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My Cat: In memory of Ollie, my FurBaby. January 16th 2013

Updated on August 24, 2017

Ollie gets his priorities right!

By Loretta Livingstone

Ollie Cat, chilling in the shade!

Ollie is NOT my cat. He is owned by someone else, but he found me, loved me and decided he was going to own me! His owner is out a lot, so when Ollie is lonely he comes visiting. NB His owner knows he visits me, I'm not trying to steal him, but you try telling a cat to go home when he doesn't want to!

PS the drink is mine, not his, tho' I'm not convinced he's teetotal!

16/1/2013 Today is a very sad day, and I have renamed my lens in memory of Ollie. My FurBaby from 2003-2013 My heart is broken.

Ollie and friends/foes!

Read more about Ollie in my book Fire and Ice. See the link below. He and Buster have their own personal poems. One or two of these can be found on the lens entitled Christianity and humour, Jumping in the Puddles of life. Why have I put them there? Read the book and you will understand. He fits right in. Not all of the poems are spiritual, they reflect all aspects of life. Ollie's catquaintances include Toggy, Buster, Micetta, Hobnob, Diesel and Zorro. He didn't much care for other cats, he wanted to be an only cat. But he couldn't prevent other cats visiting the garden.

Toggy, in particular, once rescued Ollie from a fight with a much bigger cat who had him cornered and scared witless. Was Ollie grateful? Not a bit of it! But he tolerated Toggy's attempts at friendship - just about. Toggy was a fighter when pushed, sRead more about Ollie in my book Fire and Ice. See the link below. He and Buster have their own personal poems. One or two of these can be found on the lens entitled Christianity and humour, Jumping in the Puddles of life. Why have I put them there? Read the book and you will understand. He fits right in. Not all of the poems are spiritual, they reflect all aspects of life. Ollie’s catquaintances include Toggy, Buster, Micetta, Hobnob, Diesel and Zorro. He didn’t much care for other cats, he wanted to be an only cat. But he couldn’t prevent other cats visiting the garden.

Toggy, in particular, once rescued Ollie from a fight with a much bigger cat who had him cornered and scared witless. Was Ollie grateful? Not a bit of it! But he tolerated Toggy’s attempts at friendship – just about. Toggy was a fighter when pushed, so we were very grateful that he had decided to take Ollie under his wing.

Toggy considered himself a bit of a garden guardian. We were very fond of him and missed him when age took its inevitable toll.

Do Pets Go To Heaven

A beautiful book, this has comforted me so much. I highly recommend it. I doubt you'll be disappointed. Beautifully written, but scripturally sound. If you need comfort, please read it. I'm sure it will help you, in addition to being a beautiful true story. If I find more which I personally like I will add them at a later date. I am only adding this one for the time being.

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Ollie-in-a-Bag

Ollie is versatile in his hiding places!

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"Now where did they put mine?..."
"Now where did they put mine?..."

A Little Christmas Cat Jingle

"Now where did they put my presents?"

Jingle cat, jingle cat, jingle all the way,

oh what fun it is to run and catch a mouse today,

jingle cat, jingle cat, jingle all the way.

Oh what fun it is to run and catch a mouse today.

Dashing thru the snow, to catch a mouse today,

o'er the fields we go, miauing all the way.

Bells on collars ring, keeping spirits bright.

what fun it is to run about and catch a mouse tonight.

Oh jingle cat etc..... Words by Loretta Livingstone Dec 2009 (approved by her owner, Ollie)

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Ollie finds the crossword rather tiring

 

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Like all cats, Ollie prefers boxes to "proper" cat beds.

He's always happy to discover a new box!

Part of my life

Ollie has been part of my life for nearly ten years, since he discovered the previous house owners had moved out along with their dogs. He was delighted and flirted with us, from a distance. We said "Oh, isn't he gorgeous" and turned to go indoors. Faster than the speed of light he was at our feet. He wasn't going to lose his new admirers that quickly. At first we only allowed him into the back garden. He had an overwhelming fondness for cuddles. He just HAD to be cuddled. So in cooler weather I used to sit out on the patio in my coat with him clambering under my chin and wrapping his paws around me. He also liked to grip my thumb tightly with his pads (the trick is to position your thumb beneath the claws, to avoid punctures). One day the back door must have been slightly on the latch, as I was resting on the settee when in he strolled, large as life and twice as natural, with a big smile on his face, tail bolt upright (his tail was always upright when he felt confident. When he felt pure pleasure he would vibrate it) as if he was saying, "Hello. I came visiting." And that was where my life with Ollie began. By the way, the picture is a little blurry I know, but it is one of my favourites and I'm no good with photo editor things, so please live with it.

