jan 18, 2015 @ 20:29:20

        That they do my sweets 🙂 xx<3

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 15:18:20

    Twenty years is a long time to be together. She will waiting for you at the Bridge. She had a good life, a long life. It’s so hard to say good bye.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 18, 2015 @ 15:21:56

      Yes…she was a huge part of my life, out life…it is so hard to loose her but I know she is no longer suffering or in pain….writing as I am crying…it took me all these weeks to write her memorial, I would write a few words and cry then stop….and so on. (((Hugs)))

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  3. Nylabluesmum
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 15:24:03

    *typing thru the tears* HRCG…what a moving & loving tribute to Minnie Mouse. There is nothing I can add; you wrote from your heart & your words have touched me deeply. Altho I did not know Minnie Mouse long I felt a closeness to her. Like my ‘grand old girl’ Mingflower she lived a long life & she lived with & for you.
    Now they are free. I still look for Nylablue even with ‘Purrince’ siddhartha here now. Sometimes I am sure I hear Nylablue meowing to me. Just a trick of the mind I am sure. Our girls in God’s ‘Kitty heaven’ running free & healthy again…what a blessing! We will never forget our girls; they are a part of our very being!
    “Nite nite Minnie Mouse & Nylablue & Mingflower…”
    Love }}} & a box of Kleenex….
    Sherri-Ellen

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 18, 2015 @ 15:32:15

      It is so good to hear from you Sherri-Ellen….I am leaking all over the place as I type…was not sure if you would see the post. It took me a long time to write as each time I would try I cried….I do miss her so much. Like you even with Ellie in the house with me, I look for Minnie and long to touch her soft little head again…she was so sweet and so human and I know you know what I mean. I have been thinking of Nylablue and Minnie romping through God’s green fields of kitty glory and I know He would have already hugged them and laughed at their antics….He loves His creations and He loves His animals:) It hurts our hearts but we both know they are now safe, well and no more suffering…and we will see them again…sending hugs to you and kitty loves to Mr. Vadar, the Purince…and prayers that God will tell our girls that we are thinking of them and He will give them Mommy Kitty Loves for us!

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      • Nylabluesmum
        Jan 20, 2015 @ 11:47:52

        We lsot our heart cats; the tears will flow for a while yet. At least we our memories & photos & can shre with each other.
        I borrowed my friend’s PC so I could check on your blog. I felt awful being cutoff from you & all my WP friends here. Thankfully I am back online now 🙂
        I like to picture Minnie Mouse & Nylablue running thru a daisy filled meadow chasing butterflies; restored to their glory….that makes me smile 🙂
        {{{{HUGS}}}} & love, Sherri-Ellen & ‘Purrince’ Siddhartha x0x0

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Jan 20, 2015 @ 23:30:07

        I know I worried for you all week…its ok that our tears are yet falling..and I am so glad that I have you to share my pain with and thankful that you can share your pain with me too Sherri-Ellen…our girls know we are helping each other and I do think they arranged that. One part of grief I am dealing with today is that I feel guilty that I did not know Minnie was so ill..no clue she was in CHF…I wish I could have done more to help her. I loved her so and I wish I had known earlier…not sure if that would have helped? Did I tell you that all of a sudden about 6 months ago she stopped sleeping with me at night? I was shocked but she decided that the sofa was better for her and that is where she lived her last six months…so now I wonder if her not sleeping with me was a sign… I thought it was maybe due to age and her being tired of the stairs. She also threw up her food often it seemed a year ago up until we switched her food last May…then her throw ups quite but for a while it was harry. I also wonder if the blindness was a sign. So many questions and I worry that I could have done more…she was my everything and such a beautiful love…my kitty girl.
        I like that picture of the two of them playing, cat dancing, rolling in the daisy filled meadows and eating kitty treats and catnip…and laughing together as they are young and free of illness and the pain…that part makes me feel good to know they are not suffering now. Oh and Minnie LOVED bacon so they would be chowing down on bacon too:) Steak, hamburgers, chicken and fresh seafood…our girls were special special girls…so sweet and tender hearted and full of fun, a bit of tude too, and tons of love. God Bless them both and God Bless you and Mista Siddhartha, the Purrrince:) Love you Sherri-Ellen and lots of heart felt loves for Siddhartha. I was going to ask you if in a sense he had pink eye? We had that go through a herd of 200 steers once…had to doctor their eyes daily with tiny shots into them with medicine…kinda gross but had to be done. Will Siddhartha’s eye return to normal in time or…and so glad he got to meet Dr. Dave…ok I am off for now but I’m always here too:) Blessings and love my heart sister:)

