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August 20, 2012

Memorial Mancat Monday - Lloydie

This is a very sad time for the PAWS volunteers and staff. On Friday, we bid a final farewell to our sweet and handsome friend Lloydie.  This amazing, peaceable and loving kitteh first came to PAWS in May 2011.

Lloydie and me: headbonking buddies forever

Lloydie had recently become very ill, had begun to lose a lot of weight, and was disinterested in food.  An ultrasound gave the vets strong reason to believe that cancer was the probable cause.  To complicate matters, he was in the terminal stages of acute liver failure, having difficulty breathing and weak.  As our shelter director, Michele, said so eloquently, “…extraordinary measures such as feeding tubes would be in complete opposition to our love for Lloydie, and our most fervent wish that he not suffer.”

So, with Michele holding him in her arms, Lloydie was gently helped to the Rainbow Bridge Friday afternoon.

Our wish is for all PAWS animals to be adopted to live out their days with homes and people of their very own. While that didn't happen for Lloydie, we are thankful that PAWS' no-kill policy meant he was in a safe, warm and loving environment for the final 1 1/2 years of his life.

We miss your headbonks already, Lloydie, and we love you forever. Fly free, sweet boy ... we'll see you when we get to the Rainbow Bridge.

49 comments:

Unknown said...

Those we love don't go away, their memories stay in our hearts forever.
Kisses
Nellie

Katnip Lounge said...

May Ceiling Cat bless all of you for loving Lloydie, and helping on his journey out of pain into the next.
{{hugs}} from all of us at the Lounge and Mommy Trish

Cotton said...

So sorry about Lloydie...
he'll go to rainbow bridge and I agree with Nellie<3
Cotton

Sparkle said...

I am very sad to hear about Lloydie. Purrs to everyone at PAWS.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

We are very sad to read about Lloydie. While he may not have had been adopted, he did have a "home" with people he loved and was loved in return. Thank you for taking such good care of him.

Sandra said...

God speed, LLoydie:( It is always so sad to lose a furry friend. I don't think he knew he never got the chance to be adopted, as, for all he knew, he already was home, with lots of people that loved him.Isn't that what a forever home is?

The Chair Speaks said...

We're so sad to hear that 'head-bonking' Lloydie went to the rainbow bridge. He was certainly much loved before he left. Purrs!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are so sorry ~ and so grateful you all loved and cared for him. xx

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Even tho he didn't go away with a family, I think he knew he was 'home' with all of you around him, giving him love. Fly free, sweet one.

Old Kitty said...

Lovely Lloydie! Me and Charlie are so so sorry to hear about Lloydie's passing. We are heartened by the fact that he spend the last months of his life surrounded by love and care and devotion. Thank you so much for being there for him!

Fly free now sweet Lloydie! Take care
x

Brian said...

We are so very, very sorry to hear about sweet Lloydie. We send our best purrs and hugs to all who loved him. Run free sweet boy.

Fr. Tom Fishworthy said...

Our hearts break at stories like this, but we know it's part of life. He was so much better off having your love in his life :)

Fly free, sweet Lloydie.

Tom xx

The Island Cats said...

We are so sorry to hear abut Lloydie. Even though he wasn't "adopted," he had a happy home with all of you. We send you all comforting purrs and headbutts.

Fuzzy Tales said...

I'm so sorry he's passed, but am so grateful he had you all, to the end. And I'm so glad you didn't go the "extraordinary measures" for him. I often think that those things are done for the humans involved, not for the poor Being who is suffering, especially when it's a terminal illness.

Wishing you all peace and blessings, and wishing Lloydie godspeed.

Purrs from the boys.

-Kim

Hannah and Lucy said...

Mum can't see for tears but just wanted to thank you so much for caring for sweet Lloydie. He didn't need a furever home he already had one with you all. He will watch over you all with love from Rainbow Bridge.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

pibble said...

This is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful boy.

I got to see Lloyd last Sunday. Such a sweet fellow, but certainly not the kitty he used to be. His illnesses had taken their toll on him, and it was apparent.

Run free, sweet boy! There are so many friends waiting for you at The Bridge!

Marilia said...

So very sorry!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry about Lloydie! At least he had lots of happy times with you during his last year 1/2.

haopee said...

I just dropped by and you made my eyes water. I'm sorry about Lloydie, my friend. But rest assured, you made the right decision and it may be the hardest one you've done.

Hugs. We're sending our paws and prayers to comfort you.

Huggies and Cheese,

Haopee

Cat said...

We are so sorry that Lloydie has gone to the bridge but we are so very grateful that he know your loving kindness!!!! Safe journeys beautiful boy....

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

My heart is breaking....the photo just tore me apart.
I am so deeply sorry about Lloydie but how blessed he was to have had an ANGEL like YOU right here on earth
(((((hugs)))) and much love to you. Our deepest sympathy, Caren & Cody

A few Good Cats said...

We're so sorry to hear the sad news about Lloydie. Sending comforting vibes and purrayers...

cats of wildcat woods said...

