Saying Goodbye (and Hello)

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It’s been a bit of a rough week for me so far.

Yesterday morning, I had to put my eldest, dearest kitty Gabbie to sleep.


She was 12, and was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor behind her tongue about a month ago. Even though I miss her terribly, I am grateful that her passing did not happen suddenly, and that I had the last few weeks to spend extra time with her and say goodbye.

Gabbie was one of a kind…she was the ultimate sweetheart and lap cat. We had her before we had our kids, moved cross country with her and lived in six different homes together. We shared countless special times with her.

I always have lots of pets, so I have experienced this type of loss many times. Still, it really does not get any easier for me.

The tradition in our family, though, is to honor the animal who has passed by adopting another soon after. This seems to help us all (especially my kids) to deal with the sadness. So we brought home a little kitten from a local shelter yesterday…


…he’s ridiculously cute, don’t you think?


In the short time I’ve known him, he already seems to have a wonderful personality- he wants to be wherever we are and is affectionate, curious and playful. But here’s the thing: he doesn’t have a name yet! I can’t call him “little guy” forever. Do you have any ideas for what we should call him?


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10 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye (and Hello)”

  1. So sorry that you lost Gabbie, and I think I feel part of your pain. I always go into a weepy mourning period when we lose a pet and really struggle to get over it. Your new kitten is a real charmer though. His wonderful blue eyes and his dark good looks make me think of Paul Newman; Paulie? Not so great. Take care, Winnie.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss! I agree, it never gets easier. But I do love the new addition to the family. Especially love that last photo! It takes me forever to decide on a name too! Let’s see, I do love Charlie. We had a cat once, an orange tabby, and while we officially named him Oliver, he never knew his name, since we called him “Kitty”. Better watch out, or this new friend will think his name IS Little Guy!

  3. Sorry to hear of the loss. It always helps to get a new one like you’ve done.

    I have a 14 year old cat and hate to think of that day in the future. Hubby is against animals in the house, but he is such as sucker and calls our cat “his little Bella Mia”. I’m a magnet for strays so we’ll see…

    I don’t have any ideas for a name. It will come to you naturally I’m sure!

  4. Oh, Winnie. There is great sorrow in losing a long-time friend and confidant. I’m so sorry for your loss. We, too, constantly have 4-legged companions and for 3 years we had 3 Australian Shepherd, two of which died within 12 months of each other (one was 8, the other 16). We now have one, a mini aussie who is 5) and love him and spoil him like an only child. He is black and white with blue eyes, too! Just like your new addition who is the cutest dang kitty I’ve ever seen! He looks very cute, mischievous, smart, unique and uniquely photogenic. “Einstein” or “Chaplin” are my suggestions. He’s adorable!

  5. What a sweet thing Gabbie was. I’m so sorry, Winnie. Losing one is always tragic – I think because we can’t talk to them and tell them how special they are. Big hug. Little guy is pretty sweet. I had a similarly beautiful b/w kitty, male, named Spike. Because life is full of contrasts.

  6. So sorry to hear about Gabbie. That is very hard. The new little guy does seem like an appropriate way to celebrate cat spirit. What a cutie.

  7. Sorry about your kitty passing. I have two cats, and totally understand. One was born outside and we let her out on occasion. She has been injured more times than I can count (I actually have accident insurance for her). Each time I get all panicky and upset!

    You little guy is so cute! He looks like Charlie Chaplin with that little mustache and big eyes. So my suggestion would be Charlie as a name. :)