Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My Cat Izzie


Izzie Harvey
August 2000-May 5, 2010



It's too sad to write about Izzie, today, but I had to honor him in some way because he was so much a part of my quilting life. 

He was terrible at arranging quilt blocks, but he always approved the way I arranged them and sewed them together.



He would sit and look at them, or he just had to touch with his paw,





or with his tail.

 



He was a funny cat and always made me laugh.

Last year  I rearranged my sewing room much to Izzie's surprise. I wrote about it here, but it seems fitting to have the pictures in this post, too.















Izzie was with us for almost 10 years.  He was left abandoned in an old farmhouse where the farmer fed him cornbread and bologna.  The farmers daughter (my neighbor) told him that she knew someone that would love him so much and take good care of him.  We did.

When I first saw Izzie I thought "she" looked like Liz Taylor with a big fur collar and that cute little spot above "her" lip, so I named "her" Lizzie.  I took "her" to the doctor to find out that "she" was 6 months old and weighed 3 pounds.  For two weeks I treated "her" ear mites and other things that were wrong with "her". 

I took "her" back to the doctor and when she kept saying "he" I said to her, "My cat is a girl."  She said, "No.  I don't think so!"  I was in total shock!  I guess I didn't get as up close and personal as I thought I had!   I said, "I guess I should have named him Richard!".  You know, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton?  The young girls in the office didn't know what I was talking about.  Since I had been calling him Lizzie for two weeks, I decided to call him Izzie instead. 

I will miss our quilting time together, playing hide and go seek, his cute little back leg that always stuck out (you can see it hanging off of the fabric cabinet), our little afternoon "cat naps" where he would jump in the recliner with me and take a 15 minute nap, his hugs, his constant need to be in my lap,  and his adorable personality.  I will be forever grateful that God blessed my life with something that loved me and my family, brought us much happiness, and taught us all about unconditional love. 

We love you, Izzie! 


28 comments:

  1. I read your blog and I had to get my little girl CHiclet and I told her that someone I knew lost her baby and that you were so very sad. So the two of us said a prayer for you and Izzie and you will always have wonderful memeries of him in your heart. Your all in my prayers. Chiclet send you a kiss.

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  2. I am sorry to hear about your cat Izzy. It is hard when we lose a cherished kitty. My son left his cat with me and we named her Izzy too, and she is very similar to your kitty.

    Debbie

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  3. So sorry to hear about Izzy. I've enjoyed your pics of him in the fabric and quilts. I'm sure you'll miss him.

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  4. So sorry for loss of your cute little kitty. Some people don't understand the attachment we have with our pets, but I do and my husband does. We have had to put down 3 of our precious boston terrier dogs since we've been married and it's very sad but we fill our lives back up again with a new puppy and that makes us happier for it. Sounds like your Izzie loved you as much as you loved him.

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  5. I'm so sorry to know that Izzie isn't with you any longer, but I'm glad you have so many happy memories (and also photos) to comfort you.

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  6. I'm sorry to hear about your Izzie, my Izzy-B is 16 and she's a she...short of Isabela..and she is also a black & white quilt helper...well more like a watcher of one that makes quilts.

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  7. OH Amanda, I am so sorry to hear about Izzie. I am a cat person so I completely understand your sadness. Hang in there.

    Bridgette

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. Izzie looked like he loved to help you and sure he will be missed.

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  9. Our pets are so much a part of our daily lives. I'm sorry for your loss. Lizzie, I sure thought she/he was fortunate to have a such wonderful humans to love.
    This post about your kitty reminded me about the show The Closer, where Brenda kept calling her kitty "he" and her husband always corrected Brenda with "she".
    Take care.

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  10. sorry to hear of your loss..breaks my heart. I totally love cats..and have lost more than my fair share over the years. I will be thinking of you today.

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  11. Amanda,

    I am so sorry to hear about Izzy. I lost one of my cats (my first pet) a couple of years ago and know how painful it is to lose a beloved pet. My heart goes out to you!

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  12. So sorry to hear about your loss of Izzie; our kitties are so much part of our family, and they seem to love quilts! He will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge, when it is your turn to pass also, and he will be so happy to see you; then you both can be together for eternity.

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  13. I'm so sorry to hear about Izzie. Our furbabies have a special place in our heart and lives and it's sad when they leave us. Looks like you have wonderful pictures and memories....I know he was well loved!

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  14. Bless your Izzie and your memories of him. I'm sorry for your loss.

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  15. I am so very sorry for your loss. =(
    My cat is very similiar to your Izzy in nature and I can only imagine how you must feel.
    Again, I am SOO sorry.

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  16. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of Izzy...glad you have so many wonderful pictures to remember him by.

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  17. Oh I'm so sorry to hear about Izzy...he was such a cute little helper. I know how sad it is to lose a furry friend.

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  18. I just read your entry about Izzie and wanted to convey my condolences also. I have loved and lost kitties over the years and I know how hard it is. I'm glad you shared Izzie's quilting life with us and that you have such wonderful memories of him.

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  19. I'am very sorry about Izzie, my dear friend. Love your quilts. Happy Quilting!

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  20. I'm sorry to hear about Izzie. He sounds like he was a great quilting partner. My heart goes out to you. I lost my first kitty two years ago. It was a difficult loss, but a new kitty found her way into our family and our hearts about six months. She's a young kitty, so hasn't gotten into quilting yet, but I'm sure she will soon!!

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  21. What a lovely tribute to dear Izzie. So sorry for your loss.

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  22. I'm so sorry to read about your loss of Izzie. We are owned by four cats. Two replaced the two we lost last year, so I know the pain you are in. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  23. Sounds like Izzie was well loved and cared for. *hugs*

    Love your blog too. I'm a frequent lurker.

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  24. jenny from floridaMay 13, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Just read you blog and wanted to let you know how very sorry I am about the loss of your dear little kitty. Wonderful pictures of him - so cute! My family and I have had many many beloved pets we have lost over the years, so I know the pain you are feeling now. We always add a sweet new "member" to the family - so many animals need someone to love and care for them. And we'll always have our wonderful memories of all the beloved pets we have had & know that God brings these loving pets to heaven where we will be with them again. God bless.

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  25. So very sorry to read about the loss of your sweet Izzie. He reminds me very much of my sewing buddy Cleo, I know you will miss him :(

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  26. Your story of Izzie is very touching, I'm so sorry for your lose. We lost Jenny after 17 years, she was so much apart of our life. After almost a year I decided it was time to find a new cat to share our love. That's when I dresced Lula, she has spent the first 3 years of her life in a shelter (after being returned 3 times) I love her and she has really come out of her shell and loves us back.

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  27. I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet boy! My Tuxedo looks alot like Izzie, but he's a shorthair so less fluffy ☺ What a beautiful kitty. Hugs to you, I know how hard it is to lose a family member like that. :*(

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  28. I am so sorry to hear. I was saddened with the realization that she is gone now. She seems like a wonderful pet. You are probably missing him so much.

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