42 thoughts on “R.I.P. Winnie

  1. CG,

    Lovely, lovely post … so sorry for your loss. I know that Winnie was so lucky to have had you caring for her. And now, you are carrying these beautiful memories of her.

    Best to you, and please take care,

    • Hi Ringonz,

      Thanks… I always used to joke that she led the difficult life of a spoiled domestic cat, but now all the doubts set in. Did she really have a good life? I don’t know. I’m glad you have confidence though 🙂

      Take care,

  2. Oh CG 😦
    I’m so sorry for your loss. She had a long, beautiful and fulfilled cat’s life. She has been so good for you and you for her.
    Thank you for the pictures. We were always happy when we have seen pictures of her and we will always keep her in memory, too.
    Take care of you and warmest safe hugs to all if ok (((((((CG))))))))

    • Hi LostShadowChild,

      Thank you… She’s been so good for me, I hope she found some happiness with me.

      I’m glad you like the pictures, I thought it would be a fitting tribute 🙂

      warm safe (((hugs))) to those who want them,

      • Hi CG,
        I’m absolutely sure that Winnie found some happiness with you and had a good life. Don’t doubt it. Cats are special and they always have a good feeling and instinct. You remember the photo on flickr when she comes out to protect you, while you’ve cleaned the house??? That’s an example what she felt for you 🙂 Cats protect only those which they love!
        Take care (((((CG)))))

  3. Beautiful strength I see. I hope you let yourself mourn her loss and I know you appreciate what great support she was for you. In her memory, that support can live on. That cannot be destroyed through her death.

  4. I’m so very, very sorry. I hope you have someone with you to help you cope with this loss.

    This is such a lovely tribute to Winnie. She’s a beauty.

    It has always been obvious how much you loved her, and I’m positive she felt that love from you as well.

    Please take extra special care of yourself ~ Mareeya

    • Hi Mareeya,

      I didn’t mention within the post, but I couldn’t have gotten through the day without my mother. She cried with me, she helped with Winnie’s burial, she helped me stay present and on track.

      My mother also loved Winnie… my mother is one of the few people that Winnie would allow to touch her.

      Take care,

  5. Oh CG, I’m so very sorry. I love these pictures – such wonderful memories you have of her. She had the bestest life with you, I knows it for sure. Please take gentle care. My kitty and I send you lots and lots of warm safe ((hugs)).

  6. CG,

    Beautiful Winnie is gone… I’m so sorry. I’m glad you had her for so long. The picture tribute is such a neat thing to do. I’m glad you shared this on your blog.

    My very best to you. I don’t know if this was something you knew was imminent, but it wouldn’t make any difference, would it? It’s sad to part ways any time it happens.


    • Hi Meredith,

      I found out last year that Winnie was suffering from kidney failure and hyperthyroidism… both due to age. So this wasn’t unexpected, but still too shocking.

      She was with me through relationships, universities, an abusive marriage, and a divorce. She was a constant in my life, and now that has gone.

      Take care,

  7. CG,
    My heart goes out to you. So hard to lose a friend, and the little furry ones are so special.
    Beautiful pictures, looks like she had a good life. So sorry she’s gone.
    Very gentle thoughts,

  8. CG,

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Please don’t doubt that Winnie had a wonderful life and knew she was loved. Your love for her has shone through online. So, I’m certain she felt the warmth of your love each and every day of her life.

    She is so beautiful in her pictures and looks so content. I can see through the pictures and from your communications that the two of you shared a special kinship.

    I’m glad your mom was there and it was a help. Maybe Winnie knew you would need the support. So, she chose now to pass away. Animals are very intuitive and they often know what we need better than we do. Further proof that she loved and adored you.

    Like others have mentioned, please allow yourself the time and space to grieve. And remember that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Do whatever feels natural to you. But, definitely, be gentle with yourself. You’ve suffered a great loss.

    Please take care of yourself. And thank you for sharing pictures of Winnie.


  9. CG I have two cats and I know, yes I know, that Winnie had a wonderful kitty life with you. I’ve seen these pictures of her and she looked like a content and happy cat.

    She was 17 years old? How beautiful that you could be together for so long. Winnie was happy with you CG and maybe the grief is to fresh right now for you to see it but hopefully soon you’ll start to remember times you had together when you could feel how close the two of you were. You’ll remember her happy purrs and her conversations with you again.

    It might be too soon now and that’s ok. I agree with Paul, let yourself grieve. And I’m really glad that your mother was there. The thought of you having to do that on your own made me ill.

