Saturday, August 7, 2021

Devastation


 Paddy O'Malley was hiding in a corner this morning; he'd had some serious bouts of diarrhea overnight.

He couldn't walk straight, having a wobble to his head, and he was breathing very, very hard.

Thankfully, our veterinarian's office found a way to get him into their schedule immediately.

The radiograph above shows that his lungs were full of stuff when there should have only been air, and there is a round lump.

No infection or reaction to meds caused this.

This is cancer, and there was no way back for him.

We let him run to The Rainbow Bridge.

My Paddy O!, my boyfriend, my ❤️ cat!

The Hubby and I devastated.

Was preparing a post to show how well he and Sweetie were getting along, and how all day yesterday, while in the jury box supposed to be concentrating on the evidence, I kept thinking about how lucky I was to be able to go home to his purrs and the tiny squeak he makes when asking for some snuggles.

Will be offline for awhile, as we try to adjust to a world that doesn't have Paddy O'Malley in it anymore.

Farewell, Angel Paddy!

You taught us how to love, and we received your love in return.

πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”

60 comments:

  1. Oh dear God, we too are devastated by the news about Paddy. That's just horrible and we're so, so, so, so sorry. Run free dear Paddy, we loved you dude. Love and hugs from all of us.

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  2. I'm so sorry. He loved you so much.

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  3. Hey, Paddy, I'm going to miss you, dude. You're going to bring a lot of laughs to the Bridge, I'm sure of it!! Especially be looking out for your folks who have some sweet memories of you and will always love you. Do cats cry? I answered my own question with sniffles. There are sad feelings going on with all of us - Bridget, Penny, me Tom & Julie our housekeep who's crying her eyes out. Love you, friend xxxxx - Tom

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  4. We are so sorry. Sending you love, purrs and hugs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  5. NOOOOO!!! Why is it all the man cats who I truly love go the that Bridge?? I wonder and shudder to think if him running off and dying by himself outside. I know he's known love for years but glad he knew a loving HOME.

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  6. This just guts me. I know it does you all as well and all the rest of Paddy's loving friends here.

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  7. Oh no!!! I am in tears reading this.
    He got to enjoy a bit of comfy life indoors, but not as much as he deserves. Thanks to you, he will not be outdoors suffering. At least he had a happy taste of the good life indoors.
    We will miss you SO much Paddy <3
    Purrs, Julie and "mum" Nancy

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  8. I have no words. This wasn't what any of us...especially you...expected. The only good thing, if there is any good in this, is that he went to the Bridge feeling loved. My heart breaks for you.

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  9. I can't believe it. But it's not the first time I've seen a feral cat accept love and shelter after being resistant only to find they had a terminal illness. It's as if they look for the help they know they'll need, and to spend the little time they have left in the life they always wanted. I'm so sorry you had so little time to love on him and see him meet up with Sweetie, and I hope you'll share that someday. Take the time you need. We will all miss him too.

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  10. I'm SO heartbroken to hear this news! I know how excited you were to finally get him inside. That precious little angel knew he would get the help he needed from you. Sending purrs and much love.

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  11. We are so sorry to read this ! As "The Creative Cat" commented - PaddyO certainly knew and gave a tremendous amount of love in the short time you had together, and his few days inside must have given him added comfort and love. He was loved and appreciated from the moment he came to you, and was allowed to be there on his own terms. We are so sorry.

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  12. I am devastated, just devastated. He was one of my favs. I can only imagine the pain you must be going through. So very sorry. At least his final days were spent in comfort with you. So very sorry. I will miss hims so much

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  13. Oh I am so so very sorry . This is such a heartbreak. I fe1t 1ike I knew him. How bittersweet that he spent his 1ast days of his 1ife inside with you. He knew no one wou1d attack him under your roof. Oh this is so sad. Im sorry

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  14. I am so, so sorry. Karin Parker has kept me updated on Paddy O'Malley's new adventure in indoor living, and I am so sad to hear you had to say goodbye so soon. Sending you a ton of love and comfort--you took such wonderful care of him for all these many years, and he loved and trusted you so much. I am so glad he had you there with him when his time came. Gigi and Buddy and I send you love and purrs, and we know Spitty was right there to greet him on the Other Side.

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  15. Vicky, I am just heartbroken over this dreadful and unexpected news. I am glad Paddy found his way to you long before this, and happy he found his way into the home you'd unfailingly tried to offer him. He knew he was so loved, and he returned every bit of it. Peace be with you and the Hubby during this awful time.

    ~Ivan and Izzy, and Mom.

