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  • Oh, Ann! I’m so sorry! Nothing more I can say.

  • There’s nothing harder. Thinking of you and your family today.

  • Ann, I’m sorry. That is so hard, always much harder than one would think. Glad you had a world-class cat, it is an important thing in life to have one.

  • Ann, I am so sorry. They are such a quiet comfort. My heart goes out to you.

  • Oh Ann! I’m so SORRY! I hope you get some quiet time today to think about Kitty. I’ll be thinking of you! L, C

  • Oh Ann, I’m sorry to hear about Kitty. It’s never easy losing a pet. Hugs.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Kitty. ((hugs))

  • Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your family.

  • Ann, I’m so sorry to hear it . . . it’s such a difficult thing, and my heart goes out to you and your family.

  • So sorry! Thinking of you + your family today.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I’ve just gone through the same thing recently and I know how you feel. You did the right thing. No family member should suffer.

  • I am so sorry for your loss.

  • {{{Ann}}}

  • My deepest sympathies Ann – I know how hard it is to lose a pet. Much love xx

  • aw, Ann, my thoughts are with you! I’m so sorry… losing pets is so hard. they’re your little companions for so long…it’s so hard to see them go, much less have to decide for them that it’s time to go.
    my first cat, Boober (of Fraggle Rock fame), passed away more than 10 years ago and I still get a giant lump in my throat when i think of him.
    Kitty looked like a sweet little lurker…know all of us pet-lovers in the world are thinking of you and your family!

  • Dear Ann,
    I’m so sorry about Kitty. Sending you a BIG hug. You’ll be in my thoughts today. Take care.

  • Wait a minute!…End of School? Good gravy, it’s only May! Do they go back to school early as well? Is Nashville a place where it’s all summer, all the time, so it doesn’t matter when summer vacation is? (Up here, we need to take summer vacation during the two months we can (usually) count on summer being here.)
    Extra prayers for you now. Three months? Oy.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Kitty.

  • Ann… I’m so sorry… no words can really help… but know that she is now without the pain & terror…
    Ideas for birthday party… teach them all to knit…. a pirate party.. *dig a small hole & bury treasure… etc..
    Start planning your vacation knitting now… You need all the time you can get…
    Good luck w/ it all

  • Ann and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss.
    May you all be flooded with happy memories and know that Kitty will wait for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

  • I am so sorry about Kitty 🙁

  • If patient under sufferings I have been,
    Grant me at least one night to visit home again
    Once more to see my home, and mistress dear,
    And purr these grateful accents in her ear.
    “Thy faithful cat, thy poor departed slave,
    Still loves her mistress ev’n beyond the grave.”
    Imitated in English

  • Oh, Ann…you have my full empathy.

  • May Kitty Wells be singing a bright song with her friend Patsy Cline in that Grand Ol’ Oprey in the sky. You know the whole stage is covered in cat litter and the microphone is made of catnip. It’s the best. I had to put a cat to sleep a couple of weeks before Christmas. She’d been my cat since the eight grade and I was 29. Ironically, my husband was so upset he couldn’t even go in there with me to watch the vet do the deed. He’d kill me if he knew I told you that. May God be wi’ye.
    Yes, our summer vacations start early here, but we’re back in school before you know it. A whole month before Labor Day, if you can believe it!!

  • What a sad day. I’ll drink a beer in memory of Kitty Wells tonight. To Kitty!

  • The love of a pet is precious and hard to describe, the loss of a pet is heartwrenching to say the least, it leaves an emptiness that words can not describe. My thoughts are with you and your family!

  • Ann, I am so sorry! It is so hard to lose a pet. I’ll be thinking of you.

  • So sorry about your loss. I am trying not to think about the time I will have to make the final trip to the vet with the four elderly pets–dogs ages 8, 10 and 13 and rabbit age 10. May Kitty rest in peace. May you and your family take comfort thinking of all the good memories she gave you.

  • Ann, I’m so sorry. Losing a dear kitty is so hard. We will keep you & your family in our hearts and thoughts. Take care!

