15Jul20: my sad news…

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I hadn’t seen Dougy yet this morning, so I looked for him. I found him on the sofa in the guest bedroom. He died sometime during the night, and rigor mortis had set in. There was a bit of blood on his nose, otherwise I have no idea what brought this about.

I’m still in shock, had a bit of a bawl. I will miss the little guy. He was my explorer, comedian, and furniture destroyer. I will miss him every day of the rest of my life now that he joins Freckles and Louie the ginger cat.

It’s just Andy and me now. We’ll get along, but we will miss the interaction between the two kitty boys.

I’m dropping Dougy off at the veterinarian’s for a post mortem and cremation next. It is a sad day. I acknowledge your comments now because I don’t feel I will be up to replies. With my health issues, I’d always assumed I would die first, that I wouldn’t have to face the deaths of these kitties. I always thought it would be Andy’s turn first since he has the heart issues.

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Douglas James Thomas ~ July 1, 2011-July 15, 2011

The ottoman will go into the guest bedroom where I won’t have a constant reminder of Dougy’s naughty side. Thank you, Dougley for all the joy you brought into my life.

 

WordPress is acting up. I tried to respond to the comments, and weird things happened. I will try again because I want each and everyone of you to know your comments have helped me come out of shock and begin grieving. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

140 thoughts on “15Jul20: my sad news…

  1. I’m truly sorry -they were such a lovely pair. I liked seeing their interactions especially because I live with a black Persian too. I am glad Andy is adjusting to life as a spoiled only but I know your hearts still break for Dougy he was truly delightful. My sincere condolences

    • It was rough. Andy and I are doing much better now. I think Andy’s quick adjustment to being a singleton helped me more than anything. I always dreaded the day one of them died, mostly for the one that survived. My fears were unfounded. And thank you, Ellen.

  2. I am so sorry. Cats are like little furry kids. And it hurts so much when they go. Especially when it’s earlier than you expected. I’ll miss reading about him. Take care of yourself

  3. We’re so sorry we’re so late seeing this. Health issues of our own. But, we’re terribly sorry fur your loss. We really can’t believe Dougy\s gone. We so luvved seeing him and Andy. He will be missed. We’re sendin’ lots of hugs and purrayers fur you and Andy.

    Luvs ya’

    Raena, Dezi and mommy A

  4. I am very sorry to read of Dougy’s death. I didn’t know him, but he was clearly loved. I hope there is some consolation in the fact that he died at home, amid the sounds, smells and sights that he loved, and that made him feel comfortable and safe. But his loss will undoubtedly be deeply felt, regardless. God bless you. Godspeed, Dougy.

    • Thank you, John.You pretty much captured how I feel about Dougy’s death. Andy and I are working through the loss. Andy seems to be happy to have the whole place to himself.

  5. We’re so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet Dougy. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbonks. Purrs

    • Much appreciated. We are working through the grieving process and Dougy will be missed even when the tears are over.

  6. Doug – I was so sorry to hear about Dougy. I know how much your cats mean to you and how much support they give you. I have a special place in my heart for Persians, so I am really sad another beautiful cat has left us. Please know my thoughts are with yoiu.

  7. This is our 1st time visiting, but we had to come and offer condolences oh the loss of your sweet Dougy 🙁
    It is never easy to say goodbye to a beloved kitty, and we know he was loved, so he was happy.
    WE send comforting purrs.
    Purrs, Georgia and Julie
    and mum Nancy

    • Andy walked across my laptop just at the moment I opened your comment. He hit the “trash” function, and I am glad I was able, finally, to relocate and restore it because I much appreciate your thoughtful and comforting words. Thank you.

  8. Sorry, I’m so late, Doug. Just shook me up a bit. I thank Dougie for making himself available to be recorded so well my you.
    I’m just uptight mate.
    Take care, and Andy to have Andy, and so many Dougie meories! Cheers, Sir.

  9. hgggggggggggggggggggggggtf**asI appreciate you comments because /i know you have a big heart when it comes to ki/**************ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww (Andy just added his message and changed the screen brightness.)

    We’ll try again, thank you for you heartfelt condolences.

  10. I am so sad to hear this. I couldn’t say anything when I read at first. I just cried. You know how much I loved Dougy. RIP Dougy. I will always remember. So much love to you both, dear Doug and Andy, my thouhgts are with you. nia

  11. Dear Doug, I haven’t been around much lately, and to read this… i can’t imagine the shock and grief you must be experiencing. All you can do is hang in there with Andy and take it day by day. Prayers.

