Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Words of Comfort

Amy went to Heaven yesterday.  Dr. Stamp was wonderful, crying right along with us.  Amy slipped away, peacefully and relaxed ... finally free.



I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of comfort that my friends have offered. The phone calls and the emails have really helped. My favorite came from Karen. She said, "You are giving Amy a peaceful end. She won't know what you know. Feel the peace you are giving her." This is what I do for my critters. They love me unconditionally, and I sacrifice myself to give them peace.





Let me tell you the story of how Amy got her name.  When we found her in the barn as a tiny kitten, she was too young for us to bring her home.  We had to leave her there, but I was afraid that she would turn feral like her mom.  Every few days for three weeks, I visited the barn where she lived.  I would catch her and sit in my car with her, and pet her and talk to her, and she would scream and cry almost the whole time.  I remembered when our oldest daughter was in preschool, there was a little girl named Amy who cried at school every morning ... what a perfect name for a little kitten who also cried.

There is a beautiful new cat angel in Heaven today.

Hug your fur-kids. 

(Click HERE if you didn't see my post from last week, to learn what a special kitty Amy was.)

38 comments:

  1. I am so so sorry. I know how it hurts to let them go. Now Amy and Rusty are playing together as two of the new kids on the block.

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  2. I am so sorry for you and your family, but you know you have made the right decision.

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  3. I am so sorry about your sweet Amy. I didn't know she was ill, I've been so busy lately, I haven't had time to read many blogs. I have a cat that looks just like one of yours and she is elderly. Every day is precious when you know their days are limited. My heart breaks for you with your already heavy load. Prayers and hugs coming your way.
    Cindy

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  4. Connie,
    It's always so difficult to let them go. Anyone who has lost a dear pet knows this too well. I'm so sorry.
    Kathleen

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  5. Oh Connie I am so sorry. After just having been there myself I know how difficult it must have been. We love them so much and it is so hard to let them go but I know you did the right thing and she is resting peacefully now. Sending you my love and lots of hugs. ~Meghan

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  6. You loved her enough to let her go, not an easy thing to do! Hugs to you, and beautiful pictures of a beautiful Amy!

    xo Kat

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  7. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending caring thoughts to you and your family.

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  8. Hi Connie, as someone who grew up in a home that often took in stray animals, and have lost a few in recent years, just wanted to say I'm thinking of you. Read your story over at Low Tide High Style. Not that it feels the hole they leave, but Amy couldn't have left under better circumstances. With people who love her, into a peaceful sleep, after having a life filled with love and the best care possible. I'm so thankful for all the pro-active animal lovers the world over.

    x

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  9. Connie, I was reading a post from Kat over at Low Tide High Style and I had to come say how very sorry I am for your lose. I have four fur babies and love them dearly. And please know that Amy left the world and will enter Heaven knowing how much she was loved and cared for and all the wonderful memories that she will share.
    Hugs to you.

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  10. I know that all the kittys in heaven are much happier today having Amy there with them to play.

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Letting them go is always a hard thing to do for we pet lovers.

    Di
    Hugs

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  11. Hi Connie,
    I too was visiting Kat and had to stop by and add my condolences on the loss of your sweet Amy. At times like this, the right words are hard to find, but please know that the thoughts and prayers of those who love and cherish their pets, both those with us and those waiting for us, are with you during your time of grief.

    The decision to let our pets go, to end their suffering, I believe, is the most difficult one many of us have to make. We miss our dear companions so much and, only the passing of days will ease the pain and sweeten the memories. I am so sorry.....

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  12. I'm so very sorry..the ultimate kindness of letting them go is so terribly hard.

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  13. Connie..
    My three furbabies and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers over the loss of your sweet, beautiful Amy..
    treasure and cherish the memories..
    it hurts terribly I know..
    but your love was in letting her go, peacefully ..in your arms.
    warmest hugs..
    Loui♥

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  14. Connie I have tears in my eyes but I know the love it takes to give our sweet babies the peaceful end they deserve. I know you will miss her but she is in your heart forever. Sending you hugs! Always, Linda

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  15. Don't you wish our pets could stay forever? Sorry to hear..(with tears running down my face) I know the ache to well. Hugs!

