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The GC PET RAINBOW GARDEN.....

Discussion in 'Pets Corner' started by Marley Farley, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. Marley Farley

    Marley Farley Affable Admin! Staff Member

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    This is a lasting Memorial thread for our dearly loved pets we have lost.. It can be recent or ones who passed on a pre GC days but it must contain at least 1 photo.. :sunny:
    We all want to tell the world how wonderful they have been as our friends, confidants & sharing their unconditional love & devotion with us..

    So that this thread flows nicely just a few guidelines...


    1. This thread is for the owners to make their
    pet memorial Posts only..

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    All comments by members to be kept in a separate linked thread..

    3. One post per pet for what you would like to say, poems, things that remind you of them, but you can of course add as many photos as you like into this post.. You can come back & edit it any time you felt like it..

    For if you are anything like me you suddenly remember a memory that you would like to include later.. Well you can.. :sunny:

    Please leave ALL thoughts & comments HERE..

     
  2. Marley Farley

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    Charley Dog, never to be forgotten..

    OK I will start with my Charley dog..
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    Charley was very special to us for many reasons.. I know all our pets are, but he was one of those "meant to be moments" in life..
    We decided it was time to get another dog on the Wednesday. Went on the Thursday to Bath to see & there he was.. just sitting quietly just looking expectantly with those big brown eyes..
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    I just knew he was mine.. I was known he had been on the run for 2 weeks after being spotted at a known dog dumping ground.. i think he was dumped too as he hated the car & would never get out of it till you were back home no matter how long.. A real nightmare but we coped very well with it...
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    he was incredibley devoted to me & was always nearby... He loved children & used to sing songs to them & all the children in the village knew him & would call out to him.. He played with them all even when he was old he would want a little game..
    He was full of life until one day last year.. I just knew something was wrong.. So off to the vets we went.. He was put on anti-biotic medicine for a chest infection.. Sadly he continued to go down hill an X-ray revealed all.. i kept him home for a bit longer but was losing him fast..
    My vets are wonderful & we went up there on the 1st of the month & all sat on the floor together & I cuddled Charley & talked to him.. Ian our vet was wonderful & it was gentle & quiet.. No more suffering.. Devastating & numbing for me...
    I will always miss this wonderful boy he was so special..
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    I would like to finish with this, sent to me by Woo...

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    Charley is at The Rainbow Bridge in The Rainbow Garden..
     
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      Our Precious Golden Companion Duggleby

      I wrote this as a memorial to out beautiful 'furry son' Duggleby whom we still miss desperatley.They say time heals which i'm sure it does...how much time ? we are still trying to find that out....


      On this day 13th April 1995 our golden boy was born,
      On this day 30th November 2009 our furry son we did mourn.
      The sadness and heartache is still so hard to bear,
      The pain in our souls now that you are not there.
      We are grateful and humbled for the love that you gave,
      The end was so peaceful and you were so brave.
      Now we must celebrate the life that you had,
      Though you not being with us is so very sad.
      The pain in our hearts is never ending still,
      The hole that you left we could never fill.
      We now must move on as in life it is a fact,
      But the memories of you are forever intact.
      Thank you for making our lives so complete,
      We will one day be back together on the ‘bridge’ we’ll meet.
      Until that day dawns look over us with care
      And remember all the wonderful times that we did share.
      We will always love you dearly that you must see,
      We’ll never forget you Our precious Duggleby………….

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      • Penny in Ontario

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        We had to put our beloved boy down today......Kobe was just 2 months shy of 11 years
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        • shiney

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          Oscar has left a bigger hole in our hearts than I could imagine.

          Everyone that ever met him loved him as he had a way of making them feel peaceful and loved. We’ve been inundated with emails, phone calls messages and flowers and have been surprised by how many people have been in tears over him. Even Monty, his cat friend, from up the road was looking bewildered yesterday when he came down looking for him. Monty stood half in and half out of the doorway of Oscar’s greenhouse and was looking and sniffing for him.

          Tracy, who helps us with the garden, put it in words. She’s a cat lover and has had many cats over many years. She said “I’ve had many cats and loved them all but some have always been special cats. Oscar was in a class of his own and was a very special cat”.

          We were fortunate enough to have been adopted by him many years ago and he gave us total unconditional love. Even food came second to him wanting to be with Mrs Shiney.

          Oscar’s story.

          We have a very big garden and I had seen him wandering through it for many years and think I first saw him fifteen years ago. In the summer of 2005 he took up residence in the propagator in our greenhouse. We thought he was quite cute and there was enough room for him and the plants (most of the time) as the propagator is 5ft x 3ft. In all the years he lived in the greenhouse he never disturbed or trod on any of the plants – and there could be a few thousand of them in there at times.

