Leaving Home, Coming Home

Bowie is back home. I picked up his ashes at the crematorium. The manager also gave me a condolence card with Bowie’s personal paw print in black inkt and a little box with some small tufts of Bowie’s fur. I went for an individual cremation, it’s a bit more expensive than a ‘group’ cremation but hey, now I’m sure it’s Mr. Bowie who returns to my home, to his home. And Bowie deserves to come back home for giving me so much love all these years.

I placed the urn in the bookcase of the living room.  The house still feels so empty and silent. I miss my friend so much. You know that one day your pet will die, but Bowie passed away too soon. I don’t know if I’m ready for another cat soon but I think I would try to save an older cat from a local shelter to give it a forever home.

I was pleasantly surprised after reading all your heartwarming words of comfort. I didn’t expected the farewell post would create such impact and sadness to all my followers and visitors. Reading so many comments from all over the world… It comforts me to know Bowie was loved by so many people. It comforts me to know that people found strength to go on after reading posts on the blog. It comforts me knowing that people started smiling after reading a post. It comforts me knowing Bowie made people feel better.

Daydreaming in the bookcase. One of the last photographs of Mr. Bowie.


I don’t know what will happen with this blog but I will keep it online. Maybe I still got many stories to tell, many photographs to show. Unfortunately, the stories will be in the past tense. Maybe it’s not a bad idea to write a few posts every month. For now, I will be taking it slowly I guess… 

I want to thank you with all my heart. All your heartwarming comments made me feel better and helped me get through these empty and sad days. I sincerely apologise for not replying to your comments.

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      • Herman, sending more hugs for you. I hope you will stay in the present with all of your readers here. Bowie was so fortunate to have you as his cat dad and we have been fortunate to know you. Peace, my friend.

        • Hi Mary. Thank you so much for your heartwarming comments, support and concern. I still miss Bowie a lot and it’s so hard to believe he’s gone.
          I’ll keep on blogging and hopefully I’ll meet a new furry friend. Thank you for hanging around all these years. Much appreciated, my dear friend!

  1. So sorry to learn about Mr Bowie’s passing. My cat Orlando passed away in 2007 and I said I would not have another, then in 2008 a mother cat and a kitten turned up in my garden and have been with me ever since. Best wishes.

  2. j’ai les larmes aux yeux …. tu l’as placé à un endroit où il aimait se trouver, comme je l’ai fait avec Eos, dans sa boite remplie de plumes qui se trouve à mes côtés
    Tu dis que tu n’as pas encore repris un autre chat. Chaque personne a un ressenti différent et peut-être bien que tu attendras des mois ou plus encore. Mais peu-etre aussi te décideras tu brusquement à aller en adopter un, car le vide laissé est trop grand.
    Je ne te connais pas mais je pense qu’on se ressemble dans l’amour qu’on avait pour notre chat, dans la réciprocité de cet amour envers nous, dans la façon dont on a accueilli ses cendres à la maison … comme le retour de l’être aimé .
    Je ne connais pas la région où tu habites mais visiblement les au-revoir (car on les reverra un jour) chez le vétérinaire se passent bien mieux chez toi. Tu as egalement la chance de garder son emprunte
    Ne supprimes pas ton blog, laisse la porte ouverte …
    Ce que tu pourras faire plus tard, c’est en ouvrir un nouveau au nom de ton nouvel ami ?
    J’aimais beaucoup la personnalité de Bowie

    I have tears in my eyes … you put him in a place where he liked to be, as I did with Eos, in his box filled with feathers that is at my side
    You say you have not taken another cat yet. Each person has a different feeling and maybe you will wait for months or more. But perhaps you will also decide suddenly to adopt one, because the emptiness left is too great.
    I do not know you but I think we look like each other in the love we had for our cat, in the reciprocity of this love towards us, in the way we welcomed his ashes at home … as the return of the beloved.
    I do not know the area where you live but obviously goodbye (because we will see them again one day) at the vet are much better at home. You also have the chance to keep your loan
    Do not delete your blog, leave the door open …
    What you can do later is open a new one in the name of your new friend?
    I really liked Bowie’s personality

    • Thank you so much for your heartwarming comment. This really means a lot to me and comforts me. Thank you for hanging around all these years and loving Bowie.

      Merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire réconfortant. Cela compte beaucoup pour moi et me réconforte. Merci d’avoir passé toutes ces années et d’aimer Bowie.

