Posey

Posey died today.  If you’ve been here long enough you already know that he was a special little person in a fur suit and I’ve had him for almost half of my life.

I’m too sad to write about him right now so instead I’m posting a video we once made together for some orphans in Africa.  It’s sort of a long story.  Much like Posey’s life.

Please go and hug your little friends a little tighter for me.

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  1. Had a heart attack moment a few days ago when my cat was sleeping so deeply that he didn’t wake for several seconds after petting. I am so, so sorry for your loss.

  2. Oh no! So sorry. When I saw that tweet, all I could think was “Oh no, oh no, oh no…” Sorry about this day. Sending hugs your way.

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve loved hearing about Posey on your blog.

  4. I can’t really think of anything that could comfort you in the face of such a loss, except that I am so, so, so very sorry.

  5. Oh Jenny:

    The Posey stories were always my favourites. I’m so sorry for your loss and hope that Ferris Mewler is handling the loss of his furry friend OK as well.

  6. “My heart has joined The Thousand, for my friend stopped running today” — Watership Down
    My beloved King Louis will be waiting across the rainbow bridge to show him where all the comfy cushions and tasty treats are.

  7. My grandmother’s name is Posey, so this feels very strange to me.
    So sorry to hear though. It always hurts when you lose someone/thing you love.

  8. I’m so sorry, Jenny. I lost 2 of my kitties within a year of each other. They are family and it’s hard to say goodbye.

  9. I am sorry, and I wonder whether you stuff loved ones so they are always with you, or find such practices “creepy” (i.e., reserved for stranger animals).

  10. I’m very, very sorry. I will hug & kiss my three cats– and in general embarrass the hell out of them– in Posey’s name. A virtual hug to you.

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss. Posey looked like a fluffier version of my childhood cat so I have so, so much sympathy for you.

  12. Oh, no. Oh, i’m so sorry, Jenny. I know how much you loved Posey. Many hugs to you and yours. 🙁

  13. My sympathies. The one and only pet in my life is my 16.5 year-old Shih Tzu. I pray that Posey gave you as much joy as Sisko is giving me!

  14. I’m so sorry! I lost one of mine last year and I’m still not over it, and don’t expect to be for a long long time.

    ::hugs::

    Cry. It’s okay and it’s good for you. And you have about a million warm hugs and soft shoulders if you need them.

  15. I’m so sorry. Those little bodies leave behind awfully big holes in our lives.

  16. I’m so sorry Jenny. By the way, you sing beautifully and this is a lovely thing to be able to post at such a time.. My condolences and much love always
    Lu
    xxxx

  17. So sorry for your loss. I was floored by how hard the loss of my kitties hit me last year. Wish I still had one to hug tighter for you today. <3

  18. I’m so sorry, Jenny. Losing our pets is like losing a member of the family. My heart hurts for you. Take care of yourself and your sweet daughter.

  19. So sorry for your loss. It is amazing how these furry critters work themselves into our hearts and our lives.

  20. so sorry…tell him to look for my little man, mr. shiney, in kitty heaven >^.^<

  21. Sorry to hear that. I was inconsolable when I lost my dog two and a half years ago, one of the worst feelings in the entire world.

  22. As a person that has lost animals in his lifetime, I know that it’s never an easy thing to go through. My heart goes out to you and I know you’ll cherish the memories you have of him. The video says as much =)

  23. I’m so sorry. I’ve loved and lost 5 sweet kitties in my life and it hurts every time.

  24. I’m so sorry. My dog just died on Friday, I know exactly what you mean about not being able to write about it. (hugs)

  25. I’m so sorry. I just lost my Bryn kitty a couple of weeks ago. She was my baby, and it hurts like hell. I really do wish you some uneventful boredom for the next few weeks.

  26. Thank you for sharing your life with us, and the beautiful soul that was Posie. I am so very sorry he has passed. They bring such a great deal to our lives.

  27. I’m so sorry, sweet Jenny! xoxo But it did look like Posey was having a great time in that video! I love you, babe.

  28. So sorry. We lost our Buddy (schnauzer) two weeks ago. I still can’t walk down pet aisles and I still look for him to be at my feet. They really are family members. Hugs to you….

  29. I’m so sorry! Losing an animal is so hard. They are major parts of the family. *hugs*

  30. It’s unspeakably hard to say goodbye to the furry members of our families. Sending hugs and lots of love.

  31. From one cat lady to another, I am so sorry. So, so sorry. My cats are getting their favourite junk catfood tonight in honour.

  32. I’m so sorry for your loss. 🙁 Losing furry family members always just… hurts. RIP, Posey.

  33. I’m really sorry. I know some kitties who are showing Posey around up in kitty heaven right now.

  34. What a dear video! Thank you for sharing. I’m going to go hug my furries now (through my tears). Hugs to you too.

  35. This video is priceless and made me smile. Posey is so patient with you bouncing her around. And hello? That song is about a ZOMBIE CAT!

