Saying Goodbye


#sol18- January 16, 2018

Some people are dog people, some cat people, some both, and some neither.  I am definitely #teamcat when the cats are the best cats!


Named by my boys- for their love of soccer and the Hawaiian goddess of the volcano,

acrobat scaling tall curtains in the blink of an eye,

though unable to jump for years,

furniture shredder, closet lover, not a fan of new people,

adopted by our peripatetic family,

moving again, and again, and again,

loves to snuggle- always at my heels,

happiest by my side,

sadly failing, time is fleeting. appreciating your love all the more,

hoping I will know when it is the right time to say goodbye to you.



*Slices from former students- Juliet and Zhi Hong.





16 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye

  1. cmargocs

    Thank you for sharing Pele with us; I can feel the fondness in your post, that tinge of sadness at the end. I hope it’s a gentle goodbye when the time comes.

  2. Lorie Barber

    What a powerful picture of Pele you paint. I had to say goodbye to one of my dogs (sorry, #teamdog!) last month. He let me know it was time. Pele will too. My heart is with you.

  3. medunn80

    Knowing when to say goodbye, this is so difficult. But you will know. He will tell you. I wish you strength and grace during this time. I know how hard it is to say good-bye to a canine friend. My thoughts are with you, your family, and Pele.

  4. sallydonnelly11

    I predict that once you have said goodbye, Pele will live on with you. Your post shows how much you care. And that never goes away. It seems that by being a cat person, you are a better person, too!

  5. Adrienne

    I am a dog person, but understand completely how you feel. The best advice I was ever given about deciding when to say goodbye is this: Better a day too early than a day too late. Sending you peace.

  6. Rachel T.

    Your post resonated with me, although I am that dog person 🙂 Our dog is 13 years old. We have watched her hearing go and her energy wain. We also are struggling with the right thing to do. Hugs to you.

  7. theapplesinmyorchard

    So sweet! It is so hard to say good-bye to our beloved animals. We lost our two cats (aged 14 years) last spring….about 8 weeks apart. It was so sad and we miss them very much. My 18 year old and I were just talking about this last night when we saw a cat in a commercial. I hope you find some peace.


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