July 29, 2009

Georgie

My kitty Georgie died this afternoon. I don't want to make a huge deal about it, because I realize he was a housepet and that he was elderly, but I'm in the mood to talk about him a little and so I will.

I got Georgie from a shelter in 1994 when I was married to my first husband, which means Georgie predates my current husband and all five of my children.

Kitten Georgie drying in the sun after a bath, in 1994 in the apartment I lived in during my first marriage. That's a sprouted avocado pit acting like a tree nearby. The avocado plant died in a later move, and I haven't successfully sprouted another pit. When my first husband and I decided to divorce, I was worried he would fight me for the cats. I needn't have been: he said, "YOU are taking the cats" and I said "Whew."



In this photo it is 1996, and Paul and I are living together in our first apartment. Georgie is holding a banana bread recipe for me while I bake.



Still in our first apartment, and by now Paul and I are married. Georgie is investigating the stock pot, and evidently I am baking cookies.



Here it's 1999, and Georgie is giving newborn Robert a careful sniffing the day we brought him home from the hospital.



It's 2005 and we've been living in our house for over 4 years. We have 4 children. Tolerant, patient Georgie allows baby Edward to lean on him and examine his collar.



This is his usual spot, in his favorite box on the desk next to my computer monitor. I buried him in it this afternoon, so my desk looks weird and empty.

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pseudostoops said...

Oh, Swistle. Sending you hugs and love love love.

Penny said...

I'm very sorry. I know how hard it is to lose a pet who is a member of your family and who has been your friend for a long time.

Dr. Maureen said...

Aw, Swistle, I'm sorry.

Courtney in FL said...

Big Hugs for you!

Linda said...

Oh, that was lovely to read. My pets are part of my family and I am dreading the day I bury any of them. My sympathies to you.

Annika said...

A pet is a member of your family. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Swistle. ((hugs)) Thanks for sharing with us.

Jess said...

I'm so sorry. How strange it must be to lose someone who has been with you for pretty much everything that's a part of your current life.

Nowheymama said...

I am so sorry.

I love the photo of Georgie holding the recipe card.

squandra said...

I'm so sorry, Swistle. What a lovely, perfect cat he was.

jen said...

Georgie was a beautiful kitty. It's amazing how tight their grip on our hearts can be. Hugs to you!

beyond said...

sorry for your loss. thank you for sharing a very beautiful tribute to georgie.

Jewels said...

You shouldn't feel like you can't make a big deal about it-- Georgie was a part of your family for a long time and he was special and important to you. (I tend to get very indignant when people say things like "it's just a pet" about, for instance, my cat). Anyhow, lots of love to you.

Thia said...

Many hugs!

Nicole said...

So sorry...

BunnyBear said...

I am so sorry hun. It's a terrible thing :( Hugs.

AnnetteK said...

Oh, dang, you made me cry. I'm so very sorry about Georgie. He looks like the sweetest cat.

Omaha Mama said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure things will feel strangely empty for a while. Maybe you could make a Georgie photo book with all of your awesome photos. They're even on sale at Kodak right now, I know how you love a good sale. ;0)
Hang in there.

Hotch Potchery said...

I'm very sorry to hear about Georgie. What a lucky cat to have been part of such a loving family.

You loved him, you make whatever deal of it you want!

Mimi said...

I'm sorry, Swistle. What a beautiful and sweet kitty.

Elizabeth said...

Oh, Swistle. I am so sorry. There is nothing like a really good cat.

Mommy Daisy said...

I'm so sorry! You've been through a lot with that cat. Pets are so special to us, and they share in these moments in our lives. They are truly part of our family, and I know you're sad to have lost him. That's OK!

Our current dog is my first pet. We got him a year into our marriage (today is our 9th anniversary) when we bought this house. I know it will be one of the hardest days for our family when we lose him. (BTW he was 1 1/2 when we adopted him, so I suspect it won't be too many more years.)

Whether we want it to be or not, losing a family pet is tough

Charese said...

I'm de-lurking to tell you how sorry I am to hear about Georgie. Losing our animal family members is never easy. Hugs and good thoughts go your way, Swistle!

aibee said...

