Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Christmas and headbonks

Greetings lovely kitties and people!
Thank you so much for being our friends and being so kind to us.
Your caring thoughts and prayers and gentle purrrs are very comforting.
I printed out those tributes from your blogs. Those will be cherished and saved forever!
Princess will be greatly missed around here.

Look at this adorable fuzzy photo of Lizzie with Princess waaaaay back in 1991 when they were both kittens! Lizzie is 22 now!
Last Friday Lizzie found a lot of wonderful old pictures that I would love to show you now and then.
I have to laugh. I do not know how I did it with two little active girls and two wild very athletic and mischievous kittens way back in the 90's

I am certain that when Caesar went to the bridge in January 2008, he felt completely sad and sorry for me. Caesar was my little helperboy. I was so crushed, so shocked, so heart broken I did not think I could ever have another kitty in my life.
The idea of another kitty was just impossible.
Caesar was irreplaceable!
One day in March 2008 I was reading the Washington ComPost newspaper and picked up one of the sections with the comics and the classified section just fell out onto the floor and there, right there was an ad for Cornish Rex kittens. There was a website listed and I went to just look at the kittens and fell completely and instantly in love with Pierro. Now this is crazy, I had to go see that kitty. Well, you know the rest of the story and I am quite certain that Caesar had his paw in that almost two years ago . . .

Well, now Remember Stormie?
Well, Stormie's mom, L, really had some wise thoughts about Caesar and Princess.
She thinks that Caesar has probably been calling Princess for some time. Princess was getting a little wobbly and she was getting picky about her food, feeling awfully tired, even coming up with some silly ideas.
A few times she was having a wonderful day and decided to start climbing on furniture, walking across the back of the couch, wobbling happily and confidently, stepping onto narrow edges. Going up and down the stairs was worrying me too. She was careful, but I worried greatly if she lost her balance in any of these situations, well, there could be disastrous trouble if she fell...

Caesar: Prinnnnie, curlysister, you are really taking a lot of risks there. You are not a kitten anymore. Why do you keep going up and down the stairs like that? You are going to hurt yourself. Stop walking on the furniture, you are going to break a hip, girl!

Caesar: Prinnie sweet littermate, when are you coming? I miss you.
I miss cuddling with you

Caesar: you are eating baby food now? BABY food?

Caesar: Princess you are looking so thin, so frail, so tired.
Please come to me. Please come please come please come please come ...

Stormie's mom was right.
Caesar's pleading became louder and louder, and more and more persistent.
I think he finally convinced her that it was safe to come to Rainbow bridge.
I think Caesar is pleased that Pierro is settled in and protecting our hearts.

I really had the feeling that Princess was not having so much fun anymore. She has relied on me so much in the past few months. I worried when I left the house.

Those last days. *sigh* She got sooooo much love, so much care and attention. She knew it was okay. I told her I loved her a thousand times.
I called the vet twice, thinking perhaps Prinnie would need help, but her last day, Wednesday, Princess was very calm, very comfortable. It was a beautiful sunny day and she laid on her side. She was soo beautiful. Her breathing became more and more shallow during the day, but there was no distress. I kept her warm and comfortable. she was not interested in any food but I did give her drops of water.
She passed so quietly and peacefully at 3:30AM on Thursday morning.

I thought I would share that with you.
Princess has always been our beautiful flower. I have so many memories of these two kitties. They grew up with my girls.

We are doing well here. Grieving takes time however I feel very fortunate to have been able to participate in Prinnie's last days, her last hours.
Lizzie did not make it home, but while my husband went to William and Mary College to move her out on Thursday, I was able to give Princess a lovely sponge bath (even blowdried her curly furs) and rested her in the most beautiful basket with all of her favorite blankies.
Then we got a snow storm, Two feet of snow. It was lovely.
We kept Prinnie in the very very cold garage. I made a beautiful table covered all in pink and prettiness, a big pink bow, and flowers too. I placed her basket out there so Lizzie could visit her any time and give her thousands more kisses.
On Monday, we took Princess's body to Sunset in Alexandria. They were very nice to us. We picked up her ashes on Tuesday. I am seriously thinking of putting her ashes in with Caesar's.
I sense they need/want to be together.
I wish all of you a happy peaceful Christmas.
God has been so good to us.

