We’ve had our cat Ole (pronounced Oh-Lee) for 14 years… he was rescued by one of our friends, her son sat in the snow in a tshirt and shorts for a couple of hours try to coax Ole to come to him… Our friend gave Ole to us cause she knew we were looking for a cat. We think Ole was abused by adults and children… he wouldn’t even come near me when we first got him. But over the last 14 years he has become part of our family. We laugh when he sleeps in all sorts of crazy positions on the couch, when he chases after absolutley nothing and then runs into the refrigerator. We laugh when I gently squeeze his tail and then he turns around suddenly just like The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz but brushes against my hand just before I squeeze the tail again. This week our vet told us Ole has cancer… and he has anywhere from a few weeks to a few months left… I don’t know how to deal with losing him… I don’t really have a good, clear memory of when he wasn’t in our house… I have Mark’s book… I actually bought a signed copy off the website… but I just can’t bring myself to read it yet. I don’t want to lose Ole… he is the first cat we’ve ever had for this long we’ve given cats away or they ran away… but Ole has been with us for 14 years… he is a part of the family… and we’re going to lose him… How do I get through this? How do I make it through? How do I go on after he’s gone? I don’t know that I can… I can’t stop thinking about him and about how much pain he is going to start going through and I don’t want him to suffer but I also can’t think of what it will be like to lose him. I don’t know how to get through this…

Robbie from TX


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  1. Mary Alice Says:

    My heart goes out to you. I am dealing with losing my precious dog to cancer. I’ve had him for 10 1/2 years and I know what you mean about not remembering what it was like not to have him around the house. I’m taking lots of pictures, and trying to focus on enjoying the time I still have with him and I pray that the Lord will take him in his sleep before he starts to suffer. I will keep you in my prayers.

  2. Scott Lampkin Says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your buddy.
    I lost my 16yr old Tigger and 14yr old Tabitha last year. I had them both since they were kittens. At the time I did not want another animal for fear of going through that pain again, but now I have found the best way for me to get through it was to honor them by rescuing some animals in need. Maybe it will work for you too.

    I still talk about Tiggy and Tabby and remember all the crazy things they did. I even tell the new critters about them.
    I am so sorry for the pain of what you are going through but the animal in need will listen to your stories and purr.
    God bless