Saturday, September 2, 2017

Deep, Deep Sadness

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With a heavy heart, I'm sorry to announce that we've lost Annabel, Rosalita, and Chip.

It all happened within a 36-hour window, and as you might imagine, our hearts have been shattered into a million bits.

I'm not in a place to tell the whole sad story right now, but they left the earth peacefully and knowing that they were loved. I need to do some processing first, and when I'm able, I'll tell the whole tale.


I know this news is shocking and sad. More than anything, I wish I didn't have to share it with you.

XOXO, Laurie


171 comments:

  1. Oh gosh. I'm so sorry. Big hugs to all of you.

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  2. So sorrr for you. They were fortunate to have such love in their brief time.

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  3. I am so sorry Laurie. They were loved.

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  4. Oh, Laurie, I'm so sorry. Thinking of all of you.

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  5. Laurie, thank you for the love and care you gave these furbabies. While they have crossed the rainbow bridge they did it knowing they were loved

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  6. I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  7. Poor wee babies. Lots of hugs from Asbo and Jack who are clever tabby boys who read your column daily.

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear that. Thank you for the care you gave them while they were here.

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  9. Laurie, I am so sorry for your losses. Hugs. <3

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  10. You are my hero. I am heartbroken for you. Much love and always respect.

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  11. Sending all my love and hugging my cats closer. This is such sad news, but it shows how difficult your job is. They were so luckily to be loved and helped out by people who made sure they were cared for and that they were not alone.

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  12. So sorry to hear this. They looked like such sweet funny kittens. You tried to save them.

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  13. So sorry for your loss and your pain.

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  14. Oh my heart is broken :( Hugs to you.

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  15. Oh, Laurie, I am so sorry. You showed them great love and care, and that is so much. Peace and blessings, purrs and hugs from Oklahoma.

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  16. I am so sorry. May you find peace soon.

    Peggy

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  17. Stripey Longlegs and I send condolences.

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  18. They test in peace, knowing they were loved. Thank you.

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  19. You helped them as best you could. I am so sad that this happened and your hearts have been shattered. You are such caring and loving people. Please know we are all thinking of you and send love.

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  20. I'm so so very sorry.

    Thank you so much for continuing to love the ones you can even when you know this heartbreak is always possible. You, Craig, Bean and Wylla are an incredibly special family. Hug them close and heal as best you can. We'll leave you as much space as you need and are here whenever you are ready.

    Many hugs

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  21. So sorry - It must be so hard. Thank you for sharing them with us and for being a loving force in their lives.

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  22. I'm so very sorry. Thank you for being there for those sweet babies.

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  23. Sending love to you and Craig, Laurie. What a heartbreaking turn of events. I'm so glad that these little kittens had you in their lives--and that you had them in yours. xo

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  24. Take time and grieve. This is a terrible loss and we will be here when you are ready to talk about it. I know that you did everything in your power to help them get better and when you knew they wouldn't you did everything you could to make their passing peaceful. I'm so sorry.

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  25. For such a brief time here, these sweet little bunny bum kitties sure made a big impact. Their lights may now be elsewhere, but they'll forever be in our hearts. I wish you, Craig, Bean & Wylla peace & comfort. Thank you for all you did for the wee Wadells.

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  26. I'm so sorry Laurie. You're such a blessing to kittens. Let the Universe comfort you for a while.

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  27. Hugs and meows. They were blessed to have known your love and care-please take care of yourself. Let the wings of those little angels lift you.

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  28. I am so, so, so, so, so sorry. All my sympathy and ******HUGS*****.

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  29. Oh sweet babies. Thank you both for the love and care you gave those precious kittens - I'm just glad that they were so well loved and not alone.

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  30. I'm really sorry. You do so much for kitties and it's so hard when some are lost.

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  31. So sorry to hear of your sad loss. My thoughts are with you.

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  32. Know that you and the ha did everything you could and that they passed knowing love and comfort and the love of humans. Not alone in an alley somewhere.

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  33. My heart goes out to you.

    They were lucky to have experienced your love and care in their short lives.

    So very sad for you, for them, for everyone.

    Sending {{((hugs))}} and soothing vibes.

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  34. OMG. I am so sorry for all of you, but I hope you know they could not have been in better or more loving hands.

