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Well, as a recent resident on the Northern California Coast...

...who has just embraced Atheism, I'll be watching with interest how effective this idiot's words to god's ears are. Meanwhile, Initech, please make that Sea Man joke. Can hardly wait!

Today my Gracie cat left on her journey across the Rainbow Bridge.

It was a peaceful passage, with a wonderful Vet who gently released Gracie from her pain. The vet helped immensely by reassuring my spouse and I that we could take pride in the loving care we've given Gracie through the years, and it was the right thing to do, letting her go. We both cried a bunch of tears, and held onto her till the very end. Sure do miss that sweet little girl, and I'm still struggling with the tears, but time will ease the pain, I know, and we will always cherish the memories she has left us.

I cannot thank enough all of you who have sent messages of comfort, encouragement and sympathy. I know many of you have been through this particular loss, and I am so grateful that you've shared your experiences with words that have uplifted my spirit and made this tough time easier to bear.

Many of you doubtless know about Paws of Remembrance, but I have just found out about it. It's a lovely box with Gracie's front paws imprinted on a surface (plaster of Paris, I think), and below them a tuft of her hair, both inside a frame with an elegant cover. The Rainbow Bridge poem is included, and there's a place for her photo. It's such a special memorial for her, and one I'll always treasure. Thought I'd mention it for those who may not be familiar with it.

It is a joy to be a part of this awesome DU family. Again, thanks and many, many blessings!


Tomorrow I will release my Gracie cat from her pain and struggle.

In my ten years on DU, this is, IIRC, only my second OP, but I felt the need to share. Any of you familiar with the musical CATS will know about the Heavyside Layer. That is where I want my Gracie to go--the song keeps coming into my mind...Up past the Russell Hotel, Up Up Up Up to the Heavyside Layer...

Things will be better there, I know, and I hope she'll keep happy memories of her time with us, the love and care we've given her. She's a Russian Blue, about 15 years old, and has had a rather checkered past, none of which is her fault of course. I feel good, knowing we've made her last years safe and comfortable. But it's hard...We shall always miss her.

She's sleeping now, and in the morning I'll carry her gently to the arms of the vet who will make her passing a peaceful one. We've just lost a family member whose death came 'way too early. Clearly not on a par with losing Gracie, but still...sometimes things do pile on.

Didn't mean to go on for so long, but thanks to those who read and care. Forgive me my tears, and blessings to all.

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