He liked to laugh

Ollie also had a sense of humour. I looked out of the window once, and saw him with his owner's small dog. The dog had plainly lost Ollie and was searching for him in a way that clearly said "Where the heck did he go? He was here just now." From my vantage point I could see Ollie, hiding (it was crystal clear that he was hiding as he was plainly waiting for Barney to come round the corner of the hedge) behind a hedge. As Barney popped his nose round the hedge Ollie sort of sprang up, which really made Barney jump. It was quite clearly a game to him as I've also seen him play it with a kitten once too.

I was crouched down, balanced on my toes, gardening one day, totally oblivious to Ollie. Suddenly I felt two soft paws on my shoulder blades, which made me tumble over. When I looked round, ther was Ollie halfway down the garden with his best 'butter wouldn't melt' expression, nonchalantly chewing his nails. Every inch of him was saying "Whatever made you tumble like that? Wasn't me! I was way down here". Not long ago, he did the same to my husband. It was good to know that, despite his frailty and advancing age, he still had his unique sense of humour. He also liked to sneak up and leap onto the settee just behind our heads when we weren't looking. Unless he was in mountaineering cat mode, when he would grapple his way up from the floor, over the arm as if he was tackling Mt Everest.

Ollie and the hedgehog

We used to have a hedgehog living in our garden shed. She was plainly female as she produced two litters. We named her Barbie as she was rather fond of corralling plastic bags into her nest. One balmy summer evening Barbie was heading towards the dish of water that I keep near a dividing wall. Out of sight, we could see Ollie advancing on the same water from behind the wall. They both materialised in front of each other at exactly the same time. They each mirrored each others actions. Each one screeched to a halt, jumped as if they'd been shot, and fled back the way they came! Ollie wasn't normally afraid of hedgehogs, in fact I think he liked to watch out for them, but this one had caught him totally by surprise! I wish I had been able to take a photo, but it was all over much too quickly.

How could you resist that smile?
How could you resist that smile?

Ollie's last day

Yesterday (16/1/2013) early in the morning (we always keep Ollie in overnight if it's cold as his owner goes to bed early and Ollie will not stay home) we let Ollie out to go home for his breakfast. The morning routine is that it's usual for my husband to give Ollie his early morning cuddle (tho I did the day before, how glad I am about that) then pop him out. Off he skips home only to materialise on our front doorstep, or on our picnic table in the back garden, a little later. Then we let him in and there he stays unless he fancies garden time or a stroll about the neighbourhood, until it's time to go home the next day. If it's snowy he sometimes stays indoors til his Dad comes home from work, and appears around 7pm. Sure enough, around midday I popped my head out and just round the corner was my furbaby. He trotted in, but his appetite has been so poor recently, and I couldn't get him to eat anything, so I decided to go to the shops to tempt him with some smoked salmon. On the way home his Dad caught me and said that he was going to take Ollie to the vets. We've been concerned as he is getting very old and his belly is swollen. His Dad had hoped that the vet might be able to do something, but didn't expect it. He gave me half an hour's notice. I rushed home, called my husband, so he could come and say goodbye, then dashed upstairs with the smoked salmon and a dish of creamy milk. He has eaten very little lately and I sometimes end up with about ten dishes on the floor to tempt him. It wasn't going to be a problem today. He ate the whole packet, with great relish, stopping for a short breather half way through. I arranged his front paws on my lap, where he sat and sang for about 10 minutes, but he has trouble staying comfy in any position for long, so then he hopped off. We petted him some more and he ate the last scraps of salmon. His owner called, in tears, as was I. And, sadly, there was nothing the vet could do. Ollie is no more. His owner came back later to tell me the news, we had a hug and a little reminisce. He thanked me for taking such good care of Ollie. I do regret that I had been caught up in other stuff in the morning and hadn't given him a lot of time for cuddles, but at the time I had no idea that I only had a couple of hours left. It's very easy to be wise in hindsight.

