Oh my beautiful girl.

Thank you for loving me so long, and so well.

I once wrote that I trusted you would tell me when your time had come. In the end, I think we told each other: that it was time to go. And that it was okay to let go.

You know that I would have held you forever if I could have.

hildi young to old
L: Sleeping in my bed, Oct 1995 (age 2 mo.) R: Sitting — where else! — on my chest, Dec 2015

48 thoughts on “Hildi

  1. It is a loving tribute and sweet that you put the kitten and the aged-friend Hildi had become. Your furry alpha and omega. May she rest in fields of clover withe hordes of fat, lazy mice to chase.

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  2. Oh, I’m so sorry. As I type this, my four-year-old black Lab is scratching away at her bed, causing a ruckus–and yet, I love her so. The love stays, though, even when they go. I’m sure you feel that. Wishing you peace.

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    1. Thanks. It is — as I know you must experience often! — part of the price of having animals in our lives. Part of the gift our pets bring us: the love and grief of their entire lives.


  3. My sympathies for your loss – I always turn to Carl Sandburg’s poem “Fog” when I think of cats passing from our lives…


    The fog comes
    on little cat feet.

    It sits looking
    over harbor and city
    on silent haunches
    and then moves on.

    ~Carl Sandburg
    (1878 – 1967)

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    1. They do indeed. I was thinking about you, and the sweet boy you lost last fall. He was (I think I remember?) about the same age as my Hild — about 20? It’s helped having my other cat still, since I need to help him adjust to all the sudden changes that have come with her being gone.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle, I appreciate that. Even knowing for a long time that this was coming, it’s still painful letting go when the final moments finally arrive. I am glad she is out of pain now. I am glad she was mine while she was here.

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