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My Mollie T is gone...

I thought it might hurt less by now.  Or actually, I had hoped it would.  I should have know better.

It doesn't.  Nothing's changed.  That's because everything's changed.

It's been thirteen days now since I bent over her little black and white furry face... bent down and kissed her forehead, and told her "Thank you for sharing your life with me."

Fifteen minutes later, Mollie T was gone.  At least... she was gone "physically."

At times I think she is still here.  I see something move out of the corner of my eye.  I know it's Mollie.  The fabric on my pants shifts... I know it's Mollie somehow brushing my leg.

The water that I left dripping in the sink for her... something breaks the dripping pattern, and I hear it.  It's her.

It has been over thirteen years since I lost the kitty who owned me before Mollie T took over.  Her name was Ally.  She died in 1999.  I thought I was a mess then.  Well... it ain't nuttin' honey like it is now.

Yeah... this may sound silly to you... although if you've come to be a fan and friend of my Mollie T over the years of reading my blog... you know her, too... and you know exactly what I am feeling.

The night before she "crossed..." Mollie and I spent snuggling on my recliner... with Mollie mostly either asleep on my chest, or groggily awake and purring like there was "no tomorrow."  Perhaps she really "knew" there would not BE a tomorrow.

Cats are like that.  They know.  Or at least Mollie T knew.  She knew a lot more than I do.  But, then again... I really don't "know" things.  I mostly just feel stuff.  Always have.  It's been my blessing most of the time.  But at other times... I didn't think "blessings" were supposed to hurt this much.

So... I'm still here.  Alone.  Without my Mollie T.

When I came home yesterday, it was automatic for me to look for her as I stepped inside the door.  Was she still comfortably asleep somewhere... or would she come walking up to greet me ?  Like she always did.  Until February 10th.

I wasn't ready to write this before now.  I don't know if I'm ready to, even now.  But all I do know... is that this little ball of black and white furry, purring unconditional love... was somehow not here with me.

Mollie T... thank you for sharing your life with me.

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Comment balloon 75 commentsKaren Anne Stone • February 23 2012 04:00AM


Good morning Karen Anne,

I'm so sorry to hear of Mollie T's passing. I'm sure it is very hard for you and my heart goes out to you. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers and hope the pain will soon ease :).

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) almost 9 years ago

Sorry for your loss, Karen!  It's amazing how our pets can have such much more of an impact on our lives than we could ever imagine.

Posted by Gary Wolyn (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne, I am so sorry, I know exactly how you feel. I put my Duncan, my best friend, down on February 6th. I still cry, I still walk into the living room and forget he is gone now, I still yearn for my best friend. My heart is broken. If my arms could reach all the way to Texas, they would be around you right now. I am, as I said, so, so sorry.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 9 years ago

So sorry for your loss Karen. I don't ever know what to say at times as this...just know...I understand...and care.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 9 years ago

Gary:  Thanks for your kind words.  It's been a really bad two weeks.  I am just too old, and too fragile for this kind of thing.  I just am.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

I am sorry to hear about your loss.  However, I am glad that you were able to share your life with Mollie T.

Posted by Lester Wilkins (Blue Water Home Loans NMLS# 166527) almost 9 years ago

Good morning Karen Anne,

You have brought tears to my eyes, and my heart breaks for your loss.  Mollie T will always be with you, when we lose a pet it is wrenching but the heart heals and finds room for a new "4-legged child" to come into our lives and bring joy again.  I take comfort in a loss knowing what a loved, wonderful life they had while they were with us.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 9 years ago

Dorie:  Thank you.  It hurts.  And, I knew it would.  What I am feeling reminds me so much of the line from the song "Mr Bojangles."  "After twenty years, she still grieves."

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Andrea:  I know you know.  Bless and heal your heart for the lost of your Duncan.  I cry... almost all the time.  Yesterday... I cried all the way home as I was driving.

And yes, you look around for Duncan, as I do for Mollie T.  Your comment is absolutely beautiful... and silly me... I think I actually feel your hug.  I sure need it.  Honestly, some days I just do not feel I fit in this world.  But, then again, there have been times when I have felt that way for fifty years. 

You sweet woman... thank you.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Good Morning Karen Anne, I know exactly what you're talking about when you come home and your wondering what your pet is up to. My dog "Samson" is no spring chicken anymore, so I no that someday I'll be going through what you are, I don't look forward to it.

