Heartbroken (R.I.P., Peeve)

Y’all, I’m absolutely heartbroken. Last Tuesday, Matt and I had to say goodbye to our precious 17-year-old calico, Peeve.

She was a little 5-pound cat with a 1000-pound personality, and our home feels so empty without her. Matt and I got her on our one-year wedding anniversary during a weekend trip to the Oregon coat. We hadn’t planned on getting a cat, but as we walked around in that small coastal town, we spotted a pet store and stopped in. I’ve never been a “pet store” kind of person, but when I laid eyes on this tiny little calico cat, she stole my heart and I had to have her.

They kept her for us until we were ready to head back home since we couldn’t keep her in the bed and breakfast where we were staying. So on our way out of town, we swung by and picked up our new kitten. And then she proceeded to SCREAM AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS all the way home — for 90 straight minutes. 😀

Several times during that trip, I looked at Matt with these SCREAMING kitten on my shoulder and asked, “What the heck have we done? What have we gotten ourselves into?”

Thank goodness that stage was short-lived, and she was a bright spot in our lives and in our home(s) for 17 years. She was also a constant fixture on this blog, photo bombing so many of my pictures, from the day I started this blog. I still can’t even believe that she’s gone.

I began noticing that she was acting differently about two weeks ago, and come to find out, she was in kidney failure. It happened quickly, and just a few days later (last Tuesday), we said goodbye.

Anyway, I’m didn’t intend to disappear for two weeks. I actually tried to write this post three times last week, and just couldn’t bring myself to do it. It’s almost like telling all of you makes it real and final, and I just didn’t want it to be so. But I know so many of you who have been around for years have also come to enjoy seeing her in my pictures, so I wanted to let you know. She was the last of our “original three” animals that Matt and I have had since early in our marriage and our Oregon days, so it’s like a major chapter has closed.

I’m so heartbroken. I’m going to miss my Peeve so much. She was the most precious cat I’ve ever known.

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    November 9, 2020 at 9:57 am

    So sorry for your loss.

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      Vicky Henson
      November 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      Oh Kristi, my heart hurts for you and Matt. I absolutely know it’s gut wrenching. God bless you and God bless Peeve. I know I will miss seeing her beautiful face! I am so sorry.

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        November 9, 2020 at 12:46 pm

        So sorry ! Losing a pet is tough.

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          November 10, 2020 at 5:46 am

          I am so sorry for your loss. These furry guys steal our hearts and bring us so much added joy to our lives.

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        November 9, 2020 at 4:18 pm

        I am so sorry for your loss. She will be missed 🙁

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        Jennifer Schenk
        November 9, 2020 at 4:29 pm

        Kristi, I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my Little Cat earlier this year. She was a 19 year old girl and I still cry every time I think about her. People say time heals all wounds, but I’m not sure I believe that. Just keep her memory in your heart.

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        November 10, 2020 at 8:42 am

        My sympathies…so hard losing our little pet babies.

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      November 9, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      This such a sad thing to hear about. I really am sorry for the loss of your sweet pet. As far as I’m concerned this is a horrible year for pets. We as well as several friends have lost our loves

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      November 23, 2020 at 9:41 am

      You were such a good “mom” to her and Peeve was surrounded by her kind and loving family for 17 years, everyone should be as lucky.😻

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      November 25, 2020 at 7:31 pm

      So very sorry about your kitty. What a beauty!. Love the blog.

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:01 am

    I’m so very sorry. We all loved her too.

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      November 9, 2020 at 10:23 am

      Animals teach us to love completely and then have the courage to love again, despite the short time we are graced with our furry angels. 💖⚘🐾

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        Carla in Kansas
        November 9, 2020 at 11:17 am

        She was a great cat. If she was in renal failure be glad it was quick for her. Her photo bombing will be missed.

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          November 9, 2020 at 11:42 am

          This has given me comfort over the years. My Maxie lived 23 wonderful years. They touch your heart and remain there forever.

          The Little Ship
          I stood watching as the little ship sailed out to sea.
          The setting sun tinted its white sails with a golden light.
          And as it disappeared from view, a voice at my side whispered,
          “She is gone. “
          But the sea was a narrow one,
          And on the furthest shore, a little band of friends had gathered to watch in happy expectation.
          Suddenly, they caught sight of the tiny sail.
          And at the very moment when my companion had whispered,
          ‘She is gone’
          A glad shout went up in joyous welcome with the words,
          “ Here she comes!”

