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  1. Paige says:

    Awwww. Dear friend, dear Chester…. a difficult story. So hard to choose the best for him…and other cats…. So thankful that the shelter there is a caring place, exhibiting love for both animals and humans…..

    Loved seeing the word Maranatha. Indeed.

    How we love our fur kids…. Thank you for giving dear Chester the love and care and choice.

    love you

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    You already know my thoughts… you and yours are in our prayers.

  3. David Ike says:

    sorry about your cat Michael.
    It also pains me also when I walk through
    the shelter!

  4. Xenia says:

    I am so sorry.

  5. JM says:

    Dear Michael,

    Very sorry to hear that this has happened so close on the heels of your health emergency. I pray you are healing quickly Perhaps it is near to overwhelming for you. I hope not. We have always prayed that God would send true helpers and comforters to you. I am so glad that kindly old man came along side and gave you permission to grieve and cry at that moment. It was the best thing anyone could do at the time.

    We were so poor at times, we could not even afford to keep a pet. Once I was an adult with a child, we got a cat. She was saved from being euthanized and, though she was rather a picky sort, she was very loyal. When I had to have one of many reparative abdominal surgeries (long story), I remember laying down in pain and sleeping heavily. When I awoke–there she was at my feet looking at me with with her eyes wide open. I could see the worry inside of that furry face. I’ll never forget it. I had the same experience with another cat during other health trials. He was a giant cotton ball and wonderful to cuddle in hard times. I was a bit on the old side when they both passed, but I blubbered like a child. I never knew that losing loyal fur friends would hurt so much. It does.

    May God give you hope and comfort amidst the true grief you are now feeling.

    May joy come in the morning.

  6. JoelG says:

    I’m so sorry too.

  7. Kevin H says:


    I’m so sorry for what has happened to Chester and what you’re going through. Bless your heart and may God bring you some measure of comfort.

  8. Xenia says:

    For what it’s worth, I think you made the right decision, Michael.

    Our Mr. Noodles is an inside-only cat because our last cat was one expensive Vet emergency after the other until he finally received the injury that marked his demise. We still miss Peaches. So we got Mr. Noodles, another big orange cat, who has to stay inside 24/7. He is not a very happy cat, although who can tell with cats…. He’s discontent. He’s never been out except for a few a escapes of short duration. He’s just gonna have to lump it. But Chester is used to roaming and you are right- he would be miserable.

    May God’s mercies shine upon the cat Chester.

  9. Sharon Dooley says:

    Oh Michael, one of our beloved cats, Howard passed from feline AIDS. Terrible memory…but what a blessing Chester has in you. Isn’t God so very good that He thought of these sweet animals to be our companions? Unconditional love in fur. You hang in there. ?

  10. Michael says:

    Thank you all for your kindness and understanding and sharing your own stories and hearts.
    For whatever reason, I’m not handling this very well and I’m sure some will think this grief pathetic.
    I’m ok with that.
    The way I cope is to write, so I’m trying to cope the only way I know how.
    God bless you all.

  11. Cash says:

    I’m very sorry you are experiencing this pain, brother. I pray your heart will be covered under His mighty wings.

  12. John 20:29 says:

    i remember what a dear friend who loved the Lord – like you – said years ago when her long time pet friend had to be put down – a sweet little sprite of a woman and always kind – thru clenched teeth she said with hatred in her voice, “Oh, I hate the devil!”
    today, with flood in Texas and Michael’s burden upon burden bearing down him makes the sentiments of the 8th chapter of Romans and that dear friend’s exclamation a reality to me today… come soon, Lord Jesus, indeed

    Chester was a blessed cat in a cruel world for a time… remember not even a sparrow falls that God doesn’t see… God keep you, Michael – close and comforted

  13. Laura Scott says:

    I am so very sorry, Michael. I grieve with you.

  14. London says:

    Grief is never pathetic.
    You have been through so much the last few years and this deal with Chester just tipped you over the edge of emotion. It’s natural and it is good, though miserable to go through.
    It’s easier to cry for another beings pain than it is to cry for our own some times.

  15. Noelle says:

    I lost my mamma this morning. Of course you would write this way today… thank you. ❤️

  16. Surfer51 says:

    I feel your pain brother Michael. My sweet Olivia was taken away by a coyote a few weeks ago along with my neighbors cat.