  3. What a very lovely service they provide. Here’s to the blog continuing. Your next cat will no doubt find you but your suggestion of finding an older cat from a shelter is a lovely one. It will be a lucky cat, whatever form it takes.

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment. I know you’re following the blog so many years and always posted beautiful comments. Much appreciated, my dear friend!

  4. Herman that really is a lovely little “Bowie’s Corner” you created with his urn, box of fur and paw print…..he is Home Again. I have Sammy’s little carved wooden box in a spot that I walk by every day and I always pause to rest my hand atop the box to say “I love you”. That final photo of Mr. Bowie is bittersweet – like he was giving some serious thought to something – and I guess he was. I think getting a senior cat who needs a forever home is a lovely idea. It would certianly honor Mr. Bowie’s memory because I have no doubt he would like you to have company to enjoy the garden, your pets, and some security. You will know when you are ready. Meanwhile, your boy is now HOME.

    Love and Hugs, Pam

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Pam. Looking at the photograph, it gives me a feeling that Bowie already picked out his spot where he wanted to be after he passed away. As if he felt what was going to happen…
      Another strange thing: translating the Richard Powers book title ‘Tot in de Hemel’ means ‘See You in Heaven’. Weird, isn’t it?

      • Herman I absolutely believe it was a “message”……Mr. Bowie probably did know what was happening (I am sure Sammy did too) and in their own incredibly sensitive way, they tell us their last goodbye. That photo of Mr. Bowie on the bookcase is amazing – his body posture says it all. Be at peace for you know that he is! Hugs, Pam

    • Hi Aimee. Thank you so much for your kind reply. Thank you for hanging around the blog for so many years! Much appreciated!

  5. Dear Herman,
    Thank you for sharing. I am happy Bowie is back home with you, but naturally, also feel sad. For many years, Mr. Bowie (and your wishes for peace and friendship in all areas of the world) gave me much encouragement… I can’t imagine how it must be for you and your family 😦
    I was surprised the cremation included a card with Bowie’s paw print. It is a warm and thoughtful gesture. Please continue to take care Mr. Herman. And of course best wishes to your father and family too.

    Warm wishes,

    • Hi Takami. Thank you so much for your kind and heartwarming comment. This really means a lot to me, my dear friend!
      When the manager gave me the card with Bowie’s paw print, tears immediately appeared in my eyes. I’m going to cherish this card for the rest of my life.

      Thank you for following the blog all these years. Much appreciated!

      • Hello again, Mr. Herman.
        It is a real pleasure to follow your blog during the years, and I will continue to do so.
        Once again, thank you for kindly updating us during an emotional time. We all support you.

        • Hi Takami. Thank you so much for your kind comment and keeping us in your mind. This really means a lot to me, my dear friend, and it gives me a good feeling.
          Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

  6. Hugs and Love, to you dear Herman, I love Mr. Bowie and never I will forget… memories are our richness, you and Mr. Bowie did great stories in here, with my best wishes, nia

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. You are so right, there are still so many stories to tell about Bowie. He will live forever in our hearts.

    • Dank je wel, Joke! Maar we kunnen troost vinden dat we elkaar hebben leren kennen dankzij onze dikke vriend! We zullen nog jaren over hem blijven praten en lachen met zijn gekke manieren…

  7. Herman I have always hadmore than one cat so I have never had to sufferthat empty house feeling. It must be hard. I am glad you will leave the blog up. You also posted about your wonderful family and your music and your garden so I got to know you as well as Mr. Bowie. His urn is lovely, very similar to two which sit on my fireplace mantel for my boys Tony and Mosby.

    Someone once asked me why I kept taking in more cats when they died and broke my heart but I told them if my heart was broken I wouldn’t feel for them and take them in. All cats are special, it’s just that truly some are more special, like Mr. Bowie..Your sharing him gave so many of us happiness and pleasure, it was obvious he was a wonderful inspiration.

    If and when you decide on a new feline companion I am sure Mr. Bowie will approve your thought to rescue an older cat. I follow rescues in Greece, Italy and England and know that there are many older cats who would think they were in heaven with your lovely garden to sun in and quiet times keeping you company making music and drinking coffee. Mr Bowie was lucky to know your love and caring and be able to return it, I think he would smile down from cat heaven that you were not alone.