          He would follow us around and prostrate himself in front of us so that we could stroke him but we decided that we didn’t want to feed him and make him reliant on us as we went away fairly often. This didn’t stop him from spending all day, when we weren’t in the garden, on our front door mat and he greeted every patient of Mrs Shiney as they arrived and left.

          His persistence eventually paid off eighteen months later. In December 2007 we went to New Zealand for five weeks and he saw us off when the taxi came for us. Five weeks later when we arrived home through the snow he was there to greet us. From then onwards we fed him and arranged for him to be fed when we were away. We had a large number of people that were always offering to look after him when we were away and even during the last two bad winters (we were away visiting friends and relations and missed the snow) Helen came in to cuddle him for an hour every afternoon.

          He didn’t want to live indoors and was quite happy with his greenhouse. One of Mrs Shiney’s patients had bought a cat house for him which he had in the propagator. Another friend Helen made a cat settee for him which we kept in the kitchen. He was allowed to come in to the kitchen/utility room but rarely spent long there. Sometimes he was in for just ten minutes and other times he slept on his settee for a couple of hours. When he wanted to go out again he just walked to the back door and sat there looking up at the door handle and he never miaowed to demand anything.

          He rarely mioawed at all but used to answer when we went out into the garden and said hello to him. He used to just make a double squeaky type sound that sounded very much like ‘hello’.

          Oscar was Mrs Shiney’s constant shadow and followed her everywhere and sat with her whilst she was working in the garden. Occasionally, as he was always so close to her, he got his tail or paw trodden on but he never said anything and just waited for her to remove her foot – and then snuggled up to her.

          He loved humans and disliked four legged animals. Dogs were chased from the garden and foxes were terrified of him. One large fox came into his greenhouse one day and went straight out through the glass of the door (which was only open a little bit) with Oscar right behind. The only cats he allowed in were black and white ones like himself.

          Birds were quite safe, as long as they kept out of his greenhouse, and he looked upon them as part of his domain. The pheasants used to wander about right in front of him and the small birds seemed to know that they were allowed to be there. Sometimes some of the larger birds would start fighting (the collared doves and magpies always seemed to fight each other) and then he would get up and walk towards them as though to say ‘no fighting in my garden’.

          Mrs Shiney says she learned two important values in life from Oscar:
          1. Persistence pays off
          2. You are never too busy to give me a cuddle..........

          He adored Mrs Shiney and I was an acceptable substitute when she wasn’t around.

          You never complained, you never demanded, you just loved.

          We miss you so much but your spirit will always live on in the garden and in our hearts.


          Oscar's first photograph
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          and his favourite place was hugging Mrs Shiney

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          If he could get attention then snow didn't matter

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          At the door of his greenhouse

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          Keeping fit

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          And helping Mrs Shiney study her yoga

          Showing her the Relaxed Cat

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          Now, write about it

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          Just here

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          We always kept him on a pedestal

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          This is what he loved

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          In his greenhouse

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          On his settee in the kitchen

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          On our Open Day

          Helping with plant sales

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          and the book stall

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          He could be comfortable anywhere

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          This is how young Elizabeth (3 years old) painted Oscar in February. It's wonderful how kids see the world. :D

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          A good friend of ours has just painted a beautiful picture of Oscar for us :dbgrtmb: and it has definitely brought out his character. Thanks Tina :wub2: :kittykiss:

          It's still to be framed.


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            Goodbye William, the magic cat

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            Some of you will know that my lovely black cat, William, had been suffering from cancer for a long while. When it was first diagnosed, we were told that he wouldn’t live more than a couple of months. We prepared for the worst, cancelling holidays and waiting for the inevitable. But it soon became clear that William wasn’t going anywhere – at least, not for a very long while. Incredibly, he lived for another two years and four months – unheard of, according to the vet. But last Saturday we finally had to say goodbye to him. It was a very sad day.

            When my son was small he found William, then a very bedraggled stray, hanging around the garden. He insisted that we took him in. To be honest, I didn’t think he would last the night. I tried to explain as gently as I could that living creatures can’t always be mended, however much we’d like to do so. But my son insisted that giving him a bed in front of a roaring fire and a good feed would magically restore him. And that – with a little bit of help from the vet – was essentially what happened. He had various conditions which never quite left him and for a cat he had lousy balance. Watching him wobble along the garden fence, claws stuck into it like crampons to prevent him from falling, was uncomfortable viewing, although he rarely fell off completely. It didn’t really matter because he never ventured very far. He’d had quite enough of the outside world, thank you. On nice summer days he could generally be found soaking up the sunshine in our little garden. In winter he concentrated on roasting himself in front of the fire, wearing an expression of indescribable bliss, as though he had won the feline lottery.

