Wednesday, February 2, 2011

She Couldn't Stay

Today I had to say goodbye to my faithful companion, Summer, who's been by my side for 15 years. It was time for her to go, although I didn't want her to. I guess that's how most people feel who are left behind. I knew she couldn't stay as her health was failing, but you never really prepare yourself for the loss of those special fuzzy creatures.

Summer was an unusual cat. In fact she was more like a dog, which is probably why people who didn't fancy themselves to be "cat people" were drawn to her. She was simply very sweet and very communicative (even if misunderstood at times) and a character. She was an important member in my family and she changed my life in so many ways. The loss of her love and wonderful friendship will certainly be felt for a long time. I already miss her and the many ways she filled my life.

We sampled foods together . . .

. . . cooked together. . .

. . . drank together. . . .

. . . cohosted parties together . . .

. . . and rested together.

I am heartbroken but know how lucky I was to have her in my life for so long. She was the best.


  1. Oh Holls I am so heartbroken for you!!! There is nothing like a 4 footed companion who loves us unconditionally!!! I am so sorry. Love you!!!!

  2. I'm sorry for your loss Holly. :( I lost my best friend, Lucy, of 15 years as well last year. I miss her terribly so I know what you are feeling. Their companionship is priceless.


  3. Lo siento amiga! We have a family dog (she is in Bermuda with my parents) that is going on 13. Her health is failing, and it is hard to see her in pain, but at the same time the mear thought of her not being around breaks my heart. I feel for your loss. I'm glad you have such happy memories and pictures. - Khet

  4. So sorry Holley. It's so hard when furry family members move on.

  5. a beautiful tribute to a beautiful creature, and the perfect friendship you two had. heartfelt condolences ...

  6. Tennyson wrote "God's finger touched her and she slept." I hope that remembering the happiness that you and Summer shared will brightened the darkness that you feel now.

  7. Oh Holley, I'm so sad and so happy for you. Sad that your time together ends, but happy that that time was wonderful!

    I hear cocktails are good for the heart. Want to get one together? :)

  8. Holley I'm so sorry to read of your loss. I know how hard it is to loose a 4 legged, faithful companion. Remember the good times and all the happiness Summer brought you and she will live in your heart forever!

  9. a sad transition, but such a poetic and sweet set of respects you pay. may you be buoyed by her memory and thankful for the richness of what you shared.