March 24, 2012

Sad Cat Update

I'm afraid we found Benchley's body, in a large dense shrub in our yard. I'd looked there once already, but he's only visible from one angle, and his fur is the same color as the brown leaves under there. We looked again this afternoon after seeing our other cat hanging around that area.

The most likely is that he was hit by a car, but we had trouble getting close enough to the body to see. I mean, we were able to confirm he was dead, but I think he's been there since Monday/Tuesday so we didn't want to...... Anyway.

We're all sad, of course, but the children are resilient:

Me, weepily/carefully: "*sad news*"
Them: "*sad*...*pause*...Can we get a new cat?"

He was a very nice cat, so I'm sad---but more than that, I feel so grateful to KNOW.

68 comments:

Temerity Jane said...

Aw, this was so not the update I was hoping for. Very sorry to hear.

d e v a n said...

Oh gosh, I'm so sorry. I love that picture of Benchley. Your kids sound as resilient as mine were in a similar situation.

HereWeGoAJen said...

I'm sorry.

And I am glad you know. We had a cat go missing when I was in sixth grade and I worried for years. It is nice to know.

Kate said...

Oh NO. I'm so sorry to hear this. Hugs.

Mama Bub said...

Oh, Swis, I'm so sorry. I'm glad you know, too, but still so sorry.

Nowheymama said...

I'm so sorry. Is is weird to say that Benchley was my favorite of your cats I've never met? Because I love his Algonquin Round Table name.

AnnetteK said...

Oh, Swistle, I'm so sorry. :(

Beth said...

Oh, I'm so, so sorry.

phancymama said...

Also so so so sorry to hear this, but glad you all KNOW. I had the same thing happen with a cat of mine in college, and it was just so nice to know, and not worry. So sorry.

Doing My Best said...

I'm so sorry, Swistle =(!! I seem to remember that you aren't a hugging person, so gentle, sympathetic pats on the arm to you!

Jen in MI said...

So sorry!

velocibadgergirl said...

I am so sorry to hear it...I was hoping for a happy ending. That great photo of him is making me a little teary.

Anna said...

I'm so sorry.

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

I'm sorry :(

agirlandaboy said...

:( Sorry to hear such sad news.

Clarabella said...

Oh, no. I am so sorry. That stinks. At least the kids are handling it well. That is the sweetest picture of him. Hoping for only the fondest memories of Benchley for you & your family.

Jenny said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. Hang in there.

Jess said...

Oh, no. I'm so sorry to hear this! But also glad that you have closure. And that your kids are being so resilient about it. But still. So sorry! What a sweet cat.

Magic27 said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that sad news! He looks such a lovely cat in that adorable picture...
Best wishes to you all!

Life of a Doctor's Wife said...

Oh Swistle. I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. It is so terribly hard to lose a much loved pet.

Slim said...

I am really sorry, but really glad you know.

And I love that picture.

(Bless the beasts and the wildly insensitive children, I guess?)

Maggie said...

So sorry!! It is better to know but still heartbreaking.

Ann Wyse said...

I'm so sorry.

(And that's a pretty amazing cat to allow such a photo!)

Jana said...

I'm so sorry. Losing a pet is so hard.

Stacie said...

So sorry Swistle. So very sorry :(

Snoopyfan said...

I am so sorry that you did not have a happy homecoming with him. I am glad you all have some sort of closure.

vanessa said...

I'm so sorry. How awful.

Marie Green said...

Oh. Oh, no. Man. I'm more sad about this that I thought I'd be. Poor kitty.

(I will agree that it's best to KNOW, as we had a cat disappear and we've never found out why, and I STILL dream about it and feel so unsettled six years later.)

Cayt said...

Oh, that is sad. I'm sorry.

Pseudostoops said...

Oh I'm so sorry thIs was the ending to this story. xo

Hotch Potchery said...

I'm really sorry to hear that. I have had two cats go missing and I STILL wonder what happened to them, so while awful, you can mourn him and move forward.

jonniker said...

