Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Very Sad Day

our little old lady cat asleep on the deck

Well friends, I've got some sad news to share with you. This morning, we said goodbye to our sweet little Drewey.

She had been really low for the past couple of weeks. After many visits to the vet; xrays, ultrasounds and blood work revealed many not-so-good things going on inside of her.

Considering her age (18+) we decided that treatment for all that ailed her wasn't the best route to take, so we put her on a comfort plan instead. Drugs, herbs, sub Q fluids, and a steady diet of anything she wanted to eat worked at first, but his morning it was painfully clear that her time had come.

We took her to the vet, and at 9:45, she slipped away.

We're horribly sad and heart-broken of course, but are so thankful for the many good years we had with her. She was an amazing cat, and it was a privilege to know her.

I'm sorry to have to deliver this news to you. I know whenever we have to talk about the subject of death here, it stirs up lots of painful memories of pets loved and lost for everyone. I'm sorry for bringing sadness into your day.

I do have a remedy, though. I'm pretty sure there's nothing on earth a basket of kittens can't fix... let's say we all give it a try.

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377 comments:

  1. I am so heartbroken for you guys. She was a well-loved kitty and she will be missed.

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  2. I'm so sorry! I think I'm going to cry. Hang in there! I'm thinking of you.

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  3. I am so very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful home you gave Drewey. I'm sure her spirit will be with you always. Thank you for sharing part of Drewey's life with all of us and letting us get to know her. Many Blessings, Robin

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  4. Sleep well, Miss Drewey.

    ~hugs~

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  5. I'm so sorry to here about Drewey. You did what was best and gave her the best life that anycat could ask for. I'll be thinking of the IBKC resident crank. I'm really taken back by the news and wish there was something I could to do help. Hugs, purrs, and headbonks.

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  6. It's always hard putting down a beloved pet, but it helps to see it as your final act of love and compassion--the last thing you can do to keep them from feeling pain. She had a good life, little Drewey.

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  7. Kodiak and Kenai's momApril 1, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Oh Laurie, I'm so sorry. But just think, Drewey is in kitty heaven, laying in the sun, soaking up the rays and purring.

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  8. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. As a family who lost a beloved ancient feline about three months ago, our thoughts are with you.

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  9. Laurie - so very sad for you and your family (and Charlene!). You'd better get those kitten out of quarantine of Charlene is gonna go nuts! You provided a wonderful home for Drewey. Peace.

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  10. Laurie,
    My heart broke when I read about Drewey. She was probably the most fun to follow on IBKC and I looked forward to her posts. I'm glad she's no longer suffering but I know her loss has left a hole in your heart. Thinking of you and your family <3

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  11. Oh Laurie, I am so sorry *hugs* xxx

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  12. Oh, I am so very sorry. She was so blessed to be with you! -b. trimble

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  13. Hugs to you Laurie, and to Craig, and to all who loved Drewey. She really was such a special cat to us as we readers got to know her in her dotage...I can only imagine the memories you have of her in her younger days. Remember those times - She lives on in your hearts.
    Sleep well, dear Drewey!

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  14. i am so sorry for your loss. i appreciate you being able to share the good and the bad. she could not have had a better family to be a part of than yours!!

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  15. My deepest condolences to you and your entire family. Drewey was a special girl and she will be missed by all of us. *hugs*

    Much love,

    Jennifer (and Velvet)

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  16. Laurie, I am so sorry. But she let you know she wasn't enjoying things any more and it was time. I am sure she will still be there -- I see my 17+ year old cat who died two years ago occasionally. Mostly in my dreams, where she pops in occasionally to purr up a storm. I hope that Charlene will be comforting this evening. She will miss Drewey as well.

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  17. So sorry for you guys!! I remember how hard it was too... and just wanted you to know that I'm sending you virtual hugs and happy memories. I'm sure my kitty is sniffing Drewey's butt and making friends in kitty heaven right now. ;-)

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  18. NOOO!!!!!!! Not DREWEY! I am SO sorry to read this. 18Plus is indeed a magnificent accomplishment. I'm sure Charlene will miss her.

    I am SO sorry for your loss.
    Sherry

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  19. Baxter's Mom says,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing what a lovely (and adventurous!) life Drewey had. You gave each other so much and that will be with you always.

    Baxter will miss his fellow curmudgeon every day.

    Namaste,

    Rosemary

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  20. I am so sorry to read this. I enjoyed seeing photos and updates of your "cranky old lady." You did the kindest thing and she's free from pain now. Hugs to you and yours.

