A heavy heart

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It is difficult for me to find the words to start this week’s blog. Some of you will feel that you ‘know’ my beautiful cat, Poppy, as through the years I have mentioned her hundreds of times on here and shared many pictures of her with you. Just last week I talked about her coming up to her 23rd birthday in June, but sadly that will now not happen.

Recently, she has had days where she doesn’t feel like eating much and then would make up for it by feeding voraciously, so I wasn’t too worried when she was off her food on Thursday of last week. But there was something about her demeanour on Good Friday that made me concerned enough to text my daughter, Sophie, and suggest she might want to visit.

Sophie was at our house when I got home from work last Saturday and I think we all knew that Poppy was ready to leave us, we could see it in her eyes. Saturday night into Sunday morning were some of the saddest hours of our lives as we watched our beautiful ‘girl’ slip away from us.

To say we are devastated is an understatement. We have to take comfort from being with her at the end of her time on earth and also being able to say our goodbyes, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

Her final resting place is under an arch at the bottom of our garden, next to our gym, where I have some beautiful red poppies planted. I’ve also ordered two different types of poppies from QVC to plant in the same area, so there will be a permanent floral tribute to her.

The flowers currently sitting on her grave are from our neighbour, Sarah, who used to feed her whenever we were away on holiday; and loved her almost as much as we did. Poppy is at peace now and, in time, I know we will be able to reflect on all the happiness she gave us. For the moment, we are all – and I include Wilfie in that – missing her terribly.

I would also at this point like to mention the passing of Ray Wilkins earlier this week. Footballers get such bad press for their behaviour and in some cases that is well deserved, but no-one had a bad word to say about Ray. He was at Crystal Palace for a while and I remember my son asking him for his autograph after a game. My son thanked him for signing his programme and Ray said: ‘No son, thank you for asking for it.’ Football needs more people like Ray Wilkins.

So, as you can gather, Easter was not a very happy time for us but we did exchange Easter eggs and I had already made these little Easter treats before Poppy passed.

I haven’t had a go with a piping bag for years, but I wanted to make a special effort for Sophie’s boyfriend and his children. What a compliment from 14 year-old Taylor: ‘…they taste as good as what you would get in a bakery’ – I’ll take that!

Well, I promised you diamonds on this week’s blog, but I hope you will forgive me if I postpone that until next week just prior to the twohour Diamond Show that I have with Laurie Wickwire on Sunday 15th at 6pm.

We’ll also be starting a regular feature on my blog from next week, looking back over the past 25 years of QVC as we approach the 25th Birthday on 1st October. It will be a trip down memory lane for some of you and an insight into the early days of QVC, for those of you who have discovered us more recently.

Instead of diamonds, may I draw your attention to Diamonique Day next Friday, which just happens to be the 13th (fortunately I’m not superstitious). I’m presenting the two-hour morning show (and what is usually the Lunchtime Show slot) with Alison O’Reilly and soon I hope to be able to tell you about a design we have worked on together. Also, make sure you take a look at April’s Diamonique Design of the Month.

Enjoy our two-day fashion event with Today’s Special Values from Kim & Co today and this clever adaptable bag from Kipling featuring as the star tomorrow.

I’ll see you at 2pm for Lola Rose and Fashion on Friday today is MarlaWynne so I need to dash, but not until I wish all the best to my blog copy editor, Sarah, who is leaving QVC today for pastures new.

Enjoy your weekend and see you all next Thursday.

Much love,
Julia xx

92 Comments

  1. Lynn April 6, 2018 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Love to you and you’re family at this difficult time, at least you know the beautiful Poppy isn’t suffering anyone. Thinking of you. Take care Lynn XX❤️

  2. Sandy Hill April 6, 2018 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Ah Julia, I am so very sorry to read that your beautiful girl Poppy has passed away.I know how devastated you must feel, I lost my beloved Barney 18 months ago, it’s awful and I cried for months afterwards. I’m sure she has had a great life with you, Thinking of you all, xxx

  3. JoyMac April 6, 2018 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julia,so sorry to hear that darling Poppy has died.I have enjoyed over the years seeing your wonderful pictures of her.How fortunate you and your family have been to have such memories of her.What a great life she has had.xx

  4. marie April 6, 2018 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia Poppy must have had a wonderful life with you to have lived to such a great age. Love and hugs. x

  5. WENDY Bridson April 6, 2018 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, l have just read your blog and I have tears in my eyes, so sorry for your loss and what a wonderful life you gave your beloved cat.

