Michelemarie - is there a chance DS would understand if you left Theo's blanket in it's place of honor for a while??? I'd certainly put the collar and bow on the tree - then after Christmas I'd put the collar, bow, and blanket somewhere special - all together.
BC - you are so fortunate that your babies have chosen their time and died peacefully.
One of my berthers here is a terminal cancer patient (now in a hospice in So.Cal). When he came here he had a young cat named Buddy - Buddy's joy in life was to see his person when he came home. As time went on Buddy's person spent more and more time in the hospital getting treatment and trying to keep his job going. A number of people who live on their boats here watched after Buddy, and one lady took special care of him. While his owner was hospitalized one time we found out Buddy was diabetic - and had to make decision to do nothing (oh God, that was so very hard). His person was so seldom here, and didn't have the money, and it was so far advanced that the prognosis was not good.
Inadvertently one of our campers ran over his hind legs one Saturday. We spent a day searching for him, found him, and DH had to take him to our vet on a Sunday. He was almost in tears when he called me to say that Buddy was waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for his person. I'm afraid it won't be long now - Buddy will be so happy to see him!