April 23, 2013

Tulip Bunny Blossom Sweet Heart : A Little Ray of Big Sunshine , Now Gone.

LP , " It is with a sad and heavy heart that I tell you that we said our final good-byes to Tulip last Friday. Tulip had been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism two years ago and then last July, she was diagnosed with kidney disease. Treating these two ailments simultaneously is tough. We could see that she was losing more and more weight over time despite our best efforts to keep weight on her. Last Thursday , we made an appointment to take her to the vet's Friday morning. She took a turn for the worse over night and we were told the kindest thing we could do at this point , was to let her go. Of course we weren't ready to do this but we knew the vet was right and made the heartbreaking and never easy decision to say our final good-byes.

Tulip was our long term foster cat who had been with us for three and half years. I'll never foget the day Tulip jumped on a cat tree and tap , tap , tapped me on the shoulder at the rescue dayroom willing me to notice her. She came to us with numerous health issues after having been found by the rescue dumped on a country road at the advanced age of ten, eleven, twelve? years of age. She had ringworm , a recurring skin infection, on and off again eye problems ; eventually she had four teeth pulled, then when her health  finally appeared stable , she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and later kidney disease.

Tulip never let any of these things bother her. She never wasted a moment of her life with us. She was always purring and up for the adventure that each day brought her. She greeted me daily as soon as I entered the foster room , no matter her condition , and would hop on the table , nudge my hand and look at me as if to say, " So what's the plan today? I hope you'll be spending lots of time in my company !" She was love purrsonified my Tulip Bunny Blossom Sweet Heart.

Tulip was also a little ray of  BIG sunshine in my life.She was purity , love and sweetness wrapped in a little being I will truly miss.Always and forever. I know she is shining bright somewhere else now , painfree , and making loads of new friends. Rest in peace , my sweet Tooley B. You were found all alone on a country road wounded and wandering but in the end , you were loved by many. And you were so loved by me, my pretty little girl with the pretty red dress on.

                                                    Four Cups of Sweetness.

                                                  Flirting for the camera.

                                               Tulip in her favourite barrel in the garden.

 The Catnip Barrel!

 Queen of the Garden Throne.

 Rockin' the rocker.

Leo and Tulip. Friends until the end.

 A Little Ray of Big Sunshine.

 Tulips from our garden in honour of  our Tulip.

I found this glass tulip candle holder in a shop after we said our final good-bye last Friday. I've lit it each evening since she left us to celebrate/symbolise the joy and love she brought us.

Heartbroken. One and All.
the critters in the cottage, LP and Daddyman xo


  1. I am so very, very sorry to hear about dear sweet Tulip. Thank you for loving her so much. There are never the right words, so we send you many purrs and hugs along with lots of love.

  2. We are so sorry to hear this incredibly sad news, dear friends. Thank you for loving Tulip so much and so well. We are grateful that she found her way to you, and that she had 3 1/2 wonderful love-filled years in the Cottage. We wish with all of our hearts that we could say something to take away the sadness you are surely feeling, but we know that your sorrow is a reflection of your deep love and affection for Tulip. We also know you will all see each other again when you are reunited at the Bridge. So we offer you what we can: purrs, prayers, sympathies and as always, our love and friendship. Please know we are thinking of you all.

  3. We are so sorry that lovely Tulip had to be helped to The Bridge. You gave her the kindest gift, we know from experience what a precarious juggling act treating hyper T and kidney disease is. You gave Tulip some excellent years of love and care, she looks like she was such a sweet character too. We hope the happy memories of her stay with you forever

    Love, rumbly purrs to you all
    Gerry, Mungo & The Ape xx

  4. Oh my, I am so sorry about Tulip. Tears are just flowing down my cheeks. But I have to tell you, I do think you did the right thing. I know it was hard but you did a very kind thing for Tulip. She had a most wonderful life there with you and knew all kinds of love. Sending many purrs and hugs to all of you. Take care.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. It sounds like Tulip left you with many wonderful memories that you will hold in your heart until you're together again.

  6. We were so sad to read that sweet Tulip has gone to the Bridge. It was clear from some of your recent posts that she was failing, but none of that makes it any easier to say goodbye to such a special friend. She was of course so lucky to live her last few years in such wonderful company, surrounded by love.

    Run Free, Beautiful Tulip.