    • Hi Angela. Thank you so much for your heartwarming comments. When the hard news of Bowie hit me in the hospital, I remembered your post about Skye. It’s so hard to believe such cancers can be so aggressive with no hope for a cure. 3 weeks ago Bowie caught 2 mice and a giant grashopper. Nothing crossed my mind that he was so sick…

      I told myself a lot of times I would stop getting a cat. But after a while there always turns a new companion up in my neighbourhood. Guess it will happen again in the future…

      I’m very happy that Bowie’s back home. I couldn’t leave him behind in the hospital. He deserved to get a good resting place forever.

      • There are four urns on my mantel and soon there will be five. I love remembering them all when I look at those urns, it’s not sad or morbid at all. It’s good Mr. Bowie is home.

  8. Well, Herman, the tears have started again. That picture of Sir by the books is really extraordinary — see you in heaven indeed. I have been studying Einstein lately. He thought about how we are material beings, and our materiality was of great interest to him — but, he also thought, we are also souls that vibrate, in harmony together or not. This is a season when so many depart us, the autumn — a dear old dog on the property here, my friend’s husband, my best friend’s cat, who had been very sick for years, and finally got released — it makes me think of the larger forces at work on us. Perhaps they’re scary, but also perhaps they’re comforting, that so many of us are on this material journey together and subject to those larger forces, also together. Do please write again when you can, or start a new blog if you get a new fur-friend — you are irreplaceable and the thought of being without both Mr. Bowie and you is not good!

    • Hi Anita. Thank you so much for your heartwarming comment. This really means a lot to me. So sorry to read you’re going through a hard time…
      Your thoughts are very interesting. I like to believe there’s another happening when our journey on earth is over. A new experience for everyone, not only for mankind but for all living creatures. But I got no idea in what way. The thought there’s a door we all walk through and on the other side there’ll be a reunion gives me some peace of mind.

      Thank you for hanging around the blog for all these years. Much appreciated, Anita!

  9. Herman, elke keer als ik iets van Bowie lees krijg ik weer tranen in mijn ogen. Ik ben blij dat hij nu terug thuis bij je is. Sterkte nog en je hebt hem een heel mooi (jammer genoeg veel te kort) leven gegeven.

    • Hey Christel, van harte bedankt voor je lieve reactie. Ik heb geen moment getwijfeld om Bowie opnieuw naar huis te laten komen. De gedachte om hem gewoon achter te laten in de dierenkliniek was verschrikkelijk.
      Je weet dat vroeg of laat je kat zal sterven maar dit was veel te vroeg en totaal onverwacht. Drie weken geleden ving hij nog 2 muizen en een reuze sprinkhaan.
      Nog eens heel hard bedankt!

  10. I hope you’ll find a way to keep the blog going in memory of Herman and because of the pleasure it gives to you, writing it, and your community, reading it. When you have put so much thought and care into something, it almost has a life of its own. Whatever you decide, I wish you all the very best at this difficult time.

    • Hi Susan. Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern. Being back on the blog and sending answers makes me feel a little bit better. I’ll find a way to keep posting on HoB. Thanks for hanging around. Much appreciated!

    • Thank you so much for your support and kind comment. It means a lot to me getting so much positive feedback. Much appreciated! Thanks for hanging around the blog!

  11. Herman, it feels like the end of an era. Your blog was one of the first I followed when I started blogging myself.
    I think it would be a great idea to adopt a cat in need of a home, once you give yourself time to grieve. Good on you. ❤

  12. Herman, Mr. Bowie is back home with you. Good to hear you continue blogging. There is still many stories and photos we want to read and see.
    A lovely idea to give a home for a homeless cat, when you are ready to do it.
    Kristiina and Kosmo

    • Hi Kristiina and Kosmo. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I still have a lot of stories to tell about Bowie. And the amount of photographs in the pix-folder is really huge. Thank you for hanging around the blog all this time. Much appreciated!

  13. It’s hard enough to loose an animal companion, but when they go too soon it’s shocking. I’ve lost four of my felines over the years and the hardest to comprehend were my last two, Miss Bella and Topper. They were both diagnosed with cancer and died quickly thereafter and they were not old, 11 and 10.

    I relate to what you are going through. The loss is palatable. Hang in there; it gets better over time. I think you might find that writing about him is very healing. Personally, I would love to read more stories when you are ready to write.

    A big hug…

    • Hi CatLady. Thank you so much for your heartwarming comments and concern. I didn’t expect this would happen so soon. Bowie’s mother and grandmother are still alive and healthy. He passed away much too soon.

