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.

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  1. sevenroses says:

    this is heartbreaking. did he come back?

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    1. No. It still hurts all these years later. Regret that i knew he wanted to tell me something, but i didn’t hold on to him harder. He was the best cat i ever had the luck of living with me. I have Judah now, but he doesn’t sit on my chest as Hobbes did. Love ’em while you’ve got them…i learned this lesson well. Thank you for asking. ~amy

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  2. So sorry for your loss. We are blessed to have these furry angels in our lives…for however long God permits them to stay.

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  3. Oh, I am so, so sorry! My agent left August 11th, faithful kitty for 8 years. It is so hard, 😦

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Ouch. It does hurt, doesn’t it. ~amy

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  4. Amy-
    Sorry to hear about Hobbes!
    He probably knew it was his time, and didn’t want to cause you extra grief.
    Thinking of you and your family.
    Gail

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      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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  5. 67steffen says:

    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. Amy Saab says:

      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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Saajida says:

    i’m truly sorry for your loss. hugs ❤

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      hugs are needed, thank you for them, Saajida. ~amy

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  9. Andrew Seal says:

    Sending you my warmest wishes at such a difficult time for you. If he walked away then he can always walk back, hopefully soon.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      I do hope Hobbes will walk back home. But we’ve seen this before. Hobbes wasn’t very healthy, even when we got him so many years ago. Thank you, Andrew, for your kindness. ~amy

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  10. bernecho says:

    hold him in your heart

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      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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  11. Say some prayers, hopefully he is okay and will return.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you, lemonchronicle, I am praying. ~amy

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      1. I had a kitten that got into the car. I drove to the grocery store over a half mile away and the kitten found its way home.

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  12. weggieboy says:

    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. Amy Saab says:

      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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  13. So sorry Amy, I got very attached too to your art assistant, beautiful cat he was! Send hugs and peace to you.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you, Eva. You always complimented Hobbes for his looks & his talents. Hugs received & i’m feeling better for them. Thank you so much. ~amy

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  14. Herman says:

    Oh no… So sorry to read this. I’m wishing that this beautiful boy will return home soon.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you so much for wishing for Hobbes return. He has a big fan base among my art students & they too are sad to miss him. ~amy

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  15. debiriley says:

    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. Amy Saab says:

      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. debiriley says:

        I’ve been there with pets – not really pets, to me, they end up being my family. again, I feel for you. hugs.

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  16. I’m so sorry for you Amy. I can all too well relate. Peace to you.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you so much, Lilka. ~amy

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  17. So very sorry you had to say goodbye xxx

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      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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  18. Mike Hartley says:

    Very sorry. Try to remember all the happiness he gave you as the grief comes.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you so much, Mike. Good advice. ~amy

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  19. Catwoods says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this, Amy.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      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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  20. Oh Amy, I am so sorry. He was such a special cat. But he will live on in your lovely photos and in your heart.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      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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  21. loisajay says:

    Amy, I am so very sorry. Love to you.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Loisajay, thank you so very much for your kindness. ~amy

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  22. Awww. So sorry to hear this.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you, Nora. Tough stuff, losing a family member. ~amy

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  23. Oh Amy I’m so sorry .. Let’s hope he is on vacation and will back soon. Huge hugs your way

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      i just got your HUGE HUGS & i am better for them. Thank you, Julie. ~amy

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      1. Good .. More your way now

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      2. Amy Saab says:

        Thank you. I can never have enough hugs. ~amy

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  24. mypenandme says:

    I had a cat disappear for three whole months and then return. Don’t give up hope.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Oh, this feels good. I pray that my kids & i are as lucky as you were. ~amy

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  25. KDKH says:

    I am so sorry. I wish I had words of comfort, but I know there is no comfort for such loss.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      You words are a comfort, because it shows just how kind you are to write them. Thank you. ~amy

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  26. trentpmcd says:

    I am very sorry. Cats are like our kids.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you so much, Trent. Cats & dogs are our family too. Hobbes was/is a very special cat to us. ~amy

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  27. Reggie says:

    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. Amy Saab says:

      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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