I'm glad you're up to sharing, which is part of the healing process. Take care!


Posted by Michael S. Bolton, MN Appraiser (Michael S. Bolton,Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Oh Karen Anne,

I am so sorry for your loss.  Animals are such members of our family and we love them so much.  It is  such a difficult loss.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) almost 9 years ago

Sally:  I was not sure I was even ready to write this now... thirteen days later.  I'm still not sure.  I can tell that you understand, and I can tell that you care.  It's that damn "intuitive" in me.  Thank you for caring.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Lester:  Thanks for your kind words.  Honestly, I just don't know if I can do this.  Mollie T shared so much with me.  She knew me better than anyone... anyone.  And yes, she loved me unconditionally.  Silly, silly, very sweet kitty.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Howdy and morning Karen Ann

Karen Ann my friend
, I'm sure sorry to hear you lost you mighty fine Mollie T! I did not know Mollie T, but I sure can from your mighty fine blog post she was a mighty good friend! Little Old Kitty Cats sure do own us.

I know that my Lady and I will feel the same way, when the day comes that our Little Ole Kitty Cat Alexis is no longer with us.

Know that Mollie T will always look over you!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 9 years ago

Lisa:  I am glad you are crying, too.  It's hard crying alone.  Yes... wrenching is a great word.  And no... right now, with Mollie T... I have such a hard time handling the "remembering" of Mollie T and me.  I see us... and I cry. 

Mollie didn't care what a goof I was.  She knew it was just me being me.  Yes... Mollie T will always be with me.  And my Ally before her, and my basset Fred... who crossed in 1979.  He is still here, too.  Not like he was... but he's still here... tripping over his own ears.

But... it stops with Mollie T.  I cannot do this again.  I just do not fit in this world.  Not that I ever did.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Michael:  I just knew you would be this sweet.  Thank you for that.  And yes... sharing is supposed to be part of the healing process.  That is why I am writing this. 

Be sweet to Samson.  He knows he isn't a spring chicken... prolly better than you do.  I am guessing his love is unconditional, as well.  They do that... these little child-like beings.  If only we could learn more from them.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Cindy:  Thank you.  I know what you are trying to say, but Mollie T was not an animal.  She was much more "human"... much more loving, than the rest of my family... such as they are.  Thank you for caring.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Dale:  Mollie T was so much more than my friend.  On sure, she was that.  But in many ways she was "my heart."  I have always been an "odd ball" all of my life.  I've never really felt I belonged in this world... but Mollie T somehow knew my fragility.  She just knew.  She knew about all my broken'ness, and my goofy'ness... and she was there.  Not only in spite of it, but because of it.  Unconditional love.

Yes... our Kitty Cats DO own us.  As they say... dogs have owners, cats have "staff."  Give your baby Alexis a gentle hug for me... and thank you so much for your kind words.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne, I am sorry to read about your loss. I hope it will get easier after some time. I know it will take a long time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 9 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of the physical loss of your Moliie T Karen Anne.  The pain will lessen with time, but for now embrace the mourning for such a good friend and companion.  She is with you in Spirit.  God Bless.

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne-I understand your pain.  Our kitties are special parts of our lives and they leave a huge hole in our hearts when they are gone.  They leave behind wonderful memories and you are right it doesn't get any easier as we mature. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 9 years ago

Oh Karen Anne ... I'm so sorry to hear of Molly T's passing; my heart hurts for you and I wish you peace as you grieve ... and this post of "remembrances" of Molly T is good ... for you ... for us -- who feel your pain and wish you well at this difficult time. 

Posted by Judith Sinnard, The SMARTePLAN Lady (SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas) almost 9 years ago

Good morning Karen Anne. I am so very sorry for your loss. You write so beautifully about Molly T. Through tears I tell you that she will always be with you and that no pet, scratch that, friend can ever replace another but I hope you can think about honoring Molly T by rescuing another who would not make it otherwise. I volunteer with an animal rescue group in my area, and found it after losing two loving friends in as many months. I still miss them and cry for them but having new friends has helped me and given three wonderful souls a second chance. I will keep you and Molly T in my prayers. 

