Monday, February 14, 2011

A week without Pabs

Pablo's chair...

... and a detail of the beautifully embroidered tea towel
on the chair, made by
our friend Debbie who stayed
with us a few years ago.

Hi everyone,

Well, it's been a week (and a day) since we said goodbye to Pablo.

Life without Pabs has been even harder than I thought it would be.

Everything, everywhere around the house reminds me of him. He had his own 'spots' in pretty much every room (like his chair in the living room, pictured above with all his pillows and blankets gone), and many favourite hangouts in the garden. His absence is painfully palpable. Many tears have been shed.

But I've been so touched by all of the lovely comments that our friends have left on Pablog, and the tributes somecats posted on their own blogs. It's a comfort to me to know that Pabs is being mourned and celebrated all over the world. Thank you all so much... I'll get to each of your blogs to thank you personally. I've helped Pabs write many words of condolence on others' blogs when someone has gone to the bridge... I didn't realise quite how much it meant.

Often when I've thought of Pablo this week, I've thought about the song 'Strangers' by The Kinks. It's a beautiful song. Here are some words from it: we will share this road we walk
And mind our mouths and beware our talk

’til peace we find tell you what I’ll do

All the things I own I will share with you

If I feel tomorrow like I feel today

We’ll take what we want and give the rest away

Strangers on this road we are on

We are not two we are one.

I'm going to wind this blog up in a few weeks, but I've got a few more posts planned before then. Stay tuned!



The Island Cats said...

We miss Pablo very much too...purrs to you....

Forever Foster said...

The song is beautiful. We've been thinking of your family a lot over the last week, and send our love.

KC and the Giggleman Kitties said...

We miss Pablo so much as well.
It seems so much longer than a week, wow.
We have also been thinking about Pablo, everytime we post on the CB, we see his reepurrter badge, very sad.
He is so missed.
Love & Purrs,
KC & Mom ML

House of Mystery said...

Poem For Cats

And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don't they understand? asked God
That you'll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is....forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.

Author Unknown

Parker said...

You have been in our thoughts and prayers all week. I think that's a very fitting song. Pablo was such a great kitty. His absence must be heartbreaking.
All of us here in O Hi O

Katnip Lounge said...

A wonderful Cat like Pabs really never goes away, he's always still there, just in the next room, in your heart.
Love, Trish and the Kats

wildcatwoods said...

We know Pabs will always be with you in spirit.

Cats of Wildcat Woods

Mr. Hendrix said...

We miss our friend as well. You have been in our thoughts and Hendrix has received many extra snuggles and treats in honor of his friend.

That is a lovely song and fitting to this time.

We have no doubt that you'll feel Pabs checking in on you over the years. We furry family members do that from time to time. My mommy still feels and sees her Bridge woofies occasionally and they passed years ago. She always say "hi sweetie, thanks for checking in, we miss you but are doing OK."

I hope when you wrap up this blog, you don't wrap up keeping in touch. We would be even sadder to lose you too.


Pabs was a very special boy and well loved by many but especially magically by you. We are sure you will still find his spirit there with you and he will never be forgotten. We hope you will leave your blog for Pablo here as a testament to him.


Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

We are missing Pablo too. To see the empty chair brought tears to our eyes again. Mum knows how much you are hurting and how hard it is to say goodbye, but you have all your special memories to cherish. They will help you get through the bad times.

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

We miss Pabs as well.

You never stop missing your pet after he has left. SS still misses her first dog who died almost 20 years ago.

Sending you our purrs and hugs.

Bengal Duo ~ Zulu and Deene said...

Pablo will always be a kitteh shaped hole in your heart. I know my Keiko is in mine; we're purring fur you!!

Luna & Zulu

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

Pablog is and will be in our heart as usual and as always~!!!
We miss him very very much as well :(

Sending our best wishes and sincerely blessing here from Taiwan, Taipei~
Adan & Michico & Lego

Everycat said...

These early days are the hardest of times when we've lost a beloved family member. We know how hard it is for you. Pablo was a very special cat, he will always be with you, in your heart.

Rumbly purrs and love

Whicky Wuudler
& Gerry

The Lee County Clowder said...

We were off line for a while, and we just found out Pablo had gone to The Bridge. We are so sorry. Sending comforting purrrrrsss and a group {{hug}}.

Teddy Westlife said...

I miss Pabs very much too, but not as much as you.

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

It makes me sad to come here and find Pabs gone. It's been a sad year so far with Gypsy, Pabs and Annie going over the Bridge.

I am hanging in there. Eating a little better but still very skinny and not nearly as active.

Kea said...

Kate, thank you so much for your words about my Annie's passing. Yes, it was obvious to me (and the vet) it was time, but of course that doesn't lessen the grief.

Please know I'm sending you hugs and universal time, both our hearts' pain will ease. In the meantime....

-Kim at Fuzzy Tales

Mr Puddy said...

Dear Kate,

Puddy's mom is here. I can't imagine how hard you have to deal right now. Pab is always with you Kate, In your heart and in your soul. Please take care yourself as well. Nothing is easy for you. But we all here just want to tell you. We have the same soul as you.
Anything you need someone to talk. Anyone of us will glad to listen or comfort you. I guess we all here have the email address. Please do not hesitate.
We can't bring Pab back but we are still your friends.

Love and Purrs
Mom Boom and Puddy

Jans Funny Farm said...

It's amazing how empty a house feels when a furry has gone.
Even when there are other furries.

Parker said...

Just checking in to say that we're thinking of you.