  10. Oh CJ, Know this is hard to hear, but I FINALLY can reply to some of your posts’ (you understand!). I realize it may be a struggle to see this, but you will always have Winnie in your heart forever and ever….and if Winnie is out of pain now, then letting go, htough hard ofr you, is best for Winnie – true love – I feel is letting go, knowing it hurts like hell, but alos having FAITH they are in a better place, in fact, I am SURE Winnie is watching over you RIGHT NOW and always will – Winnie will be there – with you protecting you in spirit – I truly believe those we LOVE so much, wether they move on to antoher location, die, what ever, it is bittersweet and it hurts, but we always have them inside of us. The pics are BEAUTIFUL and amazing and show Winnie’s amazing spirit, which lives on through you – you owe it to Winnie to continue on your own healing journey and maybe one day another cat will need you and Winnie, after your mounring process, which I hope you let yourlsef go through as gracefully as possible would want you to then be able, when ready to open your door for another animal that really needs you! Treasure the time you had together and sometimes it helps to do something to honor the passing – plant a tree, adopt antoher cat when ready from a rescue, name a star after Winnie – something I have done after some I loved passed, and also in honor of someone who moved away and I will most olikeyl never see, but I feel it is important to do something to honor what you had, keep the memories, and also, to let go at some point…knowing, with faith WInnie will always be so much apart of who you are and how you have grown and come to heal, and continue to surge forewrod, even in the bleakest of moments! Hoep this is not a to long ramble, but also think of this, when it rains ( I hate rain becuase of the feel and sound), but it has a good thing about it, it means the angels are crying and it allows for new things’ to grow, so any tears shed over Winnie, will allow new things’ to come into your life, new growth, and maybe a new home or door is opened now….

    I wish I had more comforting words’ to type, but am not sure what else to write and htis is pretty long, so I hope it helps ease a bit….hope thsee words’ mean something to you!

    For Winnie –

    Song: “Ten Thousand Angels Cried”

    If you like, I have a friend who made a youtube video with that song adn sort of expresses what I just write as well, so e-mail me if you would like the link and as always CJ, Hold On and whne you feel you cannot, know I am for you, as is Winnie, until you can, once more…..

  11. I’ve been away so I’ve only just read this post. I’m so sorry to hear about Winnie and I am thinking of you. It sounds like you were special friends. You will miss her a lot. It’s neat that you’ve got such great photos of her that show her personality. I’ve found that photos have helped me with my grief. I hope you’re able to mourn as you need to and I’m really glad your mother was with you to help (mothers can be useful sometimes, even the really difficult ones, I’ve found!). I’ll stop rambling but I just wanted to let you know that I sympathise. Take good care, my friend. xx

    • Hi Annelise,

      Thank you…

      I know my mothers heart is in the right place, I just get confused about it all. I couldn’t have made it through the day without her. She found it difficult enough as it was…

      Thank you so much for your ramble… I’m glad you got away for the holidays, and I hope it was a good break 🙂

      Please take care of yourself… I’ll be thinking of you…

  12. How heartbreaking. There is very little worse than losing one of the best, most loyal friends in the world: a pet. I’ve gone through the death of a family pet and I cried for a month. Still cry when certain songs come on and remind me of her.

    I had Hummer my dog cremated, and keep her in the house surrounded my her favorite toys. After a grieving process, we rescued a dog from the mind, which helped to fill the hole a little. The void never went away, but it at least made it bearable.

    I’m hoping you are using positive coping skills and you feel the love, support, and concern from those who courageous enough to comment here and those who are still too shy to be known. We are all out here caring about you.

    • Hi Missing In Sight,

      Thank you…

      I saw Allison on the day that Winnie passed away, and I told her of the struggles that I was having with it all – the emotional and practical aspects… I commented that there is possibly a lesson in that for me regarding my suicidal issues, and how it might affect those around me; but I still can’t get my head around that lesson – mainly because I don’t think that I have any worth.

      I’m sorry about the loss of your pets… I think you’re incredibly brave getting another pet after one has passed on. It sounds like a very moving tribute to a very much loved pet…

      I’m really thankful for all of the support I’ve received… even the support that has tried to be offered, but I’ve not been in a place to accept or understand it…

      Please take care,

  13. All our sympathy is with you.
    She was a very much loved cat and so special in your life. Now she is at peace and she is with you still as your own special guardian angel – forever in your heart and loving you always.

  14. I just got back online today and came over for an update. I’m really sorry about your baby. That’s so hard, isn’t it? Goodness.
    The photos are beautiful.

    • Hi Faith,

      Yes, it’s incredibly hard. I think I’m working through it, and then there’s another reminder.

      Thank you 🙂

      It’s good to see you back online… I’ll go and catch-up on what’s been happening with you later today.

      Take care,

  15. I just now saw this, and I’m so sorry that your sweet friend is no longer with you. I’m glad you were able to let your mother support you, and Allison, too. It’s so hard to lose a cherished companion animal. I’ll be thinking of you.

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