I am so sad. I have no children and my doctor tells me I am allergic to cats, so I have lost the only furbaby I will ever have. But anyway, Ollie is not really replaceable. He was so loving and funny. Even on one of the only 2 occasions he brought me a "present" he presented it beautifully. A small dead mouse, curled up in a little circular top he'd found. I know that the pain won't last forever. But I have found a beautiful book, on the Amazon link further up the page, which has brought me so much comfort that I wanted to share it with you. I feel comforted to think I will see Ollie again, and he will live in my heart forever. I am so glad he decided to own me.

The Story Continues

Ollie may have gone from our home, although never from our hearts, but the story continues. Do keep reading to find out what happens next.

Meet Buster!

When Buster was a kitten he used to join Ollie and me as we sat in the sun. I sat in the garden lounger and the cats sat in chairs either side of me. Ollie was a little miffed if Buster took the chair he preferred sitting in. Buster was only tiny but I learnt very early on that he did NOT like being stroked. Ollie tolerated him and I even saw him playing peek-a-boo with him later. Buster grew up to be somewhat aggressive towards people. He has, on occasion, chased me round the patio hissing at me, and once sunk his claws into my ankle in an entirely unprovoked attack. However, Buster liked our garden and was plainly here to stay. If I wanted to be allowed to sit in my own garden without wearing boots I needed to befriend him.

Befriending Buster!

This was going to be scary. We noticed that if people raised their voices at him he was more likely to go for them than if they were calm. Most of the men in the neighbourhood feared Buster. Not for what he's done - though a few people who had tried to stroke him had nasty bites to show for it. They feared him for what he looked like he would do. That scary hiss was most definitely a statement of intent!

So the first thing was to stay really calm. If he looked like starting a fight with another cat we told him firmly to STOP, also telling the other cat the same. Buster didn't really fight other cats (though my neighbours will tell you differently). Something about Buster made other cats deliberately provoke him. We had noticed him trying to ignore them, but they were persistent. Sometimes just being firm would work. Once or twice I turned the hose on them. Buster would occasionally try to swat Ollie, who sometimes gave back as good as he got and sometimes turned into a quivering heap. By now, the mere threat of the hose was enough. Buster didn't appear to hold a grudge for this, so it seems that he recognised the benefit of fights being stopped.

Over time he became less threatening.

Buster's Story

Buster's story is still being written. As things change I will add modules. To read more of his story please continue to read down the page.

The New, Calmer Version

Buster was beginning to realise that we could at least be allies. He could lay in our garden in peace. He didn't often bother Ollie, although I have to say that Ollie was none too pleased with this turn of events.

We felt that Buster needed to feel that he was cared for too. Yes he does have owners, one came to collect him once when he hurt his paw and couldn't jump out of our garden. Apparently moving Buster was not a job to be taken lightly (although I have seen one young girl cuddle him once, in his own garden) - his owner arrive with enormous leather gauntlets! Buster greeted him with evident delight, pleased that he had joined him......until his owner went to pick him up. I'm afraid Buster had to limp home by himself!

We started rewarding Buster with a small handful of biscuits when he behaved well. This seemed to work well.

Buster now joined Ollie and I on a regular basis. Since Ollie only had a small appetite and needed biscuits throughout the day, this presented another problem. Each time Ollie wanted biscuits Buster had to have them too. Then he just wanted them anyway. Had we created a further problem?

Telling him that there were no more biscuits seemed to work as long as I stayed in my chair. The second I was out of it more biscuits were required. Bear in mind we were still pretty scared of Buster at this point.

Buster, however, was continuing to consolidate his position as 2nd Cat!

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Buster Wants A Fuss

Buster today. 3/4/2013
Buster today. 3/4/2013

Ok, now we have Buster sunning himself with me and Ollie, and sometimes the two cats would share the picnic table together. Buster was always a little more mellow in summer. Ollie tolerated him, and I tried not to move too much!

Sitting in my sunlounger one day - fortunately with Ollie NOT on my lap, I noticed Buster eyeing me from the picnic table. I must have had a sixth sense about him as, just as he launched himself at me, I shifted sharply to the side. We ended up wedged tightly together in a somewhat unstable plastic lounger! Luckily my husband was on hand to haul me gently out.

