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Thursday, February 21, 2013

R.I.P. Sweet Clovis


Clovis died peacefully this morning at 7:25 A.M. after a terrible night. He most likely had a neurological event yesterday afternoon. We did not leave him. Joe and I gave him water with a syringe and carried him back and forth from a floor pallet to the bed. He kept wanting to fling himself off the bed. We petted him and told him repeatedly how much he was loved. Is loved. Will always be loved. By all three of us. I am crying as I type this.

He was my constant companion. He slept on my chest or in the crook of my arm. He woke me yesterday by nudging my chin. It was a fine furry way to awaken. He could be grouchy but I have always liked grouchy men and I found his grouchiness amusing. He was smart. He would not walk into the kitchen in the morning until I gave him permission to do so.


Joe has been crying with me for he loved Clovis tremendously. Joe has taken the day off and we are going to drive to the yellow house to bury him in a sunny spot where he loved to soak up sun beams. Clovis would like that.

I have called CC and she is equally devastated. I still plan to spend the weekend with her. She grew up with Clovis. We got him as a kitten two weeks prior to my brother being killed by a drunk driver when CC was six years old. I clung to that orange kitten. He helped me through my grief. He will be missed more than I can say.


Goodbye Sweet Baby Boy
You were loved
Mama

71 comments:

  1. Oh NO! I am so so sorry to hear this..and I know you are hurting..all of you..Shelly included.. I just don't have words to say...except how sorry I am to see this....hugs and love, Mona

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  2. I just lost my dear cat on Tuesday this week and I know just how you are feeling. I still am crying. Your baby just like mine know they will always be in our hearts. Take care, I know this is hard.

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  3. Oh Olive, I am so very sad... I am a firm believer that ALL of God's precious little creatures do go to Heaven... and I know my three kitties have all welcomed Clovis there now... I wish there was something more I could say to ease your pain, but I know nothing does at a time like this... please know I am thinking of you all and praying that your pain lessens some as time goes on... I still have days when I cry my eyes out over my pets who have entered Heaven... much love to you all, Julie Marie

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  4. It is so hard to lose a pet that is such a part of your family. Thinking of you today and this weekend.

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  5. Oh I am so sorry. What a beautiful cat Clovis was. Such good memories you will have of him and the love and "support" he gave you when you needed it.

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  6. How terrible! I love pets and know the grief of losing one is as real as losing a true human friend. And I've always loved that you named him "Clovis." He was lucky to have you as his friend.

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  7. I'm crying with you, so very sad! They truly become a part of the family, my heart just aches for you guys! We lost our Sugar not long ago, time does make it a little easier.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  8. I'm so sorry...my heart breaks for you..I understand as my husband and I are dealing with what looks like end of life issues with our little Duffy doggie. He is 15 years old and has had a multitude of health issues throughout his life. His vet told us yesterday to give a new treatment for what he thinks now is a heart issue a try for a few days, but we aren't very optimistic.....my heart is breaking.....I'll be praying for God's peace for your loss.....

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  9. Oh I just can't believe what I'm reading!!! You JUST posted about him yesterday too. I am so so sorry to hear this sad news. I know that sad place you're in right now. I have lost many cats in my lifetime and it's never easy. I know it feels like there is a big hole in your heart and your home right now. I wish you the best as you go through this greiving process. May you take comfort in knowing that he is not suffering anymore and is at peace. Also take comfort in the good life that you gave him. He was loved and still is!

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  10. I'm sharing your grief, my friend. I had to have my little sweetheart of 12 years put down 4 years ago. I had her when I went thru heart surgery and I loved her more than any other cat I had ever had, combined. So I truly know how you feel... it will be hard. Sending love and lots of hugs.

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  11. Tears for your dear cat...may his memory be for a blessing.
    Kari

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  12. Jumped over from Common Ground blog where I saw your pretty curtains--I am so sorry to hear about your sweet orange kitty. Clovis will be waiting at Rainbow Bridge for you where all our pets play until the day they can once again be joined with their loving owners. I lost my kitty Angel, a year ago to renal failure, and I so miss her.