  • I’m so sorry. It is always so hard when we must help them go on without us.

  • I know how hard this is – it is losing a member of the family. I will send positive thoughts your way.

  • Ann
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Your and your family will be in my prayers today.

  • I am so sorry, Ann. Y’all are in my thoughts & prayers.

  • I’m so sorry for the passing of Kitty. Have a wonderful summer with the children with many memories of Kitty.

  • i love your kitty memories. hold them close, and let the tears fall. felines are the best “family members.” they have soul.

  • Condolences. Letting go of a dear friend is the hardest thing you can do.

  • Poor, poor Kitty and poor, poor Ann. All my sympathies.

  • There is nothing like the love a pet can give. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Julie

  • Oh, gosh, I’m so sorry. I have also known world-class cats. Lucky, us. Take care over this memorial weekend, and beyond.

  • Sending hugs and thoughts your way

  • sorry sorry to hear about kitty. she looks like a great cat.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Here is a great sight for you to check out http://www.petloss.com/
    The Rainbow Bridge poem you find there can be such a comfort. My husband and I had to have our dog of 17 years put to sleep a couple years ago. It was the only time I have seen my big strong husband cry. A friend shared the poem with us, and it made us cry again. But that’s because of the beautiful picture it gives you of a pet being restored to health.
    Your ether friends are here to help.

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • My father is still in mourning for Ashley, my his cat of 17+ years. He gets choked up when he talks about her. He has her ashes on the mantle still in the box from the vet – I told him I’d knit a cozy for the box, which he’s already adorned with her photo.
    It is a hard thing to do, to let a pet go. What a nice memorial of her to have posted this entry.

  • I am so sorry. I hope Kitty Wells looks up our elderly gentleman cat, who passed on just recently. (It still hurts.) We should be so lucky to have all our relationships be as good as the ones we have with our companion animals. Please take care.

  • I felt so sorry reading about Kitty. I, too, love the Rainbow Bridge poem. I found it a few years ago after we had to put my Scottie, Dexter to sleep. It wasn’t long before I added two more litle loves to my life, my Scotties, Wallace and Elgin.

  • Aw darn it Ann! I am so sorry for your Kitty woes. (I’m also selfishly sorry I won’t be here next week when you visit my lovely state and Grand Canyon. I hope the birthday and trip go well.) I’ve got your family in my thoughts.

  • Rest in Peace, dear kitty wells. 🙁 I’m sorry to hear your news.

  • She’s sippin’ from the Milky Way now. I’m sorry.
    Party — let them wrap each other up as TOILET PAPER MUMMIES. Edumicational and fun! Boys love that stuff.
    Pour your leftover (unused) cat litter into a big tub, bury little treasures, blindfold em, make em use a tiny spoon to find the loot.
    See — with just cat litter and toilet paper, you can have a rockin’ birfday party in the South.

  • Clearly, a world-class cat.
    We’re thinking about you.

  • Ah, Kitty. World-class kitties are the best and the whole neighborhood misses seeing them catching the breeze in the window or the grass. I’m so sorry.

  • Kitty Wells….love the name.
    So sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved pet is so much more difficult than people realize. I’m sending loving thoughts your way.

  • O Ann, to Kitty Wells!

  • Ann, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Kitty Wells. Thinking of you and yours!

  • Sorry for your loss. (((((((hugs)))))))))

  • Ann,
    My heart is breaking for you. It sounds like Kitty lived a long, spoiled life, as all cats should live. It’s a blessing you have so many things to distract you – and can anything distract you more than a couple of young boys?
    Have a good trip to the big hole!

  • Sissy, I am wozen for you. Them Loveless Motel kitties were a special breed. XXXXXOOOOOO

  • Hang in there… the loss of Kitty and the return of your children to your normal routine will be a blow on both fronts!

