Friday, February 22, 2019

When Hearts Break: Katie and Waffles On Death and Dying



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

KATIE:  Waffles, we lost some very dear kitty friends this past week.

WAFFLES:  Well shouldn't we go look for them? You know, make some signs and stuff?


KATIE:  No, Waffles. Signs aren't going to bring our friends back. And they're not really lost. They're 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 Boss, 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.


Always In Our Hearts
There have been a number of cats in the blogging community that we've had to say goodbye to recently. Many of us started blogging around the same time. For us, it was way back in 2009. So it seems some of our fellow blogging felines are reaching the age where health becomes a concern. It's a sober reminder of how fragile life can be. And when another blogger's heart is broken into a million pieces, our hearts break for them too.

To the cats we've lost and their loving humans,
Your light shines brightly in our hearts today and always.
♥︎

42 comments:

  1. What a touching blog post. We began blogging back in 2008 and Mom Paula feels she is losing her own cats because she's followed so many of theses cats for the past 11 years. It's sad for those of us left on this Earth, but we know they are healthier and happy at the Bridge.

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  2. I've felt so guilty, in the midst of mourning Sammy, Only, and Wally, because of my guys, thinking "Never 2 without 3," and feeling si relieved but horrid the Death Cycle passed my guys this time 😔 and I'm so sorry, can't imoagine or fix the grief they feel

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  3. What a sweet way of acknowledging the friends we've lost. <3

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  4. I don’t blog, but I have lost a lot of furbaby friends on Facebook lately. Since I got my first cat in 2001, I have lost 4 cats and I remember them every day. All of them lived to be at least 10 years old. I have one 12 year old cat now that isn’t doing well, he scratched his cheek rubbing it against something in September, and after 2 weeks of the cone and antibiotics, it got better, then right before Christmas he reopened the area, more antibiotics and cortisone and has been in the cone since. The vet says it’s really healing slowly but is worried that he may be resistant to the antibiotics. He’s eating and acting ok, but he has really slowed down. He is 12, and if he gets any worse we will have to consider quality of life. He sees the vet next week, but I am not optimistic as the wound is still draining. Prayers are appreciated. I also have two other cats , one is a very young 16 year old, and the other is 10 and has had asthma the past two years. I have my paw prints ornaments of all my deceased cats and dread having to have any more. I bought a plot at a pet cemetery and have all their ashes together there. One of my favorite Facebook pages is Clark Kent, super kitty. He is at the bridge and welcomes all the new angels. He gives them jobs to do and his humom is a fascinating writer. It makes their passing so much easier as everyone’s pets make appearances from time to time. As he said, we should always look up as our babies are looking down on us.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Laurie. We're so sorry to hear about your kitty who's been having trouble with his cheek. Poor little guy...that's such a long time to be in the cone. We sure hope the medications kick in and he can heal. You and all of your kitties our in our prayers. Bless you. ❤️

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    2. Sorry to tell you that Artie passed away in his sleep on the 4th.

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    3. Oh, Laurie...we're so very sorry to hear about your Artie.
      Sending you our love and purrs.

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  5. Miss pops is 12 now and she too is slowing down, although she did manage to catch and kill 2 mice outside last week.

    It is sad to hear of so many of our friends who have passed recently. it does however ease the heartache a little to know how lived they were.

    julie and Poppyq
    xxx

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  6. A very emotive subject so well written about. Such sadness comes from such love and joy in those we hold most dear, and right we remember.
    Purrs
    ERin

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  7. We’re so sorry for all the losses. What a sweet blog honoring them!

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  8. It's been tough lately. But I think ya is right Katie - hearts are always big enough for more love.

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  9. Such a heartfelt post sweeties. Yes, we're so sad to see so many long time friends depart, but we'll never forget their friendship, kindness and love.

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  10. That says it so well for all of us, Katie and Waffles. When our friends leave us, the sadness and tears of the rest of us are there as we grieve with the families whose cats have gone on and left us waiting. We all of us know that we give and have given the best of family life we can, and that they are loved like the family they are. That is part of our comfort. That we did all we could. I will miss, and do miss now each one of the CB family cats- and my own.

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  11. The biggest memories really do only fit into our hearts. So well said. <3

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  12. Yes, this is a very trying time for many of us. I think you're right, our blogging furriends are just reaching that age where losses are inevitable.

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  13. I have the sads! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  14. Jack's memories are too big to fit in my heart, so they leak out my eyes all the time

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  15. Too much sadness. This is the hard part of being a blogger.

    The Florida Furkids

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  16. What a purrfect sentiment to the things we Squeedunk cats have been feeling. We haven't blogged as long, as much, or as intensely as many of our furiends have but we certainly love all the kitties we've met on the journey. We hurt too. We are sending gentle purrs to everyone who is missing a pet, whether it be one who recently left this earth, or one who crossed long ago. Z-girl has photos of all her former kitties and tells us about them often. They DO live on inside our big, furry hearts.

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  17. This is a wonderful post. We too have been sad this week with the losses to important kitties. Treasure those memories because life is precious and short.

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  18. well said....it is hard as we all feel like we are losing our own kitties and our hearts just break for our friends

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  19. Yeah, mum is feeling all bummed as these guys have been buddies with Derby from the beginning. There must be one hell of a party at The Bridge with all of these guys getting together again.