Oh, Swistle.

I want to say more but all my brain is saying is, Oh, Swistle.

:(

I wish cats really DID live for nine lives. Then we'd never go though the pain of losing them.

xx

Girl from Pennsylvania said...

I don't comment often, but I have to right now.

Pets fill our hearts and our families with so much. My eyes are weepy for you.

HollyLynne said...

I'm so, so sorry. Big hugs!

Lora said...

I'm sorry for your loss. :-( It can be devastating.

Beth Fish said...

Oh it sucks when they go, I'm so sorry.

Hillary said...

I'm so sorry, Swistle. A cat that will help you bake is priceless.

Miss Grace said...

Oh I'm sorry!

Christy said...

Oh Swistle - I'm so sorry. I knew as soon as I saw the title of the post. I'll be hugging my Gumbo a little tighter tonight because of your beautiful post.

TheresaG said...

aw, what wonderful memories you have. I dread the day my two leave me.
and I agree with the other comments, you should be able to make as much a fuss over this as you want. They become part of our lives and our families, and leave a hole in our hearts when they're gone.
{{hugs}}

The Maiden Metallurgist said...

He may have been "just a housepet" but you loved him. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jenn Mc said...

So sorry. Nothing to say to make it better. Aren't orangies the best?
((Hugs))

Amy said...

Housepet or not, he was clearly an important part of your life. I am sorry for your loss.

Heather said...

My heart is breaking for you today. Even if you knew it was coming, he's been a big part of your family for a long time so it's ok to be upset. I'd be a blubbering mess.

I'd send you one of my homemade cards but I dont know where you live so I'm sending you lots of warm fuzzies instead.

bat7mess said...

I'm so sorry :( Having lost a furry member of my family after 14 years, I can truly sympathize. Big hugs to you!

The Frog said...

Made me cry too.

What a lucky cat to have had someone like you adopt him and create such sweet memories of your time together.

Kathryn said...

He was a beautiful cat! I'm sorry for your loss.

Today Wendy said...

I'm so sorry. He sounds like a really sweet cat (and super cute)

Katy said...

Man, you got me with that last part. Pets are really wonderful and I'm sorry that yours is gone.

alexis said...

Oh, so, so, so sorry. What a sweet kitty, and what sweet memories of him. I'm glad you talked about him. Cats are a wonderful thing.

Becky said...

I too am so sorry to hear about Georgie. He looks like he was an adorable cat.

Jana said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful kitty.

Natalie said...

Awww Swistle, your Georgie is like my Digit, in that she was with me during my first marriage (and I was all "phew" when he said I could take the cats too) and everything that came after that. She is twelve. And she is patient and tolerant too, and definitely part of the family. I'm sorry about your kitty.

I'm not crazy, just well mixed! said...

Oh, Swistle. I'm looking at my own Georgie Cat and feeling your pain.

I'm so sorry.

may said...

Oh, Swistle, I'm so sorry. Thinking of you...

Michelle said...

I'm so sorry. It's tough.

Joanna said...

That is a huge loss. I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye.

Janice said...

hugs...I'm so sorry.

Heather D. said...

Swistle, I am so sorry to hear of about Georgie. I know the pain of a beloved pet's death and I feel for you. You have been a good cat Mom to him!
Hugs to you

SarahO said...

Swistle, I am so sorry about Georgie. He had a wonderful life.

Jen said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Georgie. It's always very hard when loosing a pet as they (to me) are just as part of the family as everyone else. I lost two cats this past year so I know how hard it can be. I'll be thinking of you!

edbteach said...

((((((((Swistle))))))) Thank you for sharing about Georgie. He wasn't just a cat - he was a beloved member of your family.

Jenni said...

so sorry for your loss.

Erica said...

I'm so glad that it wasn't sudden and that you were able to lavish Georgie with extra shoulder time and love.

I'm sorry that he's gone, but I'm happy that the two of you found each other and had all those years together.

Tonight when I say my prayers, I'll be sure to ask that Georgie gets shoulders to lay across in heaven.

Rolling Off The Edge... Together said...

I am so sorry... this made me cry.

Nicole said...

