Da Cat Who Came in from the Cold

A Note From Charlie's Momma

June 3rd 2013 12:24 pm
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We had Charlie put to sleep today at around 11. He was very sick - everything hurt, even the most delicate touches. The only place he still enjoyed getting petted was the top of his head. His veins were collapsing and he was literally wasting away in front of my eyes. My mom, my sister, and I were all with Charlie until the very end, petting him and letting him know how loved he was.

My mom and I buried Charlie in our backyard. We also buried the ashes of one of our bassets, Hanky Panky, along with Charlie. Charlie will never be alone. Hank was about the same color as Charlie, except he also had white fur. We plan on planting lots of orange and apricot colored flowers, so when we look there, we'll always remember Charlie and Hank. I'll be able to see the spot when I am out in the backyard swimming and tanning, which will remind me of where I really fell in love with Charlie, by the pool at the apartment complex in Austin.

Thank you very much for the nice comments and gifts that everyone has left Charlie. There have been a lot of comments saying Charlie was lucky to find us. I think that's true, but I think we were even more lucky to find Charlie. He helped remind everyone of what is really important - a dry comfortable place to sleep, some yummy food, fresh water, and most importantly, love. I hope I gave him just half of what he gave me.

Everyone is very sad here. Charlie will be very missed.

 
Purred by: Phantom -- Dreamboat # 113 (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 12:26 pm

Sending love and purrs from our house to yours. It's a brave thing to let us go when our time comes and Charlie will be waiting for you at the bridge.

Hugs and purrs from all of us
Purred by: Hazel Lucy - My Angel (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 12:29 pm

Charlie had the best of everything with you.
Keeping you in our hearts and prayers.

HL
Purred by: Platelicker ♥ DB#69 (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 12:33 pm

Oh me : ( I knew it was coming but was not ready to akshully know. I jus' popped back to the home page and there was Charlie's RB day update.

I will get my angel brother Cartman to show Charlie around. Cartman is a sweetie and will take good care of your Charlie ♥

Huggs,
Platelicker
Purred by: ♥Simon♥ (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 12:46 pm

Such a loving and beautiful tribute to Charlie and Hank! May the flowers bloom forever!

Hugs and purrs,
Simon & Reuben(an angel)
Purred by: River (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 12:49 pm

Charlie was lucky to have you guys, that's true, but you were definitely lucky to get to share your lives with him, he was something else. That sure sounds like it's going to be one beautiful memorial spot, I bet Charlie and Hank will be very happy to watch down on you by all those beautiful orange flowers. We're sending lots and lot of purrs to you but know that Charlie is free now and happy, you did what was right for him and he knows it too. He's with you right now and always will be, we kitties are good at that. Lots and lots of loves for all of you.
Purred by: Timmy Tomcat DB #122a (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 12:58 pm

We are sad to hear that Charlie crossed the bridge but so very happy he had a wonderful life with a loving family.

He is now learning to use his new angel wings and will be without pain and forever young again to play and enjoy all that the Bridge can offer.

Until we all meet again Charlie

Purrs of support from all of us at the Tomcat Home
Timmy and Family
Purred by: Queen Tallulah Angel Dreamgirl (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 1:34 pm

It is never easy to know the right time to let go, it was for my Mom to let me go, but I was the same way as Charlie, wasting away, in the end she couldn't even touch me I cried because I hurt..she knew because she loved me like you loved Charlie that letting go was a special one last gift to him...the gift of peace! both you and him were lucky, he gave you the gift of love and so much more as you gave him the gift of a loving wonderpurr home & your love, he was finally safe and he enjoyed every minute of being safe, fed and warm.

One never knows how long any of us will be here, Mom knows that all too well, so she cherishes my siblings every day, she is always hugging, loving and kissing them, like she did me...cause now all she has are the memories and pictures

He was blessed as you were to have found each other. What a special wonderpurr Mom you were.

We send our love and we too are here to support you as you go through this difficult time grieving and of sadness...

Oh boy is Charlie getting all the attention from us angel girls,he is one handsome loving angel, he is safe in the warmth of our loving angel wings. We are having a big welcoming charlie party today.

