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Thursday, June 20, 2013

{R.I.P. SACHA GIRL}

June 17 was a fatal day for our Sacha girl... She got hit by a car before breakfast time as she did not show up when Pieter put all the bowls out in the garage. That was strange. At noon, just as we set together with a cup of green tea and the mail, the doorbell rang and I opened. There stood the neighbor from across the street with a cat in a bag; literally. His young son was with him. They had picked up 'their' dead cat from the road, they thought. As they were about to bury her; their cat showed up. Oh my gosh it must be the neighbor's cat they sad and they had to notify us. That was quite a sad and shocking news. She was still warm but dead. Her chin had gotten a blow and her hind legs were scraped at the knees... I cried, this is such a sad thing and she will be dearly missed by all of us. Her siblings and her human parents.
Rest In Peace dear SACHA GIRL...
Born on March 30, 2007 at 10:45 AM 
Died on June 17, 2013
Here I am holding Sacha in my hands, she is only 4 days old. She is born in our home and was the middle baby of 5...
Here she is romping with her two brothers as they are almost six weeks old.
One week later at the age of 7 weeks; all 5 are napping on my covered chair in the Rose Suite where we all had moved temporarily.
Almost 8 weeks now and playing all 5 together. Learning and discovering life...
Now they are 8 weeks. ALL together napping on this foot stool. 
Their Mamita Spicy, whom we rescued and brought home from Acapulco, Mexico is looking on.
Sacha with her white socks and gloves was the easiest to recognize all the time.
Sacha is almost 3 months here and sleeping in a box... 
All three sisters napping on top of our down duvet... 5 months old here.
Three days later, all 5 siblings napping on the cotton mat in front of the French door to the balcony...
Sacha was like her Mamita Spicy, a tuxedo cat.
Ten months old here and Sacha was like her Mamita Spicy, a master at standing on her hind legs.
Bandido is very vocal, showing his teeth while talking. Sacha was the most vocal; we will miss her talking...
She could just hold on to the down-folded table flap to stand tall for 'begging'.
Whenever we had a cup of coffee or a tea she wanted a cat treat!
Please Papi or Mami; give me 3 of those crunchy treats...!
We always had our coffee or tea as the mail man came. Here something in a parcel was wrapped in tissue paper. Sacha claimed that right away! Now she looked 'gift-wrapped'...
Bandido or 'Dido' as we call him, was her favorite brother and look how they napped together!
4th of July, 2011 and Sacha is watching the US Flag... The Georgia flag is on the other side, not seen here.
December 9, 2011 Sacha got picked up by daughter Liz before we left to the Atlanta airport where we  dropped Liz off...
That was the last time she ever would hold her.

A picture from last year on the driveway where they all love to lie and roll...
April last year and Sacha always was vocal. Here she says goodbye to all of us...
Cuddling her, was not that easy as she was very shy but once she was in my arms; she melted and loved it. 
She always caressed my face with her velvety paw; I love you Mami...
How I miss my sweet girl!
I like to quote here  from my best friend: 'Only those who share love in life, share sadness in death...'

Related links:
{Our 2 Inseparable Feline Siblings SACHA & BANDIDO} | previous post by me
{Sacha All Boxed Up} | previous post by me
{My Silk Quilted Vest Creation and YOUR Opinion Requested...} | previous post by me

86 comments:

  1. i am really sorry, mariette! that is so hard. i am certain she died quickly and hopefully mostly painlessly...

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      Indeed hopefully she did. Her body was still warm around noon... That made me grieve even more by not knowing for sure if she died instantly. Sure the temperature here also helps with that. It is one of the hardest things in life.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Mariette, I just read about Sacha girl in your comment in my blog and came here and saw this post.... I am shocked and truly sorry you lost your precious baby. It must be such a difficult time....please allow yourself as much time as you need for your grief. These pictures are so sweet. She was so lucky to have wonderful home with loving family. She must have enjoyed beautiful nature. Sending you warm thoughts and prayers to you, Mariette. Hugs to you.