    Purrs, Soft Woofs, Gentle Neighs and Big Hugs,
    Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Tommy, Vidock, Vioette and #1

  7. We are so very sorry to hear this sad news about Tulip today and we know you will all miss her so very much. We laughed reading about how she tapped you on the shoulder so you noticed her - what a clever lady and she was obviously a good judge of character as her ploy worked! We always loved to see her and she made us smile as she was such a pretty lady and always seemed happy.
    We hope you will taken comfort from the fact that you made her "golden years" very happy.
    Take care.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx + Sue xx

  8. Katie's mom here: I am so very very sorry that your precious and loved little girl had to fly away to the Bridge. I can barely see to type as it hurts my heart. All of our dear babies are precious and when one leaves us for that journey, the pain is so hard to bear for a long a time.

    Rest happily Tulip of the sweet name. And we will all see one another by and by. XXXOOO

  9. This is such sad, sad news. I'm so sorry for Tulip's passing, but am deeply thankful that you found each other, loved each other, were blessings to and for each other.

    Sending hugs and universal Light, with soft purrs from the boys.

    Godspeed, Tulip.


    Kim, Nicki & Derry

  10. I'm so very sorry to hear about your sweet Tulip.
    Sending you our thoughts, prayers, purrs.

  11. We are so very sorry.....but we are heartened by the amount of love you gave this kitty girl after she was rescued. We know she will be missed - we hope those pictures of her can make you smile just a little. purrs

  12. We are so very sorry to hear about precious Tulip. Please know you are in our thoughts and purrayers during this very sad time.
    Maggie May and The Creek Cats

  13. We are so sorry that Tulip had to cross over. She had a great 3 1/2 years with you. You took great care of her. It is difficult to treat older cats when they begin getting ill. Many hugs to you.

    Luf, Us and Maw

  14. Oh no! We are just heartbroken to hear about your beautiful, sweet Tulip. Everytime we see a tulip, we will think of her. You are all in our thoughts and purrs. (((hugs)))

    Laila, Minchie and Mom Peggy

  15. We're so sorry to learn of Tulip's passing. We know she was so very loved and is missed. And Leo must feel a bit lost without her now. Sending Hugs, purrs & pawtaps.

    Jan & Funny Farmers

  16. Oh no. I am so sorry and sad to read the news about Tulip. She was such a pretty girl and full of love, as you describe her. Obviously she received much love from you in return. I know it doesn't help much but she was lucky to have found you.
    I am sending loads of purrs and my human is sending hugs. Tulip is running free up above.
    ((((purrs & hugs))))

  17. Sending many PURRayers to all who loved, and will miss, this sweet kitty. Rest with the angels, Tulip, you have earned your wings.

  18. Sorry to hear of your loss. You wrote a lovely tribute to her. Thank you for loving her for the past few years. Sending warm purrs of deepest sympathy to you all.

  19. I am so sorry that Tulip had to leave you for now. But OH, how wonderful you made her life.

    From her fear and loneliness you taught her that not all things are painful, that life was capable of giving joy. You gave her a heart full of love.

    You will meet again. Love has not ending.

  20. Purrs forever, beautiful girl.

  21. It was so nice of you to take her in and show her the love she hadn't gotten til she met you.

    Her face, who wouldn't love her.

    I am sending you hugs and I wish your memories will soon only be of all the great times you had with her.

    So so sorry that she past.


  22. Our hearts are breaking for you. We are so deeply sorry about the loss of beloved Tulip. Love this tribute and love the tulip candle. Sending you our deepest sympathy. Love, Caren and Cody

  23. We are so sad to hear about pretty Tulip's leaving for the bridge, but we know she is happy and well there, as happy as she was with you.
    Mom thought that this was cool. Tulip flower essence helps return people and animals to enthusiasm about their divine purpose. We wonder if she kept you pointed in the direction of your purpose of helping so many kitties in need.
    Blessings and headbonks
    Harry, Dexter, Tipp and Mom Carolyn

  24. Sweet Tulip. My heart hurts after reading your beautiful tribute to Tulip. Thank you so much for giving her the best life ever after she was rescued. You gifted her with a great life!

