August 4, 2014

LOVE.




LP aka Sophie, " People always say that love is a gift. But I don't think so. A gift can be misplaced, broken, forgotten or discarded. People also say love is elusive but I don't think that either. Love  is fixed,  steady and definite. There is no other word for it but when you feel it, when it is the "real deal", it is probably the only thing , the one thing, that truly is lasting in life and beyond that even. I think love moves unexpectedly, like a bright light in the darkness that keeps getting bigger and brighter as it travels to the heart. Love ensures the heart doesn't grow small or maybe that is doesn't eventually shrivel and die of bitterness. I believe love comes in many forms, many shapes and many sizes. Not everyone gets to experience all of love's many shapes and forms and that is too bad. Especially when animals are concerned because that love, just may be the purest love of them all.

Friday evening I had to say my final good-bye to a great love of mine. Like all great loves, Leo came into my life unexpectedly and he brought me more than I could ever express or share succinctly.  During my recent absence , he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his bladder. There was nothing to be done for him. I hope he didn't suffer. That's what most concerned me. I hope I made the decision to let him go quickly enough for him not to suffer. Because he waited for me until I returned home , then when it was time , when we were both ready , he let go of life with dignity and grace. I wouldn't have expected less from him. Good-bye My Love , My Choo-Choo, My Baby Boy , My Leopold Lion Heart.









 
                         Leopold Lion Heart








                                                       Sunshine on his beloved balcony














                                                    Observing his kingdom on his garden throne  



                                                      





                                                               Jungle Cat















                                                      Talk like a Pirate Babushka








Live-Strong ; going yellow for the fight against cancer












In his  hidey-box on his favourite pink polka-dot blanket













Those Big Kitty Eyes










The Lion's Paw









With his Girl








Easter Lion








Gentle Leo with Sweet Tulip







Still a kitten at heart at seventeen years of age

 







                                                                                                          Handsome

                                                           

 Baby Boy








Choo-Choo








Love






                                               LEOPOLD LION HEART   1997-2014





63 comments:

  1. I am so sad for you. My human worries about us kitties when she is away - and not without reason. Many years ago, the cat BEFORE the cat before me was very sick with CRF and she had a job where she traveled lots. She knew he was failing, and one trip she came back from, she saw he was dying and had only waited for her return. So even though she had just flown in, she got right back in her car and took him to the emergency vet to have him put to sleep. She didn't even put him in a carrier, she drove with him in her lap. It still makes her sad.

    Purrs to you - I know you did your best for Leo.

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  2. I am so very sorry to hear about your Leo.
    I am crying as I type this and don't know what else to say...he was lovely and I'm so glad that you blessed each others lives with love.
    Sending you gentle, comforting thoughts and purrs.

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  3. We're so sorry for your loss, and Mum is sad for you ; we send you comforting purrs and gentle headbutts. Purrs

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  4. Oh Sophie, we are just so sorry that Leo had to go to the bridge. The Person is sitting here with tears running down her face. Just know that Leo knew so much love while he was with you and had such a good home. You sure are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  5. My heart is breaking for your lose. I wish there was something I could say to ease your pain.
    Please know that you guys are in our thoughts and prayers. Weenie loves to greet the new kitties at the bridge and I'm sure they are having a great time right now.

    God Bless......the Mommy Sarah

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear about Leo. I know he has left you with many happy memories that you'll always cherish.

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  7. We are very sorry to hear that dear Leo has crossed the Bridge.
    We know how hard it is to lose a beloved kitty and friend.
    We send you comforting purrs and hugs.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  8. I am so sorry to hear about your darling Leo and my eyes are blurry with tears. We so loved to see him on our many visits to you all. He knew you would be sad and waited for you so you could say your good byes to each other. Take care.
    Love, Sue x (Hannah and Lucy's Mum)

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  9. So sorry to read this news. Sending you comforting purrs and hugs, and our thoughts are with you. Mom remembers you talking about him at BP. RIP, Leo, you were so loved.

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  10. Our thoughts are with you.

    Run free sweet Leo ♡

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle & Muffin

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  11. We are so very very sorry that Leo ran for the Bridge. We know you loved him very much and we hope that those memories help you through this.....

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  12. Dear Sophie, This was so beautifully done. I know how hard it was for you to let go and to do this post. I do not have a lot to add here as you and I have said so much already. Lily and I will post our tribute to Leo tomorrow. Leo was a sweet and gentle cat who wrapped his paws around all our hearts and who took up a large part of yours. I know he will always be there to comfort and guide you when you need it. You both were blessed to have found each other. Lily Olivia and I are sending you all our purrs, prayers and love, Janet

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  13. Our hearts break for you. So sorry about Leo. You are in our thoughts and purrayers.
    XOXO
    Maggie May and The Creek Cats

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  14. Sophie, my heart is breaking for you. Leo hung on until you could say your goodbyes! This is lovely tribute post to him and you are so eloquent in your love for him. I am so sorry for your loss
    with love, Caro xox

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  15. Bye-bye, Leo! You were a good furiend, and I'm so glad I got to know you. Enjoy those pawesome sun puddles up on the Rainbow Bridge!