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne......oh do we feel your pain. We lost our best buddy a few years ago and still we miss him. Yes cats own you and your heart and that is where Mollie T. is now, curled up inside your heart, she's warm and purring and with you every day. Dear Abby wrote many, many years ago that there is a huge park just inside heaven's gates and ALL our pets are playing together and waiting for us. Be strong Karen Anne. Love Sheila Anderson's suggestion to honour Ally and Mollie T. by carrying on the tradition of getting another beautiful cat. Our two siamese brothers think its a good idea too. Cyber hugs coming your way.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

If it's any consolation my pet beagle was killed when I was 7 years old and I still occasionally think fondly of him.  It tears your heart out when you lose a loved pet.  Your post actually made me weep for you and for my Laddie.  And its been 55 years since he left.

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) almost 9 years ago

So sorry for your loss. When Rocket (my greyhound) died it hit the family real hard. This beasts are not pets, but are active members of the family.

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) almost 9 years ago

My first little dog lived for 17 years - several more than she should have but I just couldn't let her go.  She has been gone for over 20 years and I still mourn her (really, I do!)  These little creatures just crawl in and take over our hearts.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Oh sweetie....I'm so sorry! Our kitty had to have emergency surgery a couple years ago...urinary tract blockage. Very scary to see his sad and hurting face. It was not cheap. My dad said something like "why would you pay that much? you could have bought a hunderd cats for that". He wasn't trying to be mean, just  didn't understand how an animal can be a true member of the family. I'm sorry......

Oh, and our little guy is fine now.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 9 years ago

I can't fathom losing my kittens cute.  Again, I'm sorry to hear this Karen Anne. 

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne - I had a lump in my throat reading your post.  Molly T sounded like such a special kitty.  Ginger, my cat, is 17 now and I love him to pieces.  I dread the day he goes.  It may seem silly to those who don't love or care for animals, but for those of us who do, it's one of life's tragedy's that cats or dogs just don't live long enough.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) almost 9 years ago

Sorry about your loss. The same way you found someone new to love after Ally, you'll find a new best friend after Mollie T. also. It takes time but after a while, you remember only the good times.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) almost 9 years ago

Awwww. Virtual Hugs Karen Anne. It is hard to lose somebody you love (whether human or animal). I'm not nearly as attached to my chickens and I get teary every time I lose one. You have been on my mind for about two weeks.... been wondering how you were fairing. Now I know. I should have emailed sooner! Will I ever learn? May you somehow find peace in Mollie T's passing.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne... I'm so sorry you have lost your best friend.  But, you and I both know, Mollie T is there with you in spirit.... fondly rembering all the good times you shared together, I hope, will ease some of your loss.

Posted by Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc., SF NYC LA (pha logistix inc) almost 9 years ago

Oh Karen Anne, my tears flow again and my heart is broken for you. I am unable to comprehend the scope of your despair but I too was there after losing two in as many months. I went into therapy and it helped and while I will always miss my pals I know that I honored them by saving others. If you want to talk or if I can help in any way, I hope you will call me.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne - I'm sorry to hear about losing Mollie T and that you are having a tough time with it.  As my dad told me whenever one of our dogs passed (and there were several), "As long as you remember them, they will always be with you".

Posted by AJ Heidmann ~ CRS, YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert (McEnearney Associates, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Oh my sweet Karen you are being a shield for other (you know what I'm talking about) while going through a loss of your own.  I admire your strength and grace.  Know that Mollie T is meowing it away with other pretty kitties and one day she'll lay across your chest again.  My thoughts are with you.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 9 years ago

I don't think there's anything funny about this at all. I am very sorry for your loss and anyone who has lost a loved one can relate. Be kind to yourself. 

Posted by Mark Delgado, Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h (houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove) almost 9 years ago

Oh Karen Anne - I am so sorry!  It just stings so when we lose those beloved little furry family members.  :(

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Our pets are like surrogate children, always loving us and always wanting to please.

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) almost 9 years ago

I'm sorry for your loss sweetie. We sure do get to know one another here and get to know one another's life quite closely.... Thinking of you.... It's never the right time... :( 

Posted by CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne, I, too am sorry to hear of your loss. Our cat has become part of our lives. My wife especially will be devastated when the inevitability of life hits us.


Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne,

I just sent you an email. Please return and let me how you are doing. We all have you in our prayers :).

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) almost 9 years ago

Dorie:  I have been here in my "cave"... just kind of resting, then finding things to do, then napping... just laying low.  I appreciate all of your kind thoughts, and those who have included me in your prayers, thank you all.

