Friday, August 22, 2014

Katie & Waffles on Death & Dying: A Tribute to Sparkle the Designer Cat – with a Blog Link Up



WAFFLES:  Uh, Boss? How come everyone is all sad and stuff?

KATIE:  Waffles, we lost a very dear friend yesterday.

WAFFLES:  Well shouldn't we go look for her? Make some signs and stuff?




KATIE:  No, Waffles. Signs aren't going to bring her back. And she's not really lost. She's in our hearts now.

WAFFLES:  What do you mean?

KATIE:  Well, you know how Glogirly says that her mom and dad live in her heart? And Nicki, the cat that came before us, he lives in her heart too.

WAFFLES:  Oh yeah. She even has a special box for his memories.

KATIE:  Well the really special memories don't fit in a box. They're so big, the only place they can fit is in our hearts.




WAFFLES:  But what if my heart isn't big enough?

KATIE:  Don't worry Waffles. When your heart is filled with love and memories and friends, there's always enough room.




It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a shining star of the blogosphere and a dear friend. We became acquainted with Sparkle and her renowned blog, Sparkle the Designer Cat, nearly five years ago ...back when we didn't even know there was such a thing as a cat blog. Sparkle and her behind-the-scenes human are true professionals and have inspired us to be the very best we can be. Their dedication and generosity to homeless cats has made a difference in so many lives. Their friendship and support has made a difference in our lives.

Sparkle, your light shines brightly in our hearts today and always. 
♥︎




Bloggers around the world are sharing their own tributes and memories. We've created a link-up for our readers and fellow bloggers. We invite you to spread the love by sharing links to your blog posts here. Bloggers who wish to include the link up on their sites may click HERE for the embed code.


55 comments:

  1. Just when I think I'm all cried out. What a beautiful tribute to a special friend.

    Thank you for putting the link up together. We'll be contributing this weekend.

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    1. We know, Melissa. We thought the same. Beautifully written, and thank you do much for the link up, it works beautifully and we love the simplicity of it. We pray this link-up of tributes brings Janiss comfort as she mourns.

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  2. We are utterly heartbroken that Spark;e had to go to the Bridge. We will love and miss her always.

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  3. Thanks for a post that made us smile and cry. Sparkle will always live in our hearts.

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  4. Thank you for this post - Katie, you have explained this very well to Waffles, even though it is hard for all of us to understand when a friend is lost.
    What you write is wise and beautiful. We are really sad here too and will miss Sparkle's shining light and wisdom.
    Thank you also for the link. We decided to post a short tribute only, as we wanted to maybe bring some smiles behind all the sadness with photos from our kingdom.

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  5. Such a beautiful tribute! Sparkle will be missed.

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  6. As always Katie, you explained things beautifully. Wonderful tribute to a legend that lives in our hearts.

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  7. This is beautiful and so kind. Sparkle will always be in our hearts.

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  8. This was so moving that our Mommy is crying again.
    Thank you for sharing and linking us all up.
    XOXO

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  9. I am so sad to read about Sparkle. It is so hard to lose a member of the family. But Katie has it spot on, our hearts are big enough to hold the love and happy memories. Sending love and prayers to Sparkles' mama and family.

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  10. Lovely tribute for dear Sparkle.
    Thank-you for the linkies. It's not working yet. We'll try again.

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  11. Beautiful post, I'm shocked and so very sorry, our hearts go out to her family. I don't know what else to say, we adored Sparkle and she'll be greatly missed.

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  12. A sad day in the blogosphere. Sparkle will be so missed. Lovely post xx

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  13. A sad day indeed...thank you for writing such a special tribute to our beloved Sparkle!

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  14. We will miss Sparkle so much.
    She was a very special kitty.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  15. Thank you fur your tribute & links .... We love Sparkle too & she lives in our hearts ....

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  16. Beautiful tribute to a special furriend. We'll miss her. Purrs

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  17. A lovely tribute to Sparkle - we are very sad and will miss her so much as she was always the first visitor to our blog every day.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  18. A beautiful tribute to Sparkle. She will be greatly missed.

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  19. Glogirly and Waffles, this is such a wonderful tribute to Sparkle and we love your graphic. She will be so missed.

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  20. We are so very sad about dear Sparkle, she touched so many with her joy and wisdom. Thanks for doing the linky thing.

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  21. Thank you Katie and Waffles. My mommy can't stop her leaky eyes. xoxo

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  22. What a beautiful tribute to our special friend Sparkle <3

    Thank you for putting the link up together.

    XOXO

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  23. This is a beautiful post - but it's such a rotten day.

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  24. What a wonderful way to memorialize a kitty who meant so much to all of us.

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  25. Thanks for doing this link-up for Sparkle. She will live on in our hearts.

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  26. What a nice tribute.... Hugs to Sparkles family
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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  27. Beautifully done. We are not surprised by the number of tributes for Sparkle today. She truly was special and will always be in our hearts. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  28. Oh my, reading this post brought tears to my eyes. So many cats have been lost in the past few weeks. What a wonderful way to honor Sparkle.

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  29. loving tribute and our hearts are just broken. Genius idea about the linkup, thank you.

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  30. Glogirly, Waffles, and Katie, what lovely comforting thoughts on a very sad day.
    xxoo
    Maggie

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  31. What a lovely lovely tribute.
    All of our worlds have a little less *sparkle* today.
    ~Annabelle,Boo,Ping,Jinx

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  32. Wonderful tribute. Sparkle will be forever in our hearts.
    Sue B

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  33. Only Katie could put it so clearly.. and only Waffles would need it to be so clear ;)

    Lovely tribute. Mine is going to have to wait for a bit, but hopefully it will be appreciated when it gets here

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  34. Thanks for creating this link up. At a time like this, we all want to be with our other kitty friends. Sparkle will be missed.

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  35. you said it all. Sparkle was an inspiration. Thank you for the link up.

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  36. Beautifully expressed! Sparkle will live on forever through all the lives that have been touched. An amazing cat, blog and life! Thanks Katie, Waffles and GloGirly for this lovely tribute. Peace & headbonks all around.

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  37. You have kind hearts. My heart goes out to Sparkle's pet parent. She was a stunning beauty. She will live in all our hearts forever. Xo

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  38. Poor sweet Sparkle. We just discovered her blog a couple months ago, and I am so sad to hear this news. (we just heard this morning)
    She will be dearly missed.
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  39. Beautiful tribute. Sparkle will truly be missed.

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  40. What a beautiful tribute to Sparkle and thank you for setting up the link...Sparkle will shine forever.
    Hugs madi and mom

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  41. Hugs and smooches. We added our link.

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  42. #ripangelcat, so sweet & touching :(

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  43. I'm so late today..I just found out hours ago..my heart is so sad Katie..Now I am crying again..Hugs to everyone today..

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  44. One of the most beautiful tributes to Sparkle. This one has hit us very hard.

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  45. What a great tribute. Thanks for either creating the link or passing it on to all of us. It's an excellent idea and should be helpful to Janis whenever she is ready to read a few. Love your pictures today.

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  46. Such a sweet post from the both of you in honor of Sparkle. We will miss her so much.

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  47. This is a dear post and I am late getting here. I so wish I had been here so as to link. I miss her still. I love Summer but I do miss Sparkle. She was special. xxo

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