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Not Hairball Too!

I lost my friend today.

Sometimes life just kind of stinks–there are those days, anyway.

Yesterday he was sleeping in my bed, walking up the hill with me, and head-butting me at every chance.

Today he sleeps alone, up the hill next to Tiger, and I won’t feel his furry head bumping into me ever again.

He was my friend.


Sweet, furry Hairball.


Born when Adam was a baby, I gauged his years by Adam’s age. I know fifteen is old for a cat, but I thought we had more time. I wanted more time.

Five little versions of the tuxedo outfit showed up in Hairball and his brothers. No wonder–their dad wore a tux. But only Hairball sported the fuzz. A beautiful, long-haired tuxedo cat–what could be more handsome?

Hairball made his reputation early on–he was the laid-back cat, last to the supper table, always ambling along…”bump de dump de dum…” that was the tune of his life. But he was sweet.

I want s a cutesy name–I called him Furry or Fluffy. Very original. But Greg–he called him Hairball, and once that name got out, it never got switched. I simply got overruled.

Hairball our Buddy

Hairball became Austin’s buddy first. Very loyal they were to each other. When Austin went on a mission trip, his first time away from home, Hairball disappeared. For days we searched in vain. Then after four or so days, he showed up.

Gradually, Hairball adopted me. Probably when Austin went away to school. Hairball became the always faithful walking companion, whispering his meows, since he didn’t have much of a voice.

Hairball loved me. He picked me and trusted me implicitly.

We woke up in the night to a strange sound. It was Hairball wheezing/choking/gasping for air. We tried to make him comfortable, offered water, and talked to him. I did what I could, what I’d do for my children with respiratory troubles. He found some relief and slept some, the wheezing lessening.

By morning, he was just sleeping with a slight wheeze. I got an appointment first thing, and loaded him into the carrier. Somehow, that small space stressed him too much, and he just died before I could pull out of the driveway.

Goodness, I loved that cat!

I can’t imagine coming home without him to greet us. My walks up the hill are getting lonelier. First Tiger, now Hairball. My companions have left me. My heart is sad for what he suffered.

A fixture in our family is gone.

I hate it so much.

Rest in peace, my furry friend.

We miss you already.


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25 Replies

  1. Laurie – So sorry for your loss. Losing a favorite pet is such a difficult thing to go through. You did Hairball a huge honor with this post. Much love! Laura

  2. I’m so sorry to read about your precious Hairball. Pets become family and it’s so hard to see them leave us. Keep all the wonderful memories of Hairball and Tiger in your heart and they will live on forever.

  3. I am so so sorry for your loss of the beautifully handsome Hairball. My last kitty left me almost two years ago, Fred. Since he has passed, I have been seeing so many kitties in need of furever homes, and I am soooo tempted. But NO. I refuse to go through that heartbreak ever again. I couldn’t take it. So, my kitty-loving heart goes out to you. Sad smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. It is all about time, isn’t it? You and your family are in our thoughts!

    Also, I am excited to be highlighted again! And I am proud to add my post about Down Syndrome Month. My daughter is one of my heartbeats!

    Try to have a good day — remember the good times…

  5. first of all I’m sending you a big hug for the loss of your furry friend, its heartbreaking. I too had to say goodbye to one of mine this past weekend.
    Also, thank you for featuring my Apple Pie Scones, I really appreciate it. They are a favourite in this household and I hope your readers give them a try since its the season for delicious apples!

  6. I am SO sorry for your loss Laurie. What a beautiful cat Hairball was! When I see your pictures I want to hold and cuddle him. It’s been such a tough season for you. I am praying for you and your family and I hope that when the time is right the Lord brings new fur friends into your life to bless you and your family. xoxo

  7. Oh Laurie, I am so sorry for your loss. Hairball was a handsome little guy and it looks like he filled with your life with so much joy. Sending you lots of healing energy.


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