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            November 9, 2020 at 4:06 pm

            beautiful poem. thinking of you Kristi and Matt, sending love xx

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          November 9, 2020 at 7:04 pm

          Kristi & Matt, Please accept my heartfelt condolences upon the loss of your precious Peeve.
          Our pets bring us much joy with their companionship & unconditional love.
          They also bring us the deepest sadness when they must leave us.
          Peeve could not have chosen a better life nor better humans to spoil. I am deeply sorry.
          I lost my 15 yr old chihuahua last month with renal failure, as well. It, too was quick, only 10 days but nonetheless the quietness & loneliness in my house is almost unbearable.
          I know too well what y’all are experiencing & my heart aches for you both.
          Keep those sweet Peeve memories tucked inside your heart & bring them out often, for they will give you solace & soothe your souls during this hurtful time.
          Much Love, Debs

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      MaryAnne Cowger
      November 9, 2020 at 11:16 am

      May the Lord wrap His arms around you and comfort your heart. We said goodbye to our precious chihuahua, Toby, last month that was a parvo survivor and a humane society rescue that we’d had for 17 years. I know the hurt and the pain you are experiencing. My heart still aches and we miss him terribly. I pray that the memories that flood your mind when you of “Peeve” will bring you comfort. I will pray for you.. ❤😭Hugs

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      Claudia S
      November 9, 2020 at 11:17 am

      Rest in Paradise Peeve🙏

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        Christine H
        November 20, 2020 at 11:15 am

        Dear Kristi and Matt, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Peeve. Our fur babies are such a hugh part of our lives. I hope you and your family are staying healthy.

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      Carole Prisk
      November 9, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      So sorry that you have lost your friend. I have always had a cat or two, and I hate that their lives are so much shorter than ours. My Taishi is 16 and feels bony when I pet him. His appetite isn’t what it used to be. They become so dear to us so quickly!

      You will be sad for a long time and miss his calming presence. I will be thinking of you .

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Pets hold such a special place in our hearts. They’re these little alien creatures that we cannot really communicate with, but still manage to hold such strong connections with them. Take time to heal and mourn! <3

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    Zelma Bailey
    November 9, 2020 at 10:03 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s very difficult to let them go even when it’s for the best.

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:17 am

    So sorry for your loss

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Aww, I’m so sorry to hear about Precious Peeve…

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    Donna Brooks
    November 9, 2020 at 10:22 am

    So sad for you and Matt. I know how badly it hurts to lose a beloved pet.

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    Jenna in Canada
    November 9, 2020 at 10:24 am

    So sad to read this 🙁 I’ve been following your blog for years and always enjoyed the cute photo bombs. So hard to lose a pet, they are family! {{ Virtual hugs }}

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    Sheri Hepworth
    November 9, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Awwww. I’m sorry.

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:26 am

    I am so sorry – she seemed like such a sweetheart. Your pets have added so much personality to your photos over the years (and I’m new here – I still have many years of your posts to enjoy). My thoughts are with you.

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    Judy J
    November 9, 2020 at 10:26 am


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    November 9, 2020 at 10:28 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sounds like Peeves lived full life in her 17 years. I have always enjoyed looking for her in your pictures. My own ‘where’s Waldo’; she will be missed!

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      November 9, 2020 at 11:47 am

      So sorry to hear you lost your fur baby. They quickly become a big part of our family and leave a big hole in our life when they go. I hope the pictures and memories you have bring you comfort.

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:33 am

    How incredibly lucky was she! All the pieces fell into place and she ended up in a warm and loving home for her entire life…
    Hold her memories close to your heart and she will always be with you.

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Kristi, I am so so sorry for your loss. Pets are truly part of the family and are such a huge piece of our hearts.

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Old cats are the best cats. I wish they didn’t have to leave us so soon.

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    Kristi's Mom
    November 9, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Kristi, I’m so sorry that Peeve is gone and that you are hurting so much. Your home won’t be the same without her. I remember Rod telling me that while he was over there working in another room he could hear you and Peeve “talking” to each other. He said there seemed to be real communication between the two of you all the time. The memory I have of Peeve that stands out most is when you and Rod were pouring your concrete countertops and Peeve jumped up on the counter, walking right through the wet concrete. She definitely made life interesting at times. I’m glad you have so many precious memories of sweet Peeve. I love you and I’m praying that God eases the pain.

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:41 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Peeve was always a cute photo bomber. It’s always hard to lose a fur baby. I’m happy you had so many wonderful years with her. Sending hugs to you and Matt.

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    Lou Cinda Munroe
    November 9, 2020 at 10:42 am

    I am so very sorry….the same thing happened to me a few months ago. Kidney failure….so quick and so heartbreaking…praying for you as you go forward….

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:45 am

    I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your dear cat. And although you can go through this heartache each time it doesn’t get any easier. I think it is our payment for all the love they gave you.

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:46 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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      Christine Whitehead
      November 9, 2020 at 11:59 am

      Kristi. I am so sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through and you will shed many tears in the days ahead but know you gave her a loving home and she will not suffer anymore.