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      • Nylabluesmum
        Jan 23, 2015 @ 16:26:10

        Our girls arranged this I am sure..or else G-D did…or maybe all of them….
        I remember when Minnie Mouse stopped sleeping with you & the other things happened…I did not think of CHF at all. That comes on quickly. I think your girl was just slowing down…there was little you could have done. Please do not think ‘would have; should have; could have” You will drive yourself crazy. I remember my friend’s cat getting very ill suddenly & within hours she had to be PTS just like Minnie Mouse. Her name was Kitten & she was a 19 yr old Calico. I was there when she got sick right thru til the end only hours later. There is no way you could have known or prevented it.
        Let us think of your girls happy & free in G-d’s meadow of daisies….
        I watched the video of Nylablue on PC last nite & I wept like a baby.
        ‘Purrince’ Siddhartha watched right along with me…then he head rubbed me. It was a poignant moment. When the ‘present’ acknowledges the ‘past’ 😉
        As for Siddhartha’s eye we are hoping with the Tobradex eyedrops combined with the Lacralube will help ‘shred’ the cartilage of the Haw so the eye looks clearer than it is now. I have seen a bit of improvement already. His eye will probably never be normal but any improvement is good right?
        Yes Siddhartha & Tye & Tangerine all had URI with Pink Eye. Siddhartha almost died at 5 weeks of age. Tangerine & Tye are all better & their eyes look normal.
        Only my little man ended up like this…so he is with me for the right reason. No one else would adopt him 😉
        Wishing you & Ellie & WB & Melody a wonderful blessed weekend.
        Love Sherri-Ellen & ‘Purrince’ Siddhartha x0x0x0

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Jan 23, 2015 @ 17:17:17

        Yes I agree they had arranged for us to know each other and become friends, its always cool if your Mom is buddies with your friends Mom:)
        I always hold myself to do the best that I can…but no I will not do the could have-should have game as that is awful and causes more grief. Minnie was so special and I guess what I was saying was that if I had known I could have made her more comfy….and I know what you mean in a good way:) I am thankful beyond reason that Min and Nyla went over the briged together, they were never alone and now they are playing in God’s green fields of catnip and in every variety as I am sure Heaven has many kinds…and rolling, playing hide and go seek and romping after vividly colored butterflies! I know without a doubt that Minnie is young again and her body is whole, healed and complete….I miss her as I knew I would…and God knows my heart and understands that it will take me time yet to heal too but I will…and He knows I am thankful Minnie is with Him….and Mom is holding her as she loved her too.
        I do not know a lot about Pink Eye but that in cattle it can be very serious….all the cows healed that had it but we had to treat them by giving them shots into their eyeball….I did not know kitties could have it too…and since I am the way I am with my own limitations, I would have chose him too:) Sidhartha is precous just like you Sherri-E.
        My hair has always been a bright reddish blond…in summer I always had golden streaks show up in the red from the sun. I was more of a brilliant red color but as I have aged my red has faded more…some say I am strawberry blond others like my hubby say I am a redhead….with a few blondish streaks.
        I am watching the Pacific Ocean right now….and it is incredible….taking lots of pictures:) Have a peaceful weekend and know I am sending hugs and prayers:)

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  4. The Island Cats
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 16:31:09

    What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful cat. Purrs…..

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 18, 2015 @ 20:42:25

      Thank you much…Minnie was incredible, such a loving heart and a beautiful girl. I was so blessed that she chose to come live with me for all those years…it took me the last 8 weeks to write her tribute. My heart broke, as loosing her, even though I knew she was aging, was a shock. I wanted to share Minnie’s beautiful heart, to honor her and her sweet life…she was a beautiful kitty angel girl:) Sending you hugs and lots of sweet kitty loves and rubs…

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  5. Where God Takes Me
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 17:13:19

    The more we love, the harder we fall at a loss like this. I like the look Minnie gave when you left her for the day (boy can they get grumpy) and that she raced Dad to the favorite chair when she thought he was going to sit in it. A beautiful tribute to Minnie. Tender hugs from here. 🙂

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 18, 2015 @ 20:49:33

      Amen and you are right on as I fell hard when I lost her…did not see it coming but even if I did, I would still fall…I would not want it any other way as loving her was a huge blessing….yes her only time of being grumpy was when I would be gone for the day or a few days and she always let me know she was a bit ticked at me…I loved her looks too:) And it was hysterical to see her sense that Bill was going to go into the office with me….she would race to her chair and grab it as hers….I swear a few times she said neener neener neener to him! Thank you much and hugs back…

