Saturday, July 11, 2015

Rest in Peace, Julie

JEWELL, aka JULIE
June 27, 1997 - July 8, 2015



Beloved sister of  Carlos "Carl" Raphael Camaro, beloved sweetheart of Gabriel of Mewsings of Cottage Garden Cats, sisterly companion of Oui Oui, nemesis of Mica Minnie Moo, cherished family member of The Girl and the mom. 

 A little charmer from the start.

Julie was the daughter of a grand champion mother who had a wild night of hanky panky, meowgaritas and fun after slipping out the door one evening.  She inherited her mother's beauty and lovely long furs, as soft as an angel's kiss.  While she was tiny, never more than 10 lbs, she was a true dynamo and all the cats learned to respect her and her personal space.  The mom is convinced when William Shakespeare wrote "Though she be but little, she is fierce!" he had Julie in mind.

Julie didn't suffer fools, or foolishness, lightly.

This past year has been a difficult one for Julie.  She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and by the end of the year her kidneys were beginning to fail.  She found a balance and comfortable equilibrium through meds, subQ fluids and diet, and while she never gained back all the weight she had lost, she held her own.

Her funny antics, like sleeping with her arms in the air,
would make the mom laugh.

In the beginning of June, The Girl found a tumor on her throat which turned out to be a very large goiter.  When her blood work came back, the vet wasn't as concerned about her hyperthyroidism as he was about her kidneys.  She was in stage III kidney failure.

 She could win hearts with one glance.

Over the last week, Julie had started eating less but otherwise acting normally.  The mom, hoping it was because she had so much food to eat she wasn't as hungry as she had been, kept a close eye on it. Wednesday morning Julie wasn't sleeping in her favorite spot, the one she used if not in the bed, and didn't come in the bathroom as was her routine.  Very suspicious, the mom carried her down to the kitchen where Julie hung over the water bowl without drinking.  When given her breakfast, Julie walked back to the water bowl and sat there rather dazed.

Julie could control the entire upstairs with one well positioned roost.

The mom made her as comfortable as possible and was able to get an appointment for noon.  When time for her appointment, Julie still hadn't eaten and was lying on her padded cushion, apparently not having moved since the morning.  The vet said it was the right decision and the mom stayed with her until the end.

 Julie takes loving care of the mom 
after she was injured feeding feral cats last summer.

She will be greatly missed, Julie was always a mommy's girl.  Just hearing the mom say her name was enough reason to purr.  Fly away, sweetie, whole and beautiful.  I'm glad you didn't suffer too much or too long, though it breaks my heart not to have you with me.  Run free and easy, my love.




80 comments:

Simba said...

We are so sorry for your loss of your wonderful Julie. Run free and full of health at the Rainbow Bridge. I will see you there one day.
Purrs, Simba

Katie Isabella said...

Oh Julie, my sweet little girl whom I loved and admired. Run and play and be happy darling girl. We will keep your mommy company until she sees you by and by. Mom Paula, I am deeply sorry. I have tears just writing. xxoo

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Sending lots of purrs and love to you. Julie was a gorgeous gal and will be missed.
XOXO

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

Sweet Julie, we always admired your loveliness and feistiness in equal parts. We are so sorry you had to run off to the Bridge as we know how much you will be missed.

Purrs, Woofs, Neighs and Hugs,
All of us at The Poupounette

Fuzzy Tales said...

I'm so sorry to read that Julie has passed. I haven't been keeping up with blogs for many months now and didn't realize she was so ill. Sending you universal Light for peace and blessings, and wishing Julie godspeed. No doubt she's already ruling the roost at "the Bridge."

Nicki and Derry send soft purrs and gentle head butts of comfort.

Peace to you.

Kim

Sweet Purrfections said...

I am so, so sorry to hear about Julie. She was a beautiful and I know she had your heart. She led a full life with you and she knew she was loved. I'm sure Sweet Praline was at the bridge to welcome Julie and show her around.

My sincere thought and prayers are with you.

Mom Paula

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

We're so, so very sorry. We are sending you lots of purrs hugs to you and the whole family in this sad time for your family. <3

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

I am deeply sorry to learn that Julie flew off to the Bridge. I know the sadness and pain of losing one so beloved. She will always remain young and healthy and unconditionally loved in those whose hearts she touched. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Marg said...

Paula, We are so sorry to hear about Julie. She was such a pretty girl but just know you made the right decision and that was such a nice gift to Julie. Our thoughts are with you and send many hugs.

Caren Gittleman said...

