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  1. Ann
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:12 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs & Prayers.

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    • Diane
      August 9, 2016 @ 2:52 pm

      I am so sorry for your loss. You all were so lucky to have each other. Now you have a furry angel to watch over you. Sending hugs and prayers.

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    • LibraDesignEye
      August 9, 2016 @ 3:39 pm

      Darling Elvis . I especially loved the necklace of invincibility you shared with her. Bless you guys during this wheelbarrow full of emotion. .. l

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      • Judith
        August 20, 2016 @ 11:36 am

        http://alicebeckstrom.tumblr.com/post/60078586769

        I always loved this-makes one aware of the mystery beyond this life

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      • deb somers
        September 15, 2016 @ 2:03 am

        DEAR LITTLE ELVIS, SUCH AN ADORABLE BEING. SOOOO LUCKY TO HAVE A FAMILY WHO LOVED HER. PLEAE KEEP YOUR FOSTER BOO BOOS. THEY LOOK LIKE ELVIS IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER……ONE DOOR CLOSES AND ANOTHER ONE OPENS. GOOGLE A DOGS LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT. IT CAN BE SAID FOR CATS AS WELL. REAL EYE OPENER. CHIN UP, TAKE CARE, KEEP THE FAITH, KEEP UP WITH ALL THE FANCY THINGS. KNOW YOU DID THE RIGHT THING FOR YOUR BELOVED CAT. SHE KNEW SHE WAS LOVED AND THAT WAS THE MOST INPORTANT. MY SINCERE SADNESS FOR YOU AND PAUL.

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    • Daring Lily
      August 9, 2016 @ 6:42 pm

      Sending love and hugs through my tears. She was so incredibly adorable.

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    • Michelle Brown
      August 10, 2016 @ 8:56 am

      I’m so sorry for your loss. We went through that almost 5 years ago with our beloved Charlie Brown, orange long haired tabby. He was the best and we still miss him. My husband wept every night for weeks. I eventually persuaded him to get a kitten, it was the best possible way for him to cope. At first, he refused because it felt like betrayal, but in the end it turned out great. It was hard at first because he wanted the same type of bound immediately and one just has to be patient with a cat. Now the two are constant companions. I wish you peace and happiness, knowing you gave Elvis the very best life….full of love!

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    • Lorraine Syratt
      August 10, 2016 @ 9:21 am

      I’m so very sorry for your loss. What a moving tribute.

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    • Liz Aton
      August 11, 2016 @ 10:47 am

      I’m so sorry, and send you soft hugs, including from my crew here. The depth of your heartache reflects the depth of the love you shared, and that was a very special bond.

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  2. Pat Coletta
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:12 am

    My deepest condolence for your loss. Only a person who has loved an animal as you have can truly understand the profound loss. Elvis was the envy of every other animal in a human’s care. We should all be loved like that.

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  3. Michele
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:13 am

    Elvis is happy and she knows you cared for her till the end. You will remember her and treasure all she gave to you. And, I hope in time you will extend all the love and care you have to another pet. You have a connection and there are so many needy pets. Remember Elvis and smile.

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  4. Allison
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:13 am

    I don’t know that I’ve ever commented here before, but I’ve been a reader for quite some time. I love your humour, and have immensely enjoyed reading about/seeing Elvis. She was a beautiful cat. My love and thoughts to you in this hard time. I fear I will soon be in your same situation with my 18 year old cat, but we at least know they love us, and that we have fiercely loved them.

    Again, all my thoughts/prayers/good karma your way. <3

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  5. ccr in MA
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:15 am

    I am so, so sorry. It’s such an awful thing to go through, and in my experience, it never fully goes away. But it gets less sharply painful eventually, and the good memories outweigh the loss. Eventually.

    The video was wonderful! How did I never notice that the black spot on her face looks like a heart from some angles?

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  6. Christine
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:15 am

    My heart breaks for you. This May, we had to say goodbye to our first family dog, an old surly rescue coonhound. I ended up taking him by myself to the vet’s office because I was the one who wanted to adopt him in the first place so many years ago. I felt like I needed to be there singly to usher him to the other side. It was tremendously sad and awful, even if it was the very best choice for him. He was ready to go but his body wasn’t there yet.

