Thursday, 25 May 2023

Fate


 I had pain in my ear and down my jaw all yesterday. Last night the pain was suddenly  so severe I rang out of hours and by mid evening I was collecting antibiotics and painkillers for a suspected tooth abscess 
I went to bed early and woke up feeling as though Shelley Winters had sat on my head all night
I took more antibiotics and painkillers and by ten was starting to feel a little more human but still quite nauseous 

I think fate wanted me to be home today for when I sat at the kitchen table looking at a cup of tea, I heard coughing from outside .
It was Albert  and he was being sick . 
His damaged leg stuck out at an odd angle and looked suddenly useless. 
He looked very unwell. 
I scooped him up and I cradled him on my knee ( something I have never done before) and we sat in the garden as the dogs sniffed at his black fur until they grew bored and dropped one by one to the floor.

Albert died soon after

As Roger gleefully got up and chased a bumble bee up and down the gravel path in the sun like a loon.

174 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:07 pm

    Vale beloved, cranky Albert. We will all miss him. Hugs from Australia John.

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  2. I am sorry for your loss. I've always had a special affinity towards Albert and will miss him. I'm so glad you were able to provide some special comfort, in the garden, with his family close by. Ranee (MN) USA

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  3. sillygirl12:10 pm

    So glad you were there for him.

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  4. John, I am so very sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort at this sad time. I do think it was fate that you were all together at the time of his passing. Albert was lucky to share his life with you.

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  5. Passing in your arms was the best way to go. I know you will miss him terribly. So sorry for your loss.

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  6. Awww thank you for loving Albert and easing his passing by holding his little body. Sorry for your loss. Xxx

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  7. I'm so sad to read this. Albert has always been my favourite of all your menagerie over the years. He was his own cat. Rest in peace, dear Albert.

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  8. At home with family, that is best. Bye Albert blessings.

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  9. Fate is a funny thing sometimes ... Godspeed to Albert. He was a good cat.

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  10. Anonymous12:20 pm

    Ah dear, sweet Albert, cradled safely with you. Now take care of dear John.

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  11. So sorry. Albert seemed to be a real character.

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  12. Anonymous12:25 pm

    Sorry that you were so sick, but glad you were there for Albert, it would have been terrible for you to come home and find that he had died without you. Please be kind to yourself in this difficult transition!

    Ceci

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  13. Anonymous12:27 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about your Albert. How good that you were all together at the end. He had a great life with you John.
    Wendy (Wales)

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  14. Anonymous12:28 pm

    I am so very sorry. I know he will be missed -he was such an important creature in your life.
    Ulvmor

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  15. Anonymous12:29 pm

    Vale Albert.

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  16. He was not alone - his ‘family’ was with him which is what we all wish for.

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  17. I am so sorry. Rest well Albert.

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  18. Rest well Albert. I'm so sorry John. Steph

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  19. So sorry to hear this, but so glad that ... even though you were feeling poorly, you were home and with him right until the end. Black cats are very special and he was blessed to have lived out his life with you and his furry canine friends. RIP Albert ๐ŸŒน xx

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  20. I'm so sorry John, I'm glad he got to die in your arms though. Sending hugs.

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  21. Jennifer Barlow12:47 pm

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Albert will be missed. xx

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  22. Oh I am so sorry. The lost of a long time companion that has brough joy to our lives is the worst thing we human companions have to face. Love and Hugs.

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  23. Oh, Albert ... what a beautiful black ๐Ÿ–ค kitty you were, even with your gimpy leg!! You had a mind of your own!!
    I had to Google the use of "vale!":
    Some dictionaries say that vale relates to valley. They do not mention the death of a person. The dictionary says vale relates to the declining years of a person's age, but then it says vale relates to goodbye, farewell, adieu. To valedict is to bid farewell.
    I am glad you were able to hold Albert when he needed you the most!! ❤️

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  24. Rest in peace, Albert. His antics always made me smile. Xx

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  25. yes as you say fate John, a man and his faithful cat surrounded by his doggy friends, that we could all go so peacefully, i will miss Albert x x

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  26. Oh christ....I knew I shouldn't have clicked on this before work. Now I'm in tears. Hugs to you dear friend...he had found his tribe and had a good home and was loved.

    I must fix my powder now darn you.
    XOXOX

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  27. Sending love x

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  28. Shedding a tear here at the sad but inevitable news. I'm so glad he wasn't alone and allowed you to cuddle him at the end. Such a special boy, who lived his life on his own terms. RIP Albert. Hugs to you, John. Losing a long time friend is never easy. xx

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  29. I'm glad you were home with him.
    Hope you are feeling better soon. xx

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  30. Barbara Anne1:22 pm

    Tears here. Sorry for your discomfort but am so glad you were there to cradle Albert when it was his time to go. It's never a good time to lose a sweet friend.

