Goodbye Poe

Our dear companion, #happycat Poe, died on Wednesday.comfy PoeWe came downstairs on Tuesday morning to find that she had had a stroke.  Her head was twisted sharply to the left. She wouldn’t eat her food – even the most freshly cooked salmon couldn’t tempt her.Poe's strokeShe was still managing to walk around, but collapsed into short sleeps, exhausted by the effort.Poe asleep near the water bowlOn Tuesday night, we mossed her up.  She slept in one of her favourite places next to Stephen on the sofa.Poe next to StephenAnd the next day, we picked her up very gently from her flowery bed and took her to the vet.Poe asleep in flowerbedShe has been our excellent companion for over 19 years – she was a very very old lady.  You can may have read about her early life with us here, and some of you may remember also reading how worried we were earlier this year, when two younger cats came to live with us. Despite our misgivings, that was not a problem.  The three cats learned that they had to share human attention, whether in the morning …3 cats - all wanting attentionOr round the fire in the evening …K grooming cats in front of fireYou might even think Ilsa and Poe were friendly companions here … Sadly the picture also highlights Poe’s loss of weight against the plumper Ilsa.Walking with IlsaSometimes the new kits were a little bit mean … now kits, it’s not nice to mock poor Poe who just wants to get into the house …Yah boo sucks, PoeOur little Poe became markedly more absent-minded in these last days.  We would find her asleep in odd places…Poe with watering canBut she could surprise us too. After two year’s without catching any mice, she recently caught one, showed it to the very interested Ilsa, and then proceded to eat every little bit of it …Poe showing off her mouseOh, she did make us laugh!  She was so spoilt with little treats that she grew to expect them long before they were offered.expecting treatsAnd, on occasion, her love of icecream overwhelmed her.Poe with icecream cartonShe kept us company as we read …Poe watching me readingWorked in the conservatory …Poe sitting on Stephen's workOur dear friend, Poe, who ventured so bravely up to Northumberland with us – surveying her empire. Poe surveys her empireShe was immortalised for us in this wonderful painting by Flo Brooks.  #happycat Poe remains with us, in her place on the sofa.Flo's portrait of Poe


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27 thoughts on “Goodbye Poe”

    1. Yes, in the sadness there are many many happy memories, and I’m sure you’d agree that it is one of the great pleasures of blog-writing that you have occasion to draw all those together.


  1. Goodbye, lovely Poe. You lived to be a very respectable age, and you did well by keeping your assigned humans busy and entertained. May your journey over the Rainbow Bridge be filled with little tasty mice, newspapers to sit on and rays of sunshine to keep your back warm. Say hello to Matias, Igas, Bob, Ollie and M&M for me, will you? ❤


    1. Oh all those loved cats you list, Leonor! what a lovely thought of all those kits crossing the Rainbow bridge to sunny, plentiful mouse-land – I shall think of them all frolicking friendly together – just such a happy picture!! thank you x

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      1. I’ve had the immense pleasure of spending part of my life with these amazing creatures, and hopefully will meet many more. May them all meet on the other side and be friends ❤️

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  2. I am so sorry my dear. What a lovely tribute you have managed for your beloved Poe. Thank you for sharing your lives. My heart is heavy for you all but so pleased for all the lovely memories you have to carry you forward.


  3. [J+D] We’re very moved by your eulogy for Poe – both words and pictures. You know about our recent loss of 21-year old Molly, so you know we do understand your loss! It’s good that the young ones knew Poe.


  4. I’m so sad to hear about the passing of Poe. I will miss her popping up in your pictures and featuring in your blog. I had a wonderful cat who aged to around 18/19 so I know what a loss this will be to you. Big hugs 😿


    1. Aah – you too had a very elderly cat – it is so sad. I suppose with all that length of time in our lives, we cannot help but mind the passing. Thank you for your comforting words.


  5. I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet kitty Poe. Thank you for the lovely eulogy, and I hope you don’t mind that I enjoyed the photos so much, peeking into the less-seen corners of your world, including your man, looking so happy.


  6. Dear Stephen and Katherine, I have never owned a cat, nor do I think of myself as a cat person, but it has been a real delight to glimpse something of your shared life together with its companionship and simple pleasure. I am sorry Poe has passed from view and sad for your loss of her company.


    1. Thank you, Rebecca – I am so glad our companionable Poe has spread her spirit through the interweb! She was a very sweet natured animal (not all cats are!!) so we were lucky to have her company – and she was definitely part of our Northumbrian escapade! Still very sad and strange without her (though the little kits do their best to keep us busy), and I guess it will remain so for a while to come.


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