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        Wendy Olnhausen
        November 9, 2020 at 12:47 pm

        I’m so sorry, I know how painful the loss of a pet is. 🙏🏻❤️

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:47 am

    So sorry for your loss. It takes you by surprise how very much it hurts. It will take time to have your heart hurt less and then suddenly you will find a cat toy and cry. It’s so normal. You will say never again. Never say never.

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      November 10, 2020 at 12:28 am

      I am so so sorry. My heart breaks for you and Matt. Bless you both for giving her a wonderful life.

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    November 9, 2020 at 10:54 am

    I’m so sorry you lost Peeve. Our pets are one of our biggest blessings but are only with us for a short time. They love us a lifetime’s worth though.

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Hugs and comfort your way. I am sorry you lost a furbaby!

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Fur-babies are so precious to us.

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful kitty.

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    dian Iron Feather
    November 9, 2020 at 11:07 am

    So, so sorry. I know you are grieving; it’s such an ache, exactly like losing a child. Wishing you and Matt well.

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    Renee in SC
    November 9, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Sos sorry for your loss. They give so much love and leave such a huge whole in your heart when you have to say goodbye.

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:08 am

    My condolences on your huge loss. But cats die but they do not go away. We had a Calico who passed away at age 16. He cuddled and played games with our handicapped daughter, just to make her laugh. And he stood between me and big dogs, just in case. He visited me after he died and said a loving good bye. Almost 30 years later, I still miss him.

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:12 am

    I am so sorry. We do understand your heart break. It took us years to get a new kitty. We went to the shelter and let her pick us out. Bless her heart she is high maintenance, very much a people cat, but she is awesome

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:13 am

    I’m so sorry Kristi. It’s so hard losing a pet. Loved your story about how you came to be her people. Was that noisy drive how she got her name?

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    Beverly J Mandell
    November 9, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Im so very sorry about your sweet little fur baby. I can relate lost two cats in the last year and our little Calico is a senior so we appreciate each day as she is rapidly aging….RIP little one.

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:17 am

    No longer by your sides but forever in your hearts until you meet again at the rainbow bridge. My condolences to you and Matt. I’ve followed you for some time and seen Peeve in many photobombs but never thought about how old she might be getting. She was lucky to have lived her life in a loving home.

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Kristi, I am so saddened to hear of Peeve’s sudden kidney failure. I always enjoyed seeing her sweet little face in photos. I have a very soft spot for calicos. May Peeve rest in peace and be your tiny guardian angel.
    I lost my best friend, Picker almost 2 years ago and after searching found another calico, Zazou, a little over a year ago. Calicos are very special little kitties.

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    Jody K
    November 9, 2020 at 11:17 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in the many good years you enjoyed her company. Hugs!

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Thinking if you and Matt . I know this is hard . She was beautiful and so loved – a lucky cat for sure.

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:20 am

    So very sorry !! Pets become family & their loss is heart breaking!!

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    florence fixx
    November 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

    run free little Peeve — our pets are the only living being that knows us as we really are and they love us unconditionally …. i know she will be missed … thank you both for loving her and keeping her safe for 15 years. love to you both .

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

    I’m so, so proud of you. We had the exact same situation. Ours was 22 and seemed fine but just wasn’t acting right. Took her in for a checkup not knowing we wouldn’t be bringing her home. They gave us the choice to do crazy things to prolong her life, and I’ve seen people do it, but it would have been worse for her.

    So I’m so proud of you that you did the hard thing, the thing that SHE needed, and the thing where you could love her most. I’m so sorry for the pain.

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      November 9, 2020 at 3:48 pm

      Kristi and Matt, please accept my condolences on Peeve’s passing. We had to make the same decision for our dog, also not knowing that would be her last day. Let’s hope we meet up with all our pets on the other side.

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      November 9, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      I too, am proud of Kristi for “doing the right thing”. Giving our much loved pets a swift and painless death is the last LOVING thing we owe them.

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    Mrs Mike
    November 9, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful cat and always made me smile when she photo bombed your shots. What a lucky kitty she was to have you and Matt as her people.

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    Kendra Burgess
    November 9, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Oh my gracious-she was a beautiful and very loved girl! It’s so hard and painful to say goodbye to our sweet fur-babies. They love us unconditionally and without asking much in return. The grief is absolutely real so allow yourself to grieve as you would for a human. Sending prayers and love from this household of 2 dogs, 4 cats, and 3 humans.

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:30 am

    It had to be so very hard to say goodbye. You did the right thing, and it the last gift of love we give them, to end their suffering. She was an important part of your family, so of course you would grieve, so take all the time you need. She was family. Blessings to you and Matt.

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I’m so sorry, she was such a lovely cat.

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    November 9, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I am so sorry. Pets hold such a special place in our hearts.

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    Kate S
    November 9, 2020 at 11:34 am

    God’s Peace be with you and your dear husband.