    With best wishes

    WENDY.

  6. Loraine Plumb April 6, 2018 at 4:27 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julia so sorry I sent pipa a message when her dog was put to sleep and told her my daughter’s dog was put to sleep last night etc we knew it was coming because he was having treatment for cancer only five years old whenever we went on holidays together he was with us all so happy memories such a exceptional dog can’t explain it he was Bernese mountain dog his name was Hugo and like you we were all devastated but my daughter and husband said when his quality of life was gone it would be time to say goodbye anyway as I said in my previous message to you we are going to Florida on the 20th April all office as a family and he would of had to stay with friends which he didn’t like because he was devoted to my daughter anyway I’m filling up just writing this so better stop now hope you soon feel better which you will as time passes but you won’t forget which is how it should be best wishes to you all Loraine xx

  7. Alana April 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for the loss of your Poppy, I also commented on your Facebook post but felt that I ought to comment on here as I had heard so much about her on your blog over the years. She was a beautiful cat and I’m sure will be missed terribly. As you say she is at peace and in time you can reflect on the happy memories she gave you. Take care xx

  8. Judy April 6, 2018 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    So sad to hear about Poppy, we too lost our much loved cat in January and know exactly how you feel. We find comfort in memories and photos, and talk about him often. They are all special and we couldn’t have asked for more love than he gave. His feline brother is sad too. It does ease,much love, judy

  9. MELANIE April 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Julia, this is so sad: I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Poppy. So beautifully written it made me cry. I have a “Poppy”, a cockapoo , and know how special our furry friends are to our family and our lives. Thinking of you and sending you love. I hope in time you can remember the happy times , of which I know you have many.xxx

  10. Hefina Mitchell April 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julia so sorry for your loss know how you feel we have lost three Staffordshire bull terriers over the years the one we have now is eight he will definitely be our last ,probably a small dog next time never lived in a home without a pet of some kind
    Take care you lovely lady
    Xxx

  11. Tina April 6, 2018 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    I am so sorry to read about Poppy. Such sad news. Big hugs to you all xx

  12. Sheenah April 6, 2018 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    So sorry Julia love to you and all your family xxx

  13. Denise Pacey April 6, 2018 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    So very sorry to hear your sad news. When my Tigger passed away at 18 years old I didn’t think I would ever come to terms with what had happened. Cried for ages. It was so painful. But, I am so thankful to have shared all those happy years with him and I know you feel exactly the same about your lovely Poppy. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. xxx

  14. Janice Dillnutt April 6, 2018 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear your sad news, are darling pets are family and it is heartbreaking when we have to say goodbye x

  15. Pauline Goodwin April 6, 2018 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julia so sad to h ere the sad news about poppy I read your blog every week you are my favourite presenter. I am sure you and your family will be very sad but sure you will have many memories of her to reflect back on. It will take time but keep your chin up lots of love Pauline xx

  16. Joan Kitching April 6, 2018 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Grief is the price we pay for love.
    I wrote these words on Pipa’s blog when I read about the loss of her beloved labrador and now I write them for you.
    Losing a pet is unbearable and the pain and sadness we feel is almost beyond words.
    I love cats and dogs and I don’t think that if you love one you can’t love the other.
    I have shed so many tears over the years and the feeling of helplessness I have felt as I have watched them becoming ill and then slipping away is unbearable.
    You and your family are feeling that now but you have wonderful memories of your darling Poppy. You were lucky to have her in your lives for so long and she was blessed to have such a loving family.

