Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Our beloved Spook 2003-2012

Last week, our cat named Spook suddenly became severely ill. He had been coughing for a few weeks, but we thought it was just a fur ball/digestion issue. X-rays confirmed that he had three tumours that were inoperable, so it was with great sadness that it was decided that the most humane thing to do would be to have him put down. It still breaks my heart looking at his picture and thinking about our final moments with him. We were all in tears. If you have ever lost a pet, you'll know what I'm talking about. Spook loved nothing more than sitting on your lap, nuzzling, and having his tummy rubbed. He was always at the door to greet us and just seemed like a happy cat. 

Spook was adopted from our local animal hospital nine years ago when he was a few months old. He was found on Gerrard Street at a busy intersection in Toronto and for some reason, never got adopted when he was a little kitten. As he kept getting passed over, he got bigger and less desirable for people wanting to adopt a cute tiny kitten. When I brought our other cat Kiko in to be neutered, I saw Spook sitting in a cage on the receptionist's desk. I asked why he was there and she told me the story. They were hoping that the increased visibility would make someone want him. Later that day, I brought him home on a cold, December day. 

After a week of warring, Kiko and Spook worked things out and became best buddies. In the past week, Kiko has looked a little lost around our house.

We knew that we'd never replace our wonderful purring lap cat, but we decided to go to Toronto Animal Services to look at the cats up for adoption. We went back for a second visit yesterday and adopted a small, two-year-old grey tabby that our son Duncan named Lily. She's still shy and getting to know the house, so I haven't been able to take a picture of her yet. Kiko's mellowing in his older year and has only hissed at her a few times. I think they'll be chums. On our way home, I joked that Kiko will have a younger foxy girlfriend to keep him youthful. We'll never forget Spook, but having his new little spitfire in the home has helped fill the void with happiness. 

More to come. 


  1. Losing a pet is so hard. Your story brought tears to my eyes, but I am so happy to hear you got a new kitten. I have two elderly cats and I am dreading the day that I will have to do a post like this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I feel so bad for you guys. Losing a pet is terribly hard. I just blogged about our cats the other day - they are part of our family. Hope the new foxy girl brightens up your house again!

  3. Oh Erin I'm so sorry. When our cat passed away it was as though we lost a cherished family member.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear this- the loss of a pet is so hard. We have a senior citizen kitty, and I know that the dreaded day will come soon. So glad you adopted a new kitty!!

  5. Erin I am sending you a big hug! I know how hard it is to lose a fur baby. I am glad you were able to rescue another sweet kitty. I think they all add their own special love to our lives.

  6. :-( I'm just glad your lovely cat got brought home from the animal shelter and had a happy life with you guys and a pal called Kiko.

  7. It is such a joy to have a cat in your life and it's so painful to lose them. Our two old ladies went within six months of each other. We adopted two young black cats and they have perked up our old guy who was always the outsider before. Now he has status. Funny. The three of them add so much laughter to our days.

  8. I love story animal lovely thank you


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