June 1, 2015

Sleep Well Dear Friend

My dear little guy Garfield passed away  tonight.
"the little golden man"
 Sept 1995-May 31, 2015
 He was in his 20th year and I have lost a good chunk of my heart with his passing.

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing..." Job
 He was an extraordinary personality and everyone remarked about it. Garfield was not aloof at all as cats can be but personable, loving and sweet. He loved people.
 He stayed near me all the time and when I was away for surgery and then away for physical therapy he developed an ulcer worrying about me because I was gone for a month.
 His chair was next to mine in my office.  He sat sweetly as I said the blessing before our meal and the grace after meals and waited with me until I was done.
 Garfield was born in the bottom drawer of my old dresser along with his brothers and sisters all of which were adopted out except for him and his brother Sandy. Sandy passed on a few years ago.
How I will miss his sweet voice greeting me and seeing his joy at sitting in the sliding glass window to soak in the sun.
No more fun as he would carpet surf from room to room. Getting up speed he would slide thru the house from one throw rug to the next. It was so much fun and I will deeply miss his cute performances.
 I have not been blogging much as he has been failing for a few weeks now and for the last few days refused food and then water.
Tonight he walked to his litter box and tried to go, but he couldn't. Mr. neat and clean to the end.  He never made messes ever even when dying!
He walked back to the hallway and fell over and breathed his last.
 I cannot  thank God enough for his life as it was a huge blessing to me and a great mercy that He shared his tiny servant with me.


  1. I'm so very sad while reading your words, our companions of life are such a blessing to us, and when we loose them, specially after so many years, as you say, we loose a part of our heart ...
    I cannot find the suitable words to support you, I know you to feel so unhappy and forlorn, I know this kind of situation and know what they mean to such delicate souls as we are ... I'm sending prayers to you and to him, because he may rest in peace as he deserves.
    With love

  2. I am so sorry, Annie. I know how it feels to lose a piece of your heart. These little guys become a part of us. You have lots of memories of your times together to treasure. I'll be thinking of you.

  3. Anonymous01 June, 2015

    I'm really sorry. I know how much he meant to you, but it's good that he died at home and he was able to stay with you until the end.


  4. Hi Annie! I left a comment a while ago but didn't see it post. Thought maybe it was waiting approval but now thinking it just didn't take so I'll try again.... I woke up around 4 AM and couldn't get back to sleep and, on a whim, checked twitter which I rarely do and saw your tweet about Garfield. I am so very sorry about the loss of your dear little friend but also so happy that you had such a loyal companion for 20 long years! You were lucky to have one another for so long. Take comfort in the fact that you gave him such a wonderful life... one that so many animals never get to experience. I know what a tough loss it always is. Sadly, we lost our calico Hayley Mills to kidney failure at the beginning of the year and then, in another big blow, lost Kanan (our 9 year old black lab) to cancer which, as you know, has plagued our dogs. Hope you are doing well with your back... I think of you and all my blog friends who aren't on FB often. Sending big hugs your way!

  5. Hi Annie, I am so sorry to hear you lost your Garfield. I remember how sad I was when my Reina died. We do lose a piece of our heart when they go.I will be praying for you as you grieve the loss of your beloved friends. Hugs and blessings to you my friend.

  6. Annie, what a lovely tribute to your faithful loyal companion of 20 years! I read with tears in my eyes. I'm so sorry, & I hurt knowing the deep sense of sadness & loss you feel. How blessed you were to have his companionship for so many years! I pray that you have many smiles as you think back on him & the memories he has left for you to treasure, & I know you will. Praying for you Annie, & sending you big hugs!

  7. Annie, I am so very sorry. Sending love and hugs.

  8. I am so very sorry, Annie. I know how it feels, but I am glad that you have been so blessed to have his companionship for 20 years. A big hug!

  9. Oh, Annie... After you left me such a sweet post about us losing our Tiger girl, and mentioning your Garfield, I had to search back to see if you had done a post. What a handsome fellow, and what a beautiful tribute to your sweet companion. Thank you for your kind words, and I'm so sorry you lost your faithful friend as well.
    All my best,
    An Enchanted Cottage


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