Sending butterflies from heaven with love
QT and family
Purred by: ♥ Nina ♥ rehomed (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 1:39 pm

Kimmy, we are sending love and purrs your way. You and Charlie were both very lucky to find another. I'm sure you can be at peace knowing that Charlie had the last year of his life in a nice loving home with you and your family. :)

hugs and purrs

Victoria and Jellybean
Purred by: Samhain (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 2:13 pm

Love and hugs from all of us here:
Samhain, Sleeper, Fearless, Owl, Socks and the Ferals, and Mama Alex
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Purred by: Orange Ruffy (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 2:28 pm

'and so it's left to my lot
that I should rise and you should not
I gently rise and softly call...
goodnight and joy be to you all....' (the Parting Glass)
Dear Momma Kim,
Today we bid 'see you later' to a wonderful Mango Man, who I have a feeling is watching over you as we speak. A wonderful tribute, Charlie's mortal self to lay with a goggie...

Charlie, like all of us Mango's, knew how to pick 'em. I loved his story of your meeting, and I wonder if at some time in the
future, you won't look into different eyes with the same sweet soul, and know....
fare thee well, Sweet Charlie
and welcome home....


love and light from us, the Ridgewood Clowder
Ruffy
Purred by: Miss Muppet Forever Loved (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 2:42 pm

Dear Charlie's mama,

All the angels were here to welcome Charlie. He will love it here. It is so beautiful. Someday you and all the other mamas and daddies will see it too. For now, though, we angels will be playing together and chasing mousies and birdies and eating catnip and watching over our families. We have special powers, you know, and now Charlie has them too. When you feel the breeze on your face, know the angels are sprinkling healing angel dust. Until we all meet beyond the bridge...

(Angel) Missy Mups
Purred by: Worlds Coolest Fluffy & Alex (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 3:02 pm

Hi Charlie's Mom! Condolences on your loss. Charlie was a special soul. So glad that you had each other even if your time was short.
We love that you buried him with some company, and love your plans for the memorial spot.
You did well. We will miss Charlie. Thanks for sharing some of his life with us. Purrs to your household & to Senor Carlos!
Love, Fluffy & Alex & Mom.
Purred by: Alex (sweet angel girl) (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 3:27 pm

We're so very, very sorry! Charlie was and always be a special boy that knew who to pick for a mommy. We'll miss him so much and I know you're hurting so badly right now. You gave him the ultimate gift in the end. We're sending you love and hugs.
Purred by: Samoa - Diva Angel (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 3:32 pm

We are heartbroken along with you today for Charlie's journey to the bridge. What a gentle boy - he has touched all our lives. Fly free with the angels, Charlie. We love you!
Purred by: Monster (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 3:41 pm

Thank you for taking him in and giving him a warm, loving home.
Purred by: ♥Kally Kat♥ (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 4:52 pm

As sad as we all are & have heavy hearts, your now free from all your sufferings sweetheart♥ !

I'm so glad that you all stayed with Charlie to the very end, that moment will neva, eva be forgotten It was peaceful, comforting & most loving!

Juss yew knows, yur Mommy & all yur family still love yew fur always!

Your final resting place at home in yur very own garden so yur Mommy will always be by your side!

Planting such purrity flowers is a lovely way to honour our furrkids.

Mommy planted a purrity Forsythia bush when her first cat Mitty passed on.

We all will love you fureva & eva Charlie & all the Angels up in heaven will love & keep you comfortable, very happie, & whole again!

Luvs & huggs,
Kally Kat
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Purred by: Luke (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 5:09 pm

Our heartfelt sympathies to your family. Charlie was lucky to have found you, but we understand that it was also a blessing for you to have such a sweet and gentle soul in your lives. Your memorial spot for Charlie and Hank sounds beautiful. Sending lots of hugs and gentle purrs to you.
Purred by: Zoe Kona Sunshine DG#2 (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 7:26 pm

Both you and Charlie was so lucky to find each other. Love is what its all about. And the beautiful thing about love is it last forever and ever.

I will be contacting you soon to chat about a remembrance flower from GreenPaws. I have a few ideas but it sounds like you guys do too.
Purred by: Stacy T

June 3rd 2013 at 8:38 pm

Love is forever and your hearts are always connected by paws.
May the memories of all of the love shared between you and Charlie give your heart strength. It's a hard decision you had to make today.
The true measure of a human is that they are willing to break their own hearts in order to spare us.