So sorry for your loss. The fact that he pre-dates your husband and kids is huge. He has been a tremendous part of your life and you should write about it. He looks like my Murphy and the thought of not having him around for morning love or his evening violent love makes me verclempt.
So sorry.

Gina said...

I'm so sorry about Georgie! It's always hard to lose a pet, but when it's a pet like Georgie, it's even harder. I lost my first cat a few years ago, and he was the first pet that was mine - not my family's. Like you, he predated my husband and kids - he was family.

Jenny said...

Oh, this is sad. I'm so sorry. Even housepets deserve some sort of memorial and sadness from others when they go.

vague said...

So sorry, Swistle. That last one had me a little teary-eyed. It looks like Georgie was a great cat, and had a great life.

nevermelts said...

I'm so sorry :( He wasn't JUST a housepet. He was a sweet kitty. I'm glad you have all those pics.

Audrey said...

:( A sad day.

JK said...

I am so sorry for your loss. He was part of your family and the loss is very real. I lost my boy (cat) almost 4.5 years ago and I still miss him everyday.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear Swistle! Poor Georgie. If you are like me at all, Georgie was probably your first "child" before the kids came along. He was a member of your family, and I know he will be missed.

This post has me giving my kitty a little extra lovin' tonight. :(

salbilla said...

:(

kimberly said...

RIP Georgie. I'm so sad to hear he's gone. My kitty was born the same year and, for now, is still going strong.

halloweenlover said...

That's so sad, Swistle. I'm so sorry.

Southern jezeBelle said...

Housepets are children too! I know mine is. I'm so sad to hear this and so happy to know you gave Georgie all those extra pringles. :) Sending you love.

Nervous said...

Swistle, I'm so sorry. It's daunting even when you know it's coming. That was a lovely recap of his many years with you - I especially love the pic of him holding the recipe card, what a sweetheart. I'm glad he was able to live such a full happy life with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

i am so sorry. i put my elderly kitty to sleep july 4th weekend and it was 10 times harder than i thought it would be. i kept saying, its so silly i am upset"he's just a cat" but he was MY cat since I was 12 - and I turn 30 next week. It's sad. I am so sorry.

Jenipurr said...

I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye to your kitty. My oldest kitty is almost 19 years old and I am dreading the day when I have to do the same. A cat who's been with you that long, through so many life changes, is definitely not 'just a housepet', he was a member of your family. Big hugs of sympathy to you.

Angie said...

Oh, I'm sorry about your kitty. Our cat, that we'd had since 1995, disappeared earlier this year, and I am still feeling sad about it. Just a house pet, but part of the family and loved nonetheless.

Stacie said...

I am so sorry. Losing a pet hurts terribly.

Farrell said...

I'm so sorry, Swistle. I have a dog and a cat and I would be heartbroken, as I'm sure you are. My condolences.

Eleanor Q. said...

Oh Swistle, I'm so sorry for your loss. A housepet, a friend, a companion, a member of the family- all places he will be missed.

Marie Green said...

Oh, man, I needed some perspective, because as I type this David is in the office cleaning up where Coco has recently taken to peeing. She's had a previously perfect record with the litter box, so we were pretty mad...

But, now I'm thinking of Georgie and how much animals add to our lives.

Thanks for sharing.

donna said...

So sorry. You gave him a great life and that's the best any pet can hope for.

willikat said...

You are so lucky to have had such a sweet, loving pet. What a beautiful, wonderful friend. By that I mean you! You were a loving and wonderful kitty-mom. I am so heartbroken for you...hugs from me. Since I've been on kind of a crying jag today, I'm adding a few tears for you and Georgie.

misguided mommy said...

there is already a jillion comments but whatever. i am so sorry. cats are so hard, it's like losing a kid, your FIRST kid. my heart goes out for you. and the shoe box was the sweetest thing ever.

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

I'm sorry for your loss. But that was a wonderful photo memorial.

-Fiona and familiy

Kristi said...

Oh I am so sorry. I cried while reading this because I too have a kitty that predates my husband and kids and know I'll miss her dearly when she is gone.

Lots of BIG HUGS to you and your family.

J.L.S. said...