  17. ANNETTE MINGAY April 6, 2018 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julia all of us who have pets we have lost over the years know your pain. So sorry that Poppy is gone. I love my little Bertie to peices as i have al, of my Yorkies over the years and people who have never had the love of a pet just could never understand xx

  18. Gillian Cale April 6, 2018 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    Julia so sad for your loss.When I lost my cat Rosie I was devastated.Time is a great healer.You gave Poppy a wonderful life.Take care.love Gillxx

  19. Rebecca Walker April 6, 2018 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    My heart goes out to you. I am sure all your readers like myself have a tear in their eye. Thank goodness your lovely family are there to support each other. XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  20. Michele Bromwich April 6, 2018 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    So sad to hear of your darling Poppys passing Julia. we lost our darling girl Bella just over a year ago and our hearts still ache. Two beatiful girls playing together in a beautiful field in heaven. Treasure the memories and all those beautiful photos! Lots of love x

  21. Denise April 6, 2018 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia, I’m so so sorry to hear your sad news about Poppy. Having had cats when I lived at home I know how devastating there loss can be. I hope you can take comfort in that she had a wonderful life with you and that she was truly loved.
    Sending hugs
    Denise xx

  22. Michele April 6, 2018 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Oh Dear Julia so very sad to hear that your darling Poppy has passed away. I know its absolutely devastating, we lost our beautiful girl Bella just over a year ago. No words really help so treasure the memories and the beautiful pictures. She was a beauty!! Lots of love x

  23. Sandra April 6, 2018 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julia so sorry for your loss. Their little lives are never long enough and they take a little bit of our hearts with them but glad you were with her to say goodbye and she was at home. Love and hugs xx

  24. Carole April 6, 2018 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia I am so deeply sorry and heartbroken for you and your family, over your loss of Poppy. I read your blogs a lot especially when your cats were mentioned, as I adore and love cats. You will always have your special memories. Take care. x

  25. Diane shaw April 6, 2018 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    So sorry for your loss Julia lots of love at this very sad time just cherish the memories you have of her lots of love di xxx

  26. carol wilde April 6, 2018 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    sorry Julia for your loss we have lost two dogs this year so know how you feel

  27. SheMag April 6, 2018 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Julia, I’m so sorry. Our beautiful 18 year old Magpie died on Tuesday. I always read your blog and couldn’t help comparing our two elderly but beautiful companions. We loved that cat with our hearts and souls. Thinking of you and sympathising with your distress.

  28. samantha April 6, 2018 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    hi julia, so sorry to hear about your beautiful baby girl poppy, she was adorable and i know how upset you must feel having been through it myself many times, you never get over the loss, i still miss my beautiful boy and he died 23 years ago, still miss him everyday. we have had lots of fur babies since them and they never replace the ones you lose they are all their own unique characters, if feel upset for you, now it is very raw and devastating for you and your family and you will never forget poppy but in time you will look back and remember all those wonderful years with her and think of the fabulous home and love you gave her and she gave you. i’m thinking of you, sending love to you and your family. xxx

  29. Brenda Watson April 6, 2018 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear your lovely cat has died.I lost my cat a few years back and was so sad the house was so empty without her xx😢🐈

  30. LINDY LOU April 6, 2018 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    Aw Julia, so sorry to hear the sad news about Poppy. You all must be devastated as our pets become part of the family. Take comfort in knowing that she had a wonderful life with you & your family. I will miss seeing the pics of her in your blogs. I’ve lost 2 cats over the years & it’s so difficult. Thinking of you.

    Linda xx

  31. Lynda lee April 6, 2018 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear you have lost your beautiful Poppy, they break your heart, they are part of your family.

  32. Susanne Pallant April 7, 2018 at 12:08 am -  Reply

    How devastating for you all. Heartbreaking but she had an exceptionally long life and will remain in your hearts for ever.
    I have cried many tears for our and our children’s pets over the years but time does heal and you have those wonderful memories to share and to treasure. Sincerest sympathy.

  33. Jo April 7, 2018 at 12:12 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia sorry for your loss thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Jo x

  34. NORMA Roberts April 7, 2018 at 1:01 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia so sorry to hear of your dearly loved poppy going to sleep with the angels. My heart goes out to you.