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  16. I sing for Tone.
    The sorrow shall be writ in water,
    The joy in stone.

    (Suzanne Brøgger, Danish poet)

    Your entries about Amy remind me of this snippet from a poem. I always try to keep this quote in mind whenever I loose a loved one.

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  17. Your story of Amy brought me to tears. She was a precious and beautiful cat. I, too, have lost dear pet cats, and it is very difficult. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Amy. I am sure she has found a soft and fluffy cloud in heaven to take her naps.

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  18. Came over from Kat's. I am so sorry that you are going through this difficult loss of Amy.

    All of us that love our animals and consider them family know such losses are inevitable, and cherish the few short years we share our lives with them.

    Blessings to you and yours

    Suzan

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  19. I'm so sorry about Amy, losing an animal friend never gets easier. Hugs to you.

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  20. I'm so sorry Connie. Thanks for sharing how she got her name. I read your earlier post about Amy, and it was beautiful. Your love for her shines.
    Dan
    -x-

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  21. Sorry for your loss ! She will live in your memories...always .

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  22. I'm so sorry for your loss of sweet Amy.

    Mary Ann

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  23. Connie,

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Amy!

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  24. I am so very sorry for your loss of Amy.
    But, I am so comforted to know that you had each other....
    She is in heaven now with my 22 old siamese, Maverick.I had hime my whole adult life. I know how painful it is to lose a beloved friend...
    xo, misha

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  25. Oh, Connie, I'm so very sorry. Amy will never feel pain or discomfort, again. That always brings me comfort. I hope you feel it, too. Blessings.

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  26. Oh Connie, I am so very sorry for your loss. No matter how often we go through it, it never gets any easier. You gave Amy a wonderful life of love and she returned your love. And then you loved her enough to let her go and be peaceful.
    I wrap you in a big hug. I am so very sorry. Bless sweet little Amy.

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  27. Connie, Sorry to hear about Amy.As a cat lover myself,I know how heart wrenching it can be.When we lost Alex I was very upset.Yes even grown men can cry.Stll sometimes call my new cat Alex sometimes. Rick

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  28. I am SO sorry about Amy. I know how hard it is for people who love their animals like their children to lose or let them go. She was a beautiful cat who had a great home and family!

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  29. She is at Rainbow Bridge, as you said, out of pain. I am sitting here with my old man petting him and cherishing every moment. It's all we can do.

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  30. I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet cat...I read the post all about her...you were blessed to be in each other's lives. I really believe we will meet up with our special pets in heaven one day... I came over from Low Tide High Style and am a new follower...XO

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  31. Oh dear. Sorry but really it's for the best. I would never want one of my little friends to suffer.

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  32. I am so sorry.. I have a beloved, blind 17 year old cat. He has always been an outside cat until recently I found him on the roof one morning. Needless to say, he's now officially an indoor cat. The hardest part was teaching him to use a litter box (he felt my house plants were a better, more natural bathroom)! I had to fill the litter box with dirt then eventually switch it over to kitty litter. We all love him so much and I can't imagine not having him. Thanks for sharing your memories of your special Amy.

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  33. I came over from Kat's also to offer my condolences on the loss of Amy. On June 8th last year, I love my beloved dog Sheldon. He was also 14 and also had cancer. I made the same hard decision you did, to end his suffering. I miss him everyday.

    Your tribute to Amy is beautiful, it's always so nice to see someone else who understand the way I feel — their not pets, their family!

    Deepest sympathy on your loss.

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  34. Amy was a beautiful cat and obviously very much loved.

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  35. I read this sad news over at Kat's and I just had to come over and tell you how sorry I was to hear. Amy's pictures are so sweet, what a beautiful cat she was. ~Lili

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