12/23/15

A Sad Day



Here's the sad news about our Gracie Girl: Looks like we're going to have to put her down. It's arranged for 11:30 a.m. We're heading down now to spend a little time with her and say our good-byes. It's a hard thing to do right before Christmas, but then, no time is a good time to lose a good friend. She has a complete intestinal blockage. It will require a big surgery, even if that could help, and there are no guarantees. At her age, it doesn't seem the best choice. She is suffering, and we feel that doing a procedure that invasive will simply prolong the inevitable. Thank you for all your well wishes and purrs. 

71 comments from clever and witty friends:

Kate said...

Oh, no. I'm so sorry. Sending you sad hugs and prayers today.

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

I'm so very sorry. She has been well loved.

Shari said...

I am so sorry. We all love our purr babies. Sending prayers and hugs your way.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

So sorry you have to say goodbye to your sweet Gracie....gentle hugs and prayers from Texas.

SkiWheel said...

Sincere condolences. Such a hard decision to make, even when you know it must be done. Sending you snuggles and purrs from me, Amy and Seymour. We almost lost our Seymour (who looks like Gracie w/o the orange) due to a similar problem, but were very lucky to get him through it without surgery. I fear the time when it might happen again.

Kristine said...

I'm so sorry! Hugs to you and your husband, and ear scratches and cuddles to Smitty. I know all of you will miss her. :(

Crickets Corner said...

So sorry to hear about Gracie. I't always so hard to let go of such a loving member of the family. I know you will both miss her and Smitty will be equally upset. Hugs and warm thoughts. Give Smitty some extra loving. Rina

Sally T said...

Oh Barbara, I'm so sorry. Gracie's sweetness just oozes from your blog, and I will miss her too. Take care.

Marlene said...

Oh no, that is so sad. Go well Gracie. Sending great big hugs to you all. I too will miss her face on the blog.

Ray and Jeanne said...

So sorry for all of you. Sending hugs. ~Jeanne

Dana Gaffney said...

I'm so sorry to read this. Sleep well beautiful Gracie.

Sarah said...

Oh I'm soooo sorry - enough to be in tears since I was hoping she would be home soon - Gracie was such a beautiful cat and I am sure she will be missed by all! Purrs to you and Smitty from Squeaky and Zorro.

gram k said...

So sorry.....Gracie was such a gentle presence. Hugs and purrs from my brood to yours

CaroleM said...

oh I'm sorry!!!

Lee said...

Indeed so sad about Gracie, and it is always a gut-wrenching decision to make...even when we KNOW it's best for our fur-babies. We were in the same position with our much beloved Fanner three years ago. She had bladder stones and had already had one surgery removing them, and with all her other troubles, didn't want to put her through it again only to have them form again within six months. We made it past the holidays, but it was still very, very hard to say 'it is time'. Sorrowing for you, Mike and Smitty in losing Gracie and her presence.

sunny said...

So sorry! Hugs and purrs from my house to yours.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, dear Gracie Girl - you were such a pleasure to have known. Hugs and purrs to all.

delaineelliott said...

Oh no.- I am so, so sorry.

Scooquilt said...

So very sorry about this. My thoughts are with you and Mike.

gayle said...

Oh, sweetie, I am so so sorry. Hugs to you and all.

Sherry said...

Hugs & prayers to you and your family.

Lyndsey said...

I am so sorry about your sad news and will miss sweet Gracie. Our thoughts are with you, Mike and Smitty.

Lou said...

I am SO sorry!!!!!
Thoughts and prayers for all of you!

Betty said...

I am so sorry! It is never easy to make that decision. Hugs and purrs to all!

ES said...

sad news to hear, poor little gracie. xx

Janarama said...

Oh Barbara, I'm so very sorry. Gracie lived a long, wonder life with you and your loving family. She's now up in heaven playing with George and Krissy and will be missed by all of your readers. My thoughts are with you, Mike and, of course, Smitty.

Maree said...

So sorry to hear this news about your beloved Gracie.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I am so very sorry, I have enjoyed your stories about her.