  • i’ve written similar tales of woe twice this year. and frankly, not much that i can say will make it suck less.
    i am sorry for your loss. i’m sure she’ll always be around, knitted into just about everything around you like the fine fiber-distribution friend she is.
    if you want to trade, i’ve got one that likes to eat crow baby. we have 13 crows surrounding our house and screaming at us at all hours of the day and night. literally. for about 2 weeks now. all she can say back is “et..aaah eeea et et et….” in her defense. and sparky looks quite a bit like kitty. happy to send her to nashville, right about now…….

  • Here’s to Kitty. Lots of Knitting Water for Ann tonight.

  • Ann, I’m very sorry, I hope you find comfort.

  • Oh Ann, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m a mess too just thinking about it (perhaps in no small part because I see the picture of Kitty Wells, and she looks just like my Sable – all black with a white spot on her chest). My kitties are so precious to me, and it tears me up to think about anything happening to them. Many hugs to you and yours.

  • I’m usually more of a lurker than a commenter, but I just wanted to tell you how sad I am to read about your loss of Kitty. We lost our two beloved beasties in March and I know how painful it is.

  • Ann, I’m so sorry. It’s astonishing how much a presence pets are in our lives, and how much of a void they leave when they’re gone.

  • Not a good day. We are all sending good wishes your way.

  • I hope Kitty has already found her way to the happy hunting ground in the sky. Or, in this case, maybe the warm, sunny, knitted spot with a nice breeze.

  • This totally sucks. You have the sympathies of many, many catloving knitters out here. Our hearts are with you!

  • So sorry about your Kitty. Its miserable, especially one you’ve had your pet longer than your children. When our last dog was put to sleep, I couldn’t drive by the vet’s without getting weepy for almost a year.

  • Kitty’s somewhere on a warm sunny windowsill, lying belly up, dreaming of catnip and the day you and her will be reunited. My thoughts and condolences go out to you.

  • Oh Ann I am so so so sorry. I had to put my dog to sleep about a month ago after a long illness and while you know it’s the right thing to do, the pain and the hurt are still there.
    Hugs to you and your family!

  • oh ann, i’m so sorry. 3 weeks ago, spazzz, my very favorite cat of all time was hit by a car. it’s the hardest loss i’ve ever had and breaks my heart daily. we took in another kitten that had been brought in to be put down. soda cracker is a tom with his own unique quirks. at first i thought that i would not take to him because of the hurt over spazzz. i’m coming to realize that he is not filling any big spooted paws, but is his own puss in boots.
    i’ll be thinking about you.

  • Ann, Your post is so heart wrenching I want to leave work to go home and hug my little girl and our two cats. It’s so hard to loose a member of the family. I hope you’re all finding comfort in each other.

  • I’m so sorry. We lost our cat 12 year old (ish) black cat Scath this winter, and it was so sad. Sigh. I have found getting new cats to be pretty helpful, though I’m sure I’m damaging their psyches by constantly asking them to be like their predecessor.

  • Oh Ann – I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet cat. We put our 17 year old cat to sleep at the end of April and we all cried. My advice – write down all the things you loved about Kitty Wells and what made her who she was. For awhile, that list will make you sad, but eventually you will read it and smile and celebrate her part in your family. (P.S. We got a new kitten two days ago. After the grieving time, a new furry little face in the family, helps too.)

  • I feel for you. Our last cat was the “kid” as all of ours have moved on (finally). This one was so special that the grocery delivery guy actually cried when I told him she was gone. We loved her. My condolences…..

  • Oh no . . . I’m so sorry!

  • condolences to ann & all the shaynes… you had 12 years together, what a wonderful thing.

  • I am so sorry Ann. It is a terrible thing to lose your furry friend. They don’t judge, don’t care how many oreos you stick in your face, and always seem to think you are just fine the way you are. A human like that is hard to come by. That’s why we love our pets so. Kitty had a happy life with you, and I’m sure she will be a wonderful guardian angel; waiting with heavenly yarn for you on the other side.

