83 thoughts on “Smudge

  1. Oh my goodness, this news is so shocking and sad. My thoughts are with you. Thank you for sharing Smudge with us, it has been a pleasure to know him through your pictures and stories.

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  2. Oh no, my heart stopped for a moment when I read the subject line. My heart-felt sympathies to you both (and little Baxter). Smudge was a much loved pussy cat and I will miss his daily pictures. Take care.

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  3. Cathi and Mr. QO Please accept my deepest heartfelt sympathy. My heart goes out to you all. I was so shocked and dismayed at seeing this post. Smudge’s personality shined brightly in his photos and he will be greatly missed by all who read your blog. hugs and much love from all here.

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  4. I am so sorry. I can’t imagine how you must be feeling. You and your little family are in my thoughts. Smudge was such a character and he was lucky to have a family who appreciated him so much. much love from NY.

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  5. I’m so very, very sorry for you. This must have been such a shock. I burst out in tears as soon as I read it and I know how devastated you must feel. I’m praying for God to help you through this.

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  6. Oh NO!!!!!!!!!! My heart is breaking for you all!!!!! This is terrible news Cathi. I am so so very sorry!!! Smudge is such a sweetie. Knowing you, Mr QO, Smudge and Lester has been such a joy for me. I will miss him. Take care.

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  7. Dear Cathi! That can’t be true – I’m so sorry for your lost! Smudge was so beautiful and a sweet! You are in my thoughts and I send you strength!
    I miss Smudge and Lester.
    xxx Teje

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  8. Dear Cathi, I just couldn’t believe my eyes… when read this post. I’m so sorry for you and yours! You are deeply in our thoughts… yours Satu & Fenix

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  9. Oh Cathi, Only those who have loved pets can even begin to imagine how difficult this is for you. Thanks for sharing Smudge & Lester with us. My thoughts are with you today.

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  10. i am so sorry you have lost smudge also. i think smudge was missing your other kitty. at least he goes knowing you have another kitty to love for the coming years. i know you are sad. big big kitty hugs to both your and the mr.
    patti leal
    pleal@cfl.rr.com

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  11. I was so sad to see this post. This has been a difficult year for you and Mr. QO — it’s so hard to lose beloved pets. I will certainly miss the all of the wonderful Smudge photos.

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  12. Cathi – my sincerest sympathies – my heart skipped a beat when I saw your dates. So very very sorry that you’re going through this again so soon. Hugs

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  13. Dear Smudge. He saw that he was leaving you in the capable paws of sweet little Baxter and decided that he could continue the next part of his journey – the part that he has to walk without you. Maybe Lester will be there to walk with him. I am so sorry for your loss. He had a full and happy life with you. My thoughts and prayers are for your family today. Hugs.

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  14. Oh Cathi…
    What sad news. I am so sorry for you and Mr QO. I know your hearts are so full. Baxter has some big, big paws to fill.

    Love and hugs to you….

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  15. Oh Cathi your beautiful boys – I’m so sorry. I’m sure Lester met him at the Rainbow Bridge to show him around, but it’s going to take a while for this to sink in – I’m crying with you 😦

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  16. I’m so sorry to see your sad news – Smudge was such a character and it seems so unfair that you’ve lost both him and the wonderful Lester in such a short time. Thank you for sharing them with us through the photos. I hope Baxter is a comfort to you in this sad time and that you can gain some comfort from the fact that you gave Smudge a wonderful, love-filled life.

    Take care x

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  17. Cathi,
    What a shock to see this! I know how sad your household is now. I really cannot believe it! But he will be frolicking with his old friend Lester now. At least you have the comfort of little Baxter now, I know how dear our pets are, but losing them is so very heart breaking and sad. My thoughts are with you.
    Sara

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  18. Oh Cathy, this just sent a jolt of shock right through me. I couldn’t believe it until I saw the dates at the bottom. My deepest sympathies. Words cannot begin to convey my dismay.

