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April 19, 2008 Sarah Coggins

When a pet dies, that special place in our hearts feels so empty… But we realize, as time passes, that animals have a way of teaching us about loving, about loyalty, joy, and friendship… And whatever we’ve shared in their presence can never really be lost. -unknown


It is with a heavy heart that I share the loss of our family cat, Mini. I can’t recall the exact year she came home, but I do remember that it was on Valentine’s Day. We kids (my younger sister & brother and I) could hear her cries as my mother & stepfather brought her in the house. She was a gift for my sister. I got a curling iron. Yes, a curling iron. I don’t remember what Christopher got, but Mary got Mini. And, yes, Mom did hear about that from me from time to time.

Regardless, she was loved by us all. And, as the three of us slowly left home for college, Mini was still there. The last “kid” at home. Always ready to curl up in a waiting lap to be petted. She especially loved Trent’s lap when he and I came to visit. And Trent would be covered in her fur afterward.

Her health hadn’t been the best the past couple of years. When Mom called this afternoon she said the last few days weren’t great so they took her to the vet this morning. X-rays showed a mass in her lungs and she was hurting so they made the very difficult decision.

It’s slowly sunk in as the evening has gone by. Especially as I looked through photos. The hardest part will be not having her there to jump in our laps during visits. But I am grateful she is not hurting and is happily playing in Heaven. She was the sweetest, most precious little cat. And very loved by us all. She will be greatly missed.


  • Ter April 18, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    I'm sorry for your loss. A few months ago we went through a similar loss, our family dog. (lived with mom) Have you heard the poem called Rainbow Bridge?
  • Ryzmomplus2 April 19, 2008 at 6:58 am
    So sorry - such a sad time for you!
  • Anonymous April 19, 2008 at 7:35 am
    Sorry to hear about Mini Sarah : (
    Big hugs from me!
  • KarenSue April 19, 2008 at 12:38 pm
    sorry for your loss,
    I know how painful it is.

    We are debating whether it is time to make this decision about one of our cats.

    love your quote.
  • Lida April 19, 2008 at 5:06 pm
    I am so sorry Sarah, I´m sending you a big hug I can´t even imagine loosing one of mine.
  • Theresa April 19, 2008 at 5:16 pm
    Very sweet story, made me smile over the curling iron part, sorry for your loss, tell your Mom and Dad I'll be thinking of them. It's going to be really hard to come home to a quite house for a while. I still catch myself looking for KC every now and then and she's been gone over a year.
  • oceans5 April 19, 2008 at 6:09 pm
    I'm so sorry. Losing a pet is such a rough time. The quote is perfect.
  • emily April 20, 2008 at 8:48 am
    I'm so sorry...pets are truly a member of a family and a huge loss when they are gone. Hold on to all your memories....
  • toners April 20, 2008 at 5:18 pm
    Oh Sarah, I am soooo sorry. I know how much your pets mean to you. Sending ((((hugs))))
  • jp April 20, 2008 at 8:25 pm
    Oh, I am so sorry, Sarah. I know the pain of losing a kitty, especially a childhood friend. {hugs} to you.
  • Aimeslee April 24, 2008 at 9:55 am
    Sarah, I'm sending caring thoughts your way. So sorry you've lost your special pal. {{{hugs}}}
  • Cheri May 1, 2008 at 5:36 pm
    I'm sorry about Mini. Losing a pet is not easy, and neither is the difficult decision to have to put a pet to sleep. We've been there too. *hugs*
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