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So sorry about Burt. When you figure the amount of your life (quarter, third, fifth, etc.), one cat has occupied, you realize why you miss them so, especially a log-lived cat like Burt. Barb

Barb, thanks for the sympathy. You are right. I've had him since I was 28 years-old. I will always remember the small things about him that always touched me. How he always had to sleep with some small part of himself touching you..how he sounded like he was saying 'now' instead of 'meow'..those things...I will miss...

reesecups
Thanks. my rommate and I plan on just keeping the one we still have plus our dog. Once Inky (our ... same time this time, so there are no turf wars..There will always be room in my heart for a cat..

That's great!
I love the whole poem..have you read it. MLB

Piggybacking here, but I also love that line...it is so poignant, and so appropriate when we face the grief of losing a beloved pet. I did a search for the poem when I first read that passage in one of your messages, and I found some discrepancy in attribution of authorship. However, most sources list Diane Robertson as the author. And, yes, like you, I love the whole poem. Here is a copy of it:
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.support.grief.pet-loss/browse thread/thread/b5fb4001879ee030

MaryL
So sorry about Burt. When you figure the amount of ... miss them so, especially a log-lived cat like Burt. Barb

Barb, thanks for the sympathy. You are right. I've had him since I was 28 years-old. I will always remember ... small part of himself touching you..how he sounded like he was saying 'now' instead of 'meow'..those things...I will miss... reesecups

My father's 15 year-old boy cat passed away this morning (still getting details). He was actually the "boyfriend" of my girl cat who had to be put down due to renal failure last fall - she was maybe a year younger. I took her with me when I moved out several years ago.

I imagine they on the Rainbow Bridge together now. They were in our family since 1995. I have this wonderful picture of them sleeping parallel in a chair with each other.
I love the whole poem..have you read it. MLB

Piggybacking here, but I also love that line...it is so poignant, and so appropriate when we face the grief of ... the author. And, yes, like you, I love the whole poem. Here is a copy of it: thread/thread/b5fb4001879ee030 MaryL

Thanks, Mary L. Several years ago Noon Cat Nick was kind enough to look up and print a copy of the complete poem. I had never done it, because my eyes were giving me trouble (still do). Noon Cat Nick used to send quite a few favorite poems pertaining to cats and animals. A few months ago, when I was without my computer for a time, I got out printed copies of some of the poems Noon Cat Nick had sent and really enjoyed reading them again. I haven't seen anything from him/her now for quite some time. I hope all is well with NCN. Best wishes to all. MLB
I love the whole poem..have you read it. MLB

Yes, I have. But I always love that line when you post it to comfort someone.
I love the whole poem..have you read it. MLB

Yes, I have. But I always love that line when you post it to comfort someone.

Thanks for saying so. Best wishes. MLB
That is the most beautiful heartbreaking thing I have read in a long time. Thank you for posting it.