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  21. A very fine cat crossed the rainbow bridge today. Rest in peace sweet Drewey.

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  22. Drewey's recent time in the IBKC spotlight made me wonder if she was feeling poorly... what a wonderful home you gave her. She couldn't have had a better family (Charlene and countless kittens included!). You loved her well, up to the very end.

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  23. I don't really know what to say other than I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet. You and you family(human and feline) are in our thoughts and prayers.
    xoxo Cori, Elvis and Albert

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  24. So sorry for your loss...
    What an amazing life Drewey had, and how incredible that she touched so many lives.

    peace to you and all the kitties :)

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  25. My deepest condolences for your loss. I know how hard it can be when you have done your best and it was no longer enough to relieve their suffering.

    Peace to you and your family.

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  26. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Dear Drewey. I shall miss your posts, but know you're in a better place across the Bridge. Sending lots of love your way.

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  27. so sorry to hear about Drewey. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. She'll always live on in your memories and in your heart. -NAP

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  28. I am so sorry. It's never easy to lose a beloved pet, even when it's time. I hope your basketfull of kittens helps.

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  29. Oh, Laurie and Craig (and Charlene), I am so, so sorry to hear this news. The way you described Dewey on this blog so vividly and fondly, I somehow felt as if I knew her in some small way. She was surely loved in her forever home, and from afar by her blog reader-admirers.

    Rest well, sweet grumpy Rooster cat. May there be lots of sunbeams and decks and everything you loved on this side of the veil there in the afterlife for you.

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  30. Thank you Laurie, for sharing your family with us.

    I grew up with a big old surly Maine Coon that lived happily to the age of 16. Despite cataracts in both eyes, he was hunting birds until the week he died. Memories of Maximilian are inevitable at a time like this, but he deserves to be remembered now and again.

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  31. I'm so sorry to hear of Drewey's passing. She'll always be remembered and loved. Rest In Peace sweet Drewey! You are loved! <3

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  32. my deepest for you, your family and charlene. i wish you all the best in healing and hope.

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  33. It is an achievement for a cat to live that long. That is how we all know she was loved by you. Your good services to the feline community honour her memory.

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  34. I'm so sorry. Drewey was a lovely cat. I know I'll miss seeing pictures and hearing about her. As my own sweet girl is quite ill, I can imagine how hard the loss is for you. You're all in my thoughts.

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  35. Oh, Laurie, I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Miss Drewey.

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  36. So sorry to hear about this. Farewell to a grand old gal.
    Rita

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  37. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time - take comfort in the fact that she had a good long life with you.

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  38. I'm so sorry. I'm going to miss hearing about the adventures of the curmudgeonly one, but take comfort in Drewey having a full life that was well lived. Be sure to give some extra love to The Bean because she's no doubt missing her big sis.

    Sending vibes to my dearly departed Spunky and Lucy (aka Boo-Boo) to give Drewey a warm welcome at the Rainbow Bridge.

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  39. I am so sorry for your loss. Drewey will be greatly missed. - Tiffany xx

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  40. I'm so sorry for your lost. Hugs!

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  41. So sorry for your loss.

    I'm embracing my inner crank today.

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  42. After aome tears, I went to look up some previous posts of Drewey...the 20 Things post told us so much about this amazing cat and the encounter she had with kitten Benny Musselman made me smile. Thank you, Laurie, for sharing Drewey with us.

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  43. My condolences. It's never easy to lose a pet. I hope you, Craig and Charlene are comforted by all the good thoughts coming your way.

    RIP Drewey - you adorably grumpy kitty.

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  44. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how painful it is to say goodbye Our thoughts are with you.

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  45. Thank you for sharing Drewey with us. She is in a better place now.

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  46. Hugs to you and Charlene. Drewey had a wonderful life, but it is very hard to say goodbye. Thanks for bringing to mind the wonderful furballs I've shared my life with.

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  47. Dear Laurie:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Drewey was a marvelous lady, and you gave her an equally marvelous life. I know that you will miss her, and I hope that you will be comforted by many wonderful memories of your Rooster.

    Diane M.

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  48. We are so sorry. We loved her deeply from afar and our hearts are breaking. Please give Charlene a hug from Indy. My sweet teenager Jenna found out first and she is beside herself. We miss Drewey and hope you and Craig aren't hurting too much.
    Love,
    The Van Dyke Family

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  49. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Drewey was a lovely kitty, and you always posted about her with such love and humor. It's obvious that she was adored.

    Please don't worry about making us sad. I'm grateful that we can be here to share the little lives that you shepherd. It only enriches ours.

