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Goodbye Howard

November 1, 2008

gingerbread house 039This afternoon, we had to put our beloved cat Howard (shown here with Leah) to sleep. We adopted Howard as an adult stray over nine years ago. He was one of the most loving, sweet and nice cats I have ever known. He was always gentle with my daughters (even when his tail was being stepped on by two little girls) and for that I will be forever grateful.

We were all with him when he passed away. He will be buried in our backyard later today. We will miss you Howard.

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  1. November 1, 2008 1:45 pm

    SO SAD! We had to put our dog of 17 years down one Christmas, and it was definitely the worst Christmas ever. All we could think about was how we used to wrap presents for Shadow and then sic her on them, and she wasn’t there anymore. It was for the best, because she was so old, and it was nice to be able to sort of ease her into death rather than have her be run over by a car or something, but it was HARD!

  2. Cat permalink
    November 1, 2008 2:01 pm

    You have my sympathy. Pets are always more than just pets, they are family and their loss is felt through the entire household. He had a loving home for the past 9 years and that’s a wonderful thing.


  3. November 1, 2008 3:06 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  4. November 1, 2008 4:31 pm

    I’m sorry to hear this. I lost my cat earlier this year. There aren’t words to make it better, but I wanted to say you have my sympathies.

  5. November 1, 2008 4:48 pm

    My sympathy to you and your family. It’s not easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet – even when it’s the right thing to do. ((hugs))

  6. November 1, 2008 5:08 pm

    Oh my gosh Stephanie, I am sooo sorry. Losing a pet is so sad. Howard had a good life as part of your family – he was a lucky cat, and of course you guys were lucky to have him too.

  7. November 1, 2008 5:36 pm

    I’m so sorry about Howard. We lost our cat back in February after 17 years. It was so hard. It looks like Howard will always have a place within your hearts.

  8. November 1, 2008 5:46 pm

    That is so sad. I know how difficult it is to lose a pet. You have my sympathy.

  9. November 1, 2008 5:47 pm

    I am sorry to hear about your cat! It is never easy to lose a pet.

  10. November 1, 2008 6:39 pm

    Hugs to you and your family Stephanie.

  11. Donna permalink
    November 1, 2008 8:30 pm

    I’m sorry about Howard.

  12. November 1, 2008 9:33 pm

    Oh, Stephanie, I’m so sorry. We’re still stinging from the loss of our Sunshine, last year. I know what a hard, hard thing it is to say goodbye to a beloved pet. Sending much love and sympathy and hugs.

  13. November 2, 2008 3:17 am

    This is so sad Stephanie – my thoughts are with you and your family. Pets become such a beloved and vital part of out families.

  14. November 2, 2008 10:07 am

    aww, so sorry for you. It’s hard to let go of our animals.

    we had to do the same with one of our cats just a few weeks ago, and it’s never easy.

  15. November 2, 2008 7:53 pm

    My thoughts are with you and your family. It is so hard to loose a loved one. Glad every one was there for him to the last.

  16. November 2, 2008 9:07 pm

    I know what it’s like to lose a beloved pet. I hope your girls are ok.

  17. November 3, 2008 12:39 am

    I’m so sorry. It’s always hard to lose a beloved part of your family. I’m glad that Howard had such a loving home with you.

  18. chanknits permalink
    November 3, 2008 10:47 am

    Oh, how pets touch our lives… I’m sorry for your loss, but so glad you and Howard had several good years together!

  19. November 3, 2008 10:07 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Sounds like he was a wonderful addition to the family. ((HUGS))

  20. November 4, 2008 4:19 pm

    Oh so sad. Sorry for your loss.

  21. November 4, 2008 7:25 pm

    So sorry Stephanie! Hugs.

  22. November 5, 2008 9:57 am

    My condolences. What a sweet photo.

  23. November 5, 2008 7:11 pm

    Sorry to hear this. At least you still have dumpling.

  24. November 6, 2008 11:56 am

    Oh this is so sad, I’m so sorry for your loss. I really can’t even imagine what I would do if I lost Banks, my cat of 4 years.

    Hey how are you feeling lately?


  25. November 7, 2008 10:03 pm

    I’m so sorry for this loss…our pets are such important parts of the family.

  26. November 10, 2008 8:42 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. {Hugs}

  27. November 13, 2008 2:01 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Fur babies are just as big a part of the family as everyone else. I’m glad you had so many good years with Howard.

  28. November 13, 2008 8:22 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Howard. Sending hugs to you and your family!

  29. eileensblog permalink
    November 15, 2008 2:49 pm

    I”m behind on reading blogs – but wanted to send my condolences. Losing a pet is so hard!

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