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  35. I'm so sorry, Laurie. There are no words...

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  36. Oh, Laurie, I'm so very sorry. Sending many hugs.

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  37. Laurie, I am so very sorry for you, Craig, the girls and the kittens. Sometimes life is very difficult and I am wishing all of you time to ease your hearts and the knowledge that peace will come to you all.

    Please know that you made these precious babes' lives so much better in the time you knew them. You created lovely memories. Please hang onto the memories to help you all heal.

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  38. Laurie & Craig, I am so sorry you are going through this awful sad time. Please know you did everything you could and in the end you did what was best for these three wee angels. We are all with you in spirit, in our thoughts and in our prayers.

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  39. I'm so sorry.

    Thank you for everything you do for these wee ones. Their time might have been short, but they were so, so loved.

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  40. I'm so sad for you. RIP, special babies.

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  41. so very sorry, sending hugs to you, Craig, Bean and Wylla. you are such a good foster family and you bring such joy to your little charges and to all of those who follow you. your community is sending love to help you now.

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  42. I'm so sorry that the little spark of life in each of the Waddells has flickered out. My thoughts are with all the IBKC family during this sad time.

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  43. Oh no, oh no! hugs and tears from us here. x

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  44. I'm so sorry. The hardest loss of all is a young innocent life. Thinking of you xoxo

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  45. I'm so sorry about this. I know you did all you could. Thank you for letting us know. It must have been tough knowing how much it hurt. *hugs*

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  46. I am so very, very sorry. You are all in my thoughts.

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  47. Oh no--I am so, so sorry. Sending hugs to all of you.

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  48. oh no, you poor things, how heartbreaking. We know you will have done everything you could. Thinking of you, take care.

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  49. I'm so so sorry to hear this. All the Hugs and thoughts are with you guys. I am glad the the Waddells were with you because it means they were loved and safe. :'(

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  50. Dear Laurie,

    I can feel the broken from here in Australia. Such little kitties, such short lives.

    But I've said it again and I'll say it now - one of the reasons we trust you is because you're honest. And sometimes, no matter what you do, just sometimes these little ones will skip away and off this world too soon. And because you tell us, we know just how much you love them, and how well you look after them.

    Poor household. Poor Laurie. *hugs*

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  51. Dear Bastet, hear our prayers
    The Waddells never had the chance to truly know this world, save for those who loved them. Guide these tiny ones back to your embrace, and when their time to lives again comes, help them find the best of the world, good people with good hearts to love them.
    We also plead that you help this house, human and feline alike, make their path through this time of grief as gentle as possible. Let all the love and care they have selfless given come back a thousand fold to comfort them in this time. Let all your kin who they have helped protect their dreams when asleep and show kindness when awake.
    Dear Bastet, this is our prayer
    May your shadow be seen in the darkness and your purr be heard in the quiet.

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  52. I am so sorry to hear this. I pray for peace for you and your household.

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  53. Laurie, Craig and the IKBC family and friends...
    I am so sorry for the loss of your 3 precious and beautiful kittens. No one could have loved them more or worked harder to save them than the IKBC
    family. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts
    and prayers during this difficult time.
    Mo

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  54. Oh no. So so so sorry to hear this. They were so special. All my love Laurie.

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  55. So so sorry to hear this news. They were loved throughout their short lives and you made that happen.

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  56. I know your heart is shattered, but remember, because of you they knew love.

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  57. I know your heart is shattered, but remember, because of you they knew love.

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  58. Oh, dearest Laurie and Craig I am so sad for the heartache you are dealing with now. You let us experience the crazy joys of your time fostering but we can never really know these awful deep valleys you must sometimes have to experience too. Many prayers offered for you to find solace and healing as you move past these awful losses. Hugs and support from me and my Feline Overlords.

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  59. This is the saddest news. I'm so sorry and wish that you didn't have to go through this.

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  60. I'm so very sorry !!!!!!!!!!!!! Best of luck , Laurie !

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  61. So sad to hear this... thank you, Laurie, I'm sure you brought the rainbow into their little lives. May some of the love and care you share with all kitties and all of us comfort you in this sad moment. *hugs* to all.

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  62. I'm so sorry to hear such sad news but I'm glad those three little morsels were in your care as I know you would have done your best for them.

