Saturday, August 09, 2008

Neelix peacefully passed over the bridge early this morning in his sleep and now rests in a quiet spot in the Shepherd's Garden where he can snoopervise the comings and goings as he always did.

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and left messages, as well as emails that I have received. We are tired beyond words from not getting much sleep last night and from being at the fair with the boys since 7:00 a.m. today, but I wanted to check in with your comments as I knew they would be loving and help me sleep on this very sad night. I will be by in the next week or two to say thank you to all of you who left your kind words.

We received the following picture and poem from our friends Karla and Miss Peach - No one could have said it any better. Close your eyes now, my longtime friend,
and let this time of suffering
come to a peaceful end.
We'll walk together soon, I'm sure,
as winter turns to spring,
when snow gives way to budding leaves
and birds begin to sing.
The gentle breeze shall call your name
along the water's edge.
For what we shared and what you meant
shall never be forgot.
Your friendship spans the years behind,
your memory ahead.
You'll always be there next to me,
companion and good friend.

44 comments:

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Soft and gentle in the quiet of the dawn,
the angel came to carry me home...
I was still dreaming
of the cat I used to be
and wondering when will it be time for me...
this journey out of your arms takes us apart,
but always and forever I will be inside your heart!

written with love by Miss Peach for mommy Tina and The Shepard

Whicky Wuudler said...

I am so sorry to read of Neelix's passing. He was a beautiful fella and looked as if he had a wonderful life with you and the animals. Sending you love and purrs to help you remember him and smile again.

Luna said...

We are so sorry to read about Neelix.
It is so sad to lose a cat.
We think they will be peaceful and comfortale at the end of the rainbow. That is our consolation.
Thank you for your kind words to our Frieda. You are in our thoughts, too

purrs from Luna, Luzie and Stefanie

Nancy K. said...

He's healthy and strong again! I'm happy that Nelix is at peace but very sad for your loss...

Kathy said...

Tina and John and Sinda,
My eyes have been filled all weekend with tears and now I can't stop from crying. I know Neelix is in no pain now, but knowing that doesn't help the pain in your hearts. May God bless you all with cherished memories with time.
All our love,
Kathy, Ralph and The Mob
in Airy Zona

Asta said...

I am so vewy sowwy about Neelix..pleez don't cwy, he will always be in youw heawt, and someday you'll meet again ovew the wainbow..that painting and poem awe lovely
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Tesla said...

I am so so sorry about neelix. Its one of the hardest things to lose a baby. But, he won't suffer at all anymore, and he'll be a happy kitty while he waits until you go to him one day over the bridge. :) Much love to you-

Tesla

Stellaluna said...

Nooo! He went to the bridge...Well, he'll be with Stifler and our other furriends. The best of all is that he won't be alone :'*(

ML said...

I's so sad to hear that Neelix went to tha Bridge, but he is in good company. He will always be wif you's, in yours heart.
But right nows, we's all crying cause we misses him here wif us.
i's made a grapik an posted it on tha CB. but it's not near as good as Miss Peach maded.
we loves you Neelix and we will miss you furry much. Many purrs to yours fambly.
Love and Purrs,
KC

HotMBC said...

Oh we're so sorry to hear that Neelix had to go to the Bridge so soon. It's so hard to lose a furriend. We're glad to hear he took his journey peacefully, though, that's always a blessing. We will light and candle for him and send lots and lots of purrs of comfort to yall who are sad here.
Purrrrrrrrrrrrs,
the Hotties

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved family member.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We are so sorry about your loss, but we're glad Neelix went peacefully in his sleep.

We hope you will be able to rest. Aside from the physical weariness, grieving is exhausting.

Purrs and tail wags.

TT said...

I am sorry to hear Neelix had to go. I know TT will meet him at the bridge.

MB Laure

Mickey said...

I am sorry about Neelix. It was good that he went in his sleep and is not suffering.
It will still be hard to accept. I offer you ((((((((((HUGS))))))))))

Purrs Mickey

Moki said...

We are so very sorry to hear of Neelix's passing. Miss Peach did a lovely tribute. We know how hard times like these can be, so our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

The Cat Realm said...

We are very sorry. But glad at the same time that he passed on his own and peacefully.
There's never really anything to do to fill that hole....
Lots of purrs for you!!!

Parker said...

Neelix and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Bridge has a new, beautiful angel.

