Goodbye Little Friend

8 Jan

Our scruffy little cat, Ming the Merciless, had her final visit to the vet today. She’s been poorly for a while now and Husb had to make the decision to let her go.

We rescued Ming when she was just a tiny, starving scrap about 10 months old. She was extremely ill from neglect and after 4 nights at the vet’s hospital, touch and go, we brought her home and she promptly went to sleep stretched along Husb’s legs. We had three older cats and she was very scared and reacting aggressively with them but she obviously felt secure when she was with Husb. We had her for 17 years and up until quite recently she still cwtched up to him on the settee. They were pretty much inseparable and she brought so much fun into our house, it was worth all the effort to save her. Her illness left her with weak lungs and one eye and we were lucky to have her for so long.

ming sparta

Ming the Merciless and Sparta Puss hanging out together



34 Responses to “Goodbye Little Friend”

  1. jhv57 January 10, 2018 at 02:18 #

    So sorry for your loss. How wonderful to have had such a special love.
    Your tribute of beautiful artwork is a lasting joy.
    I’m working on a painting of a few of my past cats. Difficult, but also heart healing.
    My best to “husb”.

  2. Alli Farkas January 9, 2018 at 17:35 #

    I don’t want to hear one nasty word out of SpartaPuss. At least Ming had a good long life with you. That’s how I consoled myself when I had to let my “somewhere around 20-year-old” cat go three years ago. Hope you eventually acquire another cat to give Sparta a run for her money💗

    • Rosie Scribblah January 10, 2018 at 05:34 #

      Weirdly, a cat turned up on our back door the following morning and accepted some food from Husb so we’ll see how it goes …

      • Alli Farkas January 10, 2018 at 13:46 #

        It usually seems to work out better when the cat finds you rather than vice versa.

  3. Sharon Mann January 9, 2018 at 16:14 #

    Oh dear…so sorry to hear about your Ming. Your drawings of Ming are lovely.

  4. alethakuschan January 9, 2018 at 14:39 #

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your dear cat. How wonderful that you and your husband were able to rescue her and give her all those years of rich, full life.

  5. Michael Richards (certainline) January 9, 2018 at 14:18 #

    Poor old Ming, but you gave her a wonderful life.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 9, 2018 at 14:27 #

      Thanks Michael. She had a lovely and unexpectedly long life 🙂

  6. walfischbucht January 9, 2018 at 13:45 #

    Always sad if a feline member of the family leaves. What does Sparta Puss say? All the best from the Baltic Sea.

  7. Emma Cownie January 9, 2018 at 10:13 #

    So sorry – that last visit to the vets is always the toughest. Cats are all so different but they leave a big hole in our lives. Seventeen years is a really good age. Love the drawings, by the way.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 9, 2018 at 14:28 #

      Thanks Emma. She was a good little model. We weren’t expecting her to live so long

  8. Julie Blasberg-King January 9, 2018 at 10:04 #

    I’m so sorry to hear this. It’s so hard to say goodbye, but she had a wonderful life with you both. I’m thinking of you and Husb ❤️

  9. Leonie Andrews January 9, 2018 at 09:14 #

    So sad to hear this news. Bye bye Ming.

  10. sueblackpenart January 9, 2018 at 05:43 #

    Soooooo sorry…!

  11. artsofmay January 9, 2018 at 04:11 #

    This is a beautiful tribute to Ming. All the best to you and your husband.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 9, 2018 at 14:30 #

      Thanks so much. We’re happy that she had such a long life x

  12. Catwoods January 9, 2018 at 01:40 #

    I so sorry to learn of this Rosie! I know how it hurts when you have to say goodbye to kitties. What a beautiful kitty she was and what a good long life she had with you. Wishing you comfort and peace.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 9, 2018 at 14:30 #

      Thank you so much. She’s having adventures with Bud now xx

  13. ossjay January 9, 2018 at 01:24 #

    Very sorry for you both. What a lucky cat to have had so long with you xx

    • Rosie Scribblah January 9, 2018 at 14:31 #

      Thanks 🙂 We were so lucky to have her that long after the awful start she had in life

  14. Helen Cherry January 9, 2018 at 00:15 #

    I am so very sorry to read this Rosie. As you know I recently lost my own dear 17 yr old cat. My heart goes out to you and your husband xx

    • Rosie Scribblah January 9, 2018 at 14:31 #

      Thanks Helen. It’s tough when the little tykes go xxx

      • Helen Cherry January 10, 2018 at 20:57 #

        It is just horrible.. 😦

  15. alysonwilliams398 January 9, 2018 at 00:15 #

    Aww. Goodbye little Ming. I will miss searching for you. X

    • Rosie Scribblah January 9, 2018 at 14:32 #

      Thanks Alyson. Sparta will have her kitty sitter in chief all to herself now x

  16. Mary January 8, 2018 at 23:46 #

    Aw, my heartfelt condolences to you and Husb. She had a good long life with you two. It’s so hard to say goodbye, though. Wishing you both comfort.

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