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  13. i'm heart broken for you all. sending you lots of love & big big hugs.

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  14. Oh, this makes me so sad....I am so sorry for your family.

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  15. Oh Olive I am a puddle of tears. I know how sad you are as a fellow animal lover. It's one of the hardest things we go thru and the reason many people are afraid to have pets. The bond we have with them is worth the hard ache that will eventually happen. You all gave Clovis so much love and take comfort in that.
    big hugs
    Carole

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  16. Oh no, I can't believe he went so fast. I'm returning all the sympathy you sent me for my Sarah cat, with tears in my eyes. He'll be missed a very long time by all of you. Sorry hon.

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  17. I'm so sorry to read this. I know how much you loved him. I know how painful this is. He was a beautiful boy....so beautiful. Very sorry for your loss. This makes me so sad.

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  18. I wanted to say one more thing. Having been through the sudden loss of a pet that was totally unexpected...I know how much more painful it is when it's sudden. I've done long illnesses and sudden deaths and the sudden death is so much harder. When there is a long illness...there is the relief that they are no longer in pain. But when it's sudden...it's so hard to comprehend. So I know you are having a very hard time.

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  19. Oh Olive I am so sorry for your loss!! I know exactly how you feel, we went thru this last month with our Toby!! Our pets are part of the family which makes this such a hard thing to go thru! Sending big hugs your way!xo

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  20. So sorry to hear of your loss!

    Judy

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  21. I am so sorry Olive, I know that pain very well, we have lost several dearly loved animals over the years.

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  22. Oh, dear Olive, I am so sorry. It's devastating, I know. I find words woefully inadequate at a time like this, but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Clovis was loved completely and he loved you completely. Pets are a blessing and a gift and the time we share with them is priceless. Sending you my love.

    xo
    Claudia

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  23. I am so sorry Olive. So sorry. It makes me hurt just reading your words. Like others we've lost our pets too. We lost the two dogs that my kids grew up with two years ago and I still feel there is a hole in our family. I'll be thinking of you and your family. Sending you hugs.

    Stacey

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  24. Oh, dear Olive, I am so sorry. It's devastating, I know. I find words woefully inadequate at a time like this, but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Clovis was loved completely and he loved you completely. Pets are a blessing and a gift and the time we share with them is priceless. Sending you my love.

    xo
    Claudia

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  25. I'm so sorry to read this, Olive. I know you are hurting right now and no words will ease the pain. I do know that soon every memory of Clovis will bring a smile to your face. He was one of the lucky cats as so many never get a chance to live out their life with a loving family. Our shelters are full of these cats. Clovis was loved and had one family his whole life. I can't imagine that a cat would want for anything more. Thanks for giving him a wonderfully, love-filled life. May he now rest in peace. Hugs, Deb

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  26. Oh, Olive, I'm so very sorry. Though we can't take the pain away, please know that there are so many of us so can, though, sympathize and empathize, as we have been through this. I firmly believe that there is a wonderful Rainbow Bridge, and you will see Clovis again there. My precious Isabel is there, and she has made a new friend today in Clovis. My heart breaks.
    Nancy

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  27. Oh, Olive I am so sorry to hear this. I know how much you loved Clovis and how much joy he brought you. My heart aches for you, Joe, and CC. Sending you much love and hugs.
    Barb

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  28. I'm sorry for your loss, Olive. My Sam was with me for 14 years, defying the odds and living longer with leukemia (and excellent vet care) than even the vet dared hope. The time came, though. My heart goes out to you and your family as you remember your wonderful Clovis; I'll miss his beautiful face in your posts.
    -Karen

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  29. Dear Olive - I am so very sad for you, Joe and CC that you have lost your beloved cat, Clovis. Last night must have been awful for you and Joe trying to do your best to help Clovis. Because Clovis was so distressed it must have been a relief for you when the end came peacefully - Clovis will be missed.

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  30. Yes, goodbye dear Clovis. Thank you for being with Olive and CC and Joe for all those years.