Charlie fought hard and bravely. Granting a rest is a mercy
*Even though I know how badly your heart is missing him tonight)
Purred by: Moma Ivey (Angel DG # 25) (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 9:53 pm

Oh sweet Charlie moma just read about your journey here to the bridge. She has water in her eyes like the night she found out I had left for the bridge. Sending lots and lots of love to your family. I was like you a street kitty and it is a hard life and there is nothing better than the love of a true family. Moma is still amazed at the way I could love after such a rough life on the streets where I always hoped for another meal. You are so love and you will be missed at home and on catster.
Now come and let us sprinkle some of the angel dust to comfort your family, I will show you how it is done.
Purred by: WeBeesSiameezers (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 10:04 pm

Meowmy and us are sending a lot of comforting hugs and purrs to your furmily tonight, Sweet Angel Charlie.
You were such a gentleman abd so dignified all the time, even when you didn't feel good.
Now you will be strong and healthy furevfur.
Rest peacefully and fly freely!

That garden will be so delightfur, we know that your Momma will post pictures of it next spring, because she has shown us a lot of other beautiful blooms that grow there.
How lovely that you will be among them all.

Now we have to go and lick some wetness off of meowmy's face...

Hugs, really big ones.

Pipo, Minko & Furmily
Purred by: ♥Indy♥ (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 11:19 pm

So sorry to read dis, but now mew are free furom pain.
Meowmie got leaky eyes reading dis, but mewr Momma did do what was best fur mew and I know mew appurciate it. Safe journey! Say hi to da rest of my family dat recently arrived at da Bridge.
Purred by: Ingen (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2013 at 11:35 pm

We unnerstand that is time fur Charley to go to the Rainbow Bridge. We's sad but soooooooooo MAD too. IS NOT FAIR!!! He haved susha hard life fur long times. THEN, he fin'ly getsa wunnerfur home witha luffing furmily but on'y getsa 'njoy it fur 1 stinkin' year. IS NOT FAIR!!!

Okay, I's done ranting. Take care wunnerfur peeples. We's all gonna miss Charley. I LUFF yer idea ofa orangie flowers. Seem like a nice way to 'memmers Charley & Hanky Panky.
Purred by: Smokey Joe Angel Dreamboat #9 (Catster Member)

June 4th 2013 at 6:04 am

We love you Charlie 'n meowmy. Just know that. I had the same thing happen to me, as I was dwindling down to nothing, mom same as your mom, helped me to cross to the bridge. The memorial sounds so beautiful. Along with all the purrfect Angels, we'll take furry good care of you my sweet furiend. We know how much you are missed. Hugs 'n love from all of us. xox
Purred by: Sandi G

June 4th 2013 at 6:18 am

Fly free at Rainbow Bridge Charlie, we will miss you! You were so well loved and cared for, you were one lucky kitty. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please take care of yourselves. So sorry for your loss.... Love, Tate
Purred by: Aggie - Our Soul Cat Angel (Catster Member)

June 4th 2013 at 6:26 am

Charlie arrived safely at the Bridge and was met by many open paws and hearts full of love - he will never be alone at Rainbow Bridge.

Thank you for giving him a loving furever home and a wonderpurr life. He thanked you by giving you his unconditional love and trust, the most wonderpuff gifts we can give our humans.

My mom Maria sends you many healing hugs, she had to help me make my journey to the Bridge on April 24th and is still grieving for me, so she knows how sad you all are.

Okay, now it's time for all of us to take Charlie to the catnip fields so we can roll in some nip and pawty!!

Rainbow blessings,
Angel Aggie
Purred by: Jasper, Angel Dreamboat #49a (Catster Member)

June 4th 2013 at 6:37 am

Sending comforting purrs to you. Charlie certainly was very much loved. While he didn't get as much time with his forever family as he should have, he went to the Bridge with warm and loving memories, safe in the arms of his family.
Purred by: Sonny Bono Angel Dreamboat-#34 (Catster Member)

June 4th 2013 at 8:11 am

Sending purrs and love to you and your sweet momma Charlie, I gathered all the Angels to meet you at the Gates, the girls were saying how handsome your are. You were and still are very much loved, you will never be forgotten, now you can go to the earth window and watch over your earthly family.
The Angel Inn has been all decorated just for you so let's go see what is happening, *reaches over wraps wings around Charlie, tells him we will have to take you to the wing maker too*don't worry we will load my Hummer up with my *Special Star Dust* and go sprinkle it all over your house tonight.