  35. mila April 7, 2018 at 1:49 am -  Reply

    So sorry to hear of poppy’s passing. Losing someone is never easy and that goes for pets too, also family. I recall when my cat, Starbuck died it was heartbreaking watching him slip away too! I even took days off from uni with people making fun of that! It’s not easy but we have our memories! x Stay well and strong!

  36. Vanessa April 7, 2018 at 3:20 am -  Reply

    So very heartbreaking to read this Julia. It is devastating when our furries leave us to go to heaven but in time you will smile at all of the happy memories Poppy gave you. Sending you all a very big hug xxxxx

  37. Lyn shortman April 7, 2018 at 4:41 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia sorry to hear of your beautiful cat poppy she was a lovely cat and i love seeing your photos of both cats together you and your wonderful family will lovely memories of poppy from when she was a beautiful kitten and the mischief poppy got up to i lost my 2 cats last year Maisie.and then Molly in November we had them from cats protection they were beautiful cats and we miss them very much.xxxx

  38. Nikki April 7, 2018 at 7:03 am -  Reply

    Aww so sad that Poppy is no longer with you. It’s heartbreaking when we have to say goodbye to our fur babies. She certainly had a good long life, and I know how you feel as we had the same experience last year with one of ours. You gave her a good home, and she was clearly loved. Hugs! X

  39. Craig Rowe April 7, 2018 at 7:35 am -  Reply

    Lots and lots of love to you and the family Jules. Hugs, Craig xxx

  40. Peggy Goodman April 7, 2018 at 9:11 am -  Reply

    Love and Hugs go out to you and yours .
    We are a dog family but know the heart ache when you lose one of your own. It does get easier but it takes time.
    23 years is a good innings and you have green memories
    🌟🐱🌟🦋🌟

  41. Deborah Robinson April 7, 2018 at 9:15 am -  Reply

    Big hugs Julia it’s awful when you have to say goodbye,lost my jack Russell after 16 years last October…I’ve been looking through old photo s from years ago and it’s good therapy and brings back wonderful memories,lots of love Debbie x

  42. Linda Watkins April 7, 2018 at 9:20 am -  Reply

    Julia I know how sad you must feel, I had to have my last cat put down due to contracting cat peritonitis he was only 5, the pain is that of losing a member of the family, I can now look back and remember the good times with him, it does get better. you will never forget her, but at the moment it feels raw, so sad, thinking of you all xxx

  43. Joanna Downey April 7, 2018 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia, It has been quite a while since I replied to a post but I just had to acknowledge your saddest of news. Poppy was a beautiful & much loved cat who was so very important to you & your family, Wilfie included, & you are right when you say that many of us felt we knew her. We have been in the same situation more times than I care to remember, it really hurts & the words “Grief is the price we pay for love” are so apt. I have always aimed to ‘logic out’ bad times & knowing that we have given animals good lives when so many others suffer has got me through but ultimately i have had to just accept my loss & know that time will make things easier. Be kind to yourself. Love from Jo x

  44. Vikki Wilkins April 7, 2018 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    So saddened to read your post – i lost my little guy on Easter Saturday too. x

  45. Kim April 7, 2018 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, so sorry for you and your
    Family in the loss of little Poppy. Try to focus on the fact that she knew how loved she was by you all. Take care and be easy on yourselves. With much love from Kim x

  46. Hazel Snowden April 7, 2018 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    So sad to hear of Poppy’s passing. I have read about her in your blogs with interest, and know how much she was valued by you and your family. Thank you for such a lovely blog this week; it will have been difficult to write the words.

  47. Jenny Johnson April 7, 2018 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    So sorry Julia to hear about Poppy. We have been there many times. Too many times in fact and it never gets any easier. Lovely memories will help in time and you know you have her lots of love and a wonderful life. Hugs xxx

  48. Michele April 7, 2018 at 11:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia so sorry to hear of your darling girl Poppy’s passing. You must be devastated no words can help we lost our beloved Bella just over a year ago and still our hearts ache.
    Hold on to your memories and all those wonderful photos she was truly a Beauty!!
    Lots of love x

  49. Michele April 7, 2018 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    Apologies you have the message so many times I think something wasn’t working some where Oh technology! x