    Elvis will always have a place in your heart, which is the best place to be. Our animal companions have such brief time with us, but they change us forever.

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  7. Lindsey R
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:15 am

    Victoria,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m on my way to work and only two paragraphs in in crying. I’ll have to finish this post tonight so I don’t look like a mess at the office. My thoughts are with you.

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  8. susan schwartz
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:15 am

    Beautiful tribute. Elvis was one lucky cat, to have had all that love from you. And you were lucky, too, to have her. Condolences: nothing else to say, really.

    Susan,
    Montreal, Canada.

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  9. Rebecca
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:16 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t know what else to say except I am so sad for you.

    Warmly,
    Becca

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  10. Cathlene
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:16 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Just like humans, they become so much of our lives that part of you goes with them. Prayers for you. ♥

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  11. ActualConversationsWithMyHusband
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:17 am

    She had an AMAZING life, full of people who didn’t stop loving her just because she’s gone; that’s more than any of us have any right to expect.

    In any just universe, grief shared would be grief made more bearable. In that case, know that Elvis had an adoring extended family that will miss that wompy ear and those feeties and that beauty spot right along with you.

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  12. Sherry Stuifbergen
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:18 am

    I feel your loss. Loved the video.

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  13. melissa
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:19 am

    I am sorry, it’s hard when it’s time. All her memories were good ones with you giving her a loving home and so much affection. That’s your peace, knowing that.

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  14. Pattie C
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:19 am

    So sorry to hear about Elvis, I know it’s truly heart crushing when you lose your pet who’s whole like revolves around you.

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  15. JHK
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:19 am

    I am so sorry. I lost my 11.5 y/o kitty rather suddenly last Monday. It’s hard to describe to people who haven’t been loved by a great cat how deep they get inside your heart and life. They’re just pure love, and it’s a real loss. Your wheelbarrow analogy is perfect.

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  16. Betsy
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:19 am

    Cried readibg this. I have two 17-year-old cats and a 16-year-old dog and that decision is going to coming up sooner than later. I agree, this system of losing our loved ones is the worst.

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  17. Jennifer Halasi
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:19 am

    Oh… wow. I’m crying so hard right now. This was amazing. And sad. And beautiful. I am so terrified of this very day that I know will be happening to me sooner than I can actually comprehend. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing. I’m thinking of you!

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  18. Kimberly ~ Serendipity Refined
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    Elvis was so incredibly well loved that she gave it back to you every day. After having lost a few beloved pets, I am still wondering why we haven’t found a special food or shampoo to make them live as long as we do. Pet cloning is still financially out of reach or I’d have a carbon copy of my last dog still living with me. I’m so sorry about the tent of sadness….time will help build new poles so that it will collapse on you less often. Somewhere out there, there’s a cat or kitten with a wompy ear and a smoochy face who will find you when the time is right . xoxo

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  19. Jen
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    That video just made me weep. What a lucky cat to have you as owners. XOXO. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  20. Teresa
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    Crying with you because I know how much a person can love a pet and how much it hurts when they leave us. Hang in there, it will get better. So sorry about your kitty.

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  21. Laurie Eme
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    I am so sorry. I, too, don’t get it. This living frailty.

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  22. Beth
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    I am so very, very sorry for your loss.

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  23. Judy
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    What a beautiful, melancholy video. I’m sorry for your pain, but it just proves how very much loved Elvis was. And your description of grief is so achingly accurate. I wish you peace in the days ahead.

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  24. Amanda
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Elvis. It’s never easy to lose a pet, especially one that has been a part of your life for so long. My 13-year old Shelley is going through the same thing. She has good days and bad days and I’m just trying to maintain some sense of normalcy for her while preparing myself for the inevitable. Nothing heals like time, and time is the only thing that heals grief.

