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Asheville, North Carolina

Thursday, July 14, 2022

In Loving Memory

 I want to start by thanking all of Cleo's blogging friends- including those who, for one reason or another I wasn't able to thank on their blogs- for the outpouring of love and sympathy on learning of her passing.  Cleo's mom and I are still trying to accept that our sweet, crusty old girl has left us with a bunch of empty space around this house, and that she's no longer here to greet us with her typical drowsy indifference when we return from being out and about. 

As so many of you have experienced, the heartache endures, and the reminders are many.  Cleo is now back home with us, though that tiny, carved wooden box on the fireplace mantelpiece doesn't do much to lessen our grief.  

Her food & water dishes, her collar and tags, the empty corner where her litter box sat, the narrow kitchen cupboard with her food, treats, meds & grooming things, her little tin bucket of toys she rarely played with and the assorted ramps and steps I cobbled together for her are all reminders.  The majority of photos I hadn't used yet included way too many with Cleo's catnip plant, which has now taken over an entire corner of the front walkway.  Even though we'd shown so many with that damn plant I decided to include one here of our sweet Cleo in healthier times, 


 and maybe a few favorites from over the years.







Our Sweet Angel- We will never forget you.  We love you forever and miss you more than words can say.

Please note- comments aren't necessary as you've all been so gracious with your words of condolence in our previous post.   


With Sincere Appreciation,

Brian (Cleo's Dad)

25 comments:

Lynn said...

Just a simple comment to let you know she was a beauty and that you will miss her forever.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Such a beautiful tribute to your "crusty old girl". The photos are lovely and precious memories of happy times. Hugs and love for both of you.

Eastside Cats said...

The last photo says it all.
Cleotude!
Purrs and hugs.

Mickey's Musings said...

Love that last picture.
Cats really do leave pawprints on your heart so you never forget them.
Be kind to yourselves. Having a precious soul for for so many years is not something you get over quickly. Cleo made an impression on your hearts and ours too. She was lovely and will not be forgotten.

Purrs, Julie

The Florida Furkids said...

What a lovely tribute to Cleo.

The Island Cats said...

Cleo will be missed by so many. Thank you for sharing her with all of us. Hugs.

Leah said...

A lovely tribute to beautiful Cleo. We will miss her too. Hugs and purrs.

ZOOLATRY said...

I know we will not forget her, for she was one who had reached forth and touched us
in some special way that I don't quite understand, cannot fully explain ... it simply happened. Cleo just pawed her way into my heart, there she will stay.

Nanük said...

We send gentle woooos,

Nuk & Timber

Wanderingcatstudio said...

She was a wonderful girl and all of your lives were better for being apart of it with each other.

catladymac said...

Thank you for sharing these memories of Cleo ! We hope you aill check in once in awhile justto let us know how you are. (And if Cleo's spirit should maybe guide another kitty needing a home your way...)

Saku said...

Cleo will be missed, her voice was one that I enjoyed very much. She was a tortie with 'tude' for certain.

Saku's mom,
Maebeme

Brian said...

My heart still aches at your loss of sweet Cleo. Hugs from all of us.

The Oceanside Animals said...

Charlee: "Aww, we love these pictures of Cleo, especially the one where she's helping with the jigsaw puzzle."
Chaplin: "Yes, we would love the opportunity to help with a jigsaw puzzle! Unfortunately it hasn't happened yet, but we did get to help with a board game one time."
Charlee: "Yes, it's a game where you're supposed to kill zombies. And let me tell you, we were knocking those little zombie figures all over the place."

Ivan and Izzy from WMD said...

Precious photos all, especially the one of Cleo in her mom's lap. ❤️

carol l mckenna said...

Oh Cleo ~ such loving and sweet memories you left behind ~ we will you too ~ Xo

Just lost my Yorkie, Angel 1 July 2022 Xo

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

The Swiss Cats said...

What a lovely tribute to Cleo. We love the last picture. Purrs and hugs

meowmeowmans said...

We will love and remember Cleo forever. We are so grateful that you shared her with us. Hugs, purrs and love to you both.

cat9984 said...

Thanks for the photos. For whatever (technical) reason, I wasn't able to comment on your original post, so I wanted to tell you how sorry I was to hear about Cleo. I had really hoped she was going to have a little longer. It's so hard to lose a member of the the family. Take care.

My Mind's Eye said...

Sweet Angel Cleo,
Angel Madi's box resides on fireplace mantelpiece too. In her younger days. she would go from the white chair by the fireplace up to the mantel carefully walking without disturbing anything. She loved it there. Also we see her resting place each time we come and go in and out of the room. Sending lots of hugs to your pawents.
What a beautiful picture of you in closing Cleo

Many hugs and fond thoughts
Cecilia and Bryan

My Mind's Eye said...

Brian,
Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and your Maureen.
Hugs Cecilia

Snowbrush said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I've been there many times over my 73 years, and it never gets easier.

Peachy, Stippie, Angel Binky and Granny said...

Beautiful and heartfelt memories of your special girl. What a beauty she was💗 Thank you so much for bringing comfort on the passing of my sweet Little Binky, especially because you had your own loss and grief of Angel Cleo. I appreciate it more than I can say. Thank You🌸 Double Pawkisses from Heaven especially for you🐾😽✨

Darla M Sands said...

My heart aches for you. These images are perfect at showcasing her personality and how much love the three of you shared.

My Mind's Eye said...

Hey Brian
It was nice to see your name pop up in my comments.
What a special time you had leaving donations and getting lots of kitty lovin'

Tomorrow we are traveling west to Yadkin Co. for our annual visit with our friends. They live about 1 hour east of Boone. It will be our very first away trip since May 2021.
Many hugs to you both!!
Cecilia

About This Blog

Created in July 2011 this blog chronicled the everyday life of a well-seasoned house panther named Orbit, who made the move with us from Massachusetts to North Carolina. He was a nearly constant companion for almost 22 years, and ruled our roost until he passed away in December 2014 which hit us like a ton of bricks.
After more than 2 years without a live-in feline friend we found this senior Tortie gal at Orange County Animal Services in Chapel Hill, NC and just couldn't leave without her. Cleo certainly came with an abundance of purrsonalitude, and has staked her claim on our hearts and in our home since day one. It took some long, deep thought, but I decided to pick up where Orbit left off and let Cleo tell her stories. Of course from time to time I'll add some non-Cleo posts, but she'll get over it.