6.05.2011

Remembering Sweet Praline with a Smile

This has been both the happiest and one of the saddest posts that I've done for Sweet Praline, because it's officially the "last" consecutive post for three years today!  Today would have been her 3rd Blogoversary!  I've met so many wonderful people and kitties (and a few woofies) during this three year period and some have become really good friends!  I am proud to say that I posted 1,105 days in a row for Sweet Praline so you can imagine how hard it was to narrow down the photos for the slide show below.  I wanted to include pictures from Praline's 15 1/2 years, the 3 years with the CB, and some you may not have seen.  Some will make you smile, some will make you laugh, some will make you say "awwwwww", but the music is sure to make you cry, so have tissues ready.  I wanted to record these three songs myself since the day Praline went to the Bridge, but I just couldn't get through "Smile" or "The Way We Were" without crying.  The second song is a song called "Always", which I had already recorded, so it's actually me singing between Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand!  Enough talk, I hope you enjoy my final tribute to  Sweet Praline (it's a little long)!



If you have trouble viewing the video through the CB, you can view it on YouTube.

For those of you who aren't on FB, I left a message this week that said, "If everything goes well, I should have some new furchildren (notice the plural) in my house in about 12 weeks! Stay tuned . . ."  I don't want to jinx anything, so that is why I'm not giving much information yet.  In about 5-6 weeks, I can give you some definite information and will share it on the CB.  Let's just say that there should either be two sisters or a brother and sister by the end of the summer.  There will be a new blog, but Praline will definitely be a part of it!


Sweet Praline's blog wouldn't have been possible without all of the contributions from Ann of Zoolatry.  She was/is so generous with her time and talents, even with all that she has on her plate.  I thought you may enjoy the various headers over the past three years.  (hmmmmm - just had an idea for a "flashback Friday" with the graphics Ann has done for Praline)  Thank you, Ann!  I'll be coming back to you when the new "kids" come to live with me.




The collage below is from the various tributes on the CB for Sweet Praline.  I hope I didn't miss anyone, but if I did, please send me the picture/graphic.


This is not Good-bye, just an "I'll see you later!"  I love you!


Mom Paula and Angel Praline

86 comments:

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

How khool since this weekend marks my mom's THIRD Transport-A-Versary

I KNOW SP has enjoyed helping woo share these great memories!

As fur the tasty new treats, I'm ready!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Caroline, Romeo and Pugsley said...

Love this! We cannot wait to get the announcement towards the end of the summer. We're looking forward to continuing the journey with you, your new babies and Sweet P. watching over all of us. xoxoxo

Furkidsmom said...

That was a beautiful tribute to Sweet Praline. Mom is sitting here with leaky eyes once again. Sweet Praline is such a part of our lives and always will be.

We know the new furchildren will never replace Praline but will be a tribute to the wonderful life the two of you had together.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie and Mom Sharon

MoMo said...

We come by to pay our last tribute to Praline and look forward to continuning our connections when the next furchild comes along.

Sparkle said...

Thank you for the journey, and don't be a stranger for too long! I am looking forward to hearing more adventures when the new ones come along... but I will always remember Praline.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

We'll be here when you return :)

Cheysuli and gemini said...

One of the great things about the blogosphere is we will be here--waiting. We will always miss your Praline but know that part of her wonderful personality were the eyes through which we saw her and we know that we shall love any other fur kids we get to see through those same eyes!

Purrs and and it is never good bye, but only until we meet again

Mr Puddy said...

Great Tribute to sweet Praline and Happy 3rd Blogoversary for Mom Paula and Praline.
Me and my mom never forgot Miss Praline
and we will wait here for your new chapter
xoxo

Karen Jo said...

That was beautiful. I am looking forward to learning about the new furkids.

Ayla, Iza, and Marley said...

For our part, we will remember Sweet Praline forever. The remembrance posts were awesome. They meant a lot to us.

