Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Charlie Kitty 1998-2016

I am not sure when, if ever, my grieving will end.
The last few months have been so hard.
Losing my brother before Christmas and now Charlie.   The last couple of months have been a watch and see kind of life with Charlie.  
He has been losing weight and going downhill but he still had light in his eyes.  Friday night that light was gone and he looked deep into my eyes and said, Mama it's time.
I always say 'our eyes met across a crowded PetSmart and he was mine and I was his'
That never changed and never will.
I held him and loved him until his last breath.
I will never be the same.
He has taken a piece of my heart with him.
How do you thank and honor a sweet kitty that has been with you through so much!
Always a beautiful boy and early on he knew how to 'pose' for the camera
Years later he could still 'strike a pose' and make my heart melt
Always more then just 'a cat' he was my constant companion.  He filled that empty place when my girls left home.  He comforted me through a divorce, deaths and much loss.
Now I mourn his loss.
Sleep well sweet Charlie!

46 comments:

Cozy Little House said...

Honor him with a memory garden. And when you're ready, get another kitty that needs love and that you can love. There are so many out there needing sweet mamas like you. I am so sorry, Linda. I know those words aren't enough. Holding you in my heart...
Brenda

Cathrin Morgan said...

Sorry for the loss of your lovely fur baby .

The Cat Guy said...

Beautiful tribute for a beautiful soul. My heart hurts with you, it's so hard to let them go. Charlie was well loved and he loved you well. You have him the gift of a forever home and he gave you the gift of a forever companion. Beautiful. We are praying and purring for you as you grief. Blessings.

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

He was a beautiful Charlie kitty. I'm thankful for the love and faithfulness he gave you through the years. Your love for him shows in your grief. Thanks for loving Charlie.

Mary

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Linda, so very very sorry that your beloved Charlie is gone. What a wonderful loved and loved by family member. Nothing quite fills the hole that he leaves in your life. We still remember with love our little dog Dee who has been gone now for 15 years.
Hugs.
Joy

Hartwood Roses said...

What a beautiful, loving tribute to such a special boy! So many of us know the feeling of that instant connection, the easy relationship, and that special bond. Passage of time will help with the grief. Hold tight to your memories. (The photo of Charlie in the middle of your tablescape made me laugh out loud, just so ya know.)

Sarah said...

Linda, this is the most touching tribute to sweet Charlie. I know the pain of this loss and hold you close in my thoughts and heart. Our lives are never the same after such a loss, but we can be grateful that the pain is the result of loving beyond measure.
Take care, sweet friend.

Marigene said...

Linda, that was the sweetest tribute to Charlie...so sorry for your loss. You have so many great photos of the cute little guy.
Hugs to you,
M

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your tribute to sweet Charlie really touched my heart and brought back so many memories of when we lost our Ernie. You were so blessed to have each other for all those years. I love Brenda's idea of creating a memory garden for him when you're ready.

the cape on the corner said...

what a great post in his memory. that last photo there, so sweet. i truly feel for you and all you have gone through recently. hugs my friend.
b

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

We will all miss Sweet Charlie.

Kisses and hugs to you Linda from me, Gizzy and Gabby.

Deb said...

Awww...Dear Linda: There are no words to describe the pain of losing these wonderful companions that come into our life. It is such a personal loss; one that leaves us feeling numb and empty. The days will get easier and you will find yourself thinking of him and smiling at the memories but right now you just need to grieve, to miss him like he so deserves. He was a wonderful companion and I know he felt loved. That's all a cat can want in this world. He had one home and a love-filled life. How lucky he was. Rest in peace, dear Charlie. xo

Ann said...

I am so sorry for your loss. May the happy memories you have of Charlie carry you through your grief

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I like what Brenda said...what a blessing Charlie was to you :) That is what our fur-babies do, love us unconditional! Sending you a HUGE HUG...
warmly,
deb

Rhonda said...

So sorry for the loss of your beautiful Charlie! He knew you loved and adored him and that he had a great life with you!

Donna said...

I'm so sorry, Linda! My heart hurts for your loss of sweet Charlie. You said it so well, how our fur babies are there for us when we are going thru difficult times. Saying goodbye is so hard. When I lost my first cocker, Maggie many years ago, I put together a photo album of just her. That helped a bit in my grieving. I just didn't have the heart to do that though when we lost Emily. Do what makes you feel better, for everyone grieving is different. Sending you a big hug.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such a lovely tribute, Linda...he was so beautiful! I know you will miss him terribly. Sending a big hug and prayers for comfort...xoxo

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

This is terrible, what a sad post, I am sorry to read that Charlie has passed he was such a handsome fella and brought such happiness to your lives

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Such a beautiful tribute to your sweet Charlie. Yes, he will have a piece of your heart forever.

((Hugs)) to you Linda.

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Oh, I'm so sorry Linda :o( My thoughts are with you.

Tania

Mereknits said...

Linda there are no words to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. a beautiful cat or dog are so much more to us then pets, they are a very special part of our family and frankly do not ever let us down, which is saying a lot. My thoughts are with you, so sorry you and Claudia have this in common.
Meredith

Sue said...

beautiful tribute and yes Charlie sure did know how to pose.....

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss my friend. I know how dear he was to you and how much you will miss him. Sending you lots of extra hugs tonight Sis!

Chatty Crone said...

I have to say that he was one of the most beautiful cats I had ever seen. I am so sorry for your loss. Did he die at home?

Barbara F. said...