Cody and I are so deeply, deeply sorry. Julie was such a gorgeous and special girl. She is without pain and is free. Sending much love.

Maxwell Faraday Richman said...

We are so very, deeply sorry. We know Julie will always hold a special place in your heart, and we send you many comforting purrs....

Flynn said...

I am so sorry that beautiful Julie has gone to the Bridge. My thoughts and love go out to you.

Jans Funny Farm said...

Such a beautiful post for Julie. She was lovely and evidently quite the "boss". We are so sorry it came her time to leave you. We send a warm hug, purrs and paw taps of comfort.

BeadedTail said...

We're so sorry Julie had to go to the Bridge. Our hearts and purrs are with you. (((hugs)))

The Swiss Cats said...

We're so sorry for your loss ! We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbonks. Purrs

Annie Bear said...

I'm so sorry to hear this about beautiful Julie. I know you must miss her so very much. What a dear companion she was to you all these years.

Purrs and hugs,
Vicki (and Annie)

Pat Hatt said...

Sorry to hear about Julie. Never an easy thing.

Austin Towers said...

This is heartbreaking! I am so sorry for the loss of Julie! She was obviously a lovely character! Sending you gentle hugs and purrs, Caro and Austin ❤️xxx

The Church Cat Family said...

Julie was a jewel in every way. What a sweet and wonderful tribute to a beautiful girl.
I'm so sorry, Paula.

Brian said...

We are so very sad to hear the news about your beautiful Julie. Our hearts are aching for your loss. There never are the right words, so we'll send you purrs, hugs and all our love. Run free beautiful Julie, you touched the hearts of so many.

TK and Pip said...

We are very sad that your sweet girl had to go. We purr and pray for your comfort, until you meet again.

TK and Pip said...

We are very sad that your sweet girl had to go. We purr and pray for your comfort, until you meet again.

TK and Pip said...

We are very sad that your sweet girl had to go. We purr and pray for your comfort, until you meet again.

Lone Star Cats said...

We're so sorry for your loss. Sending big hugs and purrs.

Avalon's Garden and Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats said...

^..^ Mieow My Juliekinz i will miss u so...., i'm so sorry u had 2 leave fur de Bridge. Now my ♥ will b broken fuefur wif owt u by my side, u my Beautiful Julie, i luvz u Furefur~ Gman ♥ ^..^ *"bowz head*

Paula we are so heartbroken, we all loved your Beautiful Julie as if she were our own. We send you all comfurting Hugs & Soft Purrz ~

Kissez to all the babies xxxxx♥♥♥

meowmeowmans said...

We are just heartbroken at this sad news, Paula and Jackie. Thank you for loving Julie so much, and so, so well. Even though we only knew her through your blog, and the stories you've told us, we feel like we have lost one of our own kitties. Please know that we are here if you need us, okay?

Fly free, beautiful Julie. We love you always.

Kevin, Tracey, Moosey, Gracie and Zoe

Donna Rail said...

Rest in peace.

Luv, Angel Keisha and Murphy the Poodle

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

I'm so sorry! I didn't have the chance to know Julie well, but Sparkle did and thought the world of her - she was definitely Sparkle's kind of kitty! Purrs to you and your family - I know how empty your home feels without Julie's larger-than-life presence.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dear human family of this precious Julie,
It is very hard when we lose one of our fur babies but I also noticed that she reached a very high age. We have yet to have a feline reaching such high age.
Oh, are they not the sweetest nurses when we need it most! They do give so much love and that remains forever in our hearts. The warmth, the fond moments and their softness.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

She was a lovely girl and lived a long life filled with love. We are so very sorry for your loss. We hope this poem will help comfort you.

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still ......
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval.
Somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well.

By Cannon Scott-Holland

Lily said...

We are so sorry. Julie was such a beautiful girl. We send you our hugs and purrs.
Lily, Jan, and Mommy Christine

The Meezers or Billy said...

such a beautiful tribute. the mom's eyes are leaking and we are crying too. Beautiful julie we just can't (and don't want to)say good bye- but we will meet you at the Bridge one day.....

CatInTheFridge said...

Sigh. We are so sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of comforting purrs and hugs. - Alana and Crepes.

Laila and Minchie said...

We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Julie. Comforting purrs and hugs.

World Purrs said...

We are so sorry for your loss!
Purrs,
Gus, Pearl, and Jaq

Kitties Blue said...