Compared to all the horrible things that many in this world have been going through, I almost feel embarrassed feeling this upset over losing my Mollie T.  Almost... was the key word, there.  Just trying to keep occupied and distracted.  Thanks for caring.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Gita:  Sometimes when some "hurts" happen... time sort of seems to stand still.  There are those who say that time heals all wounds... but little do they know that doing things backwards has at times been a normal thing for me.  But Sweetie, thank you for your kind words of comfort.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Brenda:  There have been moments when I could just swear that Mollie is still here.  Maybe she is.  We are all part of the energy that makes up our universe... and Mollie T's energy is just in a different form, now.  Trouble is... I want the "old form" back.

I feel the hurt dissipate at times, but then it kind of comes back and doubles-up just out of nowhere.  Embracing the mourning just doesn't make any sense to me right now.  My heart feels your blessings... thank you.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Cindy:  I know my Mollie has left a hole in my heart.  It is an all-encompassing hurt.  Yet, I know there are those whose bodies have suffered much greater hurts, and have been left with real, actually holes in them that my little Mollie-hurt will never know or feel.

Hurt is a chameleon.  It changes and morphs from each host that it inhabits... sometimes in ways that seem to show it has a mind of its own.  Gosh, I sometimes wish I didn't think so much.  Some of the high places my brain can take me seem to at times mirror the ruts and crevasses that the hurt hides in. 

(Wow... I just checked, and actually DID spell crevasses right... the first time.  Crevasse... a deep fissure, as in a glacier.  A chasm.  A crack or breach in a dike or levee.  Crevasses form as a result of the movement and resulting stress generated... and then causes a "breakage.")  This, of course, differs from a crevice... which forms in rock... she said, hitting her head against the wall and almost laughing...

Ya see what happens ?  I just drive myself crazy at times with this stuff.  I guess ya just can't take the teacher out of me.

Anyway, Cindy... thanks for your kind words and for caring.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Judith:  I honestly know what you mean when you say that your heart hurts for me.  And yes... having some peace unto that heart while I grieve would be a true blessing.

Yes... this post is one great dose of therapy... and all of you who are oh so kindly sharing your therapeutic thoughts and carings with me... I just love you so for it.  Thank you so much.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Sheila:  I really understand now what you mean by "honoring" Mollie by rescuing another endangered kitty who would not "make it" otherwise.  Some things I am capable of right now... other things I am not.

Bless your heart for the work you do with your animal rescue group.  What a great heart you must have to be able to do that.  I am sure it brings with it its own brand or flavor of both healings and hurts.  Those who are able to give those frightened kitty and puppy souls that you mention a second chance... what a blessing to share with them.  Thank you for that.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Peggy and Al:  I think that if Mollie T can climb inside my heart and just purr... it would be a wondrous thing.  My heart can surely use the added strength and vibrance that would bring. 

My own heart is nowhere near ready to bring another sweet creature in yet... and I question whether it ever will... but we shall see.  But, I really do think it would truly honour her.  I just don't know if I can be that strong.

Dear Abby seemed to always have different ways of caring for folks who were hurting, and that park you mention just inside heaven's gates really makes so much sense.  Each of us can take that overall thought and apply it to our personal beliefs, I am sure.

Your cyber hugs are truly and gladly welcomed.  Thank you for that, and for caring.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne, I can hardly respond.  I am crying....a grown man.  But, I know how it feels, and you wrote such a beautiful tribute to Mollie T.

We have lost some of the feline and canine members of our family, too. All went gently into that goodnight, too.  Our only comfort in the depths of the loss was that we would see them again at the "Rainbow Bridge". 

When our best friend in the world, Lefty, went on, she sent a very strong message.  One we couldn't ignore.  And, within two weeks, we had Felknapp from a shelter.  It was meant to be.  Because when we first saw him, he was being adopted by another couple!  It didn't erase the ache, but he "knew" we were in pain and comforted us the way she would have. 

Bless you, Karen Anne, you have more love to give, and Mollie T. knows that better than anyone.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne,

I agree with Sheila....use Molly T to inspire yourself to do something, new fun, fascinating, in Honor of Molly T.  Although you have this great loss and sorry in your heart and emptiness in your home I feel and see that spark inside you waiting to explode.  Take it and run with it.  You have already taken that first step in sharing your heartfelt experience with others.  Now help yourself and use Molly T as your inspiration.  Take great care and God Bless


Posted by BRAD NEWTON-Pittsford NY- CBR®-SFR®-SRES®-Lic. R.E. Salesperson, Helping Rochester Families Make the Right Move ! (RE/MAX Realty Group) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne, sorry to read of the loss of your friend and companion.  No matter how much it hurts to lose a pet, it is impossible for the pain and sorrow from the loss to even come close to the happiness and good times that preceded their crossing.  I think Mollie T would agree that she expects you to use the room she made in your life wisely and begin to share your home with another, one who will never replace her, but will help fill part of the empty space in your home and your heart.