Dear Sweet Praline, We loved you here. You are surely a STAR over the Bridge. We know that Skeeter and LC and so many others have welcomed you there.

The world is less without you.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

What a beautiful post. And thank you for sharing your beautiful girl with us on this blog. We shall miss her posts ~ but know Angel-Praline will always have a presence ~ and always be in our hearts.

Love Jan, and Milo and Alfie xxx

Fuzzy Tales said...

The mom started crying at the beginning of your post, never mind the music.

We'll look forward to the new arrivals later this summer, are happy that you'll be continuing to blog. We know you have a lot of love give and that your new fur babies will be blessed to have you as their human mom.

Simba said...

A really lovely tribute to Praline: yes, smiles, tears through it all. The music was beautiful, especially the song you sang. We are sure Praline was purring from the Rainbow Bridge.

We are happy to her the news that you will be getting some new furchildren, and look forward to memory posts of Praline here, and the adventures of the new ones on the new blog.

Simba and Mom

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Vidock said...

What a beautiful third blogaversary celebration and tribute to Sweet Praline! You are right, one has to smile as one remembers all the joy and love that was shared.

And we are so glad to hear there will be some little ones coming your way soon. That will surely make Praline smile at The Bridge.

Purrs,
The Chans

Marg said...

Paula, that was a most wonderful tribute to that cute diva. We are going to come back again and watch it again. We will never forget that wonderful kitty.
Can't wait to see the two new kids. Praline will sure be part of raising them. She will enjoy giving advice. Take care. Big hugs to ya.

Cat said...

Oh Paula, I loved your slideshow for Sweet Praline! It is so hard to lose a long-time beloved companion, my heart goes out to you.

Hannah and Lucy said...

That was a beautiful tribute in memory of your Sweet Praline - we are sure she has given it her seal of approval.
We are looking forward to meeting your new fur babies when they are old enough to leave their mom. Mum says you will have you'll hands full as she did with us when Emma went to the Bridge. They couldn't get a more loving Mom than you.
Take care Paula.
Luv Hannah, Lucy & mum Sue xxxxxx

Father Tom said...

Happy blogoversary to you and Angel Sweet Praline. Seeing the video reminded us of how much of an angel she truly was and still is.

We're looking forward to the end of the summer and your news then. Meanwhile, I'm sure Praline will be watching over us all.

Tom & Julie
xoxo

Brian said...

Such a beautiful tribute to a truly beautiful soul. The memories of Sweet Praline will live in our heart forever. We are already looking forward to your return Paula, we love you too!

ArtemisiaFSS said...

What a lovely tribute to Sweet Praline.

We will be on the lookout for the announcement of the fur babies arrival, and we thinks a Flashback Friday is a great idea.

Cat Mandu said...

I loved all those pictures of my sweet friend, Praline!

Looking forward to meeting the new babies. Something tells me they probably have lots of fur.

Mandu

The Misadventures Of Me said...

No matter where they are they are always still right here with us. Happy Blogoversary Praline and Paula.

Jacqueline said...

Paula, a beautiful, loving, touching tribute to your gorgeous Sweet Praline; of course, I cried happy and sad tears=for the unconditional love you shared and the physical loss you are enduring with that forever love always alive in your heart/soul now...She was unique and awesome in a way that defies adequate description, but can be felt in every moment of your lovely video...Thank you for sharing so much of your heart and love with us; Praline will always live in our hearts too and her memory will never leave us...We are very lucky to have found you two special friends and certainly, death cannot change the love that will always remain for your special, precious sweetheart...We realize what a difficult time/post this is for you and we want to acknowledge that you did your baby proud=your love and devotion is evident in every word, every photo, every song...Wishing you comfort and peace as you move forward with your lovely girl forever in your heart and ours...Big hugs, dear friend...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

Nikita & Elvira said...

Blogo Happy Versary!