Oh! Not what we were hoping to hear here, either. I'm so sorry, Swis.

Misty said...

Sad. My condolences.

:(

StephLove said...

I'm really sorry.

Lippy said...

I am so sorry, I really thought it was going to turn out well. That picture is killing me. What a sweet kitty.

The Curmudgeon said...

So sorry; losing a cat is incredibly hard. But I'm glad you have the comfort of not having to wonder & worry.

Carmen said...

Oh no, Swistle, I'm so sorry. This is not the update I was hoping for. I am sending you lots of internet hugs.

Superjules said...

Aw man. I'm sorry.
I love that pic of him.

Kristin H said...

Oh, Swistle, I'm really sorry.

Suzanne said...

Oh no, I'm so sorry Swistle.

Karen L said...

Sorry to hear that, Swistle.

Bunnyslippers said...

:(
I am so sorry!

Anonymous said...

Aww, I'm so sorry :( I can imagine how strangely relieved you all must feel

Elsha said...

So sorry to hear it.

Stimey said...

I'm so sorry. I agree that it is better to know, but I wish you got a happier ending. Love to your whole family.

beyond said...

oh gosh, i'm so sorry.

Maricris @ SittingAround said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Swistle.

Sara said...

So sorry. At least you have an answer now, and I hope the kids continue to deal with it well.

amyunicorn said...

Oh no. I'm so, so very sorry :( Hugs to all of you.

Heather said...

Oh no! I feel so sad for you all. Benchley was such a handsome lad. I'm glad you at least know where your little guy is but my heart is full of sadness that he isnt with you anymore.

Sam said...

Poor kitty, and poor family. I'm glad that you got closure, and sorry that he's gone.

Sarah said...

I'm sorry. I too really thought I'd hear about him coming home in a few days, maybe thin and with a few scratches from his adventures. :(
There's seems to be a lot of sad pet stuff going on with people lately.
Glad your kids aren't overly upset about it, at least. I'm sorry for YOU!

Barb said...

I'm sorry, that is so sad.

Donna said...

The one bad thing about our pets is that we tend to outlive them. I'm sad for your loss but hope that closure brings some peace. Benchley was dearly loved, and you have a tender portrait to remember him by.

Alice said...

Oh, Swistle. I'm so sorry that it ended this way. If he had to go now, I'm glad that you were able to find out and get some closure, but this just sucks so much. I'm glad that he was able to live such a well-loved life.

Christy said...

Oh no - I'm sorry.

Maureen said...

Poor Benchley, what a sad outcome. I was so hoping he would come home safe and sound. Poor kitty.

Sarah M. said...

I'm so sorry. :( I'm glad you have closure but this is not the closure you wanted, I know.

Nicole said...

I'm sorry - what sad news.

lillowen said...

Oh dear, that is such sad news. He was such a beautiful kitty, with that lovely white spot on his nose. I'm glad you have closure, though, and that the kids are being resilient.

Mouse said...

That is just not the update I was expecting or hoping for. I'm so sorry Swistle, for you and your family. But I am glad that at least you know. RIP Benchley.

nicole said...

I'm sorry. :(

Pickles and Dimes said...

Oh, no. This is so sad. I'm sorry.

Magpie said...

Poor kitten. I'm sorry.

PinkieBling said...

That picture of Brenchley broke my heart. I'm glad you had such a nice cat, and I'm sorry he's gone.

Gina said...

I am so sorry. I still miss our cat who passed away two years ago. They are special member of the family.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear this - you are getting him out of the bush though right? So you can bury him?

Marla said...

I'm sorry about Benchley too. Losing a pet is very heart-wrenching. But then there's my son.
The hamster had died. I'd just discovered it. My 6-year old ran into the house with a friend in tow. "Want to play with my hamster?" he said as they blew in. "Oh, honey", I say, looking for the right words, "I'm so sorry, but Ralph has died". "Oh", he says. "Hmmmm. Well, want to see my dead hamster then?".