    Big hugs ...

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  31. Anonymous1:24 pm

    So sorry

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  32. I’ve been expecting this news for a while, as I know you were. Bless Roger. Sending you love. Let’s go chase bumble bees.

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  33. That is such a fantastic photo of Albert. He had a good life and reached a good age. RIP Albert. We will miss the stories about you.

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  34. Godspeed sweet boy, I loved you from afar xx
    Jo

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  35. Anonymous1:30 pm

    So sad John, l lost my beautiful Georgie cat 2 days ago. It’s very difficult to lose a family pet member but they leave us with so many happy memories I keep concentrating on those to stop crying. I do hope you feel better soon . A tooth abscess is awlful painful. Take care, Noreen

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  36. KarenW1:30 pm

    Blessings

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  37. Our hearts are broken - but Albert and Winnie will be together again I'm certain xxx

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  38. :-( My eyes have dampened - and doubtless aren't the only ones. For our Dearest A.

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  39. I'm so sorry for you and the rest of the troop. He was a much beloved cat, but I'm glad you were there for him in his final moments. -Jenn

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  40. Anonymous1:44 pm

    Oh John, I’m so sorry. Glad that you were there for Albert at his end. I’m guessing that he has already been found by Winnie in pet heaven.

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  41. Anonymous1:45 pm

    So very sorry, glad you were there for him. Jan x

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  42. Why is it that we, truly complete strangers, tear up at the news we read here today?
    I do not know but we do.
    I am so glad Albert took that last walk with you. I am so glad you were home to hold him when he left.

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  43. You have given him a fine life, and it's good that you were there at his end. Take care.

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  44. Anonymous1:49 pm

    I'm so sorry John, Albert had a lovely life with you and his furry siblings, and how special it was for you both to be cuddling him at the end. Tooth abscesses are awfully painful, I hope you have relief from it soon, but how fortuitous that it kept you at home. xx
    Sooze

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  45. Krayolakris1:52 pm

    Heartbreaking news but glad there is no more pain for your dear one.

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  46. Life ending and life continuing caught in the same moment. Beautifully captured. I'm sorry about your Albert, John. Even when we know it is imminent, it comes as a surprise.

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  47. Mary D2:02 pm

    So sad to hear about loosing Albert! but that was a nice way for him to go giving comfort for you both! And he wasn’t alone at the end! That last photo you took of him the other day when he came with you all for a walk is a lovely reminder of that beautiful boy! X love from mary X

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  48. Sleep tight Albert x

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  49. So sad losing dear Albert. You must be grieving...Hugs !

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  50. Anonymous2:23 pm

    so very sorry to hear this. He had a very good life with you and the dogs. Take care of yourself now ~ hugs from Ro (n.w.Italy)

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  51. Bless his little kitty heart. Having lost my sweet Vladimir a couple of years ago, I can relate to your loss. Albert's little face will pop into your mind a lot in the next few days, and you have several pictures of his pretty black self to remind you how much he was a part of your life. I am so sorry for your loss of sweet Albert.

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  52. I’m not heartbroken and haven’t been too upset.
    But I’m grateful for everyone’s words and thoughts
    It was his time to go
    And he went on his own terms even though he was uncharacteristically sat on my knee
    Xxx

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  53. Although expected, this news is heartbreaking. Albert shall be sorely missed by all.
    So sorry to hear you may have an abscessed tooth, and I hope you feel better soon.
    Hugs to you and the dogs.

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  54. SueJay2:48 pm

    Sorry to read about Albert but glad his friends were all with him at the end. Hope your tooth soon clears up.

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  55. So very sorry John, how comforting it must have been for Albert to be with you and the rest of his family as he left this world. Be extra kind to yourself in the coming days

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  56. We will all miss the quirks and antics of wee Albert. So glad you were there at the end John; No need to wonder about his final moments because he was on your knee, and all was well. Hoping you'll be feeling better soon. X

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  57. Anonymous3:05 pm

    Glad you were there for Albert. (Do get your tooth looked at.)

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  58. Albert will be missed and forever remembered with deep affection. Albert's last gift to you was allowing you to hold him on your knee as the dogs said their goodbyes and godspeed to him. May his memory be a blessing.