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    Lynette Brogan
    November 9, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Kristi I am so sorry for your loss. Peeve had a great life with you and leaves behind happy memories in your heart.

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      November 10, 2020 at 11:56 am

      He Kristi, I’m so, so sorry for you and Matt’s loss. We feel your pain. Take all the time you need and know we are here for you.

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    Lorna Huyser
    November 9, 2020 at 11:37 am

    I feel for you. We lost our big yellow tabby about 9 years ago and I still miss him. We have a little black kitty now . Completely different cat but we’ve grown to love her too.

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    Melissa Kramer
    November 9, 2020 at 11:50 am

    I’m so sorry for your devastating loss. :'(

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    Teri B
    November 9, 2020 at 11:53 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I truly believe there is a place for our dearly loved pets in heaven. Prayers for you and Matt.

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    Melissa S Nixon
    November 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Good byes are so hard…so sorry for your loss.

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    November 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    I am so sorry Kristi! The dreadful kidney failure 🙁 I lost my beloved cat to this 3 years ago. Hugs for you and Matt!

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    November 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I loved seeing Peeve in your pictures; she had so much “personality”.

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    November 9, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    I’m so sorry, Kristi. We have been through it multiple times and no matter how old they are, it just doesn’t get easier. It’s absolutely heartbreaking every single time. Sending love and hugs.

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    Jeannie McBride
    November 9, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Kristi, I’m so, so sorry for your loss. It hurts so much when we lose our fur-kids. But we still wouldn’t stop loving them…for their crazy personalities & furry snuggles. I still miss all of our sweet pets. The house is not the same without them.

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    November 9, 2020 at 12:18 pm


    Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your beautiful Peeve. Her great personality and strong presence came through loud and clear in all of her photo-bombing capers and I always enjoyed spotting her in your pictures, maneuvering to take a bit of the limelight. 🙂 Feline kidney disease is so cruel and I’ve gone through my own share of heartbreak in having to say good-bye to multiple kitties because of it. You and Matt are in my thoughts during this sad time.

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    November 9, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Dear Kristi and Matt – I am so, so sorry for your loss. She was such a pretty kitty and I loved seeing her in your pics. Our fur babies are our family and it hurts so much to lose them. My heart breaks for both of you. 🙁

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    November 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Kristi, I’m so sorry for your loss of Peeve. Losing a pet is like losing a child, especially when they’ve shared your life for such a long time.
    I lost my favorite cat Smitty when he was 20 years old back in 2014. I still miss him to this day.
    Keeping both of you in my heart. May thoughts of Peeve stay with you!

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    Linda Anzalone
    November 9, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Kristi, I am so sorry for your loss. Our pet babies become family! It’s been three years since I had to say goodbye to my sweet cat Hobbs. He was 7 months old when we got him from the shelter, and he lived a good long life of 22 years. I know how you and Matt are feeling, I will miss seeing Peeve in your photos! Peeve will always hold a very special place in your hearts!

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    November 9, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. 😢

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    Nathalie B.
    November 9, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

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    Sylvia Ennist
    November 9, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this. The loss of our furry companions is heartbreaking. She had a good life and home with you and Matt. All grieving takes time…but we never stop missing them.

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    November 9, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    I am so incredibly sorry, Kristi. I lost my 17 year old cat, Gabby, two years ago. I had her since college and I was just heartbroken. A little while later I adopted a new cat, Kirby, who thought he was a dog. I hadn’t even had him a year when they found a tumor during a routine vet visit, and a few days later he was gone. I still miss both of them so much. Something I saw that really resonated was, “Grief is the price we pay for love.” Your grief just shows how much you loved Peeve.

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    November 9, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    My heart breaks for your loss. Our babies fill our hearts with so much joy and love, and when we have to say goodbye it creates the biggest void. Take your time to mourn the loss of Peeve and remind yourself of the wonderful full life you provided him. 🙂

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    Brenda Pawloski
    November 9, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Oh Kristi and Matt, I’m so sorry! I always love seeing Peeve in your photos. She is like living art with personality. Maybe she has at time inspired your creativity. I remember when she walked across your freshly poured concrete counter! Such an adorable presence in your home. You and she were blessings to each other, which, in my book, is heaven on earth.

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    November 9, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    There is no pain like the loss of an unconditional love. Rest in Peace sweet Peeve. And thank you for sharing her with us over the years.

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    Donna A
    November 9, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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    Cindy Vojanec
    November 9, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of Peeve. That exact thing happened to my kitty, Miss Pearl. She was fine and then she wasn’t and 3 days later died of kidney failure. I have learned that this is not uncommon but saying goodbye hurts so much. Keep your sweet memories of Peeve and time will help.

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    November 9, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    I am heartbroken for you and the loss that you feel. i experienced such grief during the passing of my special fur baby also. It will get better over time. There will come a time when you look over old pictures and smile with happiness at this special gift that fell into your life. The unconditional love of any pet is sp
    ecial; words do not convey the value of that love. It is something you have to experience for yourself.

