Sunday, 5 July 2009

Gone too soon

As you know I try and keep this blog as a light-hearted, amusing and silly place.
Sometimes awful things happen which I try not to let intrude but in this case as my cats have been so much part of this blog it feels right to post this.

Last night my beautiful darling boy Luka, was killed in an instant by a car. I know many of you have followed my stories about him and Hebe since they were kittens - he was just over three years old. He was a happy, happy, cat totally loving, ridiculous, naughty and silly. My husband, Hebe and I adored him.

Born to amuse
To inspire to delight
Here one day
Gone one night


Sara Johnson said...

I was so sad to hear about Luca this morning.

Thinking of you


Victoria Summerley said...

Arabella, I am so sorry. Luka was so beautiful - you must be distraught. Thinking of you, Victoria xx

Rothschild Orchid said...

It is just heart breaking to hear this news, I have been so sad for you both this weekend.

He was a gorgeous boy, taken far too soon. My thoughts are with you,

RO xxx

Y.A.N. said...

So sorry.

HappyMouffetard said...

Oh Arabella, I'm so sorry. Luka was beautiful. Cats leave pawprints on your heart.

janerowena said...

I don't know what to say, and nothing will lessen the pain anyway, but I am so very sad for you all.

Arabella Sock said...

Thank you for your support everyone and it is good to know that people care.

We are totally devastated and still can't bring ourselves to fully believe it has happened. Whenever we picked Luka up for a cuddle our hearts just brimmed over with love. He was a simple cat with three desires, to be loved and cuddled, to be fed and to go out to play - in his short life he had all three in such abundance. I know for some people cats are just cats but for us they are our family.

I won't leave this post up too long as it is just too sad but I do appreciate all the messages of care and understanding that people have sent here and elsewhere.


Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Oh Arabella, this is horrible! Poor, poor Luka and poor you. It makes me so sad to read this about your darling little boy.

Cats are just cats? Only for those who don't have eyes to see how truly wonderful and loving they really are.

Of course Luka was part of your family, that goes without saying as your feelings for him came across loud and clear.

Take care my dear, this is hard to bear as I know only too well.

Fat Rascal said...

I still can't believe it and "gone too soon" sums it up perfectly.

We all spend more time with our pets than we do with any human being which is why they leave such a huge gap when they go.

I want to sign the condoleance book for your precious and many others will too.

RIP Luka.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P., lovely and loved boyLuka
Anonjan and dear H

Rob said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. He looked like a very beautiful cat and so young as well.

easygardener said...

I am so sorry. It is hard to lose any cat but losing a young one is especially shocking.

Unknown said...

Very sorry to hear about that!! Hope you're okay?!


Juliet said...

So sorry, Arabella - what a horrible shock for you - everyone has already said it all, so just want to add lots of hugs.

Juliet xxx

Lia Leendertz said...

Aw no Arabella, that is just awful. Such a beautiful cat too. i am really sorry,
Lia x

matthew wilson said...

Terribly sad news. Cats are more like us than we care to say, which is why it hurts so much when they go.

Matthew Wilson

James A-S said...

Arabella, I am sorry. How awful.

Kathy said...

So, so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. I think I can imagine just how awful you're feeling as I also lost a beautiful puss too soon. I hope your broken heart doesn't take too long to heal.

Martyn Cox said...

Sorry to hear about Luka - it's very sad. Hope you're OK

emmat said...

I am really sorry to hear about lovely Luka. Such a beautiful cat. We lost a three year old dog to a car a few years ago and it's really shocking. I still sometimes accidentally use his name for one of the other dogs because it seems so strange he's not there. I'm sorry and so much for Hebe because you can't explain can you? I am really thinking of you all. Much love xxxx

Louise said...

I am desperately sorry about Luka. I don't comment on blogs generally, well, never actually, but I was moved to tears by your very moving post. So, so sorry. I love my two cats and know that I would be heartbroken if anything happened to them.

Jane Perrone, Horticultural blog said...

Just back from my trip to read your sad news... sorry to hear about Luka, what a beautiful cat ...

cycling gardener said...

So sorry Arabella. I've lost 4 cats over the years. They really do become treasured family members, each with their distinct personality. I sympathise. Take care.

Maggi said...

Oh Arabella, I'm so, so sorry. I've had a busy week and am only just catching up on things so have only just seen the dreadful news. I sitting here full of tears, sending big hugs. It has happened to us too so I know just what you are going through. It doesn't make it any easier though, but I hope it helps a teeny bit to have the support of your friends.

Arabella Sock said...

Hi Maggi

It does help to have support although in truth I've cried an estuary and it is just too hard.

We've had four cats.. the first was Binki, a rescue moggy. It was when we first moved in together and the Bedsock knew I loved cats and decided to surprise me with one! I came home from work, took one look, burst into tears and walked out. It felt like I had unexpectedly given birth and I have never wanted children. Within two days I had fallen in love with Binki, I knew the moment I walked into the kitchen and found him curled up in the wok that he was here to stay. Binki bonded with the Bedsock who worked at home then and was fiercely protective of him - two boys together. The tips of Binki's ears had either been cut off or perhaps bitten off by his parents which always gave him the look of a black and white teddy bear. We bought him one of those dreadfully naff sheepskin hammocks you can hang over the radiator and we hung it in the hall where he would spend ages in the warmth slashing people as they went past! Or hiding in a bag so he could leap out at you. He was very sociable. He died of kidney disease at 17 and was much missed.

We also had Wumpus at the same time, a little British Blue and Cream shorthair who was very timid. I think the breeder very nearly refused us after the Bedsock described her as "grey" instead of blue/cream, some of these breeders can get very snitty about their pedigrees.
She was devoted to me and when I went downstairs in the morning she would carry the hem of my dressing gown in her mouth like a little bridesmaid. She would always wait outside the bathroom for me when I had a shower so she could immediately absorb my warmth and imprint her smell on me again. She hated almost everyone else and if anyone stayed she would stand in the hall and bellow loudly all night in protest.
She went shortly after Binki, aged 17 with the same kidney disease.

I thought I could never care again but Hebe and Luka came shortly afterwards as kittens. Such different personalities, both from our previous cats and from each other. Luka was so special, so full of life and love. So soft and carefree and naughty. He never walked anywhere, just bounded with his bottom flouncing across the garden easily diverted by any passing bee or butterfly or the idea there might be a frog in the pond. He stole everyone's hearts and Hebe was the perfect foil for him, loving, playful and protective a real little girl to his naughty boy.

I know we shouldn't have favourites but whilst I have loved and been devoted to them all Luka was really the most special and I don't know where I am without him.

HappyMouffetard said...

Oh Arabella, I could hardly imagine that when I cried for you on Sunday as I wrote about how sorry I was that I would be crying again. My beautiful Bill Cat has gone missing. I saw him last on Wednesday, running away down the garden, with one back leg held up - I think he had just been in a fight and got hurt and very frightened. I haven't seen him since.

I can't bear to be out in the garden at the moment as he was my under-gardener, always wanting to see what I was up to and always wanting to help. We've been round all the neighbours but no-one has seen him.

Arabella Sock said...

Happy Mouffetard, I am so sorry you must be sick with worry. I pray he will return to you soon - I know how you must be feeling.