    • I definitely was a shock. With my health issues, I fully expected to die or end up in a care center before they died. I even made arrangements for their care in those circumstances, one where they’d be together. Andy is starting to realize he has 100% of me now. Dougy claimed me as his early on, though he didn’t fight Andy when we had our times together.

  12. Doug, I am “liking” this post out of solidarity with you. My heart goes out to you with this loss of Dougy. He will be missed here, too, and Elbert’s Garden will get more flowers in Dougy’s memory. I grieve with you and Andy, and hope your veterinarian can help you achieve closure on Dougy’s life. As MSphoebe cat stated, you are not alone and many care for you. Reach out if you need us. Much love to you and Andy from all of us here. <3

  13. Dearest Doug,

    Reading this today I was left stunned and devastated for you and Andy. These kinds of losses are the hardest to understand why, to have happen so unexpectedly. My heart and sympathy are with you, I have been there just a few years ago with my Clove.
    As someone living with a chronic illness I understand how much fur kids become your life and companion, so I know the loss of Dougey hurts so bad.
    Please take comfort in knowing how happy and loved Dougey felt with you and the wonderful life you gave him and Andy. The boys are so loved the world over, Dougey will not be forgotten. Andy and you will need one another as you grieve your loss, do remember you are not alone and you have many who care for you. If you need any thing, please do not hesitate to reach out. You are an amazing Dad and Dougey went peacefully knowing only love. Thank you for sharing Dougey, he was quite the bad boy with a heart of gold. We will miss him. Purrs and lots of love, Pearl & Mom
    💙🌈🐾😿

    • Thank you for a thoughtful comment. ?You captured Dougy’s nature for sure. Though he destroyed furniture, he had a sweet nature. I miss him a lot, as does his brother.

  14. My deepest condolences about Dougy. It’s always rough loosing someone so close to us and it’s even worse when it’s unexpected. I’m so very sorry. It was always a delight reading about your adventures with the boys. I know it’s hard but try and remember that all our furry friends will always be with us. Hugs to you and Andy.

    • Thank you. You definitely have it right as I still have fond memories of Jerry the cocker spanielk and Laddie, my grandmother’s dog, both of which died in the 1950s. I have hundreds of photos a many videos of the kitty boys, something I am glad for.

  15. Oh No! I am So Very Sorry! Just out of curiosity, how old are the Kitty Boys? I know this won’t help much, but he is at least happy now .over the Rainbow Bridge and in God’s hands. You are/were a fantastic cat dad. Is he the cat that got the drastic haircut? I wonder if that could have put him under stress?… Prayers My Friend.

    • They had a 9th birthday on July 1. They both had haircuts on July 9, and Dougy’s was especially brutal because of severe matting. Thank you for your comments. They helped.

  16. Oh Doug – we are so sorry to read this ! We send purrayers and Power of the Paw to you and Andy. So many blogging cats have gone Over the Bridge lately – all so heartbreaking !

    • WordPress has been acting up today. I hope this appears where you can see it. Thank you for your comment. It’s been a rough day for Andy and me, and your comments have been among many comforting words.

  17. Oh no, we are so very sorry to read your sad news. We will miss Dougy, his interviews, his comics, his interactions with Andy, just everything. He was such a joy. I hope Dougy gets to converse again with Ms. Zulu at the other side of the rainbow bridge. We are all thinking of you; wishing you and Andy strength in this difficult time. Love and Hugs, BASQ

    • Thank you. Those were happy times. Yes, maybe Ms. Zulu and Dougy can catch up. He was a sweet wee soul and I miss him. Andy is dealing with it in his way, and that makes me sad.

      • It took Benji a while to find a new routine in the house. I guess it is easier for a dog as you can take him places to take his mind of things. It helped me too but I still miss Ms. Zulu. They are in our hearts furever. A.

        • She was special. ?That was a sad day when you had to let us know she passed. I hope I can keep Andy occupied. Dougy was his best friend and brother, and, of course, he knew what Andy needed for cat fun.

          • I could never walk by her spot in the house without actually seeing her there. Hope you find something that occupies Andy. Maybe a new game? I just found a new training program for dogs with just games (no new toys necessary) which keeps us entertained.

          • I’m working on things to make sure he gets involved it cat stuff. He likes video cat games, for example, so we’ll put those on whenever it looks like he’s in need. I’ve already had those vphantom cat moments where I look behind me to the spot where Dougy stopped for scritching.

