April 26, 2011

Godspeed Sweet Praline

Sweet Praline
September 25, 1995 ~ April 25th, 2011

We lost a very dear friend yesterday. Sweet Praline acheived angel status at the Rainbow Bridge. Praline was such a beautiful kitty that had a loving and devoted Mommy. I know that her Mommy must feel all kinds of sad and heartbroken over the loss of such a special kitty. We send her our love and we hope that soon her memories of Sweet Praline will make her smile more than they make her cry.
In honor of Miss Sweet Praline -

Where to Bury A Cat

There are various places within which a cat may be buried. We are thinking now of a tabby cat, a striped cat, whose coat was like watered silk, and who, so far as we are aware, never entertained a mean or an unworthy thought. This cat is buried beneath a cherry tree, under four feet of garden loam, and at its proper season the cherry strews petals on the green lawn of his grave. Beneath a cherry tree, or an apple, or any flowering shrub of the garden, is an excellent place to bury a good cat. For beneath such trees, such shrubs, he slept in the drowsy summer, or chased bees, or lifted head to challenge some winged intruder. These are good places, in life or in death. For if the cat be well remembered, if sometimes he leaps through your dreams actual as in life, eyes kindling, questing, asking, laughing, begging, it matters not at all where that cat sleeps at long and at last. On a hill where the wind is unrebuked and the trees are roaring, or beside a stream he knew in kittenhood, or somewhere in the flatness of a pasture land, where the most exhilarating moles burrow. It is all one to the cat, and all one to you, and nothing is gained, and nothing lost -- if memory lives. But there is one best place to bury a cat. One place that is best of all. If you bury him in this spot, the secret of which you must already have guessed, he will come to you when you call -- come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down the well-remembered path, and to your side again. And though you call a dozen living cats, they shall not hiss at him, nor resent his coming, for he is yours and he belongs there. People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no mew pitched too fine for mere audition, people who may never really have had a cat. Smile at them then, for you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing. The one best place to bury a good cat is in the heart of his owner.



by Ben Hur Lampman, Portland Oregonian, 1921


Godspeed Sweet Praline,  you were loved so very, very much...

14 comments:

Furkidsmom said...

Praline will live forever in all of our hearts. We already miss her a lot.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Cheysuli and gemini said...

That was a very lovely tribute

Angel and Kirby said...

We are very sad, too!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are so very sad about Sweet Praline. We will miss lots her too. We are sending love to her mommy Paula.

Mariodacat said...

Beautiful tribute dear friend.

-d ma said...

that made me cry.

The Island Cats said...

That was a very nice tribute to Sweet Praline. We will miss her very much.

Admiral Hestorb said...

How beautiful and fine. Mommy saved that.

Gotchi - The Cat said...

I'm so sad today. Praline was one of my best friends. She will be missed...

Purrs from Gotchi

Brian said...

Such a wonderful tribute. Sweet Praline will be so missed, but never forgotten. You just can't forget those smiles she delivered each and every day.

Ginger Jasper said...

The gorgeous Miss Praline will live in our hearts and will not be forgotten. Hugs GJ x

Angel Sweet Praline said...

Thank you for such a beautiful post about my Sweet diva. I miss her terribly.

Mom Paula

meowmeowmans said...

What a lovely tribute to our friend Praline. We miss her very much.

Derby, Ducky said...

Mum plans to have us around forever.