On a Personal Note…


Since returning from the Atlanta Pen Show, the health of our beloved cat Milo continued to decline to the point where we had to say goodbye to him yesterday. Nine months ago he had an accident that had left his back half paralyzed and this lead to further complications in his overall health and well-being. We were hoping and praying that he might recover from his injuries but in the end, age and infirmity made him more and more uncomfortable. Even the vet said we had done more for him than most people would have and he lived a much longer, happier life as a result of our vigilant care.

That said, I was beside myself with sadness yesterday and today. Hopefully, regular pen, ink and paper-related posts will resume tomorrow and your patience and understanding in the delay is greatly appreciated.

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  1. Oh, Ana – I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve said goodbye to a few beloved pets in my time, and it’s never easy. I wish you peace and comfort, and hope the happy memories of Milo help ease your sadness.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by the memories of happier days with your beloved Milo who was so obviously well loved and cared for by you and yours.

    We will await your posts in good time. Take good care of yourself always but especially now.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss Ana. The loss of a pet is so terribly painful. I pray that you will be surrounded with comfort and love during this difficult time.

  4. Ana, I am so sorry. I know how close pets can be. My thoughts and prayers, and my heart, is with you and your husband.

    All the time is yours; take whatever you need.

  5. Our condolances at the S-F household. We have a fifteen-year-old Shephard/Rottweiler mix that we give anti-inflammatory meds to. He is still pretty spry, for an old coot, but we both worry about our lives after he is gone. Once, I heard somewhere that our beloved pets, due to their shorter life span, remind us that after love is love. Many comforting wishes are sent your way.

  6. Ana.I am so sorry to hear of your loss.It is a terrible thing we have to do when it is our responsibility to make that last decision.It is also a privilege too when we can see our cats on their way to whatever may be.Thank you for sharing this with me as it has served to allow me to remember all my loved ones too,just for a little moment and in solidarity with you.xx

  7. Sending my sympathy to you. Don’t ever worry about delaying your excellent blog when life events are happening.

  8. SO very sorry to read this Ana. Pets are such wonderful family members who bring love and joy. My condolences on your loss.

  9. Ana, I’m so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Our fur babies are beloved and losing them is so very hard.

  10. I am so sorry to hear about Milo. It is very hard to lose a pet. Your photograph suggests he was a serene little man. My condolences.

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sure Milo enjoyed a long, loving life with you. Pets are a wonderful gift.

  12. it’s never easy-Milo looks very content in that picture and very loved- so sorry for your loss. I’ve got a 16 year old Siamese- I know my turn is coming.

  13. I’m very sorry to hear this. We’ve lost a number of wonderful cats over the years. It’s hard… My condolences to you and your husband, take care Ana.

  14. I’m so sorry to hear that. Our pets become our family. I’d feel lost without my beloved Pushkin.

    You will be in my thoughts.

  15. Ana, my thoughts and sympaty goes out to you and your family at this sad time. May good memories of Milo’s life stay with you and hopefully bring a smile once in a while.

  16. Ana, my wife & I send our sympathy to you & yours over the lose of Milo. Several years ago I was layed up in bed for an extended time after back surgery. I had become addicted to pain medicine & was coming off the drug, going through horrible withdrawls. My precious little cat, Chandler, never left my side even though he too was sick with cancer.
    After my long battle with the addiction I was finally able to get out of my bed. Shortly thereafter we had to send him to a better place. Since then we have adopted three more cats, all found on the streets. They are a handful and we love them all.
    We wish you the best in your time of need.
    Sandy & Mike

  17. So heart breaking. You were so good to Milo. It’s really hard to explain this kind of grief to people who haven’t experienced it. Sending you prayers.

  18. I am so sorry for your loss of sweet Milo. It is always difficult to say goodbye to a fur baby. Wishing you happy memories and know you gave little Milo a wonderful life!

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