RIP Hannah 1998-2017

She was a good cat.

Remember me always, but do not grieve for me too long.
I have tried always to comfort you in time of sorrow,
and have made every effort to add joy to your life. I
never wanted to cause you pain.

Peace for me is certain now, and I suspect I will have
eternal sleep in the earth I loved so well.

Please, after your period of grieving for me, make
room in your heart for another. You are the kind of
human being that should always have a friend like me
to love. Your kind and gentle heart should not be
wasted on my memory for too long. Give your love to
another. I know your new friend will never take my
place, because we had something very special.

You loved me very much and I loved you. My spirit will
always be with you, and no matter how deep my sleep,
my grateful heart will always be purring for you.

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22 Responses to RIP Hannah 1998-2017

  1. Uke says:

    My condolences, bud.

    My family lost two of our very old cats this last year. The female was the mother of the male, one year apart. Both ended up dying in the home at 15 and 14 years respectively, which is damn ancient for them having been outdoor cats all their lives (lot of predators out in the woods around here: owls, fisher cats, etc.).

  2. MadBrad says:

    I’m feeling what you are feeling right now. I just buried my 15 year old Dog yesterday. My Wolf Dog howls and hugs me with his body, being of comfort to me. He’s feeling it too. Nikki was with me longer than both of my ex-wives combined. She was the runt of a 13 Puppy litter and she died about 20ft from where she was born. Her Mother abandoned her there to die nearly 16 years ago. She outlived them all.

    RIP Hannah.
    RIP Nikki

    • Doc says:

      My Deepest Condolences to you both. My “Mama-Tig” kitty is 15 next month. Her age just started to show about 6 months ago. But she’s been my loyal companion the whole time she’s lived with me. I DREAD the day that I wear your shoes, Bman. And to you, MadBrad, I adopted/rescued a 4 year old Sharpei/Shepard mix 11 months ago. He’s a Big Galoot, & Love his whole face, Dearly! I dread that day you’ve suffered as well.

      But a Beautiful, Thoughtful piece of literature you posted, Bman, which could be applied to ANY species…including humans. Thanks, Man, & you 2 shall be in my prayers for solace from our Heavenly Father tonight.

      God Bless you both.

      • Bman says:

        I appreciate it Doc. Mama-Tig will let you know when its time for her to go. She’s a cat. They call the shots. As hard as it is, and from previous experience other than Hannah, I say, let them tell you when they are ready. You cannot force a cat to do anything. They are too independent. They will let you know when they are ready to rest. Believe me on that one. Enjoy every moment with your little friend. And I appreciate the prayer. It helped.

  3. notamobster says:

    Man, it sucks to lose a friend, no matter what species.

  4. R.D. Walker says:

    I never had a cat or a dog since I was a kid. I didn’t really get what the fuss was about. Seemed like a hassle.

    We got our 80 lb labradoodle Scout three and a half years ago. You know what? I really love that dog. I feel much stronger about her than I thought I would.

    I appreciate the pain, Bman.

    • RJM says:

      Condolences on the loss of your family member. Pets are cool and will always be in your heart and thoughts.

  5. DocO says:

    Sorry for your loss Bman.

    Our dog is only five, and my wife is already dreading the hole it will leave in our hearts when he passes. Truth be told, so am I.

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    Wow… More than 18 years old.

  7. C. L. says:

    I lost a dog last year, too. You have my sympathies, Bman. You, too, MadBrad and Uke.

  8. Dave J says:

    Sorry for your loss. Calicos have the most personality. I have one here that could be Hannah’s twin.

  9. rj says:

    Sympathy for your loss, hard to lose a loved one.

  10. Ray Davies says:

    I’m sorry for your loss, Buddy. I know how it is we had one for 15 years. I’m now owned by one that is two ears old. I keep telling her I’m a dog man but she doesn’t believe it.

  11. fasttimes says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss Bman, and to you others who have suffered these losses recently. We love these animals so much because no matter how we are, what we do, how we feel, they are there every time we come home. they are so happy to see us and all they seemingly want from us is to be with us. no questions asked. unconditional love. when we lose that it hurts terribly and leaves a hole in our hearts.

    • DocO says:

      My dog is a love letter from God. Sometimes, we’re in a place where we’re so lost, that the only way He can reach us, is through the love of these soulish animals, that God put upon this earth to love and serve us.

  12. sortawitte says:

    So sorry for your loss, my brother. Talking with the cat is the best type of spiritual therapy. The cat makes no judgments, but like Doc says, the love is pure.

  13. Doug says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I have 7 cats and they are so precious to me. The loss of any pet leaves a huge void in a persons heart.

    Let me share a story and my sincere belief with you.

    About 5 years ago I was standing in my front yard talking with my next door neighbor. Another neighbor that lived 6 houses down was taking his little pug dog for a walk. He stopped in my front yard to say hello and share stories. He was wearing an insulated flannel shirt but had it mostly unbuttoned. I noticed that he had a vertical scar which usually means heart surgery. I asked him if he had indeed been through surgery for his heart and he answered “Yes and I died on the table during the operation. They were able to revive me”. Well my next door neighbor chimed in with a giggle and said “Did you see the white light?”. He answered her quickly with “I saw much more than that. I saw every dog that I ever had and they were running and playing. I also saw several relatives who had passed on.” I will never forget this conversation for the rest of my days on earth.
    In the book and movie “Heaven is for Real” the child who had visited heaven spoke about that Jesus had a horse and that the difference between heaven and earth was that in heaven he could play with the lions and not get bitten.

    Similar stories from two different sources. I believe with every fiber of my being that God would not bless us with these gifts of love called pets to be only an earthly pleasure. I believe that these gifts of love await each one of us as we pass through those Pearly Gates into heaven.

  14. Bman says:

    Thanks everyone. I just needed to, ya know, post something for therapy reasons. Reading all of your comments helped. Believe me. She was a good cat. She was with me through a lot of shit, and I’m grateful for it.

    Brad- I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish we could sit down and have a refreshing PBR together to toast both Nikki and Hannah. I bet they would’ve been good friends had they had the chance to meet.

    Doug commented on something that I’ve always believed. I truly do. We will see our little friends again someday. Here is a story I want to share with you all. It is worth 12 minutes. The story was introduced to me by Trebor Snoyl. He read the short story years ago from his Field and Stream magazine subscription. It is now a video. Enjoy. And for God’s sake get some Kleenex. Don’t use your sleeve.

    • MadBrad says:

      They see us through some very hard times. Saying goodbye is incredibly painful. Yes, it is proper to honor our most faithful companions here.

  15. Trebor Snoyl says:

    God bless Cory Ford. In the original story, the dog’s name was Shad.