Daily Photo: Good Night, Sweet Prince

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Lakota Reflecting (literally, in the mirror)

And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

Shakespeare, Hamlet, 5, 2

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He really did not recover and despite all the measures would not eat again; ironically his original person contacted me the day I knew his end would be near and I’d decided to contact her. We found a time and place to meet last night as he rallied enough to look at her and be petted and she told me stories of his life, then the drive in the dark to the Frankie’s Friends/HCMT clinic north of Pittsburgh. So many thanks to Dr. Morrow’s generosity in accommodating the timing and Lindsay Joyce for meeting me so late and your comforting presence. The last time I held him, his eyes would not even open but he put his head against my chest and purred, and his big soft mitten paws gently kneaded the air. He went easily, it was right.

Thank you so much to our extended family of felines and humans in Verona, Ontario for putting a candle in your window to guide Lakota.

And thanks to everyone who sent wishes, purrs, barks, good thoughts, energy and love in the time he’s been with us, and especially this past week.

This year when I speak about “The Joy of Pets” at the Pet Memorial Day ceremony, I’ll have a story for all those present.

Thanks for sharing my life for the six weeks you were with me, Lakota. I enjoyed every minute, and I’m sure you did too.

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Happily disturbing the peace on my work table, just a little over a week ago.

“To love that well, which thou must leave ‘ere long.”

Shakespeare, Sonnet 73

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  • August 11, 2013 at 9:46 am
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    Sorry I missed this when it was originally posted. Lakota was a lucky boy to have you to spend his last days with. You’re an angel. xo

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    • August 12, 2013 at 12:50 am
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      Vicki, don’t worry, I was a little preoccupied anyway. I’m so glad I had a chance to spend that time with him.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm
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    We know we’ve been a bit AWOL this past month as mom battles her neck injury & pain management, but we’ve been watching Lakota’s progress, and we are so very thankful he had his last two months with you. That photo of him ‘disturbing your work’ makes us think of how Maxwell might look in his golden years. And he’s obviously so very happy there. Such a sweet elderly boy who – we know – left a Lakota-sized hole in many hearts, he will be missed.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm
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      Guys, that’s exceptionally sweet–and I did go to take a few extra looks at Maxwell to see what Lakota may have looked like in his youth. Hope your mom gets well–I’ve been a bit AWOL with this and a few other things too but I’ll be catching up as well.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 11:09 am
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    You are truly an angel, Bernadette. How wonderful that Lakota had your love, support, and comfort during his last days. Blessings to him and all the beloved creatures of this earth.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm
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      Thank you, Deb, and I wish the same for all the creatures on earth, would that we could do that for all of them.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 10:54 am
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    Oh Miss Bernadette. I am so sorry to read about sweet Dakota’s passing to the Bridge. How precious the moment that when he passed he had your loving hands on him. Puurrrs to you, Savannah

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    • August 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm
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      Thank you, Savannah, it’s a moment I won’t forget.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 9:26 am
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    “Soul relationships may last five minutes, a day, a decade, or more. Relationships aren’t measured in time but in lessons learned.” said Brian Weiss, it came to mind just when I read the title of the post ank knew he had left. Love and compasion are main lessons, he was lucky to find you.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm
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      Maru you are exactly right with that quote, and I was lucky to know him.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 8:56 am
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    I’m so sorry, Bernadette. There’s a special place in heaven for people like you. Lakota may have had a rough life, but for the last few weeks of it, he knew he was loved, and he was able to die in peace. What a gift you gave him.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm
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      Thank you, Ingrid. I think there’s a special place in heaven for kitties like Lakota, and it was my joy to know him and help him on his way.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 5:28 am
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    He’s Safe Home now. Well Done, Bernadette. At least his last few weeks were in safe n loving hands.
    Thinking of you, though. It still hurts your heart, even when you know it’s the right thing to do. xxx

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    • August 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm
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      Annie, there was never a doubt in me, especially as I think back on it all, and I think I as just a safe way for him to get to heaven.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 4:37 am
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    How sad he’s gone so soon. Sweet peace, Lakota.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm
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      Rumpydog, it’s hard to believe, but we won’t forget him too quickly. Thanks for the good wishes.

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  • August 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm
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    Thanks for sharing your love with Lakota.

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  • August 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm
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    Oh, B, I’m so sorry – he was such a handsome boy. Thank you for being an earth angel to sweet Lakota.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm
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      Chris, how generous of you, just losing Star–perhaps they are up there together looking down on us

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  • August 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm
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    We’re so sorry, Bernadette. Thank you for being such a good guardian for Lakota for the short time you had together. He was fortunate to have you.there for him — and with him — to the last.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm
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      Hey, Gang, thanks for stopping by–I was fortunate to have had even just this little bit of time with him.

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  • August 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm
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    It always makes us smile when we know a kittie’s final days
    are spent in a place of safety and love.
    As Lakota made a difference in your heart, we know you made a big difference in his life too.
    Purrs and Headbumps 🙂
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger, JJ and Julie

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    • August 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm
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      Tillie and Georgia, I was so glad to be able to do this for him, especially when I discovered how brief his time was.

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  • August 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm
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    Bernadette, thank you for taking care of Lakota and his friend. You gave Lakota peace and love for his last days. That is such a wonderful gift. And thanks, also, for your caring reminders to us about older cats.

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  • August 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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    I’m so glad Lakota’s last weeks were with you, safe and loved, not alone in a shelter cage! To pass from this world with dignity and held by caring arms is something we can all hope for. Bless you.

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    • August 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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      Cat’s Cats, we can’t do it for all the cats and living creatures in the world, but we can do it for even just one, and we should.

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  • August 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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    I am sorry, Bernadette. God bless you and Lakota. I know we’ll all catch up with you one day, Lakota. Until then, Peace.

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    • August 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm
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      Lynda, you’re so right–we all end up there. I didn’t get to paint him while he was with me, but I have lots of photos and we’ve not seen the last of him.

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  • August 2, 2013 at 11:33 am
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    I’m sorry, Bernadette, but it sounds like he went out peacefully and with dignity, as befitting a prince. Bless you for giving him exactly what he needed these last six weeks.

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    • August 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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      Tammy, because we knew our time was limited we cut out a lot of the cautious getting-to-know-you stuff and just got right to enjoying each others’ company. Though it was a loss, it was done well.

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  • August 2, 2013 at 11:17 am
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    God’s speed to you Lakota; ewe R…were…N all ways will bee…loved..

    God’s blessings two ewe Bernadette; we knead knot tell ewe this waz knot good bye…merely; until we meet again at heaven’s door

    N we hope ewe know if Lakota could… speek… he would say thanx mom B, for everee thing….and eye love ….ewe……two

    XOXOXOXO

    =^–^=

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    • August 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm
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      Tabbies, Lakota let me know with every look and every action. And St. Francis followed us all over. Thanks for all your love and support for us.

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