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thanks for your comforting words! It means even more from such a devoting human parent to two lovely cat-boys. Yesterday I had had it, could not perform my work that I was planning to accomplish but in my opinion to write this post was the best healing therapy. Going over her entire life and seeing it so clearly all over again did sooth the pain. Yes, she did enjoy a very happy life in beautiful nature. We had no idea she would go on the street and we never will know exactly what the reason was. Maybe a dog was running around; who knows? We lost several before, my Dutch cat-boy only lived to be half a year; he got poisoned. Our first cat-girl here in Georgia got killed on the same road when she was only 1½ years old. The next cat-boy was 3½ when he died of heart worm. Another cat-girl we had for less than two months and she got killed by a car, also one Swedish blue duck we had as a pet... But this time it did hurt more. Maybe it is that I was there at her birth and also the fact that we had her for over 6 years.
      Hugs to you!
      Mariette

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    2. I'm glad writing about her has helped you soothe the pain. I hope your heart will be filled more with happy memories some day.
      Thinking about you....Tamago

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    3. Dearest Tamago,
      Guess that indeed, writing this post was the best therapy. It is soothing and also knowing that there are so many like-minded people that love their fur-babies as much as we do.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  3. Oh Mariette, I am so deeply sprry about your baby Sacha Girl. Hugs and love and purrs to you and I know how saddened and full of grief for your girl that you feel. All of we cat mommy's and daddy's share that sadness with you. Sending more warm hugs.

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    1. Dearest Katie Isabella,
      Thanks for your comforting words! Indeed, those that never truly loved a cat as their family member and fur baby will never understand. Thanks for your warm hugs and sending some back to you.
      Mariette

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  4. Dearest Mariette,

    I am so sorry to hear of your beloved Sacha Girl, and can understand how hard it is loosing your sweet cat and such an important member of your family.
    Hope that the happy memories, and lovely photos will help ease the pain and you can find comfort at this difficult time.
    A beloved pet is never forgotten and they remain forever in our heart.
    Sending hugs, dear friend
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      Thank you for your warm words and this post even has helped in easing the initial pain. She will be remembered as one of our favorite girls, Sacha was a bit shy but so loving.
      Hugs to you and thanks for your loyal friendship.
      Mariette

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  5. I am so very sorry ... thinking about you this evening.

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Thank you for thinking about me.
      It is part of life and love can hurt at times... But what counts is all the good memories!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Dearst MAriette,
    I feel so sorry for you about the loss of Sacha ... she was such a beautiful cat!
    Thank you for sharing all those wonderful pictures about different times in your life together!
    Even she is gone now to the other side, all the memories of her will be in your heart forever!
    With love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Sacha was a beautiful kind of Oriental looking cat, like her Mamita, very slender and with such soft silky fur. She added lots of fond memories to our lives and those will stay inside our hearts forever.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Dear Mariette, I feel so badly for you. Such a beautiful cat, along with her siblings that you show. Although we can't know exactly what happened to Sacha, there is surely a lesson for everyone here to slow down and be as careful as possible.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Today I do feel better than the day before yesterday, it is not as raw anymore. Writing about her was the best therapy! You are so right about a lesson to be learned and slowing down. But I'm afraid that this again is preaching to the wrong choir. The person that hit her left her also like that and did never slow down, let alone stop in order to inform her humans. Yesterday, as my husband did mow the lawn he saw another freak coming down the hill in his car like being chased down. There are also playing children that run their bikes on the driveways at times...
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  8. Dearest Mariette. I am so sorry for your loss. What a pretty girl she was. I know why you miss her so much. She had a lot of personality too! I am sending you the poem a friend forwarded to me when my old dog Shadow passed away six years ago. I still think about her several times a week, but imagining her waiting for me across the Rainbow Bridge makes ne feel better. Big hugs to you. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)
    http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm

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    1. Dearest Véronique,
      Thanks for your special visit. Yes, Sacha was a very pretty girl. Thanks for the poem; that is beautifully done.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Liebe Mariette,

    wir fühlen alle mit dir.

    Viel Kraft wünscht dir

    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke für euer Mitgefühl; es hilft um so etwas teilen zu können...
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  10. Como lo siento Mariette, que tristeza.
    Mi perrita Uma tambien murio atropellada, fue terrible.
    Te mando un abrazo muy muy fuerte.
    Veronica

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    1. Querida Veronica,
      Gracias por tus condolencias. Es pesado pero con tantos recuerdos buenos tendrá que tener éxito en ese terrible día a olvidar...
      Cariñosamente,
      Mariette

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  11. Oh,Mariette,mi dispiace tanto,tanto!Immagino come stai!Ti abbraccio tanto,baci,Rosetta

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    1. Cara Rosetta,
      Grazie per il tuo cordoglio. Tanti abbracci virtuali aiutano molto!
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  12. Lieve Mariette en Pieter,

    Wat een in en in triest bericht....jullie lieve Sacha girl is niet meer...