    Very very sorry for your loss. We lost two fur friends in the last year and I realized how hard it is to share your grief with others over the loss of pets. Not that people aren’t sympathetic, but that there’s a feeling that you can only share so much of your grief about your “non-human” losses.

    RIP Posey. You were loved. Clearly.

  36. Jenny,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I loved getting to ‘know’ him through your blog. xo

  37. Pets leave paw prints on our hearts that never get washed away. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved boy.

  38. People who don’t love animals don’t understand how much love they give us or how much it hurts when they go. They are members of our families. I’m sorry about Posey and cozy the crap out of Ferris Mewler.

  39. Also that made me cry bc my late father would always call the cats “Hey, you, in the fur suit”. I can almost remember his voice saying that.

  40. My many and deepest of sympathies, boss-lady.

    I would hold my own cat a little tighter, but her claws and I have long ago come to an understanding… 🙂

  41. I’m very sorry for your loss, like everyone else. I’ll make sure to hug the furkids later. *hugs you tight*

  42. Awww…..so sorry to read this. If you’ve never picked up the children’s book, Cat Heaven, you should at some point –maybe not right now–it’s really sweet and it’s how I like to imagine my kitties that are no longer with me–all sleeping on God’s bed & head after a big bowl of milk. Hang in there.

  43. Aw my love, he will always be in your heart and you have that lovely video with him where you can see how much you love him. RIP Posey

  44. Oh Jenny, I am so sorry. My heart is just breaking for you. I’m hugging my cats a lot tighter this evening and thinking of you and of Posey.

  45. I’m sorry about your cat, your car, and wow – what a horrible day! >>>*HUGE HUG VIBE*<<<

  46. I was all good until you started singing your song. *Sniff*

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  47. Hugged tightly. My ‘Posey’ is 20, blind, hypertensive, and has failing kidneys: in short, probably not far behind actual Posey. I’ve been resentful lately of all the extra care she needs. Thanks for the reminder.

  48. I’m so sorry Jenny. I’ll love on my 2 girls extra hard tonight. Love to Ferris Mewler and your non-fur family.

  49. So sad! I’m so sorry, Jenny. Will give my munchkin and extra squeeze in memory of Posey.

  50. Oh Jenny… i’m so sorry. I’ve been following you since stumbleupon days. remember those days?
    it’s such a delight seeing you now. sounds like you had one crapper of a day though.
    much love to you. *hugs*

  51. Oh Jenny, that was so sweet. It brought a tear to my eye. You have a lovely singing voice. And Posey was such a handsome boy. Hugs and love for you and your lost boy. <3<3<3

  52. Oh, hell, I just watched the video. I didn’t know anyone else knew “Don Gato” besides my sister and me. It must have been a West Texas thing. (We grew up in Odessa.)

  53. I’m so sorry for your loss. You should take as much time as you need to mourn your Posey. I’m sending hugs your way. 🙂

  54. So sorry to hear about your cat. 🙁 Pets are definitely members of the family. But something that may (or may not, if you hate Disney) cheer you up: you have the voice of a Disney Princess. For realz. You should contact Disney and offer voice-over services. You’d be rollin’ all up in dat dough.

  55. I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my little old lady cat about a month ago & miss her terribly. They’re family…

  56. I’m sorry, sweetheart. Your video broke my heart… what an awesome sedative cat–the kind that just touching is a sedative, and soothing to the soul. I’ll go scratch my Steve on the ass until she passes out now–we don’t have to tell the furry bint why.

  57. So sorry, Jenny. Glad you have a memory of singing so sweetly to him. Good song.

  58. Not fucking cool. I’m so sorry, Jenny. And that video is priceless. I never even met Posey and I can see how much you loved him. RIP little man.

  59. This made me cry and I am not even a cat person. Jenny you have a beautiful voice and Posey was loved, and knew that – no doubt in my mind. Sorry for your loss.

  60. So sorry to hear about Posey. I know all too well how hard it is to lose a furry friend. My thoughts are with you and your family, and I’ll give my Trixie and Bailey extra cuddles tonight in Posey’s honor.

  61. So very sorry for your loss – we lost our Oakley girl (Black Lab – Annie Oakley) recently, so I feel your pain. It’s so hard to say goodbye to a cherished pet, no matter how prepared you may be that the time is coming. You will be in my thoughts.

    <> Lisa

  62. Many condolences, Bloggess. I sometimes still cry for the furkids who left me all too soon.

  63. Such a sad day. We love them so fiercely, then they leave us. Hoping that when the tears subside, you’ll remember with laughter and smiles how wonderful it was to love Posey for all the years you had. He stuck around for a reason – he loved you too!

  64. My love to you Jenny, hold Ferris tight tonight. <3

    "Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim."

    "Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome."

    (Isaac Asimov)

    "Death ends a life, not a relationship."