Such a beautiful tribute, on such a sad occasion, but it is also a post abut renewal & rebirth, and moving on.

It is that part of the post where Daddy Kiril finally broke down and cried tears of joy for you, happy that you have found the strength, and a way to carry on the legacy of darling Sweet Praline.

Elvira Mistress of Pussydom join in this joy, and look forward to welcoming the newbies when they, and you, are ready.

Cory said...

Bennette is sitting here in my lap, paws on the computer and purring as she watches the tribute to Sweet Praline with me. Such a loving tribute that make us laugh a bit (the piles of furminated fur and her cute tongue) and made us cry too.

Until we meet again.

Cory's mom Lori and all of Praline's furriends

Cory, Ellie, Bennette, Ginger, Jonesie, Nigel, Figaro, Cecilia, Madison and Grete.

The Whiskeratti said...

What a wonderful tribute to your beloved Diva. We're looking forward to meeting the new furchildren. :)

ABBY said...

A beautiful uplifting inspirational tribute for Miss Praline's 3rd blogoversary.
Her grace and beauty will be missed much but her spirit resides in each of us. We also do not say goodbye only until we meet again.
We also look forward to hearing about any future news and hope you will continue to occasionally do a post for Angel Praline.

Xoxox
Abby

Noll said...

Happy Blogoversary....love you Sweet Praline and Mama Paula. Always in our hearts. ((((Hugs))))

Hansel said...

Everytime we see our platinum drinking fountain- which is all the time, we think of praline and how she picked us to win it and how thankful we were. We miss her cute face. We loved her very much.

We also are very excited and happy to hear that there are going to be kittens joining the family soon. :)

Keisha said...

Bless you and rest in peace, kitteh. :)

Kimo and Sabi said...

Happy Blogoversary Momma. We look forward to meeting yer new fur babies.

Forty Paws said...

That was beautiful. Our Maw's eyes are crying again. Sweet precious Praline. She'll be watching over all of us.

We'll be looking forward to meeting your new furbabies!

Luf, Us and Maw

Katnip Lounge said...

I'm all teary too! These posts have been so wonderful for all of us...thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your memories of Praline. I'm looking forward to your new little ones and their adventures, and I'm so happy that Praline will be there, too!
see you on FB...
xx Trish

Daisy said...

Happy Blogoversary to you and Angel Praline. We have enjoyed the walk down memory lane, and we will never forget Sweet Praline.

I am glad to hear that you will be getting some new furbabies. That is a great tribute to Praline, and I know she would have wanted that for you.

"The Boys" and Karen said...

"Concatulations" on celebrating your three wonderful years in the Blogosphere with Sweet Praline as your head Diva.

I haven't even watched the video yet, and I'm already doing the cry thing.

I'm thrilled to know it sounds like you're going to hear the patter of kitty paws by summer's end.

I've enjoyed getting to know Sweet Praline and you "through each others eyes)and I'm looking forward to the new little ones.

CCL Wendy said...

What a wonderful way to finish Sweet Praline's blog after three years! I know it must be painful, but the blog will always be there with all of the memories you have so lovingly incorporated into it.

Your beautiful voice gives such a personal touch to this tribute.

I wish you peace, and that you find love again with another kitty. Any little fur baby would be fortunate to have you for their Mom. And Praline has you FURever!

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Happy Blogoversary to you and Angel Praline. Such a lovely walk down memory lane. Sweet Praline will always be with all of
be forgotten.

Paula, I am so blessed to have you for my friend. Praline brought us together. I know how much you miss your beloved baby. This tribute brought tears to my eyes, yet again.

I am glad to read that you will be getting some new furbabies. I know that Angel Praline will be teaching them some of her Diva ways!

Much love,

Deb

The Meezers or Billy said...

oh so beautiful. we love you MomPaula

Freya's Staff said...

How lovely. I'm still deeply moved everytime I see pics of Angel Praline.
You ,must be very proud to have reached your 3rd Blogoversary, and I bet you're ready for a rest! But not too long!!!