  25. sending sinceerest sympathieez two ewe LP & dadddyman on the loss of yur beautiful gurl Tulip. this iz an awesum tribute post two her; we noe if her could...speek...her wood say, thanx mom & dad....for everything...and I love you both too...

    hugs frum de land oh trout

  26. What a sweetheart of a kitty. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You did the final act of love by helping her cross over the bridge so she would not suffer. She was very fortunate to have you in her life for those 3 or 4 years because she only knew kindness and unconditional love her last few years. Hugs!

  27. We are so sad to hear about your lovely Tulip going to The Bridge. Our mommy has leaky eyes and we'll miss the pretty ladycat. So wonderful she was loved and pampered in her final years. Hugs and purrs to all.

  28. Oh we are so sorry to hear this news about Tulip. But she was lucky to have spent the last years of her life with someone as caring as you, LP. We send you gentle purrs and headbutts...and hope that all the good memories you have of Tulip...the tap tap tap on the shoulder...helps ease your sadness.

    RIP, sweet Tulip.

  29. Sending condolences from all of us at Purrchance To Dream.
    Run Free, Tulip.

  30. So very sorry to hear your sad news. Thank you for loving her so much. xx

  31. Sending lots of purrs and prayers at this time of loss. Thank you for taking such good care of her!

  32. I am so very sorry at the loss of Tulip. I didn't know her, but your wonderful tribute has brought tears to my eyes. There is no doubt you made her later years very happy and she brought you much joy. Love and purrs from Caro and Austin xox

  33. We were so sorry to hear it was Tulip's time to cross the bridge. We know she experience a loving home while living with you. We're sending our comforting purrs for you.

  34. I am so sorry for your loss. But so very happy that she was loved and cared for to the end. Hugs and purrs from all of us.

  35. I've come to pay my respects to Tulip. I'm so glad she got to feel what a loving home was like the last few years of her life. *bows head*

  36. Oh LP,

    I send you many hugs and much love on this day to help comfort you. You and Tulip had such a wonderful relationship and it is something that can never go away or come to any kind of an end. Love is forever.

    Keep lighting her candle to remind yourself that she still lives and is even more bright and beautiful than she ever could have been while here.

    You gave her so much care and love and she gave you back all that she had, too. That is obvious from the lovely photos you posted of her for us to enjoy. And I did so enjoy them. Thank you. I am grateful for the time you had together.

    Thank you for taking her in after her sweet request from the cat tree in the rescue dayroom. How very happy she must have been to have you bring her home with you. I am so very glad you did.

    Much Love and many gentle Hugs,
    Lily, WA, USA

    Little Tulip Bunny Blossom Sweet Heart thank you for being a part of all of our lives. You were loved by so many and will be missed until we see each other again. For now... you enjoy yourself so much in your continued life! I know you are!
    Aunt Lily

  37. We are so very sorry for your loss. Tulip sounds like a very courageous kitty who loved her life with you. Thank you you giving her a home and love for her final days.

  38. We are so very sorry to hear the news that Miss Tulip crossed over the Bridge. Know that she is running free in her beautiful gardens, restored to good health. You gave her such comfort and love in her glory years and that counts for much.
    Sending you lots of purrs and nosekisses.

  39. Oh LP. Our hearts are so sad. Tulip was such a testament to the power and purity of love and the innocence of the animal spirit. Despite the unmentionable, she loved and reveled in being loved by you, Daddyman, K, Leo, Duffy and Isa. Our gentlest purrs and thoughts of love to each of you now. Thank you for cherishing her so, that is truly beautiful.

    Be Well Sweet Tulip

  40. We just heard about sweet Tulip. I am so very, very sorry. Losing your babies is hard. We can feel the love that was between you. That will last you a lifetime of wonderful memories.
    RIP Tulip Bunny Blossom Sweet Heart.
    Purrs and gentle hugs to your family.
    Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

  41. We are so very sorry that Tulip has left your family and send gentle purrs, headbumps and condolences.

    Run free at the Bridge, sweet Tulip. You will be in good company ...

  42. I've come over from Hannah and Lucy's blog just to send you kind wishes and consolation. Losing a loved cat leaves such a gap and I send you my prayers and healing wishes.

  43. I am so very sorry that you had to help Tulip go to the Rainbow Bridge. It is a very hard but loving thing to do. You gave her a great 3 1/2 years. I love your tulip candle holder.

