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Lily, 1999-2017

The beautiful Lily was put to sleep last night. It was very peaceful. She had a joyous, healthy life almost until the end. 6 years ago, when I moved into my condo, I made a heartbreaking decision not to take Lily with me. She’d been an outdoor cat for 12 years, and I couldn’t bear to bring her into an apartment where she would be stuck inside all the time. I left her in loving hands where I used to live, and visited her often. On warm summer days, Lily loved to sit in the garden and at night she cooled herself beneath the car. She enjoyed long walks around the block beside the dog. She was the best sleeping companion. I spent a few hours nuzzling with her on Sunday, knowing it was our last time together. Lily taught me about love and I’ll miss her.

Photo by Miguel Torres



18 comments for “Lily, 1999-2017”

  1. Jules says:

    Oh, the divine Lily – a truly special unique being! I’ll miss her as I’m sure many will. Thinking of you and grateful for the time you had with Lily and that she didn’t have to suffer too much.

    • wendy says:

      Thanks, Jules. Lily had a great life. I feel certain of that. Her end was merciful. I’m so grateful to have known and loved her.

  2. Petra says:

    Oh, Wendy, I am so, so sorry. Lily must’ve been a very special cat. I’m glad that her suffering was at a minimum. Pets are such wonderful parts of our lives and are family.

    • wendy says:

      She was a beautiful cat and very athletic. She used to roam around the neighborhood and really knew how to navigate the streets. Even in the last week of her life, she enjoyed sitting on the steps outside the front door.

  3. Leyla says:

    Animals teach us so much and they leave a footprint (or paw print) on our hearts forever. So sorry for your loss.

    • wendy says:

      Thanks, Leyla. It has been a hard few days. But I’m comforted knowing that it was definitely her time to go.

  4. Claire says:

    So sorry for your loss Wendy. What a beautiful creature. It’s amazing how much a pet brings to our lives.

  5. Amy says:

    So sorry for your loss, Wendy, but glad you have so many good memories of her to sustain you.

  6. Gigi says:

    I’m so sorry Wendy about your beloved Lily. She sounds like she was a fierce girl who enjoyed life. May her memory be eternal.

  7. Lisa says:

    Just like people, every kitty is an individual and there will never be another Lily. You were lucky that she chose you to share her life with. I’m sorry for your loss.

  8. Lola says:

    Oh no, Wendy I’m so sorry for your loss. Lily was beautiful and you have written before of her equally beautiful spirit. What a great cat she was! She was lucky to have you and you her. I’m sure you will miss her. Hugs to you.

  9. Kate P says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Wendy. It sounds as if Lily had a great life and a wonderful friendship with you. She has left pawprints on your heart.

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