After this Buster started to put his head under our hands as we dropped his biscuits. Eventually I plucked up courage to stroke him. I am now allowed one stroke from the head to the tip of the tail - but he only gets his stroke when the sharp end is happily occupied with biscuits. It has become a ritual.

After this incident Buster started to take much more of an interest when Ollie sat in my lap. We would both sit there frozen with fear in case he decided to join us. I am not a large woman, there is room for one only on my lap!

To my and Ollie's profound relief Buster seemed to realise this.

Since Ollie passed on, Buster has become determined to be our cat. I suspect this summer will become the one where he sits in my lap. As long as I am undamaged I will keep you updated.

Would YOU be brave enough to give Buster a fuss?

How brave are you? Would you be able to give poor Buster a stroke?

Would you stroke Buster?

And He's In!

He's been casing the joint for months, but every time he finds a way in his greed has let him down. He simply can't resist the rattle of a box of biscuits, and where do we eat biscuits? You guessed it....in the garden! So up 'til now it's been really easy to remove him. But not today! As you see, he has successfully resisted his stomach and has made himself comfortable. He sang me a little song, which was very nice, but what I want to know is ....... WHO'S GOING TO PUT HIM OUT TONIGHT? I do NOT want to trip over him in the middle of the night, thank you.

And no! I may stroke him, but I have a feeling any attempt to lift him will be met with fierce resistance! So it won't be me. I guess we'll just have to hope he gets hungry...........

Just one of the many scratches he left on my legs when he attacked
Just one of the many scratches he left on my legs when he attacked

A Bit Of A Setback

Things have been going really well with Buster, he's progressed to sitting on my lap, and purring, head-butting me to make me stroke him, and cuddling up to me. He appears to be far more relaxed about this than I. Unfortunately the other day we had a bad setback. He decided he had asked me enough times for biscuits and it was time to teach me a lesson. He attacked me, clawing my legs badly. I have been trying not to feed him too much to encourage him to return to his owners. Because of my allergy, and also his uncertain temperament, we do not want to have to have him in at night. Ollie was sweet and gentle, Buster is NOT! The thought of tripping over him at the top of the stairs in the dark, or having him hop onto the bed in the night is not something I want to contemplate! We have realised that he is hungry and think he must have packed his furry suitcases when his owners acquired two dogs. He appears to be living in our shed, and also using my neighbours cat flap. So now we keep a bowl of biscuits permanently in the garden - to the delight of every wandering cat in the area. Oh yummy, a free breakfast bar!

This is working, sort of! But Buster had already acquired a taste for a particular cat treat, and expects it at least twice a day - more if possible. We are hoping the clawing will not begin again. And getting rather worried about the winter. We can only hope that it will be mild this year.

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Buster Makes A New Friend.

Buster has always enjoyed small furry things. He once kidnapped a neighbour's hamster. His owners found it, unharmed, in their own garden. No-one knows whether he got it to keep their hamster company, as a gift because he thought if they had one it would please them to be given another, or whether he wanted a small furry pet too. He has now made friends with a new local kitten. He lets it steal his milk and biscuits, he occasionally gives it a little chase and, of course, corrects it when it sits in his spot. He saw it on a neighbouring shed today, and went to join it. Yes, Buster is fond of kittens.

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Buster takes it easy.Buster and his new little friend, Billy Mittens.Billy Mittens is growing up now, but he still likes to make Buster chase him round the garden. He also still pinches his biscuits, more cautiously nowYou can find this poem in the book shown at the bottom of this page.
Buster takes it easy.
Buster takes it easy.
Buster and his new little friend, Billy Mittens.
Buster and his new little friend, Billy Mittens.
Billy Mittens is growing up now, but he still likes to make Buster chase him round the garden. He also still pinches his biscuits, more cautiously now
Billy Mittens is growing up now, but he still likes to make Buster chase him round the garden. He also still pinches his biscuits, more cautiously now
You can find this poem in the book shown at the bottom of this page.
You can find this poem in the book shown at the bottom of this page.

UPDATE

Buster makes an overnight stop.

