Friday, August 8, 2014

A Loss in Our Community

Virgil Pettibone

 A few days ago, I received a very sad email from Evelyn, who had adopted our sweet Virgil Pettibone back in 2008.  If you were following the IBKC all the way back then,  you'll remember how dear that whole litter was.   OH, how we loved those Pettibones.

In her email, Evelyn reported that her lovely boy had passed away at the end of July due to a blood disease.  He was a very special little guy who brought a tremendous amount of joy to his mama, and we know this loss is huge for her.

We're so sorry for his passing, Evelyn, and deeply saddened by this news.  That handsome, blue-eyed,  boy was indeed a special one.  We remember him with great fondness and so enjoyed the time we spent with him while he was in our care.

This whole community shares in your loss, Evelyn, and we're sending lots of love your way.



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The Pettibones

58 comments:

  1. My deepest sympathies, Evelyn. The community has you in their arms today and every day. The loss of a companion is heartbreaking. XOXOXO

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  2. So sorry for your loss Evelyn, my heart goes out to you! Too young to have to say goodbye!

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss Evelyn. It always hurts when our furbabies leave us no matter their age, but it's especially heartbreaking when they are so young. Take comfort in knowing Virgil lived his entire life knowing nothing but love, warmth, and security. Sending hugs your way.

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  4. Oh no! My sincerest condolences to you, Evelyn. (((hugs)))

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss Evelyn. No matter what age your fur baby passes on, it is always hard.

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  6. It is always hard to lose a beloved family member and even more so when they are so young. Evelyn, may your memories soon be of the love and joy you shared with Virgil rather than the pain of your loss. RIP sweet loved boy, RIP.

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  7. I'm so sorry, Evelyn. He was a sweet, beautiful boy. I can tell that he lived a happy life, being loved by you.

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  8. I am so sorry for your loss, Evelyn. Sending you hugs.

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  9. oh no.....we are so very very sorry.....

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  10. My deepest sympathies for Evelyn, losing a character like Virgil can't be easy.
    May he Romp In Pleasure...and meet up with his fellow itty bitties who have also passed.

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  11. Oh what a heartache. We are all here with you, Evelyn.

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  12. I am so sorry for your loss, Evelyn. It breaks my heart when anyone loses one of their babies. Sending you virtual hugs! {{{{{{{{{{Evelyn and Virgil}}}}}}}}}} Godspeed, Little Man.

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  13. My deepest sympathies on your loss.

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  14. We are sending tons of hugs and purrs for you and your family Miss Evelyn. Meowm says those flame boys get right in your heart and stick like glue.

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  15. You have my deepest and sincerest condolences, Evelyn. Virgil lived the best life he could possibly have with you. My thoughts are with you in this time of loss.

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  16. Lynn, Zoubi and IndiaAugust 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Dear Evelyn,
    Virgil was such a beautiful boy and I am sure he loved his life and loved you. Surely no one knows what the loss of a beloved kitty means more than the IBKC community. The day Virgil went to your home, he hit the jackpot. He lived the best of kitty lives and you gave him that gift. Big hugs for you and those who also enjoyed the life of Virgil.

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  17. Evelyn, I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember the Pettibones. What sweet delights they were, and Virgil was a beautiful boy. Much love to you.

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  18. Oh no, I remember Virgil very fondly, I am so so sorry.
    Fly with the angels now sweet boy.

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  19. Poor baby boy, Virgil is a guardian angel now for other kitties. I am so sorry for your loss.Ms Evelyn.

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  20. Oh Evelyn, so very sorry for the loss of your sweet kitty. Thoughts and prayers coming your way, RIP sweet kitty.

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  21. Such terrible news. I hope that someday soon Evelyn can take comfort from the joy she and and Virgil shared, though for too brief a time.

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  22. Oh no. Virgil was such a sweet boy. Gentle hugs to Evelyn, going through such a painful time.

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  23. My heart aches for you. Losing a beloved friend is never easy. There is not much we can say to ease your pain other than we are sending you gentle hugs and thoughtful healing prayers for you and your family.

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  24. How awful for Evelyn and her family. Hugs and prayers to her.

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  25. Evelyn, I'm so sorry for your loss. <3

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  26. Oh, I remember him! Such a beauty, with those amazing eyes. I am so sorry for your family's loss, Evelyn. Thank you for giving him a happy and loving home. You and your family are in all our thoughts during this difficult time.