Valerie Reynolds said...

Hugs being sent...I'm sooo sorry for your loss.

Donna said...

I'm so sorry. Sending prayers.

Arlene Adams said...

So sorry Barbara.....take good care of Smitty; he will be lost without her.

works4me said...

I am so sorry to hear the news about Gracie. She had a wonderful home with you and was loved by all, including your readers. Hugs to you and Mike and extra petsies and cuddles to Smitty. And I am going to give my kitties Samantha and Dainty extra cuddles, too.

SoozeM said...

So sorry to hear about Gracie, purrs to you and Mike and Smitty!

Kelsey said...

I've read about Miss Gracie nearly every day for the last 5+ years. In some wierd way, she feels like she is part of my life too. I will miss getting to read about her days and her great naps and lap sitting. I can only imagine for her actual family. She will be greatly missed. 😢

Donna said...

So sorry to hear about Gracie. I have enjoyed hearing about her life with you, Mike, and Smitty. I lost my kitty last year and I can only imagine what you are going through. I will miss her.

Anonymous said...

So, so sorry to hear this. This is one of the hardest things a person has to do in life. Crying tears for you as I write this. Thank you for sharing Gracie's life on your blog. We enjoyed reading about her and getting to know her. Hugs to you and Mike and pats to Smitty. Take care of yourself during this rough time.

Teresa F.

Sherry said...

So very sorry, Gracie will be missed by all who have known her on your blog.

Beverly Wood said...

Sad indeed. Thank you Gracie for your purrfect posts.

Tosty's Quilting Tidbits said...

Hugs and prayers going out to you. I will miss Gracie's presence. Give Smitty a hug for me.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Oh my, so very sorry! At least she won't suffer anymore. You have lots of great memories of her, and, her little quilt, too.

Meg said...

Oh my gosh! I am so sorry! It's never easy losing a pet. Take care.

crazy quilter said...

Sending you hugs . I know this is a very difficult time for you and Mike. She is in kitty heaven with sweet George.

WoolenSails said...

I am so sorry to hear about Gracie and I know how hard it is, especially when they get sick at that age. She has had a good life and lots of love, you are doing the best thing for her. Hugs!

Debbie

Judy1522 said...

I am so sorry about Gracie I was really hoping that she would be okay. Pets become so much a part of the family and it is so sad when we have to say goodbye to them. She will be missed by so many of us that read your blog.

SJSM said...

Sad, sad news. Gracie adds a gentle spark to your blog with her comments regarding life around the 3 Cat Ranch. She leaves behind an army of admirers who will miss her presence. Knowing it is the right decision doesn't make it any easier. Prayers for all on the Ranch.

legato1958 said...

So sorry for loss of your sweet Gracie. Sending hugs and prayers to you.
Susie

Anonymous said...

My little fur babies and I are so sorry for your loss of Gracie. Hugs to you, hubby and Smitty. Nancy G.

JLVerde said...

I'm so sorry you have to go through this, but it does sound like the kindest choice for sweet Gracie.

Rest in peace, cute girl.

Barb H said...

Poor Gracie. She was your good friend for all these years. So of course, you would want to put her out of her pain. So sorry for what you and Mike have to do, yet it's the best thing for her. Hugs being sent to both of you, and a cuddle for Smitty too.

Debra said...

Oh Barb, so sorry to hear this news. Yesterday must have been a most difficult day. My heart goes out to you. May sweet Gracie rest in peace.

Kathy H said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Gracie. I was thinking about her this morning and hoping she was better. Then saw your post. I hope you will find comfort in all your happy memories. It is still a sad time.

Kate said...

So sad for Gracie, you, Mike and Smitty. It's hard to loose a long time friend. I'll miss hearing about Gracie, she was one great quilt inspector. Wishing you lots of comfort and grace in this difficult time.

Rosyquilter said...

I am sad for all of you but also admire you for making the best decision for Gracie... so hard to watch our pets suffer. She will be at peace and no longer suffering... hugs to you.

Lynn - JnL4God said...