    I have two HIV cats. Both are living well just like my other cats. One is feral the other comes in at night to sleep. My vet said the same thing, keep them indoors. I was told that my HIV cats can often times live longer then otherwise expected. So since there were no major symptoms other than long naps, both cats are alive and still enjoying my forever home until the day they start to suffer.

    I am so sorry that your buddy ended up at the pound with this life threatening illness. To grow to love these creatures and to be used to their habits and such is hard to let go of. As weird as it sounds I truly miss Suzie chicken sitting on my big leather chair when I am in it. And I miss her hanging with me when I sit in my Andiron chair under the shade tree in my back yard. I feel your pain brother. Praying for your comfort.

  17. Noelle says:

    We can grieve together. It’s kinda always been our way.

  18. Michael says:

    Noelle…I’m so sorry.
    You know my heart is with you and grieving for and with you…God have mercy.
    I was worried when I saw you were trying to get somewhere…I knew then things were not good.

    You are much loved my dear friend…

  19. Sarah says:

    So very sorry, Michael. Praying for mercy and grace in the midst of this.

  20. Sarah says:

    Noelle…so sorry!! Praying for you this day as well.

  21. ( |o )====::: says:


    “It struck me that when I think about these folks in the future I will remember their love.
    They will be known for their love.”

    …as well as you for your love, my friend.

    So sorry for your difficult time. <3

  22. ( |o )====::: says:

    Hoping to make it to CdA before the end of the year.
    When I first see you and Jake our hugs will be extra long.

    Thinking of you today as well.

  23. Josh the Baptist says:

    Michael, I wish I was more like you.

    Noelle, I am so very sorry.

  24. JD says:

    Our hearts, love and prayers go out to you as we grieve with you. May God comfort you and give you peace and strength.

  25. Kevin H says:


    I am so sorry.

  26. John 20:29 says:

    London noted, “Grief is never pathetic.” amen
    praying for the grieving ones here today, the ones who’ve shared, Michael and Noelle, and the grieving ones who haven’t posted on this thread… God keep all close and comforted…

  27. AA says:

    Michael, I too am sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for sharing with us. Timely for many of us as I too got very bad news about a friend yesterday.

  28. pstrmike says:

    I’m sorry for your loss, and will be praying that the God of all comfort cover you and yours.

    “Grief is never pathetic.” That was gold.

  29. David H says:

    Now that I have tears, I feel for you Michael. Those cagey little creatures burrow into our hearts.

  30. Linnea says:

    Noelle…praying for you and your family.

    Michael, prayers are with you as well…

  31. Ms. ODM says:

    It’s lovely to see a man with a soft heart these days when so many are hardened. Although I’m a cat owner, when I visit the animal shelter, it’s usually a puppy/dog that I’m tempted to take home — they tend to be so expressive. I’m an animal lover — my favorite videos on Youtube are those where humans rescue animals from snares they’ve fallen into due to thoughtless people leaving pitfalls in their way. Perhaps Chester left knowing he was dying — when my cat (name Chester oddly enough) was dying, he didn’t want to be around us – he hid under the house.

  32. Descended says:

    So sorry to hear about your good feline friend, Michael. God bless him with a great home, please.

  33. dusty says:

    Paige was right, there was a problem with one of Your little ones Michael! I am so sorry….was praying for you all day yesterday will continue to pray for your broken heart. love you big brother. Praying for your Chester as well.

  34. dusty says:

    Angel voice, Noelle, I am so sorry for your loss of your Mamma…..Lots of love. l will be praying for you and your family.

  35. Owen says:


    My heart goes out to you, and so do my prayers. I’ve felt drawn to Chester ever since you started writing about him, so this is sad news. So sorry , my friend. The love, kindness, and compassion you have lavished upon him have been a great example.

  36. dusty says:

    Father, why do You allow our hearts to be broken, our emotions to be ripped wide open? I ask that You comfort Michael and Noelle with Your piece that passes all understanding. that You surround them with Your grace and mercy. Hold them as they cry. bless even surfer51 as he has lost little Olivia to a wild animal in the past few weeks.

    Show Your mercy strong to my friends and family here as they grieve in their own way and with You by their side.. Show them Your love for them. Show them Your strength. Show them Your mercy. please comfort them.

  37. dusty says:

    surfer51, so sorry to hear about your little Olivia.

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