  50. Sandra April 7, 2018 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    So sorry to hear about Poppy. Their little lives are never long enough and I think a little bit of our heart goes with them. It was lovely she was at home and with her family. Big hugs and lots of love xx

  51. Susan Langley April 7, 2018 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    So sorry to hear you sad new Julia, my thought are with you and your Family. x

  52. Joanne April 7, 2018 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear about poppy.my cat died 4 years ago after having her for 17 years.i was so upset but look back on pics of her and memories now with happiness.just think what a lucky cat she was x

  53. Mary Rose Weir April 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm -  Reply

    We lost our beloved cat Les a few months ago in his 22 nd year . He died at home where he was born in our kitchen . Loved and mourned and stir here in the garden under an apple tree . Rest in peace all of our darlings

  54. Annie D April 7, 2018 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I was so sorry for you to hear of your beloved Poppy’s passing, you must be so sad. We lost our most handsome boy Bailey almost 3 years ago now, and I still miss him, but can now remember him and talk about him joyfully. He sadly passed on the 13th of June, and then on the 14th the Cockapoo puppy who now shares my daughter & son-in-law’s lives was born, & it is so lovely that Rodney shares some of Bailey’s traits! – so we take comfort thinking that Bailey has now come back to us as yet another “pampered pet”! Our pets have such wonderful lives & give us such pleasure that I am sure you will take comfort in that in remembering your beloved Poppy, xx

  55. carol parkes April 7, 2018 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear about Poppy i know how it feels to lose your beloved pet ,they are part of the family big hugs Julia xxx

  56. Hazel Edington April 7, 2018 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Sending you and your family love and hugs at this sad time . Will be watching on Friday xx

  57. Hilary April 7, 2018 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, so sorry to hear about the sad loss of Poppy. We too have an elderly cat, Lucy, who will soon be 19 and looks so like Poppy. I’m sure you will all treasure your memories of her. X

  58. Eleanor Wilton April 7, 2018 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    So very sad to read of your loss, she had reached a wonderful age. Your blog brought tears to my eyes as although my cat is 5 years off Poppy’s wonderful age, he is nonetheless showing signs of his age and at 18 onwards you can’t help but wonder how long you have them for.
    So wonderful that you were there for her when she passed away. Thinking of you at this difficult time Julia.

  59. Tanya mansfield April 7, 2018 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia, what a shock when I saw the photo at the start of your blog. I know how you feel, I was distraught when my first dog (Toby) died aged 16 many, many years ago. He truly was the first love of my life and was such a lovely dog – I still miss him to this day, so much so that I could never get another Cocker Spaniel again. So many dogs later I currently have a Schnauzer. You gave Poppy 23 wonderful years, much loved and she will never be forgotten. So sorry you have been so sad and yet still as ever, so professional. Perhaps put a special dedication to Poppy in your new novel. Take care Julia & sorry once again Tanya x

  60. Sue Allen April 7, 2018 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Awww am so sad that you have lost your precious Poppy. My gorgeous Ace passed away over a year ago and I still miss her very much. The only consolation for me was that like Poppy she passed away peacefully and I didn’t have to make the decision to have her put to sleep like I did with my other lovely cat, Mitsy. It must be a huge consolation for you that she had such a long life and was so loved. Xx

  61. Antoinette Browne April 7, 2018 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia, so sorry to hear you sad news of Poppy. I always enjoy reading your blogs and seeing your beautiful pet. Lots of love to you and your family. Antoinette. X

  62. Cherill Thompson April 8, 2018 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia
    It’s so sad when we lose a much loved pet like Poppy. People who haven’t had the love of a pet can’t understand that they all have personalities and really are part of the family. When the grief has eased you will remember all the lovely times and the joy she gave you. Take care.

  63. marilyn jones April 8, 2018 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Julia,
    As a spiritualist healer for the animal kingdom
    I will just say that you were both so lucky to share
    life together and please read the rainbow bridge
    poem of which there are several versions in existence
    one of which was sent to Pipa recently after her loss
    first there is love ,followed by such pain,until the joy
    of meeting once again .
    God bless

  64. Teresa Karasavvas April 8, 2018 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia and family, so sorry to hear about Poppy – our animals are all part of our family and when we lose them we are so devastated. I had a dog some years back for 17 1/2 years and it is hard to believe. In time you will think of all the good times you spent with Poppy.