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  59. Anonymous3:17 pm

    My condolences on your sweet Albert. His passing isn't unexpected but tough and sad to go through. You were home with your gang, he had comfort with you holding him. More could not have been asked for. Hope you feel better soon tooth wise. We blog readers will miss Albert. Jen

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  60. Oh, Albert! We knew the end was near but it's still hard to say goodbye. I'm glad you were all together at the end. He was a constant in a passing parade of dogs, wasn't he?
    Sending love to you and the pack, Jonno.
    Elizabeth

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  61. Joan (Devon)3:25 pm

    I'm glad you were able to give Albert a cuddle in his last moments. I for one, will miss him. RIP Albert.

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  62. Anonymous3:28 pm

    Sorry to hear this John, his goodbye was as calm and poetic as his life with his human and doggo family. He's with Winnie now ๐Ÿ•Š️

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  63. Aww, so sorry to hear this. Fate indeed that you were able to be with him when he passed. Sleep well Albert xxx

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  64. Ach, even when we know whats coming it is still hard. Hope your tooth is better soon.

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  65. I think the Universe responds to every living being, and Albert wanted you there. Sending love, dear John.

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  66. Anonymous3:59 pm

    Hugs John, at least you were with him bless him. RIP Albert xx Pattypanx

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  67. Anonymous4:03 pm

    Weeping over your sad news but how lovely that you were there and he could die on your lap,surrounded by love.who could ask for anything better.lini from petaluma

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  68. I'm so sorry, John. I'm glad Albert got to die peacefully in his own garden.

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  69. Anonymous4:20 pm

    I’m so glad you were with him x

    Debbie in London

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  70. Anonymous4:34 pm

    He was beloved
    I am so sorry
    Siobhan x

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  71. Josephine from Deventer NL4:38 pm

    So sorry to read of his passing. Thank you for sharing this.

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  72. I cannot say that I haven't been expecting this, but now that dear old Albert has passed I am so sorry for your and your family. You must take counsel in the fact that he had a good life with you and the dogs. I hope you are comforted by the fact that you were together at the end. Rest easy dear Albert, you will not be forgotten.

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  73. Sue P4:44 pm

    So sorry to hear this John but I'm so glad you got to cuddle him at the end. Sweet Albert, you will be missed. Sue P x

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  74. Sorry to hear about Albert. Sure you will all miss him. Shows how much he loved and trusted you x

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  75. Anonymous4:55 pm

    Dear old Albert, so glad you were there with him John.

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  76. Anonymous4:57 pm

    So sorry to hear this, but I'm glad Albert's time ended seemingly gently with all of you there to guide him on his way.
    Susan M

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  77. I'm so sorry to hear of Albert's passing. He will be missed.

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  78. Serendipity. Albert needed you to say goodbye and the universe knew. He was loved and always will be. Take care of yourself and Dorothy and Roger. Winnie will watch out for Albert.

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  79. I'm so sorry.
    Bonnie in Minneapolis

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  80. Anonymous5:14 pm

    So sorry, John - he's gone to join Winnie now and run with his best friend. You take care, love Margaret x

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  81. Anonymous5:21 pm

    Fate often conspires to put us in the right place at the right time. So pleased you were with Albert at the last and dear Roger showed that, even in the midst of sadness, bumble bees still have to be chased.
    Thinking of you all xxx

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  82. So sorry, I know there's going to be an Albert shaped void in your life from now on. Hang onto the pups, and hugs from someone who reads you yet never commented before.

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  83. it was fate indeed. Albert needed you to be there so he could move onto the next life and be with his best buddy Winnie again. XXXXX

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  84. So sorry, to hear about your cat. Glad you had the chance to be with him in the end.

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  85. So sorry to hear about Albert. How lovely that you were with him and able to cuddle him. Gone to find Winnie.

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  86. So sad to hear this. Take care of yourself, and take comfort in having given him the best care and a loving home.

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  87. So very sorry John. Fate was kind indeed that you should be there to hold him.

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  88. Anonymous6:01 pm

    Yes, it was fate. Thinking of you and yours as I go about my day here in Georgia USA, Jackie

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  89. Albert made his mark.

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  90. They knew, didn't they? (Well, perhaps not Scatty Roger!) But they said goodbye then lay down quietly as he drifted away. Albert was a special character and I will miss reading about him. xxx
    Hope your abscess disappears soon and the antibiotics help with the pain. - Rosemary

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  91. Anonymous6:11 pm

    And as usual you made mileage out of the story

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      Well said sir!

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  92. Serendipity strikes again but not for any physical gain. I'm so sorry for your heartbreak ❤️

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  93. Anonymous6:22 pm

    I’m so happy he got to go in your arms. I’m so very sorry, he was loved by many.
    Xoxo
    Barbara

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  94. Anonymous6:28 pm

    RIP Albert. He was ever safe with you.