    I have adopted others since, but Max was special and always will be in my heart. Blessings to you and your family.

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    Barbara H.
    November 9, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    It’s hard when it’s time for them to go. I’m glad you have so many years of memories with her and so sorry for the big loss.

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    November 9, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Many hugs!

    I’ve been allergic to cats all of my life … but at some point something changed without me knowing it until a super friendly adorable tabby kitten showed up on my doorstep a few weeks after we moved into our current home. Somehow I was no longer allergic to cats. (Well except for their litter boxes so she lives on our front porch quite nicely.) It’s been about 5 years and I’m so so attached to her (and her to me).

    Your loss of Peeve takes my breath away and brings tears but I am certain I still have only a small idea of how much your loss hurts.

    I have kittens dumped on me all the time. Survival rate is about 50%. Idiots dump them at the creek too young to hunt. By the time they figure out there’s a house, they have to get past my current clouder of cats. They are pretty jealous guardians.

    BUT. Meet me in Dallas Thanksgiving week and I’ll bring you my latest. She’s loving and sweet. Solid back with like 5 white hairs under her chin.

    She’s at the point where I have to call the animal shelter and leave her for adoption (hopefully. I never get to know how the story really goes.) She needs her shots and etc etc etc. This absolutely slays me but we’ve already got more than a few critters to keep healthy.

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    Marilyn Canaday
    November 9, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Pets are our babies and really know the meaning of unconditional love. Take care and treasure your memories.

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    November 9, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about this. I wish they lived as long as we did and we could just go together.

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    Cheryl S-B
    November 9, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Hugs to you both it is so hard to lose your baby. I lost mine to CRF in January at almost 15, and still miss him. He was that soul mate cat, My old man!
    Peeve was so special and well loved, by all of us following you. RIP sweet girl!

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    Lisa Johnson
    November 9, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    I’m so heartbroken for you and Matt. I know first hand how devastating kidney failure can be, and it can manifest so quickly. Two of our kitties had it, also. It’s amazing how much of our hearts these furbabies own, and Peeve was such a sweetheart. Even from her photo you could tell she was! Take care of yourselves, and hold all your memories close.

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    Melinda S.
    November 9, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My oldest daughter has a 13 year old calico that’s been through hell with her (an abusive marriage). Zoe has had some health scares & we thought she was a goner, but she’s rallied and is still with us. I don’t know what we’ll do when we have to say goodbye to her.

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    Jacquie Z
    November 9, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    So sorry for your loss. It’s hard to lose our pet babies.

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    November 9, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Peeve. She was loved and cherished.

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    November 9, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, she was a beautiful cat!

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    November 9, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Awww, so, so sad, cute little Peeve! 🙁

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I’ve been there before, and I frequently dread the day my current ones will be gone… She lived a long, happy life with you, so you have that, at least (I was reading and hoping that would be the case)… 🙁

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    Laura H.
    November 9, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Losing a fur baby is the same as losing any other family member. I think everyone here understands what that’s like and we don’t expect you to post the same. She will be greatly missed, not just by you but also all of us who have enjoyed seeing her in all your photos and your mentions of her. Take care of yourselves while going through the grief.

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    November 9, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    So very sorry. It will feel lonely for a while. I hope that with time you will have more and more fun and happy memories of her. Thank you for telling us.

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    November 9, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

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      Sharon C
      November 9, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      I am so very sorry to hear about your beloved Peeve. You and Matt gave her a wonderful loving home and life and she rewarded you with unconditional fur baby love. Peeve gave us beautiful photo bombing pics, so we all fell in love with her too. My deepest condolences to you and Matt at this very sad time.

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    November 9, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for you loss. It was obvious to us all that she had a great life with you. Peeve was one of a kind and so full of energy and personality. I know she will wait for you at the other side of the bridge. Blessings and prayers for comfort to you and Matt.

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    Sue Rood
    November 9, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    I’m sorry for the loss of your beloved kitty. I hope as time passes you will be able to remember her and smile (or laugh) at your remembrances and photos.

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      November 10, 2020 at 12:51 am

      I know how you feel..I had my cassie for 20 years..she had my heart ❤..

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    November 9, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Peeve was definitely well-loved. It was endearing to see her in many of your posts. So sorry, Kristi and Matt.

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    November 9, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    You were blessed to have found the special kitty that wound her way into your hearts. I lost my beloved Winston J., our first ever cat in 2014 and I still think of him everyday. Yes, we now have more kitties but he will always remain first in my heart. You will miss her dearly as you come to grips with your loss. And even though you are grateful for the impact Peeve had on your lives, it will still be painful. I know its cliche, but it does get better and you will be laughing remembering her antics. But that will be in the future. Bless you both for loving her so much.

