The Big Piney Woods Cats

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thank You

My heart goes out to all of you! Thank you so much for everything you said about my sweet Lady Patches. I had no idea there would be such an outpouring of love for her, even from strangers. Also, thanks to those of you who posted on your blog about her and sent others by.

Maybe you wonder why I don't have any recent photos up of my girl. I chose not to take any. I debated, believe me, but I decided it would be too heartbreaking to look at them, I prefer to remember her the way she was before she got sick. I can still see her that way, and hope that time will erase that memory, it wasn't good and weighs on me heavily.

If tears could be measured I think I have cried an ocean.

I am hoping that someday she will return to me, in a dream maybe, on the breeze, or in a shadow. Maybe a soft "mack mack", a touch of whiskers on my face, a paw on my arm; something to signal "all is well."

Again, thank you, everyone!!

CalicoMom Toni

Posted by One Of The Girls at 3:17 PM


  • Blogger Ayla and Iza, posted at 3:38 PM  
    I know from experience that Lady Patches will be all around you forever and you will sense her at some of the oddest times...

    The Big Thing
  • Blogger ABBY posted at 3:48 PM  
    Miss Patches is in the most important place -- she's always in your heart. She was so well loved and you gave her such a happy and contented life. She lived well and was loved well and she passed from your loving arms into the arms of the angels.

    Abby & Mom Debra

    What we have once enjoyed
    we can never lose;
    All that we love deeply,
    becomes a part of us.
    -Helen Keller
  • Blogger OKcats posted at 4:21 PM  
    I understand about the photos. I like to remember my cats when they were in great health. I lost my 18 1/2 year old boy in September of last year, and a couple of weeks later I adopted a 3 1/2 year old girl from the local no kill shelter. Now, her shelter personality was nothing like him - she was shy, picked on, quiet, and he was loud, confident, bossy, and clingy. Within a few months, the new girl was exhibiting signs of the old guy, and at times she would sit and stare at the wall, sometimes talking to it. So when you say you hope you'll see Miss Patches again, I have to smile and know that you will... oh, you will. :)
  • Blogger Eric and Flynn posted at 5:04 PM  
    I understand about the photos too. Of course we want to remember our beloved ones looking fit and healthy. I am sure that you will get a sign from Patches that she is watching over you and she is happy and healthy. You need to keep looking out for it, but you will get it, of that I am convinced.
  • Blogger The Island Cats posted at 5:32 PM  
    We truly believe that Patches will let her presence be known to you in little ways. Mom says that she swears Scooter, the one that came before us, walks on the bed at night just as she's falling asleep...she feels his pawsteps...
  • Blogger lambj posted at 5:58 PM  
    Whenever you think of her, her spirit is near you. When you imagine seeing her from the corner of your eye, she is there. It's ok to grieve; you've lost an important family member. It's also ok to laugh and even state annoyance about this or that she did. Hugs to all of you, and skritches for Mittens, Precious & Mistrie.
  • Blogger Cat posted at 5:58 PM  
    I lost my calico girl on September 30th. Molly had hyperthyroid and kidney failure, she was 1.9kg. Her body had become so tiny and frail I hardly posted any pictures of her in those last months. I understand exactly how you feel! I always try to think of her in more robust times :-)
  • Blogger Simba posted at 7:43 AM  
    Purrs and whisker tickles from me. I am sorry I didn't know Patches. She was obviously so special to you. And even not knowing Patches, Mom is crying, because she knows the sadness, and wishes nobody ever had to feel it. But it was a gift you gave her to help her along her way before she became too much more sick.
  • Blogger Baby Patches posted at 8:57 AM  
    To Patches Momma: All is well with her we just know it, she is laying in the sun watching over you and sending all her love to you. Momma understands about the pictures, its okay and perfectly normal for you to remember your bootiful girl healthy. Momma found it really helpful to her to print out a bunch of really great ones to put around the house for her and daddy. Sending you purrrrrrrrrrs and soft paws.
  • Blogger Cheysuli and gemini posted at 8:57 AM  
    I think the Big Piney Woods has a new mysterious resident who will visit you from time to time. Purrs.
  • Blogger HotMBC aka The Hotties posted at 9:06 AM  
    Mom Toni, me and Mistrie think we saw her, but we're not sure. I bet she will come visit you in spirit soon. Mom said it was ok for me to stay as long as I want, so I am going to stay a while longer and purr with everybody if that's ok.
    Purrrrrrs and Love,
  • Blogger Junior and Orion posted at 10:45 AM  
    She will come to you. After China (my first Meezer) crossed, I know I felt her jumping on the bed in the middle of the night for several nights. Just her way of checking on me andlettingme know she was okay and still around. We know Patches will let you know she is still around.

    Hugs, Meowm Rhonda
  • Blogger MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ posted at 4:23 PM  
    Dearest Toni! My heart is so broken about your precious Miss Patches. Please know how much we care at the cozy cottage. We remember how sick Miss Mittens was last yearand purrrr real hard that she stays well to help comfort your broken heart.
    On our blog today we have made a graphic to remind us all of Patches pawprints in our world...please come and collect it if you would like.

    "My dearest you once were, so will you always be forever in my heart until we meet again."

    Love Miss Peach and mommy Karla
  • Blogger Trixie posted at 5:12 PM  
    I am so very sorry to hear about Miss Patches. Our hearts ache for you and we are sending you lots of healing purrs and hugs.