    (Jack Lemmon)

    "A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered."

    (Lacie Petitto)

    "If there are no pets in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."

    (Will Rogers)

  65. I know how much that suck. Last year our dog Bob had to be put down, we had him as long as you’ve had Posey. I know no amount of kind words will make the hurt less. But I am so sorry for your loss and I know how truly sad you are. I’m actually tearing up thinking about how awful it must feel. I will keep you in my thoughts in the comming days since I’m sure you will need the happy thoughts to override the sad ones.

  66. Oh dear. Where you are now, I’m going to be soon – times three, probably. You have all my sympathy.

  67. Oh, my. So, so sorry. I know that feeling all to well.

    There are no words. Just know we all hurt with you.

  68. I’m sorry. There aren’t any words that make it any easier or better, but know that I’m thinking of you and Posey.

  69. I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for posting the video–Posey looked like a very sweet cat and your rendition of the song is lovely.

  70. Love you, Girl, and am sitting at my laptop weeping for you. I imagine Posey is chasing himself some AWESOME sparkly dragonflies in heaven right now and having a helluva blast!!!!!

  71. So very sorry for your loss. Lovely video to remember such a wonderful family member by. Godspeed, Posey.

  72. My thoughts are with you and your family, so sorry for your loss. RIP Posey xo

  73. So so sorry your Posey is gone. I prefer to think that they go on to really really wonderful places after giving us so much love in this life. Take care of you.

  74. Hi,
    I have angel cats. Their mother was a pregnant stray who showed up the day my carpool partner collapsed in her front yard and feel into a coma. (Complications of high-dose chemo for cancer.) She died five days later.
    And that mother cat’s kittens helped me and my kids and her kids laugh, especially in the first year after she died, so they are truly angel cats, as I’m sure your beautiful baby was.

    A friend of mine swears that if you ask your lost babies to come back to you, in new bodies, they will. Just ask, like you’re saying a prayer. And watch and wait and be open to the signs. They will come back.

  75. Poesy was lucky to have been loved by you. It is never easy to
    lose one of our furkids. Thoughts are with you……

  76. There is nothing I can say that will make it better, only time can do that. I am so sorry for your loss.

  77. So sorry. We said goodbye to our Posey (only her name was Kismet) last Thursday so I feel your pain. Hang in there!

  78. First time commenting, but had to tell you how sorry I am for the loss of your kitty.

  79. I’m so sorry. My kitty is laying here by me and I will give her a big hug when I get up to feed her in 10 minutes… which she’ll probably like much more than the hug.

  80. So sorry Jenny. That just sucks. My husband lost his boxer a few years ago and it still hurts. It’s hard to let our furbabies go. I will love on my Willow extra tonight.

  81. tell Posey stories often and with relish, and he will live for all time!

    My condolences to you, your family, and most especially to Ferris Mewler.

  82. Poor Posey, and poor you. I’m very sorry. We lost our Miss Billie a little over a week ago, too. It’s just so damned hard.

  83. Oh sweetheart I’m sorry. My heart gies iut to you and your family. I am sure Posey is in a happy place where there is endless ‘nip and chin scritches.

  84. You can tell by how he nuzzles you with his forehead that he loved you very much.
    Hugs and love to you, Victor, and Hailey during these really tough times

  85. So sorry for your loss. He was a good kitty. I can tell because your face was still attached after you made that video.

  86. I have 2 rescue kitties and I can’t imagine the day I have to say goodbye to one of them! :'( I’m so sorry for your loss…I understand! {{{HUGS}}}

  87. So sorry to hear about Posey. Posey looks just like a cat I had when I was little, I loved seeing Posey and hcias antics. I will certainly hold my kitties closer tonight. Hugs to you and your family.

  88. Oh Jenny, I’m so very very sorry. It’s always hard to lose a member of our family. I know how much it hurts. Be kind to yourself and let yourself mourn how you need to. Grief is different for everyone. Consider yourself hugged (even though you don’t know me…hugs are still being sent over the intertubes).

  89. I never usually comment, just laugh my ass off at all your stories and share them with everyone I know! I am so, so sorry to hear about your Posey Cat.

  90. Let us be happy for Posey, for Posey has found a family. Good night, Posey. Good night, you Prince of Houston — you King of Texas!

  91. I’m so sorry for your loss. Remember the wonderful life you gave Posey, and the joy he gave you. Our animals are a blessing. (((hugs)))

  92. I am so very sorry, Jenny.
    Losing a furry member of the family sucks. They give us so much and ask so little in return(cats I mean, dogs are needy little fuckers that I want my friends to own so I can pet and play with and give back…sort of like how I feel about children…except for the petting…don’t get the wrong idea…ack…you freakin’ perve!)

  93. Oh, Jenny. I’m so, so sorry. Please know that Posey was loved by all of us, even though we didn’t know him.

    So many hugs to you.

