June 07, 2014

Goodbye sweet Cecil

Our sweet Cecil had gotten old and we had the feeling that he would leave us this year. However, it was still unexpected when we found him on Thursday morning, fallen asleep forever. We got Cecil four and a half years ago. He had been a starving stray cat with a very bad ear infection. We nursed him back to health and decided to keep him. He was a quiet cat with a very likable character. He had a cute voice and sounded more like a kitten than a full-grown cat but he didn’t talk a lot. Cecil was pretty cuddly and enjoyed sitting on our laps. He loved food and always followed us in the kitchen to see if there would be a meal or at least a treat for him.


Cecil 1

Cecil 2

During the last months he had spent every pleasant day outside, resting or sleeping in the grass or on a chair. When we walked through the garden, he followed us.

Cecil and Turtle

This was the last picture I took of Cecil about three weeks ago. He was curious and sniffed on a baby turtle that had shown up in the garden. Don’t worry! Nothing happened to the tiny turtle. As long as we knew him, Cecil had never been fond of hunting or catching anything. He was always calm, very relaxed and preferred his food served bite-sized in a bowl .

Goodbye, sweet Cecil. We are very sad but also grateful that you shared your last years with us and brought us so much joy. You were a wonderful companion and enriched our life. We will deeply miss you ♥.


Pieced Pastimes said...

Hi Julia,
I am so sorry to read about your Cecil. Our pets are family members and it is so hard when they leave us. He was blessed to have been found by your family and cared for in such a loving way. Know that he is patiently waiting for the day you are reunited.
Hugs and Blessings,
Pieced Pastimes

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Julia,

So sorry dear friend - so hard to have to say goodbye to our dear friends, and have been there. Remember all the happy memories you shared with Cecil.
Sending much love and hugs

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

I am crying as I'm reading this, my sweet Julia. Cecil was so loved and he knew it and loved you a millions time over for giving him a home. What a sweet boy. Love the photo of him and the turtle. He is waiting for you. ((HUG))


amy of studio four corners said...

Julia - I'm so sorry...its so hard to lose a trusted friend...especially one as gentle as Cecil...but you gave him a good life and that was the most important thing...

Elsina said...

So sorry for your loss. Glad though you decided to keep a stray and give him a comfortable retirement. Beautiful photos of a great cat.

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

I'm so sorry about Cecil. I know that he will be forever grateful for the good life you gave him in those last years. XO Sue

theodora said...

Sorry for your loss of Cecil.
Cecil did look wonderful staring out the window, peaceful, serene & content. He was lucky to have found you & what a great life you gave him....they sure touch our hearts and we are changed for ever for that gift.

theodora said...

Sorry for your loss of Cecil.
Cecil did look wonderful staring out the window, peaceful, serene & content. He was lucky to have found you & what a great life you gave him....they sure touch our hearts and we are changed for ever for that gift.

Junkchiccottage said...

I am so sorry you lost your Cecil. You took him and he became part of your family. That is so wonderful he gave you such joy these past years. Our pets sure touch our lives and hearts so I am sorry you are feeling such loss and sadness. Hope all the wonderful memories of Cecil in your lives will help you get through this.

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

Ach liebe Julia,
schon wieder müsst Ihr ein geliebtes Tier gehen lassen. Ich bin sehr traurig mit Dir. Ihr habt den kleinen Pelzmann geliebt und es ihm gezeigt. Er hat es Euch vielfach zurück gegeben und hatte ein schönes Katzenleben bei Euch. Nun musste er gehen. Ich fühle Dir den Schmerz so sehr nach. Du weisst warum liebe Julia. Immer wenn man ein Tier aufnimmt muss man schon daran denken, dass es irgendwann geht. Eins bleibt sehr lange und das andere geht früher... Ich umarme Dich und denke an Dich.
Auch wir haben unseren süssen Mogli Mitte April verloren. Er ist überfahren worden und ich trauere immer noch, obwohl er nur ein und ein viertel Jahr bei uns war.
Traurige Grüsse

liniecat said...

