Friday, 19 February 2010

R.I.P. Tilly Friend

This week we had some sad news when my Mum rang to say they'd had to have their cat Tilly put to sleep. She hadn't looked well for a while, in fact seeing this photo of her which I've just dug out, it reminds me how much weight she'd lost. The vet was very kind and explained poor Tilly had succumbed to cancer but she lived a very happy life, having been rescued from an animal shelter as a kitten, and doted upon by my folks for 16 darned fine years.





The Munchkin very much liked Tilly. In fact, here in the photo he seems to have decided to share his Lego with her! An honour indeed.

So he was sad to hear that Tilly Friend had died. A long discussion ensued about what "putting to sleep meant" at the end of which he concluded, very matter of factly as only an eight year old can, that it is "a nicer way of saying kill". Ahem.

He agreed that he could make a nice card to send to cheer up the folks.





There is Tilly, amongst the flowers as the Munchkin remembers her...






Would you like to see what he wrote inside? I wasn't sure if this was going to make my Mum laugh or cry! (Click the photo to enlarge it if you like.)





We decided it would also be nice to send a photo with the card. Sadly, the world's most annoying printer (that being my printer, by the way), decided it would not communicate, so here, Mum and Dad is the Munchkin in his bid to cheer you up this week...





Happy weekend, everyone.

60 comments:

  1. Aaahhhh poor Tilly friend, she looks like she was a gorgeous cat, she looks very sweet natured. Thank you for showing us Munchkin's card, it's so sweet, and hilarious! I just love his message, that really is so funny.The drawing on the front is truly splendid, so please let munchkin know I think he's a very good artist. But the inside of the card, what a hoot! Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

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  2. oh I laughed out loud at his comment and then the card - aren't kids just so black and white about things :-) His drawings are lovely !
    Lesley x

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  3. Oh hen, your young man made me cry, what a lovely expression, dear Tilly is asleep I shall treasure that thought.

    lynn xx

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  4. AWW Sorry to hear that hun..pets are like extended family...when they go they do tend to leave a big hole. His card was fab!!! Sometimes words from a child puts things in perspective i think!
    Loved the picture on the front especially...I see the creative gene has been passed down!!!!
    Best wishes
    Annie x

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  5. Tilly was a little beauty. I like how the Munchkin has captured her on the front of his card. x

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  6. I just wish all cats could live forever xx
    Sam

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  7. Oh so sorry, its hard we've been there twice.

    Loving that card though, I see a career ahead of the munchkin xx

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  8. So sorry to hear about Tilly, i do love Munchkin's card and the message its wonderful xxx

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  9. awww i'm sure the munckins card and pic has cheered them up xx

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  10. !6 is a good age for Till yto live to and it sounds like she had such a happy life, sitting amongst the flowers in the garden and watching sport from the sofa!
    We all love pets, they become part of the family. I am sure the photo of Munchkin will make them smile!
    Love
    Lyn

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  11. I'm so sorry for your loss, pets are so much part of our families that it is heartbreaking to say goodbye isn't it. It sounds like Tilly lived a full and happy life and will be very fondly remembered. I LOVE the card, what a fab picture and lovely message inside. X

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  12. I think the fab smile on the Munchkin's face alone will be just the trick to cheer up your Mum and Dad.
    Is that a meerkat on his jumper?
    I love it!!
    Emma xx

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  13. Tilly looks like a really lovely friend. It's so hard to lose a pet, they do really become part of the family - but it sounds like she had a long and happy life.

    I love the card and photo. Munchkin's comment made me laugh out loud - it was sweet and lovely. I'm sure your parents will really appreciate his kind thoughts. x

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  14. How sad to lose a lovely friend!!! Munchkin is certainly trying to make up for it though!!! What a lovley boy!!!
    xxxx

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  15. I'm not sure whether his words made your mum cry, they sure brought tears to my eyes.

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  16. Oh,Munchkin,what a lovely,kind boy you are to write such a sweet letter.If I had just lost a dear friend like Tilly,that is just the sort of letter I would like to receive.It is very sad to lose our pets,they are one of the family.I'm sure you will all remember her with great fondness.

    Bellaboo x

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  17. that's so sad, Tilly looked like a lovely kind cat. I thought for a minute it was one of your precious kitty cats. The card and message is lovely and will certainly cheer them up.