Leigh said...

Oh, Tina. I am so so sorry. He was such a highlight on your blog. I know you will miss him terribly.

Rascal said...

I am so sad to hear this. I'm just glad Neelix will be waiting for Me when it's my turn to cross the Bridge. Love and Purrs.

Catzee said...

Dear Ms Tina, an' Mr Shepherd, an' Sinda, an' sheeps, I am so furry sorry about Neelix. Him was so han'some an' I know you miss him. I miss him too. Purrrrr, purrrrr, purrrrr, purrrrrr

Sammy, Miles and Billy said...

we are so sorry to learn of Neelix's passing.

He was a wonderful and beautiful boy

We cannot say goodbye as it hurts too much, so we will say

Until we meet at the Bridge.......

THE ZOO said...

we are so sorry to hear of your lose. the Rainbow Bridge must have needed another Angel.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Godspeed Neelix...we'll see you again someday.

The Island Cats said...

We didn't know Neelix but we are very sad that he went to the bridge. Our purrayers are with you.

Wally, Ernie & Zoey
(and our Mom)

Kelly Cat said...

We're sorry to hear the sad news about Neelix. He was well-loved and will always be remembered. We hope those good memories will give you some comfort now.

Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

You're all in our purrs and purrayers, we're so sorry for the loss of Neelix.

The Lee County Clowder said...

Fare thee well, Neelix.

ppuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Diane said...

The rainbow bridge is where all
the cats that ever loved you will
be waiting and smiling. Sooo sorry.
Beautiful tribute from Miss Peach.
Love, Diane

Lavendersheep said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Neelix was always a very special part of your blog and I am sure your life.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Oh Tina, we've been busy and gone and I haven't checked blogs recently. I'm so sorry to hear of Neelix' passing and the big hole in your hearts and home. You know we share your sorrow; we've had more than our share of little friends leaving us in the last year....

vlb5757 said...

I am so sorry for your loss. He was a cutie! My Misha will be there to greet him. Hugs to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

We are all so sorry to hear the sad news about Neelix. We'll be thinking of you and praying for you.
MamaCat & the FurryPurries
Ozzy, Alice, Bootsie, Freckles, Lola, Dandelo & baby Honey

Tammy said...

Very Sorry to hear that Neelix passed on. It is a blessing he died at home and peacefully with those whom he loved and were loved by. You are all in my thoughts. Take care,
Tammy

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

We are so sorry about Neelix going to the Rainbow Bridge! Our purrrs and purrayers are with you!
Your FL furiends,
and Mom Chandra

nanwit said...

I was shocked to hear of Neelix's passing and so soon. I am struggling with the diagnosis of both of my 13-year-old girls and how to keep them comfortable. I hope that they go peacefully when the time comes.

You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.
Nancy

Fat Eric said...

I am sorry to hear that you have lost Neelix. I haven't visited your page before but he looks like such a handsome floofy boy, and so very like my big floofy ginger Eric. You obviously have many wonderful memories of Neelix's life.

Sending you sympathies and Fat Eric sends big purrs.

Anita said...

We are so sorry for your lost...

We send you purrrs and huggs to you and purrryers to Neelix.

Riley & Tiki said...

We are very sorry. Neelix was a sweet boy. Sending you purrs and hugs.

Junior said...

We just learned of Neelix passing. We are sending purrs of comfort and sympathy.

Junior, Orion and Meowm

Benit Buck said...

Tina,
I'm so very sorry to just find out that Neelix passed this weekend. I know you're heart-broken in losing such a dear and loving friend.
Let me know if I can help in any way.
Condolences from Benita, Chloe and Stylle

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

What a beautiful cat. I have so many, they are all dear to me, it is always hard to lose a friend.
~~Becky

DEBRA said...

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Neelix...

Purrs

Abby

Poem For Cats
And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, I am most able
To decide anything for myself

Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly.
For my human friends are troubled.
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don't they understand? asked God
That you'll never leave them?
That you souls are intertwined for all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is...forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat.
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am...forever and ever and ever.

goldenshade said...

We are so sorry to hear about Neelix. He seemed like a fine fellow and will be greatly missed. At least he is free and at peace now.

purrs Goldie and Shade

Alexi said...

We are so sorry to hear of Nelix's passing. We apologize for not getting a message to you earlier. Please know we are sending purrs, prayers, and {{{{hugs}}}} your way