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RIP, Firefly: 2006 -2009

CAPTION:  When my first copy of Amish Cook at Home arrived last year, Firefly jumped into the photo as I was snapping a pic of the book.

 Deaths of loved ones are difficult, and I do include pets in with "loved ones."  Yesterday I attended the funeral of a distant cousin of mine.  She was only 26 years old and even though she had struggled with health problems her entire life, there was still the feeling of a life cut short, of unfinished business, and unspoken words.  I didn't know her well at all, but the loss was jarring just the same.  The poignant eulogies spoken by people who did know her well made me wish that I had. 

Fast-forward to today:  Rachel and I have a houseful of cats (8 to be exact).  They are all indoor cats and since Rachel and I have no children - yet - the felines are at least somewhat of a surrogate.  Out of all of them, "Firefly" (as Rachel christened her years ago because she was born around the time the first fireflies shined their summer lights) was the one I had the most tangled relationship with.  A relative brought her to us as a scraggly stray.   Our other cats act like, well, cats....they sleep 23 hours a day and are fun to pet and feed the other hour (okay, I'm exaggerating slightly on their sleep).  Firefly, however, was different.  She'd come into my office, mew to be petted,  always wanting attention and in my day-to-day rush I sometimes only grudingly gave it to her.  Like a bittersweet relationship with a human relative, I rationalized that there would be years to work things out.  Well, imagine my shock this afternoon not 30 minutes after Firefly was in my office playfully wanting to be petted, Rachel came home from lunch  and found her sprawled and limp on the floor upstairs.  Rachel - who was once a vet tech - checked for a pulse but didn't feel anything.  We raced Firefly to the vet so they could try to revive her, but to no avail.  The vet surmised it was an underlying heart defect that often shows itself in cats around age 2 or 3.   With this condition they just die suddenly.  It was very sad and a reminder of how pets poignantly weave their way into our lives.  These past few days have been a lesson about loved ones - animals or people - that there isn't always going to be time to work things out later.  Try to do it now.

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I can't say any more than what has been said.  The memories of your sweet fur baby will always be with you.

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Sorry to hear about both your losses.  We had to put down our cocker spaniel (18) a while ago.  We've also been having bad luck with the barn cats that I feed and pet and love.  It's hard to lose our furry "babies".

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 I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Take care.

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So sorry to hear of Firefly's passing.  They really do become part of the family, don't they? 

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So sorry to hear about Firefly. I know what my animals mean to me and what I would be if anything happened to them.  You are in my thoughts.  Karen

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So sorry to hear about your cat.  Firefly looks very similar to our cat, Oreo.  I know my husband and I will be sobbing messes when he goes (he's 7 years old now).  Unfortunately, we do not have the same affection for our other cat, Tori (age 4 years), but reading this entry makes me want to try to work on that relationship more.  Wow, thinking about our cats going to pet heaven is depressing me.  I think I'm done writing...

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I'm so sorry for your losses...God bless

 

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 Sorry to hear that you lost your special friend Firefly. Glad that you gave her a home when she needed one. Someone special has to be that person or persons . Some would have turned away from that obligation .I am sorry to hear of your loss.

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So sorry for your losses Kevin.

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  My sympathy is with you and Rachel, I still miss my BEAR that I lost in April. I think you should take the picture of her with the book and keep it on your desk.

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Kevin and Rachel,so sorry that your kitty passed away.

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I am so very sorry. 

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Sorry about your kitty, it is always hard to lose a pet.

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My condolances to you, Rachel, and your families. I cannot put into words what my heart and mind are saying, but know that I am thinking of all of you tonight, and the weekend, and praying for you. God Bless.

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So sorry to hear of your loss.  Our pets were family to us also.

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So sorry Kevin, pets really do feel like part of the family......

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That's a sad story, how awful for Rachel to find her like that too.  Sorry about your losses, this week.  God Bless. 

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So sorry to hear that.

 

 

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Kevin and Rachel, please accept my sincere sympathy. I am so sorry. How sad.

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Oh Kevin, I am so sorry!  How sad :-(  But apparently, she probably didn't suffer...which is sometimes only a slight positive note when something like this happens.  And you said it very well, indeed.  Many of us do put off to tomorrow what can/should be done today.  That is even more important in terms of family and relationships.  You never know what tomorrow might bring.