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  27. I remember Virgil. He was such a sweetheart. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs your way.

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  28. I am so sorry for Evelyn (and Laurie) on this horrible news. I too know the pain of a Fur Baby leaving far, far too soon. Finn was 4 and is glad to know Virgil now. Hugs from CT.

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  29. Hugs for the mama of a very loved and dear kitty.

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  30. Lisa (mom of Chai)August 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Evelyn I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know I'm not the only one sitting here, tears streaming down my face, heart breaking, for your pain that many of us know all too well. You're in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve and hopefully find great comfort in the happy and loved life your little man lived. {Hugs}

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  31. Evelyn, I am so, so sorry about your loss of the sweet, beautiful Virgil. He left much too soon.

    I know that his time on earth was the best, in the arms of a family who loved him dearly.

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  32. The Pettibones were one of my favorite litters and little Virgil was, in my opinion, the pick of that litter. I'm so sorry to hear this and know how much you must be hurting right now, Evelyn.

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  33. I am so sorry. I remember Virgil and especially love that last picture. I lost my Magoo only last night at 5 years old. I know all too well how hard it is to lose a furbaby that young. I hope my Magoo is now playing with your Virgil.

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    1. I am so sorry, Susan, on the loss of your Magoo....this is so hard. As I told Evelyn regarding Virgil, at least we know that they spent their little lives in the arms of a loving family.

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    2. Thank you anonymous at 2:04. Also, my grief-math is terrible! Magoo was indeed four- not five. Scary I am a teacher, right? Anyway, I hope he and Virgil are fast friends.

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  34. Another kitten has his wings and will see you at the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. I'm so sorry for your loss, Evelyn.

    Rosemary K

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  35. Oh I'm so sorry Evelyn. Thank you for giving him a good life filled with love. I'm sure he misses you too!

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  36. I am so very sorry for your loss Evelyn. My heart aches with the knowledge of how hard it is to lose such a dear sweet little guy. I hope the memories you have him will make you smile as time goes by.

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  37. I'm so sorry Evelyn -- I know that he had a wonderful life.

    What is so wonderful is the supportiveness of this group. Thank you Laurie, for being such a strong, compassionate leader and deft storyteller, and letting us all share in the life of these incredible kittens/cats. Please continue to post even such sad news. You have created a community, and a community shares both joys and sorrows.
    Pat C.

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  38. My heart goes out to you, Evelyn. Virgil was certainly a special one - as you know better than anyone! I hope you can feel the collective arms of this community that are hugging you in this sad time.

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  39. I've been following for years and absolutely remember the Pettibones and those handsome blue eyes! I think the second to last picture says it all - his hugging his gold medal to his little chest. He didn't know it then, but he had just won himself a Mommy! My thoughts are with you and with commenter Susan. Love, Darin.

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  40. A big hug to you, Evelyn. What sad news...

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  41. So sorry for your loss, Evelyn. He was such a lovely boy and went way too young. I hope your memories are some consolation.

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  42. I'm very, very sorry, Evelyn. I know Virgil was loved and had a wonderful life with you. We all share your pain at the loss of this beautiful boy.

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  43. Sad news. He was truly a darling boy. He left too soon. My deepest sympathy for your loss

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  44. Goodbye beautiful boy. We share the sadness that your missy feels and hold her in our hearts. XO

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  45. Tears are running down my face...brokenhearted for you loss.

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  46. Evelyn, so sorry to hear about Virgil, anyone who takes a homeless animal and gives it a family, safety and love is a amongst the best of us. Hope your heart heals and you can remember him with joy soon.

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  47. God bless that beautiful, beautiful baby boy. I, too, lost a blue eyed flame point. They are very special boys. I'm so sorry for Evelyn.

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  48. My most sincere sympathy for your terrible loss. Unfortunately, I have been there before and I know there is really nothing anyone can do. I feel your pain and you and sweet Virgil will be in my thoughts. I'm so sorry.

    ~ Bays Holdren

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  49. Sending strength and peace to you.

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  50. My deepest sympathy, Evelyn. ***HUGS***

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  51. Oh Evelyn, I’m so very sorry to hear about Virgil’s death. I followed his babyhood and adoption so happily, and can only imagine the joy he brought to your life.

    We’ve lost two kitties at young ages (4 and not quite 2) and it’s always devastating. Condolences and healing prayers to you.

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