Dear Paula, I just got the e-mail from Ann telling us of Julie's passing. We were so heart broken to hear it. She was such a beautiful girl. We love the kitten photo you shared. I think of you almost everyday, Paula, and we miss your blog. We are so super happy that Julie didn't suffer, but we know that doesn't mean her loss is any less traumatic for you. I am sending all my love, hugs and prayers and Kitties Blue are sending lots of purrs. XO, Janet

Teri and her Cats ~ Coco the Couture Cat, Brighton, Disco NoFurNo, Kely and Sammy said...

What a heartfelt remembrance of a most special Lady Cat! May you find comfort in knowing the love you shared was something true and rare and that your lives were both enriched by the affection and caring you had for each other. You took excellent care of her and you also knew when it was time to say farewell... I always feel like Those Who Came Before have lead me down the path I am on, helping me cope and reminisce and sigh with both love and sadness at times, but knowing life was made better by their presence...Fly Free, Sweet Julie.

LP said...

Paula, I have been thinking of you a lot lately and wondering how your summer is unfolding. I had also been thinking of your Julie a lot. You gave her so much love and such a wonderful life. Even though I know how difficult it was to make that final decision to let her go, I know she knew that was your last gift to her and loved you for it. Our angels Lewis, Tulip and Leo will all be meeting Julie at the bridge. I am sending you my heartfelt love and condolences. Rest in peace Julie. You were loved.

Sophie and the critters in the cottage xo

Maggie and Pooh said...

We are so sorry for your loss. Warm, gentle, comforting hugs and purrs.

Fur Everywhere said...

I am so very sorry to hear about Julie. CRF is so tough. You did the right thing for your baby. I can relate to how heartbreaking and painful it is. Please take good care of yourself and know that you are not alone. Hugs and purrs <3

Old Kitty said...

We are so sorry to read about angel Julie. Sending you all many hugs and purrs. Take care
x

Forty Paws said...

We are so sorry to hear that it was time for Julie to cross over. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers during this difficult time.

Luf, All of us at Forty Paws and Maw

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Such a sweet tribute to a beautiful kitty. I am so sorry.

Eileen said...

We is so sorry to hear of Julie's passing. It is obvious she will live on in your hearts and memories. Purrs to all.

Sasha, Sami, & Saku

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Spitty and I are very sorry to learn Julie crossed the Bridge. We know Kitties don't get to the wise old age of eighteen without the very best of People to provide love and care and a warm and safe home. You did right by your special girl from the very beginning till her gentle journey Onward. All kitties should be so lucky as she was. XOXOXOXOXO

LBJ said...

I am so very sorry for the loss of your companion and warm hearted soul that was family. Julie will be missed in this community. Thank you for the generosity of spirit that allowed you to share her with us for a brief time.

Abby the Lab's Mom L.B.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are so very sorry to read that your beloved Julie has crossed the Bridge. She had a great home with you and we know she was given lots of love.
Luv, Hannah and Lucy xx xx and Mum Sue

Everycat said...

We are sending you lots of love and rumbly purrs, we are so sorry that it was Julie's time to leave. A little cat could not have wished for a more loving family. May happy memories fill your heart soon

Luff
Mungo, Jet & The Ape xx

Team Tabby said...

So sorry to hear your beautiful Julie has passed on and crossed the 'Rainbow Bridge'. We hope your memories will bring you comfort in the difficult days ahead.

Mindy
Moe
Cookie
Mike

Melissa and Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. My precious Truffles arrived at the Bridge just the day before so I pray they are together. {{{Purrs}}}

Quinn and Angel brandi said...

Purrs and (((hugs))
We will miss her sweet face. But she feels soo much better now, and sends her thanks and her love every day.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Julie was a lovely girl and will be greatly missed in blogland. Purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy for your loss.

www.shelter-cats.com said...

Paula, my heart aches for you, Jackie, and your fur family. Julie may have been a tiny cat, but she had a huge presence. It's just so hard saying goodbye.
Sympathy and love from Maggie

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Our Best Purrs Of Comfort to you at this sad time...

dezizworld.com said...

We awe so sowry fur yous loss and we awe sendin' lots and lots of purrayers and purrs yous way. Weez miss you all very much.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Lexi

MilitaryPugWife said...

So sorry for your loss! Sending you pug hugs. Xxoo MaddiethePug

Kitty Cat Chronicles said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. Julie was a beautiful girl - a wonderful spirit, and one that will be remembered forever! I hope that you are able to find some comfort in the memories you shared with Julie during this difficult time. The KCC Gang is sending all of our purrs, prayers, and love!

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

I am ever so sad to learn of your loss of Julie. May she run free and forever young at The Bidge

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, what a little beauty she was. My heart is breaking for you, sending hugs and purrs to all of you

Debra Taylor said...

