After Tucker died, I put away the most special things that were his. Some things, like his bowls, are being re-used for the other cats.
Others I still can't bear to look at. One item I probably won't ever be able to have again is a yarn ball. They were his very favorite toy, going everywhere with him around the house. (He was cremated with a yarn ball, and the one in the photo is with his remains.)
A couple of months ago, I had another surprise of emotions when I found a smaller used carrier at a thrift store. Tucker's carrier was quite large (he was a big cat) and I'd wanted something smaller.
I was carrying the carrier around the store as I browsed, and I started to panic. The thought of donating or not using his old carrier made me upset. . .to the point of me putting the smaller carrier back on the store shelf.
Funny how those emotions can sneak up on you! I am not ready to remove his carrier yet, as I think of moments like these:
I can't imagine I'm alone in this, right? What things do you keep from pets that have left this earth?