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geedownie
« on: January 12, 2006 07:01:45 PM »

My friend's kitty is not doing well and not expected to live much longer. She's his baby and it's going to kill him to lose her, they've been through so much together... I wanted to do something sweet for him that I can do fairly quickly and send to him (he lives in CA, I live in NY). I have only one picture of the cat, so I can't really do a scrap book/memories thing. And I don't want to ask him to send me any as I'd kinda like for it to be a surprise.
This is the picture I have:

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/Geedownie/Poooooopie/Leesto.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">


Any ideas on what I could do that'd be a nice reminder of her for him.
I'd like to integrate her love of stealing the bacon out of his sandwiches and her love of liverwurst into the project because it's so much a part of her.
He also calls her Leestopotamus because he said she's a Pygmy Hippo. And said that she was going to move back to Vegas with a handkerchief on a pole.
I'm just trying to think of other things about her...
she's got short legs, likes to sleep on peoples' head and lick their scalps, he sticks his feet under her when they are cold... that's about all I can come up with. If you guys can help me come up with something wonderful, I'll love you all forever and ever.
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ERPilly
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2006 07:24:21 PM »

She looks just like my kitty did...  Miss her...

How about fluffy black footwarmers?  You know, like slippers.

A stuffed kitty would be kind of macabre, but maybe a felted pillow with a kitty and bacon?  Just a black background with bright kitty eyes?  Something soft and snugly so he can hug it when he thinks of her.

If you knit or crochet, you could do a black, soft (but masculine) scarf or hat (like she's sleeping on him), so it's a boy thing he can wear around, and only he knows it's about his kitty.  Oops just remembered he's in CA...  Maybe a lap blanket for the couch?

Hope these inspire greatness!
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2006 07:29:43 PM »

You could do a small shrine with all the little things about her in it.  You know, little bacon strips and liverwurst, maybe a sign at the bottom that says "leestopotamus", the one pic of the kitty in the middle, favorite kitty memories around it, with some nice sayings about how love stays with you or something.maybe one side of it being a small pole with a handkercheif on it, and little Vegas things around that.  It sounds involved, but I bet you could whip it together pretty quick if you kept it small.

Poor thing, it's so hard to grieve, especially animals when lots of people seem to think you don't grieve for them like you would a human.  I wish you luck in sending him a lovely something.
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2006 07:32:58 PM »

i think the shrine is a wonderful idea. perhaps also a blank photo album with her name on it so he can fill it with her pictures. my dear Abu passed away last spring and my co-workers went to one of those engraver shops and gave me a photo album with his name and dates on it, and a frame with the same. it really meant a lot that they didn't brush off my pain as 'oh it is just a pet'. you are a really good friend.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2006 07:42:05 PM »

Ummm, this should be obvious, but please don't send a shrine before the kitty is gone.  I like the idea, but make it celebrate her life, not anything sad.  Cats have superkitty powers;  I don't know what the prognosis is for her, but she may very well hang in there a long time... let's hope.
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geedownie
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2006 08:23:03 PM »

Ooh. I love all those ideas. I think I will hit Joann Etc tomorrow to pick up some supplies. I wanted to make him a cross-stitch pillow with her picture on it but I don't have the kind of time I'd need. Not with a 2 year old and school.

I know it's just so hard for him right now. He's had such a horribly rough year... this is the last thing he needed.
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geedownie
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2006 06:49:47 PM »

My friend's kitty passed away last night, it happened alot sooner than I thought it would.
I'm mostly done with his kitty shrine. I think I'm going to leave it rather simple and plain and then make him something cuddly and make that with the bacon and hobo sack on the stick. I'm still trying to figure out what to make that fits that bill.
I've been playing around with placement of the picture and matting that I'm going to use on the picture and the little metal quote thingie I bought.
Then I just have to go and find a nice volitive or tea light holder and candle.

Here's some pictures of the box I'm using. I got it at AC Moore and stained it last night. The inside back is some fancy embossed paper in a nice purple color.
I don't have the picture printed yet, everyplace I've been to has been closed or their machine was broken. The metal quote thingie says:
"We don't remember days, we remember moments."

I ended up double matting and, because my son wanted to help and bumped me while I was trimming the one mat - I had to add the trim.

I'm going to add a dark purple voltive candle and burn it about half way down inside - and hopefully, force it to drip. And then I'm getting a silver name tag with her name engraved on it tomorrow and add that to the front. That way, if he has her cremated, her ashes can fit in the box, if he choses to put them there.

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