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  95. Oh I am so sad. I hope you'll get another black cat to replace him and to keep those dogs in line.

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  96. Anonymous6:32 pm

    Albert was one of a kind and how wonderful that he passed quickly and with you holding hiin the garden.

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  97. Anonymous6:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing him with all of us who read your post each day. We will surely miss him too. Love sent from California, USA.

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  98. Oh John. I am so sorry to hear this. I am glad you was with him in his final moments. x

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  99. I am so very sorry and glad for him that he died in your arms.

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    1. PS: I am so very glad that he went on that last slow walk with you and the family recently.

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  100. I’m so sad for you and your dogs. Albert was well loved.

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  101. Anonymous7:04 pm

    Such sad news. Dear Albert, it’s nice to know he went so peacefully, with his family close by.
    Julie B

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    1. I didn’t give details Julie but it wasn’t peaceful
      He bled to death , but it was very quick

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    2. Anonymous8:46 pm

      So many readers saying how glad they are that he went peacefully, which you intimated in your post - surely you could have said nothing instead of saying it wasn't peaceful and he bled to death.
      Everyone had the picture in their minds of a peaceful ending on your lap.

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    3. I intimated nothing I was vague…it’s wasn’t nice but I was still glad to be there, but I can’t Collude that it was peaceful , why would I pretend ?

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    4. Anonymous9:44 pm

      Well said john. I appreciate what you wrote

      Katie in Ohio

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    5. Anonymous5:13 am

      Thank you for your honest reply, John. As a care worker, I’ve seen some end-of-life situations that were far from peaceful, so I shouldn’t have assumed this.
      I hope you are now feeling better yourself.
      Julie B

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    6. Anonymous5:27 pm

      I wish l had not read this comment as it stirred up memories of the death of my husband in December. He died of oesophageal cancer and l think had a haemorrhage and choked. I hope it was quick for him and the sleeping pill he had meant he was not too aware. I went out today and it took me quite a while walking in the countryside to feel sort of ok again. Nobody’s fault these memories rise up every so often.

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  102. Glad you were all there for him, despite the tooth problems

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  103. Am so sorry about Albert - but glad you were there for him. Is it horrible to say it sounds like a good death - in your lap in the sun in the garden, getting to call his own shots to the last? Now - go take care of that tooth!

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  104. He did indeed pass away on his own terms , it wasn’t peaceful but it was very quick and I’m glad he went when he did

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    1. Thank you again for your comments ….not 100% so off to bed

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  105. I'm so sorry to hear about Albert but equally glad you were with him. Hugs xx

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  106. Anonymous7:38 pm

    Oh John, thoughts are with you x
    Alison in Wales x

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  107. hazel7:41 pm

    Sorry to hear about Albert.

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  108. Anonymous7:47 pm

    So sorry to hear about Albert.

    Will Jay

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  109. Anonymous7:54 pm

    Thinking of you. Marie, Melbourne, Australia

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  110. Aww and there it is the post I have been waiting for but dreading...Fate is an amazing thing. I am so glad you were home; not glad you were in pain, on this day to say farewell to Albert. I am so glad you got to have him on your knee and he went quickly. Goofy Roger there to keep it a bit lighter, chasing the bumble bees. R.I.P Albert you will be missed. Hugs from NZ.

    Jo in Auckland

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  111. Sorry about your dog. Hope you feel better and healthy.

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      Not everyone reads your posts eh john?

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  112. RIP Albert. My thoughts are with you John and I'm glad you were with Albert when he passed. Infections are not common when the immune system is doing its job. Please consider checking your IgG? Feel better soon.

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  113. Anonymous8:33 pm

    Sorry to hear about Albert ๐Ÿ’” glad that you were there and able to spend his last moments together. Hugs to you xx Lynda

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  114. Anonymous8:54 pm

    I am VERY sorry to hear about Albert's passing, John, but I AM glad that you were there with him when he passed. He has been such a LARGE part of your life with the dogs, and he surely did Love Winnie beyond belief! Peace to you from someone who cares.

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  115. Anonymous8:58 pm

    I am sorry to read of dear Albert's passing. Our beloved pets mean so much to us all. Irene from Arizona

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  116. Anonymous9:35 pm

    My sympathy on the passing of Albert and thinking of you.

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  117. Anonymous9:54 pm

    It was fate that you were there to be with Albert at the end. You are a good man, with a big heart.

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  118. Anonymous10:15 pm

    So very sorry John. Glad you were there with him. I am a big believer in fate. Hope your infection continues to improve. Rita from Austin

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  119. Farewell, Albert - a cat of great character. Glad you were able to be there with him.
    Hope the antibiotics work soon.