I'm very much looking forward to meeting your new arrivals!

brandi said...

Praline was always Sweet Praline. Now she is Sweet Angel Praline.
Thank you for the memories, Paula. I know life seems different now, and a little empty, but your sweetie will be in all of our hearts til we meet her again.
Praline will certainly watch over your new furchildren, and help you raise them to be wonderful loving children.

Mumsy and Company said...

What a wonderful tribute to Sweet Praline. We did not know her for long but we fell in love with her right off. We will always remember her. We are looking forward to hearing about the new sweeties. Hugs

meowmeowmans said...

Thank you for sharing your life with Praline with us. We will miss reading about her every day, but are glad to hear you'll still be around, and that Praline will be a part of the new blog.

Purrs and hugs,

Your friends at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life

The Island Cats said...

What a beautiful tribute to our little diva! We say "our" because we felt Sweet Praline belonged to all of us. Thank you, Mom Paula, for sharing her with us for 3 years.

We can't wait for your good news later this summer with your new arrivals! Another chapter in your life!!

Lots of Love,
Wally, Ernie, Zoey and mom Sue

Grrreta said...

What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing such lovely memories. We look forward to learning more about the new furchildren.

Anonymous said...

Even though I do not have a blog I enjoy all the kitty blogs. It was so nice getting to know your Sweet Praline...she was such a beauty. What a beautiful tribute to your lovely girl. My Gracie loves treats just like your Sweet Praline did. Peace to you.

Eva & Gracie's Mom

Fin said...

Happy Blogoversary! You and your diva have done an amazing job over the years. I'm sure she is smiling from the bridge at her tribute!

We are excited to hear what comes next for you Mom. Purrs to ease your heart and enjoy your break!

Derby, Ducky said...

Ok, now you have mum all leaky eyed and sniffing. It wasn't long, just full of wonderful memories for your sweet little Praline.

GOMA+SACHIE said...

I think Paula you are just sweetest and, Praline surely knows how much you miss her and cared for her. She is luckiest kitteh on earth!! It is amazing to see the true love that you guys had over the years and thank you so much for shearing the life of Praline with us... yes this is not good-bye and I will see you later!!

Love

sachie+ Goma

PS you must create another blog when you get another fluffy kitteh!! Please!!

Raymond and Busby said...

We miss you Sweet Praline. Thank you Mom Paula for these beautiful tributes.

xoxoxo

Angel and Kirby said...

We will miss you, but know you will be back with the new furkids!

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Oh my gosh! We are all crying bucket's of tears here!! We loved the video and loved seeing Sweet Praline's pictures!! The music was wonderful, too!! We will always remember her and all the fun we had with her and you!! We are waiting with bated breath to see the new furkids!! Lots of love and hugs to you Paula!!
Your TX furiends,

Prancer's mom-t.woodruff said...

Our eyes are leaking again. Praline will always be a part of the cat blogoshpere - she inspired us to start ours! Anxiously awaiting your new arrival. (Better get rested up!)

Random Felines said...

It is never good-bye....just we shall meet again. We know how much you miss Sweet Praline but we are also glad you are opening your heart and home to others. We can't wait for the news....

Gracie =^o.o^= said...

Such a loving beautiful tribute to a most wonderful kittie friend. I am beyond sad to know that my sweet friend is at the bridge. The mom, I think, used up a whole box of tissues. I know she will never ever be far from your thoughts, she is with you everyday in your heart.
Love to you all as you go through this difficult time.
I will be watching and wanting to see the newest additions to your family and hope we too can become friends.

GRAÇA said...

Look, I was the girlfriend of Praline and wanted to know how it goes by mami!
Wanted to see the vidio of it but neither one side nor the other could see, I'm sorry ..
I read that you'll have when you have new powers and sends me a comment please
Turrinhas of endearment
Kika de Portugal

TK and Squashies said...