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  50. Oh, nooooo! I know her loss will be felt for a long time to come! Thank you for sharing her with all of us!

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  51. I'm going to miss the pictures of her cranky little face. :)

    My Merlin will be waiting for her on the other side (he went last week) of the rainbow bridge and they can get lay of the land together. Butterflies and all the catnip they want...fun!

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  52. Truly, truly sorry for your loss. Drewey was always a joy to see.

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  53. I was so hoping that at the end of this, it was going to say, "April Fools!" :(

    I love your blog, and the posts about Drewey always made me smile and remember my own elderly cat. Drewey lived a much better and happier life than some of the felines that get taken from this earth as babies, so for this we must be thankful that she had you. :)

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  54. Sending our condolences for the loss of your sweet Drewey. I can't help but cry ... I loved every post about her. We have a "grumpy girl" in our home, too... so we know just how special they can be. Thanks so much for sharing her with all of us. Love and Purrs!

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  55. Darling Drewey,

    You captured our hearts with your beautifully expressive face and rare (but all the sweeter for it) appearances. What a long, storied life you led! And how wonderful it was that your Mom was so kind enough to share you with us.

    RIP lovely girl...

    Catherine and Zoey xx

    P.S. Our thoughts are with you, Laurie and Craig and Charlene. It is such a tough time and so hard to know when to say goodbye. Sweet Drewey is no longer in pain, and forever in your hearts.

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  56. *tears* I'm so sorry. You're right...memories. Lost my old girl (kidney failure, hyperthyroidism) March 17, 2009, at the age of 19. Old lady cats are something else, huh? Thank you for all the pictures and tales of your Drewey. I'm sure she's met up with my Dolly now.

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  57. Laurie,
    I'm so sorry for your loss. Your post brought tears to my eyes. It's so emotionally tough. I know.

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  58. i am so very sorry. please try to take comfort in what a wonderful life you all had together. xxoo

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  59. Thinking of you at this sad, sad time.

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  60. I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

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  61. you and craig are in my heart and thoughts today.

    i'm heartglad you had drewey as long as you did and have so many wonderful memories of her and that she had such a lovely life with you.

    and bless you for giving her so much comfort at the end and then an easy passing to the other side.

    much love from everybody here to everybody there

    carys and the 13 (and a half) cats

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  62. I'm so sorry. :(

    Rest well, Drewey, and keep an eye on those kittens (and Charlene) from across the Bridge--when you're not taking well-deserved sunbeam naps, that is.

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  63. I'm so sorry to hear about this. I'm gonna go give my 18 year old sweetie a hug and a kiss after leaving this comment... if she doesn't bite me first.

    RIP Drewey.

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  64. Oh Drewey Cat, we shall miss you.
    I hope you guys and Charlene are coping as well as can be expected.
    My own beloved pusscat, Gabriel, shall get extra gooshy and cuddles tonight.

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  65. I'm so sorry about Drewey. I had a soft spot for her. We had to say goodbye to our elderly doggy this week - even when you know without a doubt it's the best decision, it's still so painful to have to go through.

    Wishing you all the comfort and strength you need.

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  66. I cried when I read this post. I love all things Drewey! She was a lucky kittie to have her final years with you Laurie, and I know she is in kitty heaven now!

    My favourite Drewey moment was when she said hi to Benny the kitten.

    I will miss you Drewey.

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  67. I'm so sorry for your loss. Her Royal Crankiness was secretly my favorite cat at the IBKC.

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  68. I'm so sorry to hear about Drewey. It sounds like she had a wonderful life with you. I'm going to go give my little Bagherra a hug right now, whether she likes it or not. ;-)

    And the basketful of kittens did bring a smile through the tears.

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  69. i am so sorry to hear about drewey. she had the best life a kitty could want and the best family. bless her little kitty heart and the family that loved her.
    hugs,
    puglette

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  70. So sorry to hear this sad news. It does remind me of loved pets who've gone from this world. I'm glad Drewey had a chance to live with you and have a good life. I'm going to hug my girl Marina extra tight when I get home - she's aging and I'll be heartbroken when it's her time. Will be thinking of you all for some time.

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  71. I am so sorry for your loss. Well do I know the sadness of saying goodbye to a dear feline friend. Just a few weeks ago, I lost my Rorschack...But the joy and love they give us while here is so very special that I would not trade it for the world.

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  72. I'm so sorry about Drewey. It's always so sad when it's time for a beloved pet to go. I've always enjoyed the posts about her.

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  73. Poor drewey - so sorry about her loss. Hugs to all of you.

