Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Sent with Love

We were all a bit teary yesterday when we received a package and a card in the mail. We didn't expect to hear anything more about Crystal, but he hasn't been forgotten.

Because Rusty is such a large cat, Jan makes him a bed every winter out of a rectangle clothes basket. He hasn't seemed very interested in it this year, preferring to squeeze himself into a dishpan bed. When Crystal couldn't leap any more, Jan made him "steps" to the washing machine where he would eat. The last week he couldn't climb, so Jan made him a bed in the basket. A big soft pillow and lots of bedding.

After Crystal died in the basket, Jan threw away all the bedding and made a new bed for Rusty. Cotton, who had never shown any interest in it before, climbed in and claimed it. It sits on the cold floor and Jan had thrown away the afghan used to keep it warm.

This is Cotton in her new bed a few hours ago.


This is the beautiful, thick blanket that came in the package yesterday. Jan laid it out on her bed to try to show you it's a good size and is covered with kitties on one side and is brown on the other (see lower right corner of picture). According to the note, Parker and her family -- Powder, Puff, Rudy, Diamond Doggy & their humans -- asked Hansel's mom to make a nice blanket in memory of Crystal. She put lots of love into it so our hearts would be filled with the joy that we are not alone -- which makes it doubly special. And she did this while she was going through the stress of Hansel's two broken hips and surgery.

The moment Jan unfolded it, Cyndi claimed it for her bath.


Jan then put it where the blanket is most needed, in the big bed on the cold floor. She left Cotton checking out Hansel, Tesla's & Benny's scent.


When she returned to take a picture of Cotton in her bed, this is what she found.

Yep, Rusty suddenly decided he likes his bed again. And poor Crystal was out in the cold. Literally. Looks like this is going to be a very popular bed now. Thank you, Parker & Hansel!

On the left is a shot of the card Parker's family sent after Crystal died and the one on the right is from Casper, Cleo Patches & their mom. (Sorry about the quality. Kind of dreary today and couldn't find a good spot to take a photo.) They are both lovely cards and we are going to save them. Thank you!



Again, we are grateful to each one of you for your kind words and deeds. We have all accepted Crystal's passing but we still cry for him.

49 comments:

  1. Oh what a beautiful surprise. Now you all can remember Crystal every time you take a nap...

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

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  2. what lovely gifts!

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  3. What a lovely surprise. Parker and her family are so thoughtful.

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  4. What a sweet surprise. That was such a nice gesture.

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  5. That was such a sweet gesture by Parker and her family, and Hansel's mom.

    I like that Crystal's old bed and the new blanket are much in demand. It's as though Crystal is watching over you, and bringing you all closer together. :)

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  6. What a truly lovely gift, such a loving gesture from generous and wonderful people.

    Purrs and kitty kisses from the Fuzzy Tales crew, and (((hugs))) too.

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  7. That was so sweet.. you deserve it. What wonderful fur friends you have. The CB is the best.

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  8. What a beautiful gift, made with kindness and love in Crystal's memory=priceless!...Such wonderful friends you have.

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  9. What a nice surprise and such caring friends you have.

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  10. Boy it sure looks like that blanket is in full demand. Sure is a pretty one. I liked what Halloween's blog stated after she passed recently. "She will purr forever in our hearts." And I am very sure Crystal will purr in your hearts forever too!!!

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  11. That is a totally wonderful tribute to Crystal from a totally wonderful bunch of friends!

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  12. Your post made our Mom all leaky too. What a beautiful thing to do for you in memory of Crystal.

    Woos, Phantom and Thunder

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  13. What a marvelous surprise! I think it is fantastic!

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  14. How sweet - you never have to forget them, you will always love them and they are never replaced

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  15. It's really kind and sweet of Parker and Hansel and their families to do that. It's gesture like this that makes CB the warm and caring oommunity that it is.

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  16. That was a sweet gift. We can see they love it.

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  17. What wonderful furiends. Such special gifts in memory of such a special boy. (((hugs)))

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  18. what a sweet gift and a sweet post.
    fills my heart with joy to know there are such lovely people in the world.
    (((HUGS)))
    mo

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  19. That was purry nice!