Posted by Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about. almost 9 years ago

Hi Karen Anne.  No words can change the pain you feel.  It will not go away, but it will ebb and flow.  No one can suggest what is right for you.  You and you alone will deal with it.  You will travel to great depths of despair and then you may laugh at a funny memory.  These wondrous beings are so much more than pets.  I don't claim to understand the mysteries of the universe, but I know they are special beings.  Without my special babies I am sure I could not deal with life.  IF another chooses to come to you, you will be powerless to resist.  You don't need to push the river.

I send you light and strength and peace.  Blessed be.

Posted by Leslie G. Rojohn, GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty (MoonDancer Realty) almost 9 years ago

Many feel your pain. I am sorry for your loss. Sending a hug.

Posted by Marilyn Harrell, Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI (Better Homes and Acres) almost 9 years ago

Hi Karen Anne, I just know that your Mollie T is still there in spirit. She is after all in your heart where she'll be forever. I know my Shadow is 16 now..and I will be right where you are soon. I tear up just thinking about it, so I can only imagine how you must feel with her gone. I believe our beloved pets come into our lives as people do...for a reason. It's no wonder we are so saddened when they have to leave us. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) almost 9 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. We are animal lovers. Have 2 dogs and 2 cats and the ocassional stray that adopts us for a while before moving on. Sending you lots of love and hoping your sweet memories bring you comfort and joy. ♥

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne - I am soooo sorry for your loss... I know how hard it is.. We lost our Jack August 6, 2010 and it still hurts.. he was 20 years old. Just recently, we brought a new addition in ( a kitty I found at a repo property i was listing). His name is Repo :)... he reminds me so much of Jack when he was a kitten.. it is a joy to have a kitten in the house again. We said when Jack left us that we would never have another cat in the house again.. We have 3 outside kitties still too.. But Repo came along and stole our hearts.. hugs and kisses to you... Mollie T will never be forgotten!

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) almost 9 years ago

Karen Ann, It sure does hurt to love! Thinking of you and glad you were able to share Mollie T with us.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 9 years ago

Oh, Karen Anne, I'm crying for you. I know your pain. Just yesterday my old timer ChacoChaco became paralyzed. There was no injury that we know of, and the vet thinks it's something to do with a disc or two in this back, and that it could be swollen and pressing on some nerves. He's not in pain. We have him on medicine to reduce any inflammation. Only time will tell if he will get better. My husband made a sling to wrap around his back end so we can support his back legs and he can use his front to walk in and out of the house.




Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 9 years ago

Molly T was just as much a part of your blog as you. On several occaisions I could almost see her sitting next to you in the weee hours of the morning writing comments... Sorry my friend!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne  - my heart goes out to you. They say time heals and I guess it does but there is no way to measure how or when the healing will occur. We lost our little cockatiel after a long illness almost eight years ago and we still think of him often and miss him dearly. Pets are family, too, and their unconditional love that they give so freely makes it that much harder when we lose them. I will be thinking of you.


Posted by Diana Zaccaro, "The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida (Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp) almost 9 years ago

Hi Karen-Anne - I'm so sorry to hear about that...Mollie T has always been your attack cat and friend.   I had to put down Harley almost 5 years ago.   She was miserable - nearly paralyzed.  At 15 years of age, she had lived a long, long life, but it was still a terrible decision to have to make.  You miss them and hope they are watching over you somehow.  

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne, I can hardly see what I'm typing because your pain is so real and so familiar.  Both Leslie and I were startled last night when we both heard at the same time our Lazer kitty calling to us from the basement.  It has been over two months since we said goodbye to our magical black cat and we still expect her to be in her familiar places.  We think she is but we think she is also out prowling the woods where we never let her go.

If you were here, I'd invade your personal space and give you a warm hug.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne - I am so sorry about Mollie T. I have an old cat who I know will go one of these days and my heart will be broken again. I know how you are feeling and my thoughts are with you.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 9 years ago

I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Mollie T. What a special friend you had in your life!  Time does heal, but it still hurts!