    Wat moet dit pijn doen in jullie harten.

    Zo'n mooi beestje waar jullie alle dagen plezier aan mochten beleven,koester de vele mooie herinneringen zoals de foto's weergeven.

    Veel sterkte gewenst voor jullie beiden en een dikke knuffel van mij als troost, is het enige wat ik op dit moment op afstand voor je kan doen en ik denk aan jullie.

    Liefs,
    Ger

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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Hartelijk dank voor de lieve woorden; het helpt inderdaad erg veel om niet alleen door zo'n moeilijke beginperiode te komen.
      We hebben vele mooie herinneringen en die gaan straks ook best wel de overheid krijgen.
      Een lieve knuffel terug,
      Mariette

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  13. Liebe Mariette,
    es tut mir so leid. Sie hat gottseidank nicht leiden müssen.
    Aber es tut weh, ich leide mit dir.
    Sonnige Grüße schickt dir
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Vielen Dank für Dein Mitleid und wir hoffen das sie nicht gelitten hat. Wir werden ihre Stimme und ihr ständiges Reden sehr vermissen...
      Lieber sonniger Gruss zurück,
      Mariette

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  14. At least Mariette she had a happy life. Plenty of love and attention. But oh how awful to be told of your loss that way. hugs jeanette

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    1. Dearest Jeannette-Ann,
      Our solace is indeed that she had a very happy life with us. For opening your front door to receive your fur baby in a bag is something to never forget...
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  15. quel douleur de perdre son chat
    une amitié de tous les instants brisé en une seconde
    j'appréhende tellement pour la mienne
    bon courage et toute ma tendresse
    edith (iris)

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    1. Chère Edith,
      Oui c'est en effet une douleur énorme... Aide beaucoup à entendre les paroles de braves gens qui ont vécu la même chose...
      Merci pour ta soutien et amitié.
      Mariette

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  16. Dearest Mariette,
    I am so sorry to read of Sacha's death. Our 4-legged family members are such an important part of our lives and leave a hole when they go. All my thoughts are with you and Pieter.............*s*

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    1. Dearest Suzi,
      Thanks for your sweet comment here; this does help us as we feel the same about our 4-legged family members.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  17. Oh, Mariette wat vreselijk om te lezen. Een kat verliezen is bijna als een kind, ze zijn zo'n onderdeel van de familie en je bent zo gehecht aan hun eigen karakters. Zo onverwacht is ook erg, helaas heb ik het ook een paar keer moeten meemaken, twee zijn er aangereden voor de deur. Maar je houdt het niet tegen, we proberen nu onze kat in de tuin te houden, maar het is moeilijk, ze wil alsmaar over het hek heen. Ik wens je heel veel sterkte met dit verdriet.
    Marianne

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja inderdaad is het erg moeilijk. Dit is voor ons ook al de derde keer dat er een aangereden werd in de straat. De eerste poes hadden we anderhalf jaar. De tweede hadden we nog geen twee maanden, net laten opereren en ze kon eindelijk een goed leven gaan leiden. We vonden haar achter een restaurant waar ze van de afval leefde... Sacha was een heel bijzonder karakter en na ruim zes jaar als erg vocale poes in huis en tuin te hebben gehad valt dit erg tegen.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  18. Mariette, I'm sad to hear of you loss. I know your heart is broken, and I send you hugs of comfort. The quote is so true. Thanks for sharing all the photos of your sweet girl. ~ Sarah

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    1. Dearest Sarah,
      Thanks for the comfort you are sending, together with so many others.
      Sharing Sacha with understanding animal loving people surely helps.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. Wat een verdrietig bericht lieve Mariëtte.
    Wat een mooie foto's vol met mooie herinneringen aan jullie Sascha.
    Ik wens je veel sterkte, wat zal je haar missen.
    Lieve groet, Mea

