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Memorial for Jo by SerenaAndMina Memorial for Jo by SerenaAndMina
Here I have composed some-what of a Memorial for a very dear feline friend of mine named Jo, whom I met through means of deviantART. Yes, that's right, I met this very special kitty here on deviantART after I she won my heart with her gorgeous photographs and endearing stories.

I began communicating with her Mother so-to-speak, :iconpergamjee: and she too became a very special person to me. :iconpergamjee: whose real name is Jee, began exchanging stories with me. Similarities between the two of us bonded me closely to this compassionate and excessively caring lady instantly.

Jo was an extremely intelligent feline, whom was sadly abandoned when she was just a kitten. I'd say her abandonee did one favor for little Jo that fateful day though, and that was leaving her at Jee's doorstep. Jee had cared for many many homeless kitties, and sheltered them with her warmth and love like a great big blanket, and still does to this very day. With all her love and compassion for kitties everywhere, she could never turn and kitty in need away, even when she was in the midst of hectic activities from moving to another place. After taking Jo in, she took her to a Veterinarian to get her spayed.

Sadly, fate in turn decided to frown upon little Jo once again. After her stay at the vet's place, and her time of healing was complete, Jo also left the vets office with an infection that in time, robbed her of one of her most important senses: her sight. That's right, this kitty was not only abandoned as a baby, but was faced with the trauma of becoming blind as well. Thankfully, Jo didn't let this stop her in her paw-prints.

On March 28, 2013, I was suddenly struck with a heart-wrenching note that Jee had sent to me. This note stated that my feline-friend Jo, had just passed away. This was extremely traumatizing news to me, and even now, am finding it difficult not to become teary-eyed for this little kitty. I miss her dearly, and although I never reallymet Jo in person, I felt every essence of her in her photographs and stories, as if she were with me.

I do wish I truly could have met Jo though. I wish I could have listened to her delicately harmonious purring, and have gazed into her sightless eyes. I wish I could have stroked her silky fur and whispered in her ear how beautiful I thought she was. I only hope now, wherever little Jo is, she has her vision once again, and she can feel my longing to see her, just as much as I know Jee does.

Please, if you know my friend Jee, or have ever read her stories about Jo, have seen Jo's photographs, or have ever loved a blind kitty as much as Jee and I have, please leave a comment for Jo here. I have created this Memorial for Jo, so she can hear our voices and know how much she was loved and is missed. Also, please if you can find it in your heart, stop by and read Jo's stories and see her beautiful photographs if you never have. And please leave my beloved friend Jee a comment as well.

The poem that I added to Jo’s Memorial was a poem that I wrote especially for cats, when I was seven years old. That poem won me my first award in Elementary School, and I kind of felt it was somewhat fitting. I’m not very good at these things, and wasn’t quite sure how to put it together.

:bulletpurple: Here is the link to Jo: In Memoriam, by Jee: [link]

:bulletblue: Also, if you knew Jo, or love a blind kitty too, please stop by to comment and :+fav: a stamp I made especially for her, before her passing. [link]

:bulletpurple: Jo’s original photograph can be seen here: [link]

:bulletblue: The faded image of Jo can be viewed here: [link]

:bulletpurple: The background image is courtesy of :iconyuninaoki: and the original can be viewed here: [link]

I also dedicate this to you Jee, I L:heart:VE you dear!!!!! :iconsootheplz:
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supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sorry your cat died.
SerenaAndMina Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello Supersonic!:iconwave-plz:

:iconthankyouscript1::iconthankyouscript2::iconthankyouscript3: :iconredroseplz:

I really apprecaite your commenting for Jo! :iconinluvplz:
supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome.
teckmonky Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
i know how you feel my cat died last month [link] :iconsadplz:
SerenaAndMina Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, :iconshattereddreamsplz:
I am so very sorry for your loss!
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
What a sweet tribute. Rest in peace adorable Jo.
SerenaAndMina Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello Babou-Shka!:iconhellothereplz:

:iconthankiesplz: for stopping by dear Jo's memorial and honoring her. :iconnuzzleplz:

Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
You're very welcome :aww:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional General Artist

I am in awe of both the tribute image and of your tribute in commentary below...

You are truly a great and wonderful friend to have...

This amazing blind kitty and her human mommy have been so blessed to know someone as loving and compassionate as you are... 

The 2nd cat we ever took in, as a kitten, while is able to see, only has one eye, and we adopted her this way, and she had to go through a series of awful surgeries in order to get things right for her, and clear up subsequent infections. This took up the first couple years of her life... 

But she was quite the survivor from the very start. 
Her name is Sha-Sha, which is just a shorter easier version of the Japanese word:
"Seizonsha" which means Survivor.

Most of my closest friends on dA, who have been on here as long as I have, know about her story-- she is orange and you can see photos of her in this gallery here:
SerenaAndMina Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello Tea! :iconcharmmykittyplz:

:blush: Wow! I have never had anyone describe me in that way before, in my entire life!! Your comments have truly made me feel so much better, and your encouragement has warmed my heart and lifted my spirits. These feelings that you have given me are truly invigorating and unique, and are something that not even money could ever buy!

Actually, to be perfectly honest, I already knew of your Sha-Sha. I was browsing your profile page the other day, after you had :+fav:ed my journal entry, when believe it or not, Sha-Sha's photograph caught my eye! I couldn't stop :+fav:ing her from there! What an absolutely gorgeously stunning cat! Her stories and photographs won my heart over instantly!!! I must admit, I L:heart:VE your Sha-Sha, and am very envious of you!

Your Sha-Sha has gained another fan of her photographs and stories. I will add her breathtaking photographs to the collection in my Favorites Gallery that I titled none other than: Blind Kitties!

Sadly, my computer works very very slowly, and I haven't been able to complete my search through your extensive galleries. But, in due time, I will be able to search all of your folders!

Sha-Sha has one amazingly compassionate and genuinely incredible Mother, to have given her such an intelligent name, showered her with so much love, and sheltered her with a warm and caring forever home.

I too, am the Mother,(so-to-speak) of three and a half blind kitties, and this is where my compassion, love, and devotion derives from, when it comes to blind kitties! I know of no greater love, than the love I have for my blind kitties!

You had mentioned in one of the comments that you had given me on one of my kitty stamps, that you look forward to my making more. I am more than happy to make more, and in fact I even have a work-in-progress. However, the difficult part is getting a hold of deviants whom are willing to let you use their images for stock. And it's twice as difficult to find blind kitty stock images, as there are not many on deviantART. Any and every blind kitty that I have come across here on deviantART though, has instantly been :+fav:ed, and added to my Blind Kitty Collections!

A while back, I had even had the idea of creating a group for Blind Kitty photographs and art. However, after researching exactly what it takes to create, maintain and run a group, I quickly found myself dissuaded. Sadly, my computer could never hold out, as it runs far too poorly, and I, still being a newcomer to here, am still learning even the basics of deviantART itself. Furthermore, I feared there probably wouldn't be very many members who would join it, or even upload their deviations. But, for the blind kitties, I really wanted to do this.

Anyways Tea, thank you for reading my ramblings, and I apologize for that. I really don't have many people to talk to. :blush:

:iconthankiesplz: for all of your kindness and compassionate uplifting words. You have really made me feel much better!!!

~Samantha :iconsnuzzleplz:
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