    I'm sure they helped warm all the hearts and toes!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  20. They are very sweet.
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  21. Oh, I am just in puddles! How thoughtful and touching. And what a beautiful way to bring in warm memories every day of a beloved friend.

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  22. The cat blanket is so cute ! Cats always choose the best places.
    Rosie doesn't have diabetis and blood test is OK, but she still doesn't eat or drink. It's very strange. She has to stay with the vet until she founds out what is wrong.
    I see you just lost a cat. It's so sad.

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  23. Such a beautiful blanket. Hansel's Mom used such beautiful fabric. We love it.

    A very sweet surprise. Clearly it'll be used by many.

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  24. What a lovely, heartfelt gift!

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  25. We are so happy that you like it. May it provide warm paws and purrs for a long time! Hansel Benny and Telsa's Mom made it with love!
    (((hugs)))

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  26. What a lovely blanket and cards. Each cat will be remembering Crystal as they all take turns resting on it. Parker is a sweetheart and very kind.

    Whicky Wuudler

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  27. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift from loving friends! It will keep Crystal near to you always.

    xo
    Chef

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  28. Awwwee, that was so nice of Parker and his family to send you that lovely blanket to help remember Crystal. All can just snuggle down in it to keep warm and have sweet thoughts of Crystal. Looks like all at your place really like the new blanket too. Maybe you could have them take number like they do at the meat market store for turns to sleep on it.

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  29. What a lovely remembrance Hansel's Mom's act of thoughtfulness has created for you.

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  30. MOL....musical beds!!!!!!!! You can't blame Rusty for claiming his bed again now that it has that gorgeous blanket in it......how sweet of Parker and her family and Hansel's mom. xxxxxxxxxx

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  31. What a beautiful blanket! And it just amazes mom everytime we come on, the wonderful people that are on the CB. Enjoy your basket!

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  32. What a lovely blanket
    I am so very sorry for your loss

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  33. What a lovely gesture and wonderful gifts.

    Loki

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  34. Jan
    I know I don't get by very often but you are always in my heart and prayers and I wanted to thank you for your care, love, friendship and support during our time of sorrow....Thank you from the bottom of our hearts
    Deetzy

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  35. We're a bit lost for words, so we'll just say: WOW!

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  36. What a lovely and practical way to remember Crystal. ~AFSS

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  37. That is so very thoughtful!
    Love,
    Ammy

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  38. I'm so sorry that we missed this and are late to offer our condolences on the loss of wonderful Crystal. He helped me celebrate Sock it to Me Sunday...and I'll always remember that. Crystal is certainly watching over you now.

    Big Purrs, Cory

    Pee Ess, thank you for the info about Ayla and Iza's new blog address. Mom has been a bit scattered.

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  39. Oh, I'm so sorry too that I haven't been able to visit lately and missed everything that happened with Crystal. Very belated condolences! What a wonderful, thoughtful gift - it looks like everyone in your household wants to share it! :-)

    Slobbers,
    Honey the Great Dane

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  40. What a lovely surprise! Parker and her humans are so sweet!

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  41. It is sad, but good when a kitty makes itself at hone where another used to. It that sense, The Big Thing is happy ta see one of us where LC used ta nap.

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  42. What a lovely suwpwise so bootiful and cozy
    Cwystal will NOT be fowgotten, I just hopre the sewst of the family can all find wawm places to sneep!

    I'm alone because , I'm the judge fow best of show at Mango Minstew and I'm not supposed to talk to anyone ow get inflooenced in any way..it's vewy hawd
    smoochie kisses
    ASTA

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  43. What a lovely surprise! Parker is a sweetie!

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

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  44. Aww this is sweet. I'm glad you're finding comfort in the little things and getting tons of support from your kitty friends. We're all here for you and understand. I'll be thinking of of you and your fam.

    XOXOXOXO Puddin

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  45. What a wonderful and thoughtful gesture. I'm sorry to hear about Crystal. My thoughts are with you.

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  46. Beautiful memorials to Crystal. I know you will miss him dearly. Just read how your day went the day you had to bury him.

    How is your toe now?

    Haven't been up to blogging or even checking on y'all since loosing Mouse. Hope to be back up again in the next few days.

    Praying and purring for you and your babies,

    Katie Kat.

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  47. nice post. thanks.

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