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    1. Beste Mea,
      Jazeker missen we haar; het huis en de oprit en tuin waar ze altijd liep te praten is nu zo stil. De andere poezen merken het ook, die treuren op hun manier.
      Lieve groetjes terug en bedankt voor je medeleven.
      Mariette

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  20. Liebe Mariette,
    ich fühle mit Dir, so ein Wesen von Geburt an im Haus wird einem auf so eine Weise genommen.
    Ich fühle mit Dir.
    Liebe Grüße
    Beate

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    1. Liebe Beate,
      Danke für deine liebe Wörter hier. Ja, von Geburt an machte Sacha so Teil von unsere Familie...
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  21. Lieve Mariette, Ik ben zo vreselijk verdrietig voor je- wat een hartverscheurend iets.Ik weet hoe het is om een van je " furbabies" te verliezen en ik voel heel erg met je mee.Eeen hele grote omhelzing, ik ben in gedachten bij je en houdt je hand vast, lieve Mariette.Doe het voorzichtig aan met jezelf, want zo'n verlies en zo'n schok zijn fnuikend voor je eigen gezondheid.Heel veel liefs.XXX

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    1. Lieve Bea,
      Heel hartelijk bedankt; ja jij weet ook wat het betekent...
      Als we maar een paar dagen verder zijn, het zal wel slijten dat eerste rauwe verdriet.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  22. Dear Mariette,

    I'm so sorry, you must be very sad. I had a cat exactly like yours many years ago and I felt very sad when she died. So, hugs for you from Spain.

    Marina

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    1. Dearest Marina,
      Indeed I am very, very sad because of her. She is for me the cat that I had the longest in my entire life; before loosing her. It hurts but life goes on.
      Hugs to you and thanks for your sweet visit.
      Mariette

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  23. liebe Mariette,
    dass das Leben von Sasha auf so fürchterliche Weise zu Ende geht, ist ganz schlimm! und ich verstehe Deinen Schmerz und die Trauer, die Du nun empfindest!! es tat mir in der Seele weh, Deinen Post zu lesen ... fühle Dich umarmt ... vielleicht kann Dich das ein wenig trösten, dass so viele hier schreiben ... alles Liebe von der Rosabella ♥

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    1. Liebe Rosabella,
      Ja natürlich hilft es enorm dass soviele hier ein liebes Wort hinterlassen. Die Fürchterliche Weise ist wohl das schlimmste.
      Recht vielen Dank für deine liebe Zeilen.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  24. Dear Mariette,i'm so sorry about Sacha.I know you must be very sad.
    What a shame.She was a beautiful cat.A big hug from me to you.
    Dimi..

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thanks for your sweet lines.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  25. Dear Mariette,

    So sorry to hear about Sacha. Just read your comment.....She looks beautiful on your photographs! Take care,

    Madelief xox

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    1. Dear Madelief,
      Thanks for your words and yes she was an Oriental beauty...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  26. Wat een vreselijk verdrietig nieuws zeg !!...ik wens jullie heel veel sterkte ..wat zul je haar missen...liefs van ons...x !!

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    1. Beste Ria,
      Ja, het was geen leuke maandag voor ons... Het is zo stil zonder haar stem. Nooit zo'n praat-poes gehad als haar. Dank voor je medeleven.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  27. Dolce Mariette,avevo perso il tuo post!!
    Mi dispiace tanto tanto per questa perdita,ti capisco benissimo,anche io amo gli animali tantissimo,ho 3 cani più 1 che stava a casa dei miei,ed un anno fà è morto!!
    La sofferenza è tanta,ci penso sempre!!
    Ti sono vicina in questo momento così difficile e triste!!
    Io ho uno dei miei cani che si chiama Sacha!!
    Un caloroso abbraccio cara e dolce amica!!
    Sabry!!

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    1. Cara Sabry,
      Grazie mille per le tue dolci parole qui. Sì, le persone che non sono in grado o non vogliono avere animali non possono capire, o non vogliono capirlo. Lo fa così tanto dolore. Che coincidenza del nome Sacha... Amorevole che sei vicino a me.
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  28. Dearest Mariette,
    OMG, so sorry to hear your sad news, my dear friend!!! I'm taking off to visit my father today and finally motivated to visit friends starting from you. So surprised to read your loss of your precious Sacha. What wonderful memories she provided you; your beautiful pictures tell us how she was loved☆☆☆ I can guess the enormous grief loosing loving ones. Your quote form your friend touched me a lot 'Only those who share love in life, share sadness in death...'
    Please Take Care of Yourselves; I remember my sad experience when I lost my dog. Seeing me taking so long to bounce back from the grief, my husband doesn't wish to have any pet with us. Thinking about you!!!