Are you ready for Christmas?

I know I am going to get a lot of wonderful things for Christmas - like LOTS of toys!

I have a lot of stuff to tell you. I hope I can blog a lot.
Happy Christmas!
I wish you peace and headbonkbonkbonkies

For death,
Now I know, is that first breath
Which our souls draw when we enter
Life, which is of all life center.

~Edwin Arnold


MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Oh dearest Rosemary and family! How light my heart beats reading your wonderful post. It is as it should be...purrrrrfect told. Caesar called her home into the heavens and here on earth you can combine them at last...together forever, a comfort in the darkness. Thank you for sharing your world with us right helps us as it does you...we are all family and in this life together in good and sad times.
We love you...Merry Christmas from the cozy cottage

The Creek Cats said...

Sending you lots and lots of warm hugs for this Holiday Season!

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us, we know you were there more than anyone could ever ask for Prinnie in her final days. You are right that Caesar missed her and called her home to him! I think Prinnie & Caesar would like being together with their ashes. We are so glad you have Pierro, he is an extra special little guy!


Dennis the Vizsla said...

We should all be so cared-for when our own clocks are winding down. I'm sure Princess left knowing she was safe and well-loved.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your feelings about Prinnie! Mom is crying because it was so beautiful. She agrees with putting the ashes together, but you will do what you fell is right. We know she will ALWAYS be with you, along with Ceasar. And, Pierro, you look so adorable in your Little Helper shirt. We wish all of you and wonderful Christmas. And, when you hear a bell ring, that will be Prinnie and Caesar coming to visit you.

Daisy said...

Princess' passing was as beautiful as her life. I'm glad she went gently to be with Caesar.

Honey P. Sunshine said...

little blizzie and little prinnie, dat is so kyoot, pierro, we lufs yor christmassy shurt, furry hansum

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

this is a beautiful post honey. i am so saddened by your loss.

hugs, bee

Anonymous said...

It is heart warming to know how much Princess and Ceasar were loved; so glad that Pierro is there to comfort you.

The Furry Kids said...

I ditto Daisy. You gave her so much in her last moments. What a beautiful thing to do for her!
Thank you so much for sharing that adorable picture of Prinnie and Lizzie. It makes me smile. And of course, Pierro's picture is good for a giggle, too.
We wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I suspect that Caesar was calling for her from the Bridge and we think cats know it. I am certain that Prinnie will keep watch over you during these times--certainly both she and Caesar need to keep Pierro in line for you!

We know what you mean by the lovely day. We will never forget the Tuesday that our Georgia died. We spent the day reading with her on our lap as she slowly moved through her process and crossed the Bridge.

julier said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I too, printed out some of the lovely rememberances from your last post. My favorite aunt just lost her Tommy cat of 20 years and I shared those poems and stories with her. She cried but feels a lot better that Tommy is at the bridge along with Princess & Ceasar and all the other beautiful pieces of our hearts.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season. Peace, Julie

Anya said...

Touching lines
but beautiful written ...

Merry Christmas
and a Happy & Healthy 2010
for you and your whole family :-)
Enjoy your Holidays...

Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :-)

Parker said...

Caesar and Princess are together. We know the absence hurts - but they are at peace. Sweet Pierro looks like he's ready for Santa Claws!

We love Luna said...

Dear Rosemary
Thanks so much for your beautiful words and this post to keep our heart warm and full of love.
Merry Christmas with love and blessings

Luna, Luzie and Olli said...

Dear Rosemary,
thank you for these post. I read it with tears in my eyes. But I´m glad to know that Ceasar called her and now they are together.
Big big hugs from here to you!

Pierro looks so cute as santas little helper!

Merry Christmas!

Ginger Jasper said...

That is a beautiful post.. Wishing you peace and love at Christmas.. Hugs GJ xx

DEBRA said...

so beautifully rendered your words of love and loss.
we also feel Caesar was calling Princess and she finally relented and joined him at the bridge.
how fitting it would be than t combine their ashes together -- they've been together from the beginning to end.

hugs and purrs

mister jeter harris, hizself said...

dat wuz so byootiful.
i know dat caesar an prinnie ar playin together at da brdge ... an havin a wunnerful christmas togedder.
merree christmas to u ...

