Isabeau – “Izzy” – died this morning by my sister Danielle’s side.  Izzy had been my sister’s cat for the past 15 years.  She was probably best known for hissing at every visitor who came by but she loved my sister – and my sister loved her.  Izzy had been with Danielle longer than her husband or her son.  Through apartments and jobs and big lifestyle changes, Izzy was with her.  She was a constant.

I don’t have a picture of Izzy though I have known her since she was a kitten.  I don’t know if I ever pet her.  She wasn’t exactly friendly.  But that was okay.  She wasn’t my cat.  She was Danielle’s.  As long as she loved Danielle and didn’t bite me, we were good.

Izzy was named after the lead female character in the movie Ladyhawke – one of our favorite – if not still my favorite – movies of all time.  Michelle Pfeiffer played the role of Isabeau – Rutger Hauer was Navarre.  Great movie.  Michelle Pfeiffer was exceptionally beautiful in it.  Izzy was an exceptionally beautiful cat.  She was black and white with long soft fur.  Beautiful.

I saw Izzy on Thursday.  She was lying in her bed, curled up.  She looked up at me.  I looked down at her.  She let me pass.  I thought “thank you”.  I presumed she did not really consider my presence worth making the effort to arise.  I understood.  It probably wasn’t.  Now I think back that maybe she just wasn’t feeling well enough to give me my normal greeting hiss.

Danielle, I am so so sorry.  Please know that everyone in this house understands and feels your pain.  Tomorrow I will post about our dogs that have passed but not today.  Today belongs to Izzy.  I wish I could  be there to hug you and hold you all.  I know you loved her.


About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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6 Responses to Isabeau

  1. danielle says:

    Thank you Shel, that was so nice. She sure was an exceptional animal.

  2. Shelly R. says:

    Yeah, she really was. With rescue we always talk about the Rainbow Bridge – which you will cross after you die to find your pets that left before you – where they will be waiting on the other side. Izzy will be waiting for you there. Gram will hold her and pet her while they wait. Love you.

  3. Becky Eighmie says:

    It’s hard to believe that they are gone they have been by your side for so long. I know that I still dream of my boy Cooper, who I lost 3 years ago. He was exactly opposite of Isabeau as he love to be with everyone especially if you were sitting down. He just loved me best. Always remembering the shining moments help. Having another 5 cats helped, too, but he will always have special place in my heart. I’m sure you both know how that feels.

    • Shelly R. says:

      Coop was a one of a kind cat. It is still kinda hard to believe that he is not there with you – you two just kinda went together. Danielle is still in devastation mode over it. I posted because she was still in too much pain to write about it herself. I can’t even think of what a basket case I will be when I lose Max. He and Misty just have to live forever.

      • Becky Eighmie says:

        We have a memory garden with stones for our children. I will send you the link and a pic of the stones that we have for the three we lost. It was a wonderful healing moment to be able to put my feelings into words on stone! I have Cooper under a peony (that was his favorite place in the garden in Schenectady) and Mugsy in front of some Irises. The plant that I put next to Morgan has a white flower… as white as my big 17lb boy. I have no idea what it is, so maybe you can figure it out for me! 🙂

  4. Shelly R. says:

    I’ve already forwarded it to Danielle.

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