Goodbye, sweet prince.

He would have had you believe he was a lion king.


But he was really just a pussycat.

enh cody july 2009

Where, oh where, did the time go?

2002 Daniel and cody kitten


Cody cat, aka Shoo Bear, was just a few days short of his sixteenth birthday when we decided we had to let him go. He had been suffering for a long time from chronic renal failure.  At the end, he struggled to eat and drink, and then, could not do either. He was searching for places to hide. It was time. So, so hard to say goodbye.

If Cody had a hashtag I think it would have been #lowkey. He was so relaxed that he spent much of his time draped like a shawl.


Sometimes, we humiliated him with a lion cut.


But it always grew out and his dignity would be restored.

Ashleigh's pic of Cody Jan 2013

His answer to everything was to purr. You could hear him purring across the room. He purred if you pet him. He really, truly, actually purred if you looked at him.

And though he struggled, he purred, right up to the end.

We will miss him forever.

me and cody june 2002


“…May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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10 Responses to Goodbye, sweet prince.

  1. dizzyguy says:

    Cody only had one gift, but it was a beauty. His calm, cool presence was always, and I mean always, enhanced by constant purring. Such a sweetheart he was. We are grateful that our family was enriched for such a long time by his gentle presence.

  2. tdevir says:

    Such a beautiful cat. Love these pictures, especially the kitten ones! I will miss petting his soft fur and hearing his loud lovely purrs when we come to visit. I’m so sorry he is gone. But he has a blessed life for sure. Xoxo

  3. Jean Gutsche says:

    Heartbreaking. So sorry.

  4. citymama says:

    sweet, purring prince. may he rest in peace. he will be missed. farewell. i am so sorry. the pain is profound.

  5. Julia Davis says:

    So sad to hear about sweet Shoo Bear. A Via Bendita fixture. Living the good life in kitty heaven now!

  6. Alexandra says:

    Noooo! Not Cody! He was a great cat. I’ll miss his lion look. RIP Cody

  7. rthepotter says:

    Oh dear … one becomes so fond. Commiserations.

  8. Katherine says:

    Oh no – I’m so sorry to hear this. I knew he was ailing, but it still always seems like a shock and overwhelming in it’s finality when it happens. Sending you all lots of love.

  9. Jessica says:

    Marilyn somehow I missed this post and already teary-eyed at the Chloe post just had my heart even more broken. I am just so shocked and sad for you. I will miss the Shooey Bear so much. I still remember the day we brought him home too….condolences to you and the CE. xo

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