    It is lovely that you had her company for so many years.

    Teresa

  65. Cherry April 8, 2018 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Poppy had a wonderful life with your family, Julia. I hope your happy memories will bring you comfort. Take care xxx

  66. Mo King April 8, 2018 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    So sad to hear Poppy has passed away my thoughts are with you I experienced losing my cat 3 years ago and I still miss himxx

  67. Norma April 8, 2018 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    I know exactly how you feel, as I was heartbroken when my cat Muffin died. Thinking of you xx

  68. Sue Smurthwaite April 8, 2018 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    So very, very sorry Julia. I know this is a cliché but I know exactly what you and your family are going through….it is such a sad and extremely difficult time for you all and my thoughts are with you, having been in the same position many years ago. She is at peace now and, I know, she will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to you all. God Bless xxx

  69. Hilary April 8, 2018 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, so sorry to read your sad news about Poppy. We have an elderly cat (Lucy – who looks so like Poppy) and whenever she is not eating we think her time is near. Poppy’s final resting place in your garden looks a lovely tribute to her. Thinking of you all. X

  70. Jane April 8, 2018 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    I am so sorry to hear your sad news; Your Poppy is just like our Gomez who we lost five years ago and still miss. It was good that you were all together at the end and you have some very happy and fond memories. Thinking of you. Jane x

  71. Kathryn Stewart April 8, 2018 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julia I feel for you all so much. I did leave a message on FB. I heard you say Poppy would be 23 and thought….wow. I remember when you got her and appeared shredded by her wee claws. You are so lucky to have been with her as she slipped over the rainbow bridge 🌈🌈 to join all our beloved pets. Tell her to avoid my cairn, Jack, he’s not keen on cats 😊😢. To others they are “just animals”, to us…..our world. You will never forget her but will get used to the sadness. Much love. 💕💕💕 Kathryn

  72. Allyson Howden April 8, 2018 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    I was so very sad, Julia, to hear about Poppy as being a huge cat lover myself, I’ve always loved hearing your anecdotes and seeing the pictures of your beautiful cats. Almost reaching 23 is a wonderful age for a cat, and she had a wonderful life with you, but I know it doesn’t make the pain of losing her any less. Thinking of you lots and sending a big hug.
    Allyson x

  73. Christine April 8, 2018 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Goodness me Julia, my heart goes out to you and yours for the sad loss of your darling Poppy. I had my Yorkie ‘ Tazzie Baby’ pass away in my arms over two years ago after 18 years. He too is at rest in our garden. I miss him everyday. Remember the good times.

  74. Debbie April 9, 2018 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia I am so sorry to hear about your beautiful cat Poppy, she reached a wonderful age. Due to your great love and care i’m Sure. Love Debbie. Xx

  75. Karen Murphy April 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Sending you love and a huge hug. Bless Poppy and wishing her peace in cat heaven. Love never dies.xxx

  76. Nina Turley April 10, 2018 at 8:28 am -  Reply

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I heard you say the other week about Poppy and how old she was, and thought how amazing that a furbaby was going to be a grand old age. There is nothing like the love of a cat, and I know exactly how you are feeling as Poppy was no doubt a big part of your life and your family. She will be furever with you, your beautiful fur angel. xxxx

  77. Judith Lennon April 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I was really very sad for you when I read your blog. We do love them as family and it is incredibly hard when we lose them. We lost our grand dog two weeks and I miss her so much. We all cried at her passing. It’s just heartbreaking. Thinking of you as so many people are. Take care. Judith x

  78. Christine April 10, 2018 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Sorry to hear about poppy it is such a shame losing a pet.
    Christine X

  79. Gayle April 10, 2018 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia so sorry to hear about your little cat poppy my thoughts are with you
    Love and best wishes to your lovely family gayle x