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American friend, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Thanks for your visit before seeing your Father again. Yes, this was quite a nasty and sad surprise for us to start the week with. I've cried more in the last couple of days than in a long time. But today I managed to be more productive; life goes on, even when we grief.
      My friend's quote said it all and it is so true.
      Hugs to you from your American friend to the far east.
      Mariette

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  29. And yes, she DOES have familiar appearance for us. She was a Oriental Beauty☆☆☆

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Sacha's Mamita Spicy was so svelte... only an Oriental can be that way. She also had her Mamita's silky fur!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  30. My dear Mariette,
    I am so so sorry for the loss of your sweet Sacha. Our furry four legged babies are part of our family and they take a little piece of our heart with them when they go. I'm glad your neighbours brought her home. At least you are not left wondering where she went. So very sad.
    Sending you many many hugs and warm thoughts.
    xo Catherine

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    1. Dearest Catherine,
      You are so right in the above sentences... they are part of our family and they do break our hearts when they depart. So true about not being left wondering... That's the case with Sacha's Mamita Spicy; she never showed up or any sign from her. That broke my heart for a long time; not knowing for sure. My guess is that she got kidnapped because she was such an elegant svelte Asian feline with a shiny silky coat.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  31. Verschrikkelijk! om zoiets te moeten meemaken!
    Ik wens jullie veel sterkte toe en mooie
    herinneringen hebben jullie genoeg, zo te
    lezen!
    Dikke knuffel,
    Nicole

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    1. Beste Nicole,
      Om zo je eigen lieve Sacha aan de voordeur te moeten ontvangen als 'kat in de zak' is natuurlijk vréselijk. We hebben haar begraven en nu blijven alleen de mooie herinneringen en de foto's. Ook hielp het om dit met iedereen te kunnen delen. Bedankt voor je berichtje.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  32. Dearest Mariette, I am so sorry. She was a beautiful cat and she will always have that special place in your heart. Our little pets add so much love to our lives, don't they? You gave her a lovely home, she was blessed. She knew she was loved. Hugs to you, Dear. xoxo

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      Thanks for your words. Yes she knew she was loved and knowing that we gave her all she needed does sooth the pain of her being gone... Pets do add love and companion to our lives.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  33. Dear Mariette, so sad. What a beautiful cat. From the photos it looks that she was quite a personality. She was happy - it shows.
    Hugs across the miles.

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    1. Dearest Zosia,
      Sacha for sure was quite a personality and she acted often as the Alpha cat. She was beautiful, having the good looks of her Mamita. Knowing that she was so loved and happy does sooth the pain. Fond memories will remain with all her photos. Thanks for your kindness.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  34. Oh my dearest, sweetest Mariette...
    These are indeed such sad news... I have tears in my eyes... Poor beautiful Sacha. I am so very sorry. I know how it feels to lose a beloved family member, and in such an unexpected, dramatic way must be terrible for you. She had a happy life though, and I hope sweet little angel Sacha is having fun running at the Rainbow Bridge with all her feline friends! Rest in Peace, sweet little Angel!!! Your Mom will NEVER forget you.
    My warmest, heartfelt HUGS to you, dearest Mariette.
    Your friend Anna

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    1. Dearest Anna,
      You wrote this in such a loving way that it did bring me tears but yes, Sacha must be in a quiet place right now; enjoying her peace. Indeed her human Mami will never forget her! Thanks for your message; you all help me grief.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  35. Dearest Mariette,
    I was not happy to read your Sacha girl Cats. Your Pieter has bad feeling of the Cats. I am very sorry about Sacha.
    I'm not after all the happening lend about yours lovely baby.
    I has lost my dog his name is "BENNCASYEL" after that I never has anther dogs anymore for me.
    I thinking about you with husbands are thinking of Sacha!
    Hugs and love to you.
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Nobody who loves their pets is not happy with such a story. Sacha was very much husband Pieter's girl. In winter time when it was too cold outside or in the garage, she would cuddle up with him under the duvet. Her spot was at his feet or between his legs. She loved her human Papi!
      I can understand your grief for the loss of your dog. For each being that we LOVE, there will be a farewell sooner or later. Still, the pain is worth all the love and after initial grieving time, we can keep the good memories in our hearts forever.
      Thanks so much for thinking about both of us.
      Hugs and love and admiration for your ongoing improvement after your severe accident.
      Mariette

