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LAMENT

Updated on October 11, 2011

A few of our dearly departed loved ones

Hugs from Basil
Hugs from Basil | Source
Basil gave the greatest hugs
Basil gave the greatest hugs | Source
Raffles circa 1988 - 2006
Raffles circa 1988 - 2006 | Source
Funny Face
Funny Face | Source
Pinky
Pinky | Source
Bob
Bob | Source
Pinky & Boots
Pinky & Boots | Source
Rusty
Rusty | Source
Boots
Boots | Source
Curley
Curley | Source
Blackie
Blackie | Source
Yellow Guy
Yellow Guy | Source
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Tucker
Tucker | Source
"Big Guy"  a very large handsome guy in his dog run....I hate the wire in this picture...looking for another shot .
"Big Guy" a very large handsome guy in his dog run....I hate the wire in this picture...looking for another shot . | Source
Mr. Man
Mr. Man | Source
Old Gray.  This wonderful cat lived in our neighbnorhood for over a decade. He was feral but we were able to capture him in our HavAHart trap to take to our Vet for neutering...later, again, for ear infection.   iIbelieve he knew we cared.
Old Gray. This wonderful cat lived in our neighbnorhood for over a decade. He was feral but we were able to capture him in our HavAHart trap to take to our Vet for neutering...later, again, for ear infection. iIbelieve he knew we cared. | Source
Mr. Basil B...our fosterized permanent kitty
Mr. Basil B...our fosterized permanent kitty | Source
Basil in Tiger-his favorite bed
Basil in Tiger-his favorite bed | Source

Parting is such sweet sorrow



When spring’s foliage begins to show

I’ll free my grasp;

I’ll let you go

While summer’s days brightly glow

I’ll free my grasp

I’ll let you go

As autumn leaves fall from the bough

I’ll free my grasp

I’ll let you go

Through pouring rain

Through blinding snow

I freed my grasp

I let you go

My love is strong

Strong enough to know

The time has come

To let you go

But, I will not forget you.


Dedicated to all those so very loved ones who have passed through this life; my life. Who have graced my days with their delightful presence, who have brought smiles and tears to my eyes. Forever and a day…

I will not forget you.


We lost our sweet companion, Basil, a fabulous all white long haired gentleman who lived to be 22 years old. A foster cat whom we took in two years ago, we knew, after only a few months, that he would be a permanent member of our family. He left this step in the progression to pure love, on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

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      Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

      Such a beautiful tribute. In the images you can tell that each one had a personality and distinct character traits. I know people have fond memories of their pets, but very few can pay tribute to them in prose like you. Beautiful..

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Beautiful work, Kathy, and voted that way.

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      amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

      Hi Lucky Cats! This is such a beautiful poem and a wonderful tribute! I absolutely loved the pictures. Voted up and beautiful!!!

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      vperry 5 years ago

      Beautiful! Great hub and sharing of your heart. My house is also filled with pets and I thank God they are here every day! Love the pictures. Wonderful work!

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      marellen 5 years ago

      Kathy, I had to give my Toby an extra hug today after reading the nice tribute you wrote. The pictures were so nice to share with us.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This is such an awesome and beautiful tribute to all your great kitties. wonderful photos, Mr.Man sure looks like a man.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      This made me cry. I don't know I'll be able to write such a hub when Amy dies.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Kathy this is so touching ~ I absolutely love your tribute to Basil and all who have enhanced our lives, filling our days with a unique bond that is forever.

      My sister's cat, also a very distinguished fellow named Basil, died early this year after a long bout with cancer.

      It is never easy to lose a pet that has been a part of your life but this dedication puts those feelings into perspective allowing us to enjoy their essence indefinitely. Thank you for sharing! Up, useful, beautiful!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      All your cats are beautiful. So sorry about Basil. We have a long haired mostly white cat named Levi Jones.

      We love him but he is not a hugger like you Basil.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Kathy, I can feel your love for cats all the way down to me. They are such unique pets, each and everyone with his/her own personality. I still mourn the death of my two cats many years ago. They were so adorable. What a beautiful thought: "He left this step in the progression to pure love..." You will always-always treasure the memories you have made with him.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      What a lucky group of beauts! Each one finding their way to you, Kathy, to enjoy wonderful lives they would never have had, if not for you. Basil is such a handsome little man, obviously completely in love with you. He would never had 22-years of fun, food and love without you. You are pure love, Kathy. I am proud to know and call you friend.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Lucky Cats! You have shared with us a part of your life, via the tribute to your companions and in the process, enriched ours. Thanks so much for sharing this and the beautiful poem. May Basil rest peacefully.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Such a beautiful tribyte to Basil. Your love for these animals and pets goes far beyond compassion.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Basil was beautiful and so lucky to have you. Thank you for sharing all of your pictures. Your poetry is lovely...

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      TKs view 5 years ago from The Middle Path

      Well written, as always. You honor your companions with such grace.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh Kathy these photos are beautiful,some very lucky cats there.

