Sunday, August 7, 2011

Arnold in the afteroon - goodbye, old friend

How do you say goodbye to one of your oldest friends? Today we had to say goodbye to a much loved member of our family. Arnold has been coping with kidney disease for several long years, being a trooper, always being there for us. A little while ago, Arnold started keeping to himself more and stopped eating and it started to become clear that his many miles had caught up with him.

Arnold spent much of his life with Joe Bob as his partner in crime...

He was a master napper and knew how to sleep like a pro.

Must have learned it somewhere...

While he may have picked up some bad habits over the years, he was always game for the next adventure.

He was a sentimental kitty and he loved the holidays.

After 14 years being the center of attention, he took to Anthony right away and looked after him from the day we brought our little boy home.

How do you say goodbye to someone you've known for a third of your life? Arnold was almost 17 and he was always a wonderful, happy kitten who never really grew up. It's hard to imagine our family without him. We want to express our deep thanks to the kind folks at Compassionate Care for all of their help and kindness. Arnold spent a sunny afternoon in the backyard today, smelling the smells and enjoying a nice saucer of milk. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend, Big Guy. We love you.


  1. My sincerest sympathy - he will be very missed - Pat

  2. This is a very special tribute to a much-loved family member. I am very sorry for your loss. -Kim

  3. Goodbye Arnold, rest in peace. How fortunate he found such a caring home with Paul, Susan and then Anthony.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear you lost Arnold. I lost Sadie two years ago and it was extremely difficult. Much more so than I ever would have expected. One night after a couple weeks we decided to crack open a bottle of champaigne and celebrate the joy she brought to our lives and we all told funny stories about her.
    I love your pictures and will definitely miss Arnold when I someday get to visit. Here's to all the joy he brought to your lives.Cheers...Denise

  5. Oh I'm so sorry. Your Arnold looks a lot like our cat Sasha who we lost to kidney disease back in 2007. Hugs- it's never easy.