Thursday, December 1, 2016

Saying Goodbye

We welcome pets into our homes for many different reasons, but everyone will agree that they greatly improve our lives and our well being.  The act of rescuing a pet and giving it a good home filled with a lot of love, is one of the most selfless acts we can ever do as human beings.


Eighteen years ago we rescued a cat named Izzy, who was quickly named Mistress (aka Ms. Kitty), and brought her into our first home in Haddonfield, New Jersey.  She and Lion instantly became the centers of our universe.


I can best describe Ms. Kitty as one of the most inquisitive, smart and very in-tune cats that I've ever come across in my lifetime.  She was always near me in the kitchen, watching me prepare our lunches and dinners, as well as desserts. Her favorite spot in the entire house was resting in front of my giant spice rack.  We used to joke that she was judging my technique and recipes, to make sure I wasn't skipping steps or messing things up.  

I can't tell you how empty my kitchen, my home and our lives feel without our kitty by us.  Believe it or not, she was a very important part of this blog because of her presence.  Letting go of that love and that companionship has been the hardest thing for us.


Our pets are members of the family, and in this lifetime, as parents, we make the promise to love them dearly and provide them with the best possible care. When it is time to say goodbye to our loved ones and make our peace, that love will continue to be there in our hearts.  

Ms. Kitty, you're going to be greatly missed.    

18 comments:

  1. She's beautiful. Deepest sympathy.

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  2. So very sorry for your loss, David. </3

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  3. Oh David - so sad. Thanks for sharing this with us ever so graciously.

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    1. It was the least I could do for my baby.

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  4. Dear David, My heart breaks for you! A few years back our little Muzzetta who looked a lot like your Izzy passed away. Its funny how these little pets of ours become part of our families and lives. Hugs to you! Janet

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  5. David: I am so sorry for your loss. My kitty Jack often jumps up on a counter stool to watch me cook and I always say, "oh I see you are here again for your cooking lesson." Pets are just like family, but with little back talk (i.e the best!). I hope you find a new furry friend, in due time, but for now keep Ms Kitty's memories in the forefront of your mind. Take care, ~teri

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    1. Thank you for that, Teri. It means a lot to us right now. ❤

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  6. Oh I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Kitty. She seemed like such a sweet little girl who liked being near you. My heart breaks for your family.

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    1. Thank you, and yes, she loved being near us at all times. I keep expecting to look up and see her again....

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  7. That face says it all! What a beautiful cat she must have been to have around.

    I can only think of my elderly cat who is also 18 and the precious time I have left with her. Will be giving her a big hug and kiss while thinking of your kitty cat. I'm sorry for your loss.

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    1. Kevin,

      Her face was everything. What I wouldn't do to be able to snuggle up against her forehead and giver her kisses like she used to like. It's still hard for me. It really is.

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  8. I am so sorry for your loss. She was so beautiful, and well loved.

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    1. Thank you, Leefr56. She was well loved.

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