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  31. Oh Olive, I've just read this and I'm so sorry.

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  32. I am so sorry. Clovis was such a beautiful cat, grumpiness and all. My heart is breaking for you, Joe, C.C. and Shelley.

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  33. Olive, I'm so sorry to hear about Clovis. It's so sad to lose a much loved pet family member. Hugs, Babs

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  34. Olive, I have so loved the stories of Clovis. He will be missed by everyone who reads your blog. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  35. OH, I am so sorry to hear this...sweet pets bring so much love into our lives...I am sharing your tears and sending prayers for comfort. I know he will be terribly missed...XO

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  36. Olive, I am so sorry to hear this. My heart hurts for you. My Rusty was an orange tabby like Clovis and it was devastating when I lost him a couple years ago. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  37. Olive~ Your news breaks my heart...thinking about you.

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  38. Oh Olive,
    I am so sorry to hear your sad news ........ what a beautiful cat Clovis was and I know that he will be sorely missed. I do know just how you feel as we had 3 cats and I was devastated when each one passed away. All that I can say is that I know you will all have many fond memories of Clovis and he will live on in your hearts and minds. Also, I was so saddened to hear about your brother ..... you have had some difficult times to bear. Thinking of you all. XXXX

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  39. So very sorry. I know it hurts. Xo

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  40. Very sad for you Olive. We are animal lovers here too.

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  41. Olive, So sorry. He was loved right up to the end and always will be. So glad he will have a final resting place in a spot he so loved. The fact that he was there for you after your brother's death is a testament to the healing powers pets possess. Although you have great sadness, all three of you will have such happy memories of Mr. Clovis and thank you for sharing them with us. Ann

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  42. This breaks my heart! I always loved your post about Clovis and his antics. Such a beautiful cat with a wonderful personality1 It is so very hard to lose a dearly loved pet. I am a loss for words, I know the heartache that you are going through. Just remember the fuzzy little face and the love that Clovis gave you during your times of sorrow and your happy times. Clovis will always live in your heart forever. I am so very sorry. Sending you a big heartfelt hug. Cindy

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  43. Ohhh Olive! I'm all teared up - sadly know the hurt well. The pain you're feeling is LOVE!! Your memories of Clovis will warm your heart and I'm sure your very special kitty felt your love and will be there waiting for you. There is a heaven where we will be with all those we love - great and small - man or beast! God Bless!

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  44. Oh dear Olive, I am so very sorry. I'm crying now too. I understand completely what it means to love a pet. They fill our heart with so much joy that it's hard for us to let them go. But, I know that Clovis is there with you right now and that one day you will be reunited.

    Very Special Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  45. Olive, I've been so worried about Clovis since you said he wasn't feeling well. We also lost one of our kitties, Noggin, last month, and it's just so hard! Thank God for memories!
    ♥'s
    Sherry

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  46. Dear Olive, I am so very sorry for you, and Joe and CC, on the loss of beautiful Clovis. I know how much he was loved and what a little character he was. It was always lovely to see his photo in your posts and to hear what he he was getting up to. It will be good for you to still meet up with CC, as you will be able to hold each other and have a good cry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  47. Oh Olive, I am so very very sorry. I know how you must be feeling. We lost our precious little boy will be two years this coming May. It's not a day that goes by that I don't think of him and still miss him! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you love and a big hug, Gail

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  48. I'm so sorry Olive. I always enjoyed the way Clovis made his way into your pics. Please take care and know my thoughts are with you.

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  49. I am so sorry to hear about your kitty Clovis. I do know how you feel, my precious bunny Pebba died just about a year ago. I was devastated and still cry on occasions because I miss her so..she was my baby. Take care and my thoughts are with you, Lynnie

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  50. Dear Olive, My deepest sympathy on the death of your beloved friend.
    Sincerely, Suzanne

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  51. Oh, I'm so sorry, Olive. Clovis was truly a much loved member of your family. He's at peace now. Sending hugs.
    xoxoRosemary

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  52. My heart is breaking with yours. My Jakie left under very similar circumstances. Only those who truly love their pets can understand the grief that comes with the loss. They are more than just family members, they're the best friend who never lets us down, the comforter, the court jester when we need to laugh, the secret keeper, the one who never judges us. They are everything we would like to be and more.
    My prayers and heart are with you, Joe, and CC . If I were there, I would bring you a casserole and chocolate cake, but more importantly a shoulder to cry on.
    Much, much love,
    Debbie

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  53. You know how I feel about my own pets, so it is with a very heavy heart that I read your post about Clovis passing on. The joy he brought to your life is only equaled by the joy you gave in loving him so dearly!

