Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Archie the Cat


Our year has ended in the worst possible way.
 
Our beloved cat Archie was hit and killed by a car early this morning.  I have not the words to express how sad we are both feeling at the moment.  He was our world, the first pet we bought home together just one week after our marriage.  We chose him as a tiny nine week old  kitten at an RSPCA rescue centre, having to make the difficult choice between him and his identical brother, but when Archie hopped down from the climbing frame onto Lovely Hubby's shoulder and rubbed his beard with his gorgeous little face the decision was made.
 

 
He was the cat that curled up in the smallest of baskets ...

 
.. jumped into boxes large and small ...

 
... draped himself over any warm lap for an evening of snoozing.
 
 
He basked in the sunshine on all our farms ...
 
 
... and was always happy to pose for a photograph.
 
 
He curled up with his friends the dogs, shared their food and their water, if they got grumpy with him he would brush against them and make them love him again.
 
 
He will be walking for ever in the sunshine with his best doggie friend Sophie.
 
 
 
RIP Archie
11th October 2007 - 31st December 2013
 
 
Thank you for all your lovely words yesterday - they help.
 
Sue xx

79 comments:

  1. Oh Sue, so very sorry to hear this. At least you will have lots of lovely photos and good memories of him. Sending hugs xx

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  2. Oh, I am so, so sorry. It's an awful thing to happen, but remember you saved him from the rescue centre and gave him a good, happy life where he was loved x

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  3. Sue I'm so SO sorry to read this. We lost our dog Max just before Christmas and it hurts like hell.
    Let the tears fall sweetheart, they won't fall forever. x x x x x x x

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    1. It's so hard isn't it Tracey, you know exactly how we are feeling at this moment. xx

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  4. How awful. I won't try to make it right with wise words, Iv'e been there and know that time will heal, but you surely won't be thinking that today.
    take care
    Gill

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  5. Thinking of you Sue, I know how much this is hurting xxxx

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  6. So sorry - I know the terrible feelings since my boy died just a few weeks ago. But time the great healer will help you through this I know. You will be able to think of him without the dreadful weight of sadness but only gradually. This couldn't have come at a worse time for you could it? My thoughts are with you.

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  7. I am so sorry to hear about Archie. You have some lovely pictures of him to remember him by. Its a horrid thing to happen when you have just moved into your forever home.

    My thoughts are with you both.

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  8. I am so sorry Sue. My heart goes out to you and Hubby. With love X

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  9. So, so sorry to hear this. It is so hard to lose a friend, even if they have four paws and a tail they are still a friend and he sounds more of a character than some people. Sending good wishes. WS xxx

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  10. I'm so sorry Sue. I have lost two cats to the road. My heart goes out to you, it's like losing a member of the family. I can't say any more. xx

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  11. Tears streaming down my face as I read this terribly sad news... its so hard when we lose a much loved part of the family. I share your sadness in another way as my eighteen year old cat who is also my world is slowly losing his fight for life... and I know full well it will not be long before he passes into the next world. So tonight my heart is breaking for both of us... Much Love, Jane xxx

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  12. Oh I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. We lost one of our seventeen year old cats a couple of weeks ago and I know how hard it can be. There are no words said that can ease your loss and my heart goes out to you both. Thinking of you, xxx

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  13. So sorry, what an awful end to your year.
    Thinking of you with virtual hugs

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  14. Sending you both a BIG COMFORTING HUG, and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Take Care.

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  15. Oh Sue. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Being huge animal lovers here too I feel absolutely gutted for you.
    I hope you may both take a tiny bit of comfort in knowing that he had a fantastic life with you and was loved very much. Some animals never get that. Perhaps you may find a space in your hearts and home one day to love another little soul who needs a home.
    X

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    1. We've done it already ... but she was supposed to be adding to the numbers not replacing one of them. More news about this on the Blog tomorrow if I can get her to sit still long enough for a photo :-)

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    2. Aah you kind people, I'm so glad us animal lovers are here, it makes me feel happier about the world.
      Much love. X

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  16. I'm so sorry to hear about your lovely cat xx

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  17. Dearest Sue, I am so very very sorry, your heart must be breaking. Wish I could give you a hug. Sending my love Karan xxx

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  18. Oh how awful, so very sad. Sending you big hugs. My very best wishes to you both. xxx

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  19. So sorry Sue. What an awful way to end the year. You have some lovely photos of beautiful Archie. Hugs and kisses to you. Xxx

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  20. oh, how sad!
    I'm so sorry, Sue!

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  21. I'm so sorry - big hugs to you both.

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  22. I'm so sorry to hear about Archie. We have 2 cats and I can't bear to imagine anything happening to them. This is really the last thing you needed when you are already feeling down. I know its not any consolation but I'm sending you a virtual hug and I'll be keeping you in my thoughts. Love, Helen x

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  23. Oh Sue, I am so sorry. At least you know that your precious Archie was loved and cared for every day he was with you. Again I am so sorry.

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  24. Ooh Sue, I am so sorry!!! There is nothing I can say to ease your pain. (hugs)

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  25. Hi Sue, no words will take away your pain right now. We are big animal lovers here and have lost two cats and a dog in the past. Cried for days and my son cried every night for months over his dog. Thinking of you and sending you a huge hug xx

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  26. Forgot to add that when we went to the Cats Protection League to pick our second cat, she also chose us. She was in a tiny cage with her brother and she was pawing at the cage door and absolutely yowling! She was a sight, not a pretty cat at all, had ear mites and an extremely upset tum. The staff tried to steer me towards a healthier cat but by that time, puss was in my arms and had chosen me. She was the nicest natured animal ever. I still miss her years later x

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  27. So sorry to hear this. Thinking of you. (hugs) xx

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  28. Sorry Sue and Hubby, he was a lovely character.
    Hugs xxx

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  29. It's the first time I've commented and it's so sad that it had to be on this post. I can only send you my sympathy. We all love our animals and they bring us such joy, it's awful when something like this happens. I really feel for you x

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  30. I'm so sorry Sue, what a shock. I can see you are devastated. During 2013 I lost 3 of my beautiful kitties to renal failure, cancer etc. Worst year of my life losing my little friends, I'm sending you a big hug xxxxx

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  31. My heart breaks for you (((HUG)))
    Barbara x

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  32. Oh Sue how terribly, terribly sad. I am so sorry. Big hug,

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  33. So sorry to hear about Archie, what a shock for you. Big hugs for you, LH and your other cats and dogs who will miss him too.