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  74. What a lucky kitty to have been loved for so long! I grew up in family with long-lived cats: ages 19, 17, 13, 17.5. Each one was a blessing, and every time I will choose losing them over never having known them. The cat I have now is 9 and I cherish every moment with her, even when she's knocking things off the nightstand at 3am. You've done right by Ms. Drewey in easing her pain, and I hope your years of memories will bring you peace.

    And yes, a basket of kittens makes everything better!

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  75. Oh, that's so sad. Godspeed to her!

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  76. Please don't apologize for making me sad. Drewey will be missed immensely. How's Bean doing? She's going to miss Drewey. I put down my beloved Boochie down in October of 2008 and I still miss him. My deepest sympathy on your loss. It's tough being pet owner. Hugs to everyone at IBKC.

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  77. I'm so sorry for your loss. But it sounds like Drewey had a good long life and you have to be thankful for that.

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  78. So sorry to hear it. She was a beautiful old gal. My thoughts are with your family and your little charges.

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  79. I am also so sorry for this loss. There is a happy reunion past the bridge, where she is reunited with Bernadette and Jerry Lee. Rest in peace, Drewey.

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  80. I am SO sorry. Drewey was one very special girl. I remember when she greeted me at your door when I came be introduced to Hester and Enid and my return trip to collect my little girls. She was wonderful!

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  81. Laurie, I've never met you or Drewey but I just wanted to pass on my condolences. It's so hard losing a feline member of the family but you made the right decision in letting her go peacefully and comfortable. Take comfort in the company of your junior feline charges.

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  82. I'm sorry for your loss. Your cat had the best owners ever...Dee

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  83. Addendum: I just went back to look at Drewey pics, and the one of her with the Santa hat and beard made me laugh so hard/suddenly that I just sprayed Pepsi all over my laptop.

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  84. We <3 you Drewey! We're all going to miss you.
    Hugs to you and your family.

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  85. I am so sorry for your loss. And for Butterbean, too. Even though it sounded like Drewey wasn't close to Charlene, I know Charlene will miss her. She had a wonderful life filled with love and affection. That is what I tell myself when I've lost a pet.

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  86. I'm so sorry. Drewey was lucky to have such a lovely home and you were lucky to have her.

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  87. Oh I'm very sorry to hear that. Condolences to everyone.

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  88. I'm so sorry, Laurie. She had a good life and was well loved. I know you are going to miss her.

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  89. Oh that's so sad; I am sorry. We lost our dear old boy a couple of years ago at the age of almost 17 and it was a heartbreaking decision, but the right decision. I always think it's the last favour we can give our animal friends; we hope they'll just die in their sleep with no pain, but when the pain gets too bad, there's an easier (for them) way out. And you're right; a basket full of kittens is a great healer. We found our own basketful about 6 weeks later; we have another cat so chose just one, and now he's a rumbunctuous, daredevil, full of beans two year old (almost) tom, who has healed our hearts with his mischief. The best compliment we can pay our beloved cats is to get another; each one curls up in it's own special place in our hearts.

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  90. Oh, Laurie, my heart is with you. I am so sorry you had to say goodbye, it is never easy. I try to think about how animals are much more in touch with nature and are not as afraid to pass as humans are. It doesn't get any easier for us, humans, though, as our four-legged friends leave a big hole in our hearts. I cannot help but shed some tears for Drewey and hope she is happy to be free. You are lucky to have had such a great long life with her and to have been with her so she passed away surrounded by her family. I hope you get through the most difficult time with lots of love from us on IBKC. We have lots of love, hope you feel it. And, everybody, go hug your kitties extra much today. Rest in peace, Drewey.

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  91. Drewey, where you are may the birds be slow and the ham tastie.

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  92. Oh Laurie,

    I am so sorry to hear this about the Drewster...My Bubba, Oogie , TJ ( age 21) , Jake Peaches and Keisha are waiting for her with nip and love at the Rainbow Bridge.


    AP/Jane

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  93. Though I can’t see you
    Still you wander heart’s byways
    Your purr in my dreams

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  94. Laurie, I am so sorry. And, yes, this is sad news and there is no way to deny or minimize your loss. Once you have grieved, however, I hope you spend time remembering what a great cat Drewey was and how well-loved she was by those who knew her and the rest of her extended, Internet family. She put a smile on a lot of faces.

    I always thought of her as Nanny Hawkins (from Brideshead Revisited); retired from her duties, living quietly upstairs in her dotage, getting updates about what was going on from those around her.

    Rest in peace, Drewey.

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  95. I'm am so sad to read this. At least Drewey didn't have to eat the peas.