Delurking to say you got me with the shoe box. Well, actually you got me with an orange cat with a wonderful name. As one who has three cats, this was hard to read -- but he sure looked happy and it's clear he adored his family. Such a fitting tribute to bury him in what he most loved to rest in. Sorry to hear about your loss.

daysgoby said...

Sleep well, sweet boy.

God love the big yaller tabby kitties, they're the best.

He had a wonderful face.

Chraycee said...

Big hugs Swistle. It's terribly hard to lose a loved one - and pets definitely rank as loved ones.

Kira said...

I'm so sorry. He was lovely.

robyn said...

What a sweet boy. He knew you loved him.

DomestiKook said...

Beautiful tribute for a beautiful boy. My tears and hugs are with you. I'll give my Gus a little extra love tonight and remember to be grateful even when he drives me nuts.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss. Georgie looks like he was a wonderful companion and family member and will be greatly missed.

drhoctor2 said...

Delurking to extend my sympathies, Swistle..what a GOOD cat..may the earth be soft as down to him..
Make a fuss...our pets give us so much for so little.
I love all the photo's but the sniffing infant one is classic kittyness...

Alice said...

oh swistle, i'm sorry. this post had me choked up. the picture of young georgie sniffing robert.. oh my goodness. he may have been "just a housepet" but he was YOUR housepet, and a part of your life. hugs and hugs and hugs.

Kate said...

I'm so sorry, swistle. That was a lovely tribute to Georgie. Looks like he was a real sweetie!

I'm really sorry for your loss.

Clarabella said...

Aww, Swistle, I'm so sorry, but what lovely memories you have AND have photographic evidence of.
I missed this post in my reader earlier and was wondering over SamanthaJo's tweet about bursting into tears over something you posted. Now I've gone and done the same thing (burst into tears).
Losing a pet is hard. I hope you bask in those memories (and maybe bake yourself some condolence cookies in remembrance of Georgie.)

sagessa said...

Swistle,

I'm so sorry to hear about Georgie. your photo essay of him was lovely.

Whimsy said...

Oh Swistle,

I'm so very sorry about Georgie. I loved hearing about him, and can clearly see all the joy and kitty-love he brought to your life. I just adore seeing the pictures of him - what a sweet little man he was.

Kathy said...

15 years was too short a time to love your wonderful Georgie. *hugs*

Stacia said...

Oh hon, I am so sorry. Georgie looks like a great cat and you obviously gave him a wonderful home.

We also got a kitty in 1996, and we buried him 2 months ago, so I know how you feel *hugs*

Kristi said...

I'm very sorry about the empty spot on your desk. And in your heart. Pets matter.

jac said...

I am sorry - he looks like a lovely, patient, tolerable cat. And especially helpful with the baking, which is where I find most cats lack that extra edge.

DCMomma said...

Oh swistle I am so sorry for your loss.
Georgie will be missed! I love the pic with
the recipe card.

Erin said...

Lots of good memories from your little buddy. I'm very sorry.

ccr in MA said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. It just hurts, the hole they leave behind.

g~ said...

They have a way of worming in, don't they? Sorry for your loss.
g~

Cookie said...

Sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose a friend.

Buster said...

I'm so sorry. But I am glad he was well-loved while he was here.

clueless but hopeful mama said...

Oh no. I'm so sorry Swistle. That just made me cry (and I'm a dog person who doesn't fully understand cats!).

StephLove said...

RIP, Georgie. He was beautiful and well-loved.

el-e-e said...

We love you, Swistle. So sorry about Georgie. :(

CAQuincy said...

Oh, dear Georgie. What a wonderful kitty. I'm sorry for you and your family. Beautiful eulogy. :-(

marybt said...

I'm sorry about your cat.

It sucks when your pet dies. :(

Michelle said...

Swistle - I am so sorry to hear about your Georgie. Sending you hugs and warm fuzzy thougths!

Tess said...

Oh, I'm sorry. It's the part where he predates all five children that got me.

tracynicole22 said...

So sorry for your loss. It's so sad, pets really are part of the family. Sending hugs your way.

dramamama said...

