Saturday, August 14, 2010


Brokenhearted is how we feel tonight - this August 14, 2010 has been filled with pain. Our precious Olivia went to sleep about nine tonight.

I'm posting this repeat post about Olivia. Bless her heart - she gave us so much joy.

Olivia has been part of our family since May of 1999. She was found in a porta-jon where my husband works when she was probably around six weeks old. She was dirty and greasy - just a nasty little black ball of fur with big green eyes. My husband brought her home and we cleaned her up. She never shyed away from us. She just took over and made herself at home.

Just a week before Olivia came into our lives, my daddy had died. Olivia was the greatest comfort to me. In spite of my grief, she made me laugh with her antics.
She loved to watch television, sitting right in front of it, looking way up to see it and almost falling back. She loved to watch races on television. She followed the cars as they crossed the screen. She would talk to us by making short little chirping sounds, which she still does.

Today, Livvie is a beautiful cat with big golden eyes. My husband says she thinks I'm her mother...that's okay, she is my baby.

The photo above is Olivia in my daughter's pocket shortly after coming to live with us.

We will miss you, our little love. I'll miss you sitting beside me while I'm on the computer. I'll miss your chattering at the birds and squirrels. I'll miss your big golden eyes and your lumbering walk. My God, I would never complain about cat hair on the furniture again, if we could have you back. Bless your heart and God help our hearts to heal.


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, Deborah...I am so sorry about your Olivia! You must know that I understand how you feel. They are such a comfort and so much company...adding so much joy to your life! I know she will be terribly missed. I am sending you a big hug...((((((Deborah))))))....Debbie

Joanne Kennedy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know when I lost my sweet cat it was the hardest day of my life. I still miss her daily, even though it's been five years.

Big hugs to you.

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Oh Deborah I am so saddened for you and the loss of your sweet Olivia!
I can sense your pain thru your writing and my heart breaks for you and your family.
Remember the 11 years of sweet memories of her and how much she loved you for rescuing her from that awful destiny that had been in store for her if your husband had not brought her home.
Our furbabies touch our hearts in a way that anyone who hasn't experienced it could ever understand. I understand - and send my sincerest condolences your way.

claudie said...

Miss Bee. I was away this evening. I was with my sis and BIL and some great friends at a Greek festival. Randy stayed behind. He wasn't feeling up to it. I came home listening to country music, loving every minute of it, danced in the sun porch with Randy, went for a midnight swim... and opened my email.
I stopped in my tracks, took a deep breath, and tried to comprehend your news. I'm shocked, really shocked.
Olivia was your baby, I know that. I never met her, but you certainly talked about her and loved her very very much. Our Bobby passed away 7 years ago now and it still hurts. He is buried in my little cemetery that we have for our special fur babies.
Miss Bee, know that I know how you feel. I do. What got me through all of my grief was Rainbow Bridge. We had a vigil on the Monday night following Bobby's death. It made a difference, truly it did. It helped the children also.
i'm so so sorry my dear friend. Please know that you are in my thoughts always.
Love you so much.
Love Me

Sue said...

It is so, so difficult to lose any of our "furry friends"! I just lost one last month, so I know exactly how you are feeling. Leonard was in his early 20's if you can believe that. I still miss him, but know in my heart he is in a better place. I think there might be another little kitten that needs to be rescued by you very soon!

Take care, Sue

Rebecca said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! Olivia grew into a beautiful cat. She was lucky to have you all.

JEANNE said...

Oh Deborah, I have been so not able to visit my blogging friends very much this summer. Now this summer is a blur of company, vacations, and taking care of my daughter who had torn rotator cuff surgery. I am finally home to stay with nothing on my calendar until October.

I am heartbroken for your loss of Olivia. Our pets just steal our hearts much like our children. She was the cutest little thing. I so understand how she filled the gap when you lost your dad. We had a precious poodle puppy when My Mom passed away and I know she saved me from a breakdown. My mom suffered so and Trippy filled the sadness of all the pain with her love and total devotion to me. Our pets are very much a part of our family. Just think of how you made Olivia a wonderful loving home. She had your love and you can always remember the sweetness of her love for you.

I am so glad I was able to visit this morning. I have truly missed you very much.

Big hugs and lots of love are sent to you and your family today.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Deborah,
I know how you feel, we lost are dear sweet family dog of 15 years a few years ago and we still miss her.
Our pets are like our kids and we love them. I'm so sorry...
Big, Big hugs~Elizabeth

JEANNE said...

Thinking of you Deborah. Just an I love you hello.
Love, Jeanne

Claudie said...

I posted a little something for your sweet Olivia tonight. It's towards the end. The song is for you too ; )
Love you
Love Me

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Susan said...

Dear Deborah...My heart is breaking for you over your loss of Olivia. She was a true beauty. You can all feel so good that you gave her a good life all these past years.

I cannot imagine the pain you must be feeling. All I know is that when the day comes for my Honey Cat to go to the other side, I will be devastated beyond belief.

Our pets become part of our own hearts and souls. They are so special....truly gifts from our Creator.

When they leave us, we cannot help but grieve.

Please accept my sincerest condolences on your tremendous loss. Susan

Rosa said...

Aw, I am so sorry. I know how difficult it is losing a loved one. She was so pretty. hugs.

Mary said...

Deborah, so very sorry that Olivia has gone.....but I'm certain you made her life more than special after rescuing her and loving her all those years. I still miss my cat who was with us 21 years - they do become our babies and letting them go is so hard. My thoughts are with you dear.

Thanks for the comments while I was in Calif. - it was such an enjoyable time. Glad you have a trip to BC soon - and to two of my most favorite cities - have a great trip!

Hugs - Mary

JEANNE said...

Good morning Deborah, I posted some of those photos you sent me. Come over. Smile.
Love, Jeanne

casch said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Our pets become such a huge part of our lives. They definitely leave a void when they are gone.