Catching Up + Photos From Our Week

Jul 9, 2014

What a week! If you follow me on instagram then you know we had to put down our beloved cat, Pumpkin. Poor guy, his last 24 hours were so painful, scary and watching him suffer was one of the worst things imaginable. I love my animals and care for them with a big & wide open heart. So honestly, this devastated me! On Friday night, at the age of 19, my love bug had one of his paws go limp from a blood clot. Our vet recommended a blood thinner but sadly the blood clot wouldn't budge and we had to put him down. The tears have not stopped flowing. I just hope there's a cat heaven and he has found his peace. This is the second pet I've lost as an adult and it does not get easier. My heart aches for the fur balls of this world! 

This week, we've slowed down our schedule. I haven't slept in a few days, so yes, rest it is! Yesterday we took our dog for a trail walk and it was incredibly therapeutic. Listening to the gentle rustle of the leaves, seeing the forest all sun dappled and witnessing the splendor of our ocean is all this girl needs to feel a state of calm & thankfulness. There is beauty in weathering the storms of life, we experience a deepening of our soul and grow a more gentle spirit!

And a photo of our pumpkin! We'll forever miss you sweetheart! ♥ Also, say hello to my pj's! ;)

31 sweet notes:

  1. Oh babe, I feel so bad for you guys. Having to put a pet down is just so heartbreaking. I remember when we had to put my dog down - the dog we'd had since I was two - the week before my fourteenth birthday. I remember that big sigh when he let go of his life. He was such an ingrained member of our family that my parents took me out of school so I could be with him when he died. Driving back from the animal clinic, my big, sturdy dad had to stop the car because he was crying so hard. But all the tears are good, and cathartic, and what they really mean is that we loved our animals very much - enough to do what was best for them, in the end. Thinking of you!!

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  2. sartorialsidelinesJuly 9, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    I'm so, so sorry to hear that. I have two cats myself and they're entering their 14th and 13th years, respectively, and while I hope they'll be around for at least another 4-5 years, I find I'm starting to slowly prepare myself for losing them. I can't even imagine how painful that will be. I am really, really sorry.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial
    Sidelines

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  3. Such wise words spoken through your grief. Thank you for sharing your heart with us, Veronika, and I am so sorry about Pumpkin :(
    Lots of love to you!
    -Carley
    xx

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  4. Giving you all my love and well wishes. I know exactly what you're going through. I'm glad you're taking some time out for you in order to relax and reflect.

    XO Alison
    looksharplansing.blogspot.com

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  5. i am so sorry, lady! that is heartbreaking. i know your kitty is up in pet heaven with our other beloveds. :) always a ton of tuna around!

    ladies in navy

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  6. Awww that last photo is heart melting, you three as such cuties! (love the pj's!) Pumpkin had an amazing long life of happiness with you and even though it's always heartbreaking to lose a beloved pet, i'm sure you'll give much love to the next ones in your life... that's personally my way to cope, to give that love to another cutie who needs it desperately...Much love to you lovey (and thank you for your kind words and support for my new little adventure ;) )

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  7. Aww so sorry to hear about your baby :( I'm sure Pumpkin is smiling down at you from kitty heaven!!

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  8. So sorry for your loss :( He was so adorable!

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  9. So sorry to hear about Pumpkin. Seems like it's almost easier as a kid when your pet goes to it's respective "farm". Hope this week goes much better for you!

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  10. i'm so, so sorry for you loss. you're right, it never gets easier! several years ago, we had to put down my dog that we had since i was 5. it was so strange because i never remembered a time in my life when she wasn't there, and then she wasn't :(
    xo jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

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  11. I'm so sorry to hear about Pumpkin's passing–there are few things more heartbreaking than losing a constant companion, but I feel certain he's happily romping in cat heaven.

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  12. Aw, I'm still so sad about Pumpkin, too - you guys lost such a sweetheart, I know you're going to be feeling that for a long time! (Plus, poor Scout, who will he chase after when company's over now?) Thinking of you both.
    xox,
    Cee

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  13. I feel so sorry about Pumpkin and I hope he's in kitty-heaven climbing up trees and chasing mice! I know how hard it is to lose a pet, but you have to remember that you provided him a great life and he didn't have to live on the streets like many other cats do. Stay strong!


    evelinkivi.blogspot.com

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  14. i'm so sorry to hear about pumpkin! my cat had the same problem with one of her paws, caused by a heart condition. it just breaks my heart to see these little animals so helpless! that last picture is such an adorable one to remember him by :)
    xo, cheyenne

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  15. I am so, so sad for you. I hate having to say goodbye to furry family members. I hope you're trying your best to remember all the good times you had with him, as hard as it may be right now. Thinking of you and sending you lots of love!!


    xo Kimi

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  16. I know this grief too well myself, dearest Veronika...so very sorry about the loss of your Pumpkin. Please know that I'm thinking of you. XOXO


    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

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  17. I am so sorry to hear about your cat... I really cannot imagine what it feels like to lose a pet and I fear the day that I will inevitably have to let my dog go. It is just so unfair and awful to think about. I am glad that you have other furry friends to help you through this and I know your dear Pumpkin will live in your heart forever. Hugs to you!

    xoxo Jess
    Foreign Room

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  18. Ohh no, I'm so sorry about Pumpkin. We put down our dog Prince last Christmas, and I still feel like my room is empty when I step into it and he's no longer curled up beside me...pets really do become a part of our family.
    Anyway, sending much hugs and comfort your way. Though it does sound like you're seeing the positives that are still in life. <3

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  19. lorrie%ambitious.caJuly 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    The loss of a pet is the loss of a much loved family member. We lost our beagle Lois in April. Her and our orange cat Clark were the best of buddies. Where ever Lois went, Clark would follow and they would often curl up together. Time is the healer. We see some of Lois's traits in Clark now which makes us remember her always and smile...

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  20. Gwen, thank you for sharing your story about your doggy. So comforting to know other people have been there and felt the same. Plus, I'm sorry to hear you went through something similar... the decision to put them down is heartbreaking!! Loveliest Friday to you, friend!! xo

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  21. Courtney, thank you! There's nothing like mourning the loss of a pet. We often think about the fact that our beloved Scout won't be here forever and we actually tear up. Amazing how these little love bugs cement themselves in our heart. Happiest Friday & weekend to you - hope the sun is shining bright!! xo

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  22. Aw, sweetest Carley! Thank you, your kind words always mean so much!!! xoxo

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  23. Thank you for the sweet words. And I agree, we're excited to give that love to another kitty in need. We've always adopted our cats from shelters and it feels so rewarding being able to give them a better life. As for your shop?!! I'm SO excited for you and I have my eye on a few pieces!! xo

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  24. Liz, thank you!! Wishing you a lovely Friday & weekend!! We're still missing our little guy over here! xoxo

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  25. Lauren, you're a sweetheart. Thank you so much for the kind words and support. Means so much!! xoxo

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  26. I'm so sorry to hear you beagle passed in April. It's heartbreaking letting our little fur love bundles go. Our dog has been sniffing/looking around for pumpkin and looking pretty discouraged when there's no trace of him. Thanks so much for sharing Lorrie, so comforting to hear your words!! <3

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  27. So sorry for your loss.

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  28. So sorry for your loss Veronika. I was reading in tears, I can imagine how hard this must be when it was also that sudden. Sending you a big comforting hug & a big encouragement to overcome & cherish all the beautiful moments spent at his side.

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