December 31, 2014

The Best Gift.

As some of you may know , we lost our Choo-Choo , Leopold Lion Heart , last August. I believe he was special to me in ways that are difficult to explain in words. Maybe that is because words, at times, without meaning to, can trivialize feelings or heartfelt experiences.

Children are permitted to love pets in an almost scandalous, exaggerated fashion, but we as adults, are often groomed to reign in our feelings as pets become secondary to presumed as more important, adult exchanges and experiences.

I hope the child in me continues to always recognize the kindred spirit that can be found in an animal. I hope that I forevermore and a day after that, always allow my feelings for that spirit to flourish! I would never want to become comfortably numb to the beauty of an animal gazing into my eyes with complete trust and acceptance.

People say that when you save an animal, the animal in fact ends up saving you. That may be true , although I am not certain I or anyone for that matter, could ever truly be saved, from life anyway. I do know that Leo was my shelter from the storm in the years that he found refuge here. I know he brought peace, a certain healing stillness, and tranquility to my life. I will always be grateful to him for that.

My sister Dominique , painted a portrait of Leo as a Christmas gift to me. It is the best gift because it brings me joy.

 Thank you Dominique. 

Have a Wonderful Day.
The New Year and its' many possibilities is almost upon us!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo


  1. Wow, what a wonderful gift! My human loves us kitties more than she loves the human relatives in her life. That's a fact.

  2. Oh, the portrait is beautiful, what a lovely gift.

    I know Annie and Chumley saved me from following through on my thoughts of suicide (for years), because they gave me a reason to get up and out of bed and to keep going. I never would have left them. And while I'm--fortunately--not in that same dark place anymore, Nicki and Derry still give me a focus, a reason to keep going when I've no human family here.

    So for me, my four-legged companions aren't secondary at all, and I frankly don't have a lot of tolerance for people who share their lives with non-human beings, but consider them as mere "pets," easily replaceable.

    And my soulmates? Two horses. My angels? Annie and Chum. No humans in there at all.

    Purrs and peace to you all for a wonderful new year, may it bring good health, Light, love and laughter. :-)

  3. The child in you is yours forever. I doubt that you could ever lose it. And what a beautiful painting of Leo!

  4. Leo went straight to my heart in truth. I feel in love with him as you let us learn of him. I grieved when he passed. I still remember him. I will say here that I feel the same about my cats who have passed. They were loved deeply and loved us back just as much. I will never deny that deep love I had and have, I was very happy to read this in your blog.

  5. The painting is beautiful! I do understand's been over a year since I lost Pip and I miss him still ...and always will. He was truly part of my heart and there are moments when the hole he left feels immense ...

    Can you please email me your address to mrpippip(at)gmail(dot)com.

    I hope you find peace and much joy in 2015.

  6. Leo's portrait is just "so Leo" - no wonder you love it so much. It is so hard when you lose a special one.
    We are sending love and gentle head butts to you.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  7. We love Leo's portrait - it is just so like him. It is always difficult when your special one goes to the Bridge and leaves a big hole in your heart.
    We hope 2015 is good to you.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  8. That is so wonderful and such a terrific gift. We totally agree, kitties save many a human.

  9. Beautifully said. I hope the same - that I will always love my animals, and all animals, with the childlike love and acceptance you speak of. It is a wonderful way to love.
    The portrait of Leo is amazing - so beautiful. And what a lovely gift.
    Sending lots of love and warm wishes to you all for a happy, healthy, and fabulous New Year!

  10. What a beautiful portrait of Leo your sister made for you. The child in you will always be there inside of you. So you can love your kitties as you wish. My kitties are my furbabies, since my husband and I never had children. They are my pride and joy, you may even say my soul. Always love those that have past, they will guide you all of your days.

  11. That is a wonderful portrait and your sentiments are from the heart! You are so right!

    Happy New Year to you from Caro and Austin x0x

  12. You and Leo have shared such a beautiful love story, you must be missing him very much. What a special painting Dominique has created for you, so thoughtful. My cats and their love has saved me and that's a fact. Purrs as you remember your sweet Leo...May 2015 be filled with light, love and possibility for you!

  13. What a beautiful portrait ! Your sister gave you a great gift ! Happy New Year and all the best for 2015 ! Purrs

  14. guys, thiz izza awesum... timez 100 ....painting.....way kewl ♥
    ..... guarantee Leo loves it two ~~~~~~~

    heerz two a burd free, happee, healthee N blessed 2015 ♥♥♥♥♥

  15. That is a special painting of Leo and so glad you have that. He was such a special boy. We sure wish all of you a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

  16. What a beautiful painting and a wonderful way to remember sweet Leo. We wish you all a very Happy New Year!

  17. That is gorgeous!
    What a great present!
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  18. Thank you for sharing your beautifully poignant thoughts on your Leo,a and the special connection you had with him. The painting by Dominique is so lovely. A wonderful gift, indeed. Hugs.

  19. Sophie, so true and heartfelt. What an exquisite portrait your sis did. How beautiful. We know what a very special kiity Leo was. We pray that Dominique has made a full recovery. Love to all. XOCK, Kitties Blue and Mom Janet


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