We definitely had a cry and a smile. Such a beautiful show about a gorgeous girl.

We appreciate that you shared your beautiful girl with us for all these years.

Happy Blogaversary Sweet Praline.

Hannah and Lucy said...

To Mom Paula and Angel Praline
Thank you for your kind message when I was ill - I am feeling much better now and am eating a bit more. Mum is watching me like a hawk so I'm having to be good.
Take care
Luv Lucy xx (and xxxxs from Hannah)

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Well, I knew it would make me cry to look at this post and so I waited a bit to do so. We will so miss seeing a new post here daily, but we are very excited to meet the new babies that will be coming to live with you. We know that that Praline will be with you always in your heart and that these new babies will get to make their own special place, just like Praline has.

The Monkeys said...

We always remember sweet, Sweet Praline with a smile. In fact, we think she is the reason we were so taken by Bella. We want to thank her for bringing so much joy in our life with her beautiful face, and for helping us realize that we love Bella. Without her (and Mom Paula) we don't think we'd have Bella today.

The Monkeys said...

P.S. Yes, Gabriel will be living with Sweet Pea and The Ball Guy! We're so excited!

Cat with a Garden said...

Dear Paula,
we just found out about Sweet Praline's passing. It is amazing that you had the strenth to let her go. That's the biggest proof of love there is. We are lucky to come around when the exciting news of pawsibly new furchildren is spilled. Great! We are sending many purrs to you. Siena, Chilli and Britta

HotMBC aka The Hotties said...

That is awesome. We sends yoo lotsa luvs n purrs. We cant wait to get announcement. Yay!
PURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRS,
Alla Us Hotties

Batu said...

Paula - thank you thank you thank you. Sweet Pralines blog was one of my absolute favourites and you have done such a lovely job "finishing" it. Really lovely for all of us. Wishing you all the best until next time. Love and kisses and purrs and hugs...Batu & Vicki xxxooo

Photo Cache said...

we are new in the kitty blogging and we are sad we never knew praline. our purrs and meows are with you.

emma and buster.

=^..^= said...

*heart melts*

Thank you for sharing Sweet Praline with all of us and making her part of our lives.

We just know Praline will be watching over you and her new siblings closely!

Purringly Yours,
Slash & Bronzy

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

You and your Sweet Praline were purrfect for each other! I am sure she is at the Bridge purring with anticipation for you as you await your new arrivals :-) Here's to many many happy years--past and future!

Muddy said...

We are in tears for you. It's so devastating of a loss. Your memories are beautiful. I can't imagine life without my best friend. Sweet Praline was so beautiful and fun to see.

jenianddean said...

You are so impressive with your consecutive posts! I know Praline has left a void, but I'm sure those two new kittens will do their best (notice it takes two to fill the void Praline left). I'm so glad you found the Cat Blogosphere. I think we're some of the coolest cats around. So I think your next big decision will be -- will the kittens get their own blog, or continue here?
--Jasper

Tigger said...

Thank you for sharing that. It was beautiful and touching, and mom is sobbing her eyes out. She and I are so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing her with us.
Tigger and mom

Roy said...

I refuse to be left out of this one. I know I'm late, but I been gone and just am now back on line with the new computer working like wildfire.

Good news about the new ones to soon be in your life. That's better than mooning around and being miserable without the little sweetheart by your side. She is safe, she is not in pain, and I'm sure as I'm sittin here that she is watching over you and your doins. Good for you Hon. We are here waiting for the new generation to come home.

Come see us. We are now back on the Blogs and hope to be regular like. The 6 Mouskateers Love you and yours. Small One and I do too!

Christine and FAZ said...

What a gorgeous kitten and what a lovely lady she was too. FAZ

Rusty's Mom said...

What a beautiful tribute to Sweet Praline. I loved your slideshow, but it did make me cry. Praline was such a big part of the Blogosphere for me and Rusty.