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  16. Oh noes. OMD/OMC. My heart is breaking....
    I was loving seein' his indoor adventures and all the love he was giving everyone. Sendin' lots and lots of love and {{{hugs}}} and AireZens your way. I am thinkin' of all of you, and knows that you are all in my heart πŸ’
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  17. You are now undertaking the long journey through grief. While others may share that grief we all walk it alone. There are no right or wrong paths, no proper way to carry oneself on the trek, no set amount of time to complete it. Some steps will come easier than others. There will be rogue waves of grief that you won’t see coming, and knock you back days. But you will come through it. If you get lost let us know. We have been through it before and we might be able to help you find the way out.

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  18. We are also devastated and without words. We are just so glad he came Inside in these last days and got loads of lubbin. You ALWAYS did right by him - letting him be outside as he wanted, then his brief period indoors, and then the final awful but kindest decision which is so heartbreaking. We will watch for him in the Northern Lights and are sending you many purrs and much love.

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  19. I am utterly heartbroken over this. It's a very sad day here too. I was so looking forward to seeing him have a happy life indoors. Lots and lots of purrs to you.

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  20. How terrible this is, when a new life was ready for him inside. But I can't help thinking that he allowed you to take him inside - or something allowed you - so that he would have someone to let him go, to know it was time to say 'good-bye'. But none of that helps when it hurts so much. Godspeed, PO'M.

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  21. Oh no! My heart breaks for you, Vicky. I also believe that he knew something was seriously wrong and allowed you to take him inside where he knew you would help him when the time came. Life is so cruel when you had achieved your heart's desire to make him an inside cat, then time was cut so cruelly short. I am crying buckets of tears for you and Paddy. I send lots of love and hugs.

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  22. Gone too soon, we hardly got to know you. Yet such a blessing that he had come into your home at this special time, to be with you. Love works in mysterious ways and somehow, as heartbreaking as this is, he was not meant to be alone at this time. He gave you to you, you gave to him, that will last forever. With love and in sadness, we share in your loss.

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  23. We are so furry sorry - but at least he didn't die alone and he was granted enough time to know what Love is.

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  24. Vicky, I am heartbroken for you. You gave Paddy O'Malley such a blessed life full of love. He will always remember this, and he will always be with you. I wish I could do or say more to make this better, but please know that I am praying for you.

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  25. We are so sorry. At least he knew he was loved.

    The Florida Furkids

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  26. Vicky and Husband,
    I surely know the sorrow your hearts feel at the loss of Paddy. He carefully held your hearts in his paws. I'm so very sorry to read about his passing. I'm thankful he was in your loving care as he got his well deserved Angel Wings.


    Precious friend
    Amazing green eyes
    Devoted to his humans
    Dearly loved to the moon and back by all who knew him
    You (Paddy) lived your best life full of love

    Hugs Cecilia

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  27. I'm so sorry. I know how happy you were to have him inside where he could enjoy being pampered all the time. Big healing hugs. I'm heartbroken. ♥

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  28. Such devastating and heartbreaking news! We are so sorry for you loss. Hugs and comforting purrs.

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  29. This is such shocking and heartbreaking news. I am crying as I type this. PO'M was such a love bug. I am so sorry. I wish I had words to comfort you, but there are none as this is just so unfair. XO

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    1. Same here. ~hugs~ Bless you for all the love you gave him.

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  30. oh mi cod!!!! mum iz saying efuury bad hbo werd rite now. but yoo know, paddy must hab know an dat iz why he came into da houze to be wif yoo til de end. he came in to say fank yoo and farewell, see yoo in yor dreemz....

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  31. I have been reading your blog for years and I don't think I ever commented. So sorry to hear of Paddy's passing. Our cats leave such a gaping hole in our hearts when they leave us.
    My thoughts and healing purrs are being sent to you and your family.

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  32. Oh no, it's hearbreaking ! We're so, so sorry to hear this ! The PO'M was such a special cat. We send you tons of purrs and love.

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  33. My heart hurts for you ... thank you for sharing your Paddy with me (us) I will look forward to your return when you are ready

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  34. So sorry to hear this. Comforting purrs to you all and hugs from mum.

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  35. I saw your FB post yesterday and couldn't believe it, the news was, as you said devastating. I thought about it all day, couldn't really take it in. I kept hoping it was someone hacking into your account with bad intentions and when I went to this blog today it wouldn't be true. Most cats hide themselves when they are dying. Your Paddy wanted to spend his last days with the beings he loved most in the world. I am so very glad you got those days inside together and so very glad that you shared this amazing cat with us all. We're crying along with you and will miss him so very much. Hugs.

