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Goodbye Puppy... by vaia Goodbye Puppy... by vaia
I feel like I've spent the last 24 hours in tears...

This morning I lost my baby boy.
Of all our cats, Puppy was mine. Just Mine.
He was loyal to a fault and never far from my side.


Now I have no one to sit on my feet while I'm at the computer, or try to sleep on my book while I'm reading.

No one to shoo Shad away when he tries to kiss me goodnight.

No one to sleep in the kitchen window or drink out of the kitchen sink.

No one to sleep on my chest and rub all over me to make sure the rest of the cats (and Shad) knew I was all his...

No one to cry "Momma" (yes, he did) when the food bowl is empty.

No one to lay on the table next to my desk and slowly inch his way over to laying ON the keyboard when I've been online too long.

No one to wait patiently for everyone to finish their dinner so he can clean the plates.

No to steal Duffy's chicken nuggets when he's not looking or eat hamburger helper out of the bowl with Shad - at the same time...

No one to be Laurel to Stan's Hardy...or Abbot to his Costello...

He wasn't just a pet...he was family. He was one of us.
This house is going to be so very empty without him.



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:iconruaiagei:
RuaiAgei Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gods, I lost my Sam about five years ago.
He looked exactly like Puppy.
He was mine and I was his, exactly as you describe it.
And I just realize it still hurts the same.
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Pyrovampiress Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
My apologies on your loss.

I swear I have had the same cat before. Looked Identical. I lost him October 29th, 2004 to feline luekemia. I took him in as a stray, someone literally dumped him in front of my apt. He is still with me in spirit.
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vaia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
He was 12 :) We got him when he was 6 weeks old from the shelter in Florida and he was my spoiled brat ever since, hehe.

Shad swears he still follows him around the house and the basement, and the weirdest thing is that Stan seems to have done a Vulcan Mind Meld :o All the weird little things that Marius used to to, Stan does now--he sits at the door when we're outside and yells at us. He sleeps (or tries to) on the back of the couch. Never used to do those things before. But he's gradually started doing more things that Puppy always did. :aww: It's really weird, but then Stan always thought he was people anyway....he's trying to make us feel better :laughing:
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Pounce25 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
Your picture is nice, it reminds me of the pet I was talking about. I miss you lars. *sobs*
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It's tough.
It's still hard for me to get to sleep at night without him.

His brother's been trying to make up for it, but much as I love my Stan, he's just not the same.

:heart:
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Pounce25 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
I love the picture, it's sooo cute.
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)

He was a sweet boy.
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Pounce25 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
I feel so sad, I miss my pet, because I realized, I loved him so much, and I feel lonely without him.
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:cuddle:
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EvanescenseOfLight Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: He will always be in your heart, loved ones always are
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:
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GossamerGlen Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Dearest Vaia...I'm so sorry my friend. I know how you feel. I have two cats who are not just pets, but cherished companions and part of the family. One is curled up on my lap now. He knows that I cannot work without his "help." He is always on my lap if I'm on here. And the other sleeps on the pillow next to me at night. When they must leave I fear I won't be able to sleep or work. At least not without feeling the loss so terribly. I understand your pain. I came across this quote recently and thought it might bring you comfort in your time of sorrow.

"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." - Helen Keller

Wishing you comfort. :hug:

love ~ Marchella
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for passing on the beautiful quote :cuddle:
I think that sums it up perfectly.
So long as they are alive in our hearts and memories, they are never gone from us :aww:

:cuddle:
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originalkitten Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
Awww sweetie I am so sorry. You are in my prayers and thoughts. I know how u feel. I felt like that when I lost my baby boy Tiddles....xoxoxox
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, honey :heart:
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chalyss Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
Awwww... I am so, so sorry honey! I know how it feels. I still miss my Puppy (Nermal, actually) 7 years later. *HUGS*
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
"Nermal" is a great name :D

:cuddle: Thank you. :heart:
Stan's trying very hard to fill his brothers shoes :roll: He's being extra suck-up-ish and cuddly (which is cool, til he puts your leg to sleep, lol). But we all miss him very much :(
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vampiregoddess16 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
So sorry to hear about him. But dont worry. He'll be there in spirit ^_^ and he still loves you just as much as he always has.
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much :cuddle:
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vampiregoddess16 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
Of course hunny, I know the feeling of losing a family member (pet). I know its hard and its nice to have people who understand even if you dont know them all to tell.
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:cuddle:
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DivineNightShade Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
I'm so sorry for you... i feel like crying now..
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:
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DivineNightShade Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007
ur welcome :heart:
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damadelmuerte Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
I'm sorry hon, I feel for you. I've had pets that close to me as well. :hug:
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:cuddle: Thank you :heart:
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BrokenWings3D Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
I am so truly sorry for your loss! He looks and sounds like such a sweetheart. Thoughts and prayers for you & him. :hug: :cuddle:
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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BrokenWings3D Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
Very welcome. :hug:
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LucreaArousha Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
I am sorry for you loss. *hugs*
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, honey :cuddle:
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jasminedragon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh V, I am so sorry. My deepest prayers with you all (especially you) during this very difficult time. I know your pain all to well. Our family dog, Odie (I have a pic of him up in my scraps section) passed away last night as well.