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  63. :(! At least you know that you did your best for them, and they left this life having known love.

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  64. So sorry to hear this. I know it was devastating to experience. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  65. I'm so very sorry. They crash so fast at that age, and they leave behind such broken hearts. Sending you hugs and purrs.

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  66. I am very sorry. It's hart broken. Sending hugs and soft purrs for this difficult time 💕

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  67. I'm so sorry to hear this and am heart broken for you that you've had to go through this. Please know that we all understand that you'll take your time and come back to us when you're ready. They were all so sweet and you captured their adorableness perfectly and cared for them wonderfully for the ever so short time they had. Our thoughts are with you and Craig as you process this loss.

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  68. Oh I am so sorry. Thank you for being there for those sweet little souls and giving them best life they could have, no matter how short. Hugs and love to you all.

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  69. There are no words as I shed tears with you. {{{Hugs}}} to all. LB Florida

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  70. So sorry to read this. I've been thinking of you all weekend. The time they spent with you will have been filled with love. xxx

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  71. Oh my darlings. I'm am so, so sorry. We all love you. Take your time.

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  72. My heart goes out to you, Laurie. Please be comforted in your sadness with the knowledge that you did everything you could to help them, and most importantly, you gave them love, warmth and comfort in their short lives. ((((hugs)))

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  73. I'm so sorry, Laurie. Their loss must be so difficult for you. They couldn't have had a better foster home for their short time here.

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  74. Oh Laurie, I'm so sorry. xoxoxoxo

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  75. So sorry to hear this, Laurie. We are all crying with you. Thank you for loving the Waddels for the short time they were on Earth, and for giving them a compassionate, caring end to their lives.

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  76. Oh Laurie, I'm so sorry. Just know that those kitties had the best loving they could get, before they left. Whisker kisses from my boys.

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  77. My deep sadness is mitigated a bit by knowing that these three angels were so, so loved during their all-too-short little lives. Please take care of yourselves, Laurie and Craig, and take some comfort in your beautiful Bean and Wylla.

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  78. Oh, I am so sorry. So very, very sorry. My heart truly breaks for you. PURRS.

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  79. I have no words and can't imagine your grief. I'm truly heartbroken for you and the 3 sweet, little Waddells. They were loved the world over and we'll not forget them. Sending you warm, healing thoughts. We'll be here.

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  80. So heartbreaking. It has happened here and you are just dazed. I'm so sorry.

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  81. So sorry to hear this. A million hugs to all of you. We know you made their too brief lives happy and that they were loved.

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  82. Oh no! So sad. Poor babies. Their souls are souring thanks to the love they knew in their short, precious lives. HUGS

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  83. I've been bracing myself all weekend for this terrible news. I've followed long enough to know you wouldn't have said something last week if it wasn't very, very grave. I can't imagine what you guys must be feeling. All my best to you guys.

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  84. I am so sorry.
    Bless you for the hard duty of giving them warmth, love and peace for their passing.
    Go well, sweet kittens.

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  85. They knew so much love here that they'll have extra to give there, over the bridge/on a distant shore, and with that 110% joy with which kittens do everything. Will continue praying, now for comfort and all possible ease of transition for you, your household, and the little travellers-- from Arowyn

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  86. I am so very sorry, Laurie. Please know that you are loved too. We're all thinking of you. Please take care of yourself. Thank you for all you've done for all the kittens.

    K from MN

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  87. Laurie, I am so sorry to hear this. They were so darling and tiny.

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  88. So sorry to hear the news. Hug Charlene and Wylla, they'll help you get through this sad time.

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  89. Oh, Laurie, I'm so very sorry to hear this news. I know you did your absolute best for them that could be done. And I know that knowing that doesn't make the heartbreak of the loss any less painful, but it will help in the recovery from the heartbreak to know you gave them the best chance possible.

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  90. Oh Laurie, I am so sorry! I can only imagine how devastating this is for you, Craig, and the girls. They were only with you a short time but because of you it was filled with love. Please take care, we all love you.

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  91. Oh no. I was afraid this was coming. I am so sorry to hear this, Laurie, and I know you did everything you could for them.

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  92. Such heartbreaking news. I'm so sorry. :(

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  93. So, so sorry. At least they knew they were loved. My heart is pieces, I can only imagine what yours is feeling. Hugs and love going your way.

