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A place where words don't go.

Sophie died today, sometime after 1:30 this afternoon. Spooky and I held her until it was over. I am grateful to our veterinarian, who let Sophie go with dignity. I don't know if there's anything else I can say, not here. I won't say she was "my" cat for the last sixteen years. I will say that she tolerated my company for the last sixteen years. I rescued her from the Birmingham Humane Society. Well, Jada rescued her, on the day she was to have been euthanized. That was early in 1990. Since then, excepting 13 months in 1995-96 when she was abducted by a crazy cat lady in Athens, she was my constant companion. Since 1992, she has been my only cat. In a life too filled with inconstant friends and traitorous acquaintances, she was always there, regardless. She was a fine old dame and shall now be missed more than words can ever hope to convey. She was Sophia. Sophie. Uma. Joe. Joseph. One Big Organism. Because, in my experience, no cat is ever happy with only a single name. Like Sam and Lisa said, "A cat-shaped hole in my heart." Absofuckinglutely. Anyway, it's late, and it's been a very long and terrible and tearful day. Tomorrow, I want to post a few photos of Sophie...but I'm not going to be maudlin. I like to think she'd not have approved of maudlin displays on her behalf.

I expect it'll be a few days before I'm writing again. I hope everyone will understand if Sirenia Digest is a few days late this month. Spooky and I need a little time, that's all.



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Jun. 13th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
My condolences to you both.
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
Cait I don't really know what to say. I'm really very sorry for your loss. My condolences to Spooky as well.

Give each other hugs and pretend they're from me.

To say that Sophie will be missed is so much of an understatement that it's silly to even write it... but you know what I mean.

My best to both of you.


Jun. 13th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for you loss. *hugs*

Jun. 13th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
There isn't really anything to say. I'm glad you could be with her. My thoughts are with you both.
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
I'm so very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you both.

When I lost my dog, Goth, I wrote this: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=3643304&blogID=124374664&Mytoken=840ACC02-17D5-452B-A9B442BD6B9E56FC236047921
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
Oh I'm so sorry!

I know how terrible it feels... my own cat Abby died last October after 18.5 years. Sadly I wasn't there, nobody was, she just left.

The cat-shaped hole in the heart never leaves. I think you only acquire more as time goes on and as you lose more of the furry little companions.

You and Spooky are in my thoughts.
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
I am so, so, sorry.

Jun. 13th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
I'm sorry.
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
There are a million words you can say at a time like this, yet they are far too few to express the feelings you have...

No, Sophie probably would not have approved of you being maudlin. But I think she would find expressions of grief and missing her acceptable.

Jun. 13th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
I am so sorry.

It's so hard when they leave us.

Take care, both of you.
Jun. 13th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
My condolences to you and Spooky.
Jun. 13th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
You both have my sincerest condolences.
Jun. 13th, 2006 07:44 am (UTC)
She was lucky to have you in her life, and you were lucky to have her.

My condolences to you both.
Jun. 13th, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear this. :(
Loads of hugs from me and Trouble and Minx.
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