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  96. Maximus Spittimus would like to say that Drewey is with Great Cat and happy and at peace.

    He would like me send his purrs to you.

    Four Dinners
    Aide de Camp
    http://maximusspittimus.blogspot.com

    The Two Legs send hugs too...xx

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  97. Nimitz, Tico and I send along condolences, headbutts, and purrs. I know how hard it is when it's time to say goodbye. I'm so glad she had the wonderful time with you guys. Thank you for sharing her with us. --Clara

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  98. I'm very sorry to hear about Drewey. It's so tough to say goodbye... My condolences.

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  99. Oh, Drewey, you'll be so missed by everyone. We're all here for you, Laurie, Craig and Charlene.

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  100. Our hearts are with you and your family during this rough time. I too went back and looked at the pictures and re-read the mysterious encounter between Miss Rooster and Benny M, and it made me smile.

    We're sending the biggest hugs across the interwebs to you.

    with love,
    darin (human), daltrey (grumpy cat-in-training), and jonah (would be a doggy, if he weren't a scaredy-cat).

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  101. Only been following IBKC for a month or so, but this news brought tears to my eyes. Sending hugs and kitten karma your way...I'm sure that basket of kittens is exactly what you, Craig & Charlene need right now.

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  102. Sending my good thoughts to all of you. I'm so sorry to hear about Drewey, but I'm so glad that you had the chance to know her for so long. Thank you for letting us share a part of her. My girls send buddy bumps and purrs your way.

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  103. My heart breaks for all of you.

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  104. I've been reminded more than once that sometimes the greatest gift we can give these creatures we adore is the gift of knowing when it's time to let them go.

    All kitties should be so lucky to be that loved.

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  105. My condolences for your family's loss. Thank you for letting us be a part of Drewey's life.

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  106. So sorry to hear about Drewey, but you gave her the best. And enough love to let her tell you when it was time. I'll give extra lovin' to my little old ladycat (16 1/2, opinionated, stubborn...like Drewey) tonight in her honor. And just think of the Drewey legacy of turning you into a true cat person. She will live on forever in that accomplishment!

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  107. I'm very sorry for your loss. She was loved till the last both by her family and by people around the world, and I feel lucky to have known such a wonderful cat, if only through photos.
    Best wishes.

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  108. I wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I lost a little boy kitty two weeks ago, and it's terrible, even if the time is right for them. You'll be in my thoughts.

    Give Charlene tons of hugs and kisses. I bet she'll need it just as much as you do!

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  109. I'm so sorry for you - I know you'll get lots of feline cuddlin' to help you through this tough time. My floofy one sends floofy thoughts your way.

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  110. To Laurie, Craig and Mistress Butterbean: my dear condolences to you; I'm so pleased you have that collection of exquisite photos of her. To all of us here, her admirers, cheerleaders and observers - let's each give our own kitties (or pups, if that's the case) a wee treat tonight in her honor. At 8:00 pm MY time (central) I'm going to light a candle for a while and send love. As others have said - I'm sure my cherished Othello, who crossed the Bridge at 19, was there too, to give obeisance to the Duchess as she joins them all.

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  111. Dear Laurie,

    I have watched over time with aw and wonder, the fascinating travails of your beautiful little Drewey.

    So many wonderful memories...a sweet meeting with a little kitten on "her" deck...Charlene simply unable to leave her alone because she loves her so much...pees left in a bowl..."barely tolerating" playful kittens...

    Who could not fall madly in love with a cat nicknamed "Rooster"? I mean, really!

    I simply cannot thank you enough for the way you shared Drewey's awesome life with us!

    I also wish to thank you for the kind and thoughtful way with which you also shared her passing with us.

    It is so much like you to put the needs of your many friends over the needs of your self, even on this difficult day.

    Thank you so much!

    You have never spoken of "spiritual" yearnings before, but...May the Lord Bless you, your husband and the awesome work you both do to shepard the smallest, and weakest among us to a better place!

    Long live the "Itty Bitty Kitty Committee!"

    And yes, there is nothing sweeter and more heart-warming than a basket full of kitten loveliness!

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  112. I'm so sorry to read that you've had to part with Drewey. You always write of her with such affection and appreciation for little things that made her Drewey. I'm glad you wrote about her today, so I can think of her and wish her a good journey. It's well worth being sad over the loss of such a dear one.

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  113. It is the most heart-wrenching part of loving an animal that they will one day leave us behind. Its been five years since I lost my cranky old lady kitty who would have been a kindred (cranky) soul with Drewey. They live on in our hearts and memories, and Drewey will never be forgotten by any of us.