      Guess I’ll keep telling stories about him. I noticed a lot of people still want to read about his adventures. And it will keep him alive in our hearts.

  14. My dear Herman, I am so sad, but pleased that Mr Bowie is returned to you with such care and thoughtfulness. He deserves such a wonderful memorial. Selfishly, I do not want to lose contact…I suspect many of us feel the same ❤. We love stories of Mr. Bowie and also love hearing about your music and adventures and family stories. Hugs and visions of chocolate, Christine and the cat boys

    • Hi Christine. Thank you so much for your heartwarming comment and concern. This really means a lot. I’m happy Bowie is back home. He deserves a good place and I couldn’t leave him behind at the hospital.
      I still have a lot of stories to tell about our furry boy so I will keep on posting on the blog, I guess. Thank you for hanging around all these years, my dear friend!

  15. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Herman, and dear Mr. Bowie on the other side of the veil. He will always be with you in spirit. What a beautiful memorial to such a well-loved kitty! ❤

    The time will come for another cat companion, when you are ready. I am pleased, as I know Mr. Bowie would be, to hear you would consider adopting an older cat needing a home. Those older cats need caring humans, too. Bless you, dear Herman! ❤

    • Hi Lavinia. Thank you so much for your concern and heartwarming comment. It makes me feel better. I’m sure Bowie will be in our hearts forever. He was such a special boy…
      Guess I’ll keep on telling stories about him and post them on the blog. A lot of people will still enjoy reading about his adventures…

      Thank you vey much for your support, my dear friend. You were always there when I needed help in hard and difficult times.

  16. It looks like the crematorium provides a beautiful service and it’s lovely to know Mr Bowie is back home Herman. When we shared our life with cats we adopted older ones from the shelter. It was great to be able to offer them a happy furever home in their senior years and their personalities, love and wisdom were amazing. It would be lovely to hear from you again through your blog and we send hugs across the miles 🤗🐾💖🐾

    • Thank you so much for your heartwarming comments and concern. This really helps me a lot and is much appreciated!
      I was moved to tears when I was at the crematorium. It was so emotional to get the tiny box with fur and the card with the paw print. I’m going to cherish this a lot.
      I’ll keep this blog going with new stories from the past. And when it’s time, with stories of a senior cat…
      Thank you for hanging around all these years and your support!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and concern. Sorry for my late reply; just discovered WP dropped your comment in their spam-folder…
      Thank you for your compassion. Much appreciated!
      Hope you’re having a great day!

  17. Herman; there are no apologies necessary; we all understand. For being such small creatures, they leave such a vast emptiness in the places we call home; yet, Bowie will live forever in your heart and memory, and in that respect, he will be with you for all eternity. His physical being has passed on to heaven, where he will start his “10th life, and I truly believe we DO see all our pets and loved ones again, when the good Lord calls us home. Once Bowie has “settled” he will let you know that he’s OK, and free of the earthly struggles each creature encounters; the sign may be as subtle as a shadow out of the corner of your eye,..,or it may be as strong as a toy appearing suddenly out of nowhere.

    And this my friend, is a promise ♥♥♥

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern. This feels so heartwarming and helps me to feel better.
      You are so right, Bowie will live forever in our hearts and memories. He was really a special boy. And I hope to meet him again, somewhere, sometime.

      Thank you for hanging around all these years and supporting me in hard times.

  18. I had grown very fond of Bowie. He was a dear little fellow and therefore a huge loss. I’m glad he’s home. An individual cremation was the right choice. I so love my little Belaud that I will do the same. No, you haven’t the time to respond to comments.Just know that he brought us joy and that we were happy to see the two of you share a home and a workplace. Take care Herman.

    • Hi Micheline. Thank you so much for your heartwarming comment and support. It comforts me to have Bowie back home and I still can talk to him.
      Thank you for hanging around the blog all this time. Much appreciated!

  19. No worries about answering posts, you need to take care of yourself at this time. That is a nice memorial to Mr. Bowie. I think it would be good to continue to tell his stories. I would like to see those posts and I’m sure many others would too. I also think it’s a lovely idea to adopt another kitty, and possibly an older kitty from a shelter, when you are ready.

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment. It comforts me to see how many people miss our furry friend. Guess I’ll continue to tell his stories. It will keep Bowie alive in our hearts.
      Thank you for hanging around the blog all these years. Much appreciated!

