Saturday, January 4, 2014

Remembering with love

I often receive comments about being a cat-sitter and how much fun that must be for a cat-lover. Well, it is fun and it is so rewarding to be able to make a stay-at-home kitty's life comfortable and less stressful while their owner travels. Some of my clients have been under my care for years and have become almost like my own. I love them and think of them often.  But, just like most jobs (can I call it that?) there is a down-side to it. Some of my clients move away and some of the cats pass on. It is very hard to hear that one of my charges has died. I am flooded with memories of our times together knowing that I will not see them or hold them again. It is very emotional for me.

2013 was no different as I lost two of my favorite cats quite suddenly. If you have been following for awhile you will know these handsome faces.

Darling old Max, a treasure of a cat.

I cared for him for many, many years and he was an amusing little fella. He wanted to be independent and would patrol his woods behind his house by day. At night though, he wanted to cuddle up with his owners and be safe and warm.
He made me laugh out loud when I would carry him or we would snuggle on a big chair. He had a purr that would be heard in the next town over. I'll not forget him ever.
Me & Max

 Yes, my darling Bud. He is gone now and I can't drive by his home without tearing up. He was a wonderful cat full of personality and charm. He is the white cat on my header because I just wanted him there. Buddy was that special to me.
He would flop at my feet and demand a brushing and then roll and drool like a fool in ecstacy. I just ache thinking about never holding him again. He was a fine cat and I will miss him so much.

Losing our beloved Ed only weeks ago has made the loss of these two wonderful cats even deeper. You'd have to be the Iron Lady to not be affected by it all.
So, with a very heavy heart I wish for these two wonderful cats, and of course our beloved Ed,  to rest in peace now and I am so grateful to have been a part of their life. I will close their files now and keep them wrapped in a ribbon. Inside there are many notes and photos that will be reminders of how wonderful these little felines were and how they worked their way so deep into my heart.

My condolences go out to their owners who miss them more than words can describe.

hugs, Deb


  1. Wow, I am sorry about your loss. You have loving memories of Max, Bud and Ed. Take care and stay warm, enjoy your weekend!

  2. I am so sorry to read about these precious kitties passing away. It is always so hard to lose a beloved furry friend. Is it because of Bud that you wanted a white soft kitty?

  3. It's always hard to lose one of our fur children, even if they are "adopted". You do such a wonderful job with the cats in your care.

  4. It never gets any easier, does it. I was tearing up just reading about your losses. These cats were so blessed to have not just loving families but a friend like you to take them into your heart, as I'm sure they took you into theirs. They'll still "live" in memories, which are the best memorials IMO. So many cats (& even people) don't have anyone to grieve after their passing. Max & Buddy & Mr Ed are among the lucky ones who do.

    Marty in PA

  5. Oh, Deb, I know it is so hard. I, too, lost 2 beloved cats, one to old age, the other to a freak vet incident (which is doubly as heartbreaking). But I have 7 loves left to care for so for this I am very thankful. The best to you and your family for the new year.

  6. They are beutiful, sweet and funny little souls.

  7. Such sweet souls indeed.....blessings to these little darlings...this is the difficult part to have loved.....

  8. It is never easy and it shouldn't be for those who love these wonderful furbabes so very much. I gasped when I saw Buddy. I only *knew* him through your blog, but I will miss your visits with him. Wishing all well and much peace.

  9. I can imagine how difficult it must be Deb.

    Love, Madelief x

  10. So very sorry for you and the owners of these spectacular cats. They will always live in your heart.

  11. What a lovely post Deb, you really honour their lives remembering darling Ed, unforgettable Max & Buddy, with such love it´s so moving...The detail of their files wrapped in a ribbon...I´m tearing up. What a special sweet lady you are! how lucky all the kittes in your charge were and are! and how lucky me to have met you! God bless you♥

  12. What a lovely post Deb. We sure miss our pals when they are gone.

  13. You are a very special lady and a blessing to all the furry friends who are privileged to know you and feel your love. xx

  14. Very sad, indeed...
    You truly are a wonderful person, Deb....I mean it!
    And....yes....I will be watching Downton tomorrow night....
    Also waiting for Doc Martin to come you watch that one?

    Linda :o)

  15. So sorry these two beautiful cats (and of course Mr. Ed) are gone! What handsome boys. They just never live long enough, our pets.

  16. You are an amazing cat lady, and I love what a softy you are. I'm so sorry you have lost your purry friends this year. I hope it warms up for you soon. I can't imagine that kind of cold!

  17. The worst part about loving animals is losing them. Just remember the joy and comfort you have brought them, and how wonderfully they reciprocated. You were lucky to have them, and they were blessed to know you.

  18. Three grand cats, your Ed and these two fellows.