Love & Purrs
Angel Sonny Bono~
Purred by: Eve ♥ ♥ (Catster Member)

June 4th 2013 at 11:48 am

Purring very softly and lovingly for our new angel friend and his family. Heaven has gained a beautiful new star, which we gaze at and admire with love and sweet memories. Charlie has left his gentle pawprints within the hearts of many. We beliEVE, sweet friend
Purred by: Blue II (Catster Member)

June 4th 2013 at 3:33 pm

What a beautifur tribute to Charlie and Hank. De orange colored flowers planted on de Memorial will be awesome next Spring. Dey will remind you of yer beloved Charlie and Hanky Panky. My furmily and I are gonna miss Charlie...rest in peace sweet fur man...you were loved by many...

Love and Purrs,

Blue II and Furmily
Purred by: Rose (Catster Member)

June 4th 2013 at 6:02 pm

We're so sorry to hear that Charlie had to make his journey to the Bridge. Sending lots of comforting purrs and hugs to you during this sad time.
Purred by: ❤ BonnieBell ❤ (Catster Member)

June 4th 2013 at 7:08 pm

So very sorry to hear about Charlie passing over the rainbow bridge.....he was such a sweet, wonderful fur-iend! We know now he'll be out of pain, and he will be so at peace there. We'll send my sis-fur Snickey to greet him. She was a gorgeous tortie who passed 2 yrs ago. God bless.....huggies to you all, we are sad too......
BonnieBell
Purred by: Percy (Catster Member)

June 4th 2013 at 7:49 pm

My heart is broken. Charlie, you are such an inspiration! Never failing to congratulate everyone for catster accomplishments, or commenting on diaries, making all of us feel special and loved. May the angels embrace you and keep you, my friend!
Love,
Percy
Purred by: Percy (Catster Member)

June 4th 2013 at 7:50 pm

My heart is broken. Charlie, you are such an inspiration! Never failing to congratulate everyone for catster accomplishments, or commenting on diaries, making all of us feel special and loved. May the angels embrace you and keep you, my friend!
Love,
Percy
Purred by: Natasha (Catster Member)

June 5th 2013 at 2:04 am

Charlie is now here with us. He said that he will be looking over you until he can return home again. Yes, he was with you for such a short time but
you did the best for him. He loves you so much and so happy that he met you. Thank you for taking good care of him and giving him what he needed in the end, your heart and love. You are special and he is too....
Purred by: Tink the Cat (Catster Member)

June 5th 2013 at 4:56 am

So sorry we weren't here on Monday to comfort you! We're purraying for you and thinking of you today.
We are also very sorry that this happened to Charlie - he deserved better. He's a special kitty. But you took him in and gave him a happy life at the end and he knew that unconditional love was possible. We know that there's a hole in your heart right now and that you are trying to adjust to not having his presence in your house. I can't imagine how much suffering he would have gone through if you hadn't taken him in!!!
Kim, you are a hero to us.
Luv, Tink, Snow & Barbara
Purred by: Tigger (Catster Member)

June 5th 2013 at 3:17 pm

Oh gosh, I just saw this and I am so very very sorry. I wish the outcome had been different for Charlie. He had so much love from you all, and he touched our hearts too. He was a very special boy and you gave hima wonderful life until he had to fly free. Sending you hugs and prayers. Shedding tears for Charlie here that is for sure...
Purred by: Calísta (Catster Member)

June 9th 2013 at 3:16 pm

oh we are so, so sad to hear this. RIP sweet Charlie.
Purred by: Linda B

June 11th 2013 at 5:01 pm

We are so sorry to hear this. R.I.P. Charlie.
Purred by: Alfie - Angel DB#14 (Catster Member)

August 6th 2013 at 2:43 pm

We are so sorry to hear this. We have not visited Catster very much lately as Mum has been tied up with her own grief. We know how it feels to lose much loved furbabies. Charlie was just beautiful. We hope that he is with Little Alfie.

 

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