A few hours ago, our cat Sadie passed away, peacefully in her sleep.
It's never easy when a pet dies. Sadie's passing was even tougher as she was the first addition to our family after Marianne and I married back in 1998. Sadie was adopted and joined our family the very first week that we moved into our house that October. I'll never, ever forget when we met Sadie the first time. We went to a pet store and she was in a crate where she was waiting to be adopted. The lady from the store took her out of the crate and was going to hand her to me, when Sadie quite literally jumped out of her hands and into my arms. Needless to say, it was love at first sight for both of us.
Until that point, I had always been a "dog person" and had never even considered having a cat. Sadie was special.
She was estimated to be between 1 -2 years old at the time we adopted her. I have no idea why she was let go, but she lived a happy 13+ years with us. Over the past few years, she developed thyroid and liver problems. Gradually she weakened to the point where she just gave out.
I love you Sadie. I am so glad that I was still able to hold you and pet you before you left us. I will miss you greatly.