      Thank you so much for sharing a little corner of your world with us.

      Take care and have a great day.

      Eiddwen.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      hello my dear dear friends..Just a very brief thank you to all who have visited and given such kind support and words of understanding. This is and has always been a very difficult part of loving our companion animals...but, with strength and support; nothing is impossible...even the greatest of losses...I love and thank you all from my heart....just arrived in Calif where a moubtain of duties await...I hope to visit all of your wonderful and beautiful creative hubs ASAP...I am so very behind...just know that I am eager to get back to that part of my daily pleasure.... my HP life as soon as I can. Kathy

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kathy,

      So very sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Basil. He certainly loved you and like you said gave the greatest hugs...just like our Peaches. Great photos of all the lovely pets who have spent some precious time with you. You enriched their lives as well! Beautiful hub!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Peggy W. So glad to see you here. And, I am so very belated in my reading and replies and recognition of all the wonderful things you've been writing...and so many of my HP favorites whose work I have had so little time to read and comment on. Thank you for the sweet words; yes, Basil was a dear one and very much loved. Peaches! I don't know if I've already told you that we, also, have a Peaches...she's black and white; what is sometimes called "cow" cats. Very sweet little girl. I am so behind; I hope, soon, to be able to catch up, somewhat. I shall make an extra effort to stop by your many incredible articles. Kathy

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ah, Mr Basil reminds me sweetly of Jake and I share your sadness. Wow, 22 years is a long life of much love after being rescued by you, dear one.

      Voted UP & AB. Hugs, Maria.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Mar! yes, it is very hard to lose a sweet animal but, as we know too well; their lives are so much shorter than ours and, well, it is something we just accept because of our love for them. I know you understand this so very well. Thank you, as always, for your friendship and support. Kathy

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      Just History 5 years ago from England

      letting go is so difficult but if it frees them from pain then I am glad we can do it for them

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Kathy,

      This was very touching. Life is so fragile and Basil was so lucky to share his last years with you. I hope you are doing well.

      Sharyn

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hello Just History (love this name)and my dear Sharyn...thank you so much for understanding and offering such sweet support. Very very appreciated. Kathy

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      beautiful poem. I love my dogs so much and it sucks that I will outlive them. Thanks for this moving tribute to our furry companions!

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      Kelly Pittman 5 years ago from Walker, LA

      Simply beautiful and bitter sweet. There is an old country tune called, "To all the girls I've loved before" I believe its Willie Nelson , but I used to sing to myself, "to all the pets i've loved before, who traveled in and out my door....

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hello PDX and KellyPittman...so pleased that you can relate and do understand the love for our companion animals..they are my life, this is for certain.

      PDX...it DOES suck that we outlive them...in the big picture..they are with us for such a short short time.

      Kelly, I do know the song you refer to..and I love that you have rearranged a few words to honor your beloved pets..I'm RIGHT THERE with you and PDX!

      Thank you so very much for your kind words. Kathy

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Cats, so true, but, I always like to imagine them waiting for me in heaven :-)

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      PDXKaraokeGuy..I agree with you...I shall see all my beloved companions again..I plan to lay on the ground doing 'snowangels' while they purr, and nudge and tug at my heart. Thank you for knowing that this will happen, too. Kathy

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      indeed. it gives me great comfort!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      PDXKarokeGu...we're on the same page, my friend. You are doing so very well here on HP's...and I can't wait to have the time to sit (in ONE PLACE!!!) and catch up on all your fabulous writing. Thank you for the visit!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      indeed lucky cats. It can be hard to keep up with all the great friends and writers here on hub pages!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi PDXKarokeGuy...first of all, I really like the photo/profile pic.

      Thank you for always leaving sensitive and empathetic comments.

      I fear, there is another little beloved furry friend who has just been diagnosed w/squamous cell carcinoma...on her sweet little nose and deeper regions...severe and extreme surgery (removal of most of her nose) is an option...one we have decided not to inflict on this dear senior kitty...Candy Cat...a recent rescue kitty who is estimated to be anywhere between 12 and 15 years of age (by our trusted and caring Veterinarian)...she is up in years and has a prognosis of possible years left so, we have chosen not to subject her to such invasive measures...always a difficult decision. I imagine her life, before we found her in the streets, in the sun and heat, withered and sickly...on death's door...was pretty bad...thank God she'll have comfort and love during her remaining year(s).

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Lucky Cats, sorry to hear about your sick kitty. as someone who's allergic to kitties, I have a hard time with them but I know they can be loved just like any other pet. Please keep me posted and know that your cat is loved and that you're making the right decision.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Thank you PdxKaraokeGuy...always appreciate your comments...you have a great understanding of 'our' nature; all the aspects of what it is to be human. Thank you!!

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Awe, this is such a touching poem, I am tearing up, beautiful pictures, bittersweet tribute!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Thank you my new friend, BeyondMax....

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