The passing of a loved one is never an easy thing to go through. As much as we think we can prepare for it, it is not easy.
Our beloved Lion passed away this morning in our home as peacefully and as gently as he lived his life. Having had everything his way and on his own terms these past eighteen years, our baby decided that it was time to go. As much as I wanted to bottle up his love, soul and affection, and keep it forever, I knew that I too had to let go and make my peace. It's difficult to put into words how upsetting this is for us.
Isn't it always the case that we feel as if we are going to have our babies forever? That the affection and unconditional love they give us each and every day, will be there for us day in and day out? I can't believe that the little kitten we adopted back when we moved into our first home is no longer with us.
Two days before he passed away, Lion took a small stroll outside and sat on the driveway for a couple of minutes. It seemed as if he were taking a final look at his territory, the beautiful kingdom we were able to provide for him. I know deep down that he was happy with the good, long life that was his.
Our house is empty now of the sounds of his little feet walking on the hardwood floors, or of them going up the old pumpkin pine staircase for bedtime. No longer will I have Lion's furry little face and whiskers waking me up in the morning to tell me that he's hungry. The companion that sat on my husband's lap during tea and purred for minutes on end, is but a sweet memory that will endure in our hearts forever.
The comfort that we take at this moment, however, is with the fact that we gave Lion one of the best lives anyone could have had.
Our home that always provided him with love, nourishment and boundless devotion, was his for the taking. I am honored that Lion gave us so much unconditional love.
|Lion: 10/1/1999 - 8/11/2017|
Lion was our king.
He will be greatly missed.
Such a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your regal and amazing Lion, it brought tears to my eyes, and yes indeed, he led the life of a King, so well loved and unconditionally loving to you. Lion will always and forever let you know that you were the 'King of his Heart', David ... ~ With love from Ashi, Miko, Mia, Miette and Christine <3ReplyDelete
Thank you, Christine, for your kind words, your friendship and love. It means everything in the world to us right now. <3Delete
I'm sincerely sorry for your incredible loss, David. We do love our furbabies, do we not?ReplyDelete
Thank you, Nancy. We do love our babies. We love them to no end. <3Delete
Heartbreaking. So sorry for you. Our pets ask so little of us and give so much. My deepest condolences. SusanReplyDelete
Susan, our pets only ask for our love and care. I know that we gave that to our little Lion in great, big heaps. We will miss him forever. <3Delete
David, I'm so sorry. Lots of love to you both from over here in Australia.ReplyDelete
Thank you. That means a lot to us. <3Delete
I am so sorry for your loss David. Your words were a beautiful tribute to a pet that clearly provided you unconditional love for so many years. And what a wonderful life you gave him. RIP Lion.ReplyDelete
Thank you. Our Lion was the best little guy ever. He will always remain in our hearts. ❤❤Delete
So sorry for your loss. This made me cry! It's a wonderful tribute.ReplyDelete
Thank you for that Kristin. We miss our little guy. :(Delete