  20. What a great idea, rescuing an older cat from a shelter when you’re ready. Give some cat who isn’t loved all the love you still have, and a good rest of it’s life. In the meantime, I hope you’ll blog and tell us about you; what you’re doing, how you’re doing. Years ago some comments on here said something along the lines that Mr. Bowie had no idea what kind of impact he had on so many people all over the world. Now the impact he had really shows. He will always be with you. Take care of you!

    • Thank you so much for your heartwarming comment and concern, my dear friend. It gives me comfort to see how many people loved Bowie and enjoyed reading our stories. It feels I have a lot of friends all over the world.
      I will keep on blogging, I guess. I still have a lot of stories to tell about Bowie. And maybe one day, I’ll find a new furry companion…
      Thank you for your support and keeping us in mind.

  21. It is so hard to say goodbye to our fur babies ❤ ❤ When you are ready, I love the idea of adopting an older cat. My husband and I always take the older ones that get passed over. They are ALWAYS so sweet and loving – you won't regret it. But of course, when you're ready. ❤

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and concern. I know you follow me for many years and I want to thank you for your support. Much appreciated!
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day, my friend!

    • Thank you for your kind comment, my friend. I had a good feeling when I saw this urn. And I’m glad Bowie is back home and I didn’t leave him behind at the hospital.

  22. One good thing about blogging is that you know you have shared Bowie with us, and we will always remember him. I hope that eases some of the loneliness knowing that he was and still is loved by many. I hope you continue sharing photos of him, even without any text, just a lovely photo now and then. Rescuing an older cat would be a wonderful thing to do, when your heart is ready. Don’t forget that creative endeavors help to ease grief too, reviewing photos, sharing memories, can help heal, and even though it seems impossible to create music right now turning your feelings into something beautiful is a wonderful thing too. We are here for you.

    • Hi Bernadette. Thank you so much for your kind words, concern and support. All these beautiful comments make me feel better. So glad you stayed here all these years.
      I will keep on blogging, I guess. There are thousands photographs of Bowie in my archive. And there are still a lot of stories to tell. It will keep us all connects for years I hope…
      Hope you’re having a great day, my friend!

  23. I also have a box with some ashes of Miss Titi. After his disappearance, I picked up a few hairs of his beautiful gray fur on his favorite cushion. I also found one or two claws. The rest of the ashes I put in my garden where she found herbs. When I’m here, I happen to talk to him … Courage to you.

    • Hi Domi. I talk to Bowie every morning, just like I did every morning for 10 years. It makes me feel that his spirit is still around. I think it’s a good thing to cherish little things of our furry friends, just like the way you do.
      Thank you so much for your heartwarming comments, support and concern. Much appreciated, my friend!

    • You are so right… I still can’t stop tell stories about Jones, my previous cat. She was 18 years old and passed away 9 years ago. I got a lot of photographs of Bowie in my archive and a lot of stories to tell. I must keep this blog alive…
      Thank you so much for your kind words and support. Hope you’re having a great day!

  24. Grief is such an unpredictable thing, as you know. Especially when it’s just too soon. I lost one of my girls last year, she was also 10 and it was way too soon as well. You may feel like writing a post or not, and either way it’s OK. Same with giving another cat a forever home soon, you may want to do it or you may decide you’d rather wait, and either one is okay. 

    Mr Bowie did make a difference, and you have made a difference in sharing him with all of us. He was (and still is) such a lovable and adorable boy. I’m glad he’s back home with you. I hope you find some comfort in that, just as I find some comfort in having my girls home with me.

    • Hi Madame Weebles. Thank you so much for your heartwarming comments and support. Such kind words and thoughts help me to feel better again.
      I had a terrible night yesterday and couldn’t sleep. I got out of my bed to talk to Bowie’s photograph and afterwards it helped me to relax and finally fall asleep for a short period. But I know things will get better in a little while.

      I will take it easy and see what will happen in the future. I will keep the blog alive and some day there will be another furry companion, I guess…

      Hope you’re having a great day. Thank you so much for your concern!

  25. May you find many avenues of comfort and support in your grief. While his loss is so painful I hope you will keep in mind that this heartbreak is also a mark of your capacity to love greatly. Sending kind wishes and many hugs to the departed Mr. Bowie.

    • Thank you so much for your heartwarming comment and concern. It comforts me a lot to get your support and it means a lot to me.
      Thank you for your time and hanging around the blog. Much appreciated!

