In Loving Memory of Bliss

Posted Mar 5, 2019, 7:22:17 PM

Some animals are your heart.  Not your love or your baby or a friend, but Your Heart.

You know it from the moment you meet them.  It doesn't matter if they are 2 days or 10 years old when you do.

It's not that you can't imagine life without them, it's that they are your life, and you theirs.

This phenomenon occurs more often and more obviously with dogs, I think.  But in my case, it was a cat.

When he left me, my Heart left me.  I will be recovering from the loss for the rest of my life.

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  • Mar 8, 2019
    Awww it's bliss! I'm so glad you posted this. You did a beautiful job capturing him. animals are so hard.
    • Mar 11, 2019
      Thank you so much!
      Have you ever started a project where you fell in a trance-like state the entire time, and when you came out of it you had created something that you almost couldn't believe was yours? That's kind of how this was for me. Also very cathartic at the time, since he had just passed.
  • Mar 9, 2019
    I can completely understand this feeling and I'm sorry for the loss of Bliss. Cats who integrate so completely within our life, that we can't believe it when their gone and the feeling left behind.
    • Mar 11, 2019
      Indeed. He was incredibly special, I raised him from about 2 days old to 6 months, then gave him to my friend as a birthday gift. What is unique about this is, that friend ended up becoming my boyfriend, then husband. :-) Bliss was an integral part of our relationship, as well as being as close as I'll ever get to having a son.
      On top of that, when I was fostering him for that first 6 months, my entire group of friends became part of the process. Those friends and my husband and I all spent so much time together that when Bliss died, they actually held a funeral for him. One of my friends told me later that he cried like a baby when he found outabout his passing.
      I feel so fortunate to have had those 13 years with him, before the cancer took him.
      It was just one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences, with Bliss, that I find hard to imagine ever occurring again.
      • Mar 14, 2019
        Thank you so much for sharing his story and that is incredible that he was able to bring in everyone, and you and your husband especially, like that. 13 years is a long time to get to love on him and I'm sure he knew how much you cared for him.

        I lost the last of my childhood pets about three years back. We had Zoey for 16 years, before she finally past away. I loved that dog. She was what made going home feel like home, and it's still hard to believe she's gone. It's always amazing the connection you can feel to your animal, and how much they feel end up being family members, not just pets. No matter how long you have them.
        • Mar 16, 2019
          I love animals. They allow you to be their hero, their world. As such, they can bring out the best in people, and invoke or enhance the most treasured experiences.
  • Mar 9, 2019
    Forgot to add, your cat is gorgeous - and you did a lovely job on being able to draw them!