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  18. I am very sorry for your families loss, losing a pet is a tragic thing, when our dear cat, Jagger, died suddenly 4 years ago, I was distraught. I am so very sorry. xxx

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  19. sorry to hear about tilly.. it is always a sad time when pets die.. when i was a child our backgarden was full of our pets!!!//
    that card made me laugh out loud.. arnt childrens ability to make you laugh without even intending to amazing!!!

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  20. Oh please give that little munchkin of yours a big hug from me ( if that is still allowed at that age ), what a wonderful card to have made and written.
    Losing a much loved pet is devastating. I still miss our first two dogs like crazy, and we talk about them all the time.

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  21. So sorry to read about Tilly. It's such a difficult thing to do. I had to do it last month with my Dad's dog, also called Tilly. They are just so special.
    So lovely of Munchkin to want to cheer up your parents.
    The cat on the front is sure to make them smile.
    Lisa x

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  22. So sorry to hear about Tilly but I;m sure the card did the trick to cheer your folks up, definitely made me giggle, so innocent!
    Tracy
    x

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  23. Arrrrh what a beautiful letter. Children are so matter of fact aren't they. I'm sure she will be remembered forever.

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  24. Dear Hen
    Sad news of the lovely Tilly. Oh our four legged friends are so very special to us aren't they? Sending big hugs for your Mum and Dad.
    As for the Munchkin's card and daffodils - so very lovely and so wonderfully child-like. Give him a hug too!
    And of course, one for yourself :-)
    Denise x

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  25. Hi Hen

    A303 - nowhere near as bad as you imagine provided you avoid the A30 which I'm guessing is the route you would anticipate. They seem to be sending everyone that way. Email me (via VtoV blog) and I'll point you towards alternatives. I've had a totally clear run to Dairy House every day so far. It seems that only the locals are using the A303 between Mere and Podimore roundabout. So little traffic!!

    Sorry to hear about Tilly. Love the Munchkin's drawing!

    Sue x

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  26. hello Hen,
    poor old Tilly, how very sad. There seems to be quite a few furry friends in blogland that have died recently.She looked like my childhood cat,Harvey whom I adored.
    Love H's card..made me really laugh when I probably shouldn't have! I think anuntie Pat will laugh AND cry with that one.
    Kids are so honest, I love that age they really come out with some gems.. x

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  27. oops I meant Auntie Pam..not Auntie Pat! really should wear my glasses more often!

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  28. So sorry to hear about Tilly, but what a lovely card to receive. A great little budding artist in the making I feel!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Ali
    :)

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  29. Its always very sad when a pet has to be put to sleep, but Tilly obviously had a lovely, long and happy life......... Paul O Grady show? LOL! X

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  30. Oh Bless! How sad about little Tilly, God bless little girl.

    How lovely of your sweet Munchkin to think and write such lovely words. He is a credit to you Hen!

    C. xxx

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  31. So sad Hen. I do love the picture Munchkin has drawn though, what a lovely card to send..and very sweet words too I'm sure it will cheer them up.x

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  32. PoorTilly - how sad but sounds as if shewas loved for many years which makes her a lucky cat.
    Munchkin's card is sure to make them smile!

    Jayne

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  33. R.I.P Tilly.....So sad when pets have to leave us, they become such dearly loved friends....
    How fitting that her final resting plave should be on the spot in the garden she enjoyed the most.....

    Munchkin is such a sweet boy...I love the way he is so thoughtful, reminds me of my niece.....

    Love Melxxx

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  34. Hi Hen

    What sad news! Being a cat lover, I always feel for anyone whose cat has died. I understand all too well how that feels after having lost quite a few cats over the years. It never gets easier.

    Children have a wonderful way of expressing themselves don't they, a really good letter from Munchkin.

    Take care
    Isabelle x

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  35. Poor Tilly, have you and the Munchkin read the book by Judith Kerr called Goodbye Mog it's a very lovely story about this subject.. Louise x

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  36. It sounds like Tilly had the best life, with your folks, for 16 years. Rest in peace, Tilly! I loved the little sympathy card the Munchkin wrote out. Have a great weekend, Hen.

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  37. I think the reason we have children is to cheer us up. They see things so matter of factly and I can just hear Paul O'Grady reading out the message about poor Tilly. Hope his card had the desired effect, it certainly made me smile.

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  38. Oh dear, poor Tilly! What a sweet little boy the munchkin is making that card. I love the way you keep him so young and keep him away from grown up things. It's nice to be a child for as long as possible I think.

    have a good weekend.