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  114. We're so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, sweet Drewey! 18 years is a pawsome age and it was wonderful you made her last weeks as comfortable as possible.
    Many purrs, Siena & Chilli

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  115. I'm very sorry. I haven't lost one of my own yet, but it's only a matter of time. I have lost many of my friend cats at the local shelter to the ravages of disease and time, and I can confirm that a room full of kittens are probably the best therapy I can find for the loss of a cat. Few things can convey the joy of having companion animals in our lives, or the simple continuity of life like being the center of attention for a litter of kittens.

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  116. Goodbye, Drewey. We'll all miss you. (But what, exactly, were you doing with that broom?) TGFK, who help us bear the inevitable. May each of them experience such love at the time of their passing.

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  117. I am so sorry, although I hope that Drewey is rolling in the great bed of catnip in the sky.

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  118. So sorry to hear about Miss Drewey, she lived a good long life in a loving home, that is all anyone can hope for. And yes, the basket of kittens does help ease the sadness. The circle of life goes on....

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  119. Oh no!! I am so sad for you... thank you for telling us, and for your recent "20 things" Drewey post. You have all my sympathy! Bless her for being the very special creature that turned you into a cat person, and bless you for loving her so hard all these years.

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  120. The only bad part about living with cats...their lives just aren't long enough. Blessings for her peaceful passing....

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  121. Oh Laurie I feel so, so bad for you! I know this is just heartbreaking. But at least now she is at the bridge, a young ladycat again, healthy and able to do everything that had gotten tough for her. And healthy and just hopefully having a good time. I am sure our boy Floyd was there to meet her, along with all the other kitties who went before, so she wouldn't feel alone when she arrived.

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  122. So sad for your loss. Hope the IBKs bring you some comfort.

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  123. Laurie,
    I always looked forward to your Drewey posts - could always discern the bemusement and love you had for her. I loved that you loved her for her own unique personality. God bless you for all of the love you give to needy kitties and for sharing your joys and sorrows with all of us, your devoted fans. Warmly, Amy and Dave

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  124. This is a sad day indeed. Thinking of you (and sniffling a little bit at my desk).

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  125. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how much Drewey meant to you and your family. I know that she will be waiting for you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

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  126. I'm so sorry to hear about Drewey. She was a gorgeous and amazing cranky little old lady.

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  127. I'm so sorry, my heart goes out to you on this sad day. I hope you can find comfort in the good memories. Drewey was a blessed kitty for having such a great family and I'll miss reading about her.

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  128. I'm so sorry for the loss of Drewey. I have a special spot in my heart for cranky old lady cats (my Emma is 15 this summer).

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  129. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks at the news. Thank you for sharing her with us, she has been such a pleasure.

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  130. Rest well, Miss Drewey. You are still loved and adored by many, especially your human parents and feline sister.

    My deepest sympathies and many hugs for Laurie, Craig, and Charlene. Thank you for sharing your lovely lady with us for as long as you did.

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  131. Poor humans and Charlene - Drewey is at peace but your hearts are low. You did the right thing, though, for an elderly and ill kitty (but the right things aren't always easy).

    Snorgle those little fuzzballs in the basket extra long and hard.

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  132. Laurie and Family, So very sorry for the loss of Drewey. Grieving for pets is so painful, but she was your Drewey and will leave a big space. Much love
    Christine h

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  133. Kittens very cute...but still crying. I am so sorry for you. Take care.

    Cheers!

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  134. Oh, I'm so sorry. :-( I always felt like Drewey was a cat I would have really liked.

    It helps to know what a good, loving home and family she had. I hope that brings you some comfort too.

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  135. Laurie and all - we are so sorry for the loss of Drewey! We all came to love her as much as if she were our very own kitty. She will remain in all our hearts. Our prayers are with you this Easter weekend where we celebrate the promise of new life.

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  136. You gave her a wonderful life. I'm sorry for her passing.

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  137. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  138. Oh, no. So sorry to hear this. My condolences.

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  139. So sorry. She's in a better place. Thank you for sharing her life with us.

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  140. this is awful news! my family had to put down our 18 year old cat just a few days ago as well. it is so sad but also we can see they shouldn't be living a life that isn't full of joy and then we must make the decision to let them go. can we have one more drewey centric post? maybe you have pictures of her throughout her life.

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  141. I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. My thoughts are with you.

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  142. Lady Bast bless Drewey. Virtual hugs and skritches for those she left behind. I can say that Drewey was a role model for my Snickers' (she'll be 15 in August) cranky old ladyhood.

