Thursday, October 21, 2010

Farewell Miss Maybelle...


This is probably one of the saddest things I will ever write, about one of the saddest days I've ever had in my entire life. My dearly beloved constant companion, devoted sidekick, and be-whiskered best friend Maybelle passed away early last week. She had been going through a patch of ill-health since earlier this year, complete with weekly visits to her favorite vet and tons of cuddles, and we knew this day was coming, but it was still way, way, way more heartbreaking than I could ever have possibly imagined. She's been with me for so long that I can't even remember what life was like without her, but I know that it will never be the same.

We've been trying to cheer ourselves up by looking through a million photos, reminiscing about her antics and marveling at how she really was the cutest cat in the world, with her crazy big eyes, freckle face, cleopatra eyeliner and fluffy white boots. These are a few of the last pictures I got to take of her, about a week before she fell ill, when she decided to have a bed-in one day, purring like crazy all the while about the harmonic convergence of two of her all time favorite things, snuggly down blankets and basking in the sun:

She also got to enjoy a ton of her all time favorite thing in the world this year, the great outdoors! After years of being an apartment kitty, she was filled with wonder at all the birds and bees and flowers and trees that were to be found in our new backyard and demanded that we hang out there pretty much all of the time, which we gladly obliged:

As a firm believer in both ghost stories and cat magic, I'm still waiting (im)patiently to spot visions of her little lion face out of the corner of my eye or hear the pitterpat of tiny ghost paws on the floorboards, but in the meantime, rest in peace Miss Maybelle,
we ❤ you!

14 comments:

  1. Oh, Maybelle . . . everyone who was lucky enough to meet her loved her so much! There is no doubt in my heart that she'll always be with you two, laying on patchwork blankies in the record room, with little fluffy wings, and silver lamé booties. Hugs to you both. I'll post photos of her on FB!

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  2. Anonymous10:06 PM

    Gorgeous photos! Fawn, I am so sad to read about Maybelle's passing. You have been the most caring and loving family for her and it shows through in all of these images. Sending lots of good vibes your way. xoxo, Kalah

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  3. Oh Fawn, I'm having tears in my eyes reading this. She was such a lovely cat and i'm glad I got to meet her. I know the loss of cat and I really feel for you both. I have photos of her from when I visited, will see if I can dig them out. xxx

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  4. So sad. RIP Maybelle.

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  5. It is somehow such a shock that they wont be with you forever, even though technically you knew it would be that way. I see Orrietta even now out of the corner of my eye, and Pekoe sometimes as well although not quite as often, which suits their characters when they were alive come to think of it. My sincere condolences to you.

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  6. I am so so sorry for your loss. I hope she will visit often!

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  7. Aw, I'm so sorry Fawn. She looks like she was a gorgeous, sweet little kitty.

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  8. :'( I'm so sorry Fawn<3<3<3

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  9. Considering I just lost my best little friend not long ago to liver failure you have my sincerest condolences.
    Nothing in my life has been as hard as this, but I'm just happy I was lucky enough to spend time with her.

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  10. fawn, i'm so sorry for your loss. maybelle really looked like a beautiful mini lioness.

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  11. Awww, what a gorgeous face. How lucky she was to have such a caring owner.

    I still talk in the "voice" of Pumpkin sometimes, the cat who was with me for 17 of my 31 years. My current cats also have "voices" too.

    Big hugs, and I hope there's some solace in knowing she had such an amazing and happy cat life with you.

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  12. I am so sad. She was such a beautiful, magical kitty! Dan used to call her BBK, which stood for "Big Beautiful Kitty." Even though she was just a baby, her presence made me feel safe from all the Virginia Street house rats. She was so lucky to have you!

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  13. Oh, dear, how awful. I lost my best bud two years ago, and I still get frequent visits from him in my dreams. I'm sure your lovely lady will get back to you as soon as she's able. :)

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  14. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved kitty.
    Two of my beloved kitties who passed away visit me in my dreams and leave me feeling all warm and loved.
    I hope that Miss Maybelle will feature happily in your dreams soon.
    Lulu

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