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  34. So sorry to read this tonight. Nothing I can say to help, but just to say that we are thinking of you, and sending our love.

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  35. What a dreadful end to this year! I`m so sorry to read such sad news. Please, don`t take this as a bad omen for your new life in Wales. I`m sure there will be many high lights to come along your new way of living. Stay positive! Best wishes to you and hubby.

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  36. I'm so sorry. I clearly remember the loss of our own dear pets. Only time heals. {{hugs}} Archie looks like a real character.

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  37. oh Sue and LH I am so sorry :(

    Huge hugs to you both :(

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  38. I'm so sorry that 2013 ended so sadly for you.

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  39. So sorry mum and dads 17 year old spaniel died on the 27th. We live very close and he was much loved as well -sending hugs xx

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  40. Aww that is so sad to hear Sue :(

    Pets are an important part of the family, so when something happens to them, we grieve in the same way. Sounds like Archie left a big impression on your hearts. Sweet memories xx

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  41. So sad to hear of the loss of your buddy Archie, what a fine looking cat he was. Glad he got 6 fabulous years to share with you.

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  42. So sad and sorry for you that you have lost your beloved Archie.

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  43. What a crappy way to end the year, especially when you were/are? feeling low anyway. Hang on in there girl, this too will pass xx

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  44. So sad. Archie will live on in your hearts forever.

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  45. What a beautiful cat he was, Im so sorry you have lost him. Hugs xxx

    Joolz xx

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  46. So sad..he was a beautiful boy! I didn't comment yesterday as by the time I got there it had all been said. I am crying to hear this awful news. Lots of love to you both.

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  47. I'm so sorry Sue, thinking of you both xx

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  48. That really sucks. So sorry you've lost your lovely boy xxx

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  49. Oh Sue, that's just so terrible. I'm so sad for you ( It happened to us when we moved from an apartment to house in Spain - our first cat together run over & killed )
    You will miss him terribly but in time sure you will have another little friend to join you in this new chapter xx

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  50. Sending a big hug to you both. He's forever in your hearts.

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  51. RIP Archie. A wonderful life full of love and heartwarming memories. Hold on to those special moments x

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  52. What a sad way to move into the new year in your new home.

    I've lost so many dogs, cat, and birds and each one takes a little piece of a person's heart with them

    Know that your readers who make their animals part of their family, truly understand how you are feeling.

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  53. Oh I am sorry to hear that, new place new dangers unfortunately. Like you say though, friends walking forever together.

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  54. Ah Sue I'm so sorry to hear your news, its really tough when we lose a wonderful animal friend. Take care xx

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  55. I am so sorry to read this (a little belatedly). Our cats have left us largely through old age, occasional illness, but it is always heartbreaking. RIP Archie.

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  56. Oh Sue I am so sorry to read about the loss of Archie... it's always so heartbreaking when you lose a beloved pet..RIP Archie xx

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  57. Oh Sue, I am so sorry to hear you have lost your beloved cat....it's a heart wrenching experience and send love and cwtches from South Wales xxxxxxxxxxx

    Love Natalie xx

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  58. Sorry to hear that. Thinking of you.

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  59. So sorry that you have lost him. He was very lucky to have found you both, and have such a lovely life with you. I'm sending you a big cyber-hug. CJ xx

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  60. Oh Sue, am so sorry you lost Archie so cruelly. He looks much like my 16 year old Misty, and it brought a lump to my throat reading your blog and looking at his pics. I hope you and lovely Hubby are recovering, very best wishes for the New Year xxx

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  61. Oh no - beautiful tribute to your beautiful boy! Xx

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  62. Oh no! I always loved reading about Archie, he was such a great looking cat and showed much character. This is so unfair and cruel. When we moved to our present cottage we lost our male cat in the same way, and my heart breaks for you to start a new life like this. I know it is little comfort, and we never know why these things happen to good people and animals, but at least you know how happy he was with you and that he loved his life. x

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  63. Oh Sue so sorry to hear about Archie. It is heart breaking I know. Sending you and LH a big hug x

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  64. So very sorry to hear about Archie, how awful for you - he had such a lovely life. Take care x

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  65. Just caught up with this - we too lost our little cat to a car just before Christmas, it's so tough to believe that you'll never see that inquisitive little face peering round a door at you again, isn't it. That's a beautiful post you've written about him too - I also did one for ours so I know how many tears were shed in the writing of it xx

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  66. Oh Sue, I'm so sorry to read this! It made tears spring to my eyes, I know how hard it is to lose a furry friend. It is lovely that you have so many adorable pictures to remember him by. I hope you feel much better soon.

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  67. I'm sure this is a dreadful blow to you both, so very sorry to hear your sad news! Our beautiful cat went missing 6 weeks ago and it's the 'not knowing' what happened to her that really hurts.
    Jak x

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  68. O my lovely..my heartaches for you..Archie had a wonderful life full of love..its hard to lose a beloved member of the family..we are hoping you will be ok..many hugs and hugs from me and the girls are on the way for you..
    sara,fern,iris

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