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  19. Oh my Cathi how my heart is breaking for you over losing Smudge…Now Lester and Smudge can be reunited an up to their old antics!…Thank you so much for sharing Smudge with us…He and Lester both were loved so much….What can be said at a time such as this except that my thoughts and prayers are with you and Mr QO..

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  20. Oh Cathi, I can hardly see to type. Tears are falling. I am so sorry that you lost Smudge too. I feel as though I knew him and Lester personally. Hugs to you and your husband. I am just so sorry.

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  21. Dear Cathi,

    So sorry to read about Smudge. Its such a sad time when one has lost a precious pet. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Dianne

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  22. Oh no, I am so sorry for your loss! I read your blog only a few weeks now, but I loved the Smudge photos and stories. Not long ago I laughed about the video of him drinking water.
    My thoughts are with you!

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  23. Oh Cathi!~ I can’t believe this. Oh goodness. I saw the photo of just Smudge and, honestly, my first thought was, “Where’s the kitten?!!? oh no, the kitten….”… Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought something had happened to Smudge. Oh goodness, gracious. I’m so sorry for you. So, so sorry. I know you are just sick as can be over all of this. Take your time and be gentle with yourself. Poor Mr Q.O. probably doesn’t know what to do to comfort you, nor you for him. So devastating. I wish I were there to bring you a nice dinner, bottle of wine and flowers. I’d not stay, I’d just leave them and give you a hug and leave. YEs, that is what I’d do. But, alas, I’m wwwwwaaayyyyyy away. oh no. So sorry honey. Please take care of yourself.

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  24. Dear Cathi,

    I’m so sorry. I can hardly believe it. Thank you for sharing both Lester and Smudge with us through your blog. They always brought a smile to my face.

    My thoughts are with you. Hug the little one a little tighter today.

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  25. I am sorry to hear your news. I concur with Wendy’s comment above: “capable paws of sweet little Baxter and decided that he could continue the next part of his journey… ”
    best Regards, Richard in Toronto

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  26. OMGoodness Cathi, this is terrible my heart really goes out to you! I know this is difficult and just know that our thoughts are truly with you…

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    • Oh my gosh, I’m so, so sorry….I responded to the over the shoulder look…assuming he was watching Baxters antics! I’m so, so sorry….big, big hugs….and my heart aches with you!

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  27. Oh Cathi…..I am so sorry…..I bet right now Smudge and Lester are being kittens together again. Baxter will miss his friend, and you and Mr Q.O. will have a Smudge-sized hole in your lives. Sending hugs to you all.

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  28. Cathi, I am so sorry to hear about precious Smudge. This has been a tough few months for all of you. Our four footers are such an important part of our lives. I always look forward to your pictures of the cats. I too will miss Smudge

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  29. NOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    So sorry to hear the news. A BIG HUG is being sent to all of you.

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  30. Smudge was unbelievable and you and yours will have such wonderful memories as will we all your readers. Thankyou so much for sharing Smudge with us. Take Care

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  31. Oh Cathi, I am so sorry. Clicked your blog and thought what a cute picture of Smudge. Then I focused in on the dates. I feel sad and can only imagine how hard it is for you to lose another kitty. Thank you for sharing all the great pictures of him. Blessings. Pat Mc

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  32. I can’t imagine losing Smudge so soon after Lester. You both must be devastated! Please know that we are all thinking of you, and hope that Baxter is bringing smiles to you daily!

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  33. Hi Cathi,
    As a fairly new reader of your blog, I have always enjoyed reading about Smudge and now the new little one. My little friend “Physie” the cat (a long story to the name) and I have just logged in to find your sad news. He is sitting on the keyboard whilst I type. Losing a member of the family is always tragic. We always know we will only have them for a short while, but the love you gave and the love returned will always be in your heart. I am so sorry for your loss and you will always have wonderful memories.
    Regards
    Chris Piper
    Blue Mountains
    Australia

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  34. I’m waking this morning, knowing he’s gone and feeling sad for the loss. The great loss of a very special cat. Lester & Smudge – both. The end of an Era. It’s a part of the circle of life as we see with Baxter on the scene. Bittersweetness my friend. Bitter. Sweet. We so love our family members with every fiber of our being even knowing at some point they’ll leave us and crack our hearts wide open. Brave love, *karendianne.