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  143. Oh Drewey! I am so sorry to hear it was time for her to go, but at that same time it sounds like she let you know it was time. I know the Drewster is already up there waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. She probably even saw Jerry Lee and Bernadette, but she may not have done more than just acknowledge them.

    Sweet dreams Miss Drewey. And warm, comforting thoughts to the IBKC family.

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  144. I am so sorry for your loss. She couldn't have asked for a better family than you, Craig, Charlene and all the itty bitties.

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  145. I am sorry to hear this, I know the feeling too well. I lost my cat Hobbes too, she was 21 years old and was my baby. I still miss her every day but I know she is still with me as Drewey will be with you always.

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  146. SylvestermiasmommaApril 1, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    I just saw this and I am so very sorry for your loss. Many condolences and hugs to you. She had so many wonderful years and you have so many wonderful memories of her. Definitely pick up your current kittens and hug them close as well as Miss Bean.

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  147. So sorry you lost Drewey. She had a long life but it's still hard to say good-bye.

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  148. Out here in California, Sierra (dog) and her human Meghan are sending you warm thoughts and puppy kisses during this tough time. Losing a pet is never easy, but know that you have a little community here sending you mental hugs!

    R.I.P Sweet little Drewey

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  149. My deepest condolences on the loss of Drewey, the Grande Dame of the IKBC... She'll be sorely missed by her many fans.

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  150. So sad, but she was fortunate to have a long and wonderful life with a family like yours.

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  151. I'm so sorry for your loss. And I know that a wonderful basket of kittens can't completely heal the pain you feel, but there is comfort in knowing that life continues, and new babies will find good homes. RIP, Drewster. Hugs to your family--human and feline.

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  152. Save a warm spot on the deck for me in kitty heaven, love!

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  153. I am so very sorry for your loss. Drewey was always a delight to read about and see photos of. No matter how long these lovely creatures are by our sides it is never long enough. RIP sweet Drewey, you were well loved and will be much missed.......

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  154. I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and scritches.

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  155. I am very sorry for your loss. Its been almost 8 years since my grey tortie old lady cat died at the age of twenty, and I still miss her. But she taught me the lesson that sometimes its the time to say goodbye.

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  156. I am so very sorry about Drewey. Although her appearances here were rare, I always had a soft spot for her. Thank you for sharing Drewey's life with all of us here at the IBKC.

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  157. Aww, Drewey. I'm sorry she had to leave you.

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  158. I'm so sorry you lost Drewey. I had to have my 17 year old kitty put to sleep back in October, and it still hurts. At least you can be comforted by the fact that she went peacefully.

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  159. I'm sorry for your loss, and my thoughts go out to you and your family. I loved reading about Drewey on the blog (she reminds me a bit of my own slightly cranky Pandora). *hugs to all*

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  160. Oh, I'm so so sorry to hear about your little miss Drewey. I really loved her from afar - I have such a soft spot for our wiser, elder kitties. Having said goodbye to so many kitties during my life, I know there's not much I can say, but do know that what you do matters and matters to all of us. Thank you so much. Gentle hugs all around (and smoochies to the little ones!). xoxo

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  161. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I hope everyone is doing ok - it can't be easy for Charlene Butterbean to lose her companion (even if they weren't all that close).

    Thanks for sharing her life with us all. My three cats send purrs.

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  162. You are right, it does bring back memories of lost loved kitties...but I want to thank you guys for also bring back memories of loved kitties.
    I miss my cats so much, visiting your page every day brings me back to them and the awesome memories we had.
    Much love to you and your family, you provided much love to Drewey.
    Sounds crazy, but my family believe cats have a communal soul, love one, love all. Like a crazy collective of kitty awesomeness. And although I never used to believe it...whenever I am down, somehow a cat shows up on my doorstep, every time, and they behave like they have known me for years.

    I know I sound like a crazy cat lady, but the fact is, this whole thing kinda just proves my theory: Any love you give out into the world, will be returned to you in some form. Maybe not by the person you loved, maybe not at the time you loved, but at the time you need it, it will be there.

    Hugs...:)

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  163. It does make me think of the passing of my own Dafni almost two years ago... but the fact is, both your Drewey and my own kitty lived much better lives with us than they would have without us. And that's a fact to be celebrated. Drewey lived a good life, and thank you for sharing her with us. (hugs)

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  164. I don't know that I can say anything different than your many fans here, but I'm so sorry. I know the pain of losing a (furry) friend, and it eases over time but never quite leaves us. You made Drewey very very happy during her life and you let her go when it was time. You should be proud...