So very sorry about Lloydie. Fly free..

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings..."
John Gillespie Magee

Tamago said...

Oh no I'm crying to see the sad news about Lloydie. I'm so sorry he went to the Bridge. But I'm very happy he was with great people at PAWS. Though he didn't have his own home, he was safe and loved very much. I hope he finds headbonking buddy at the Bridge.

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

So sorry to hear about Lloydie :(
sending (((PURRS))) and huggies

Ann Boyajian said...

We are so sorry to hear about Lloydie. You were his family and you gave him love and took wonderful care of him. Purrrs.

Avalon's Garden and Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats said...

Awwwwwwww, dis makez owr mom have leaky eyez, we thinkz you luve(d) Lloydie furry much and gave him a Safe place to live.You tookz furry good care ov him, and in turn he luved you all ......
Izn't dat a Home???? you all were Home fur him. We so sorry he went to da Bridge, but suffering iz not a good way to be ...... Good Bye Lloydie ^..^

Safe Journey sweet Lloydie ~

God Bless you fur taking care ov him and All the others ♥♥xoxoxo♥♥

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

Oh I'm so sorry. He sounds like a very special kitty.

I'm thankful your shelter director for not allow extraordinary measures that may have prolonged his life some but would have given him a poor quality of life - which is not was PAWS is about.

Thank you for taking such great care of him and knowing when it was time to let him go.

Run free Lloydie.


{{{hugs to PAWS staff and volunteers}}}

Katie Isabella said...

MY mom just has a river of tears about sweet Lloydie. A dear and loved cat who as others said so well, didn't know he didn't have a frever home for he was home where he was loved. Headbonks proved he knew that. God speed sweetest little boy and we'll all meet again one day. You will see your rescuers and they will see you and the others who went before and the joy for all will be just beyond knowing now. xoxox

Thank you Paws for caring for these innocent ones. <3

Quill and Greyson said...

Blogger keeps eating my comment. I just wanted to say how nice it was that he knew love and gentleness at the end of his days. Big huggs to you!

Marg said...

Oh that is so sad. He sure did have a good life for the time that he was there at Paws. We sure are glad that he was there and we feel like the absolute right thing was done. Quality of life is so very important. We sure send tons of hugs to everyone. So Sorry.

The Whiskeratti said...

We're so sorry to hear of the passing of your furriend Lloydie. He was a handsome mancat. But, we are so glad that he was able to live in your wonderful sanctuary.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

We are sorry to hear about Lloydie. Even though he never went out to a forever home, he had the most loving one he could wish for with all of you.

Daisy said...

Rest in peace, Lloydie. Even though you did not find your forever home, you were loved.

M Dawson said...

God Bless you Lloydie, you are loved.

Gigi said...

So sorry for the loss of this sweet boy. Without you, he would not have had that warm, safe, happy life (complete with headbonks) for these last years. You gave him love and joy, and a gentle journey to the Bridge. XOXOXOX

Cara n Crew said...

we are so sorry. Bless you for keeping Lloydie safe and loving him. purrs,

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

Willow said...

Sorry that Lloydie had to go to the bridge and through he did not get a forever home PAWS volunteers provided love for him. Purrs

Beth said...

I am so sorry. The staff and volunteers were his family, and he was lucky to be a PAWS where he had good quality of life and was so loved.

Donna said...

Rest in peace. {{{Lloydie}}}

Kwee Cats and Art said...

Awww, Lloydie! We wish we could have known him better. But we so glad he had his happy with you guys. Life, for a while, was grand. Bless you guys for that, his happy.
We wuz you and so proud of you guys.
Hugs to all.

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

sending hugs and purrs to you and the staff. Rest in bliss, Lloydie.

caspersmom said...

Oh so very sorry to hear about Lloydie. So glad he didn't have to suffer any longer than he did. Hugs, Purrs and Prayers for all of those who loved Lloydie very much. So glad he lived out his life in the presences of love in the last years of his life. God Bless.

Ellen Whyte said...

Oh poor Lloydie. We're glad you were there to help.

Julia Williams said...

So sorry about Lloydie. While it is indeed sad that he couldn't be in a loving home when it was his time to go, I know how much you all love the PAWS kitties, so I know he felt loved and at peace with the hand that fate dealt him. God Bless Lloydie and all the PAWS kitties.

White Dog Blog said...

Thank heaven Lloyd had such a loving network of PAWS family with which to spend his last days. He was cared for and treated with dignity and for that the WDA is so grateful. We would like to remember Lloyd in our special way: by including him on our Tribute Wall. May we? He is a brave Warrior of the noblest kind. May he be at peace.

Jans Funny Farm said...

We're all teary at this story. We hate that it came Lloydie's turn to leave but glad he was loved to the end.

HSEC said...

Those special guys just get right into your heart. We're so glad that Lloydie was surrounded by love at the end.

A Tonk's Tail said...

....oh, mommy just hates those times at the shelter when we have to help them over the bridge....soft paw pats to you....