Monday, December 08, 2008

Goodbye, Sooty

We had some sad news at the weekend.

Sooty, Nick's family' s cat who lived with Nick's parents in northern Tasmania, had to be helped to the Bridge on Saturday. She was very old - around 20 years old - and was having a lot of trouble moving around. When Nick's dad took her to the v-e-t, they found that she had diabetes too. So the hard decision was made to help her to the Bridge.

Even though we will miss Sooty, we can be thankful that she had a very long, happy and adventurous life. She even had her own blog for a little while, which Nick's dad, Peter, helped her to write. Here's a photo of her that was taken in August this year. She's posing in front of her very own house in the courtyard of Nick's parent's place.
And here's a shot of just a part of her extensive territory beyond the courtyard, which she actively traversed and defended right to the end:
And just beyond the bushes in the background...

This most beautiful beach.

See you at the Bridge someday, Sooty. And big, rumbly purrs of thanks to Peter and Judy for looking after her so well for such a long time. (To read a post I wrote about Sooty last year, click here.)

Cheers,
--Pabs

17 comments:

Forever Foster said...

Pablo, we are really sorry for your loss. It certainly sounds like Sooty had enough fun and love for a dozen lifetimes. And what a territory she had! What a magnificent place to spend your time. We hope the knowledge that Sooty was well cared for and cared about will bring you comfort until you are all reunited at the Bridge.
-Fui and Suey.

Kaz's Cats said...

Pabs, we're really sorry Sooty had to leave for the Bridge. She was a fine example to cats everywhere of how to live your life on your own terms. Our hearts go out to you and to Peter and Judy, as well as to Kate and Nick...Sending our best purrs to you all,

{{kitty hugs}}

Gypsy & Tasha

Eric and Flynn said...

We are sorry that Sooty has gone to The Bridge but she had a wonderful life with all that territory to explore. Purrs to you and to her family.

Parker said...

Pablo, please send my condolences to your family. Sooty was a great kitty and had a great life for sure.
We look forward to meeting her at the Bridge someday.

Poetikat said...

Wowee! Were we excited to have a visitor all the way from Tasmania? You betcha! We think Tasmanian Devils are soooo cute - too bad they're having some illness problems now. We hope they find a way to cure them.

Thanks, Pablo, for visiting our new bloggy. We think you are one handsome "devil" yerself. (Our lady-slave is kinda Irish - whatever that means).

We're adding you to our "cool cats" list fur shure!

Hope to see you again soon.

Luv,

The Hyggecats (GBDR)

Poetikat said...

It's us again. Sorry for your loss of Sooty. She sounds like a nice, old girl. We had a neighbour-friend who was 20 too. Her name was Shalimar. She was beautiful.

The Hyggecats

Rupert said...

See you on the other side sometime, Sooty. Meanwhile your People will always remember you with love.

Paws 'n Claws,
Rupert

Daisy said...

I am so sorry to learn the sad news about Sooty. I remember Sooty's blog, too! Soft purrs to you and all of Sooty's family.

SophieKitty said...

Godspeed, Sooty! You will be missed.

Tracey and Huffle said...

I am purring for Sooty and her family. It's not an easy decision for anyone to make but she is running free across the bridge now.

Huffle Mawson

Poppy Q said...

Pabs we were sorry to hear about Sooty. It is always sad when one of our family has to go, even if they are old and tired. Sounds like Sooty had a great long life, with lots of love and a fantastic back garden.

Sending hugs to you all.

Poppy and Mum Q

Poetikat said...

That picture makes us sad.

Hey Pablo, we gots an award thingy on our bloggy fur you. Come for a visit and pick it up!

Luv,

The Hyggecats

The Cat Realm said...

We are very sorry to hear these sad news! Even if Sooty had the most wonderful and long life - we know her humans will miss her terribly!
Lots of purrs to the whole family!

Everycat said...

Hello Pablo, we haven't met you before and we wish we could have met you in happier circumstances, but it's still nice to meet you.

Sooty was a beautiful cat and she lived a long life in such a beautiful world there. What an amazing territory to prowl around. We are sorry you lost your friend.

Rumbly purrs to you and Sooty's family

Whicky Wuudler

Axel and Manny said...

Pabs, am so sorry to hear about the bad news!! 20 years is great life though. I hope to live that long, if only for daddys sake- who else will give him 'rumbling purrs'.
send my sympathies to Nick please.

The Lee County Clowder said...

Pabs, we just heard about Sooty. Please tell Peter & Judy that we are sorry for their loss. Twenty years is a long time, especially for an outside kittie. They must have a huge hole in their lives right now.

ppuurrrrrrrrrrrsss

Grrreta said...

We're so sorry for your loss. It sounds like Sooty had an amazing and wonderful life.