Good Night, Sadie

February 19th, 2012

This weekend, I had to say good bye to my dear friend of 14.5 years, Sadie. Gosh, I miss her so much already. She was such an amazing cat, more person than cat sometimes. Andrew and I were able to be with her in her final moments as she passed peacefully into the great kitty beyond.

I will miss her monster purr, her insistent snuggle, the way she wedged herself between Andrew and I in bed, with her head on the pillow and her body under the covers. I will miss her feisty personality, the way she loved up the other kitties, her passion for food, and the way she dropped Space Ghost at my feet every day, as if she had just caught and killed some prey.

She really was a special animal. I feel so lucky to have been her cat mommy. My heart hurts so badly right now, but I know the pain I feel just shows how much I loved her.

I painted a little piece of her sleeping today. It made me smile. And cry a bit too.

Sadie, we will all miss your beautiful presence. You were a special cat. Thank you.

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I’m so sorry, Leah. We lost our Hobbes last year at 17. And even though we still have a house full of cats, she is deeply missed.

Sending huge hugs for the loss of your sweet fur baby xxxx

I am so sorry for your loss. May your heart mend in peace.

I am so sorry for your loss, Leah. I am happy that you had her for as long as you did, and that she will live on in your heart. I lost my Winston in 1996 and still think of him daily. xoO

Hi Leah,

So sorry to hear of your loss, but I gotta tell you, that little girl of yours gets cuter every time I see her.


I’m so sorry for your loss. Sadie’s special place in your heart and family comes through in your tribute. Hugs.

My heart goes out to you. Several years ago, I lost my beloved Dog (yes, he was a cat) who was just a month shy of 19. I watched as he grew from a kitten, to a teen, to an adult, then turn into an old cat. He never stopped loving me, and I missed him so much, I refused to even entertain the thought of getting another cat for at least four years. Now I have a blog that celebrates the icon that replaced Dog.

I know the pain and hurt are still strong. I promise the pain will subside. I just hope it is sooner, rather than later.

Sadie sounds like she was a wonderful family member. My heart goes out to you – I remember losing furry family members over the years.

I’m so sorry for your loss, it is never easy to say goodbye…

My deepest condolences, Leah. Our four-legged babies are such pure and precious examples of true love. ♥

Poor you; I can imagine how you must be feeling, as a fellow cat owner. You have some lovely photos of her and that will remind you of her happy days.

I’m so sorry for your loss :(
That first photo is FANTASTIC – like you can see her drifting off into afterlife – hope you won’t think that sounds creepy!

I’m so sorry for the loss of your Sadie. She was a lucky cat to know so much love. I recently lost my Keegan, a black lab of 12+ years in January – I know first-hand the pain of this loss and I send loving thoughts to you.

Leah, I’m so sorry for your loss of Sadie. Her energy will always be near you and your family. Xoxoxo Janet

Leah, I too am sorry to hear about the loss of your kitty Sadie. The painting you did of her has a lovely spirit. Know that we are all thinking of you during these difficult days ahead. Thanks for sharing her with us.

Oh Leah, i’m sorry you lost Sadie… I totally understand your pain. Pets are part of the family, so the pain is definitely real. Know that it gets easier with time. You were lucky to have her for so long…and Sadie was lucky to be so loved. :-)

Your painting (and pics) are a wonderful tribute to her.
xoxo ((hugs))

So sorry, I understand your feelings, pets are such a good friends. I lost one of my kitties a year ago, she was almost 14, (last week was the first anniversary) and I still miss her a lot, but now the pain is not so strong and I am able to enjoy the nice memories. Your painting is a wonderful tribute. Take care xx

Oh sweetie,

So sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet kitty friend. Sending you so much love during this time of saying goodbye.

So sorry for the loss of your little friend, Leah. When I lost my cat, many years ago, a small part of me felt lost for a time. They take up an important place in our lives. Love and hugs to you.

Leah so sorry to hear about your Sadie. I lost my kitties, beautiful Soleil my funny JoPo and sweet Pinky a dozen years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t miss them. I know that they are all still around and that they never really leave you.

So sorry to hear about kitty, she looked so much like ours. Clo rules around here at 17 she bosses us all around. They are such characters and parts of our lives.

Oh, I’m so sad to hear of your kitty. I’m sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to loose a pet they definitely are our furry little children. You had her for a very long time and gave her a very nice life. I love the photo of her in your(?) hair. Keep her memory close to your heart.

I’m sorry for your loss. My dog, Princess, died after 16 years. She was our dog of divorce because I bought her to cheer up my two children. It is an adjustment when they are gone.

So sorry for your loss Leah, pets hold such a special place in our hearts. I loved hearing about all the ways you loved her and your drawing is beautiful. xoxo

Hi Leah, I feel your pain and I admire how you accept it as part of your love for Sadie. This is a sad but beautiful story.

I am sorry I have been away so long – I’ll try to rectify that this year even though it’s February already!

just read this now, so sorry for your loss! take care of you and family!

I just read this, too. I’m so sorry Leah for your loss of your kitty, Sadie. What a beauty she was. I know my time is coming, Glove, my princess cat is 19 and a half. When my son was 6 months old I lost my Whiskey, a calico who had been in my life and was literally my furry child before my son. She was 16. I still sometimes feel her rub up against my legs and curl her tail around me as I wash dishes. Maybe they stay with us…

xx and big hugs

I’m so sorry to hear of the sad news, I know how hard it can be. My cats are my furry children.

Cats are such special beings and when they say goodbye it leaves a hole. Warm soft gentle hugs to you and your family.

Hello Leah, I’m not very good at commenting, but I must today, to tell you how sorry I am that Sadie is no longer with you. Losing our fur babies is always so painful. Sending you the biggest cyber hug.

I’m so very, very sorry for your loss Leah ~ I feel your pain and tears♥

I have a cat that visits me every now and then ~ I can feel him when I’ve just settled into bed as he kneads a little spot to lay down. He isn’t with me in this world anymore but he still visits for a snuggle, so perhaps your lovely Sadie will do the same after time. Now that the years have passed I’m left with only a sense of gratitude that he found such happiness in my heart and home that he choose to return for an occasional visit.

I pray this fills your heart with hope and you find this blessing as well.

I am finally catching up with blog stuff. So, so sorry to hear of your loss! Reading your post brought tears to my eyes. :(

Leah, I am so very sorry for your loss. We lost one of our kittehs to cardiomyopathy 7 years ago yesterday. Here’s something that has brought us comfort thru the years:

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

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I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Sadie. I know how you feel. 14 1/2 years is a long time with a pet and when you love them, the emptiness never leaves. It gets easier with time, but they are always in your heart. God bless you.

Leah, I am so sorry about Sadie. She sounds like a wonderful cat. And her pictures are beautiful. I know you will always love her. It is so hard to say goodbye.

I am so sorry for your loss, Leah. Whenever I read a post like this it stirs up memories of my own pet losses. I hope Sadie is resting in peace… your art is beautiful and I’m sure cathartic.

Dear Leah,

I’m so very sorry for your loss. I’ve lost much loved pets myself over the years so I know the pain you are feeling. May the happy memories of dear, sweet Sadie live on in your heart always. Thinking of you and your sweet family ~ xo

I’m sorry for your loss, Leah. We have lost two beautiful cats too, so I know how hard it is. Your painting of Sadie is beautiful, and the photo of her with Annabelle. Thinking of you.

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