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  35. Oh Cathi! My heart sank when I saw your post. I am so so very sorry 😦 We will all miss him so very much. Your heart must be breaking. Tears are rolling down my face… sooo sorry. HUGS Ellyxx

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  36. Oh my goodness Cathi. I’m soooo sorry 😦 We lost one of our furbabies last year this weekend, and it’s been a hard year. I’m so glad you were able to find a new friend before this happened. We’re all thinking of you.

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  37. Oh Cathi–I am so sorry. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you and Mr. Q.O. I’m so very glad that you have little Baxter to help you through this. I hope that the knowledge that Smudge is no longer suffering will help the loss.

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  38. There is not anything I can say that hasn’t been said already but I wanted add my heartfelt sympathy to those who have already posted.
    Smudge was a lovely friend and I am so glad that you and Mr CO shared his life with us! I will never forget his “method” of drinking water and his snuggling up to all the toys and sitting at the window enjoying his lovely life!
    God Bless you both and good journey to Smudge!

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  39. Cathi – The hardest part of loving and sharing our lives with our pets is having to say goodby. Please accept my sincere sympathy. God bless.

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  40. So sorry to read your news about Smudge! He was such a beautiful creature, and I’ll miss seeing his picture and hearing what he’s up to. Take care! Big hugs xxx

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  41. WHAT! Oh my goodness…Cathi, my heartfelt sympathies for you and your family. I know both Lester and Smudge were so beloved. I guess Smudge missed Lester too much to stay here without him. They will be remembered by all.

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((CATHI)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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  42. Cathi and MR QO,
    I am saddened by this news, my daughters and I send our heartfelt sympathies to you both.
    Smudge must have mourned Lester too much. I am glad you have Baxter to fill a little of the feline hole but nothing ever replaces the ones who have gone before. take care of yourselves and enjoy Baxter growing into that unique creature that is a Maine Coon. All mine here send furry hugs too.

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  43. I’m so sorry to hear about Smudge. Losing him so soon after Lester must be doubly difficult for you and your husband. I’ll miss seeing them but look forward to getting acquainted with the new little guy.

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  44. I just started reading your blog and I am terribly sorry to hear of Smudge’s passing. My kitty Joey passed 2 years ago and I miss him every day. I understand the pain and loss you are feeling. I am so sorry. ((hugs))

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  45. Dear Cathi,
    My heart is broken to see you’ve lost Smudge. Two dear friends gone in such a short time. I’m saying a prayer for you and Mr. Q.O.

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  46. so sad…both furry loves gone. I’m sorry for the void you have in your hearts and home!
    Please consider getting a couple of kitties, they will never be the same as, but it will help fill the loss of companionship that you both have had, and shared with us over the years.
    Thinking of you, from one pet lover and quilter to another….
    :-}pokey

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  47. Oh no – I just stopped by to see what you were up to and I found the post about Smudge. What heartbreaking news. I am so sorry for your loss – and so soon after Lester. I loved seeing the daily pictures of both of them and look forward to the ones of Baxter – he’s a real cutie.

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  48. OMG… I must have missed this post, Cathi! I am so sorry to hear about Smudge. I was wondering why you didn’t have any photos of him and only Baxter. I am soooo sorry for your loss. I know that you loved Smudge so much. He was a BIG part of your family. I know he will be missed.

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  49. So sorry Cathi!! When I caught up reading your posts and only read about Baxter a terrible feeling crept on me ….. and it it true, OMG, will miss those gorgeous photos you always posted of Smudge. You must miss him dearly, despite the silly poses Baxter has hihihi. Love his photo on July 13!! Take care, hugs, Daniëlle

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