The Ninth Life (Updated)

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  1. Daryl, you brought tears to my eyes! It’s not easy saying goodbye to a pet. Thinking of you, Michaela and John!!!!

  2. Stumbled across your blog…so sorry about the pain you’re going through. There are many people who do not understand the unique and almost spiritual connection we can have with our furry friends. I independently rescue many kittys that are thrown out car windows onto my property…to be dispose of, and have had to say goodbye to many of them. Just know that your baby had a special life, because they got to share it with you. That kind of love…for 11 beautiful years is a precious gift.
    I send you my prayers for comfort. Allow yourself to grieve without hesitation or explanation, then use those memories as a stepping stone to maybe do something in her honor…like donate some kitty toys to the local shelter in her name.
    Sanity Rose

  3. I was with my mother when she took her last cat to the vet for the final time – poor thing was blind and the kidneys had shut down (diabetes.) I actually got a photo of her holding the cat, which she kept with her pretty much to her dying day.
    At least you can take comfort from the fact that his suffering is over.

  4. sanityrose — I have no idea how you came across this blog, but your comment was a great comfort to me today. Thank you so very much.
    EdT, thank you. How wonderful that she was able to keep her last beloved cat close to her heart til her own end of life. And I do take comfort from knowing that he’s not suffering at all now.

  5. Nothing I can add, really, of any substance, other than to say for the gazillionth time that I love you very much and I’m glad you are allowing yourself to grieve publicly (albeit via your blog). Hugs.

  6. I too just stumbled on this blog, and I have to say that was the most touching sendoff I’ve ever read. Although I never met Pounce, I feel as I do vicariously through my little old man, Bagheera. He’s been around for 22 yrs now (I actually helped his mother birth him) but is fading fast. I honestly don’t know what I’ll do when he’s gone. Every night he sleeps by my side, and each time I pray that when I awaken I’ll be I’m blessed with yet another day with him.
    I wanted to say, I think it would be the most beautiful gift to leave this world with those whom you love expressing their love for you so exquisitely. And because there is no feeling more comforting than to know you are loved, surely, if cats can smile, he had one then.
    best wishes, GK

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