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  6. Bella Remy Photography
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 17:40:36

    Oh my, such a lovely tribute that truly brings tears to my eyes. Minnie was such a feline soul mate for you and you were truly blessed to have such a special cat in your life. May Minnie have many dolls to take to bed tonight to keep her company until you two meet once again.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 18, 2015 @ 21:04:54

      Your words are beautiful…huggzzz…loosing Minnie was very hard. She was a beautiful and incredible kitty girl…you are right, she was my kitty soul mate…from the first time I saw her as a teeny kitten I knew she was my special girl. Writing her tribute took me weeks as I cried my way through it…I loved her so much. I was very blessed to share in her life and will forever be thankful for her..

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  7. SwittersB
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 17:42:02

    So very sorry for your loss. A beautiful story of love and loyalty.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 18, 2015 @ 21:08:35

      Thank you much…Minnie was a beautiful kitty girl and I was so blessed to be loved by her, to be her Mommy…loosing her broke my heart…took me several weeks to write her story as I cried my way through it.

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  8. Herman
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 01:52:00

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely post and beautiful tribute to Minnie. Tears welled up in my eyes. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending you hugs and love.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 19, 2015 @ 21:17:30

      Thank you much…I was so not prepared, she was always so healthy…her vet was amazed with her age that her tests would come back like an 8 year old kitties tests. I don’t think we ever are prepared though. I loved her so much, she was such a huge part of my life and heart for a long time. Truly she was a beautiful blessing and I was blessed to be hers:)

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  9. emjayandthem
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 04:06:38

    Such a beautiful tribute to your Min-Angel. Loved the “Coat of Minnie colors” reference and what a pretty girl she was and so loved. This pet-lover cried, too, but how could we not? Your love and loss just poured out of you … I hope it was cathartic to write about. It took me time to write about saying good-bye to our Frankie boy but doing so helped the grief process. Many hugs to you — you will never “get over it” but you will get through it – and you will see your dear girl again, of that I’m sure. 🙂 MJ

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 19, 2015 @ 21:43:57

      I wanted to share her wonderful spirit and the life she lived with us…she brought us such joy and lots of love. And I wanted to honor her beautiful kitty heart…she was so very sweet and loving and I loved her so, we both did. I always told her that God made her extra special with her coat of Minnie colors…and those loving splashes of white here and there. It was so hard for me to write MJ, took me two months and lots of tears…it does help to talk about her and to share her life with you. She was such a blessing to me and I was blessed to be hers. I remember how hard it was for you too with Frankie, we are never prepared and when they live with us a long time, they become a huge part of our heart and lives. I have Ellie girl, and I think Minnie told her to stick with me as she follows me every where, I already love her lots, but it was a different love with Minnie…she went through so much of our life like Frankie did yours. Ellie is young, only a bit over a year, but as time goes on and she goes through life with us, it will be the same..she comforts us as she knew Minnie and sensed her going and our broken hearts. Knowing we will see them again brings great comfort and I am with you on that…my Mom took a liking to Minnie during the last months of her life so I imagine that once God hugged Minnie to His heart, her gave her to Mom to hold and hug…love you MJ…thank you for your friendship.

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      • emjayandthem
        Jan 20, 2015 @ 04:13:31

        I can totally picture your Mom and Minnie cuddled up on Heaven’s couch, sunbeams streaming in and Minnie purring away … 🙂 God Bless you my friend, MJ

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Jan 20, 2015 @ 08:33:58

        Thank you MJ…I love the image of Mom and Minnie cuddled up on Heaven’s couch with sunbeams streaming in as Minnie purrrs away…I will carry that image in my heart and know that someday I will see them both…hugs and blessing to you…may you have a blessed day.

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  10. onespoiledcat
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 05:42:17

    Oh you described that forever love bond so well…..it’s something that’s often difficult to put into words but you did it……I know when Sammy leaves me to join Minnie and all the others, my heart will ache and I’ll be lonely but I’ll be quiet and still and I KNOW I will feel him with me always………….. They are magical creatures and they give us so much – saying goodbye is hard but knowing we’ll see them again one day is part of the “magic” !