  • Ann….Condolesences to you, hubbo and the boys. That is one of the most heartbreaking of choices to have to make. To put a beloved member of your family to sleep. Know that she is not alone up there in heaven but with Patsy and others who are important to you. They will be wathing over you together. You just know that she is up there with the biggest hand knitted catnip toy having a good ole time.

  • So sorry, Ann. xo, c.

  • sorry about your kitty… i really hate to hear that :o(

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I like to think that they have not gone, just gone ahead.

  • Dear Ann,
    I’ll be thinking of you and your family today. Cats are so special to everyone who knows them, and it takes a long time to get used to them not being there. At least Kitty Wells won’t be suffering anymore. You’re in my thoughts.

  • Oh, Ann, I’m so sorry. We buried a pet last week (albeit one much smaller and less interactive than a cat), and it hurts a lot.
    My deepest condolences to you and your family ….

  • oh Ann, I’m so sorry. Kitty was obviously a beloved member of the family and I imagine that she’s now pouncing about in greener fields

  • I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Losing a treasured and integral piece of your life always hurts. I’ll say a prayer of comfort for you.

  • Ann,
    I have enjoyed the last few weeks, reading the M&D blog backwards. I finally finished just now, with the last post being about your beloved Kitty. I am so sorry. I’ve been there, unfortunately several times, so I know how it feels. I’ve also being going through a rough patch lately with my buddy cat, Kyle, and I don’t know how it’s going to turn out in the next few weeks (he’s 16).
    My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Ann & family,
    We are so sorry about your Kitty. My DD and I both cried for 3 months straight after we lost our kitty not too long ago. You never get over them totally. We are thinking of you.

  • Ann, I’m so sorry! I don’t even want to think about how it’ll be when our two cats go…we’re all thinking of you!

  • Hang in there. I can relate to your pain – my cat almost died last year when he ate too much of a foamy shower sandal in our closet and it stopped up his insides. I was a wreck. Loved the picture of Kitty – remember her that way…

  • Awww Anne, so sorry to hear about Kitty!

  • Kitty Wells was one fine looking (and amusingly named) cat. I’m so sorry you’ll be missing her, now. She reminds me of my Harry, who I lost a couple of years ago (age 17 or so).
    Amazing how these sweet little creatures can burrow their way into your very soul. It makes goodbyes so hard.

  • Well, damn, honey. I’m so sorry.

  • The tears are running down my face right now for you.

  • I’m so sorry, Ann.

  • From time to time I have those moments where I choke up, thinking how sad it would be to say goodbye to any of my cats, Abe, Lilly (most often called Kitty), or Remus. They are my constant companions. My thoughts go out to you and your Kitty.

  • From a fellow cat-lover, my heart goes out to you and your family. I can totally relate to the cat on the knitting thing. My big guy Jesse does the same thing. Somehow knitting and cats just go together. I’m so sorry Ann.

  • I’m sorry to hear about Kitty, Ann. Our pets are family and they just don’t live long enough. Hugs.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Hugs to your family and good luck with the party/end-of-school/vacation things coming your way!

  • Ann, I’m so very sorry.

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of your cat. It’s so hard to lose a pet. I just lost my Tigger in February and the memory still brings me to tears. Pets become so much a part of your world that it leaves a huge wound when they leave.

  • Tonight I’ll give each of my 9 cats an extra cheese pea (a bit of shredded cheese squeezed into a pea size ball) and tell them it’s in honor of Kitty. Our most soothing thoughts and wishes are with you.

  • Ann, I’m so sorry.

  • So sorry to hear about Kitty! My family lost our beloved family cat of 17 years a few months ago, and I think about him every day. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • I echo the condolences of the 103 people who have come before me. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how sad that is, Ann.

  • Oh Ann, I just want to hug you.

  • May has been a baaaad month for me. It ended with me taking my 17 year old cat, Michael to the vet to put him down on Monday. I have to remind myself not to check on him when I walk through the door.
    I miss him the most at night when I am knitting. He never, ever played with my yarn. He would lay down on my left side as close to me as possible and just let the yarn go over him.
    I am having a hard time knitting without him.