    Kat

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  54. I'm so sorry to hear of Colvis' passing. I know how much love and joy a pet can bring to the family. He had a good and well loved life, which is all any of us can ask for in the end.
    Blessings,
    Patti

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  55. Oh, Dear Olive! I'm sorry so to hear about your dear little Clovis. I do know the heartache of a sweet pet's passing. You and your family will be in my prayers.
    Blessings,
    Shelia ;)

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  56. Oh~My~Heart...
    Dearest Olive, Joe, & CC... - Soooo very saddened to hear this "heart-breaking" news... I ALWAYS looked forward to reading your Blog Posts with *C*L*O*V*I*S's Wonderful Cat Tales!*!*! Not having the extra pleasure of pet 'n purr in person - HE STILL BROUGHT ME Much Joy - *I LoVed Him Sooooo* I am sooooo sorry for your great loss... This is such a "beautiful tribute" to your forever furry friend... May you forever hold fond memories of him in your heart...
    Much LoVe ~ Jeanine Burkhardt

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  57. Oh Olive, I'm so sorry ~ I know your hearts are aching. How incredibly hard it is to lose our beloved pets ~ who are really family members. I'm crying with you, and will be keeping you in my thoughts. xo

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  58. I'm so sorry for your loss. As many of us - you included - I know the pain of losing a dear furry friend. My heart breaks for you. I pray God will comfort you today and in the days to come when you feel most sad. He was a beautiful cat.

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  59. I'm sorry for your loss, Olive. It is hard to lose our furry family members.

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  60. I am so sorry, Olive. I know you are heartbroken. I am glad you were with him. I am glad he had such a loving home.

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  61. Olive, my heart breaks for you. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Sweet Clovis! I know this loss leave a huge void in your heart.

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  62. I was stunned when I saw the post title. I am so sorry Olive. You have prayers and sympathy. Love, Melissa

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  63. I was so sorry to hear this, Olive. I was at another blog a few minutes ago and I saw your post on her sidebar and thought...this can't be. Clovis was like one of the family here in the blogworld. What a character he was, especially around Shelley. I am so sorry. I'm glad you and Joe were with him in the end. Take care, Olive.

    XO,
    Jane

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  64. Oh Olive, I'm so so sorry. Clovis was a beauty. It is so hard to lose our four legged family members. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Joe.

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  65. I know you're grieving- it is never easy when we lose a beloved pet. Clovis will remain in your heart forever, just as the memories of my own Dickens and Duffy will never fade.... Hugs to you, my friend, Sue

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  66. I was really sorry to read that post. I'm sure that Clovis had the happiest cat life and I hope you can get some comfort in that thought.

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  67. Oh no! What on earth happened. I've not had time to sit down and read in awhile and I had no idea! Oh sweet girl. I cried all week when we had to give Missy away because of my allergies. I can't imagine losing a member of the family who grew up with my daughter. I know that it must feel like that! So sorry, sweet girl!

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  68. Oh Olive :*( We are beyond words over this tragedy. Romeo and I loved reading about the little guy. Such a wonderful friend and companion. He will be greatly missed. By so many. I'm so sorry. Sending you hugs, so many hugs.....

    "her" and Romeo

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  69. Thinking about you & CC over the weekend...♥

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  70. Just stopping in to let you know you've been in my prayers. I'm sure time with Chelsea has been good medicine. Consider yourself hugged. xo

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  71. I'm so sorry to hear about Clovis, Olive. Hugs and condolences to you all.

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