What a wonderful way for him to go, relaxed and at home, rather than having to be taken elsewhere for that final journey.
I was cat rescue for many years and have homed some truly wonderful strays and street characters.
You'll have given him 4+ years of contentment so he's been really lucky and you've been graced with his company.
I know just how you'll be feeling : )

Rose said...


What sweet words for an amazing cat and God bless you for the care and love you gave him. It always hurts sooooo much to lose the little ones we love, they can worm their way into our hearts sooooo fast and dig their claws into our memories so deep that they last a lifetime! I'm soooo glad you had such beautiful pictures to share with us, he was a handsome little man. He'll love you forever, as I'm sure you will him. Peace to your heart for knowing you did your very best for him!!!

LadyJ said...

Oh goodness. I'm so sorry to hear of Cecil's passing. We have Norton, who was a stray 7 years ago. We sense the time drawing near for him as well.
What nice memories you will have of Cecil and I'm sure you know that you made his last 4 years very happy ones. He was a beautiful kitty.

Donna Wilkes said...

A beautiful tribute to Cecil. Our cat died recently so we know the pain and emptiness you are feeling. How wonderful you took the time to rescue Cecil and make him a family member.

morkaren said...

Jeg føler dybt med dig, for i onsdags måtte vi også have dyrlæge som aflivede vores 17 år gammel kat, et grusomt savn han efterlod. knus morkaren.

Reserl said...

Liebe Julia,
es tut mir sehr leid das zu lesen, es ist immer sehr sehr schlimm ein geliebtes Tier zu verlieren, so oft schon mussten auch wir das alles durchmachen, fühl dich ganz fest gedrückt, in deinem Herzen und in deinen Erinnerungen wird er weiterleben und das kann dir niemand nehmen.
Traurige Grüße von Tatjana

Susana Aires said...

Dear Julia,

I am usually more of a lurker and don't comment on posts that much, but your post about Cecil moved me to tears.I am so sorry for your loss.

Me and my partner share our lives with 2 cats ourselves (Chewie and Pretty) and cannot imagine our lives without these amazing creatures anymore. They're family.

Bless you for saving Cecil and for giving him 4 loving and happy years at the end of his life.


bolletjelucky.blogspot.com said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, cherish your memories...greetings Miranda

Méa Strauß said...

Oh, Julia,
I wish you so much strength now, your heart has to be strong. They are like our own babies, such angels. I lost mine too, the little sister of my hobbit, and I know exactly, how that feels.
A big hug,Méa

Anonymous said...

Dear Julia
I am so sorry to read of your heartbreak.
Your love letter to Cecil allowed us a glimpse into this character, especially the photograph taken of Cecil with that tiny baby turtle. For any cat not to be tempted to do harm to such a tiny creature speaks volumes of the beautiful nature Cecil had.
At this sad time and although Cecil cannot be replaced, I hope the other cats in your household bring you some comfort to your days.

Maureen Hayes said...

Dear Julia,

I know I don't comment often, and I am sorry for that, but I just wanted to express my sympathy on the passing of your beloved Cecil. Although I am sure you are heartbroken at the moment, I cannot help but feel happy for the wonderful life you gave this beautiful kitty. I am sure he knew he was loved and very blessed to have found such a wonderful "forever home" with you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers in a special way as you go through grieving for him. I know my cat, Scrappy, is my best friend and I dread the day I will lose him. Pets really are magical because they show us what unconditional love really looks like.

May God bless you and help you through this difficult time.

Gentle hugs and prayers,

Christina Paul said...

Oh how heartbreaking! What a beautiful cat and lovely tribute.

rush said...

There are plenty of other loved pets that will meet him at the rainbow bridge. He is relinquished into their care. I am glad that he was loved by you while he was here.

FrauHummel said...