Charlie was a special cat. He loved you back. Xo

Susan said...

That was an eloquent and fitting tribute to Charlie, Linda. He was a very special kitty and sooooo beautiful. You were lucky to share so much of your life with him. Susan

Chris K in Wisconsin said...

I am so very sorry. Between yours and Claudia's losses this week, I have been crying pretty steadily. There are no words to ease your pain. You know many of us have been through this ordeal too many times. We think we could not possibly do this one more time,,,,, and then, like you, our eyes meet another set of beautiful eyes and that bond is formed once again. We lost one of our dogs last May, and our sweet cat, Mo, turned 16 this past August. It is just so hard to watch them age.
Thinking of you.

Rose L said...

I know my furry babies are like my children and I treasure them. They were support during the last few years of my husband life with his dementia, got me through his death, and have cuddled me through tears. They do understand your feelings. It is so difficult to say goodbye and I have done it at least 13 times. Never gets easy.
When it is time to give love to another cat seeking a forever home, be open to ones that are 1+ years of age.

Shara said...

Such a nice tribute to your boy. It's hard. I know. I'm sorry.

Deanies Stash said...

My heart goes out to you but what a great tribute you wrote. It is hard and I still miss my cats that have went to heaven. Sending you hugs and prayers!

Hugs, Dianne

Mary Keels said...

Oh Linda! That was a beautiful post and tribute to him. Your boy was a good looking cat, I am so sorry. Still holding you in prayers!

Claudia said...

Dearest Linda. My heart cries for you and for Charlie and for the intense and deeply-rooted love we have for our children. Your Charlie was a beautiful boy who loved you and who was loved by you. Words fail me right now as I contemplate a life without Scout. Our babies passed within two days of each other. I hope they are playing together right now - running and chasing each other, free from pain.

I know your heart is broken. So is mine. I woke up this morning, made coffee in this home away from home, sat down on the sofa and sobbed. I miss Scout so. And I know you feel the same things I am feeling. Your Charlie's absence from your home, from your daily life, will be unbearable at times. I can say that because I know you. And I know how much you loved your boy. Know that I am here for you, dear friend.

xo
Claudia

Curtains in My Tree said...


Oh I am so sorry Charlie has left this earth. I hope God has made provisions for our devoted loving pets who bring us so much love and joy here on earth.
Charlie was a beautiful cat

Melanie said...

I am so sorry for your pain. Charlie was such a beautiful boy. All my life - even as a child - I always felt that animals somehow knew our hearts. They know just how to comfort us when we need them the most. They see us through the darkest of times and without judgement. I still miss all my cats that have left this earth. My Zippo is almost 17 now, so I know time is not on his side. In fact, his brother (whom a friend of mine had) left us just last week. So I try to especially treasure every day with my senior boy. I am sending you lots of love and a big hug.

xoxo
Melanie

Stacey said...

Oh no, I'm so sorry for your loss. I understand too because we love our cat and our dog like children. The ones that are with you through the hardest times in life are extra special. I kind of agree with Brenda's message...when the time feels right, get another kitty to love. Sending you hugs.

Stacey

Art and Sand said...

The house isn't the same ... something just doesn't feel right ... and I honestly don't think we ever stop missing our fur babies who are gone.

My heart goes out to you and I hope this is the last of your losses for a long time.

bj said...

o, so sorry...and so glad you had him for so long.
Hopefully, only happiness is in front of you...love to your sweet grands.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I am so sorry and I sooo understand, I know it is so lonely at your house. I lost a cat 10 years ago that I had for 15 years. I thought, that is it, I'm not getting another cat to get pet sitters for when I travel and have it eventually break my heart when it dies.....Well 2 months later I found myself so down, so depressed. The crazy thing is it never dawned on me it was because I did not have a cat until my family brought it up.....So, I went and got Billie, my beautiful white cat with china blue eyes and immediately I felt better...Better than any pill I could have ever taken. What I am saying is let yourself grieve your irreplaceable Charlie, but if you find yourself in a funk a few months from now know that, as impossible as it seems, your heart can open and love another.

Carol

Oliva Ohlson said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. It's so heartbreaking. I'm so glad Charlie brought you so much joy and companionship. He will always be in your heart. Hugs

Shelia said...

Thinking of your sweetie and saying prayers for you.
Blessings,
Shelia ;)

Terra Hangen said...

Charlie was a beauty and he did know how to pose gracefully; I am thinking of you and hope your spirits will lift.

Vonlipi said...

Oh Linda I am so sorry for your loss!

Charlie was one of a kind and I know it is crazy but I felt he was my kitty by proxy.

So much grief in so little time. I know how you feel; I lost Bob in June and was still grieving and I lost my Dad just 2 weeks ago.

I know you are strong and will be able, in time, to rise above these very hard times.

Hugs, my friend

Valerie x

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Ohhh Linda!!
I cried through your whole blog!! I'm so sorry for your pain.
Just know that he had a wonderful life with you and the love you shared will always be there in your heart and soul!! He was a blessed kitty to be loved by you!!!

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

Charlie was such a sweetheart! I know you will remember him with so much love!

Jane Flora Doora

Viki said...

I'm so sorry about Charlie!

hokiejane said...

Hi Linda,

So sorry to hear about Charlie. Condolences from me and my Chelsea.

Longshot here, but worth a shot. I'm looking for "junkinqueen" who DNA tested on Ancestry. She's one of my closest matches there. Just wondering if you might be her and if you're still researching. Would love to find our connection.

Jane