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Thursday, December 15, 2005


Today as the boys were getting ready for school,one of our cats, Falco, died in my son, Casey's, arms. We don't know why. He was playing in Casey's room with another cat when he appeared to have a bit of a seizure and by the time Casey picked him up, he was gone.
Both of my boys were in tears as they left for school, today being the first day of semester finals.
Please lift my boys up in your thoughts and prayers, that they will find a peace that goes beyond understanding, and be able to focus on their exams.

Falco was about 7 years old, a precious, good natured cat. I miss him so much already.
See you soon, Falco.


Blogger Bill Jones, Jr said...


I'm sorry for your loss. Sometimes, the best you can do is remember love that you shared. We are all creatures of God, and all our lives here are but a gnat's eyelash. But in God's time, we shall rise, we shall prosper, we shall meet each other again.

Lift your head, for there is a better world than this. God keep you strong.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Vegan Momma said...

Oh how sad.:-( It hard losing our furbabies. They are part of the family.
Your family is in my thoughts.
I hope your sons did well with their exams.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aw how sad! :( tell the boys sorry about falco, i know how it is losing your pet. remember our dog that got shot? it'll be ok, and i know they boys tried their best taking those exams. Keep your head up boys!!! :)


2:48 PM  
Blogger DZER said...

aww ... sorry hon ... *hugs* ... it's always tough dealing with the death of a pet ... my condolences

3:50 PM  
Blogger Salbert said...

I'm so sorry..... I have a cat, Meadow, who's six.... I hope your sons do good on their exems despite the terrible loss. I hope Falco has a good time in kitty heavan.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awe I'm sorry about Falco, he was really sweet. My parent's had a few losses with family pets in recent months. Remember Bear (the chow)...well she passed away a few months ago, and Felix (the cat) also died a short time before that. I found her when I got home one day. I think it was the same thing that happened to Falco, but we aren't sure.

It is hard to lose a pet, for they truely are family. My condolences to you all, love you.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Serafini, Actor to the Stars! said...

You know, I'm know the world over as a bg hukling mass of masculine toughness but I'll tell ya, nothing will reduce me to puddles of tears like the loss of a pet, especially a cat. When I first saw this post I didn't read it and I was just going to comment on what a beautiful cat this was. Now I just feel like crap. My thoughts are with you and yours, kid.

Cradling my 17 year old Persian,

5:15 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Oh my god...I'm so sorry. How horrible for your son, both of you, all of you. At least you can take some (small) comfort in that he died in loving arms, a nice way to go for anyone. I'l say a prayer for you all.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Oh, well ... now I'm bawling. My pets are so important to me. I know people who have pets consider them family members. I'm deeply sorry for your loss. In situations like this, I try to find some solace in the fact that he was home and happy and went quickly with no suffering. I've had pets suffer, or go out and off and never come home .... this was the best way - if that makes sense. It must have been his 'time'. I'm so so sorry. Hugs.

7:20 PM  
Blogger KyuBall said...

Wow, Kathi, sorry to hear about that. I can't imagine how crappy your kids' day must have been.

Hopefully they were able to compose themselves for the finals, but I don't think anyone would argue that they had something else on their minds all day.

Hugs to you and your family.

8:35 PM  
Blogger ~Deb said...

Wow that's awful. I'm sorry about your loss. Such a beautiful cat too.

I'm too scared to get an animal due to them leaving us so quickly.

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your son, and I hope that he can cope.

Madelene had a dog who had a heart attack at the age of 5. Do you think it was that? Sounds so weird--your cat was young.

All the best!

9:44 PM  
Blogger Anonymous Shannon said...

Gosh. I'm sorry for your loss. Pets are such special additions to our families.

My childhood dog recently passed away. When my daughter asks me where Paisley went, I tell her she's playing a game of catching tennis balls with God. I know your boys are teenages, but maybe them being able to visualize Falco playing with a ball of string in Heaven woudl make them smile a little.