Posted by Cynthia Streza, Real Estate Professional (Deer Creek Village Realty, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Hi, Karen Anne: I wanted to share this picture with you. I could call it "We Are Family", or "NowWe Are Family I Know Why You Didn't Make the Bed". Animals really do enrich our lives.

Have a wonderful night.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne... you know how fond I was of Mollie T. and I know what she meant to you.  I am so sorry for your loss, but as we have discussed, she is still there with you in spirit and always will be.  In the meanwhile, if you need to talk, you know I'm just a phone call away!

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne...I sent you a picture of my Chaco earlier. Today we had to put him to sleep. I'm so sad. How can you put these feelings of lose into words? I take comfort in the rest of my animal and human family.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 9 years ago

Debbie:  I am sooo sad for you.  I saw the picture of your dear Chaco that you shared.  I looked into his eyes, and saw what a sweetie he is/was.  I could also feel that he was pretty scared inside.  Sweet Chaco.  I am glad you had him a while longer so you could whisper and hugg him goodbye.

Come on over to my place.  We can cry together, and share some gentle huggs and silly stories about our dear babies.  I was crying earlier tonight as I glanced at one of Mollie T's foot/pawprints on a bookcase shelf by my TV.  I don't think I will ever "dust" that shelf, if that makes any sense... which I am fairly sure it does... to you.

How can you put your feelings of loss into words ?  You can't.  I just tried to use as many words as I could to try and sketch a picture of my sad heart... just hoping that simply doing that would help it heal.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Thanks, Karen Anne. You are so sweet, and I do understand your loss, too. The vet made us a clay paw print that he's going to have fired with Chaco's name on it. I won't be going by to pick that up any time soon. It is a nice jesture, but I need more time before I look at something like that. I wish I was closer so we could help each other through this difficult time.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne:  I have not been on much lately and missed this until this morning.   I am so a "cat lady" myself and our little Talulah is the light of my life.  She spends the day with me in my home office - knows how to make me feel better or lighten me up.  Just the comfort of her presence on a bad day, keeps me calm and centered.    She is a rescue kitty and god knows what kind of life she would have had - I shudder to think sometimes.   She has some health challenges and may not be with us for a normal life span of a kitty - we just will never know.  When that time comes, I am resolved to find another rescue Kitty or two to bring into our home.    Next time, an older kitty who may have lost their human companion and in need of love.  

When you are ready, I truly hope Mollie T's spirit will guide you to find that love again.  You are so deserving and I bet there is a kitty soul out there needing you.

Posted by Cathy McAlister, Sacramento DRE#00648507 (Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento ) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne-I am truly sorry for your loss. I feel your pain. I lost my precious Lindsey 3 weeks ago this Monday and it is so hard. This is the post I did for my baby and a second post about a lasting memorial that you might find some comfort from if you wanted to do something for your sweet Mollie.  I talk to my girl everyday but I ache to hold her again in my arms but I wouldn't wish her to be suffering again like she was at the end.  Prayers and hugs for you.

Here is my beautiful girl. Gone but NEVER forgotten


Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Hi Karen Anne, The sounds, the movement out of the corner of your eye, the empty doorway or window upon returning home....I know the sadness you are going through with the loss of your Molly T.  My companion Sunny passed over early December and I still have those moments of wanting her here.  

Cats are special creatures, independent and they know how to get their needs met with their often aloof manner and giving affections.  Great how Molly T was able to get you to keep the faucet on!  

You take care.


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) over 8 years ago

Karen Anne, so sorry to hear of Molly T and her passing!  Pets provide such loving companionship that humans need when others of our species fail us!  How difficult a decision that must have been for you!  I still think about how my mother had to put down her cat of over 20 years because she was suffering so much in pain!  What an awful evening that was at the animal hospital!  I am sure there is not a day that goes by without you thinking of your MOLLY T!  Have you a new feline companion?


Posted by Sharon & Bruce Walter, West Lafayette homes for sale (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN) over 8 years ago

Karen,I guess better late (14 months ?) than never, but in doing a search for emails from you, I found the one you sent with your blog links. And so now I have just read the one about the passing of Molli! You know how just what to say to get my tears flowing. Even though it has been these many months, I know it probably had not gotten any easier and you miss her just as much. Thinking of you and Molli T today. Hugs, Carol

Posted by Carol Cappa over 7 years ago