  94. I know how hard it is, I lost my kitty a few months ago after having her for 20 years.

  95. No! That is so unbelievably awful! I will go home and hug my kitties and send sunspot and windowsill thoughts your way. Im so sorry, Jenny.

  96. Sweet, patient Posey. So sad. Why the frick do I have to bawl about every cat. So sorry for your loss and hugs to all.

  97. I am so very sorry for your loss. Today is my mother’s birthday and she passed last August. I’d like to think Posey is cuddling up to her and they are keeping each other company right now.

  98. I’m so sorry! We lost our dog recently. It’s so difficult to lose them. I’ll be thinking of you.

  99. I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s heartbreaking when we lose our fur babies. But it’s lovely that you have a video of you and Posey; he’s a really beautiful kitty, and I’m a dog person. <3

  100. I am so, so sorry. Posey was quite the performer, and a handsome fellow, too. You’ve taken such great care of him, and he has led a happy, comfy kitty life. Sending warm thoughts your way tonight.

  101. Jenny, I don’t know you, but you’ve been brightening my life for years. I’m so, so sorry for your loss.

  102. I have to say, you have a beautiful voice! I’m so terribly sorry for your loss, meow meow meow.

  103. So, so sorry! Now he’s in heaven with my beautiful German Shepherd who I will miss forever. 🙁

  104. So sorry for your loss. May your memories of him always comfort you and make you smile.

  105. So sorry, I know it’s really hard to lose a furry friend who has been such a big part of your heart for so long. Hugging my dogs. (read- it’s thundering and they are holding me hostage) I’ll give them an extra treat in Posey’s honor.

  106. Oh my. We had two cats die this year – our 17 year old Mona and our 2 year old Lincoln. It SUCKS. Horribly sucky bad. I’m so sorry. Sending you lots of love today.

  107. I may have suffocated my little dog Timmy in your honour tonight. They’re so special and you’re surrounded by people who totally understand. Lots of love coming your way~

  108. Really, really sorry. Huge hugs and free shoulder to cry on…or punch, if you’re angry. (I’m tough, I can take it.)

  109. So sad for you. I wish that your dear Posey could reanimate like Don Gato from your song. (just not in a precursor to the zombie apocalypse kind of way)

  110. I’m so sorry, Jenny. I’ve got tears in my eyes as I write this, because I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a pet. A friend that never questioned your love and you never had to question theirs. A friend that would never betray you and was always there when you needed him. I’ll give my two kitties extra hugs and kisses tonight for you.

  111. I’m so sorry to hear this! I’m going to go and hug Super-Sophie super tight, whether she likes it or not.

  112. I am so very sorry Jenny.
    My husband once accused me of loving our two cats more than him. Well, duh.

  113. Oh, Jenny, what a day you had. I’m so so sorry to hear about Posey. The video was lovely, you have a beautiful voice. Please take care.

  114. I’m so sorry for your loss. Posey was greatly loved, and I have enjoyed seeing that video of the 2 of you many times already.

  115. I’m so sorry for your loss. Our dogs are getting older and I try to remember to enjoy every single day with them. Love sent your way!

  116. i know how much this can hurt, i had a poodle for 20 years, she was the love of my pet life, my rock in a hard place, my replacement for God before God showed up, and it actually hurt more when she died than it did when my parents died, that may sound weird, but it’s true, hard to admit, but true none the less

  117. I didn’t realize your comments used smilies…I put noses on mine with an “o” so the frowny face one I posted didn’t turn out right and may be inappropriate for the occasion. Sorry. 🙁

  118. Oh man, I almost made it through that video without crying. Then you said “say goodbye Posey” & I lost it. Not saying it’s any easier for those of us left behind, but going to sleep & not waking up sounds like the way every cat would want to & should go. May Posey find all the sunbeams.

  119. Oh Jenny, I’m so, so, so sorry. It’s a terrible loss to lose a furry family member. I’ll give my C.C., Bella, and Harley all a little extra love tonight in Posey’s honor.

    That video was absolutely adorable. <3

  120. I am so sorry! Our furry family members are so precious. My 3 kitties and I are sending love and light your way. I’ll give their ears an extra scratch in honor of sweet Posey.

  121. So sorry about Posey, As Prudence would say, now I have leaky eyes. Loved the song, will be sure to hug and kiss the menagerie here. {{hugs}}

  122. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. These little critters can be some of the best friends in the world.

    I was surprised to hear that someone else knows Don Gato; in response to the commenter above from Odessa, I learned it at a USAF base in Spain, so not *just* a West Texas thing. 😉

  123. I am so sorry for your loss. I had to put my 18 year old cat (love of my life) down in October so I can attest to how much it hurts. I like to think they get reincarnated and find us again later in life. My heart goes out to you and your family!