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    November 9, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    I am so sorry for you and Matt’s loss! I lost my last furkitty just three years ago! He had a tumor! They opened him to operate and he was full of cancer! I lost my furgirl the year before to liver disease! They were 11 and 10 years old respectively! We’re down to one furkitty now and she’s about 5. I dread the day…..
    Prayers for your pain to ease…..it’s so dang hard!!

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    Elaine Ness
    November 9, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    You will always remember the Peeve stories, which will help in time. She seemed to have a bit of a regal air to her. Did she like to visit Matt to check on what he was doing?

    Now I am wondering if Cooper is aware she is missing and the other kitty? Or did they live separate lives? Rhetorical musings…

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    November 9, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    :(..sharing the pain. its hard to give ease to animal that you loved, and have shared your life with for so long. But i like to believe that their life was good with me, and that I did my best to give them the love and care that they deserved. And I am sure that you did that with your kitty. Your life and hers also were full of love and richer and brighter with each other, and in the end of any of our lives, is that not the best thing that can be said?

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    November 9, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    I’m so sad to hear about Peeve! Letting go of our furry ones is so difficult. Hugs.

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    November 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Being a cat mom, too, I know your pain well. Honestly, I was never an animal person – until I met my husband. He was a “package deal” & came with 2 cats. Oh how I came to love those cats, & how they kept me company when I worked from home many years ago. Having to say goodbye to them was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life. But Kristi, know that putting Peeve out of her pain was truly an enormous act of love. Think of the amazing life you gave her & all of the joy & happiness you got from her. It hurts now, & you’ll never get over missing her. But your heart will heal over time & you’ll still have great, funny memories of your precious Peeve.

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    November 9, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Those of us who consider our pets to be a part of the family understand your heartache. Hold on to the happy memories of sweet Peeve.

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    November 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Oh Kristi! So very sad to hear about your beautiful Peeve! Loved seeing her photobombs and reading her story about life with you and Matt. You will have many happy memories of her and hopefully someday you will be able to share some more of them with us. It is very hard to lose a pet as they are such an integral part of our lives, giving us unconditional love as they teach us about life.

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    November 9, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    I am crying with you today for the loss of Peeve, you have my sincerest condolences. I am crying and laughing at my memories of the cats and dogs I have lost throughout many, many years and laughing at the current ones.

    My first cat, Old Yeller, and her son Fuzzy, who grew to be a large, yellow tiger tom cat was the best baby doll ever. He loved to ride in my wicker doll carriage (wish I still had it, too) and would lie on his back holding a small bottle with his front paws to drink milk. That was over 60 years ago. A few dogs, many cats and an imp of a ferret shared our home and their love through the years. In 2012 our two 19 year-old, non-related cats died six months apart, the 16 year-old dog had died a few years before. The loss of them gutted us. I would see them or hear them (they were both “talkers”), a mirage of them, in their usual spots in the house or out of the corner of my eye. But eventually that would remind me of their antics or personalities and I would smile.

    We were petless until 2015 when we moved from our home of 30 years and my home state of 65 years to hubs family home 600 miles away. I have rarely bought or even sought out a pet. I have always felt we will find each other when the need is mutual…and we have loved and been loved by those we have been blessed with throughout our lives. I may need to adjust my thinking on that! Or to acknowledge that our need is now maxed out.

    One adult cat came with the house in 2015, then a Beagle puppy in 2016, a few months later the Beagle found a young emaciated cat in our hedges and brought her to us. In early 2017 a Shepherd Pit bull mix came, then the Beagle found another cat in the bushes, but this one used her paw to pull open the storm door and came in, sat down in front of the Shepherd mix and started eating her dry dog food, she let her. 2018 was quiet except for the lost dogs that stayed a few hours or days until they could be reunited with their owners…and another cat that opened the door, sauntered through and then left. Spring of 2019 brought very young Beagleador litter mate sisters. One who looked like a tiny chocolate lab, the other who looks like a blend of her parentage, think small black Lab on Beagle legs. Summer brought a pair of very young kittens a few weeks apart, the first didn’t survive the day we found her, the second is thriving. The tiny chocolate Beagle Lab mix had health issues from the start. A lot of vet visits and a lot of money. We had to let her go last December, it still hurts, we still think of her most days remembering her outsized personality. 2020 has seen no new strays tossed our way with or without our permission. So, currently and literally at our maximum, we have 4 cats and 3 dogs. We do, however, regularly dog sit the British Lab belonging to hubs nephew and family. It’s like kids having a sleepover! FYI, the cats and dogs are all girls and all are spayed.

    Earlier this year as Covid was beginning its rage we made arrangements with several relatives to take specific pets so they would continue to be cared for should hubs an I both become incapacitated or die. Sorry for the bummer note, but reality does exist.