  18. My second news today of the loss of a beloved pet, and I am full of tears. Your generous sharing has brought Dougy and Andy into our lives in a delightful way. This is a sad shock. Wishing peace and comfort to you and dear little Andy.

    • Thank you, Anne. You comment is much appreciated and comforting. The kitty boys have brought joy and purpose vto my retirement years. Dougy was a big part of the weggieboy’s blog team/

  19. I saw the title and opened your blog first thinking someone was ill. If only! I am so sorry. He was way too young. We will all miss his antics. Always loved your kitties. Hugs all around. Poor Andy. I often wonder what they think when one of their friends goes missing.

    • He brought joy and purpose into my retirement years, as has Andy. Nine years old is young for a Persian. Andy makes me cry watching him checking the apartment where he used to find his brother.

    • I don’t know, of course, but it makes me cry to see him checking around the apartment where he used to find Dougy. Thank you for your comment, Kate.

  20. Such a shock, a dreadful new.
    Do receive my friendly thoughts, dear Doug..

    Bad days now and afterwards – but you have to be the same with Andy – who needs you.
    What a shock, what a shock.
    amitiés

      • Dougy left you with courage and dignity, as cats do, alone, peacefully, certainly.
        He wants you and Andy to be happy, thinking of him, in Cats Paradise.
        The more we love, the more we suffer..
        You gave him a very happy, comfortable cat life – and now, Andy needs you so much, all the time. Does he eat ?
        ( You had not to drive him to the vet, he died at home, near you two )
        Amitiés

          • Thank you, Doug- You always have your companion Dougy in your heart and mind with you two, Andy with you, and have to take care more – if possible – with lonely Andy
            Amitiés

          • Andy seems to enjoy having me all to himself, though he shows signs of missing Dougy, too. Yes, Andy will need lots of care and loving because he and Dougy were littermates and together all of Dougy’s life.

  21. So sorry to read this sad and painful news about Dougy. This must be very hard for you and Andy. I hope you can find some comfort in the beautiful memories of a beautiful cat. My thoughts are with you, my dear friend. Take care, Dough.

    • /I am glad I have lots of videos and photos of Dougy. My first cat exists in only one small webcam, photo. Freckles was a sweet kitty. {I have more photos and videos of my second cat, Louie the ginger cat, and /i still miss him. The photos and videos are a treasure. Of course, I’ve documented tyhuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
      (Andy came by and stepped on my keyboard. He’s been looking for his brother, which makes me cry.)

      Anyway, the kitty boys are well documented, and I am happy I have so much of Dougy’s time with us.

    • I am glad I have lots of videos and photos of Dougy. My first cat exists in only one small webcam, photo. Freckles was a sweet kitty. {I have more photos and videos of my second cat, Louie the ginger cat, and /i still miss him. The photos and videos are a treasure. Of course, I’ve documented tyhuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
      (Andy came by and stepped on my keyboard. He’s been looking for his brother, which makes me cry.)

      Anyway, the kitty boys are well documented, and I am happy I have so much of Dougy’s time with us.

      • I’m always in pain when I read or hear of friends losing their pets. I know it’s very hard to lose one of your furry friends. Give Andy a good hug, my friend.

  22. Doug; I am truly sorry about Dougy. I understand how devastating this is; I send hugs and loves to you, as well as to Andy.

    Dougy, may your journey to heaven be swift; we are honored to call you
    friend ♥♥♥♥♥

  23. Oh my goodness, this is devastating! I am so sorry. What a terrible shock for you. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed following the exploits of your two delightful boys, and it’s hard to imagine them as anything other than a twosome. Don’t worry at all about not replying quickly to our messages. Take your time. Lots of love to you and Andy from all of us at Le Château. 🖤🖤🖤

    • I am coming out of the shock and have begun the grieving for my sweet kitty, Dougy. Where he will be missed is when I come home and the two brothers were waiting.

    • It’s helped getting right on it, though the way WordPress was messing thing up earlier, I fear I’ve commented back on some, and not others.

    • I’m devastated. Dougy and Andy have been with me since kittenhood and have been a great source of joy in my retirement.

    • Thank you. I’ve thought the same, Hangaku Gozen.
      I’ve lost three close friends in that same year, and we all know about COVID-19.

    • it was totally unexpected. With my health issues, I always expected the kitty boys to outlive me. I even arranged for them to go to a friend in that circumstance. Andy and I already are lost without our brother and little buddy.

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