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  165. This is soo sad! My condolences to both of you and to Ms. Bean! Drewey seemed to be a fantastic cat, and looked like she had a wonderful life with you. I still remember watching my cat slip away due to illness and it's not an easy time. I have all of you in my thoughts.

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  166. Oh, I'm so sorry. Drewey had a beautiful life and you spared her so much by recognizing when it was time to go--I hope that knowing that helps.

    Many hugs.

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  167. I am so sorry for your loss. Our 21 year old cat Bebe just passed last week and I know exactly how you feel. You know it's coming but you still hope.

    Drewey was old and tired and it was time for her to go home.

    :::hug::::

    namaste

    sally
    (and Hemi and Gatz the cat boys)

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  168. Ceiling Cat greeted the old girl with open "arms", I'll bet. And do you wonder if Bernadette and Jerry Lee looked at each other and said, OMG! It's the Drewster!
    Well done in this life Drewey Dear. We are better for having known you.

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  169. My deepest condolences. Drewey sounds like she had a fascinating life, and you took wonderful care of her. Give extra snuggles to baby-sister Charlene tonight.

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  170. i am heart broken for you. nothing is worse than losing your child. thank you for sharing her with us. she was much loved by all, and will be sorely missed.

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  171. Hugs to you and yours, Laurie...bye sweet Drewey.

    Lisa

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  172. I secretly loved the Drewey content best of all... I have a Drewey-aged old lady kitty who I love very much, and a huge soft spot for elderly cats in general.

    I'm very glad she was able to spend her last days being pampered by you - I think your house must be one of the best places for any kitty to be.

    Thanks for the kitten-basket of comfort.

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  173. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Drewey was lucky though, she lived a long and happy (if slightly cranky) life with people who loved her very much. Thank you for sharing her photos and stories with us. I was always a big fan of the Drewster and looked forward to her posts. She will be dearly missed.

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  174. I am so sorry to hear that Drewey is gone. This is the second blog I follow in as many weeks, that has had one of their stars pass on to the Rainbow Bridge. Baskets full of kittens helps, but nothing will be exactly what Drewey was. Bless you and your pride.

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  175. I'm a long time reader of your blog, and sweet Drewey was a favorite. She will be sorely missed. Bless you. My cats will keep you in their purrs.

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  176. My sincerest condolences - she did indeed live a long and seemingly happy life, but I'm sure you're all heartbroken just the same.

    Thank you for sharing her with all of us.

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  177. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts in prayers. Drewy had a wonderful life and was blessed to be in your home. My guess is she is running in a beautiful field chasing mice and enjoying being pain free.

    Please give some rubs and scritches to Charlene for me, and tell her I am sorry for the loss of her sister as well.

    Cheri

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  178. What terrible news. I'm crying right now. Drewey was an amazing kitty. :( She had a wonderful life, though, and was a good example to many kittens.

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  179. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss Laurie. Many hugs to your whole household, and skritches to all teh kittehs especially Ms. Bean, who I'm sure will be missing her friend.

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  180. Oh, Mrs. Drewey. You can't have had any idea how many lives you brought so much joy into.

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  181. Another kitty sleeping on God's lap. My thoughts and prayers are with you all...

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  182. very sad :(

    run free Drewey!

    {{hugs}} to all of you

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  183. I am so sorry to hear your news, I'll keep you in my thoughts. What a wonderful and long life Drewey had. Hugs to you, and to her.

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  184. I'm so very sorry to hear about Drewey's passing :( I know that her life was better because she had you and the rest of the IBKC as part of it. RIP, Drewey. *hugs* from me and *nuzzles* from Kitze.

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  185. i'm sooooo very sorry to hear about drewey. i know you will miss her. hugs to all of you.

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  186. So sorry for your loss. It is a difficult time to lose a loved one.
    Hugs and purrs,
    Hilary & Cujo

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  187. Laurie,

    I am so sorry to hear about Drewey. I felt as if I knew her. I pray the the love of your family and friends is a comfort to you, Craig and Charlene (and all the kittehs) at this time. I am sure Drewey is enjoying her time at the rainbow bridge even now...

    Sincerely,
    Jeannine

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  188. I am so so sorry for your loss. We will be thinking about all of you.

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  189. I am so very sorry for your loss. She will be missed by all - her RL family as well as her virtual one. You are all (2 and 4-footed) in my thoughts and prayers.

    Drewey is still with you, and you will see her again.

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  190. oh I'm so sorry to hear about Drewey :( My thoughts are with you and your family!

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