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Author Topic: Snoopy Sally has gone to the Rainbow Bridge  (Read 8145 times)
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Sandi K
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« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2012, 08:12:29 AM »

BW, Im so sorry.  You took care of him so well and loved him so much.  Its so darn hard going through this, its going to take some time to get through it.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  Godspeed Snoopy Sally.  {{{hugs}}}   
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« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2012, 08:21:01 AM »

I'm so sorry you had to make that very hard decision and let your Snoopy Sally go, BW.  Your thoughts and feelings are the same we all go through, but it does sound like he was definitely ready to go, and wouldn't have made it through the weekend if his jaundace was that bad.  Rest in peace little boy kitty.  My thoughts are with you as you go through your grieving for him, BW.
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« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2012, 09:17:52 AM »

Barb- Here is the candle site http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=I
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« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2012, 10:04:54 AM »

It is so hard when their healing must come at the Bridge. I send you peace and comfort as you grieve Snoopy's passing. You gave him the final gift of love, BW.
Sad hugs,
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« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2012, 03:16:57 PM »

Thank you so much Leslie, Catmom, and Soo.  the candles are lovely.  I had forgotten that our group was "I". 

I was ok for a little while earlier, but now it has come in a wave again, as it always does, I know.  I am just so very tired of losing precious loved ones, very, very tired.  And this was a shock because Snoopy looked so big and strong and I guess I expected to have him for my friend for many, many more years.  Why is it the sweetest, and most affectionate ones we always lose.

It all seems to have happened in the last 2 or 3 months since my son got so sick.  I stayed away for one night, 3 or 4 times when I was down visiting at John's Hopkins in Baltimore and a couple nights when my bp was so high and I had to go to the hospital ER, so I slept at my other son's house, and then suddenly there he was half his size and I knew something was awfully wrong.   Just seemed like there was no warning.

Anyway, thank you so very much.  Kiss and hug all your fuzzies, and have a good evening. Bless you.
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« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2012, 01:08:33 PM »

BW I have not been able to be here in awhile, but I have been able to read the forum, so I have kept you and Snoopy Sally, and your son, in my thoughts. I am very glad your son is doing better. I am so sorry though, that you had to part with your Snoopy Sally. You took such beautiful care of him, and he knows that. I know it is all so very hard, as I lost a kitty a few months back, and even after time, I miss all those I have had before.

I hope you can continue to take good care of yourself as you work through this very difficult time. Warmest hopes going out to you, that you can reach a feeling of peace and solace in the continuing love with Snoopy Sally residing forever in your heart. It does take time.

Rest in peace, dear Snoopy Sally.
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« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2012, 07:08:16 PM »

Catwoods, thank you so much for your message.  So glad to hear from you right now.  I am afraid I am having a really bad evening tonight.  I was ok today, but now again it is very painful again.  I was visiting my son, and didn't want to come home where I knew my Snoopy was no longer going to greet me.  The house feels empty even tho I have so many other cats.

I am so sorry you are going through the same thing.  I pray you are feeling better most of the time.

It is still so fresh in my mind, I can't help thinking of all the times I should have held my Snoopy in my arms but was occupied with other things which seem so unimportant tonight.   All the times he reached out to gently touch my arm, for attention, and if only he could do that tonight.  I always kissed his head and stroked and hugged him, and told him what a good boy he was and that I loved him  when he reached out, but I sooo wish now that I had grabbed him up into my arms and taken the time to sit with him on my lap, hold him tight, tight, tight and not let him go.  Of course I'm not sure that is what he would have wanted, his brother Tiggy comes for attention, and then can stay on a few seconds on my lap and then wants to get down.
 Nevertheless, I still wish I had those times back so I could at least try and hold him tight. 

So often, I took for granted that there would always be more time, that he would never be the next one to leave me, just too special, and chubby and strong.  Will I  never learn that it is always what you least expect!

I am happy and thankful, that he was able to actually sleep cuddled up beside my chest this last week or so, since I found out he was sick, that I have been sleeping on the aerobed by the livingroom sofa.   I am very thankful for that, but it just makes me  wish I had always done that, but now it is too late.

I am babbling on, sorry about that. I must try not to think of all the 
"if only's".    Thank you again so much, and I hope you are having a good evening.  Bless you and your angel.
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« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2012, 12:51:03 PM »

I think it is natural to go through the "if-onlys", BW, and it's helpful to write them out and share them. I go through them and I believe others do also. If I weren't short on energy I would probably be writing them out, too.

Your great love for Snoopy Sally, your caring, all of it shines in the way you write about him.
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« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2012, 03:43:18 PM »

I have always second guessed myself too. I think everyone does. We can only do our best , which you did. Unfortunately it was at a time that you had multiple emergencies but it seems like that always happens. You did all possible to keep Snoopy happy and comfortable and went as soon as he seemed ready. Thats the best any of us can do,  Kiss Cry
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« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2012, 10:55:03 AM »

Catwoods and Leslie,
I have been through it so many times, I should realize that there will always be "what ifs", but it seems that I should have been aware of that when I had him, and therefore done better before it was too late!

Oh well,  I guess I just cannot learn, and always will think there will be more time.  On the other hand, if we went along thinking that every day could be the last, that wouldn't be a very pleasant way to live, would it.