  26. Oh Herman the tears flowed when I read your post the other day and they are flowing again. I am so pleased your friend is home with you. It is so true he was so loved … adored! I can’t thank you enough for all your posts of that wonderful cat that I felt so close to. Take care dear Herman .. big hugs

    • Hi Julie. Thank you so much for this heartwarming and emotional comment. I know you’re following this blog a very long time and I’ve always enjoyed and appreciated your comments and support. It really means a lot to me and it helps me feel better. It comforts me a lot to see how much Bowie was loved all over the world.
      Thank you so much, my dear friend!

  27. You will be surprised, perhaps already have been, to know there are people all over the world who looked forward to seeing your posts about the handsome Bowie, and who may have felt down, depressed before that day but brightened up when they felt uplifted by your post! I’ve had people write such things to me after seeing one of my kitty boy posts about Andy and Dougy, my Persian kitty brothers.Their comments brightened my day, even kept me from ending my blog posts at one point.

    We, as cat people, know the joy they can bring during their short lives, the sorrow when the pass. I hope you do eventually realize you aren’t dishonoring Bowie to find a new kitty to bring into your home. An older shelter cat would ,make a happy home for the cat and you, and would honor Bowie’s memory, not distract from it! He will be with you forever, believe it, and older cats have a lower chance of being chosen, especially if there are kittens available at the shelter, too.

    Until you feel you can bring another litty into your home, I for one hope you do post “in the past tense”. Best of Bowie posts will be something I look forward too!

    • Hi Doug. Thank you so much for this heartwarming comment, your concern and support. I know you’ve been following me for a long time and you’re always sending me kind comments. This is much appreciated, my friend!

      I was moved by a lot of mails and comments I got from people all over the world. Some of them told me when they were having a bad day, and the read a new post on HoB they immediately felt better, or the post made them smile. Getting such warm responses makes me feel better too… I’m happy to be part a big friendly community.

      I’ll keep on posting. And if a new cat arrives in my home, I’ll have new adventures to write about. And I won’t forget Mr. Bowie. There are still a lot of stories to tell about our furry friend.

      Hope you’re having a great day! Thanks for hanging around all these years!

    • Hi Crystal. Thank you so much for your kind comment and support. I’m glad he’s back home, it gives me some comfort.
      Hope you’re having a great day! Thank you for your concern.

  28. So sorry to read about Bowie. We had to let Zoey the Cool Cat go on June 23, 2019. Her diabetic levels were so off the chart that the vet said she would be dead in a couple of weeks and was in so much pain at the present time. We got another cat, Little Queen Olivia, on June 25. I held Zoey the Cool Cat while the vet administered drugs, held her and cried for a few minutes afterwards, and also chose a private crematorium and urn. Every time I see a picture of Zoey the Cool Cat, tears of love come to my eyes.

    • Hi Russel. Thank you so much for your kind words, support and concern. I still talk everyday to Bowie when I see his photograph and the urn.
      There’s a possibility another cat will arrive soon from a shelter. I have mixed feelings about it but let’s just wait and see what happens.
      Thank you for hanging around all these years. Much appreciated!

  29. I am in tears after seeing the urn and the paw print. Hugs, dear friend ❤
    Found in the comments that you expect a cat arrive from a shelter. I am hurrying to the last blog post to learn the news.

    • Hi Inese. Thank you so much for your kind and heartwarming comments on the lasts post. Thank you for your support and concern.
      I was completely in shock when Bowie passed away because it was so unexpected. I’m glad he didn’t suffer and had no pain during his last days.
      Now I’m still having mixed emotions because I wanted to wait longer to adopt a new cat. But I think someone was pulling some strings up there to make this happen and bring Jimi to a forever home. So happy I found this little boy…

      Hope you’re having a great weekend, my dear friend!

  30. We are happy to know that Mr. B is back home where he belongs. But just reading moments ago that he padded, Mom says she is just getting sadder. We don’t think any of us realize what a huge impact our beloved pets make on others. We will miss your sweet boy so much. Sending lots of hugs. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

    • Thank you so much for this heartwarming comment and your concern, my dear friend. I’m glad Bowie is back home. He belongs here in the place where he was loved and gave love to his human.