  • My most dear condolences for the loss of your Kitty.

  • I’m so so so SO sorry about the passing of your Kitty.

  • Hugs your way! I’m so sorry for your sadness.

  • Dearest Ann and fambly,
    Just this morning, I got that twinge of knowing, when our Maxwell didn’t quite make the jump onto the ledge, that one day (hopefully far into the future) will be his last with us. My sympathies for you all.
    I can just about picture Kitty, loping through the grass and right through those pearly gates of heaven.
    In honor of Kitty, I’m going to knit a log cabin kitty blanket from your book and take it over to Second Chance, a rescue kitty adoption group in this area.

  • Oh I’m so sorry — I remember only too well that day with my cocoadog –

  • Oh, Ann. I’m so sorry. It is hard, harder than one would ever imagine. Hugs from me and the baby.

  • Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about Kitty Wells! Thoughts with you now. *sniff* *hug*

  • I’m so sorry 🙁 Sounds like Kitty Wells was a wondeful cat. May she rest in peace.

  • Ann I am sooo sorry to hear of Miss Kitty Wells. It is so hard to lose a pet, when they are so much a member of the family. I don’t know if Kay mentioned it or not, but I lost my Shih-tzu puppy Manda in December. She was 11, and black as the night also. You can find this poem on the internet, but I thought I would post it here for you also.
    *hugs* Van
    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

  • Sorry about your lovely Kitty.
    take it easy and enjoy the Grand Canyon next week!

  • So sorry for your loss. Sounds like Kitty had a good life. Take care.

  • dear ann:)
    im so sorry to hear about ur kitty,
    my boy cat passed a few weeks back,i adored him & he me…so i understand.

  • So sorry, Ann. After a little time passes, remember that there are lots of kitties out there who need a good home like yours….

  • {{{Hugs}}}
    I’m so very sorry to hear this. It’s always so horrible when one of our pets has to leave.

  • I am so sorry that I was griping about the excess in the pet department at our house. What a terrible week.

  • I’m sorry. Hugs to you and your family. Gentle journey Miss Kitty Wells.

  • I am sorry to hear about Kitty. I feel your pain. This year we had to put our 16 yr. old cat, Misha to sleep. It broke my heart that she was so miserable at the end. She was a “country” kitty from Memphis, TN when we lived there back in 1989. She had a sister who scampered out to the door after we moved here to Virginia never to be seen again. Now they will both be together. Time does not heal all wounds, just makes them easier to cope with.

  • I’m so sorry about your sweet Kitty. *sigh* 🙁

  • I’m so sorry. She sounds like she was such a nice cat.

  • Sorry to hear about Kitty. I have had cat troubles myself this week. I will say a little prayer for kitty.

  • thoughts are with you and your family. It hasn’t quite been a year since we said goodbye to our only girl baby.

  • Hugs because there is nothing I can say other than that i am sorry because losing a treasured pet is such the hurt you can’t explain.

  • Sorry your kitty went to kitty heaven…maybe there can be comfort in that.

  • I’m so sorry Ann, losing a beloved pet is so difficult. (((hugs)))

  • I’m so sorry Ann, losing a beloved pet is so difficult. (((hugs)))

  • Dearest Ann, I completely understand what you are going thru.. exactly one year ago on the 21st Kori and I had to take Basia (16 years old) to the vet.. she had stomach cancer and she had lost at least 10 pounds in one week.. lots and lots of hugs from up north and I hope the boys keep you busy.. but that you have wonderful memories too of Kitty…. hugs Karola

  • Ann,
    I am truly sorry.

  • Oh, Ann. I’m so sorry to hear about Kitty. We lost our sweet Tiko (she was named after my childhood cat who was named for a “throw the kids in the back of the station wagon in their jammies” drive in movie called Tiko and the Shark) a couple months ago. She was 14, and was the terror of every mouse, chipmunk, or vole who happened into her territory but submitted to being lugged around and dressed in doll clothes by the kids from kittenhood. She adopted my 2 youngest as her kittens and alternated sleeping in their beds offering licks on the heads, ear nibbles, and swats as needed. My 5yo has been asking for a new kitty since she thinks Tiko’s bed (which is still on the 5yo’s bed, filled with an assortment of Beanie kittens) “looks lonely without a real kitty in it”.