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  25. Nine Dark Moons
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Elvis. the video (of course) made me cry, so I’m sitting here at work crying for Elvis, but that’s OK. Beautiful video. Beautiful cat. Beautiful Soul. May she rest in peace and be forever in your hearts. *HUGS*

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  26. Laurie
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    So, so sorry for your loss. When we have a lot of love to give, be it to our human family or our animal family, our hearts get broken. She was an extraordinary kitty and friend. How wonderful to have been loved as she was, and what a gift that you are someone who can love so wholeheartedly.

    Good thoughts for you to be comforted by your great memories of such a special pet.

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  27. Vikki
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    Couldn’t watch all the video…got stuff in my eyes. You said it all with “THE MOST LOVE.” Fill the void with one needing a loving home. xxoo Vikki in VA

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  28. JeanFB
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Elvis was clearly an extraordinary kitty and companion. I’ve loved your stories about her, and your video was wonderful. All the best for you as you go through this very sad part of life.

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  29. Amie B
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    Victoria and Paul, there is no consolation when one loses a family member, no matter how small, no matter how long we had with them. I have been there and can say that while it is never 100% ok or the same, the sense of loss and grief does lessen over time and there will come a day when you can remember without tears. Elvis will always be in your heads and hearts.

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  30. Jean
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    I’m at work in tears now after reading about Elvis. Losing my cat after 17 years together was devastating. Cat people all understand your sorrow.

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  31. Lynn
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    Well now I’m blotting tears from my eyes at my desk at work – yet ANOTHER downside to these darn open floorplan modern offices.

    So sorry to hear about Elvis but I know she knew how loved she was. Give your sadness some time and the wheelbarrow full of it will eventually get smaller and smaller.

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  32. Lacy Robinson
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:24 am

    Fly high, Elvis. Hope youre playing with all the catnip mice in the sky. Victoria, you’ll see him again one day on the rainbow bridge.

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    • Lacy Robinson
      August 9, 2016 @ 10:25 am

      Sorry, her. My brain isn’t working this early.

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  33. Carole @ Emu Joy
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    Crying…

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  34. Dana
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    This is heartbreaking. I’m so sorry.

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  35. Leslie Cavell
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    Dear Victoria,
    My heart hurts for you, Paul and Elvis. What a wonderful life you gave her and she is now with the cosmos. My one question is, as human kind is so intelligent, why we have not found a way to have our pets lives extended to match our own lives? Saying goodbye to my pets is always heart wrenching and I always think I cannot go through it again. Then someone will call me with a little one that needs a home and I am off again in kitty love. I celebrate with you Elvis’s very special life and the love you shared together.
    Leslie Cavell

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  36. Helen Glenn
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:26 am

    Oh boo. It never never never gets any easier, does it? Sigh. <3 =^..^= =^..^= <3

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  37. Lora Cotton
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:26 am

    I am SO SORRY for your loss! I too have felt the grief you are experiencing, though I admit I’m a -gasp- Dog person! If you have never heard of the Rainbow bridge, I urge you – when you are ready because IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY – visit http://www.rainbowsbridge.com. (Yes, the addy is “rainbows”.). It is a BEAUTIFUL poem designed to help us fur-parents deal with our loss. This site also has other info to help us cope. The pain will ease, but will never go away for us, UNTIL we make the journey to retrieve our fur-kids from Rainbow valley. Embrace your grief, don’t let ANYONE tell you “it was just a ….” (Cat, dog, horse, pig, whatever! They were your baby!) Soon, you will be able to call her memory to mind and SMILE – maybe thru tears at times, but you WILL be able to remember and SMILE!

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  38. Jamie
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:27 am

    Love and hugs.

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  39. Wanda
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:27 am

    Moon River was a perfect choice for her memorial video. I feel your pain.

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  40. Melissa
    August 9, 2016 @ 10:28 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved pet is incredibly tough. It’s been happening a lot this year to my friends and my collection of “pet sympathy cards” far outweighs my “people sympathy cards” right now. If it wasn’t stalker-ish, I’d send you a card. Rest in peace Elvis.

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