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Memories of Deacon
15-1/2 years ago, I walked into Mercerville Animal Hospital to get some food for my dog Tarkus (who lived to a ripe old age of 22). Dr. Bill walked out from the back, not with a 40-pound bag of ID, but the smallest bit of black fluff you ever saw cradled in his hand. He said to me, "Look what someone left on my doorstep this morning!" It was love at first site. And we were inseparable from that day on...

Deke was my closest companion, the joy of my days and my very best friend. He was never a "pet" to me, but something much, much more. I'm not sure it's something I can articulate, only feel very deeply in my heart. I loved that cat insane.

His loss is something I am finding very difficult to accept. He came into my life so serendipitously and left so cruelly fast. The void his passing has left is vast and can never be filled by another living being. I imagine someday someone will again unexpectedly hand me the smallest bit of black fluff I ever saw. It won't be Deke, but maybe it'll be someone who can heal some of the pain. If that should happen, I will know Deacon will have sent him to me.

I miss you, my BooCat. You will remain always at my side and in my heart...

14 November 2002

Hi Boo...

I have a new baby in my life--two, as a matter of fact. Jackson needed a home so badly and he looks so much like you, I couldn't resist. But he'll never replace you in my heart, my baby boy. He's a handful and very different from you personality-wise. He fears nothing and is into everything. The other new baby, Rupert, looks much like Max and acts much like Peaches. They are good for each other and have formed a bond against all the "grown-up" cats in the house. It makes me smile to watch them tumble and play, but it tugs at my heart so. I still miss you, my darling Deke, even after all these months.

I have your picture on the dresser next to Max's. I say "Good Night" and "Good Morning" to you every day. I hope you and Max and Pea are all playing together, free of the diseases that wracked your poor little bodies, happy to be together and happily awaiting the day we can all be together again. And maybe even Petey is up there with you, flying around. Just remember what I always told you, Boo: Petey is our friend and we DON'T eat our friends!

I love you and miss you so. And Daddy sends his love, too...

3 January 2004

My Dearest Boo...

Another New Year without you and my heart is still breaking. I miss you so much, my Boo... words cannot express.

Please know you are still--as always--in my heart. I think about you every day and hope and pray you are thinking of me, too.

I love you, Deke.

11 January 2004

Hello again, my Boo... I have been thinking about you so much lately. I received quite a few cards and e-mails from people who have come to visit you here and they all touched my heart. And they all made me cry...

I hope you noticed (and I'm sure you did!) that BrownSugarBear is here with you, as well as The Afghan of Power. Mouse still lays on it and it makes me smile to remember MouseMan and DeaconBoy, Defenders of Right on The Afghan of Power!

My prayer for you is that you are happy at The Bridge and waiting for me with Max and Pea and Petey. I love you insane, Deke... never forget that.

12 May 2004

Hey Boo,

By now I'm sure Susie is with you, running just as fast as she can. She was so old, Boo... 22 is *very* old for a dog! Dr. Fanders was very kind to her; Sue got lots of cookies and yummies and even some pepperoni before she closed her eyes that final time..

I so miss you, Deke. At night, my hand makes an indentation in the pillow where you used to lay, waiting to feel you curl up beside me. I haven't had a good night's sleep since you left, my boy...

You are my heart, my Deacon Beaufort Calamity Jones. Not a day passes when I don't think of you.

I love you, Deke. Always remember that... and me.

24 January 2005

Hello, my Boo...

I am missing you so much. It's cold and snowy and bleak and my days seem so empty without you...

Are you happy, Boo? Are you playing with Max and Pea and Susie-Dawg and even Petey? Do you think of me ever? I cannot stop thinking of you...

Jackson has taken to sleeping on my pillow at night. It surprises me that he does, but it also makes me a little sad. That's where you slept for so many years and while I draw some comfort from his likeness to you, it also makes me miss you even more. Jackson's physical appearance grows more like you every day, while his personality remains a complete 180-degrees away. I like to think that you come and inhabit him at night when he's asleep and I am, in fact, sleeping with you once again.

You know how hard the winter is for me, Boo. I get very melancholy and lonely during the cold, dark days. And I miss you so very much...

I love you insane still, my Deke. I always, always will.

30 August 2005

It's hard to believe another year has gone by without you, my beloved Boo. The tears are pouring down my face as I type this, still missing you as much as if it were yesterday when I looked and you were gone...

You are always in my heart and on my mind, Deke. Your loss has left a huge hole in my heart which nothing can ever fill. I wish you would come back and visit from time to time; I still occasionally see Max and Pea and even Susie. But I have never even glimpsed your shadow behind the door or on my windowsill. Please, please don't be angry with me, Boo. That would surely break my heart beyond repair...

I love you insane still, my Deke. I always, always will.

Christmas, 2005

Merry Christmas, my darling Boo. I miss you like it was yesterday that you were gone... I love you.

24 April, 2006

Hey Boo,

The weather is finally changing and it looks like Spring might actually be here. I came to take care of your space and just visit with you for a little while. I really don't have anything new to say to you... I still miss you like it was yesterday. Do you get tired of hearing me tell you that? Do you miss me, too... maybe just a little?

You are always in my heart and on my mind, my Deke. Please wait for me. I love you.

30 August, 2006

Another year, Boo. Where does the time go? I feel as though it were yesterday...

You are my angel, Deke. I miss you more than I can ever express in mere words. One would think after four years the pain would ease, but the loss of you still hammers at my heart. I only hope that you still think of me and always know how much you are loved... even after all this time.

25 December, 2006

Merry Christmas, Boo. Another holiday without you and I still feel your loss as keenly as ever. I miss you more than words can express, my darling boy. I hope you are well and happy and safe, and surrounded by your brothers and sisters. Give them all a hug from me, Deke, and know the biggest hug is for you.

I love you, Boo. And I always, always will.

30 August 2007

Bestest kitty in the whole ever world, I still miss you every minute of every day. This is the pain that will not end.

I love you, Boo. And I always, always will.

4 June 2008

Guess what, Deke? Your Mom is a college graduate! I so wish you were here to share this day with me. You would be so proud. I still miss you all the time.

I love you, Boo. And I always, always will.

30 August, 2008

I can't believe another year has gone by without you, Deke. I miss you as though it were yesterday...

I love you so, my Boo-Cat. I carry you in my heart so much today, as always.

7 May 2009

I love you, Boo... and still miss you oh so terribly...

30 Auggust, 2009

I miss you as though it was yesterday, Boo. Please think of me and know how very, very much you are loved...

30 August, 2010

Words fail me... It's still so hard without you...

30 August 2011

Every day, Boo... Every day I think of you and miss you so very terribly... I cannot believe it has been so long since you've been gone. It seems like the twinkling of an eye... I love you, Deacon BabyCat... I love you so very much...

30 August 2012

It can't possibly be ten years, Boo. I love you every single day. My heart is with you, Deke. Always and forever... 31 December, 2015

I love you, my Boo. Never away from my heart...

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