Sweet Peaches

pastel painting of a cat on a table with peonies
Peaches and Peonies, pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

Please send Peaches lots of love and energy as she transitions this morning. The process began last night, and we are now waiting for our veterinarian; this afternoon we’ll be meeting with our friend Deb at Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation. I am so glad these wonderful supportive people are here for us now.

Peaches took another little downturn over the weekend, but we didn’t find any solution to helping her to return to comfort and wellness and she began refusing food. I was just preparing another article about knowing the time was imminent, but Peaches took things into her own little paws. She looked at me last night and said, “Don’t worry.”

Until later, thanks for letting us share Peaches’ journey.

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Bernadette

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17 thoughts on “Sweet Peaches

  • October 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm
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    Bernadette, I’m so terribly sorry for not seeing this post until today. Thinking of you and Peaches. You were both lucky to have each other. You were the BEST mama and did everything for her. xo

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  • October 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm
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    Oh Bernadette, I’m so sorry. My heart breaks for you – even though you’ve been preparing for this for a long time, it’s still a huge loss. Be gentle with yourself as you mourn the loss of your special little girl – may memories of her long life with you comfort you.

    Much love,
    Ingrid.

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    • October 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm
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      Ingrid, thank you, and thank you for guiding me along on Facebook and social networking where I could share Peaches with so many more people, especially for her 100th birthday. Knowing that they “met” her and remember her is such a comfort.

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  • October 22, 2010 at 10:45 am
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    Bernadette:

    I know you loved and took great care of Pretty Peaches. I am so sorry she had to move on. She is with my Martha and Snapple and Maple now, all of them sweet girls, too.

    I hope your seven kitties are giving you lots of head bumps and kitty kisses.

    Roxanne

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    • October 22, 2010 at 11:23 am
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      Roxanne, thanks for your thoughts. I am constantly surrounded by lots of purring love, and my two tortie girls are making sure my lap is never empty. I love your kitties’ names!

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  • October 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm
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    I am so sorry to hear this Bernadette. I also just read on the CWA message board that your illustration of her won a CWA Certificate of Excellence – I think that is a tribute to her beauty and spirit. I know how sad you must feel – I’ve been there – but also be happy that you gave her a good, long life.

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    • October 22, 2010 at 3:39 am
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      Sparkle, thank you so much. It’s hard to believe she was only with me for her last five years, but we packed a lifetime into those years. I did my best to get Peaches “out there” in my artwork and writing so she’d be inspiring others for years to come. I am honored that her portrait won a certificate, and that I get to share her image with the Cat Writers. Good luck with your book!

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  • October 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm
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    Bernadette,
    My heart aches for your loss of sweet Peaches. So many special kitties have crossed over to the rainbow bridge this year including my Coco so he’s in good company. If you like, I’ll be happy to share privately some grieving tips which eased the transition this time. (It’s not all grim and painful. I even found joy during the process.) Meanwhile, I’m sending love, light and (((hugs)))

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    • October 22, 2010 at 3:44 am
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      Layla, I read about Coco just recently, and appreciated what you could do for him. I had plenty of time to consider what life without Peaches would be like, and Peaches knew as well. Even at the end her transition was gentle, and she led the way. I’m not in pain from her loss but I’m able to remember her fondly, especially here at my desk where we spent so much time, and I feel a certain amount of joy from her that she is no longer tied to her failing body. But it’s only after the losses of 12 other cats that I can accept it so calmly. I have the best teachers in all these felines. Thank you for your love and light!

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  • October 21, 2010 at 10:34 am
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    Oh, Bernadette, I’m so very sorry to hear about sweet Peaches…may she always watch over you.

    With love,
    Chris and the kitties

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    • October 22, 2010 at 3:50 am
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      Chris, we made the most of it, and she’s no longer tied to that old body of hers. She was the “light” though–now I have five black cats and two torties, and I have to remember now I have seven cats, not nine, as Dickie went back to live with his mom on October 1. But the memories help heal the losses.

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  • October 20, 2010 at 9:31 pm
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    Thanks, everyone. She transitioned with her usual grace and dignity. My house isn’t the same, especially my desk and my computer, without her persistent little presence always near me. She was truly the “light” in a house of five black cats and two torties with her peaches and cream dilute calico fur. After all the vigilance of the past few months, I suddenly have time on my hands and no urgent needs to check, to treat, to feed, but I can remember all the years and all the memories and all the love of a sweet senior kitty. All the others were with us through the night and this morning and I’m getting a lot of special attention from them now. I’m in good hands, and perhaps Peaches is meeting with her sister Cream again, and her other “person”.

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  • October 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm
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    lots of love for you and precious peaches during this time, and all of your other furry children.

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  • October 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm
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    Gentle journey, little Peaches. And much love to you and your ‘mom’.

    ~Renee, Eva, and the rest of our furry family.

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  • October 20, 2010 at 11:25 am
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    Oh no, I am so sorry Bernadette. We loved Peaches and she was such a strong gal near the end and she really tried to stay with you as long as possible. We are sending lots of hugs to you Bernadette and lots of purrs to Peaches so she will know how much she was loved. Mom’s eyes are leaking water now. Take care.

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  • October 20, 2010 at 11:19 am
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    I’m sorry, Bernadette, but I know you’ve done everything possible. Have a good journey, Peaches — I can think of more than a few furry souls waiting to greet you on the other side.

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  • October 20, 2010 at 11:11 am
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    Oh, Bernadette, I’ll be praying for you all. I’ll be sending you good energy of love, peace and happiness. Take care.

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