  • i’m so sorry! we lost two last year. i know it’s tough. sending hugs.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Kitty. They are such a big part of our lives and truly become members of our family.

  • Aw Ann
    They just do not live long enough. My thoughts are there for you during the strange transition without them in your sight and in your days. How lucky we are to have them with us while we do. Good timing for distraction of Grand Canyon,

  • Oh, Ann, I’m sorry to hear that it was Kitty’s time. Every cat is unique and special, but yarn cats are the best. They love the string so much, it makes any yarn obsession seem perfectly normal.
    Take it slow and be good to yourself right now. We’re all thinking of you, and appreciating our own cats today.

  • Ann, I’m so sorry to hear about Kitty. She picked the right family when she chose yours, and I’m glad you all got to be together for the time you had. Sending love and hugs.

  • I am so sorry about kitty. Losing a pet is so painful. Making the decision “that it is time” is hard. I have forgetten many a boyfriend over the years but I remember the name of every cat I’ve owned.

  • I had to put my 14 year old cat, Mr Nikki, to sleep this past week, too. You have my sympathy. He would sit next to me while knitting and try to hold the plastic of a circular needle. He learned not to pull on the yarn with his claws and generally just kept me company while knitting. He will be terribly missed!

  • You did a brave thing; making that choice is one of the hardest things to do….I hope your thoughts are filled with happy memories of Kitty in the days to come.

  • Nothing more to add. So sorry for all of you about Kitty Wells.

  • I often love the pets in my house more than the humans in my house.
    I’m very, very sorry y’all lost your beloved Kitty.

  • I’m de-lurking to express my sorrow about the loss of your beloved cat. It’s just so awful to lose someone you love. You and yours are in my thoughts.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s been 4 weeks since we had to say good-bye to our 17-year-old family dog (very mixed breed!). I often tell people she raised my kids as my son is 26 and daughter is 28. She was such a dear. My sympathies.

  • I had to put my beloved cat Maya down in March, and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
    I am so sorry about Kitty Wells. She looked like she was a most beautiful cat; very much reminds me of my Winnie Pie. My thoughts are with you!

  • Bailey, Trinket & Weezie join me in sending heartfelt wishes of sympathy.
    Our buddy, Yukon, passed 2 years ago, and we all miss him still. When he died, my hubby allowed me to wrap him in his favorite hawaiian shirt as a shroud.
    Yukon was the kind of cat who’d have joined in a poker game with a beer and cigar, if he’s had opposable thumbs.
    Sniff, sniff.

  • She looks just like my Josephine…I must take more pictures of Josephine. Hugs for you and yours. ~x~

  • Losing a beloved pet never gets easier, no matter what. Sympahty and a cyber hug. And purrs of condolences from my 4 felines as well.

  • Ann, I’m so sorry. Losing our little friends is never easy–it’s damn hard. Hugs and love to you and the family.

  • Oh, I’m so sorry, Ann. 🙁

  • My sympathies, Ann. It is heartwrenching to have to make that humane decision for a beloved animal, though I only wish we could treat our humans as kindly. Last year, I had to make the decision for my adored first cat Gremlinka, and I thought my heart would break. I made an altar for her, with photos and candles. In my goodbye, I asked her to send her little spirit back to me. Several months later, I found the right kitten to bring home, a very dark Tortoiseshell(Gremlinka was a very light Himalayan). The first thing the kitten did was curl up in exactly the same favorite spot. As she grew, she exhibited all the mannerisms of the first cat, smallest animal in the house, but definitely the queen bee. Same weight, same eating preferences. The way she looks at me, I can’t help but think my wish came true. I hope you soon find another furry friend that needs you and keep your wonderful memories.