I know words will never really make you feel any better, or make this any easier. All I can say is you are in my thoughts, and send you many mental hugs.

Lots of love.

:rose::rose::rose::rose::rose::rose::rose::rose::rose::rose::rose::rose: <---roses for Puppy
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Oh honey, I'm so sorry! :cling:

I've lost people I love before, but nothing has ever quite compared to this. :no:
I'm so grateful that I've got friends like you guys to turn to :heart:

I'll light a candle for your Odie too, hon.
And certainly returning all those mental hugs!! :cuddle:

:rose::rose::rose::rose::rose::rose:
:rose::rose::rose::rose::rose::rose:
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jasminedragon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Time will heal.....though it's still hard.

Thanks so much for the return hugs. We need them. :cuddle:

I am so thankful for people like you......you've been such a wonderful friend.....and an amazing artist to boot.

We'll have a moment a silence for Puppy when we have the service for Odie. It's the least I can do for someone so special to you....he was adorable.
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, sweetie :cuddle:

Shad built Puppy a casket too, but the weather isn't cooperating with us today to bury him :no:
It's funny, but it's been raining since he left us. Maybe the skies around here are being sympathetic (or maybe that's just what I'm telling myself...).

We've gone through all our photos and gotten together an album of him. Looking back over the last 12 years and remembering the little things (like how no loose-leaf was safe from him. We've got a ton of pictures of him just laying on notebook paper :confused: ) or how he'd always find a place to curl up - in the bookshelves, lol.

If I can get my scanner to cooperate, I think I'm going to put up a few on my blog :)

:heart:
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invisiblerose Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
:love:
Sending much love your way Vaia :hug:
I know how it feels to loose animal family member.

I love my 2 cats to pieces, that's why I returned home.

Thinking of you :heart:
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, honey :cuddle:

:heart:
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Raynorn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
I am very sorry for your loss
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:
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KittysTavern Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
:hug: Poor Vai. I know that Puppy was just as important to you as either of my 'baby girls' are to me. I know the pain all too well. I am so sorry. Much :love: , Vai. I'm here to talk if you need me :)
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, honey :cuddle:
I think it's harder not knowing what happened than anything else...he was fine night before last, then yesterday morning he was basically gone, but it took over 24 hours for him to actually go. He was trying to come to bed last night but couldn't get up to move on his own... :no: Hes been at my feet almost 24/7 for the last 12 years...just hard not having him there :(
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KittysTavern Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
A huge vacancy left in his wake, I'm sure. I didn't know what to do with myself when Harmony passed last year. I was bed ridden and physically ill for several days.

I know when I worked in rescue, we had SO many kitties that died that we never knew why. It's so hard and frustrating. Wondering if you could have done more, along with other things. It never failed to stun me how quickly they can just be gone. No warning, no nothing. They're doing fine and then BAM they're down and out and there's nothing you can do.

I know it's not a lot of comfort, but I know that while he was alive he was loved very, very much and that you were with him when he was dying. You did more for him then you probably realize and I know he was grateful and loved you for it. Take strength in that!
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vaia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:cuddle: Thank you.
That's exactly it...we're both going over and over in our heads what it might have been. :no:
He'd had kidney problems years ago, so we're not sure if that had something to do with it, but to me it seemed like more of a stroke :( Not having the money to really do anything didn't help either, so we couldn't even take him in to have him put down :no: But we wanted to make sure he knew he was loved...and Shad laid down next to him for a good long while and just talked to him... Definitely not going to be the same around here without him.
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KittysTavern Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Professional General Artist
It's so hard to tell. Don't worry about it too much if you can. I know that's easier said then done.
The vet more then likely would just have wanted to put him down.
You were with him at the end. That's VERY important!
I know he'll be greatly missed. :hug:
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:cuddle: :heart:
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xenoform Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Farewell dear friend, though the world will seam bleak without your soft warm purr and charisma,We wish your new journey be twice as blessed as your brief stay with those you have left behind. :wave:
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vaia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: He's with my buddy Marcus now.
Shad says I'm gonna have the two most over-protective Guardian Angels on record :aww:
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xenoform Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Over protective can be a good thing... somtimes. :shrug: In the cold night when you feel that warm fur on your feet, don't freekout, K? Puppy just wants to say hi. =D
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vaia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle: I'm looking forward to that :aww:

Now if I could just stop putting my plate on the floor for him, we'd be okay :no:
Stan looked at me like "What the hell are you doing, woman?! I don't eat this crap!" :evileye:
He's not amused at all...
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xenoform Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it's hard... You will find some new pet to love soon enough, I think you are summoning them unconsciously. :nod: yaknow?
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