Ach, meine Liebe, das tut mir soooo leid! Ich kann von Herzen mitfühlen..... Denn oft, wenn ich da so sitze, unseren Madämchen oder den Stallmietzchen zugucke und mich freue, wie vital und fröhlich sie sind, da schleicht sich dieser böse Gedanke ein: Und was ist, wenn sie mal gehen müssen?? Da wird mir beinahe schlecht...... Euer Cecil macht auf den Bildern wirklich einen so ruhigen, weisen und entspannten Eindruck- er MUSS ein wahrer Herzensbrecher gewesen sein! Und es ist wie immer: Die Leisen, die schliesst man noch viel mehr ins Herz als diejenigen, die am lautesten "HIER!!" schreien.....
Schade, dass du so weit weg lebst- denn ich hätte hier was für dich, was ein wenig von eurer Trauer ablenken könnte. Bilder gibt's in meinem neuen Post, vielleicht noch heute.....
Ich wünsch dir trotz allem schöne Tage und dass die Sonne bis in dein Herz scheint!
Ganz liebe Hummelzgrüsse!

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Dear Julia
My heart aches for you right now. I know all too well your grief after losing pets, and I am facing putting my own 13 1/2 year old cat to sleep this week. Cecil was always have a special place in your hearts and his memory will be eternal. Big BIG hugs!

Mary Lindsay said...

Our hearts break when our beautiful pets leave us and I send you all my heartfelt sympathy. They say the days drag on but the years fly by and believe it or not this is very true. You will see Cecil often just from the corner of your eye for many years to come. xx Mary

morkaren said...

Tusind tak for de venlige og trøstende ord på min blog Julia, jeg tror vi to forstår hinanden godt for vi mangler Cecil og Rufus i vores hverdag. mange kærlige tanker og knus morkaren.

Jayne said...

So, so sorry to hear about Cecil. You shared four happy years and have lots of lovely memories and photographs to remind you. Jayne

Rostrose said...

Oh nein! Ich hab's grad in deinem lieben Kommentar gelesen und bin sofort zu dir gehuscht! Es tut mir so leid, liebstige Julia! Ich hab Cecil allein schon durch die Pfötchenwinker und Öhrchenkrauler, die zwischen uns von Anfang an hin- und hergegangen sind, ins Herz geschlossen, und mochte die Geschichten, die du mir über ihn erzählt hast. Im Moment ist das überhaupt eine traurige Katzenzeit - unsere Nachbarn mussten ihren Lestat vorige Woche einschläfern lassen und Jimmy, der Kater der Nachbarsnachbarin, ist im März oder April gestorben. Beide Kater waren auch häufig bei uns im Garten unterwegs. Maxwell hat noch nicht ganz mitbekommen, dass er hier nun quasi der "Platzhirsch" ist - möglicherweise auch deshalb, weil Nina eher "Obermacker-Qualitäten" aufweist... Allerdings wird sie auch allmählich älter, ihr Fell verfärbt sich zusehends von schwarz in braun und von der großen Jägerin ist sie nun auch eher zur Sonnenbaderin und zur Kuschelkatze mutiert... Sie geben einem so viel Freude; leider kommt das Abschiednehmen dann immer viel zu früh... Trösten kann man sich nur mit dem Wissen, dass sie eine schöne Zeit mit uns hatten. Lass dich lieb von mir drücken! Herzlichst, die Traude

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Oh Julia I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious Cecil, what a beautiful kitty he was, you were lucky to have each other the last 4 1/2 years.

must love junk said...

Oh, Julia, my heart aches for you and your loss! I know that you gave sweet Cecil a happy home and he knew that he was loved! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karen B. said...

Oh my dear Julia,
I am so very sorry about Cecil. My heart and thoughts are with you.

Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I'm so sorry for your loss of your precious Cecil. xo

June said...

You gave precious Cecil a wonderful home Julia! I know you will miss him, but you have these beautiful photos to have him with you always. I love how you cared and rescued him from the life he had before.
sending hugs...

Unknown said...

I'm so sorry! Losing your pet is horrible. Sounds like you had some lovely years together!