I hope this helps.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

Uhh, Kathi, I'm so sorry. What a terrible thing to happen... and right before the kids' exams.
I lost my first dog (he was 16 years old) a few years ago. We're guessing he had cancer since the day before he passed away, we noticed a lump under his mouth. I held him in my arms for hours, feeding him all his favorite treats, and not wanting to let go. You could tell that he was suffering though (he'd have to lean up against a wall to stand up)... and so my dad took him to the vet to be put down. I loved him so much! In your case though, as Monica said, I'm sure Falco was happiest being in loving arms when he passed away. Tell your boys to be strong, and again, I'm so sorry.

11:31 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

sable ~ God keeps me strong 24/7. It's the only reason I get outta bed, ever.

vegan momma ~ Thank you, I appreciate you very much.

abi ~ I do remember that, but can't remember who shot it. Thanks hon.

dzer ~ thanks, hugs back.

salbert ~ thanks, give Meadow a kiss for me.

nikki ~ thanks, hon. He was sweet, wasn't he? I do remember Bear, I'm sorry to hear that...and that you had to be the one to find Felix. Images are hard to forget.

tom ~ thanks for letting down that manly image for a moment and being so sweet. Please give your persian a kiss for me.

Monica ~ thanks so much for your sweet thoughts sent our way. I do enjoy your blog, btw. You're one of the 'real' ones.

wendy ~ Thanks. That's one of the first things that entered my mind when Casey brought me to him was that he didn't suffer. I've had animals, also, that have suffered from age or sickness and was grateful for whatever reason that Falco went home, that it was a quick journey.

kyuball ~ I love when you show your sweet side. :) Thanks babe.

deb ~ thanks sweetie. Actually, that's what I do think, that it must have been a heart attack. I can't think of anything else that would have taken him that quick. Just last night he'd been curled under my chin asleep on the couch, and in the morning, he'd been playing with another cat when he just 'died'. I'll introduce you to him, hon, when we go home.

Shannon ~ Thanks. I'm sorry to hear about Paisley. Maybe Paisley and Falco are chasing each other as we speak. :)

grace ~ thanks for your thoughts too. What a story you shared. It's so hard. I've always had at least 2 pets at a time since I was born, so I've been with many many animals as they passed. Whether it was at the vets or at home. As hard as it is for us, I know it makes it easier and less scarier for them. I wouldn't trade all the joy they gave me for the memories of their passing. The joy always wins.

Hugs to all.

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Katy said...

So sorry for your family's loss.
I don't remember if I ever met Falco, how long was he lucky to have been with you?
I know he couldn't have been a happier cat. As many pets as you folks have none are short changed in the love department.
Tell the boys they could not have given Falco anyhting better than the love, attention and great place to live. It is so much more than a lot of animals ever see in their lives.He died happy!
I know you will all miss him so much.

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My cat is friendly, but waaaaaaaaay too independent for that stuff. Lucky you :)

7:54 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

Wes ~ hon, I love you, but sometimes you need to read the post and not just look at the pics. Such a guy, lol.

8:04 AM  
Blogger African girl, American world said...

Oh no! My thoughts and love to you and your family.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Georgiapeach said...

Falco was beautiful Kathi. Seven years is an awfully long time to have a cat. That was a blessing by it's self. I just realized I only know Charlie's name. What is your other son's name, if you don't mind me asking.

4:59 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

gp ~ My oldest son (16) is Casey, he's the one that was with Falco when he died and brought him to me in his arms. My other son is Charlie and he will be 15 on Christmas eve. I would never mind you asking me anything, hon.

mwabi ~ thank you very much. Y'all are so uplifting, such a blessing.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Georgiapeach said...

Wow, you have the letter C thing going on :). Well, I hope they did well today. I am sure they did. Sorry for your loss. I know it was like losing a family member.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Georgiapeach said...

Oh I apologized they took the test yesterday. How did they say they did?

6:32 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

gp ~ lol, you don't know the half of it. Both of their middle names start with an M, so they're both CMB's.

6:34 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

smiled when I saw the pics of the cat then I read your post...awww...i'm sorry.

8:52 AM  
Blogger bbsgirl said...

sorry to read about the loss...hope the boys are doing fine and hope that did okay on their exams.

(sorry I've been busy and haven't been by)

11:31 PM  
Blogger Bhakti said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your cat.

3:00 PM  
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