I am SO sorry! Bear and I lost our Clovis cat a couple years ago. He was our first pet together, and he predated our marriage and our children. It was so hard. *hugs*

Christine said...

Rest in peace Georgie. Swistle, I am so so sorry. It's so hard, no matter if we know it's coming or not. Thinking of you and Georgie today, he had a good life and was so loved.

Lawyerish said...

Oh. I am so sorry. What a sweet, good kitty.

desperate housewife said...

I am so sorry you lost a friend today. Hugs to all of you.

Emily said...

Sorry to hear about Georgie. Pets are like members of the family too, so I know it's hard.

Jennifer Lee said...

Sending you hugs--it is so sad to have a loved pet die.

Shelley Malone said...

My heart goes out to you.

Mar said...

What a happy cat he must have been. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Best, Mar.

Anonymous said...

Bye bye Georgie, we will miss you.

*hugs*

Becky said...

Geez, I'm blubbering like a... well, like a pregnant lady who loves cats, I suppose.

I'm so sorry about Georgie.

Kristin H said...

Oh, I'm so, so sorry. He looks like a wonderful friend.

Cagey (Kelli Oliver George) said...

So sorry about Georgie. Furry family members are the best and I am sure he will be sorely missed. :-(

Gretchen said...

I am so sorry to hear about your dear kitty. What a lovely tribute to him! Thank you for sharing.

Laura said...

So sorry...the picture of Georgie as a kitten ripped my heart right out of my chest. I'm glad you shared.

Tonie said...

This was a lovely tribute. I have found this poem so comforting when faced with loss, that I want to paste it here for you - even at the risk of sounding like the woo-woo "poetry" person.

In Blackwater Woods -by Mary Oliver

Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars

of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,

the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders

of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is

nameless now.
Every year
everything
I have ever learned

in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side

is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

Jen in MI said...

*hugs* Pets are very important! I enjoyed looking at Georgie's history with you-so sweet!

kittymoo said...

Oh, poor Swistle! I treat my two cats like children, and will be devastated when they go. My heart goes out to you! And for Georgie, who seems to have had a wonderful life, but would have loved to have as many years as you will.

Pickles and Dimes said...

I am so sorry, Swistle. What a wonderful tribute to Georgie. He seemed like a cat with a gentle soul and a good sense of humor.

Please don't feel like you can't talk about it because it is a big deal. If anything, you can email me a BOOK about Georgie and I would read it because I love hearing about people's pets so much.

I love that you buried him in his favorite box, and I especially love that photo of him holding the recipe card.

carrie said...

I'm so very sorry. We lost a kitty a few months ago - they really do become part of the family. I'm glad you talked about Georgie and shared some of your memories with us. He was beautiful! The pic of him holding the recipe card is priceless!

If the kids are missing him - the book Cat Heaven is a great little book that helped my girls. They like to think our cat is up eating tuna out of white saucers up on the countertops in Heaven with all the other kitties.

Hugs to you!

Megan said...

So sorry about Georgie. I can't help but tear up because I know how much that kind of loss affects a person. Even if it was time and he had a good life and blah blah blah it still just really sucks. I'm sorry.

Betsy said...

So sorry for your loss. Georgie was a good friend.

rebcram said...

Oh, I am so sorry. Looks like you and Georgie went through a lot together. I know he'll be missed... and I hope you are OK.

Shelly said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Georgie is gone. He was a beautiful cat and was with you a long time. I'm glad you had those last months to lavish him with love. And that picture of him holding the recipe card is unreal! What a great cat.

cindy said...

So sorry. Georgie must have been a such a sweetie.

Abbie Dahl said...

I'm so sorry about your loss. Sounds like Georgie was an important part of your life... through both good and bad. I'm sure you wil miss him terribly.

Hillary said...

I'm so sorry. Losing a pet is terrible, and Georgie looks like he was a very sweet cat.

Stephanie M said...

Thank you for sharing your memories of him with us...I'm sorry for your pain and loss.

Brooke said...

