Monday, November 3, 2014

Remembering Rosie

This week's quote is in memory of Rosie.

Another cat? Perhaps. For love there is also a season; its seeds must be resown. But a family cat is not replaceable like a worn out coat or a set of tires. Each new kitten becomes its own cat, and none is repeated. I am four cats old, measuring out my life in friends that have succeeded but not replaced one another. -Irving Towns



It has been one year since I bid my Rosie a final farewell, and not a day goes by that I don't think of him in some way.  Remembering him with smiles, laughter and tears, he will always be a part of my life.

I clearly remember the day we brought him home as a kitten.  He was four months old, with big feet and big ears.  He had so much long hair in his ears that the folks at the Humane Society called him Mr. Tufts.  He eventually grew into his feet and ears - hair and all, and developed the most magnificent mane.  My mom came over to see our new addition, and the first things she said was "He's so gray!"  Well, yes, he was.

Rosie was special not only in his overwhelming sweetness, but also his breed.  It was only after his passing that I discovered what kind of cat he was.  In my post What is a Nebelung?  I talked about that, and included a video describing the Nebelung breed.

Mr. Towns measures his life by the number of feline friends with whom he has shared his life, no one replacing the other, but adding to the fullness of his life like the rings on a tree.  I am many cats old, and currently share home and heart with the two other sweet felines who enjoyed lazy days and warm sunbeams with Rosie.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Linda - lovely photo .. and yes we do miss our animals as they pass ... I still miss mine from South Africa, and my cats from my childhood ... Irving Towns has given you and now us a good quote .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary, it was a quote that touched my heart and speaks, I think, for most animal lovers. Though, departed, they are never apart from us.

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  2. That is a glorious way to measure life. It's hard losing a friend. I still miss my Riley fiercely and I miss all who have shared my life. Rosie was blessed to share his life with you, Linda.

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    1. Thanks Kim, it's nice to share these thoughts and feelings with others who feel the same about their furry companions.

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  3. Awww sweet Rosie. We never forget the ones we've lost. They are still a part of our family no matter how many years have gone by.

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    1. Absolutely! They will always be with us, providing us special moments forever.

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  4. No matter how long we have them, it's never long enough. Your Rosie was indeed a beauty.

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    1. Jayne, you are so right, it's never long enough. They worm their way into our souls, don't they?

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  5. What a lovely tribute to Rosie and the quote was wonderful. As you know, I too am many cats old and Mr. Towns was right. Each has been unique and well loved:~)

    Have a great weekend, Linda!

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    1. Thanks Sara! No matter how many cats pass through our lives, they each touch us in their own way. All are love and all remembered forever. You have a great weekend, too!

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  6. Linda,

    It's your Rosie's picture, I believe, that originally attracted me to your site. As I had a Sullivan who could have been Rosie's twin with that lovely furry gray coat.

    Your tribute to Mr. Rosie is beautiful. Our furry friends are such treasures. I'm so grateful for my own dear sweet kitties who have shared the purry journey with me.

    Sending you a special hug as you remember.

    Brenda
    xox

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    1. Thank you Brenda! Rosie was indeed a treasure, and one that will be with me forever. His picture follows me all over the internet and graces the background on my cell phone. Thanks for keeping up with me on my blogging journey.

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