    Love and Hugs, Pam

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 19, 2015 @ 22:01:35

      Yes that bond is so deep, very strong…it was immediate the first time I saw her. I knew she was to be with me, she was very attached from the beginning…she was always with me and we had that connection…and as time went on we knew what each other was feeling or thinking. I do feel her with me and often I sense her gentle kitty loves. I went through a case of kleenex as I cried my way through writing her tribute…it took me weeks. I wanted to share her beautiful heart and spirit with you…she was so special. I was so not prepared but I know we never are…after so many years together I miss her and it will take time. It helps me to talk about her with you and to share my memories of her and the incredible life and bond we shared…and still do. Knowing I will see her again, gives me great comfort…it will be an incredible reunion! I know that God held her close and hugged her to His heart as she crossed over…and then I think He gave her to my Mom to hug and hold close to her heart. She had never had cats and the last few months of her life, she lived with us, and she liked Minnie…she made her laugh and she saw the tender bond we had…Mom would love to help watch over her until someday I am there too:) I’m leaking as I write…I know you understand. I am praying that Sammy will remain healthy and extra sassy and will continue to take you on his adventures:) Hugs and lots of love…your words mean tons:)

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  11. Sylvai Rzeminski
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 12:21:43

    To paraphrase CSLewis Minnie didn’t have a soul. She is a soul. She had a body. Heat to heart. Soul to soul. May you find peace. I’m still searching after a year of Bode being OTRB.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 20, 2015 @ 01:22:20

      Thank you much for your kind words…we were truly heart to heart and soul to soul. It is hard to get through the pain and loss…when they cross over we are never prepared. I loved her from the get go and she loved me back with huge kitty loves…I was blessed that she chose me to be “Hers”…we had that deeper bond from the first time I saw her. It took me weeks to write her tribute and many buckets of tears, a case of tissue and many times of silence…my words would get stuck and it was just tears. It helps me to talk about her and to share her tender heart and beautiful life with you. She was a beautiful, joyful and incredible kitty angel girl…she always made me smile…I miss her deeply like you do Bode. My heart goes out to you for Bode…you had the same deep bond and love…sending you big hugs and tender thoughts.

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  12. DezizWorld
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 16:55:59

    Dat be so bootyful. She is and wuz gawjus. And yes, she will live on furever. Mommy sez dat once we entered social media and stawted postin’ ow fotos on da innewnet, dat we will twuly liv furever in da bytes and pixels dat carry infurmation wound da universe. But more than dat, she will liv in da hearts of all those she touched. And as long as yous keep luvvin’ and spweadin’ it wound you honor hers life and share her wiff da world. Fanks fur sharin’ her wiff us. We be blest da more to hav shared a luv she cultivated.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 20, 2015 @ 01:45:48

      Thank you much…you would have loved her as she was always so much fun…very curious and loved to explore with me. She was always so brave and such a heart felt lover…she always slept next to me but first she had to roll over and have a nightly belly rub…and then she would fall asleep stretched out next to me, waking at some point and then would curl up in her ball position. Speaking of balls, she had a ball with bumps when she was 3 or 4 years old and she LOVED it…she played with it for many years. She would fetch it, LOL I know at first I was surprised she knew to do that, she would bring me the ball to drop so it would bounce all over the place, and she would whap it and jump way up in the air to whap it again and finally she would catch it…bringing it back to me, she would even be panting a bit from her exertion and yet wanted me to bounce it again! She loved it and loved to do her kitty gymnastics…she was so funny and so cute! She always made my heart smile with love for her and my mouth laugh or smile at her funny girl moves. It was so very very hard for me to write Min-Mouses tribute as I cried buckets and it took me many weeks…and I still cry buckets with eyes leaking as I miss her so…sharing her life with you, all the memories,and how beautiful her heart was helps…thank you both so much for your loving words…I know she is well and someday you will meet her when we are all up in heaven…I know that each day that goes by will bring me closer to seeing her again…and that will be a blessed reunion…sending you lots of soft belly rubs, chin rubs, ear scratches and lots of love n hugs.