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  120. I am so sorry for your loss.
    And I hope you will feel better.
    Linda from Alabama

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  121. Rest in peace, Albert. I'm glad you could be with him in the end. Feel better soon!

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  122. Oh, poor Albert. I am sorry to read this. He was such a character about your pages. And I hope you aren't feeling poorly for too long. x

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  123. Thank you for sharing your lovely Albert with us all these years. I feel like he was a part of my family too. He will be missed by all.

    Hugs to you and the doggos.
    S

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  124. Anonymous2:27 am

    I’m sorry for your loss I enjoyed reading about Albert. He was able to get comfort from you as he passed which is a wonderful gift.
    Mary

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  125. Anonymous2:37 am

    We will all miss your boy, Albert. So sorry GG

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  126. Anonymous3:03 am

    I think we on the blog realized when you said he was not good that it wasn't all roses. Nothing could have been done for him except for you to be with him and you were. Jen

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  127. Aw, John. I'm so sorry. Albert was his own cat, and you allowed him to be that. That's love.

    I hope you feel better soon, in all ways. Farewell Albert.

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  128. RIP Albert. So sorry for your loss.

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  129. We all knew it was coming, but it's still a sadness. I'm so glad fate arranged for you to be home. Albert knew he was loved, and he passed in that security. Now for that darn tooth ache - I hope the antibiotics deal with the infection, so the dentist gets a clear run at sorting it out, AND I hope it's not too dreadfully expensive. My last root canal needed a crown as well and that was all up nearly a thousand dollars . . . that's £500 in your money... more than the odd cup of coffee!

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  130. You were meant to stay home and be there at that time. How sad, he will be missed by us, his fans.

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  131. Very sorry to hear this John, and he'd been with you for so long. That final cuddle must have been very special for both of you. xx

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  132. That is sad. Was he your senior pet? I hope you are feeling much better.

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  133. So glad you were with Albert at the end. I hope you are feeling better.

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  134. Albert was an awesome kitty and had a great life with you. I'm so glad you were there in the end. Sending hugs to you from across the pond.

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  135. Anonymous6:35 am

    Oh John, oh Albert… xx, Joan

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  136. I am so sorry John. I am glad that you were with him at the end. He had the best life with you and will be so missed. X

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  137. You said it would be soon but I thought it may be weeks. I should have known you would be on the money.
    I'm glad you were there

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  138. So sorry for Albert's passing. We will remember him here.

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  139. Oh John, I'm so very sorry to hear about darling Albert. He was such a lovely boy and will be missed by us all. Thinking of you and hope you feel better soon. Best wishes, Debby

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  140. Anonymous10:10 am

    I loved your post years ago about Albert when he was missing and you found out a black cat was at the vets after rta. your description of a surprised looking cat to the reception was so funny. so sorry for your loss . they take a bit of your heart with them . You gave him love and he knew where to come the when the end was nigh. take care and God bless. xxx

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  141. I'm so sorry to hear about Albert. Take care.

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  142. I'm glad you were able to be with him at the end.

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  143. It is always unsettling with the loss of a pet.

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  144. weaver3:51 pm

    When you get really sad about him John just remember what a lovely life he had with you all. xx I hope you have laid him to rest in that lovely garden of yours where he used to lie in the sun. (the 2 kisses are one for you and a gentle one for Albert's forehead.)

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  145. Oh John, you will all be feeling the loss of dear Albert. How blessed he was to have lived with you.

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  146. Anonymous11:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing Albert with us through your blog. I loved hearing about him and Winnie.

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  147. Anonymous11:13 pm

    John, I read regularly but rarely post but felt I needed to offer my sincere condolences for Albert. He had a long life and was well looked after by you and had his “pet siblings” to love and terrorise too when he wanted. Being a pet lover and now owner of a cat I understand the lost of one of the pet family. May he walk the rainbow bridge forever with his beloved Winnie. All the best. Sally

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  148. John, this is beautifully captured. One life ends, another goes on. I'm sorry about Albert. I thought I posted yesterday, and was very shocked to find I hadn't. My condolences to you and the pack.

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  149. John, I'm so very sorry for your loss. xx

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  150. This was so sad to read - but glad he passed with you there to comfort him. A special boy. . . . . . .Albert R.I.P.

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  151. I'm so sorry to read this. Albert will leave such a gap in your life. You were with him at the end, which is what mattered to him.

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  152. So sorry to hear about Albert but so pleased you were with him. xx

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  154. Anonymous9:39 am

    Sleep well dear Albert. I am so glad you were with him at the end. Sending a huge hug. X

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      Sorry love Sally (I keep forgetting my name is missing)

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