  124. I have lurked religiously but haven’t posted before because I haven’t felt like I could say anything that hasn’t been said. Even though this has been said and will be said I am so sorry for your loss. My Maine Coon Gizmo is 14 and when I see her struggling to make the bed I reminded that our days are fleeting. Watched the video – what an amazing cat. I drink a toast to Posey – May the days in kitty heaven be filled with warm sunshine, lots of purrs and catnip.

  125. So sorry for your loss, Jenny. Sending love, hugs, and prayers to you.

    P.S. You have a beautiful singing voice.

  126. I am so sorry Jenny! As a longtime owner of cats and having to say goodbye to three of them recently, I know your hurt and loss. Hugs to you and Posey.

  127. My condolences good lady. When my beloved kitty died I got a tattoo of her, let’s see if I can find a pic.

    Here ya go.. http://imgur.com/TXQx8

    I don’t actually believe in angels, but cat’s are pretty fucking awesome.

  128. Oh, Jenny, my heart brakes for you. What a sweet video. Rest in peace, sweet kitty.

  129. Sorry Jenny. Pets become a part of your family, and a part of your life. Posey knew he was loved. Hell, we all knew Posey was loved.

  130. RIP Posie. “And it wasn’t very merry, going to the cemetery” Truer words were never spoken. Just know Jenny, that we’re all standing by that little kitty grave with you. Be strong. And if you’re not, it’s okay- cause we’re here.

  131. I am so, so sorry to hear it. There’s never a good time to lose a furry loved one, and it sounds like this was the worst ending to a horrible day. It hurts to say goodbye after such a short time shared together.

    (Interestingly, I’ve just had to delete two of my kitten’s contributions, because he climbed across the keyboard as I was typing this. He has no idea why I just picked him up to hug him, but he’s convinced it’s time to play, now that that foolishness is done.)

  132. Jenny, I am so sorry. 🙁 My Penny is 17 and it’s day by day and it’s so hard to say goodbye to a beloved friend. Your video with Posey was so sweet – its obvious how much you loved him. Sending you much love. Give Ferris a snuggle from me and I promise to give extra hugs tonight to my feline friends in Posey’s memory.

  133. So so so very sorry for your loss. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” Queen Elizabeth II (just saw a biography on her last night and they shared this quote.).

  134. I’m sorry for your loss.

    It’s so hard, we get so attached to them… I know I’m not ready yet. My baby’s 16 and I just can’t bear to even consider… And when you look at her she seems like such a young cat…

    I’m glad you have the video and all the posts to remember him by.

    *hugs*

  135. I’m sad too. My sister died 3 weeks ago. Go hug your brothers or sisters too. I’m sorry about Posie. My Tucker is getting me through. Sorta.

  136. “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” ~ Eskimo proverb

    So very sorry for your loss. <3

  137. So sorry Jenny! My boy is 15 and I dread the day he goes. He was my surrogate baby when we lost our first.

    Huge hugs and safe travels over the rainbow bridge Posey!

  138. Poor Posey, he was a good kitty. Dibs on sitting on your head from now on.

  139. I’m so sorry to hear about Posey. Hugs and extra pets to Ferris Mewler.

  140. My thoughts are with you. I lost my oldest kitty a month ago. These little ones are so special. Going to find my other and give him big love.

  141. NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    I was afraid that’s what the tweet meant earlier. Poor baby Posey. I am hugging Shmoopsie and Poopsie a little harder tonight. I’m so, so sorry. They really are our furry babies, it’s so hard to say goodbye.

  142. I lost two cats within 6 months of eachother. They were sisters and only 1 year old. It is so sad to lose a member of your family no matter how fluffy they are.

    You were lucky to have him so long. Just spend some time with your family remembering the good times. Healing will take time 🙂

  143. I am so terribly sorry! The only thing wrong with dogs and cats is that they don’t live forever, or at least as long as we do!

  144. Your video was a perfect tribute. Much love to you in your time of grieving.

  145. I’m so sorry to hear about Posey, I really thought he would make the big 20. XOXO

  146. You and your family will be in my thoughts as I give extra scritches and laps to the fur people here. Thank you for sharing Posey with all of us. So sorry.

  147. Posey was blessed to have you and the home you gave him. Gonna give my dog an extra treat and love tonight – just for Posey.

  148. Jenny, I’m so sorry. It’s heartbreaking to lose a loved one who has been in your life so long. Posey looks like a real sweetheart — one of those cats who just puts up with all our silly antics. Take good care.

  149. Jenny, so very sorry for your loss. I hope you did not opt for another attempt at backyard burial… I figure that whole trauma is probably fresh enough in your mind that you didn’t because although it would make for another horrifying/amusing blog post, I am thinking that maybe you could, perhaps, have Posey’s ashes turned into a kickass gemstone and then get it mounted in a tiara. Just a thought.

    I don’t presume to speak for the rest of the internet, but if you need to vent/talk/whatever, I am sure there are many of us who are more than willing to listen. I know I am. Be well, Sweet Lady.