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  36. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

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  37. Oh awnty Vicky, we're just shocked and horrified to read this!!! We so luvved Paddy, as we know you did. We're so sorry fur your loss and ours. Ifin there's anything we can dio, purrlease let us know. We're sending lots of hugs and purrayers.

    Luvs ya'

    RaenaBelle and Zebby

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  38. Oh this is not fair oh my goodness your hearts must be in pieces and I am so very sorry.

    Bless you Paddy and fly free knowing you leave behind so many heartbroken friends.

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  39. Noooo! I didn't say much when on your blog but I read about Paddy leaving for the bridge. I usually am able to say comforting words and see everything clearly but his demise shook the sheet out of me. You must be so down. My heart is with you during this disgusting time.

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  40. I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your Paddy O'Malley. The kitties and I send purrs and hopes for comfort and peace.

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  41. Oh, how totally awful this is, to read of your precious Paddy leaving so soon, and unexpectedly. He was so very special, and loved...he knew LOVE, that is the most important thing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    ((((( ♥ )))))

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  42. Oh, please excuse us but MERDE! Terrible news and yet we feel you did the right thing so that your darling would not suffer. Oh, we are devastated by this. Such a loved kitty, your Paddy, and this was all so fast, so devastating for you. Hugs from Loulou and famiy and sweet memories forever of Paddy.

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  43. We are so so sorry. Hugs from our house. We've done a little tribute post on our blog today in memory of the PO'M.

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  44. P'OM; we are trying to big cats and not cry and frankly trying isn't working. we are beyond sorry buddy; and we wish with all our hearts you would have had many many many years inside with chili, manny, sweetie and mom and dad. we send hugs to you and to mom especially; we know this hurts like the worst for her. with hugs and loves always; ♥♥♥♥♥

    dai$y, tuna, mackerull, dude, sauce and boomer ♥♥♥♥♥

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  45. Oh No! We now see he wanted to spend his last days inside with you and give you the love he has felt. We are devastated as we were looking forward to many, many months and maybe years of that beautiful soul living out his life living the pampered life he so deserved. We are going to post about him on Tuesday and hope you don't mind if we borrow a photo or so. I saw there was a special arrival but had no idea it was your dear boy Paddy
    Love, Purrs and Prayers of support
    Angel Timmy, Dad Pete, Toby, Rumpy, Miss Fitz and Einstein

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    1. We made a badge dear Paddy O`Malley
      https://timmytomcat.blogspot.com/2021/08/remembering-paddy-omalley.html

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  46. Deer Eastside Catss an Hu'manss: Wee are furry sorry to heer that Paddy O'Malley had to go to Purr Land. Wee send lotss of **purrss** an purrayerss an <3 <3
    Run free Paddy....wee will meet again....
    **purrss** BellaDharma an <3 LadyMew

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  47. So sorry for the loss of your sweet Angel. Soft Pawkisses to comfort youπŸΎπŸ˜½πŸ’ž
    Fly free beautiful Soul✨

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  48. I'm sorry for your loss. Sending comforting thiughts.

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  49. Such heartbreaking news. I am so sorry for your loss. PO'M was such a special boy. It is nice that you were able to be with him at the end and help him cross The Bridge. Sending purrs your way as you deal with this difficult loss and try to adjust to live without your big mancat.

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  50. So sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of big hugs and purrs.

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  51. So very sorry for the loss of your sweet kitty, Paddy. It is always heartbreaking to lose our furry family members. Sending you much love and prayers as your mourn and may you memories of him bring you comfort.

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  52. I'm so sorry to hear about Paddy O'Malley. What a sweet kitty and he did find his way to the best home for him. I loved reading about him every week and got a kick out of his grooming your hair! Hugs to you all.

    -Polly

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  53. I am beyond sad for the loss of PO'M. I loved him so much. Sending big hugs.

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  54. I'm so sorry for your loss. I loved reading about Paddy O'Malley and I's sure the cat blogosphere will miss him very much. Sending prayers and hugs to you all.

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  55. We miss all those who leave us, but some leave a hole that is so big we wonder how it will ever close. It won't. It will just fill with love and memories. Sending purrs and hugs.

    All of us at The Poupounette

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  56. Oh no! I'm so sorry. This was the same for our dear Rocky... he was fine until he suddenly wasn't. He had a belly full of cancer and it moved to his lungs - and we didn't find out until it was far too late.
    Sending big hugs... you gave PO'M a wonderful life, even if it was a short one. He was surrounded by love to the last minute and that's what matters.

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