you will always be with us.

dear friends,
 i have been absent most of this week,
because our house has been clouded in despair.
we found out while away in new york city,
that our wonderful mortimer died suddenly
while in the care of our neighbor.
we are devastated...
we have lost the most wonderful cat we have ever known
and now we are grieving terribly 
while trying to recover some sense of normalcy.
mortimer was more than just a cat...
he was an amazing friend.
he was so intuitive, and always seemed to know when i needed extra love.
he kept paul company while he worked from home all day
and jumped and played and kept us always entertained.
one of my favorite parts about playing housewife
was that he'd hang out with me whenever i was baking or cooking,
watching over me from the island or the top of the fridge
to make sure i was doing everything just right.
when he was a kitten,
he took rides with me on my bicycle.
he cuddled and fell asleep in our arms,
and although he was cautious, he wasn't afraid of anything.
as he got older, he didn't like to cuddle so much
but always made sure he stayed close to us...
reclining on the carpet by our feet,
on the ensuite bathmat or on the foot of our bed while we slept,
and following us around the house as we went about our days.
he greeted us by the door when we'd come home,
and he'd roll over for belly rubs,
his way of giving a hug.
i could always count on nose-kisses from him
when i was having a bad day.
when i'd ask him for a kiss,
he'd look at me like he was considering it,
and then chirp an "ok" and come over to rub his soft face against mine.
we'd laugh at how he'd always "get low" when he played or relaxed,
flattening his body as low as possible against the ground.
he loved having his back scratched, right at the base of his tail,
and he'd lie down on the ground and push his butt up way in the air
to get the best scratch possible.
mortimer was such a unique cat,
with eyes that seemed to contain complete understanding.
he'd always respond with a meow when you'd say "hey mort!"
and he'd look at you with expectation as if to say "what's up?"
we would have whole conversations with mort,
and he'd respond in meows just the way a person would respond
with answers to our questions.
mortimer was a part of our family,
and he made our lives complete in so many ways.
coming home to a house that doesn't have him in it
is the saddest thing i have ever had to do.
my heart aches indescribably,
and we are struggling to get over his unexpected death.
he was so young, only 16 months old,
and we are devastated that we'll never get to see
the amazing mature cat that he was sure to become.
we are grieving that he'll never get to meet and play with our children,
and that he'll never get to move into a house with us
and roam around the backyard, chasing birds & squirrels
and climbing trees to his heart's content.
mort was always a free spirit,
and we are comforted by the fact that now
he is free to explore wherever he chooses.
i know that even though he's off on new cat-spirit adventures,
he'll be sure to check in on us every once in awhile
to make sure that we're doing okay without him.
we'll miss you mort,
and my heart aches with a sadness that i know
will never completely go away.
i hope that wherever you are,
you are happier and more free than you ever were on earth.
you are our kitty, our baby, our brother, our friend,
and we love you so, so much.


  1. I am so sorry to hear of Mortimer passing... He was lucky to have had a wonderful mommy!

  2. That is so hard! I am thinking of you both!

  3. oh gracious. i can't imagine your pain. pets are family, plain and simple, and the grief is just as real and deep. praying for your renewal. mort was lucky to have you guys, just as you were blessed to have him. such a sweet reciprocity.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear of Mortimers passing.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty! It is so hard to lose a pet. My parents had to put my dog to sleep almost exactly one year ago while I was away on vacation. It was such hard news to come home to, and my heart goes out to you. I can tell from the photos that Mortimer was much loved and lived a good life. Hugs to you.

  6. I'm so sorry about your kitty =( I lost one of mine a couple years ago (she was 16) and it was so heartbreaking. I still think of her often. He sounds like a wonderful cat. Hugs =(

  7. I'm so sorry for your loss. Mortimer was obviously an important part of your family and he'll always be so special.

    A few years ago we lost a kitten while on vacation and it just seems like an extra painful experience to not be there in the end. So sorry again.

  8. This is just terrible...my heart aches for you both. RIP Mort. My prayers are with you....

  9. Omg I am so sorry! Losing a pet is one of the worst things - they become our close friend and confidant who we see every day. Hugs to you!


  10. Meg, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It is so hard to lose a pet. They are truly like family members. Mortimer sounds like a wonderful cat who will be dearly missed. I will raise a glass in his honor this weekend!

  11. Anonymous16/10/11

    I'm so sorry. I have two cats myself, and the thought of losing the..... I think I know what you are going through. be happy for the time you had with him.

    much love!!!

  12. I'm so so sorry to hear about Mortimer. He sounds like an absolutely wonderful cat and just try and remember the happy times and lovely life he had with you. xx

  13. Thinking of you. So sorry to hear :(

  14. I just read...My heart goes out to you. I truly understand your hurt. He was your baby boy. Take one day at a time. And when you can get the strength, celebrate him. He knew how much you loved him. This made me cry this morning, Don't even know you but I totally can feel the pain. Hang in there and if you ever need to vent send me a email.


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