Earlybird Brandie Odenbach
brandie_dawn Little Kitty keeps me company as I study and do homework for uni. This cat literally never leaves me so I had to put a little bed on the desk for him or he would sit behind me on a chair and meow at me. 14h

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brandie_dawn How I spend my free time: going to the Humane Society to pet all the dogs and cats. 2d

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brandie_dawn Dog walking adventures make for the best days. 4d

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brandie_dawn Nothing like a little nature walk with the whole pack. 5d

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brandie_dawn I hope this cute, squishy face is around for many more years. 7d

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brandie_dawn Things I learn when I get photos sent to me of myself sleeping:
1. Junior (aka "Little Kitty") has taken Nega's spot sleeping next to me. He has been my little clinger and always wants to be with me. He is so sweet.
2. Apparently I dream of being a ballerina in my sleep.
7d

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X-Pro II Brandie Odenbach
brandie_dawn Petting one cat on your lap...There's always the other suddenly vying for your attention too. 1w

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brandie_dawn 1 week ago on this day exactly, my Nega got his wings and went to be with Jesus. Today just as I thought I was starting to cope well with my loss I was reminded of him again and ate my supper with tears down my face. It's still like a dream...a nightmare I guess, how this all really happened. And the healing process continues... 1w

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brandie_dawn People often say that when a loved one dies we just need to forget and to move on with life (I've already been told this). However, the true way to heal is to remember. Keep their memories alive! They were part of you, they existed! Remembering is ok. Grieving is ok. Crying is ok. We need to understand that everyone's grief is different and everyone's path to healing is different. For me, I need to talk about it to heal...just to get it out of my system. I never thought I would be "this" person, but it turns out I am. For me, my cat dying was devastating. No, it's not JUST a cat. That is my family. That is someone I deeply loved. It's ok if you don't understand, someone out there gets it and needs to know their grief is ok too. 2w

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brandie_dawn Missing my little fangy, stubby black cat. He was the sweetest cat. Look at him, tolerating Shawn's snuggles even. What a character you were, Nega. I hope one day I find a funny and beautiful soul just like yours to come home with me and I will be reminded of how lucky I was to have you in my life. Hope you're enjoying your new wings and time with Jesus. Love you forever. 2w

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brandie_dawn My lap of little purrs from my little kitty. "A cat purring is more healing than any drug in the world, as the vibrations you are receiving are of pure love and contentment." -St. Francis of Assisi 2w

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brandie_dawn Little Kitty and Jesse hugging each other. At least they still have each other. 😙 2w

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brandie_dawn Well it's really real now. I picked up Nega's urn from Part of the Family Pet Memorial Centre today. I had his photo printed and put it in a frame. I put his collar on the urn. There he is now. His little shrine on the shelf. Is this even real? I miss you Niggy, every day I miss you. 2w

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brandie_dawn Jesse, what are you doing in the dryer??? 2w

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brandie_dawn When I walk through deep waters, I know You are here God. 2w

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Willow Brandie Odenbach
brandie_dawn Today Jesse was really missing you Niggy. I was too. Remind him everything will be OK and maybe sometimes you'll need to remind me too. 2w

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brandie_dawn "Mom, please don't be sad..." Quinn says to me this morning, encouraging me to get out of bed as I grieved. Pets have a way of knowing what's going on. God must have given them this ability. 2w

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brandie_dawn RIP my beautiful kitty Nega. How I miss you today. I'm glad you're no longer suffering but my heart aches for you. I hope you're trilling with Jesus up there and giving him all your cuddles like you did for us. Thank you for your time with us. You were a beautiful soul.

Lend Me A Kitten

I will lend to you for a while a kitten, God said.
For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he’s dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three.
But will you, ’till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you and, should his stay be brief
you’ll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught below I want this kitten to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over in search of teachers true.
And from the folk that crowd’s life’s land I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take my kitten home again?

My heart replied, “My Lord, Thy Will Be Done”
For all the joys this kitten brings the risk of grief I’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness; we’ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known, forever-grateful stay.
But should you call him back much sooner than we planned.
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
If, by our love we’ve managed your wishes to achieve.
Then in memory of him, who we loved, please help us while we grieve.
When our cherished kitten departs this world of strife,
Please send yet another needing soul for us to love all his life.
2w

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brandie_dawn Best friends forever. I'm not even joking you, these two have a weird love for each other. Jesse and Isaiah forever 2w

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