Twinkle of Appreciation ≈ Whisper

Twinkle ~~ 19

Twinkle of Appreciation

Love given
as a sweet gift


Love given
no restrictions


Last night my husband and I said goodbye to my “special child”, Whisper.  She had a huge heart with the sweetest and most tolerant temperament.  She gave me love unconditionally.  By nature, she shied away from being in the middle of the group energy emitted by 8 indoor felines and 2 canines (“kittens and puppies” to us).  She allowed others to take center stage.  As a general rule, she avoided confrontation with them.  This interaction with each individual did not prevent her for fulfilling her role as “mother protector”.  If she sensed any danger to the other kiddos, she jumped in the midst, fluffy tail and all, to rescue.  She taught me to true courage despite being in the state of fear.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

~~ Nelson Mandela

I am thankful she accompanied me to Louisiana for the past 2½ weeks.  It allowed me one-on-one time with her without the stress or competition from other feline energies.  We cuddled and talked.  We shared overflowing love for each other.  I thanked her for the lessons and the gifts she bestowed on me and our family in the past 15 years.

As bad as she felt yesterday during the drive back to Texas, she still had enough interest to butt my hand with her head for short spurts of attention.  Our long 9 hr drive ended at the Animal Emergency Clinic.  Compassion, professionalism, empathy and utmost support was provided to us as we awaited news of tests, discussion of results and the necessary decision.

Today, it is very interesting to watch the “family” dynamics as each fur-child processes the shift in energy, and the absence of Whisper (even though we have already been gone 2+ weeks).  No one has stepped paw in her bed — before we couldn’t keep everyone out of it.  Each has taken a turn to spend time with me – whether to comfort me or me to comfort them or both.

Michelle's weekly 29 - WhisperWhisper at 15 years old
Chasing butterflies over the Rainbow Bridge

Other Twinkles of Appreciation

© by rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2014


About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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23 Responses to Twinkle of Appreciation ≈ Whisper

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  2. My heartfelt wishes go out to you on the loss of this precious one. They bring so much joy to our lives and it’s such a short time. When they leave us, a piece of our heart goes with them. Blessings to you and yours.


    • becca givens says:

      Linda – thank you … out of the dozen I’ve cared for through the years — Whisper was the most special to me. I called her my Heart Child. She is very much missed, but at the same time I KNOW she is in bliss, and the decision although difficult to make was the right one at the right time.


  3. Sending gentle hugs your way, Becca…and Whisper’s way too….


  4. Tender thoughts pour upon your heart.
    Lovely memorial for an elderly lady.


  5. I am so sorry for your loss, Becca…
    *sending warm hugs*


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  7. Robin says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. No matter how expected, it is always very difficult. I’m glad that you had such great times together. We’ll be praying and purring for you and your family.


    • becca givens says:

      Thank you, Robin. I am happy her last 2 1/2 weeks were quiet, relatively stress free and just “her and me” (a rarity among 8 other felines)! I appreciate the sentiments.


  8. Please accept my hearfelt hugs, I understand. We experienced this loss last year at this time with our 17 year old first child (furbaby). It was devastating to me and I am still saddened by our loss. Her ‘sister’ had a time of adjustment afterwards as well ~ as did her human siblings and parents. I still feel like I catch her out of the corner of my eye occasionally which makes me happy that her energy is still with me. Big hugs to you. ♥


  9. phylor says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sure that your other furry family members were offering you comfort, just as you gave comfort to them.
    Whisper will always be with you in spirit as she chases butterflies over the rainbow bridge. When you see a butterfly, it might just be Whisper sending her love.


  10. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Whisper.


  11. My deepest sympathies. Fifteen years of love is a lifetime to our furbabies but it is a blink of an eye for us. May she always live on in your heart and mind.


  12. My tears are spilling as I read this Becca… my heart goes out to you an your hubby.. And I know Whisper will still whisper within your ear… 15 is a good age, and she was ready.. I so know how you are feeling… and send you my heartfelt love Becca… xxxx Love Sue xox


    • becca givens says:

      Oh Sue, what a sweet note … I know she was ready; it was the only way I could make the decision so readily. Anything else would have been selfish on my part. I could not fathom putting her through another night of misery. It was predicted to only get worse, and possibly quickly without notice. A candle is lit in her memory and to light her way during her transition. Thank you!! xoxo


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