Prayers for peace. So hard. Big Hug!

Laura said...

I will miss your posts about Gracie, as I am a cat lover. You are very brave (and sensible) to choose the route you have for Gracie. Sending you my best wishes.

LethargicLass said...

Oh Barbara, so sorry to hear! Big hugs to you, Mike and Smitty

Elaine Walker said...

So sorry. I know what a hard decision you had to make. I know how you will miss her, our pets are a large part of our lives.

Janet S said...

I am so sorry to hear about sweet Gracie. My thoughts are with you and Mike. May she rest in peace.

Nita said...

Oh, Gracie! I am so sorry, Barb. (((Hug)))

Heidi said...

Oh no Barbara, I am saddened to read of your loss. I know you & Mike will be surrounded with love & hugs, and fond memories as well. Thank you for sharing so much of sweet Gracie Girl's life with us, she is a blogging superstar and we will all miss her very much.

Julianne said...

such a wonderful kitty, you were well loved and we will miss you Gracie...hugs to mom and dad, Smitty will miss you...

QuiltShopGal said...

Oh Gracie is such a sweet girl. I'm truly so very sorry. On a positive side, I know Gracie was loved unconditionally and had such a wonderful life with you and her four legged siblings and all your adventures. My nose is twitching and I have tears forming in my eyes. My heart aches for your loss. Big hug.

QuiltShopGal
www.quiltshopgal.com

Beth said...

Oh, Barb. We just regained our power and heat here in Clatskanie, and one of the first things I wanted to do was check in with you, Mike, and the cats. Not to hear this, though. My heart breaks for you. We lost our Teddy two weeks ago, and his sister Mavis a year ago, and there is somehow an added poignancy to grieving at the holidays. I learned this with both of my parents, sadly.

But the truth is, any day is a hard day to say goodbye, but whenever Gracie left, it would be with the sure knowledge that she was loved dearly, fully, for all of her quirks and beauty. Perhaps it helps a bit to know that other hearts are filled with love and sorrow for you today, that other tears are falling for your Gracie girl, and for Smitty, who shall surely miss her, too. Please give Mike my condolences for the loss of his little companion.

xxx Beth

nellieduclos@yahoo.com said...

So sorry to hear about your gray tabby. We have one that looks just like yours and he has a white tuxedo front. We had a scare with him several years ago where his liver attacked his body and we had to feed him through a tube inserted in his abdomen. We are very happy that he survived and now rules the roost over an also male orange tabby and a littel black cat who has endless energy. When we had a previous cat pass on after being hit by a garbage truck, we started keeping all our kitties inside. Now when one "goes to kitty heaven," our daughters insist we replace it. I'm sure you being a cat lover will think about this, too. Despite your sadness, Season's Greeting from another cat lover.

Bonnie58 said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Gracie. Smitty will be so lonely now as I'm sure you will be too. It's so hard when a loved pet is suffering. My prayers of support are with you

MoniqueB said...

My condolences. It is the kindest thing to do when they are suffering even though it just hurts the heart. I hope the holidays with family help soothe your sorrow.

Auntiepatch said...

We lost our Gracie 2 years ago and then Einstein 1 year later to throat cancer. The only way I get through a loss of this kind is to remember that they are no longer in pain, and they are running and playing on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. My purrayers are with your and your family.

JaNeanne said...

I, too, had to make the same tough decision about my dog Tess this past Tuesday. She was 15 1/2 years and no longer had any quality of life. I will miss her so much as I know you will miss your Gracie. I am sorry for your loss.

Brown Family said...

My first blog was for my cats. In the at world we hope there is a place for our beloved pets to go. It is called the Rainbow Bridge.

https://rainbowsbridge.com/Poem.htm.

I am not Catholic, but agree with the Pope that pets go to heaven, too.

It gives us a little hope to be reunited with our fuebabies again some day

Lisa said...

I am so very sorry to hear about sweet Gracie. Hugs.

Michele said...

I'm really behind in blog reading but am so very sorry to be reading this today. Big hugs as you deal with your grief.