I'm so sorry. Sometimes pets aren't JUST pets. Recently my dog got a mysterious infection, and early on it looked like we were going to have to put her down. She is only 7 and she was not in apparent pain; she jumped around and ate like a champ. I fretted and cried. She is OK now (the doctor was all surprised and I was all, you let us spend all that money thinking she was going to die anyway?), but I feel your pain a little. Take care of yourself.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry. I have two cats approaching elderly and I can
hardly stand the thought. I hope
the empty spot on your desk is
soon filled.

Kate said...

So sorry to hear this. And I agree with the others, please, make a fuss, pets are such an important part of our lives. He was such a beautiful kitty.

rebecca said...

He is the spitting image of my Frodo. He was a beautiful cat and he obviously got to live many wonderful years with a family that loved him. I love the picture where your son is inspecting his collar. Sorry to hear about your loss. They do leave a mark in your heart, don't they?

Barb @ getupandplay said...

I am sorry for the loss of your long time companion and pal.

Jodi said...

Hugs to you. My kitties are my favorite animals ever.

rockygrace said...

I'm so sorry.

annenahm said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Snoopyfan said...

What a wonderful tribute to your very special boy. Now I must pull myself together so the kids don't ask me why I am crying.

RIP Georgie, I am sure it is all fresh catnip and sunbaths in heaven.

gingermaxim said...

I am so so sorry for your loss. Our pets are members of our family, please feel free to grieve and talk to us about him all you want.

Sundry said...

Oh, I'm sorry. I give my cat hell all the time, but I know it's going to break my heart when she dies.

suddensilence said...

Swistle, I am *so* sorry -- my heart goes out to you. What a beautiful tribute to Georgie!

~ Wendi

Misty said...

This is lovely. Thank you for sharing him with us.

St said...

What a perfect cat. I love the pictures. So so sorry.

Susanica said...

What a beautiful tribute Swistle. So many things I wish I could say but all I can think of is to say that your pain is real and your loss profound. So sorry. -Monica

Melinda said...

Swistle, I am so sorry to hear about Georgie. You did a lovely tribute to his funny patient cat self. Hugs to you and your family.

Betty M said...

My sympathies - pets can be like great friends

ColorCodedC said...

I'm sorry to hear about Georgie, Swistle. He looked like a sweet and loyal friend.

d e v a n said...

I'm so sorry about Georgie! I'm glad he gets to sleep in his favorite box forever.

the Snarky Lady said...

I'm sorry about Georgie. :(

val said...

I'm sorry for your kitty. I consider my cats my furchilds so I'd be very upset. It sounds like he had a nice long life.

Morrigan said...

What a moving tribute to a beloved member of your family. Georgie was as lucky to have you in his life as you were to have him. I'm so sorry for your loss.

minnie said...

oh :(
i'm so sorry abut your kitty.
He had a happy life with you!

bluedaisy said...

I think pets are essential members of the family- it so amazing that Georgie was with you thru so much!!
Apparently, based on 160-some comments, we all get it :)
Lots of love!!

marty said...

Delurking to say I'm sorry. What a handsome boy.

shygirl said...

Oh, Swistle. We just went through this ourselves and I'm still reeling, but I want to say: heartfelt hugs, and lucky, lucky Georgie for having such a wonderful family. How good and joyous to bring a cat into your life and love him so much. I firmly believe that affection makes the world a better place, and in a way, the deep sadness is a reflection of the deep affection you've given (and are still giving, even now). Well done, even though this part sucks, because affection wins the day. (These thoughts have been comforting me and so I wanted to share them; I hope it's not coming off all assvice-y.)

Emma said...

I lurk, reading your blog and occasionally finding such truth in what you say a tad uncanny.

I am so sorry that Georgie is gone - judging by the way you speak of him and the beautiful pictures, he was much adored and will always be loved.

xx

Jenz said...

Delurking to say I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved kitty.

Sarah said...

I'm so sorry Swistle. I hope the pictures and memories (and comments from anonymous readers) of Georgie can comfort you.

Sam said...

I'm so sorry, Swistle. A good cat is a treasure. It sounds like Georgie was a very good cat indeed.

Merrily Down the Stream said...

It is so sad losing a pet - ever faithful friends that we quite literally grow with. Sincere sympathies.

Sam said...

I am so sorry that Georgie is gone. Cats are wonderful friends.