            At the time William moved in with us, my son was having a difficult time at school and wasn’t enjoying life very much. But the cat made everything much better; he’d be waiting by the door when he came home and was always ready to play. Monopoly was a favourite. William was fascinated by the tumbling dice and the little silver figures, which he slid across the squares with his deft little paw. In his more cerebral moments, he would attempt chess. He considered his options carefully, head on one side, before repositioning a piece. His moves were unconventional but occasionally inspired. When my son developed appendicitis, William knew there was something seriously wrong long before we did. He seldom left his side while he was recovering.

            We never knew quite how old William was. He was with us for thirteen years, so he was probably quite venerable. I hope so, because he deserved to have a very long life. He was a small animal, but the house seems very empty without him.

            Goodbye William, our magic black cat.
             
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              IN MEMORY OF GYPSY MY BEST FRIEND
              WHO WILL ALWAYS BE AT MY SIDE
              9/11/2005--26/9/2012
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              WE WILL STILL GO ON OUR EARLY MORNS WALK
              DO YOU REMEMBER HOW WE USED TO TALK
              JUST YOU AND ME AND FIELDS AND TREES
              SUNLIT SKIES AND A GENTLE BREEZE
              WHEN YOU ROLLED IN ALL THAT SNOW
              THEN JUMPED UP AT ME AS IF TO SHOW
              THEN YOU WOULD RUN SO FAST
              ALMOST CATCHING UP WITH THE PAST
              YOUR LONG BLACK AND SABLE COAT
              FLOWING IN THE WIND
              RAINDROPS AND SUNLIGHT
              AND ALL THE JOY YOU DID BRING
              YOU WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART
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                Gypsy is at rest now this is just a little video of her in the snow:)

                 
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                  Lovely momento to Gypsy. Wonderful pictures of her too. RIP Gypsy!:wub2:
                   
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                    A lovely memory there Woo. I feel so upset for you. They bring us so much love.
                    Here is me with my mums beautiful girl Megan who we lost a couple of months ago. I believe they are all playing happily together now.

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                      That was a great little video Woo. It has made me smile today.I know it is a very sad weekend for all of you right now but the time will come when you also can enjoy the fun that they were all having that day. It's a great souvenir for you to treasure,
                      take care my friend,
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                        October saw the demise of 3 of my animals: 2 chooks (Humbug and Fatty Hatty) but, the most heartbreaking of all was the very sad, and sudden death of my 4yo fur baby, Moxie.

                        I am completely responsible for Moxies death and that just makes it all so much harder. We adopted a rescue dog 3 weeks ago. To give Echo and Moxie a sense of security, we installed a stair gate so they had somewhere safe to go where Ozzy couldn't go.

                        A week ago, I thought I'd brave some supervised "socialisation". Unfortunately, Moxie simply freaked out. He then refused to come downstairs (I'd already made provision for both cats on the landing) and we'd cuddle at bedtime and he'd sleep in my room. Trouble is, I have a chesty cough and his fur was aggravating that, so, Friday, they were restricted to the landing. By Sunday, it was obvious he was losing weight, was lethargic, walked away from any attempt to cuddle.

                        Monday morning, I called the breeder, explained and she reassured me the breed (Ragdoll) can be very sensitive and he was playing up - similar to how a toddler reacts to a new baby: he'll snap out of it. Meanwhile, Mr Mum called in at the vets to pick up some Zylkene for the cats; the vet happened to be at the counter and Mr Mum explained why he was getting them etc. The vet said the same as the breeder but with one extra comment (which Mr Mum didn't mention at the time): he'll snap out of it - or not! :dunno:

                        Monday evening, I syringe fed him some Complan. He just lay back his head, looked at me and ... he was gone! He just slipped away.

                        RIP Moxie - you brought such joy and love.


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                          Oh dear Mum. What a sad dark time you have had and we never knew..
                          I am so very sorry and send you my heartfelt sympathy. We are all here for you Mum. What a treasure Moxie was, a really beautiful puss,
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                            As many of you know, I volunteer at a cat hospice.
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                            this morning I got the sad news that one of our lovelies, Daisy, had been put to sleep. She had not been doing too well lately,suffering from old age mainly, struggling to get around and losing weight. She was a gorgeous, sweet old girl who's markings around her eyes always reminded me of Elizabeth Taylor. She had an elegant grace about her too but in an understated way. She, and all the other cats there, feel like they are part of my family and I will miss her as if she were my own. Sleep well lovely Daisy girl.daisy.jpgdaisynlulu.jpg Daisy, left, with her sister Lulu, right.
                             
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                              What an absolutely melting picture of Daisy. A beautiful lady who had a lovely life with you to the end.
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