I have been thankful for this mild winter. Buster doesn't mind the rain and, so far, has been happy to ask to go out in the evenings - although he expects more cat treats once outside, a reward for being a good cat. He also believes that each time he comes in, or goes out, or comes in, or goes out, etc he should have more treats. I have created a monster! I deal with this by reducing the number of treats he gets if he plays the in, out, in, out, in, out card, and making him wait to come back in - though this will backfire once he remembers that we have a perfectly good upstairs window. We have a tightly fitting cat mesh on the window, but he is a solid cat, and has discovered he can open it by inserting his rear end tightly between the window and the mesh and wriggling and shoving until it bursts open.

However the most recent storm provoked a flat refusal to go out. He wanted to go, he tried every door, just in case the weather was better at one of them, and we think he must have been crossing his furry legs as we provided him with a litter tray, just in case. Bedtime came - he was still not budging and, truth to tell, the wind was howling so much we would have worried about him all night, although he usually gets into my neighbours cat flap and spends the night with her. We didn't know how he would react to being shut in the hall, and didn't want to leave him in our living room overnight. There was NO WAY he was sharing a bedroom with us. I went to bed, waiting for my husband to decide how to get him out of the living room and into the hall. Time passed. Eventually my husband came to bed, collected a duvet, and spent the night on one settee, whilst Buster snoozed happily on the other, and I was left alone, upstairs. And what night was this? February 14th. Yup! Buster had a lovely Valentine's day - and night. He was most appreciative of the company, although my husband, not surprisingly, had a very fitful night's sleep as Buster kept asking to go out, seeing the wind was still high, and changing his mind. We are now hoping and praying for no repeat performance.

On the plus side, his temperament is improving constantly and he appears to be very fond of us - although we now know only to stroke him when he asks, and to watch for his mood to change. He has stopped trying to bite us now, when he's had enough, and merely warns us by a flash of his teeth, safely distant from our hands. It is good to know he trusts us. And it is good to know that we are making his life happy. As someone who has a cat allergy, it is very satisfying to have the best of both worlds.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @aesta1: Ah. Thank you. I really believe will meet him again, one day.

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      Mary Norton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love your story. Ollie is so alive as you tell about him.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @julieannbrady: She might be thinking of moving in. :)

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      julieannbrady 

      4 years ago

      Oh my, what a sweetie! My mom always said the orange tabbies, especially the males, made the best pets ... I have an orange male tabby that hangs around my back door. He is precious ... and is always been chewed on by the black male. You know, lately, a white female cat has been sitting in my yard staring at me ... I think she is expecting!

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Stephanie36: Aw, thanks for thinking of me Stephanie. Yes, I still admit to getting a little teary about Ollie, but Buster is now well settled and enjoys short cuddles most days. We still have to be cautious and gauge his mood, but he's getting there - although we do have the occasional setback.

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      Stephanie 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I was thinking of you and Ollie today and just wanted to drop a line and let you know. We lost our Nicky 2 years ago today, so I know how you're feeling. I'm glad to see you've got Buster making a home with you. :)

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Blonde Blythe: Thank you. Yes, it is a comfort to me that he is not gone for ever.

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      Blonde Blythe 

      5 years ago from U.S.A.

      So sorry you lost Ollie much too soon. I, too, firmly believe that we'll see our pets again!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing Ollie with us, and I am sorry for your loss. Missing him will never go away, but in time you will remember the wonderful years you shared with him and the love you had for each other. May you find comfort in knowing God takes each cat gently into his arms and places them on the lap of an angel.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @mel-kav: I do still miss him, but it helps to know I will see him again.

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      mel-kav 

      5 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute to sweet little Ollie. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @SusanAston: It is hard, isn't it. Buster is becoming quite a companion this summer. It helps me not to miss Ollie's presence in the garden so much.

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      VspaBotanicals 

      5 years ago

      Very very touching...much happiness to you!

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      SusanAston 

      5 years ago

      What a beautiful boy. My little girl looked quite like Ollie and I lost her around the same time. I still am heartbroken.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you :)

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @castelloautore: :-) Also from Buster, who is continuing his story below

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      castelloautore 

      5 years ago

      Blessings are in order for little Ollie, you may remember the film, All Dogs Go To Heaven, well be certain you may also include cats. Stop in to visit us.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Cari Kay 11: Thank you, I do miss him, but I know that I will see him again, and now it looks as though Buster will be joining us. He isn't quite Ollie, and he isn't a cuddle-cat, but he's working on it. It is nice to still have a cat in my garden.