    • Thank you for all your kind comments today. This really means a lot to me, my dear friend. It makes me feel better.
      I couldn’t leave Bowie being in the hospital. I had to bring him back home where he belongs. He gave me so much joy and love all these years. Glad he’s back home now…

      • I’m glad my words could provide a little comfort. I know only too well the sorrow of parting.
        Yes, Mr Bowie is where he belongs – and it will get easier. The grief will ease and the happy memories grow stronger.

    • Thank you so much for all your kind comments and support today. This means a lot to me and makes me feel better.
      I still talk to Bowie when I see his photograph. And it feels like his spirit is still floating in my house.
      Thanks for hanging around all these years. Much appreciated!

  31. I am glad that comments helped you feel better even if just for a moment. And, of course, people were sad. Mr. Bowie was loved by many. I know I just read your blog and don’t know you and didn’t know him personally, but cats and cat caretakers are special so we all kind have a bond. Again, I am so sorry . . . I see there is another post of a new cat maybe, but I was so curious I was scrolling down, then saw the pictures on this post, then saw the title of the last post, so I am reading them in order. Again, I am so sorry.

    • Hi Terre. Thank you so much for all your kind comments and concern. I’m still surprised by the massive impact Bowie’s passing away had on my followers and visitors of the blog. It meant a lot to me and gave me comfort. Again, thank you for your heartwarming comments and support.
      When I read stories on blogs about the passing away of a pet, I’m always in tears. I lost a lot of cats in my life and can understand how it feels to loose a pet.

  32. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Bowie. He was greatly loved by you and his Internet family from around the world. Love that you are honoring him by continuing with your blog. After I lost Princess Pansy Maura two years ago I lost the will to keep writing. You have inspired me to start again. Bowie was one amazing creature and I look forward to following your and Jimi’s future adventures. Jimi is one lucky guy! Cheers ❤

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment and support. This really means a lot to me. And it makes me feel better.
      I didn’t planned to go on blogging after Bowie passed away. I was in shock for days… But when I read all the beautiful and heartwarming comments of so many people from all over the world, I decided to keep on writing. There are still many untold stories about Mr. Bowie. Meeting Jimi and adopting him is another good reason to keep going on with the blog.

      Glad you’re back and these last posts about Bowie have inspired you to start again. Thank you so much! Looking forward to read your new stories about the beautiful Lady Molly Quinn.

      Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  33. Oh Mr. Bowie! My life was in so much turmoil over the past year, I did not come on WordPress often. I did NOT know you were gone! You were and are loved by so many…….Sigh…..
    Back in 2011, I had a little Siamese cat named Anika that got very sick, unexpectedly. One day she was sitting in the cat tree looking at the birds and squirrels, and then the next day– without warning– everything changed. We found her on the floor and she couldn’t get up. She was softly crying and could barely breathe–she was only 5 1/2 years old.
    We rushed her to the vet, and found out it was her heart and there was nothing that could be done. We could hardly believe it! Why? How?! She was suffering so much, we had to make the decision to put her to sleep. We held her and cried. The Vet was crying too.
    When we came home without her, the male cat immediately knew. He was heartbroken (They had been together since birth). He didn’t want to get up.
    A couple months later, we got another female cat from the Siamese Cat Rescue Center to hopefully keep him company and maybe lift his spirits a bit. Having another cat here did help a little, but it will never be the same. Anika was the love of his life.
    It took me 2 years to write about what happened, because I just didn’t have the strength. Even after all that time, I cried while writing. The pictures clearly show the depth of his love for his sister Anika.

    • Hi Mary. Thank you so much for telling me the story about Anika. I really do understand what you are saying. The passing of a beloved pet is always so hard and difficult. If I’m having a bad day due to some unexpected circumstances, and Mr. Bowie comes in my mind, I just start crying because I miss him so much. I’m happy with the company of Jimi, but I don’t have the same connection as with Mr. Bowie. I had a lot of cats in my life, almost from the day I was born. But Mr. Bowie was the most adorable one. He had a lot of medical issues and met a lot of different vets and doctors. Everyone of them told me Mr. Bowie was the sweetest cat they ever met.

      Thanks for sharing your link of 2 very beautiful cats, Anika and Keona. Our cats will be forever in our hearts.

  34. I just read this sad news and just wanted to let you know that I am very sorry to hear it. He was special and seeing his lovely pictures brightened my day. Thank you for letting us in on all his adventures, he will be missed.

    • Thank you so much for your heartwarming comment. Next week it’s a year ago that Bowie passed away. I still miss him everyday. He was such a sweet cat.

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