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  94. My heart is breaking for you. I lost my dear sweet Boo kitty two weeks ago and I will never be over it.

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  95. I'm so sorry. My heart is breaking for you.

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  96. crying tears.... so very very sorry. Hugs

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  97. I am so sorry. Poor little babies, and poor you, having done everything you could for them. Sending much sympathy.

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  98. Dear Laurie, I am so sorry to hear your news. Please take care.

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  99. While we are probably all a bit curious about just what happened, if the re-telling will cause pain or suffering for you, then don't tell us. Please.

    We're sorry for your loss.

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  100. What a heartbreak. But I'm sure those little ones had the best care possible, and that they felt loved in every breath they took. Those dear ones will be missed. Tears for you and those babies.

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  101. I'm so sorry. Sometimes all we can do is love them for the time we're granted with them, I guess, although I also know you and your wonderful vets did everything possible to save them. Thank you for sharing them with us, even so briefly; we all loved them too, and I know that helped them fly off to join all our wonderful kitties who have led the way to the next life for them. {{Laurie, Craig, Bean, and Wylla}}

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  102. Dear Laurie, I'm so, so sorry and I know how much you are suffering now.
    Thank you for all that you did for these little special ones.
    I'm glad that they were with you all at the end of their brief shinning lives.
    Love and peace.

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  103. I am so so sorry. Such heartbreak. In their short time with you they were so loved and well cared for. Sending lots of hugs your way.

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  104. Oh Laurie I'm so so sorry for this devastating loss. They were in the best of hands and I know you loved them till the end. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts thru this time of sorrow.

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  105. I am so very sorry. Nature is not always kind and it sucks. I'm so glad they had love in their lives and to ease them through their passage.

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  106. How are you doing today? God bless!

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  107. So very sorry for their loss, and for you having to experience the intimacy of that loss. I will miss them, and I barely knew them. This must be the worst part of fostering. I am hoping when you are ready that the next time is a more typical fostering experience.

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  108. I'm so sorry. Your job is so important. Your blog gives joy to so many people and your work gives life to so many kittens. And part of that responsibility is taking on this risk and this sadness, and being there to do the last important things for these small animals, and I just want to let you know I appreciate the stuff that never makes it to the blog, and I offer sympathy for the sadness that comes in between the joys.

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  109. Oh, I am so sorry. Bless their little kitten souls and bless you for the care and love you gave to them and to all the itty bitties.

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  110. So sad, but they couldn't have had a better foster mom than you. The universe gives and takes away, and we just have to accept that what happens is what is meant to happen.

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  111. I'm so sorry to hear this. It's always hard when we lose a fur child, but when they are babies, it tears out my heart.

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  112. Love lives forever. Please be at peace.

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  113. Unfortunately, when you do the loving work that you do, there are times when you encounter unanticipated pain. You have selflessly fostered hundreds of kittens into their perfect forever families. I know you will be able to cling to those success stories in this moment. I"m crying as I write this. I cannot even imagine how you feel.

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  114. Take your time and care for yourselves first. We're here for you. -darin

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  115. Shit. Oh man. Oh guys, I am so sorry you're going through this loss. Such a short time they had. I'm taking comfort knowing they felt love and joy with your family. Take all the time you need, and just know how much you are appreciated out here.

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  116. Hugs to you! Itty bitty animals have such fragile lives that usually take a turn for the worse within hours and it's nobody's fault. So please remember that the fact that your IBKC community rarely gets to read sad news is proof of the amazing job you're doing!

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  117. Sending lots of love your way. You are all in my thoughts ♥♥♥

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  118. Many hugs your way. You did everything you could to give them a good life, even if it was a short one.

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  119. Many hugs and thanks for making their lives good ones.

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  120. I am so terribly sorry Laurie! Are the other two girls OK?

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  121. My heart aches for you, Laurie. I know you did all you could for the little ones. I'm so sorry.

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  122. How awful, I know you and the Humane Society did your best for these little angels.