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  13. angelswhisper2011
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 00:19:55

    What a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your beloved Minnie. Tears are running from my eyes. It’s so hard to let go of someone you loved so deeply. They leave such an empty spot. I can’t talk without leaky eyes about my lost animals, but I know they’ll be always with us… until we meet again. Take care. Little Binky sends Pawkisses to comfort you ❤

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 20, 2015 @ 08:31:08

      Thank you much…I cried buckets writing Min-Min’s tribute…tears come easy as I miss her beautiful green eyes and her sweet loving self. It has been a journey of grief and deep loss…we were so connected…she was my girl and I was her girl…she taught me so much and gave me more. I could always tell when something was off with her…I took her to see her vet two weeks before the CHF was diagnosed as I felt something was off but that day she perked up and did not look ill…she continued to decline, not eating much, not moving much, drinking some and falling asleep in her kitty bathroom. She crossed the bridge on a Monday and the weekend leading up to Monday, her breathing became labored and I noted her back feet were swollen. I had no idea it was her heart and worried all weekend…never left her side as I was carrying her and comforting my kitty angel as best as I could. Looking back on her pictures I can now see her decline, at the time I was yet bargaining and seeing her looking better with hopes that it would all pass. I do believe now that she had the heart issues going on longer but she covered it. She stopped sleeping with me the last six months, I worried but thought well she is tired of the stairs and she was aging…now I think it had something to do with it but not sure. She was God’s gift to me in 1995 and I fell in love with her on first site…we bonded overnight and she became my sweet sweet kitty girl. It gives me great comfort to know that I will see her again…and sharing her life with you, writing her tribute and talking about her beautiful heart has helped…the tears, leaky eyes I believe God catches and gives them to Minnie as a healing balm of mommy love. Hugs and love…sweet kitty loves for Binky and tender kitty rubs, chin rubs and ear scratches…

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  14. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 08:21:15

    What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful Minnie Mouse.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 20, 2015 @ 08:39:23

      Thank you much…she was a beautiful heart kitty…I cried buckets writing her tribute, lots of tissues…I wanted to share her beautiful spirit with you and also wanted to honor her incredible love and life she lived with us. I am blessed beyond measure that she chose to be my girl and make me her Mommy. I do know someday I will see her again and that brings comfort to my broken heart…she is now playing in God’s green fields of glorious catnip and chasing butterflies and sonbeams…she is young again and pain free…wishing you a blessed day…hugs

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  15. singleworkingmomswm
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 13:19:08

    Awe, it’s hard for me to write to you about Minnie because I know how hard it is to say good-bye, but this was a sweet and huggable tribute to your little kitty girl. I enjoyed seeing all of the photos you posted, her many poses and places and looks-what a wonderful cat, indeed! My girl, Kurtains, was just a few months away from turning 20 when I had to let go of her, as well. It was so hard to adjust to her being gone after all we went through together! We love our furry families, and so we must lift each other up until we see them again in Heaven. Thanks for sharing this, HRCG. Much love and hugs and prayers to you! XOXO-Kasey

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 21, 2015 @ 14:19:18

      Thank you….I did not know you had a senior kitty too…yes, 20 years is a lot of our life, and we are so used to seeing them…it breaks your heart over and over when you do not see them where they used to sleep or sit. I have been numb since I lost her….writing and sharing her beautiful heart with you, helps…it has brought my tears and grief to the surface. I cried buckets the day she stepped into heaven…did not see it coming,..then I went into a sort of shock where the words could not come. I have cried buckets this week…miss her so much. I have no doubt that God’s hand was on her…all her life, daily I prayed over her and blessed her….she was always so healthy until the last weeks. I know I will see her again which gives me comfort of knowing. She was truly my girl, my kitty angel and I was her Mommmy! I was more than blessed. Wondered if your kitty had CHF too or? Now Minnie and Kurtains are romping in God’s green fields of catnip, clover and daisies with butterflies and colorful birds…best part is they are young again and no pain…and we will see them again:) Sending hugs…and I need to go blow me nose again!

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      • singleworkingmomswm
        Jan 22, 2015 @ 10:54:52

        I’m not sure what CHF is? Kurtains passed from old age, I suspect. She began to lose her faculties around 18 years old-coudn’t hear that well, couldn’t hold her potty, but she seemed happy and just kept going. I got a kitty condo for her to live in when I wasn’t at home, but then she always liked a good snuggle and lap when I plopped on the couch. I got her my first week moving away from home at 17 and had her all those years, all the moves, men, and even having Maycee. She was the best, just as I know your Minnie was! I’ll never have another quite like her, although we love our little kitties we have now, Lily and Barny, of course. 🙂 XO

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Jan 23, 2015 @ 15:25:48

        Hi there, Congestive Heart Failure….Min was always so healthy her whole life until the last weeks….I think the CHF had been going on a while but she was good at hiding it. She had fluid building up in her back legs and she could not find energy to live her normal life….one morning I found her laying half way to the kitchen….she could not get very far without resting just like a human with the same thing. I wish I had known more….our vet did not see it either until the last time I took her in. I took her into the vet two weeks before as I had picked up that something was not right but Minnie acted great when we got to the vet…she was not retaining fluid yet either…Minnie too had lost her vision and her hearing was not as good. I know you Kurtains was your heart kitty too…and like you, I know I will never have another like her either. God blessed us both with His kitty angels:) It is hard to loose them…