  150. I’m so sorry. The loss of a pet leaves such a big hole in your heart. My dogs and I will be thinking of you tonight.

  151. Jenny, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss! I loved the video, I never knew you were such a great singer! Posey was an adorable kitty, sending love your way! xoxo

  152. Jenny, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Posey sounded like an amazing (and amazingly funny) cat, and the world is a little less bright without him.

  153. If you have not read Cynthia Rylant’s picture book, “Cat Heaven”, please do. It is what I (a school librarian) recommend when families ask me if they know anything that might help when they lose a cat friend. [She also did “Dog Heaven” which I got for my daughter when our Golden Retriever died.} It will make you cry, but in a good way. Not just for Hailey, but for you all.

  154. First, please know that I am so, so sorry. I know that hurt all too well.

    But… I had to memorize that poem in 5th grade. Wow. Hadn’t thought of it in years.

    Finally, you have a pretty voice.

  155. im so sorry. my boyfriend and i are holding our kitty kona extra lots today for you. we both love you <3

  156. I’m so sorry. I’m crying, because I got 2 furry babies 2 years ago, and my heart expanded. It got big and full of fur and laughter, and the warm feeling of being a mother for the first time. But Obi Wan Catnobi has been missing for 2 and a half weeks and I have been feeling really lost. So I’m crying, for you, for Posey, for Obi that I miss so and that I hope I will get to see again. Because it’s way too early to say goodbye.

  157. I’m so sorry to hear about Posey! I just started reading your blog about a year and a half ago – right around the time I took in a friend’s 15 year old cat, Oliver. I read about all the old posts about Posey (him making everyone think he was dead by sleeping with his eyes open, being nothing but fur and sinew, etc) and I thought – this is my new cat! I didn’t think I’d come to love him very much. It was going to be more like running kitty hospice care, right? Oh wow, not at all. This wheezy, sinewy, sweet old man has wormed his way into my heart like I never would have believed. I have to pick my way through fresh gifts of vomit and hairballs every morning, but…well, ick, sorry. Every time I read a new Posey post, I just loved my old cat a little more. And when Oliver does die, I’m going to go and read all those Posey posts AGAIN and laugh and cry and be happy for the time I had with him. Love and good thoughts to you!

  158. Terribly sorry to hear about this. It took me a while to respond because I went to cuddle the dogs for a while.

  159. Oh no… I’m so very sorry. It’s so hard to lose a furry baby. Big hugs to you… Rest in peace, Posey.

  160. Been there 🙁 So sorry for your loss – cats are amazing creatures. (on a good note – you have a great voice and that video and song was really cute)

  161. I’m sorry to hear about this, Jenny. It’s always hard when we lose a member of our family – and the furry ones are just as important. I’ll be thinking of you and yours.

  162. I am so very sorry, Jenny. Posey stories have always been great; he’s such an interesting little guy. I lost the dog who’d been with me half my life last January and it’s still hard to accept some days. Big hugs to you, and I will definitely snuggle my own kitties a bit longer tonight.

  163. Jen, I am terribly sorry to hear about your loss. Posey brought smiles to all who have followed your blog and have watched that great video. Virtual hugs to you.

  164. Am so very sorry 🙁
    Your loss made me cry….I lost my beautiful 16 year old baby girl this March and I still grieve for her every day. Treasure every photo, video and memory. Ignore insensitive people who don’t even try to understand and take solace from those who do – grieving for the loss of a beloved pet is very real and very painful. If you need further support, the association for pet loss and bereavement ( http://aplb.org/index.php) have been of great help to me when I needed it.
    *hugs*

  165. My condolences on the loss of your sweet Posey. I’m sending you a hug and a prayer.

  166. So sorry to hear about Posey. He was a lucky cat to be loved so well. Sending you hugs and bulldog kisses.

  167. So so so sorry. Will go and hug and squeeze my Punki and smudgie in Posey’s honor.

  168. I hope the smell of fish in kitty heaven makes Posey very happy. Kitty hugs all around.

  169. I lost both of my cats in 2011. I’m still sad about it now and miss them every day. My thoughts are with you. Goodbye, sweet Posey.

  170. My heartfelt condolences on your loss, Jenny. There is a special place in heaven where Posey will be waiting for you. That doesn’t make it feel any better though. Posey will always be a part of you.

  171. Jenny I am so sorry for your loss. I know you had a crappy day and I can’t believe this was what greeted you at the end. The only thing I can say is that you gave him a wonderful and long life full of love and caring and that is the best that any cat can hope for. My sympathies to you and your family.

  172. I’m so sorry for your loss, Jenny. I too lost a cat recently. It’s amazing how they find their way into your heart and never really leave.

  173. I am sorry about Posey. He was loved…it is apparent in this video. He was outstanding in that video…never seen a cat that danced as well as he did. Farewell Dear Posey.