    I didn’t start this intending to ramble on, blame it on quarintining. You will always remember and love Peeve and with time the love and happy memories will outweigh the pain of the loss.

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    Joan Hornung
    November 9, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Kristy, I was thinking about you yesterday, and wondering if all was OK since you had been “quiet.” So sorry to hear about Peeve. Just recently, when she was in one of your photos, I was thinking about how beautiful she looked. Her markings were so special. I know you will miss her so much, and I know she had a very blessed life with you and Matt. Every pet owner on here is feeling your pain today…we have all been there. Take care. Joan

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    November 9, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    It is truly heartbreaking to lose a pet friend. Sending you and Matt my condolences along with a big cyber hug.

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      November 9, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      Kristi, you have my deepest sympathies. Our fur family leave holes in our hearts when they move on. Give yourself the time to grieve. We’ll be here waiting for you.

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    Sally Roach
    November 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a fur person is just like losing a two-legged person. Huge hugs and love to you.

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    November 9, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Truly, it is never easy to lose a wonderful pet.
    My vet always says one always finds us when the time is right… so far, he has been correct.

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    Karen H
    November 9, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Oh, Kristi! I am so, so sorry for your loss of Peeve! She was a beautiful little kitty and she lived a long beautiful life with you and Matt! Y’all are in my prayers!

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    November 9, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    I know the pain well. Bless your heart.

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    November 9, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    I’m so sorry.

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    November 9, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    A huge virtual hug for your hurting soul. To those of us who have 4 legged kids, it’s like losing a child.
    I wish you many wonderful memories to surface after each wave of sorrow and pain.
    Peeve will always be a part of your lives and this blog. Those memories never go away.

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    Tracey Al
    November 9, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    I am so terribly sorry for the pain that you are going through. It is so hard to have to say goodbye to our little buddies. I will be praying for you both and hope you have a little ray of sunshine from above!

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    November 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    I’m so sorry about your catbaby. We lost our 19-year-old Spotcat to kidney failure 5 years ago and we’d had him his entire life. We had him cremated and I had a potter friend make him a special urn. I loved seeing Peeve in your pictures and I know how hard this is for you and Matt and your other pets. But what a great life you gave her and what a lucky girl she was.

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    November 9, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    I hope you can draw comfort from knowing you gave your precious Peeve a wonderful, long life full of love and a bit of social media fame. Seeing your beautiful fur baby in your photos always made me smile. I also hope it helps to know that others understand and care. Thank you for sharing your story and helping us all to remember that to have loved, and been loved, by an animal is a very special gift. I am so sorry for your loss.

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    jacqueline legrande
    November 9, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    I know the sadness and pain you feel when you lose a beloved part of your family. For me and my family, that includes our pets. They are such a beautiful part of the family and give so much joy.
    I send my deepest condolences to you and Matt. Peeves was so adorable. I know she had a wonderful life!

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    November 9, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Sad to hear of Peeve’s passing. Losing a pet can leave such a big hole in our lives. Loved seeing her in your pictures over the years. Take care.

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    Chelle Ellis
    November 9, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    I’m so sorry you lost your kitty. She was beautiful and you could just tell how sweet she was from her photos.

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    November 10, 2020 at 7:02 am

    So very sorry for the loss of your beloved dear Peeve.
    A few years ago, I lost a beloved Golden Retriever of 14 yrs.
    I cried for 3 days straight. Right before I was to wake up
    on the 4th day of my mourning her loss, I dreamed she
    showed up at the front door. I was so happy to see her,
    I ran over to coax her back home. Instead, she slowly
    walked away, her head turned back to look at me as she
    left. I noticed she had a fuzzy little pinkish “bubble” on
    her chest. I woke up immediately.

    She had passed away from a giant tumor in her chest
    that compressed her lungs. I think that she had returned
    to say goodbye. I have a feeling that when we go, all our
    beloved pets will be safely there along with our loved ones
    to accompany us once again. I am in tears as I type this.

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    Ann S
    November 10, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Oh Kristi! I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my beloved cairn terrier Molly about 8 months ago and I still can’t talk about her without tearing up. She was just a couple of weeks shy of her 14th birthday. Her birthday was April 1st and I always called her my little April fool. She was such a great girl and a companion to us. My DIL got us a little Chihuahua & she’s not our Molly but she’s very sweet and my husband who is disabled loves her dearly. The pain will get better.

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    November 10, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    My heart goes out to you and Matt with the loss of Peeve…. I know the feeling of losing my beloved cat of 20 yrs. He was like my baby. I had him cremated and now I can’t find him :).
    It’s the memory that stays with me and the pictures I look at occasionally.
    Find another kitty to love….