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  16. bobmielke
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 02:56:01

    Oh now that got me boo-hooing really bad. I could feel your pain and recall pets of mine that passed away. At 20 years old she led a very long and happy life with you. She was quite a blessing.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 23, 2015 @ 15:19:13

      Oh yes she was truly my blessing kitty girl…I used to tell her that all the time…miss her so much. I cried buckets writing her memorial and tribute….took me a long time. It does help to share her with you and also to remember the good memories…she was never sick all those years…and she was incredible, very human:)

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  17. Mister Baloney Head
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 12:45:50

    Such a beautiful cat and tribute. Animals are so very special and truly are blessings in our lives.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Jan 24, 2015 @ 15:01:48

      Thank you much for finding us…she was beautiful inside and out…I miss her her sweet little spirit and her incredible love. It took me several weeks to write her tribute, going through cases of tissue from buckets of tears. I knew she was getting older but she was always so healthy…did not see it coming. I know though that now she is safe, no more suffering and I have no doubt that I will someday see her again:) Our animals truly are a blessing and bring us incredible joy and love.
      I love your dog and see you have a couple if kitties…one that looks like Minnie…we have three dogs right now…Ellie is our baby…lives with us in the house and brings us both incredible joy and laughter at her as she is so cute, she is full Australian Shepherd, will be two this summer…she is not a mini but she is not a big dog either…boy can she do the wiggle dance when she is playing with you. Minnie decided she was ok and Ellie watched out for her…it was very sweet…Ellie was sad too…I know she misses our kitty girl. I could not live without having our four legged family.
      I read your about page and I do not see how anyone could have harmed your dog…how awful and how blessed that you found her…it infuriates me to see animal abuse of any kind. Animals are filled with a pure heart and they love with a pure love…I am so thankful you rescued Kona:) Hugs….

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  18. speedyrabbit
    Jan 25, 2015 @ 04:22:22

    That is an amazing and beautiful tribute to your gorgeous girl,it always hurts when they leave us but its does get easier to bare with time,xx Rachel and Speedy

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  19. Nylabluesmum
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 18:06:57

    LOL we strawberry blondes must stick together!!!! My hair has changed color over the years…i was a mousy blonde & then strawberry blonde, then golden blonde & now have the beige & silver thing going on with the reddish blonde…it is kind of fun watching my haor change colors….
    I knew cows & pink eye was bad & I know about the injections into the eyball…can you say O-U-C-H???? Just can’t imagine having to see that done or do it….
    Cats can go blind from Pink Eye & I have known some who have. Coupled with Rhinotraceitis (Upper Respiratory Infection) it kills cats in large numbers…I have seen it wipe out barn colonies within a few weeks; it is highly contagious!
    Siddhartha’s eye looks better so I am hoping there will be permanent improvement. I do not expect total healing; any amount is positive!
    There is alot of drama right now with my Vet & I. Long story short: he is in trouble with business partners for ‘deeply’ discounting prices for me (& others) & he was told he HAS to charge me EVERY time I bring Siddhartha back. I have NEVER paid for recheck appts so now Siddhartha’s Feb. 18th appt is up in the air. The Feral Rescue group are supporting me & they have offered to take us to another Vet AND help pay for the recheck. One of the members even offered to pay off the outstanding bill @ the current Vet’s & I could pay her back monthly. Their support has really touched my heart.
    The lady who adopted him to me was worried I would send him back to her…I said “NO WAY!!” Siddhartha is my ‘little man’! She has 3 cats(Brother Tyrrone) in the house & 1 dog & 6 horses & 20 barn cats…..i adopted Siddhartha knowing I might have some expenses…just did not think they would bee THIS pricey so soon.
    Being a cat Mom takes dedication that is for sure!
    (((HUGS))) Sherri-Ellen & ‘Purrince’ Siddhartha ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Feb 03, 2015 @ 00:29:45