I have been desperately searching all my files for photos of him.  And for some reason, amongst all the hundreds of photos I took, I did not take very many of him.  And that was true also of Scoutie, and Barkley, and TommyTom etc.  Almost spooky that the ones I have the most photos of are still here with me.
Fortunately, I did take a few more new photos of Snoopy when he was so sick with me in the living room.     I should have taken more, and don't know why I didn't, just mental paralysis I guess, but I am glad I took the ones I did.

Now I must find a good spot to bury him, and have just about decided on a spot in my herb garden, outside the big window where he used to look out, and alongside where I have Tommy Tom.

I am going to make him a really sturdy canvas shroud, I think. Make him all snuggly inside it and do that instead of making a wooden casket, to save space. 

My son would make the wooden casket for me, but I am running out of space, and burying the caskets takes up soooo much room.  My son has about 12 in his side yard!!  All Skinny Bones's family are in wooden caskets, but Snoopy is the first of Sweetie Pie's babies to leave us, and I still have 16 more kitties here, not all are her babies, but most are and all are her relatives. 

I am really torn up about using a shroud.  My son says I should use cremation, he wants to be cremated,  but I personally am horrified of having myself cremated, so how could I do that to a loved little friend.  There are advantages, I could keep him in the house for now, I could have his ashes buried with me, I could move them wherever I might eventually  move to and never have to leave him behind, etc.  But I can't get over the fire thing!

I know in the old days shrouds were used, and the eventual result is the same, dust to dust.  I could buy a heavy cardboard casket, but they are almost as large as a wooden casket, and I am not sure they would last any longer than the heavy canvas shroud would.  Soooo that is what I am tormenting myself with at the moment.  My son says I do my best to try and prevent the "dust to dust" idea, even tho I believe in it.

What do you both do?  I should recall, sorry, but I don't, my  mind is a mess at the moment.  Thanks for any advice.  And for all the comfort you keep giving me. Bless you and your dear families.
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« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2012, 11:17:44 AM »

BW, I hope it's okay, if I post a couple of your pics of Snoopy Sally here.





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« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2012, 11:47:56 AM »

What a handsome sweet kitty.
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« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2012, 11:52:00 AM »

Sparty, those are adorable pictures you posted.  What a sweet boy Snoopy Sally was.  BW, I think the idea you came up with for putting him in the herb garden next to Tommy Tom sounds nice.  There is no right or wrong decision, its whatever you are most comfortable with.  We had our KiKi cremated and her ashes are still with us, I dont know if I will ever be able to scatter them anywhere.  She always felt the safest being inside with us so I think I will leave her where she is.  KiKi was always afraid of outside so burying her out there wasnt an option for us.  Im so sorry you are having to go through all this sadness.  My heart goes out to you.  
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« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2012, 11:57:22 AM »

Oh my gracious, Spartycats!!  Thank you soooo much.  I have been trying to figure out how to do that!   For quite a while now, the website which has been the source for all my photos, was in the process of being moved, the server that is, so none of my photos were visible on Itchmo and I could not access them at all even to look at them myself.

What an intense relief it was to see my photos again, I can barely explain it, what a great relief it is to know they were not lost.  I kept telling my son, my favorite photos of Snoopy Sally are LOST, They are nowhere, not even on Itchmo, they have disappeared and I can't get them again, what can I do!

I begged and begged and finally my son had time to relocate the server and all my files, so just yesterday evening, I finally got my photos back again here on Itchmo.  I was sooo relieved and delighted to see them again, they were not lost at all, BUT then I had to try and figure out how to get Snoopy's photos into this thread, and I have totally forgotten how to do that.
  
It is as if you have read my mind!!  What a sweet, thoughtful thing for you to do!!  Thank you again so very  much.  Seeing Snoopy here brought tears to my eyes.  Bless you dear Spartycats!
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« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2012, 12:13:11 PM »

Meoli and SandiK,  Thank you and Snoopy thanks you for your compliments.  Yes, Snoopy was an extremely dear, sweet,  and affectionate cat.  And his fur was just like silk.  He and Hamish McDoogle use to hear me take out the sliced turkey cold cuts from the fridge, crinkling the paper I guess, and they would both jump up on the counter for their treats of Boarshead sliced turkey.  It should have been a clue for me a few weeks ago, when suddenly Snoopy jumped up, smelled, but then walked away without eating any.  I was perplexed, and thought that perhaps there was something changed about the meat, but no.....

These photos are from about 5  years ago.   I will try and put up a photo I took last week, but first I must get a program to move it to my website, so it can be accessed by Itchmo, and I also will have to resize it, both things I have forgotten how to do.  Time to start using my brain again.

AND I just checked the herb garden, and the rosemary herbs have now become enormous bushes, it seems, and there is barely any herb garden left to use.  I will have to rethink that spot a bit, perhaps beside Tommy Tom, but by the foot of his grave instead of alongside of it.  A shame, tho i could cut back the Rosemary, but it is so happy.

And SandyK, yes, if Kiki was afraid of going outside, having the ashes inside with you is definitely the best idea, you are so right.  I am sure Kiki is very pleased to be safe and sound inside with you. 
Bless you both, and thank you again. 
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