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  1. Gabby says:

    I’m in tears reading this. I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful cat and friend.

  2. Michael says:


    Thank you…she is irreplaceable…

  3. Em says:

    Good, good sermon – thank you, Miss Kitty….

    I recall when our last German Shepherd had to be put down. I asked my son to take him to the vet. Today, my son says it was the hardest thing he ever had to do.. .
    For months afterward i reflexively stepped over the place on the kitchen floor where that dog had always lain as i worked..
    So many memories… treasure them, Michael

  4. EricL says:

    I’m so glad that the two of you had each other for so many years. You gave her a good home and she gave you so much back.

    Thank you for sharing such an intimate moment with us, as your sweet lady passed on in your arms. My eyes are damp and my heart is enlarged with sympathy for you, our dear brother in Christ. Peace, my friend.

  5. Michael says:

    Thanks, EricL.
    The old Puritan ministers believed that their primary job was to teach people how to die.
    I learned from a cat…

  6. Michael says:


    It will be a major adjustment around here…I’ve learned that I can’t sleep without a cat on my head…

  7. Michael says:

    I wrote this many years ago…

    “Love, at some point, will require payment the lover can’t afford.
    True love requires sacrifice.
    True love pays.
    Only the lover willing to pay the price is worthy to be loved.”

  8. brian says:

    When Mimbsy died and I was at the shelter b/c I could not afford a vet at the time, another moral, human, economic, spiritual failure on my part. I will admit, to my eternal shame, I wept for thirty seconds, which is a decade to long. I found comfort in the words of people and in a song. I found no comfort in the evangelical religion, none. I berated myself with no mercy at all about how I murdered this cat and basically failed my mother b/c I lacked the economic (which is the only true measurement of worth), to let her die at home. I will never forgive myself for that. Others told me I was a great son b/c I was always there for her. I could not hear that at the time, I still cant. A gift from my evangelical past.

    Now I am able to feel again. I can weep again, I can see hope again. When that closing happened the other day and much of what my family went through was validated by other sources including letters, other folks remembering the same etc. It shows me I was /am not a weak POS human but a child of God by His grace. I dont deserve that honor but that’s the point we cant deserve that honor. Better yet we do deserve b/c of Who He is.

  9. Em says:

    “For God so loved the world that He gave Is ONLY begotten Son…… .” Our Triune God is worthy, eh. .. ?

  10. Elena says:

    Thank you for being so transparent with your feelings Michael💕 and sharing such a beautiful relationship and feelings on both sides.
    Life is tough and some of us bury deep our feeling, hurts, dreams… and loose the meaning of life and friendships.

  11. Ruth says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss and your pain.
    Thank you for writing and sharing your life. It’s helped me to be a better human being.

  12. Em says:

    Elena @2:25
    True and worth thinking on….

  13. Michael says:

    Elena….thank you, my friend.
    You have always been good and kind despie your own pain…

  14. Michael says:

    Thank you, Ruth…

  15. Michael says:

    I’ve spent all day thinking this was Friday…

  16. Cathy Andrews says:

    You can not know how many tears I have shed for my lost pets…yet I found more tears for you and Miss Kitty…the 2 of you made me a better prayer, a better believer…I am certain that she will be forever by your side and in your spirit…God bless you both

  17. Linn says:

    Michael, thank you so much for sharing your feelings about Miss Kitty. i had Chiquita almost 18 of her 19 years. Just about this time last year, she let me know that it was time for her to go. Chiquita was a feisty creature, mistreated the first year of her life, and never amenable to doing anything she didn’t want to do. She had an orange caution sticker on her folder at the vet and she was proud of it! Twice over the years I went to urgent care because she got upset about something and went for my ankle first. But, over the years, she finally settled down and became the never-ending purring machine, happily sitting on my lap all evening, and never missing in her spot on my bed. After she was gone, I didn’t think I could “do” another cat right away, yet I looked at shelter pictures and loved them all. A friend let me know about a foster that needed immediate placement, and Ally came to live three weeks under the spare room bed, and then three months in the spare bathroom. I graded papers in the bathroom, read out loud to her in the bathroom, started to pet her very gently with a feather wand in the bathroom, and now she is the Queen of Pets and Laps and All Things Soft and Plush. She is not as feisty as Chiquita, but still bossy and lets me know when the Valet is not providing good hotel service. You’ll never replace Miss Kitty, but hope that, when it’s time, another special kitty will show up at your door, as Ally did at mine.

  18. Em says:

    Micjael @ 5:09….
    You need my clock which shows the day of the week… LOL

  19. Em says:

    Okay, i CAN spell Michael…. M I C H A E L ! ! !

  20. Paige says:

    A love so deep. So very sorry. A severe mercy to let her leave her pain. God comfort you 🐈

  21. Michael says:

    Thank you, Paigemom, I know you get it…

  22. Linnea says:

    Such a bond you two shared. Thank you for allowing us to look in on your lessons.

  23. Chris Long says:

    Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you deeply loved your Miss Kitty. And honestly reading about her and her many lessons she taught here for so many years, I feel kind of like she was “our cat” too in a way. Praying for God’s comfort and peace and hope for you. Sending love and a hug.

  24. CM says:


    Not to diminish or minimize your loss, but I suspect another “cat pastor” will show up on your doorstep in due time.

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