Anonymous said...

Princess left as she lived, in such a loving, gentle way to slip softly from this world to Caesar's side.

We know that Pierro will be a great comfort to you. I mean, just look at that face! He does look like Santa's little helper, doesn't he?!

Pierro, we hope you get to blog a lot, too!

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

We also believe Caesar was calling her. Getting old and weak is not fun. We think she wanted to be young again with Caesar. We are happy you got to say goodbye to her. It was nice that Blizzie got to see her too :)
We will miss them so much, but will cherish our memories.
Pierro will help with the healing. After all, Caesar did 'send' him ;)
He will be a great 'lil helper' too!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all your family !!
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

It's Christmas Eve and I thought I would stop in to say you are in my thoughts and will think of sweet Prinnie when I see the twinkle of the brightest light on my mom's tree tonight...and in the last two stars to fade in the morning on Christmas Day...she and Caesar together

MaoMao said...

Such a precious post. I am so sorry for your loss, but it is good to know that Caesar and Prinnie are together again. And what a joy that your beautiful girls grew up with them -- nearly twenty years to be forever treasured in the hearts of all your family.

And little Pierro looks so adorable in his Santa Hat and his Helper T-Shirt! He is a wonderful boy and much-loved by you and your family, and his big brother and sister at the Bridge.

Love to you and yours, and wishes for a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Marilyn MonREOW
and Thomma Lyn, the Ballicus Mom.

andophiroxia said...

Awww Merry Christmas.

Eric and Flynn said...

Thank you for sharing Prinnie's last hours on earth with us. She passed so peacefully knowing you were there for her and that Caesar was at the Bridge to welcome her and that they would be re-united for ever. We think it would be fitting to keep her ashes with Caesar's.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We hope you are having a nice Christmas. We're kind of teary after reading that, but it was beautiful.

Cat with a Garden said...

Mom has tears in her eyes after reading. Thank you for telling us about the curly white Princess last days and hours. Caesar must have been calling her and they are celebrating their reunion now.
We wish you a merry Christmas.
Kitty kisses to Pierro

Tiger Lily said...

Your thoughts about Princess are beautiful.

We hope you had a blessed Christmas with Pierro and your good memories of the love you shared with both Princess and Caesar.

prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs and tail wags,
Zeke, Sushi and Tiger Lily

Poppy Q said...

We think that Caesar and Princess are your angel cats now, watching out for all of you and Pierro.

That was a lovely post, and we know you will always have two pussycat scars on your heart, and they will be with you wherever you go.

We hope that you had a lovely christmas and 2010 brings you good things.

LC, Ayla, and Iza said...

That was a very beautiful story of Caesar calling Prinnie. And it was nice that you were there taking care of her at the end. Purrs...

michico*Adan said...

Little Blizzie and little prinnie~
This is a very magical photo~!!!
So lovely momeries....

I know Caesar just miss Prinnie, and finally they are be together~! I just know~
And I am very Happy to know they finally be together now. I am happy for them.
It was sad, but they let us the happiness....I know....

Pierro is very adorable as always~! Thanks for him!!!!

Junior and Orion said...

We too are very touched by this post. We are glad that Prinnie and Caesar are together again...we bet they are napping together right now. And we know that Pierro will fill your hearts at this time of sorrow.

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

We are sad that Princess is gone, but also happy to know that she and her beloved Caesar are together again. We're glad that her crossing was peaceful. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Pierro, we hope that you had a happy Christmas and that you got lots of cool treats and loves!

Charlemagne and Tamar

Glogirly and Katie said...

Oh dear Rosemary,

Glogirly has very wet eyes after reading about your sweet friends. Our hearts hurt for you. We are so happy you found our blog today and we are looking forward to getting to know your and Pierro.

May the new year bring you peace, love and comfort. ... and many happy blogging days for cute Perrro!

(Glogirly's cat)

Anya said...

My Mommy has also tears
its a very touching story !!
We NEVER forget our Prinnie
and we are happy that you go one with this blog Pierro
I wiil be you best friend
Kareltje =^.^=

And Happy New Year
or in Dutch we say
Gelukkig Nieuwjaar :-)

Anya :-)