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  36. Oh Dearest Mariette, I am so sorry you have lost Sacha Girl. She was a beauty and I remember seeing her in your posts. Our pet family is a glorious gift from God. He places them in our care and we honor Him by loving them.
    A few years back I lost my sweet kitty named "Baby". She was nineteen years old and I still miss her. I oft have the desire for another kitty but we have so many wild animals here, alligator and coyote. I don't believe in keeping an "indoor only" kitty. That is not their natural way. If we ever move I definitely will rescue another as she was a rescue kitty.
    My heart aches for you and I am saying prayers for you and Pieter.
    Love to you, Ginger

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    1. Dearest Ginger,
      Thanks for your loving words and yes, they are glorious gifts from God. However sad it is for having lost her, she had a happy life and we only can pray that worldwide people start respecting their animals more!
      You are so right about the natural environment. There are certain dangers out there. We got snapping turtles in our creek and they too could harm a kitty. Sacha was so special as I was with her Mamita when she gave birth to her... That makes for a very special and deep bond.
      Hugs to you and Mr. Bob!
      Mariette

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  37. very sad to read this post. Pets really become part of our families

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    1. Dearest Daniela,
      That is so true... She will never be forgotten and we treasure the fond memories.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  38. Dearest Mariette
    I truly understand how sorry you are and how much you miss your lovely little cat.
    What can I say?
    Not much to comfort ...
    I am thinking of you ♥
    Kajsa

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    1. Dearest Kajsa,
      Thanks for your words; they are from the heart and from an loving human cat-parent! It is the hard part of loving our pets...
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  39. I'm so, so sorry, Mariette. Losing a pet is, indeed, losing a member of the family. My thoughts are with you. <3

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    1. Dearest Stacy,
      Thanks for your thoughts. So glad this week passed. Yesterday I was extremely busy for tidying the house and cooking dinner for dear friends. That was a very pleasant evening and time passes fast. Today I made photos with our huge Gardenia. Perfect on time before a downpour.
      Happy Sunday to you with hugs,
      Mariette

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  40. Belas fotografias de lindos Gatos....Espectacular....
    Cumprimentos

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    1. Fernando,
      Obrigado, essas belas fotos agora são ótimas lembranças...
      Mariette

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  41. My dearest Mariette and Pieter ... I sit with tears streaming down my cheeks as I leave this comment. Words cannot begin to describe the tightness I felt in my gut as I read about the neighbor almost burying precious Sacha by mistake. How even more heart breaking it would have been for you both to wonder where Sacha went. Poor sweet Sacha, ... your trubute in her memory was beautiful. And I know that she will stay with you always not only in memory, thought and in your hearts ~ but she is an angel that you know by name. Lots of love and prayers for you both as you go through this most tragic time. Hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

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    1. Dearest Celia,
      Thank you so much for your heartfelt comment as it means so much to both of us. It has been a very sad week but it is overwhelming how many dear virtual friends do share their love for fur babies with us. Indeed, cats or dogs are angels sent to us, wrapped in fur and we had to let her go abruptly.
      Hugs to you and we even more have to love our fur babies each day while we still can.
      Mariette

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  42. Oooh wat erg...gecondoleerd..
    Het doet altijd pijn, zo'n lief dier te verliezen...mooi was ze..en een mooi 'levensverhaal' laat je ons zo zien via de foto's...ze had een liefdevol thuis, dat is een ding wat zeker is...

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    1. Lieve Marian,
      Ja, jij kent het gevoel en de pijn van zo'n verlies ook... Inderdaad heeft ze een erg liefdevol thuis gekend voor ruim zes jaar en dat is onze troost. Het is nog steeds erg stil in huis omdat zij het meeste praatte...
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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