Katie said...

That last photo and caption made me cry. I am so sorry. I think I had such a hard time losing our dog last year because she sort of represented my youth...my pre-mommy days. And it felt like I was just that much older and different than I was when I got her. I don't know. But your post made me feel the same way. I am so sorry you lost your dear friend....

MzEll said...

Sweet boy... We're thinking about all of you, Mz. Swistle. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures... He's got good friends wherever it is that he is going...

Kim said...

My sincerest condolences. There's a purity to the love we share with our feline family members and I'm sorry that you're grieving. Wishing you peace.

Lippy said...

So so sorry for you. He looks very much like our Chloe. I think the orange cats make a house feel so homey.

Melissa Haworth said...

Very sorry to hear about Georgie. Take care.

Kelly said...

Oh I'm so sorry. I totally believe in cat heaven so I'm sure he's frolicking about in the great kitchen in the sky. there is something about orange cats, isn't there? I had one growing up and he had the coolest personality ever. There is that same silly spark in the pictures of Georgie. He was adorable. that was a beautiful post. If I believed in reincarnation, I would want to come back as a cat in your house. He knows how much you loved him and that doesn't go away. Ever.

Julie said...

Losing a pet is horribly sad. They have special qualities that people never can fill. It effected me for weeks when I lost my sweet Chloe', and I suspect you will feel it for some time, too. It looks like he was a great kitty. So sorry, Swistle!

Safire said...

Awww I'm sorry. It's hard to loose a pet after so long.

Rah said...

So sorry, Swistle. Thank you for sharing your memories.

nicole said...

I'm sorry he is gone. He seems like a pretty much perfect pet.

Melissa R said...

So sorry to hear that you've lost your friend, Georgie. He sounds like he was a great cat and you will obviously miss him a great deal.

Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

Awwww Swistle...I'm so sorry. What a loss. Yes, our lives are never the same after losing a pet we've had for such a long time. I too have a kitty from a first marriage. He's 15.5 and pre-dates my husband and kids and I'm going to be lost without him, as I'm sure you feel about Georgie.

I hope your heart heals quickly and you can remember the warm purring love he gave you for so long.

Sally said...

So, so sorry about your kitty but glad you have pictures and your memories of him to keep always. It's so hard to lose such a big part of your family and your HOME. (That was the worst part for me when we had to put our beloved old dog down. He was ALWAYS waiting at the door everytime I came home . . .) My sympathies on Georgie's loss.

Bring A. Torch said...

Oh my gosh, what a great kitty. (The recipe card!) Looks like he was very happy being part of your family. Sending hugs your way.

Tina G said...

Oh. I am so sorry. (((HUGS))) from a fellow cat-lover. RIP dear Georgie.

Mom et al said...

Swistle, I'm so sorry for your loss. You have made such a lovely tribute for your kitty.

Katie said...

Oh, Swistle. Even when you know it's coming, it's so hard to lose a pet. Sending you lots of hugs and chocolate chip cookies.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry, Swistle. Sending hugs your way.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

So sorry Swistle.

Fay said...

Swistle I am so, so sorry. I lost my 15-year-old, predated-EVERYTHING cat Einstein in May. On Mother's Day. It sucks and I'm glad Georgie had such a good Mama. :)

Stimey said...

I'm so sorry. Georgie looks like he was a really nice cat. It's so sad to lose our furry family. I'm sorry.

Dynamita said...

I am very sorry for your loss. Hug.

Haley said...

So very sorry to hear that. It is very hard losing a pet.

Shelly Overlook said...

Sorry to be late (just got back into town), but I am so very sorry to hear about Georgie. My heart is with you!

Joanne said...

Oh, these heartbreaking pets of ours! I never had a pet since I had children, and it is dawning on me how much harder that would make it. You are in my thoughts, as is Charlie. Hang in there, sister.

Jess said...

Oh sweetheart I'm so sorry. Pets really are members of the family. Thanks for sharing this.

Hillary said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Christina said...

I'm so sad to read this, Swistle! Thank you for sharing this look down memory lane of your life with Georgie! I love the picture of him calmly holding the recipe card, my cat would never stand for that!

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