      Mine has lost the bright red color and the natural strawberry blond that happened every summer….now I do not go out much due to skin cancer worry…stinks too as I love being in the sun as I am cold due to not weighing much for my height…anyway, no I like sun but can’t enjoy it due to skin cancer…ugh!
      Yah it was a huge OUCH too….the shots were not easy at all and your heart would hurt with each one! We got all of them healthy again but it was a huge undertaking that some would not do but we did as we love our animals and strive to take care of them correctly. Siddhartha’s eyes look much better:) I can see them clearing and that is way cool! Sent you replies and hoping you get them ok…love and hugs from me and Ellie too:)

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      • Nylabluesmum
        Feb 03, 2015 @ 18:39:52

        Me too. My hair is many different shades & it kind of makes me laugh…not sure what the end result will be. I too do not go out in sun much anymore. I always burned easily so was fairly careful. Now the Sun seems hotter than even 10 yrs ago. Maybe my intolerance or the fact we barely see Sun from November until March or April 😉
        Siddhartha’s eye has improved. I hope it will be permanent. I can not afford those eyedrops so we shall see what the new Vet says on Feb. 19th.
        I got your emails…just been trying to catch up on reading blogs…..A full time job, hahaha!
        Love & blessings & ((((HUGS))))
        Sherri-Ellen & *Purrince* Siddhartha ❤ ❤

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Feb 05, 2015 @ 19:46:12

        Yeah me too with the sun…I always burned badly and easily…had to go to the emergency room a few times after a long day in the sun…seemed everyone but me was getting a tan so of course I tried and just burned!I am so glad to see the Purrinces eye looking better….and praying that God heals his eye totally:)Love you lots sister girl:) Love to the Purrince too and I would love to be his Auntie:) He is soooo sweet and soooo cute….I can see how much he has improved over all since you adopted him into his furever home:) Hugs and Blessing on you both:)

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  20. Marty the Manx
    Jan 31, 2015 @ 07:42:08

    What a gorgeous tribute to Minnie. I can’t stop crying. I know how you feel. When it was time for Oskar to go, we both knew it was right, but it didn’t lessen my loss. It will be six years in June since I lost my Heart and there isn’t a day that I don’t miss him or think about him. The tears still come, the memories still fill my heart and my love is still as strong.
    Kelly

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Feb 03, 2015 @ 00:23:01

      Your words are so sweet…thank you much. I am yet crying so easily…I miss my girl…my Min-Mouse so much!!! She was so healthy for her age and never skipped a beat with her check ups…and then all of a sudden, everything happened so fast. I am thankful she did not have to suffer for a long time but I wish I had known more and could have known the signs of CHF. She was a beautiful spirit and full of kitty love and concern for me…and for my hubby. She was our angel kitty girl…she was my heart kitty…so full of kitty love and life.
      We who love our animals like members of our families and lives, strive to make life be the very best for them and when we loose them to old age or disease, it is a loss of family, the grief is intense. We will remember them forever…and someday when we arrive at our forever, we will see our beloved two leggeds and also our sweet four leggeds that are so very loved and missed.

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  21. Nylabluesmum
    Feb 06, 2015 @ 13:01:33

    I used to love the Sun but it feels stronger & hotter now. I need SPF 101 it seems, so I stay out of the Sun alot. Better to be pale than have skin Cancer 😉
    Siddhartha the wee Purrince is so happy to have an Aunty…he has not asked anyone else yet so this is special for him. He will call you Aunty Em to give you some anonymity…isn’t he a clever boy?? LOL.
    Wishing you a peaceful weekend.
    Love Sherri-Ellen & ‘Purrince’ Siddhartha Henry ❤ ❤ ❤

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  22. Nylabluesmum
    Feb 06, 2015 @ 13:05:02

    I forgot to mention that MaryEllen did the best she could with Siddhartha. She could not afford alot of his care tho with 2 other cats in the house & a dog & 6 horses & 20+ barn/feral cats.
    I found an eye ointment that is the same as the eye drops Siddhartha had when he came to me & when I meet new Vet I shall ask her if he needs medication can we use the Polysporin ointment. I can afford $8. a tube as opposed to $50. for Tobradex ointment 😉
    Love S-E. ❤

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  23. Michael Doran
    Feb 08, 2015 @ 04:25:26

    Such a moving tribute. Glad you had so many close years together…the good and the tough stuff. As you stated, one day you will be together again in God’s glorious presence.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Feb 08, 2015 @ 15:55:18

      Thank you…Minnie was such a beautiful heart that God designed…from the first minute that I saw her, I knew she was special and our bond was immediate. I often felt like she could read my mind and I loved her lots…and I know someday when I see her again it was be a glorious reunion in God’s glory:) I think all our animals are gifts from the Creator….each one is designed by God and we are blessed beyond measure that God gives us their companionship. Every animal I have had, big or small…I value and love, giving them the best. We have a sweet 1 1/2 year old Aussie who stay with me in the house…Minnie liked her too and they got along ok…her name is Ellie and both my hubby and I marvel at her intelligence…and he love for us…she is very human:)