  44. We are sorry that Tulip had to go to the Bridge. She was lucky you (she) chose her to live with you.
    We know she made an impression on your heart and you are sad now. We send you comforting purrs.
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie

  45. Oh Dears,
    We are so sad for you all! Tulip was a great cat! May your memories give you wings to lift your spirits! We sends you lots of comforting purrs and head butts.
    Nellie, Kozmo, the hairy slobbery sisters Bob and Cinnamon and Mommy

  46. Lots of purrs and prayers for your Family!! Tulip will be missed by all!
    Your TX furiends,

  47. I am so very sorry to hear about Tulip. May your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. My heart goes out to you all.
    Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  48. We are so so sorry knowing about sweet Tulip.
    So sad :(
    Sending our best purrs and prayers and hugs to you ><~

  49. Such sad news and we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Sweet little Tulip put up the hard fight. She led you to the beautiful candle to help ease your pain. Many purrs and hugs to you and your family.

  50. We're stopping by from Katie Isabella's after hearing about Tulip and just wanted to say we send warm thoughts your way. She was a very sweet looking kitty - love her little face - you can see love in her eyes. She will watch you always from the Bridge.

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy (and his Mom)

  51. We are so sorry for your loss. Purrs to you all.

  52. I very much regret the loss of Tulip, but it was the best for her, after all she had suffered ing in life, and was now enjoying so much love, it's just that she did not come back to suffer more, I say this with tears, but it's true. A warm hug to you.
    Adri, Pretinha e amigos

  53. Tulip looks SO sweet and I know she knew she had a great home with lots of love. We're purring for you and for a safe passage for Tulip to the Bridge. Fly free, sweet one ...

    Selina & MomKatt Laura

  54. It's rainin' here, today. When the sun comes out - and it WILL - I'm gonna look for a rainbow. That's where Tulip will be, I'm sure. Smilin' down upon us as she brightens the world below.


  55. I'm so sorry to hear this. I know the Cottage will be a little dimmer for her loss. Run free at the Rainbow Bridge, pretty Tulip!

  56. We were so very sorry to read that Tulip had to run off to The Bridge.

    Until we all meet there.. Soar High, Beautiful Ladycat..

    ~ The Bunch and Mom Bobbie

  57. We are sending so much love to you and the critters. Tulip was a very special girl, and will always be remembered as a true sweetheart. We will light a candle for you tonight.

    Purrs and love,

    Henry, Marzi, Mama and the Mommy

  58. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Tulip. I understand the heartache you are feeling. I said goodbye to one of my own on Saturday. I am sending you gentle, comforting (((hugs))).

  59. Sweet Tulip will be missed by all of you, sending our love and condolences

  60. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. She was so beautiful. I can't wait to hug my cats this evening. Stories like these remind me to cherish every day with them.

  61. We are so very sorry that beautiful Tulip had to fly away to the Bridge.
    But we know that she is in a Good Place and that, one day, you will be together again. Our thoughts are with you.

    Trixie, Caspurr and Mummy (Shimona)

  62. I am very sorry about Tulip. Rest in peace. {{{hugs}}}

  63. Please accept my condolences on Tulip's passing. She may have had a rough life before she was rescued but with you, she found love and contentment. Good luck to all there.

  64. So sorry to hear about Tulip. Me and the House of the Mostly Black Cats send love and purrs.

  65. Such sad news...sweet Tulip will be missed! Sending all our love xoxo

  66. I am so very, very sorry to hear about dear sweet Tulip.
    It´s never easy to find the right words to say in a moment like this.
    Thank´s for taking care of her this 3 1/2 years !
    The cat that lived here before me he was too diagnozed with hyperthyroidism and my mom-person think´s he got kidney problems in the end before she wen´t to the vet that helped him over to the bridge.
    He was 17 1/2 years old.

  67. We are sorry we missed this post previously. What an absolutely wonderful foster parent you were to beautiful Tulip. We're sure that's why she had the time on this earth she did. Our mom knows how broken your heart is right now and along with us is sending prayers. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  68. ohhhh oh OH. We're just heartbroken over this. Tulip was so very well-loved and you can see in the photos that she knew it. Her eyes smiled at you and in every picture you could see her happy little soul shining through. She will be there waiting for you someday. meanwhile, we will purr for Leo, who we know must miss her something fierce....


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