    Trixie & mom
  • Blogger Jan's Funny Farm posted at 6:43 PM  
    You are probably very wise. Every time I see a photo of Crystal taken shortly before he left us, it brings it all back.

    I know the pain, just as each of the other pet bloggers does. So we're all here for you.

    Hugs, purrs and tail wags.
  • Blogger Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr posted at 8:58 PM  
    Thank you so much for your kind words for our Inigo, I know how hard it must have been and it means a lot to us that you came by to comment.

    Inigo and Patches have probably already made best friends with each other at the bridge, and it's nice to think he'll have such a special girl to be there with.
  • Anonymous Sue posted at 1:01 AM  
    Toni, Patches will always be watching over you. She's your Guardian Angel, a new star shining brightly down on you. Even if you can't feel her presence, she's there.
  • Blogger Mr. Hendrix posted at 9:45 AM  
    We are so sorry for the loss of your dear Patches. Your tribute to her is lovely. We completely understand whey you choose to remember her before she was ill. That is how she would have wanted it.

    Patches will come and visit you, don't worry. She'll always be with you. purrrrrrrs
  • Blogger The Taylor CatSSSSS posted at 1:38 PM  
    We are thinking of you and your beloved Patches.

    She WILL be with you forever!
  • Blogger Pablo posted at 1:32 PM  
    So sorry to hear about dear Patches. Thanks for giving her such a wonderful life. So many kitties in this world don't know love; Patches, and the rest of us blogosphere kitties, are loved beyond words. Purrs to you from Down Under.
  • Blogger Aoise posted at 2:01 PM  
    Patches will find a way of letting you know that everything is OK. My Aoise who went to the Bridge last monday gave me a short little high pitched 'eek' this morning, just as I was waking up. Patches is very near you. I send my thoughts and prayers. Aoise's Miewmie.
  • Blogger Au and Target posted at 10:24 PM  
    Oh poor Patches! It's dreadful isn't it? We lost our Scoop 3 years ago and we still miss him.

    Thanks for dropping by Qwill's tribute; my mum is like you - in tears all the time. We're a bit tougher and do our tearful stuff on the inside.

    Purrs, headbutts and boinkies to you!
  • Blogger Helena posted at 11:52 AM  
    Aww Patches looks like a very special kitty, you must miss her so much. I am fearful for Fluffy, I fear I amy be grieving soon too.... we went back to the vet today. No clear answers so far, but we wait for blood results, due Tuesday... thankyou for your kind message of support and help.... please keep paws crossed for her!
  • Blogger ♥MONA + MOMMY TOO♥ posted at 8:09 PM  
    Dear Toni,

    I just wanted to let you know that a couple of days ago I used Patches's flower picture and dedicated the post to Patches and a very dear kitty friend of ours named Poo Poo that went to the bridge on Jan 20069. They booth looked so much alike.

    God Bless and our prayers are still with you.

  • Blogger Jan's Funny Farm posted at 11:14 AM  
    We know you are still mourning the loss of Patches, but we did want to leave a Happy Birthday wish for Precious Flower.
  • Blogger The Lee County Clowder posted at 12:20 PM  
    We almost don't want to leave this comment on this sad post, but. . .

    Happy Purrrthday, Precious Flower. We hope you are all feeling better.
  • Blogger Gracie =^o.o^= posted at 8:11 PM  
    I know this post is dedicated to Patches and your hearts are still heavy with the loss but I did want to leave Happy Birthday wishes to you and hope that you had a fun filled day!
  • Blogger HotMBC aka The Hotties posted at 11:17 PM  
    Happy Birthday Precious Flower! I'll come over and we can tell stories about Patches and play. And I'll visit with my best friend Mistrie too.
    Gree and the resta the Hotties
  • Blogger Kimo and Sabi posted at 9:22 AM  
    Happy New Year 2011!
  • Blogger Derby, Ducky posted at 9:53 AM  
    Happy New Year to all in The Big Piney Woods.
  • Blogger ABBY posted at 3:28 PM  
    How is Miss Mittens?

    ♥ ♥ ♥
    ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Blogger Brian posted at 11:57 AM  
    I am so sorry to hear about about the sadness and send you many purrs and hugs.
  • Blogger Eric and Flynn posted at 1:08 PM  
    We came by to let you know we are thinking of you and bring you our purrs.
  • Blogger Old Kitty posted at 2:43 PM  
    Me and my cat Charlie came over from Manx Mnews. We are sorry about beautiful Miss Patches - a most wonderful kitty, now an angel at the Bridge. We are sending you lots of purrs and hugs for Miss Mittens. Please take care
  • Blogger Admiral Hestorb posted at 4:15 PM  
    I didn't know your baby, but I do know, as do we all, the terrible pain and heartache of losing a beloved family member.

    I am like you..I have thought even today about pictures and having them when they are healthy and feeling good is easier to bear.

    I send love and gentle hugs and complete understanding, dear new friend.
  • Blogger Mickey,Georgia , Tillie posted at 6:19 PM  
    Thank you for your purrs for Mickey.
    We miss Mickey, but know he is happy at the Bridge.
    It just takes some getting used to right now.
    Purrs Georgia & Tillie,Tiger
    Treasure and JoyJoy
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