My wild girl
gone so tame,
when repeatedly
you bleat

Now, Now, Now.
What is it

you ask for?

this planned sleep
after 18 

long years together?
There is

no way to meet
your demands

but one.
old friend.

Go to sleep.



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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

27 thoughts on “Annie

    1. lifelessons Post author

      Hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but she was so miserable. Our last afternoon together was very warm and loving with me feeling like a traitor. I just couldn’t stand to think of her suffering any more, even though she had some good times–mainly when I was rubbing her head. But I couldn’t go on doing it 24 hours a day. So, R.I.P. Annie. She was the only one left here who has been with me from the first.

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  1. Catherine D

    Oh no! Judy I’m so sorry. It’s the hardest decision in the world. You and Annie had wonderful years together. I was looking forward to getting to know her and seeing if I could help her feel safe with me. OMG. So sorry for your loss. The fur babies wrap their paws around our hearts and never let go.

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  2. Becky Ross Michael

    I feel for you Judy and remember only too well what this is like. She was especially important, having been with you from the start of this particular journey in your life. You did the right thing for her!


    1. lifelessons Post author

      I know it..and I’ve already noticed how much easier life is without an 18 year old cat to care for. I cleared her litter tray and extra litter and odor inhibitors and her special mat and her food dishes and all her different cans and bags of cat food and the trash cans and litter scoopers from my bathroom today and will be able to have a shower there for the first time in two years instead of using the guest bathroom down the hall. I slept all night and for as long as I wished to without her raspy “Now, Now, Nows” I no longer trip over her four dishes: water, dry food, wet food, cream, when I walk into the kitchen and I’ve been working for four hours with not a single interruption–which shows the double side of the coin but also reveals why I’ve gone perhaps too long in making the decision. I didn’t want to make it because it would be easier for me. It had to be for her. This is the first time I was pretty sure it was. But I still expect to see her every time I go into the hall and a part of the house seems empty even when the other cats, now free to come inside since there is no older sister to bother, are lying in bed with me or usurping my desk chair when I leave it for a moment. For the past month she’s been going outside again for short spells and sometimes eating from the same dish as the others. For the past few days she hasn’t eaten at all, but every day they left some for her. They continue to do so, as they did for their vanished sister and brother last year. I guess they, too, are not quite convinced that she is gone.

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      1. Becky Ross Michael

        It can be a slow adjustment, I know. There are still times, after more than 5 years gone, when I hear a little snuffling and for a split second think it’s my sweet little dog, Boo Boo. I’ll always miss him, even if it’s in my subconscious. But, your comment perfectly explains the challenges of living with and loving an older pet!


  3. Leslie Johansen Nack

    Judy: Oh I’m so sorry. She had a wonderful life and was so loved. She drooled on all of us and we loved her. Her face was the best, so wise and unique. We cuddled in bed together even though she didn’t stay long and was a bit nervous. She eventually loved to come up on the bed in the mornings when you were gone. Oh my! I’m so sorry but glad she’s in a better place and without pain. xoxoxox Love, Leslie

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