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  16. So very sad that Leo went to the Bridge. You gave him one last gift in letting him go before he was suffering. Fly free Leo. Sending you healing light in your loss.

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  17. What a beautiful heartrending tribute to your handsome Leo. A lovely journey you two shared that entwined your hearts forever. I am so very sorry for your deep loss and what a loss it is for your heart to absorb. The path on this part of your journey with Leo will be different but the love will still be the same. It is always harder for those of us left behind. You gave Leo a home, comfort and great love and he in turn gave you his unconditional love which you shared for all of those years.

    :::What we once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us:::
    Helen Keller

    Many blessings and our deepest purrs on your continuing journey

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  18. You have our heartfelt purrs.

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  19. Oh, Sophie. We are so very sorry to hear that Leo made his journey to the Bridge. We wish there was something -- anything -- we could say or do to lessen the heartbreak you are feeling. The bond the two of you will always share is so deep; surely you will see each other again someday. Thank you for loving your sweet Leo so much, and so well. Purrs, prayers, hugs, and all good thoughts to you, dear friend.

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  20. We are so saddened to hear about your sweet Leo. He was such a handsome mancat. Sending you lots of light, love, and purrs of comfort during this time.

    ((Hugs))

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  21. I am in tears. I found Leo and loved him almost immediately. To me, he was as precious as a gem. He was loved and cared for and cherished as the dear family member he was, as are all your fur babies.

    Darling Leo, rest peacefully, full in the knowledge that your mom loved you dearly and knew that your love was like sunshine in her life. Innocent and pure as were you, yourself.

    Love follow you on your journey precious baby. xxxooo

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  22. Oh Sophie, we're so very, very sorry. Leo has always been such a precious part of your life - and your tribute to him is perfect. So moving!

    We're purring for you and sending you thoughts of love and comfort....

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  23. We are so sorry that it was Leo's time to cross over. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers to you at this difficult time.

    Luf, Us and Maw

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  24. Awwwww Leo! :-( We are so so sorry. We send you many comforting hugs and purrs. Please take care
    x

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  25. Oh, Sophie, I'm in tears. I'm so sorry. I've not been keeping up with blogs and am on "staycation," just saw Ann's email about Leo's passing.

    What can I write? There isn't anything. You wrote a beautiful post for him. Please don't stress now that he might have suffered. Cats--animals--hide any pain and illness instinctively, and you did all that you could, your best.

    You loved him--that's *everything*.

    Leo has passed from love into Love.

    Hugs and peace to you, and godspeed to Leo.

    Kim, with purrs from Nicki and Derry

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  26. Mom and I are so sorry to read of Leo's passing. WE hope in time you can think of the good times you shared
    Hugs madi and mom

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  27. Oh No, not Sweet, Sweet Leo! We are all so very sorry to read this. He was clearly a very special boy and a big part of your heart. You were both lucky to journey together for a while, and know and share that great love.

    Leo probably wanted to say goodbye to you more than anything, and we are glad he was able to do so, and vice versa.

    Sending many purrs, woofs, neighs and much love,
    Us at The Poupounette

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  28. with sincerest sympathies from our family to yours. God's speed to you Leo and HIS strength to your mom during this very sad time. sending hugs and love from boomer, dai$y, tuna and dude & sauce too ♥

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  29. We are so sorry.. sending Purrs..
    ~ The Bunch and Mom Bobbie

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  30. We wanted to extend the hand and heart of friendship at this very hard time....Leo was so gorgeous and lucky to have so many years with you and your family. Sometimes the words just fail to come that can bring comfort but we did want to say we are so sorry and sad....we didn't have to know Leo to miss him.

    Hugs, Sammy and his Mom Pam

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  31. Our hearts are broken for you that it was Leopold, the Lionheart's time to go to the rainbow bridge. He was a magnificent boy and we knows he will always live in your life. We are sending purrs of comfort and sympathy to you and the rest of Leopold's family.

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  32. I am so sorry for yourr loss. Your photos have brought me to tears, he was a beauty.

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  33. We are so very sorry to hear about your dear Leo. We send you all our love and many gentle hugs.

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  34. We are so sorry that you and Leo had to part. That is a beautiful tribute to a very special boy. He had a most wise face, a true elder statesman of cats. A very special mancat. May happy memories fill your heart soon

    Sending love and rumbly purrs
    Mungo
    & The Ape xx

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  35. We are so sorry about Leo! Lots of purrs from all of us.

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  36. We're so very sorry for your loss. Hugs and purrs from all of us.

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  37. I am so sorry to hear about Leo passing. At least he knew your love.