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  123. Lisa (mom of Chai, Sophie, Acacia, and Shadow)September 4, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    I'm so very sorry you're going through this grief, my heart breaks for you guys.
    Thank you for all the amazing work you do each and every day. You've blessed so many lives.
    Hugs

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  124. I'm so sorry. Thanks to you, they got to bounce around, play, and feel cuddles and love. May you and the rest of the IBKC find peace soon. Take all the time you need to grieve. We'll be here, waiting and loving you for the love you give these babies.

    Peggy

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  125. I'm so sorry. Thanks to you, they got to bounce around, play, and feel cuddles and love. May you and the rest of the IBKC find peace soon. Take all the time you need to grieve. We'll be here, waiting and loving you for the love you give these babies.

    Peggy

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  126. What a sad sad thing. I'm so so sorry, and my heart just overflows for you. I've fostered for years and lost some too. I keep reminding myself that many of those babies who did thrive with extra loving care would not have lived if they hadn't been taken into care. You have saved so very many, Laurie. Hugs hugs hugs.

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  127. I'm so sorry. This is really difficult news to share. I know you did everything you could and more. I grieve with you.

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  128. Fostering can be joyful and heart breaking. Sending love and Maine Coon purrs to human and feline. So very, very, very sorry to hear this.

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  129. This is so sad. I'm sorry. I know you did your best for these kittens, just like you bravely take a risk with every kitten you foster. I hope you can take comfort in that. Hugs to you.

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  130. I'm so very sorry. Thinking of you all -- hugs.

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  131. I am so sorry for your loss, My heart is heavy with the pain and grief you are going through at this time. May the clouds part just a little to let you know you are not alone, all of us are sending you Hugs and Prayers.

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  132. Simply heartbreaking....so very sorry

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  133. I am so sorry Laurie. I've only seen them on a monitor 3,00 miles away and I'm completely devastated, so I can't even imagine how you feel.

    Hugs and comforting thoughts to you all.

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  134. Thank you for sharing it with us. Our hearts are with you. Hugs from DC.

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  135. There are no words to properly convey how sad this makes me. Please know that my condolences are with you.

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  136. I'm so sorry, Laurie. I am certain you did all you could to support them.

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  137. My heart is breaking for you and Craig, and Bean and Wylla, too. I'm so sorry. Healing purrs from all of us.

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  138. Oh, Laurie..I don't know what to say, except that I think you are an amazing person, to do what you do. You have such a big, loving heart. Take care.

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  139. I am hoping that you feel better. I know that I speak for a lot of people in extending our care. There aren't words to ease what you have gone through but we do care about you.

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  140. Rest easy. Jerry Lee will be waiting to welcome them.

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  141. I'm so sorry - take good care and all the time you need. You are a joy to us all and spread more good than you can know. Wishing you peace.

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  142. I am sorry. There are no words to express my grief for you.

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  143. My heart is with you, Laurie. Stay strong.
    -Patti in D.C.

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  144. I'm very, very sorry that you have suffered such a loss. Those sweet babies were loved & cared for by your compassionate hands. They are together forever now.

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  145. Deepest Sympathies our heart goes out to you for all you did for the kitties. They know they were loved very much.

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  146. I am so sorry. You gave those precious little ones such love as you do all the babies. Give your heart time. We are thinking about you.

    Follower from NC

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  147. I am so, so sorry for the loss of these beautiful little souls, Laurie.

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  148. Been thinking about you Laurie. Just another voice letting you know that our hearts are with you in this deeply sad time.

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  149. Prayers for peace. <3 <3 <3

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  150. Thinking about you, Laurie and Craig. I hope Charlene and Wylla are giving you comfort.

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  151. We love and miss you ,and are so sorry for your time of sorrow sending you love and light .

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  152. You have given so much of yuor love to raising beautiful kittens. And we have loved seeing the transformation. My prayers are with you, as I am sure the rest of your community feels the same way.

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  153. Sending love <3 The kittens were so loved in their short time on this earth. Thank you.

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  154. If you don't feel you can bear to tell us the details, that's ok. We know that you loved them and that no one else could have done more or tried harder to save them and that can be enough. They will not be forgotten.

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  155. Thinking of you all (Laurie, Craig, Bean and Wylla) and so sorry for your loss!

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  156. Just remember all cats go to heaven. How wonderful that they were able to have a sense of care and love. I have done pawspice rescue. It is never easy to say goodbye even when it is anticipated. Big hugs and much love. Rach

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