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      Kay 

      5 years ago

      I am so sorry for the loss of Ollie! Your story brought tears to my eyes :(

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @cmadden: Thank you, that's so kind of you. Yes, he was deeply loved., but cheekily if he saw us out he went all "secret squirrel" and pretended he'd never seen us before in his life.

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      cmadden 

      5 years ago

      Looking at your photos of Ollie, it's clear: that is the face of a cat who knows he's loved. And that's a wonderful thing.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @anonymous: Oh I am so glad he knew he could trust you when he really needed you.

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      belinhafernandes 

      5 years ago

      Oh, so sorry to know your beautiful cat is no more with you. I would love to have a cat. When I was a child I was afraid of dogs and loved cats. Then I forgot about cats until I met 3 female cats from a friend of mine. They are so sweet! I fell in love with cats! I can't have animals because I never know where I'll be the next month! Last summer my sister lost her dog. It was a terrible experience. Tears and more tears. We took him to the vet so he could be put to sleep. So I understand the pain of loosing a four legged friend. Maybe one day one cat will find you again, who knows? Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Pam Irie: Bless you, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about my boy.

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      Pam Irie 

      5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Oh....I am so very happy you and your husband became Ollie's family that he obviously loved so very much. Animals take a piece of our hearts when they go, but I do know in my own heart that we will see them again. They cannot have been such an intregal piece of our lives if we are not meant to see them and hold them again some day. THANK YOU for sharing your story of wonderful Ollie!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this lens with everyone. I can really identify with your story about Ollie. Although we have several cats of our own, there has been three cats that were like your Ollie. They would come to visit but they obviously had a home of there own - although we never knew who the owners were.

      There was one cat though, that touched me. He was obviously quite old and looked like he lived in the streets, but he didn't want to stay at our house...he probably was so used to living rough that he didn't want to give up his "freedom."

      One day he arrived at breakfast time and I could see that he was poorly. He had a tumor in his neck so we took him to the vet. The vet operated the tumor, gave him a shot of antibiotic, and gave me some antibiotic cream to apply to the wound twice a day. For five days he never left the house. I was amazed that he came to me each morning and night so that I could apply his ointment. He would just sit there calmly and let me apply his medicine. However, on the sixth day he was dead. What amazed me, was that this alley cat knew he was poorly and probably knew he didn't have much time left, decided that he needed some TLC for the last days of his life.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @CoeGurl: He really was, I miss him so much. Thank you for visiting.

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      CoeGurl 

      5 years ago from USA

      Awwwwww, such a story, it's tugged at my heart. He was so sweet.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @lgOlson: Thank you. I must admit, I find it hard to read this lens of mine at the moment. I still miss him badly.

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      L Olson 

      5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I am a bit misty eyed after reading about Ollie! I know exactly how you felt about him! Keep up the great writing and your love of furballs!

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @DebMartin: He made 10 years of our lives so special. Thanks for visiting him, and me.

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      DebMartin 

      5 years ago

      Nice to meet you. I'm so glad you and Ollie had your time together. d

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @hntrssthmpsn: Thank you, I admit to still shedding the odd tear, but I'm so glad we had him in our lives. But the memories are a great comfort, as is my lens. I just wanted to get some of the memories down while they were still quite fresh.

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      hntrssthmpsn 

      5 years ago

      I love your pictures of Ollie, so sweet, and I'm glad you two found one another and had such good times together. When you lose someone you love, species is as irrelevant as eye color. I wish you comfort, and all the best of your Ollie memories.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @iamraincrystal: I'm so sorry one of your pets doed too. We are so blessed to have them and they do leave their pawprints right across our hearts. Hugs

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Sue-DN: Aw, thank you. Hugs back

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      Sue-DN 

      5 years ago

      I had a similar experience with a cat two doors up the road. Ollie was very beautiful and obviously a very happy cat. It's a blessing that he was loved and had a good life. Sending a hug.