So sorry you lost Julie. She was so beautiful! I know how your heart must be broken. We just lost a sweet cat named Panther, so I understand.

Blessings and peace to you,

Debby at http://homelesscatcare.blogspot.com

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

We are so dreadfully sorry to read of the loss of your precious white fur baby Julie...it seems that her story mirrors that of our sweet Hunny Bunny who left for the rainbow bridge a few months ago. She was also pure white but with blue eyes... Kidney failure is such a silent killer...we never knew she was ailing. May you be comforted by memories of beautiful times together...thank yo for loving Julie so much...
Blessings mom Karla

Cathy Keisha said...

I’m here to pay my respects to Julie. *bows head* Please accept some comforting purrz for those she left behind.

Cat Street Boyz said...

We are so sad for your loss. It is hard dealing with thyroid problems as our own Setzer is medicated for the same disorder. He turned 11yrs this April and is so far doing well on canned petguard plus ground cooked chicken mixed in his food bowl for breakfast and dinner.
We send sweet Julie butterfly kisses, way up to heaven. May you find peace through all the love from many bloggers. Huggz, Holly, ICE, and theCatStreetBoyz

GLOGIRLY said...

We're so very sorry for the loss of your sweet Julie. Glogirly lost the kitty that came before us in much the same way. We hope your cherished memories will give your heart comfort.

Sending you lots and lots of purrs. xo

Clooney said...

We are so, so sorry to hear of Julie's passing and send you our gentlest purrs and thoughts of love. What a beauty and special kitty your precious Julie was.

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

Paula, I'd been thinking about you recently and thought something was amiss and now I know why. Dear beautiful Julie will be missed. Deep condolences and hugs. Email on its way.

Random Felines said...

We are so very sorry....she certainly sounds like a very special girlcat and we know how much she will be missed. purrs....

John Bellen said...

Julie sounds very much like my Tungsten. She too was tiny yet was the top-cat of the household, ruling animals twice her size. Tungsten suffered from hyperthyroidism and kidney problems. At the end, like Julie, she seemed to want to drink but would not, and would not eat. I know what you are suffering.

Julie left a paw print in your life out of proportion to that which she left on the ground. She was unique - but then they all are. God bless you and Godspeed, Julie.

angelswhisper2011 said...

We're so sorry of the loss of your beloved Julie. Sending Soft Pawkisses to comfort you <3 <3

Jessica said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Julie. Run free, chase lots of mice, and be happy on the other side of the rainbow bridge. I'm praying for you and your family.

Jans Funny Farm said...

We came by to say Happy Gotcha Day to Oui Oui and Mica Minnie Moo, even though we know you are grieving for Julie. Hope you and the kitties have a special cuddle day.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

Julie; we are truly sorry; we have missed you... and will continue to do so. You are and always will be a beautiful girl.. our sincerest sympathies to your mom and the girl; with love and hugs always ~~ ♥♥♥♥♥ boomer, dai$y, tuna...and dude and sauce too

Colehaus Cats said...

We are so sorry, sweetest Julie, that the Bridge needed you so soon. Our hearts are broken. Heaven has gained a Jewell. Until we see you again, run free, beautiful sweetheart.

The Florida Furkids said...

We're so sorry that beautiful Julie has gone OTB. We're sending you soft, healing purrs and prayers.

The Florida Furkids

Cherry City Kitties said...

We are so sorry for you loss... Heaven couldn't have a more beautiful angel. Fly free sweet Julie.

THE ZOO said...

We are so sorry for your loss.

Dash Kitten said...

Wow - what a beauty Julie was, such a delight. You made mum laugh with the Shakespeare (Nothing but low and little) your loss. as we love the play and Midsummer Night's Dream is a lovely Britten opera too.

Fly free brave and lively spirit. I wish I could take your Mum's hurt away at your loss. we will all meet again.

Harvey, Miranda, Silver, Phoebe and Marjorie

Team Tabby said...

So sorry to hear you have lost sweet and beautiful Julie.

Purrs of comfort,

Mindy
Moe
Mike
Cookie

Timmy Tomcat said...

So sorry to hear that Julie has gone over the Rainbow Bridge. She was a force of nature. Watch over us Julie until we all meet again as some day we must.
Love purrs and prayers of support
Timmy, Dad and Family

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Oui Oui,
Hope the raw pain has somewhat gone down after Julie's loss.
It is never easy... I know by experience and always the question; who's next?
Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.
Sending you love and purrs and headbonks from our six babies.
Mariette