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    Rebecca B
    November 10, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Kristi, Peeve was obviously enjoyed by your followers too. I really did enjoy seeing pictures of her in your blog. She really was a little photo bomber. I know you are sad and will miss her but you and Matt gave her a good and long life. Now Peeve is over the rainbow bridge and I will miss seeing her on your blog. Felicity has 4 big shoes to fill

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    November 11, 2020 at 2:13 am

    Dear Kristi, I’m so, so very sorry you have lost your beautiful Peeve. These creatures become a huge part of our family and are like our children. Your heart is broken now; but know she’s still close in spirit. I’m sure you’ve heard that energy can never disappear, and all living things create electrical energy (and spiritual in my opinion). So part of her will always live on.
    Take care xx

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    November 11, 2020 at 6:17 am

    Kristi, I am so sorry for your lost, and identify with you. In the last ten months, I lost both of my parents and our dog, who was one week shy of 14 when we had to put him to sleep. My life seems full of holes right now.

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    November 11, 2020 at 6:32 am

    Kristi and Matt,
    I am truly heartbroken for both of you! My thoughts and prayers are with the two of you during this very difficult time. I know the feeling of loss all too well. I never had children myself..but my 3 little fur babies were everything to me. When I lost them…I was heartbroken (and the anniversary of 2 of their passing is coming upon me; I lost 2 within weeks of each other). As well; the end of November marks the 2 year anniversary that I lost Michael to suicide. LOSS is empowering and it “Stops your Heart…Takes Your Breath Away”. Virtual Hugs to you both!

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    November 12, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    I’m a bit late seeing this, but want you to know how sorry I am that you lost your little girl, Kristi & Matt. It punches a hole in your heart, doesn’t it? Prayers up for your comfort. Little Miss Peeve will always be with you in spirit.

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    Mrs. K
    November 13, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    I’m so sorry! :C Pets add so much to our lives.

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    November 16, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Been there. Impossibly hard to lose a long time kitty companion. Truly sorry.

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    November 19, 2020 at 6:23 am

    So so sorry!

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    Donna M Sabino
    November 21, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    So very sorry for your loss Kristi.
    We lost my sweet dog, Koda, a year ago this December 3. I cried uncontrollably when the vet explained that anything we did to keep her alive was more to prevent us from feeling the pain of her loss. Sobbed and sobbed and sobbed. Koda was with us through my daughters’ middle school, high school, college and 2 years post college years. We got her at shelter at a year and half old. I loved her so much. I guess she closed a chapter for my family, too.

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    November 21, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Your post brought me to tears. I too lost my first cat to kidney failure, later learning that I was the cause of it for not feeding him wet/canned food. Cats inheritantly don’t drink enough water and feeding strickly dry food is not good. Please, please if you have a cat feed them wet food.
    I will miss your cute photo bomber.

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    Mercedes McFerrin
    November 25, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    I believe our animals are there to give us a picture of our Loving Father’s nature. Here is a sweet video I hope will comfort you. (It’s about dogs but I think my cats were like this too)


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    November 26, 2020 at 5:28 am

    I have tears for you with your loss of Peeve. It is so very difficult. I hope your memories will bring you comfort and joy. I enjoyed seeing her on your website ands will be missed.

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    November 26, 2020 at 6:29 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. We had to say goodbye to our 17yo Havana Brown cat with the same history as Peeve in July. He was a big talker and loved my husband. I was the custodian/janitor for him.

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    Linda Spradling
    November 26, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    I just saw your post about Peeve and I’m so sorry! I have lost 2 cats and so many dogs, I understand this loss so well. I miss them all but there were some that simply left their imprint on my heart so much so that I know I’ll always grieve for them. Peeve may be that cat you’ll never get over and maybe not but I just feel like we’re all the better for having known and loved these furry friends. God be with you, it is so tuff losing a part of your family.

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    November 29, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I lost my 15 year old tortie to kidney failure in January of this year. One day she was fine and the next day she wasn’t. But you gave her a wonderful life with lots of love.

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    December 1, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Your post made me tear up. Your blog is one of the only ones I read on a regular basis. I am so sorry about your sweet little cat that I’ve seen in sometimes in your posts. No one could ever take her place, but I hope you’ll open your heart to another kitty someday. I wish every kitty could have someone love them like you love Peeve. With love from NE Texas

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    'Tricia Larson
    December 4, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    I was so sorry to learn that you have lost your Peeve. I have followed your blog for a long time, and always found catching Peeve in one of your posts a special treat. I have done digital jigsaw puzzles for the past couple years, and memorialized Peeve in two of them: Peeve Watching the Cement Truck (2018) and Peeve on Prints (2019). They were fun to create and I’ve enjoyed having her here with my other cat images. The sadness of her passing made creating her last puzzle difficult; but still so beautiful at 17, I wanted this last image of her to join those of happier days.

    Rest in Peace, Matt and Kristi’s Sweet Precious Pretty Peeve.

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    Lisa E
    December 14, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of your furbaby. Virtual hugs!