Losing a Friend

My Lovely Wife and I took the tough step of having our kitty put to sleep this morning. She had been sick for quite some time and it was clear that the road ahead was going to be even tougher than it had been up to now. Enough suffering, we decided.

Many thanks to those of you who knew her for being her friend, even for a brief time. Especially to Dr. Monika Jankowski of South Paws, whose care and extreme compassion deeply moved me. She was incredible and showed herself to be more than a caretaker by profession but also by nature.

Remembering Connie, our wonderfully eccentric, lovable cat, I thought I would share this video of her, cleaning the window screen. She loved tasting the world and was a lovely, playful, adorable critter and we miss her deeply.

Carl Weaver is a writer and brewer for RealHomebrew.com and has been making beer and wine for more than 20 years. He is also an avid photographer and writer and just finished his first book, about a trip he took to Thailand to live in Buddhist monasteries. He considers himself the last of the Renaissance men and the luckiest darned guy in the world. Follow him on Twitter.

9 thoughts on “Losing a Friend

  1. aww carl, our cat is a calico and looks so much like yours (ridiculously adorable!), and we would be absolutley devistated if she had to leave us. :( my thoughts are with you and your wife.

  2. Hey Carl, my wife and I completely understand. South Paws was fantastic help with both of our sick kitties last year, up to the end. Our condolences to you both.

    It’s not easy losing a loved one, even a furry four-legged one.

  3. Oh Carl, I know how you feel, having lost my beloved washingtonian cat a year ago… take care.

  4. Carl,
    My deepest sympathies to you and your wife – I went through the same trauma a few years ago with my friend of 21 years, the adorable and wee Sebastian.

  5. Losing a pet just sucks. It’s astonishing how small critters who don’t even talk grab hold of us like that. I’m sure that she was grateful for all the comfort you gave her in her last days, and I know that you made the right decision for her.

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