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2 June 2020Posted by on
Dalai was cremated & his remains returned the week after his passing. As with those before him (Raspy, Atilla, Thomas, Cagney, Phineas & Bezukhov) I am making a new home for him in the form of a pillow/cushion. The inner pillow has been completed. I chose a yellow colour & added my customary wonky embroidery. His remains now sit with the others. He only knew Bezukhov & Phineas here but I like to think he has made friends with Atilla, Raspy, Thomas & Cagney.
Missing you my little man.
24 February 2019Posted by on
As with those who went to Rainbow Bridge before him, I have made Bezukhov a pillow for his resting place.
Because Bezukhov had similar colours to his girlfriend, Raspy, I used the same materials I used for her – the blue velvet & the cotton with blue feathers. The cover for his inner pillow is made with the plain blue velvet & has his full name & dates embroidered in black.
For the outer cover, I used the material with feathers in shades of blue. I rearranged the pillows, so he now rests alongside Raspy. Behind is Phineas & Thomas & behind them, overseeing them all, is Cagney beside his girlfriend, the leader herself, Atilla.
1 February 2014Posted by on
My previous post, The Last Two Weeks, describes the lead up to this last day with Thomas.
On the morning of the 27th January, I spoke with Mr EV again & he said I could pick up the medication Heptosyl, that afternoon. It is a powder in capsule form, typically given to dogs & cats.
Thomas was by now just chewing on beetroot stalks. It seemed the beetroot was what was keeping him going. His breathing had got noticeably worse. I had let Phineas out early on to give Thomas some peace in his own cage. However, around 2pm he sat in front of his door & made it clear he wanted to come out. I was reluctant, but opened the door….
Thomas attempted to fly to the Manor, but was too weak to do so & landed on the floor. A bad sign was that his wings were open & he appeared to not have the energy to close them. I gently picked him up. He was breathing heavily. I managed to hold him in as comfortable a way as possible. His feet were around my finger as if they were perching, with that hand cradling his body. He rested his head on my other hand.
To say I was alarmed & upset would be an understatement. I thought this was it. I repeatedly told him we all loved him & gently stroked his cheek feathers. We were like this for about 15 minutes. Then he shook himself & wanted to get up. I let him make his way to the top of the Manor. Read more of this post
27 January 2014Posted by on
Our beautiful boy Thomas lost his fight today.
27th April 2013 (adoption day) – 27th January 2014
I hope Atilla & Raspy met you at Rainbow Bridge & are helping you to settle in.
Bye bye my darling boy.
I am sorry our time together was so short.
9 December 2012Posted by on
As previously posted, I have made a pillow to house Raspy’s remains. Naturally, Atilla’s will have the same treatment.
Atilla’s pillow is not finished but I have made some progress. I decided to pad the pillow with something she loved, tea-towels. She had done a good job shredding a couple that I had draped over the back of her beloved Poang chair. It was these two I used to pad her pillow & protect her remains.
As with Raspy, I used yellow velvet to make the inner sleeve. This was embroidered in a thread that matched the delicate colour of her cheek patches. This cushion/pillow now sits by the digital photo frame, alongside her sister.
I am currently working on the outer sleeve. I have embroidered her name.
All the other parts are ready but need to be assembled. Watch this space.
Love you, my beautiful ‘Tilla.
23 October 2012Posted by on
1 September 2012Posted by on
Previously, I had posted that I had started to make a new “home” for Raspy’s remains.
Her final resting place is now complete.
I was not happy with the original writing on the inner sleeve, so replaced the wonky writing with…. wonky embroidery… I chose to do the letters in a colour closely resembling her cheek patches.
This little yellow pillow is now inside a little blue pillow. One side is blue velvet, soft to touch as Raspy was. The blue is similar to the colour she was before her first moult. I embroidered some wild grass underneath an early photo of her.
The other side of the pillow is a cotton material with a feather design. It has shades of blue & green which are very close to her colours. Next to a favourite photo of her, I have embroidered her name in yellow – the colour of her little face.
You will notice I have done one side portrait & the other is landscape. This is so I can be flexible with where I keep the little pillow. Currently, it is beside the digital photo frame, ready for a gentle touch & a quiet remembrance each night at bedtime.
Night night my beautiful Raspy Bella. Have sweet dreams of wild grass & millet….. x
7 August 2012Posted by on
Raspy would have been 4 years old today.
I think of her every day.
A warning: some people may think this post is a little morbid & to them I apologise. Not so long ago, I would have thought the subject matter morbid too, but in reality, I actually have some comfort having Raspy still close.
Raspy was cremated. Her remains have been in a small pouch in a little wooden casket. Each night I touch the casket as I say goodnight to her. Each night I have thought it does not seem right that something hard & rigid represents her. Today, I finally got around to making a slightly better “home” for her. This is only stage 1. Here is what I have done so far:
The yellow velvet pillow will just be the inner part. Stage 2 will be constructing the cover. I just want something soft & gentle to stroke when I say goodnight to her. Velvet seems an appropriate material to use as, on the rare occasions when I had the opportunity to touch her feathers, she felt like velvet – soft, smooth & silky. Raspy was my beautiful girl. She needs a fitting memorial.