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      Rosyel Sawali 

      5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I'm still nursing a broken heart too as we've recently lost one of our pets. We can carry on, but we'll keep them in our hearts forever. ^_^

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Carpenter76: Thank you. Yes, there will never be another Ollie, but I have a big black bruiser who is trying to be my baby now. Erm, when I can be sure he won't bite me he can come it. Lol. It is nice to have memoirs of our Fur Babies.

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      Carpenter76 

      5 years ago

      What a lovely cat he is. Can imagine how you felt, losing him. Nice to make a lens about him :) think I should make it too with my cats and dog, then they have their own memoires.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @LynetteBell: I really do. Thanks for visiting. I love to share his story

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      LynetteBell 

      5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      How sad -- but thank you for introducing Ollie to us. He looked gorgeous. You have some lovely memories.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @writerkath: "Sniff" now I'm off again. Thanks so much for your lovely comments and blessing.

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      writerkath 

      5 years ago

      This story made me cry. I'm so, so glad that Ollie had you two. You were the best honorary parents a kitty could possibly have. God bless you. *sniff* Squid Blessed

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Neeznoodle: It is so sad to hear that you just missed Neezer's last hours. You must have been devastated. We will be away shortly and I was so worried that Ollie would die while we were away that at least I can be relieved not to have that happen now. The end of our furbaby eras are very hard.

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      Neeznoodle 

      5 years ago

      I'm so sorry to hear about Ollie's passing. He looked like a loving, funny kitty.

      I completely sympathize with what you wrote about being glad you cuddled him the day before he passed, but wished you had that day, too. One of our cats, Neezer, got really sick. We happened to be going out of town for a week, and Neezer needed medicine every 12 hours while we were gone. A friend (who, like you, is allergic and never had a cat before) agreed to care for Neezer while we were gone. I remember very clearly settling Neezer into his room, and explaining to my friend how to care for him. Then, I promised my friend that Neezer wouldn't die before we got home. As you can guess, I was wrong. He died the morning we were to return, but we didn't make it back in time before he passed. Ever since I've wished I had taken just a few more minutes to love on Neezer, but I also know that he knew he was loved.

      And, you are also right that there will never be another Ollie. They are all so wonderful in their uniqueness. But the cat-shaped holes left in our hearts sure do hurt when they leave.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @BLemley: A day or so after he died, my husband was praying that the Lord would confort us and I believe I saw a picture of Ollie in Jesus arms. Jesus was stroking him and I felt He was saying, "See, I love him too". Some would disagree, I know, but it's been sich a comfort to me. Thank you so much for blessing my lens.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @netangel: It is nice that they are happy and well again, and I wouldn't wish him back to suffer, but I still miss him terribly. It is a month today. We give them our hearts, our furbabies, don't we.

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      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I hope pets go to heaven ~ that would sure be nice to know for sure they did! God bless you! SquidAngel Blessed ~ B : )

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      Melissa 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I'm sorry for the loss of Ollie. He's up there playing with my Miss Kitty :)

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @momsfunny: I still do miss him, but I guess he is in a much better place now.

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      momsfunny 

      5 years ago

      I'm know you miss him a lot... he misses you too, for sure.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @kimadagem: I have another boy who is lining me up to be his auntie. But he isn't a cuddle cat like Ollie, and I can't allow him into the house as he would be impossible to pick up and remove from places where I don't want him to be. He allows me a stroke or two, but more than that and I would probably get bitten. He wants to learn to be loved, and he has come a long way from when he used to chase me round my own garden hissing at me. We'll get there, but it could take years. He'd be most upset if I got close to another cat. He wants to be the favoured one. I can at least let him have that. He can be quite companionable in the summer when he's very relaxed.

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      kimadagem 

      5 years ago

      I'm so sorry for your loss. My Beautiful Guy left me quite a few years ago now; my life hasn't been settled enough for another adoption but whenever I get an opportunity to "visit" with another cat - usually on my walks around the neighborhood - I take advantage of it. Perhaps you can do the same.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @InfoCoop: Thank you. I do still miss him. He was so very lovable.

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      InfoCoop 

      5 years ago

      Touching story. So sorry for your loss.

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @LouisaDembul: That's the trouble with love, isn't it. Having to say goodbye. At least for now.

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      LouisaDembul 

      5 years ago

      Cats are very special, it's true that they only get close by their own choice. Very sorry for your loss, know how it feels like.