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  24. hitandrun1964
    Feb 14, 2015 @ 06:31:17

    I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. I never stop missing my sweet ones. Not ever. Paw prints forever on out hearts. ❤

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Feb 15, 2015 @ 11:39:50

      Thank you and yes…I miss Minnie deeply, she will forever be in my heart. Our lives were so hooked together that loosing her was one of the hardest things I have gone through..it broke my heart. Someday we will see both our sweet ones again…and oh what a reunion it will be.

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  25. MikesFilmTalk
    Feb 22, 2015 @ 08:34:51

    Years ago, I got my second wife a kitten. A little crazed tortoiseshell and white, (Calico) that lived with us nearly as long as we stayed married. The poor little dear gave up after 22 years and now resides with my ex in a box. I cried like a baby when she had to be put down, the cat not my ex, as over the years Chloe had become my cat. I’ve only had one other pet since then, Puddin’ who adopted me. Lovely article and well put. Cheers.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Feb 22, 2015 @ 13:45:31

      Thank you for sharing Chloe with me. Our animals become a huge part of us. Like you I cried buckets when we had to let her go…and I still cry for her. I miss her so much. Chloe sounds like Minnie with her love of a human…I had one kitty before Minnie and he was still with us at 17 years old…he tolerated Minnie ok but Minnie decided I was her mommy and she was instantly attached to me…she always made me smile or laugh:) We both were blessed by Chloe and Minnie:)

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  26. pix & kardz
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 01:18:34

    aw, what a touching post. Minnie sounds like such a wonderful, happy cat. you were obviously blessed to have her, and she was just as obviously blessed to have you.
     
    i had to smile when i read about the chair game. Timmy’s predecessor, Squeeky, played a very similar game with me. if you would like to read her tribute, i have attached as the url for this comment.
     
    in any case, the sadness does get less over time, but they do leave a cat-sized gap behind when they go. my thoughts go out to you, and Timmy, our resident ginger tabby and white tiger sends you purrs.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Mar 22, 2015 @ 09:46:11

      She was always a happy girl except if I had to leave…if it was only a few hours she would be ok but if it was longer she would greet me with lots of loves when I got home and then leave me a gift somewhere…she always made me laugh! I will hop over to read your post on Squeeky’s tribute….thank you for your kind words…it has helped me to hear from other pet owners and fur-baby mamas…I miss her everyday and night, she like Ellie always followed me around wherever I went…I do have so many good memories as you do of Squeeky and it was LOL when Minnie raced my husband for the office chair:) Sending you hugs and special kitty loves to Timmy:)

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  27. Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 14:24:25

    I am so sorry

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Sep 26, 2015 @ 15:58:28

      Thank you….I miss Minnie so very much…she was my girl…someday I know I will see her again. I think she sent Ellie to help bring comfort and to make me smile again. She was an amazing kitty girl:)

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      • Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC
        Sep 27, 2015 @ 08:17:17

        😦

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Sep 28, 2015 @ 15:40:30

        {{{Hugs to you}}} I have missed her so much…she was a special blessing.

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      • Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC
        Sep 28, 2015 @ 18:53:53

        Our doggies are getting old. I am not looking forward to saying goodbye. Tears and hugs to you.

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Sep 28, 2015 @ 21:14:31

        Its the hardest part of loving our animals, it is so very hard. Minnie was my heart kitty…I have been asked if I am ready to have another kitty and truthfully no. I love cats but I think my heart is not ready as I would be triggered with so many memories. Minnie was so incredibly special, our connection was deep in spirit. I do believe that God arranged for Ellie to join our family and Minnie took Ellie under her sweet kitty wing filling her in on how to watch over Mom. Ellie is her own special self but she watches over me and loves me like Minnie did…she has that deep heart spirit. Truly as I think about it, all my horses over the years and all our animal babies have been hooked on to us and us on to them. I have been blessed so much by the love of my animals. We also have two older doggies that we worry about. Tucker is 13 and Dash is 12…they both have had health issues the last two years and no I am not ready for them to leave us. We don’t have many family members to connect with so both of us look at our dogs, horses, kitties and etc. are our family members. My heart is with you as I know how much you love your animals too…hugs and many tears here too my friend…

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