saying goodbye to Hobbes

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Hobbes walked up to me, in the gardens, said his mute meow…i scratched him between his ears & said, “hello Hobbes” and he walked off into the sunset. This was Oct. 25th.

Hobbes is one of the most photographed cats on this blog. His work as my art teaching assistant, along with his own painting, can be found here.

grief…like a tsunami, crashes into me & brings me to my knees several times a day.

53 thoughts on “saying goodbye to Hobbes

    1. Thank you so much, Gail. We are struggling through. I think Quicksilver showed up because Hobbes told him he would be leaving us soon & we would need someone else to look after us. But never like he did. Hobbes was one of a kind. My art kids miss him so much. ~amy

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  1. Amy, A week ago our cat, Gracie, died in Anne’s lap as I drove to the vet. Her organs had been failing, but she refused to enter her carrier–associated with going to the vet. But then she entered willingly. It was time. Sorry for your loss.

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    1. My deepest sympathies to you & your family. I wish Hobbes could have died while i held him. Then at least i could bury him beside his best cat, Walter. That is what is so painful, that he is not home, in anyway. I’m sorry for your loss. ~amy

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  2. So sorry Amy. My big gray cat walked away in the snow and I never saw him again. He was a stray and a survivor so I like to think that there was no death by coyote but rather that he is living elsewhere. Could be that Hobbes has been claimed and being kept as an inside cat. Well I don’t know about mine of Hobbes but I surely hope that Hobbes returns.

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  3. So very sorry to read this, Amy, loved reading about Hobbes. We have lost a couple of our rescue cats, just disappeared, while we have half a cat now, the eldest who has moved to another apartment but pops in to say hi occasionally. We lost our 2.5 year old Ziggy in June, he just faded and quietly died on my husband’s feet one day, and I still can’t bear to look at a photo of him, it’s too painful. Big hugs because it’s worse when you don’t know what’s happened either. xxxx

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    1. It is difficult to hold someone in my heart, when he took so much of it with him. Hobbes is missed, not only by his family, but by his art students. That is difficult, when the kids come inside asking, “Has Hobbes come back yet?” I will hold him in my heart. wish that i knew he was saying goodbye & held him tight. Thank you so much, bernecho. ~amy

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  4. My sister’s cat went missing for ten months. She walked the neighbiorhood, asking people if they’d seen Sox, post pictures of his around town, checked daily all those months at the websites and at the shelters of local animal rescue shelters till she found him. Don’t give up hope! Keep searching, and, with luck, you will be reunited with your kitty!

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    1. Oh, hope, you’ve given me. I just wish winter wasn’t coming. My son has given photos of him to all our neighbors & i put his face all over Facebook & joined missing pets there too. Thank you for telling me about your sister’s sox returning. ~amy

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  5. Amy, I’m hoping with Julie – that perhaps he has gone for a wander and will return. But, it doesn’t lessen the heart wrenching sadness and worry you feel, I’m very sorry Hobbes is missing. Hope. That he is returned soon. hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much, Deb. I am hoping, but it takes a lot of energy to hope. So i’ve put him in a box, in my brain…it often slips open & crushes me in grief & guilt. I miss him very much & feel i didn’t show it enough. Except, when i scroll through my photo library, he is more photographed then my kids. Maybe he did know how much he was loved. ~amy

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    1. Thank you, Annie. I only wish i knew that he was telling me goodbye the last time he came to me. That hurts a bit. I would have held him tight & brought him inside. Only, he loved being outside, except during art class. ~amy

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    1. Thank you. I have been hurt by the loss of so many furry beasts & each time it happens, i remember, for a time, not to take advantage of the present with my living beasts. Why does it seem as though life will always be the same? a death reminds, then the mind forgets. rambling. apologies. ~amy

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    1. Thank you, Maureen. You are right, he will live on in my heart. its just too tender right now. I keep him locked tightly in a box, in my head…but he escapes & i am devastated again. Thank you for your sweet words. ~amy

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  6. Nooo! What happened, Amy? I am so sorry to hear that! Sending much love and comfort your way – and hope that Hobbes will return soon – he is sure to realise what a wonderful home he had with you. In the meantime, lots of hugs!

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    1. oh, Reggie…he just walked away from me, as he always had done. the only difference was the following morning, he didn’t show for breakfast. Thank you for the hugs, i do feel better for them. ~amy

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