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      Stephanie 

      5 years ago from Canada

      @Loretta L: Yes, I wasn't feeling to great on the 16th. It does get better with time, but there is always that hole. I hope you're doing okay.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @BizLang: How sad that Chewy only lived for such a short time. But they were so special, our boys, weren't they? We prayed a couple of nights later and I suddenly saw a picture of Jesus cradling Ollie in His arms, saying "See, I love him too" which made me feel much better. I hope it makes you feel better too.

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      BizLang 

      5 years ago

      I am so sorry for your loss. This brought tears to my eyes. I lost my cat Chewy tragically last January and although he was only 3 and a half he was very much my special little boy just like Ollie. I am glad you got to experience the happiness a cat can bring into a home. What a lovely way to honor him xxxx

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Stephanie36: Thank you so much. It actually helped me a little writing it. I'm so glad you like it.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Stephanie36: Oh my, I just spotted the date you lost Nicky, sorry I'm a bit slow today. I didn't sleep much last night. So you will be feeling a bit like me today, I guess. They leave such a huge hole, don't they. The house feels so empty. I guess each day gets a little better.

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      Stephanie 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I'm so sorry for your loss of Ollie. :( We lost our Nicky exactly one year ago (Jan 16, 2012) and I completely understand. This is such a nice page honouring him.

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @delia-delia: Thanks so much for the blessing. After he had taken Ollie for his last trip, his owner came round and hugged me. He was pleased that we were there for Ollie and took care of him. We shared some tears and drank a toast. But it is difficult when you don't actually own them. I am actually allergic to cats, and have no kids, so Ollie will be my only baby. I just wish I had grabbed a few more precious moments with him. But as his owner had given me half an hours warning I was able to call my husband home to say goodbye, and give Ollie not just a cuddle, but some smoked salmon which I had bought to tempt his appetite which was down to almost nil. He loved it, and ate the whole pack washed down with some milk with a splash of cream. Then we had time for a short purry fuss, and he'd just decided to have a little rest when his owner came. That was the really sad bit, because he didn't want to go to the vet. We were all still hoping he would be given some more time, but the vet said nothing could be done. It was good of his owner to let me have that last half hour. I am still dreadfully upset, but I suppose it will pass.

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      Delia 

      5 years ago

      What a sweet story...so sorry for the loss. I have a hard time when I lose my animals. I don't know if I could allow myself to get attached to someone else pet. But that was sweet of you to give Ollie so much attention.

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Redneck Lady Luck: Sadly, today I lost my FurBaby. But I was lucky to have him.

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Redneck Lady Luck: Lol, me too, they are such wonderful companions, and they have such a sense of humour.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      You are so lucky to have a cat that loves you so (and he is pretty lucky to that you let him lol). I will wind up being a crazy cat lady in my old age. I love our feline friends.

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @anonymous: They really are the cutest creatures. Mind you, I like most animals. But cats do have so much character.

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @norma-holt: Thank you so much, that's so kind of you. I forgot to answer here as I popped over to thank you there. I get a bit ditzy sometimes.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Aw....cats are so cool. I should get one or two again someday. :)

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      norma-holt 

      5 years ago

      Love the lens and your comments are showing up here. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013.

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @softclaws: Ollie says "How purrrfectly lovely of you to say so"

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      softclaws 

      5 years ago

      Ollie is a lovely cat - you have a great lens ollie!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Like the Name Ollie and he is a very lovely Cat.

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Virginia Allain: They are so cute and funny aren't they! And as you say, so independent! Thank you for visitng my lens

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I used to have 3 cats, but haven't had any for years. Miss their independent ways and rumbling purrs.

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Mistl: :-)

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @captainj88: He's getting quite elderly now, and all the more precious to me for that.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I like lenses about cats. Ollie's precious! I have 5 in my family (Lens is 5cats5stories).

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      Tjoedhilde 

      6 years ago

      Aww what a cute cat and nice of you to leave room for Ollie! :)

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @goo2eyes lm: Thank you. I will. Thanks for your encouragement.

    • goo2eyes lm profile image

      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      lovely pet lens. make some more lenses and please let me know. i will come back.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      lovely pet lens. make some more lenses and please let me know. i will come back.

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