  174. I am so sorry – as the mom of a special-needs kitty (17, diabetic, toothless, in renal failure, deaf…) I know the extra love that goes into taking care of them (and how totally worth it is) – you did an amazing job keeping Posey kickin’ loooong after others would have bought into all that “she’s a goner” nonsense, and I hope she’s purring somewhere up in that big kitty heaven in the sky. Hug to you and your family (and I am going to give Quato some extra belly rubs).

  175. I’m so sorry Jenny 🙁 I know there are no words to help. My furbaby jumped on me and curled up right before I clicked on this.

  176. I am so so sorry to hear this. I know how heart wrenching it is to lose your kitty. You and Posey are in my thoughts.

  177. So sorry that you lost Posey. Sometimes our fur kids are as important as our two legged ones.

  178. So sorry, Jenny…I lost my 10 year old lab Mocha on Friday, so I am grieving with you. 🙁 You are in my thoughts.

  179. So very sorry to hear about your loss. Sending lots of hugs. I know i hugged my babies a little tighter today.

  180. My heart is breaking for you, truly. My asshole cat and I send our most sincere wishes for peace and comfort your way.

  181. Posey will be waiting for you on the rainbow bridge, but for now, Posey is happy he had you as his furever home! I’ll give my three old ladies extra love tonight jst for you.

  182. Sitting next to my ugly snoring dog right now and sending you my love. I’m sorry for your loss.

    I like my furry children better than I like my own most of the time, and we just had to put one of ours down last month. Then the vet gave me a little ceramic disc with her paw print when I went to pick up her ashes, which I found a little morbid.

    Side note: You have a lovely singing voice. It’s clear from the video that Posey agreed.

  183. I am so sorry. I was just thinking about posey because my cat Samantha died last Thursday. It is so hard to let the furry ones go. I just feel so sad because I miss petting her so. I still here her humm. She rarely meowed. I will hug my dog just for you. You are in my prayers.

  184. You sing so beautifully. I cried and cried. I’ve had many pets who have passed after many years. I light a sky lantern for them on the 4th. I’ll think of Posey too.

  185. I’m sorry for your loss! I will, indeed, hug my kitties very tight tonight. They may not approve. Luckily, this house is a dictatorship.

  186. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how badly it hurts to lose a pet; they are family. Remember that he had a nice long life with you and you were able to give him a good home.

  187. Jenny, I’m so sorry to hear about Posey. Please know that your family, friends, and fans all love and support you! Keeping you in my thoughts!

  188. So very sorry to hear about your loss. Our pets are such important people, aren’t they? Sounds like you and Posey had a remarkable life together.
    In sympathy.
    Barb in Minnesota

  189. Jenny, I am so sorry that Posey died. Losing a loving pet is like losing a family member.

  190. So sad for you. Thank you for sharing Posey each night of the book club.

    The video has me wondering though about the possibility of Posey coming back. Any fish markets in a local village square? If anyone could own a zombie / reanimated cat, it would be you.

  191. I just had a really good day ,and then I saw your post and remembered just how you would be feeling, as I lost my Myaggi 2 years ago. He was with us for 15 years and I still expect him to come galloping in at mealtimes and purring around my feet. Hopefully he will be up there somewhere to welcome Posey. Big hugs from me and my family to you and yours at this sad time.

  192. As soon as I saw the entry title on the live bookmark, I knew exactly what it was going to be about.
    My condolences for your loss – I know exactly how it feels.

  193. I’m a long time fan who just adores everything you do and tells people you’re my secret best friend. I never comment but I just had to step in and say how sorry I am for your loss. I have 12 (yes, 12!) kitties of my own and some of them are getting to the age where I know they probably don’t have a lot of time left. Your Posey had a good life, was loved and doted on. Take time to be unashamedly sad but then make a point of remembering his long happy life and not this one brief moment of sadness. ::hugs::

  194. Bitty (the First) kept us as pets for 17.5 years and I said “never again.” That was on a Saturday. It took until Tuesday to be adopted by Bitty (the Second), who kept us for another 17.5 years. Both were Maine Coons. Both rescue kittens. Both enriched our lives and those of our children for more than half our married lives. I held both as they went to sleep. I still miss them. I have no words for your sad. But will be thinking of you.

  195. So sorry! It’s so hard when our little furry ones leave us. Lots of love and hugs!

  196. I watched the video and started crying. It’s like I knew him. but as I sat siffling at my computer, my 18 year old Willow cat came running to make me feel better, which made me cry harder. He’s not always going to be there for me.

    Gods Jenny, I’m so sorry!! *hugs* and meaningless drivel about the Rainbow bridge and how Posey’s happy and healthy again.

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  197. So sorry dear! I saw your tweet and my heart sank. May you find some peace in knowing he spent his life with someone who loved him as much as you did. So many are not so lucky.

  198. It’s so hard to have the gentle furkids who so willingly and carefully and lovingly carry our damaged and fragile hearts on their four furry paws through this world sigh their last sigh and tiptoe right on out.