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  20. We started blogging back in 2005 or so, when we got Gemini and then we got Chey (who was almost three when we adopted her) and she became the voice of the blog. We still miss her almost two years later. She was a one of a kind cat.

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  21. A sad time indeed. Thinking about my beloved Scooby and Shaggy and my childhood confidant and companion Chom-Chom. Shaggy was the voice of my blog which began in 2005. Those were fun days!
    Scout is turning 14 in May, I've had him since he was 6 weeks old. Holding him especially close lately.
    -Lynne ps: drowning in snow here in Mpls.as I'm sure you know. Enough!

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  22. Since I've met Angel Wallly in the fur, I mourn him terribly, and The Island Cats knows that. That's being said, when a blogging friend runs off to The Rainbow Bridge, the sadness is very real, and deep, even if we've never physically met them or their humans. It's an interesting phenomenon.

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  23. Pumpkinpuddy here. We started blogging in 2010, and Wally and Sammy were amongst our first blogging buddies. So many of them have crossed the bridge in the last 9 years, I've lost count. Our hearts break for every one of them, but Wally and Sammy were really special to us. Their passing leaves a big hole. To every one missing furry loved ones, our hearts go out to you.

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  24. I do a lot of hospice fostering so losing a pet is something I deal with a lot. And it is no different when it is a foster who has just come into my home a short while ago. I grieve so deeply every time. But I find a lot of comfort with blogs like yours and facebook friends who share my grief and help me heal every time....enough to take in the next kitty who needs me. Thank you for sharing Katie and Waffles and your lives with all of us.

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    1. I love that you're doing hospice fostering. I'm planning on doing that as well; just need to have enough space--I live in a 1br apartment with three cats, but when I move, I'm going to get a place with a separate (pleasant) space for cat introduction purposes. It's a heartbreaking thing to do, but it's so needed. Every time I hear about a very old or ill cat who winds up in the shelter, it hurts me to the soul.

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  25. i am so very sorry for your loss. i dont deal well with death whether it be a human or a pet. i still mourn over the loss of my girl from 2 yrs ago.

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  26. this was a beautiful post. Yep, you, me and a number of others started within a year or so of each other.....when we started Cody was 2 and we began in 2009 as well. All of our babies are older........this is the worst part about blogging xoxo

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  27. Saying goodbye is so hard and we have really had a lot of losses recently. It is the hardest part of blogging. Your post was beautifully written and so very true,

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  28. This is a wonderful post. I started on Twitter and blogging in 2009 too and have lost too many furriends, both woofies and kittehs. Some of my original Twitter furrends are starting to get sick too. Even I've had my ups and downs. Those kitties, woofies and bunnies will always be in our hearts.

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  29. (Sorry, originally posted this comment on the wrong post.)

    It has been a sad week in the cat blogging community. I love that we're all here for each other, though. I know my fellow bloggers and the Paws and Effect fan community were incredibly supportive when I had to say goodbye to my sweet Siouxsie at age 19. She and her sister Sinéad were the original Paws and Effect bloggers. They also stepped up with all kinds of support when my Dahlia got sick with lymphoma and when Kissy died due to a one-in-a-million anesthetic complication after surgery.

    My Thomas, the last surviving member of the original Paws and Effect Gang, just turned 18.


    One of the hardest things about adopting a beloved animal companion is the fact that you're almost certainly going to have to say goodbye to them at some point in the future. It's a testament to the strength of all cat lovers (and all animal lovers in general) that they adopt, knowing that someday their heart is going to break. Much love to you, Katie, and Waffles, and to all the other people reading this.

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  30. It has been a hard week for the cat blogging community. I am a newbie, have only been blogging for 7 months - but the support and love of this community is astounding, and thanks go out from my heart to all of those trailblazers that made it what it is today. Purrs and prayers for our lost friends.

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  31. What a thoughtful and beautiful post ! It's a sad time for the Cat Blogosphere indeed. Purrs

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  32. Thank you for this thoughtful and beautiful post. We send love and sympathy to our grieving friends.
    xxoo
    Maggie

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  33. Dad and I think this is such an awesome, beautiful post. Dad just squeezed me a little harder than he usually does, and he says he's gotta just hold onto me a little tighter and hope my fifteen years are allowed to turn into 16, 17, 18 and more. His old buddy Orbit made it to about 22, so...

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  34. Beautiful post. We joined in Octopurr 2011, and have seen so many of our dearest pals go OTRB. It's hard to sign onto Twitter these days because there are so many heartbreaking tributes. Like what Cleo said...squeeze those will with us a little harder and a little longer.

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  35. Such a beautiful post! I was going to comment on your FB page that I'm thrilled to see your guys looking so well and sprightly. I followed you from the start, but haven't so much since I lost my own Katie 3 years ago (she was the spittin' kitten image of your own sweet girl). The loss was too devastating to see her face and sass here in the land of the still-pettable. I was so glad to be able to share Bohemian Catsody with my Katie's Grandma, who just saw and adored the new movie. She thought your version was brilliant, too! Keep on keeping on, Glogirly family. You are a precious touchstone!

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    1. Oh Karen...thank you so much for this. Your comment is so sweet. We're sorry about your own Katie girl. They sure do make lasting paw prints on our hearts. ❤️

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