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  1. Linn says:

    “They will not go quietly,
    the cats who’ve shared our lives.
    In subtle ways they let us know
    their spirit still survives.”

    “And although time may bring new friends
    and a new food dish to fill,
    That one place in our hearts
    belongs to them. . . and always will.”

    Linda Barnes

  2. Captain Kevin says:

    “ Some recoil at this kind of affection for a pet, more are disgusted by the grief I evidence when they pass.”

    They are the sad ones for never knowing this kind of love. Praying for you as you grieve, my friend.

  3. BrianD says:

    I have little confidence that I will see the “goodness of God in the land of the living”.

    It was in you as you loved and cared for Smokey – and for so many of us strays.

  4. Michael says:

    Linn, Ck, thank you for your hearts.
    BrianD, I have always received more than I have given…blessings to you, my friend and to all who understand.

  5. catherine says:

    So sorry about Smokey, praying that you will be comforted..

  6. Em Wegemer says:

    Goodness of God? Michael, YOU WILL! ! !

  7. bob1 says:

    So sorry, Michael.

  8. bob1 says:

    So very sorry, Michael.

  9. Dave Rolph says:

    I’m so sorry Michael! The older I get, the more I realize that death is what makes life so precious.

  10. filistine says:

    Michael my friend,
    you have shown much love to many though it may not have been in the manner they expected or noted. you have always shown great care, affection, patience, and love for your feline friends–and reflected that love by way of your many stories about them which have enriched us all. I’m sorry for the loss of the beloved Smokey.

  11. Michael says:

    bob1, Em, Catherine…thank you.

  12. Michael says:


    So true…the darkness of death causes the light of life to shine brighter.

  13. Michael says:


    Thank you, my friend…you too have learned to live after even greater loss and retained your core…thanks again for the kind words and example.

  14. Jenn J says:

    Your writing resonates so well. The loss of our precious pets causes pain that mirrors how deeply we love be them and care for them. You love the strays well and all of us deeply appreciate it.

  15. Elena says:

    Sorry Michael for your loss!
    Was thinking that maybe Cecelia is enjoying their company, Miss Kitty and Smokey 😃
    She loved cats and she loved your articles💕

  16. Michael says:

    Jenn J,

    Thank you. if I love them well it’s because they have always loved me back…

  17. Michael says:


    That’s a wonderful thought…she has now met them all in person.
    Thank you, my friend…

  18. Alex says:

    When my daughter died recently, I clung to my dog Oskar as he’d always clung to me. A lover and toucher and always wanting to be on, not just with, his person. He could be annoying that way.
    Now, after such loss and in the midst of a grief I’ve never known before, he helped me, immensely.
    And then, he died. Suddenly. Unexpectedly.
    I prayed for both of them. The most earnest prayers I’ve ever prayed.
    And yet, they are gone.
    I found myself grieving, and now grieving again.
    At times, it feels like too much.
    I have to say that I often don’t understand the ways of God, Michael.
    And yet, I feel very close to God. God in me, actually.
    Perhaps because of my simple deep need, uncomplicated by the theology of my past. Now, I feel as if I just have simple raw need. Suffering can simplify things; I feel God’s love and care, even in the midst of my suffering.
    I pray that God is close and that his love comforts you in this profound loss, my friend.

  19. Captain Kevin says:

    Alex, May you continue to know God’s presence as you grieve.

  20. Michael says:

    It is too much
    It’s way bleeping too much.
    I honestly don’t know how you are doing it, other than you have to because of other responsibilities.

    I got angry at God when Oskar died…

    I wanted to get angry at God today…but remembered you and decided if anyone wanted to get in a fairness argument with God, you should be able to go first.

    Theologically, I am left with only the eschaton, when He comes and makes things right.

    That will be enough for the time I have left.

  21. Alan says:


    Lots of pain here. Sorry to see it.
    Let me not attempt to say more.

    I’m sorry

  22. Michael says:


    I know your heart…thank you.

  23. Dan from Georgia says:

    So sorry Michael.

  24. Chris A says:

    Michael, I just read your post about Smokey as I was traveling for a few days. My heart goes out to you brother. Each time I travel I notice numerous animals that have died or been killed by the roadside; I pray for each of them as I pass. Yesterday as I was returning home, I noticed a beautiful smoke gray cat lying dead on the shoulder of the highway. Prayers ensued, and I began to again wonder if God ever gets upset with me for praying for animals as much as or more than people….

  25. Duane Arnold says:


    As we know, such a loss is incalculable…

  26. Michael says:


    Thank you. my friend.

  27. Michael says:

    Chris A,

    God bless you for your prayers for all creatures and your kind words…I’m glad to know others offer a prayer for deceased critters on the highways…

  28. Michael says:


    It is like being injured…it takes a while for the swelling to go down before you realize how badly you’ve been hurt…

  29. pslady says:

    Michael…so very sorry about Smokey.
    I’ve gotten to know him & Miss Kitty through your writings. Loosing a dear faithful companion is one of the hardest things in life. You will be reunited one day….that is our hope.

  30. Michael says:


    Thank you…it is our hope and I’m assured that our hope will be rewarded…amen.

  31. parker says:

    Michael, Alex,

    I grieve with you both.
    No words can express.

  32. Michael says:


    Thanks, my friend.

  33. Kristi A. says:

    I’m so sorry Michael…. I can identify with what you’ve said. I’m sorry for your suffering, but am grateful that you share it as it helps me in mine. I look forward to the day where we remember this place no more. I look forward to seeing all of our cats one day… and Jesus.

  34. Michael says:


    Thank you…I’ll say the amen to the reunion…

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