    Posey knew only love from you, Jenny. I’m pretty certain he also knew all your secrets and kept all of them close to his heart. Be very gentle with yourself. Extra special gentle. There are extra treats and scratches and hugs for all the furry animals here at Chez Naked tonight.

  199. I’m sorry you lost Posey. :'( Love and hugs. I am glad she had you to love her so much, and I am thankful that you had her to love you.

  200. My mrow, Chubbs, cannot figure out why I won’t let him off my lap and I keep hugging and kissing him. My heart aches for you, Jenny, and for all of us who’ve lost special furbabies. Chubbs and I send hugs….

  201. So sorry and thinking of you on this sad day. I would hug my cat Phoebe for you but she would probably tear my face off. So instead I will hug the hell out of my dog (and she will want a cookie for having to endure my hugs….).

  202. I am so very, very sorry. RIP Posey. I will try to hug my cat, but she may rip my face right off. She is not quite so cuddly as Posey, bless his heart.
    I lost my dog a couple of months ago, and I still cry every day for his loss. They leave such big empty spaces when they go.
    Hugs to you.

  203. So sorry about your loss, and the rest of your horrible day. Huddle up with the rest of the family and you will get each other through it. Hugs.

  204. I’m so sorry! But I’m very glad that Posey made an appearance on your recent bookclub sessions and we got to hear the purring.

  205. I’m so sorry for you and your whole family. It’s heartbreaking. When my dog, Callie died in March
    it was a very rough time. I cried a lot. I ended up adopting another rescue dog and while she
    will never be like Callie, I love her. But differently. Love, Laurie F.

  206. I am so sorry for your loss. Pets are priceless companions, and become family the moment you adopt them… or they adopt you. Good thoughts to you! <3

  207. I’m so sorry, Jenny! When I lost my beloved kitty, my best friend comforted me by telling me that my kitty went to be with her real kitty mommy who would take care of her until I got there. I know it hurts now but it gets easier day by day. Many hugs!

  208. I am so sorry for your loss.

    That is one of my favorite videos of all time – I seriously pull it up and watch it whenever I’m in a bad mood. You can just see the love you both have for each other.

  209. I am so, so sorry for your loss, Jenny. Pets are family, and losing a kitteh who was in nearly 1/2 of yours, is hard. (((HUG))) Thank you for sharing him with us as well, through the years.

  210. I am so sorry for your loss – you can tell Posey adored YOU in this video. {{hugs}}

  211. Fuck… omg… I blogged about my cat this morning….please delete my previous. Comment love…. ugh I’m so embarssed… for the love of God delete these commentstoo

  212. Oh, Jenny… I am so sorry. We had a cat who lived 22 years. I thought she was immortal. She died when I was 30. She was pure love covered in fur. It’s hard to say goodbye. Have a large sippy cup of wine and a big bag of Hershey kisses.

  213. Jenny, I’m so sorry for you loss I can’t even imagine losing one of my fuzzy babies. Much love and hugs to you.

  214. I am so sorry for your loss Jenny. RIP Posey. I wish there was something I could write that would ease the pain and loss. My thoughts are with you.

  215. So sorry about Posey 🙁 That video made me tear up a little…my 17 year old cat, Lucky, died recently and it’s so much harder then you think it’s going to be…even when you think you’re prepared because they’re old.
    And, for the record, that song was my favorite song in elementary school choir. I still sing it sometimes when it pops into my head…but I thought I was crazy because no one else remembered it. Thanks for making me feel not so crazy.

  216. Oh Jenny, I’m so very sorry. I’ll light a candle for Posey tonight. You’ll be in my thoughts and I’m send lots of love and hugs for you and your family. I’ll also make sure I give my kitty, Meekoli Catsvinski, lots and lots of cuddles…and I’ll tell him they are all from you.

  217. i’m so sorry Jenny 🙁 Having lost more than my share of four foots in my life… i know how hard it is. Those little fuzzy feet leave gaping holes in our hearts.

    i did hug my fuzzy baby very tightly after reading this… and she thumped her tail very angrily against my legs, but she put up with it. Then when i started to let her go, she pretty much launched herself across the room and gave me this glare of DOOM. And my face and shirt were *covered* in long fine grey Maine Coon Boo-hair. But i wouldn’t have it any other way, really.

    i know it’s cold comfort right now… but Posey had a lovely life, and that long life is a testament to your love and care you took of him. Remember those good times.

  218. I will sleep with my eyes open tonight to honor your precious Posey. (not really) but if I could I would. Thinking of you and your family tonight.

  219. Must read Jon Katz’s book about dealing with a pet’s death. It’s remarkable and will make you feel better. I lost my two beloved dogs, Ming, the pug and Hannah the retriever this year and I am still heart broken, but Jon showed me how to deal. Check it out. It will make you feel better. Hugs, Rose