I know I should do something for Rusty, but I just still don't have the heart yet, losing him is still too raw for me. (And I must admit, I'm not really all that talented in those types of things either).

Hugs to you Paula. You were/are a great mom to Praline.

Bengal Business said...

Hi There,

Thanks for your sweet comment, but we are so sorry for your big loss :-(
We already know who Praline was because almost on every blog you can find something about this special girl.
Mom wanted to comment on your blog once or twice but she didn't know how to find the correct words in Englisch.
She is glad te read that there are some new kittens coming in September.
We hope te read and see many pictures.
We know that Praline is watching over you and over those new little sweathearts!

xoxo Lars James and Mom

Hannah and Lucy said...

Hi Paula
We have been following your journey towards getting two little kitties to fill the place of Sweet Praline - well not fill it but take away some of the hole. They will be two lucky ones who come to live with you to take care of them. Sweet Praline of course will be snoopervising from Rainbow Bridge.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx & Sue xx

Denali said...

THat waz such a cool and beautiful tribute to Praline. Mom and I were very sad to hear about her. Having lost my sister and watching my Mom grieve, I feel for you and offer my deepest condolences.

May Praline watch over you and your new furbabies-to-come!

Prancer Pie said...

We wanted you to know we finally started our blog. Thanks for being such an inspiration to us. We miss reading your blog and can't wait for your news.Purrs

The Kewl~Kitty~Krew said...

We, too, miss Sweet Praline. You guys were one of our very furst furriends on the CB. Mom highly suggests back up her blog. Our other blog is totally missing! mOM'S FURRY SAD 'BOUT THAT. gOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU AND PLEASE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW OUR "NEW" BLOG

GRAÇA said...

So little friend is still really sore ....
I've been leaving a licking and want a
good weekend
Girlfriend
kika

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

Sweet Praline was the most special of cats, and you the most devoted of moms...it is so evident in this heartfelt movie that you are so thoughtful to share with all of us, as we are so missing her presence, too.

We didn't know her as a baby and oh, she grew into such a lovely ladycat! We truly sniffed and sniffed but smiled too, watching this, her last post...

Oh, and babies? Sweet Praline would be so glad to know your heart can be happy again...we will watch for mews!

Spock said...

Poor Praline. Mommie am sad. Her am happy to see effurycat again but am sad to see so many have gone to play wiff Oreo. Fanks for comin by my bloggie.

Elin said...

I'm so sorry, I just noticed about Praline.. :((

GRAÇA said...

The pain is not nothing I have not pulled your blog from mine and every time I pass it I remember really missing you
The heart of his mami go getting quieter as you are now a beautiful star shining in the sky
Kisses for your mami
Ronrons of
Kika

Everycat said...

Such beautiful memories of a special girl. We just know that Sweet Praline will have shown Whicky around when he got to The Bridge, he will have been chuffed to bits to have such an elegant feline escort

Thank you for your kind words for Whicky. These are difficult times for all of us who has lost loved ones

Gerry, Oliver & Jane The Ape.

I is Jake said...

I couldnt watch this before without tears in the first few seconds - Ive still got tears. Beautiful Praline is always loved and never forgotten.

Mom Laure

Deb Barnes / Zee and Zoey said...

So nice to meet you Paula - I was crying before I even watched your beautiful tribute to Sweet Praline. What a beauty she was. I am certain many of my beloved felines from days of past are already friends with Praline and I am happy she gave you so much joy and so many wonderful memories.

I will be visiting your site frequently and can't wait to hear about the emiment furbabies!!

Meows and purrs from Zee, Zoey, Mia, Peanut, Rolz, Harley, and Jazz

Peterdndu said...

What a beautiful post. And thank you for sharing your beautiful girl with us on this blog. We shall miss her posts ~ but know Angel-Praline will always have a presence ~ and always be in our hearts. Love Jan, and Milo and Alfie xxx