    Sian x

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  39. Little Muchkin is the sweetest little boy. If I received the beautifully drawn card of my much loved cat or read what he wrote I would have been so very touched at his thoughtfulness and I would treasure it. I would have both laughed and cried and it would make me feel better I know. It is very sad indeed when our little furry friends come to the end of their lives but it does help to know that they had the happiest lives they could have and were well taken care of and much loved. No one could ask for more. I hope everyone who loved and misses lovely pretty little Tilly will feel less sad very soon x
    Siobhan

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  40. Ahh, that's a lovely card. We have a Tilly cat too, a black and white long haired lady, nearly 14. She's getting a little querilous in her later years, yowling in the night; the vet says it's her age. I think she goes in a room and says, "Now, hang on, what did I come in here for? Suggestions anyone? What do you mean, you're asleep!? Now what did I come in here for....?"
    We love them and they leave us and we thank them by taking in another little furry person.

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  41. Hen, your munchkin is such a sweetie.
    I hope your folks are ok?
    Have a lovely weekend Hen Household.
    Luv Sophie xxx

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  42. Poor sweet Tilly, hopefully she is at peace now. Beautiful and cute card from the Munchkin too.

    PS I played with some beautiful Kaffe Fassett today in a wonderful shop on the Isle Of Anglesey, is growing on me and I have to say now I want more ;0)

    Hugs

    X

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  43. I am so sorry to here about Tilly, the lovely card little Munchkin's sent will cheer your Mum and Dad up a little.
    Take care
    Bridie x

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  44. I cried for days when our cat died, and I was 32 at the time (oops), so I know how you are all feeling. Munchkin is adorable, how can anyone not absolutely love that card. Super writing by the way.

    Kate

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  45. Sorry to hear about Tilly... Munchkins card was adorable - out of the mouth of babes!

    Have a great weekend

    Victoria xx

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  46. Only the young can make you laugh and cry at the same time like that. I am sure Tilly Friend has gone to where all good cats go.

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  47. Wow thought I'd never get to the end of sall those comments to leave one myself. Your Munchkin seems a delightful little fellow and like all kids gets straight to the point.
    The worst part of having a pet is when they die and they ARE part of a family. i think they teach us to be better people.
    Cheers
    Helen

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  48. It's always so sad to lose a beloved pet.

    Your munchkin is a sweet boy wanting to make his grandparents a pretty card. He is obviously a very caring young man.

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  49. Hi Hen! I'm very sorry for your Tilly, I can imagine how your parents can feel at the moment, as pets are members of our families and share with us the everyday life, joyful or not.
    Harry is such a cutie, I bet he put a big smile on your parents' faces.
    xxxx

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  50. sorry to hear about Tilly, I have had several sad times in the past losing furry friends. Have tried to email you with a booking form- but the email keeps bouncing back... is your mail box full?? Lizzei x

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  51. Oh poor tilly - do send my love to your parents! Munchkin is so cute with his message and what a talented artist! I'd love to receive a card like that - potential career there! :) xxx

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  52. Oh bless. What a thoughtful munchkin. I did snivel a little when I read his card.

    It's always sad when a pet friend passes.

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  53. That's sad, but I bet it's now on kitten heaven with no pain, playing with the flowers.

    Your son is a darling creature, God bless him. And he has a talent for drawing! Well, like mom like son.

    Hope your folks find comfort soon.

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  54. That lovely card and enormous grin will no doubt be just the ticket!

    I remember when my best friend lost her cat and my Beautiful Girl made her a card to cheer her up, followed by another card for Charlie Cat "to cheer him up about being dead". Hmmmm....

    Jo xx

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  55. Oh he is such a darling boy. I love the matter of fact way kids deal with death.

    Poor Tilly, she will be missed.

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  56. so sad ,know how your mum feels kind regards tudor rose
    p.s. that munchkin is sooooo cute

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  57. So sorry to read about Tilly but the Munchkin's card really made me smile. His drawing of Tilly on the front is lovely and so cheerful.
    Ann x

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  58. Oh, bless him. He is lovely! We lost our dog of 16 years too this week, so know how you feel and my son of 10 coped with it very well - we had the same conversation about the final visit to the vet! Don't kids cope well?

    xx

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  59. Sorry to hear about Tilly Friend, such sad news.
    Your Munchkin is a lovely little boy!

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  60. I think he made a wonderful sympathy card--the childlike innocence was so sweet.

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