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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A New Beginning

I want to thank everyone who sent us your heartfelt words of kindness and sympathy for the loss of our sweet cat, Eric.  He was such a joy to us and he will indeed be missed by all.  Coleen was so shook up that she was not able to go to school on Friday as she was just to emotional and we didn't want the kids making fun of her for crying.  (Which they have in the past).  Instead she stayed home and later in the afternoon we did something special which you'll read about at the end of this post.
 
                                                Eric 2012-2015

His other owners came over on Saturday to thank us for all that we did for Eric and to let us know how sad they were that he had been killed and that Coleen had found him that way in the street.  We talked about him and how much we all loved him and what a special cat he was.  They brought us a cute picture of him when he had his first "hair cut" as a young cat.  I showed them pictures I've taken of him as well.  It really meant a lot to us that they were grateful for the love we gave to Eric.
 
Then we showed them what we decided to get on Friday in Eric's memory.
 
I would like to introduce you to......
 

                                                    Bandit Eric Krause




 
 He likes to sleep on people.  Here he is resting with Mike.



Here he is with Coleen.
 
He's already melted our hearts and while we will never forget Eric we now have this little bundle of joy in our lives and I know Eric would be happy that we gave a home to another sweet cat.
 
You'll be seeing more photos of Bandit for sure and every now & then I might slip in a photo of Eric as I had taken plenty of pictures of him and have not share them all. 
 
Again thank you to everyone who sent us their condolences on losing Eric.
It really meant a lot to know that people understood.
 

34 comments:

  1. Hello Ida, I love your cute new Bandit.. Cute shots with your Mike and Coleen.. I wish you many happy new memories.. Enjoy your day!

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  2. i think it is wonderful to begin anew! sweet little bandit!

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  3. Looks like he has settled in comfortably.

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  4. I know you all miss Eric very much. Eric would be happy to know that you guys have adopted Bandit in his memory. What a little sweetheart! I look forward to photos of both Eric and Bandit. Please tell Coleen that I am very proud of her. I know she is hurting but she is strong enough to give another kitty a loving home. God bless.

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  5. Awww, so sorry you lost Eric. Your new little Bandit is darling.

    Our granddaughter lost her cat, Shadow, this week, too. We'll probably get another cat after finals week. Also, we have a dog named Erik. I haven't met any other pets with that name before. :)

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  6. So sorry you had to lose your sweet cat, but the new addition is precious!

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  7. Oh he is just so sweet, and certainly not a bit spoiled already. I'm so sorry about Eric.

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  8. I am a bit late, but I am sorry to hear about the passing of Eric. Pets are like family to us, and obviously to you all as well. Wonderful to see you adopted another young kitten :)

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  9. Awww! Congrats on the new addition!

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  10. I'm sad about your beloved cat. Bandit is a cutie though!

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  11. Lovely photo of Coleen! I am glad you got a new kitty!

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  12. He is darling!!! Kittens are so much fun!!! Wonderful pictures!!! Congratulations!!!

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  13. How nice it was to get together with Eric's previous owners and remember him. Bandit is simply adorable, What a wonderful home he now has.

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  14. Your new kitten is adorable!

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  15. Welcome Bandit! You have found a good home!

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  16. Bandit is adorable! Where did you find him? Did Eric beling to someone else? I am just a bit confused. Sorry.
    I am glad Coleen is happy! She sure looks it! Enjoy that precious kitty. Stay safe snd well! Hug.

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  17. Hi Ida, I am so sorry about your sweet little cat. So sad and so traumatic for Colleen! It is a lovely tribute to give another sweet kitty a home. I hope your new little friend helps to heal your hearts. xo Karen

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  18. ((hugs))) yes Eric would be happy indeed. I adopted my Cody 2 weeks after my 18 yr old "Soul kitty" had passed....I sooo understand! Bandit is darling and I wish you many, many years of happy new memories! Love from Caren and Cody www.catchatwithcarenandcody.com

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  19. Bandit Eric is absolutely adorable and his face is just two cute for words. love the eye makeup.. so happy for Colleen and can't wait to see the next set of adorable pics.

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  20. Hello Ida, I couldn't be more happy for you and your dear family.
    It's really lovely that you've all been able to open your hearts to cute little Bandit. Already, it's evident that he's helping you start to heal.
    As you say, Bandit's not a replacement, he's just finding another spot in your hearts.
    All the best, and Colleen has the most beautiful smile, both with her eyes as well as her mouth.
    Cheerio for now :D)

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  21. aww, that is priceless... the big cuddly bear. i love it. that is a keeper shot.

    i love your new friend.

    i have been thinking about ya a lot lately. big big hugs. ( :

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  22. How sweet...it is such a wee little thing...I have been looking and looking for a photo of Roger and one of my cats. I know it is on one of my blogs at least once...of them sleeping together. Your photo reminded me of it.

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  23. Bandit is a real cutie - he brought a smile to that sweet face!!

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  24. That is the cutest face! So happy you have a new Bandit to steel your hearts after your loss.

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  25. I'm glad, that this little cat has found a home like yours. I see: he is lovingly held in memory of Eric. A good way to deal with the grief!
    Have a good time together

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  26. omgoodness, could he be any cuter!! i think not. i am so happy for you ida, i know this will be a great source of love and comfort in your life!!!

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  27. Oooooh... What a cute little kitty! I am so happy for you all and look forward to getting to know Bandit.

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  28. well hello little bandit!! oh my gosh, it's the cutest ball of fluff!!
    I am so glad you have opened your hearts to another beautiful animal! of course it never replaces the ones we lose, but it's lovely to think our hearts our big enough to hold so many precious things in life close.
    Looking forward to seeing what lil Bandit gets up too! :)

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  29. Oh, Ida, this makes me happy! I always encourage people to let another animal into their hearts when they suffer a loss. There is always another who needs their love and a good home. I wish I hadn't waited so long after our dog before Wally and LuLu died. He was so special and left such a big hole in my heart, but then Wally and LuLu slipped in and found their special places. Your little Bandit is a lucky kitty.

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  30. Oh Ida...I am so very sorry to hear of your sad loss - pets are so precious and fill such a meaningful place in our lives! Eric was a truly beautiful cat:)
    Oh my! What an adorable bundle of fur the new addition to your family is! Bandit is also a darling name and I am sure he will bring you many smiles and laughs:)
    Have a special day, Ida! Much love!
    Kelly-Anne

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  31. I'm sorry to hear about Erik the cat. When my daughter's were young we had a cat that was hit by a car. My youngest daughter was just heartbroken. I am glad that Coleen has a new little friend. Bandit sure is cute!

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  32. He is so adorable! What a totally gorgeous little chap! He'd get away with anything in my little. All the best, Bonny

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  33. Your new kitten is precious. And because you loved Eric so very much, this little one can be certain of having a truly loving family! I hope Coleen is better soon, and can face the world again :)

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