    XO,
    JC and The Purr and Fur Gang

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  38. Oh my furiend I am so deeply deeply sorry!!!!!!! This is just tearing me up. There are far too many kitties leaving for the Bridge lately. I wish there were something I could do or say to help you with your grief. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and am sending you MUCH love. I am so terribly terribly sorry!! xoox

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  39. Sweet Leo, we will look for your star in the heavens tonight. Hugs and soft purrs...

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  40. What a handsome man cat he was. We are so sorry to read about his passing. We send love and hugs.

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  41. Oh no, my heart breaks for you Sophie. This is such sad, sad news. This tribute is such a testament to the beautiful love story you and Leo shared. I think so many people were touched by Leo and had a very special soft spot for him in their hearts, I know I did. Your love story with each other was beautiful and palpable. He was such a special, gentle, gracious soul and how you loved him and cherished him was beautiful too and I'm sure to him, it was the highlight of his life in this world given his hard life before you. Sending you our gentlest purrs to caress your heart and spirit and holding you close in thought.

    Be Well Sweet Leopold Lion Heart

    Much love from us,
    Karyn, Clooney, Neytiri

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  42. Que notícia mais triste estou em lágrimas, é muito difícil dizer adeus...
    Tenho certeza que você tomou a decisão certa, você o protegeu do sofrimento.
    Um abraço carinhoso para você e sua família.
    Adri
    Pretinha e amigos

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  43. What a devastating loss of your big hunky lion. He was a most handsome cat and his loss will create a huge gap in your heart. You are so right about the joy of love and Leo obviously brought you it in barrow loads.

    Our love and condolences
    RedSetter

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  44. We are so sad to hear about dear Leo. We send our purrs and prayers of support. Watch over us dear Leo until that day we all meet again.
    Timmy, Dad and Family

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  45. Mommy's heart is breaking for you...she had a similar experience with her Angel Dusty, who collapsed with CHF while she was on vacation...but he held on until she got home to say goodbye.

    Purrs and kisses and hugs from all of us here, we'll miss handsome Leo, a lot. The last photo had Mommy in tears.

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  46. Purrs to you on your loss. Farewell Leo.

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  47. It's such a shame that the cost of love is pain when it's time to say the final good byes. Knowing that, it still doesn't stop us from loving, and I think it says something about the bigness of the human heart. I wish you comfort and peace, and hope your good memories will soon help you through this terrible period. I am with you in spirit and wish you and all Leo's loved ones the deepest condolences.

    Almost exactly 2 years ago, my mom passed away, and she waited for me too. I had been so busy taking care of so many things, including arranging for her sister to visit her, that everyone else had said their good byes. After I said my goodbyes, she passed away as I prayed her favorite prayers for her.

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  48. I am so very sorry to hear about your Leo. May you find comfort in your memories.

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  49. We are so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute and such heartwarming pictures of Leo. (((hugs)))

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  50. ༺✦❀♡❀✦༻
    Sweet Leo

    Long in our hearts will live
    Our King Leopold Lion Heart.

    Sending you much love,
    Lily, WA, USA

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  51. We're so very, very sorry for the loss of your sweet Leo. What beautiful photos and memories you have. We hope they can provide you with a little bit of comfort and help to heal your broken heart.
    (((purrs & love)))
    ~Glogirly, Katie & Waffles

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  52. I am deeply saddened for your loss. Our thoughts are with you, Sophie.

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  53. Sweet, lovable Leo, definitely a lion among the kitties - we are so sorry for your loss. Love, hugs and purrs, Jobi and Fisher

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  54. It is always too soon to have to say good-bye to a beloved furry friend. We're sorry it came Leo's time to leave. He had a happy life with you and left many wonderful memories for you to enjoy. Hugs, purrs and tail wags of comfort.

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  55. Love keeps our friends close, even when they are gone. Leo will always be close to you. God bless you, and Godspeed, Leo.

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  56. Sophie - I am so so so very sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for you. I know that words cannot take the pain away, but I hope you are able to find some comfort in this difficult time, knowing that you both loved each other so very much. I'm glad to know that you made it home to be with him before he crossed over the rainbow bridge. All of us are sending you lots of purrs, prayers, and love. Thinking of you, Delilah, Sampson, Sophie, Sassy, Caster, and Mom Emily

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  57. We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful Leo. I know how hard it was to say goodbye. Sending healing purrs and hugs your way. God bless.
    In deepest sympathy,
    Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

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  58. So very sorry to hear that Leo has left for the Bridge. What a beautiful memorial post. Sending healing purrs and love your way.
    Marty, Mom and the Gang

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  59. We were so sorry to hear about Leo. Our thoughts and purrs are with you.

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  60. I'm so sorry Sophie, I know how you loved Leo!!! Will email you shortly. cat xoxo

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  61. Wes was so sad to reads about Leo. Wes sends yous our Love, our Sympathy and our Strength!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  62. Still makes me cry. God speed darling. We miss you and always will.

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