Viola said...

Ooooch, Julchen, das tut mir ja sooo leid! Weiß`garnicht, was ich sagen soll... Knuddel Dich mal ganz doll! Alles Liebe, Viola

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

So sorry to read of Cecil's passing. You gave him comfort and shelter in his last years~~~he lived with dignity and assurance. I too have a little one that is sleeping more and eating less. She's been with me for over 16 years~~~

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Robin Hager said...

I am so very sorry that you lost such a beautiful and faithful friend. I'm sure his last years were happy ones, being loved and cherished. Hugs.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh this makes me soooo sad, I often wonder why God made our pets live such short lives


Marci said...

Such an eloquent post about your Cecil. Beautiful photos also. I always think you can see in their eyes if they have suffered. May you find comfort in knowing he didn't suffer anymore after you found him.

Poppy said...

Hi Julia,

What a sweet and wonderful tribute to your handsome kitty, Cecil. I can't get over how many things he had in common with our Prince Richard, who also prefers to eat his food in bite sized pieces, in a bowl, as well as spending most of his time out in our garden, usually under a woven chair, the perfect balance for sun and shade.

He was a gorgeous creature and I know you miss him. I'm grateful that you got to enjoy his company and cuddly nature.


Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

My dear Julia,
I'm so sorry about Cecil and send you big hugs,

Rostrose said...

Liebste Julia,
ich bin nur kurz nochmal zu dir rübergehuscht, um mir das süße Bild von Cecil mit der kleinen Schildkröte anzusehen...
Drück dich!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. I'm glad he spent his last years in a loving home, and had a chance to share his love with you.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Julia
What a beautiful boy Cecil was.
I'm sure he will always be grateful to you for being there and taking him in when he needed you.
I can tell by the way you write that he gave back as much love as you gave him.
It's so hard when the time comes to say goodbye to our family members be they humans or animals.

Thinking of you dear Julia
Shane xox

stanky said...

I'm so sorry.

Alexandra said...

Oh Süße das tut mir leid :( Es ist immer so schlimm wenn so ein geliebtes Tierchen uns verlässt. Fühl dich mal geknuddelt.
liebe Grüße Alex

Ruffles and Roses said...

Oh sounds like Cecil had a wonderful rest of his life.you did good.....so no regrets..i can see his happy eyes and smile and Im sure he misses you ~ but was happy to be a part of your family
..blessings Lorraine

Lynn Stevens said...

Julia, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how attached we get to our fur babies. Cecil was so lucky to have found you. no doubt he made his last years the best he ever had.
We lost our little doggie a month or so ago. it still hurts to not have her around.
Hugs Lynn

Martina said...

Ohhhh mein Gott, Julia....das sehe ich jetzt erst.....das tut mir so unendlich leid! Ich fühle mit Dir, meine Liebe und drücke Dich ganz feste.

Minna Perälä said...

I am so sory for your loss..

To a memory of your Dear Cecil

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints in snow.
I am the sunlight and ripened grain
I am the gentle autum rain

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh liebes Julchen, das tut mir ja so leid und ich weiß wie lieb Du Cecil hattest, Deine erste Katze bzw. Kater! So plötzlich kann das manchmal gehen, aber dann musste er wenigstens nicht lange leiden und hatte insofern man das sagen kann einen schönen Tod und er hat Euch ausgesucht, als seine Menschen und hatte so ein schönes Leben bei Euch. Ich weiß dass das jetzt nicht viel tröstet, weil ihr ihn einfach vermisst :( RIP sweet and beautiful Cecil! Es tut mir auch leid, dass ich mich so lange nicht gemeldet habe, wir waren/sind so busy mit Roxys Café und ich hatte nicht viel Online Energie. Ich schicke Dir eine Umarmung und denke an Dich!
Liebe Grüße Carola xoxo~

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

All pets go to Heaven. xo

Hugs to you and condolences on your loss,

Alice Wingerden said...

I am so sorry to hear about Cecil. Thinking of you.