  80. Lynda Whitham April 10, 2018 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear about your Poppy, my Mimi was the same age!! It’s not easy Julia, think of the fun you’ve all had with your beautiful puss cat 😿😻 x

  81. Caroline April 12, 2018 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, your beautiful Poppy.
    I know exactly how you feel.
    We sadly, had to say goodbye to our beautiful golden cocker spaniel Sam just 7 days ago. He was 12 years & 8 months old. Their loss is devastating & truly heartbreaking. He was our baby. He was such a big part of our lives. He never left him in all that time, it didn’t matter that we never had a holiday. All that mattered was Sam.
    The house feels so empty now. It’s just not the same.
    Pets give you so much love ❤️ & happiness.

  82. Elizabeth keenan April 12, 2018 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    Just catching up with your blog
    So sorry Julia for the loss of your lovely Poppy,
    Feeling so sad for you all its terrible when you lose a beloved pet, we had our miniature snauzer dog for 17 years and after all these years we still miss him he was part of the family. 😢
    Take care Julia
    Much love
    Elizabeth 💜

  83. Fiona Beattie April 12, 2018 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    So sorry for your loss Julia & family. A lovely tribute to a beautiful pet. God bless xx

  84. Christine snell April 12, 2018 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Really sorry to hear your very sad news, I can feel your sadness through your blog.
    Until you have lost a treasured pet you won’t know the sadness that you feel when they are no longer around
    Much love to you all 💗 xx

  85. Suzy April 12, 2018 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julia, I am so very sorry about Poppy. I only found out today when the news popped up on your Skechers show. Believe me, I know exactly how you feel, having had many gorgeous cats leave my life over the years and one recently way before his time which has broken my heart. Lots of (((hugs))).

  86. Annette Roberts April 13, 2018 at 8:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    So sorry for your loss, Poppy looks absolutely beautiful in the photographs you have put on this blog. Anyone who has ever lost a pet will know your heartache losing your companion of so many years together. We all feel as though we know her so well.

    Poppy has a beautiful forever place in your garden and will be watching over you all.

    My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a beloved pet. I can still remember Bobby after so many years, his eyes said it all, he’d had enough. The kindness of the butcher who gave us a piece of steak for his beefy dinner the night before for free with tears in his eyes when he knew what it was for. Then the Vet who was marvelous throughout when she came to the house and the beautiful words she wrote in the card she sent in the days following.

    I have sent you a card and hope you like the words I have written…I have also enclosed a photo which I hope will bring a smile to your face, although I may get a telling off!!!

    Big hugs and much love
    Annette xx

  87. Angela Dunne April 15, 2018 at 1:23 am -  Reply

    I am so sorry Julia, that your lovely Poppy has gone over the rainbow bridge.I understand your pain,I have lost a few cats, the last one was 2 1/2 years ago, poor Tiger-Lily was only 4 years and it still hurts.Sending lots of Love x

  88. Tania E April 15, 2018 at 3:16 am -  Reply

    Oh Julia I am so very sorry about Poppy. I am writing this with my eyes full of tears. My heart goes out to all of you. What a beautiful cat and what a lovely life you gave her. It is truly heartbreaking losing a beloved pet. I am sure you and your family will be there for each other and will be able to remind each other of the love, joy and laughter she brought you. Lots of hugs x

  89. Val April 22, 2018 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to read today that you have recently lost your beautiful cat Poppy and it brought back the tears today as only yesterday I lost one of my precious cats. It is hard one gets so attached to the little characters who over so much love and share your home.

  90. Gillian Watkins April 23, 2018 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Tears in my eyes as I read your blog about your wonderful girl poppy I already knew as I sent you a message on Instagram, how this change your world I have lost several wonderful cats also and every morning I talk to them feel that they are here in my home still. My sadness and love with you and family always.

  91. Geraldine carron April 25, 2018 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Julia I am so sorry for the loss of your cat poppy I have just got a new cat called dinky she is five years my old cat died 14 years ago of diabetes I love watching you on qvc from Geraldine carron

  92. Sue lee May 10, 2018 at 12:47 am -  Reply

    So sorry to read about Poppy, Julia. Hugs to you.Suex

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