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Updated on November 30, 2012

Sandy Cat aka our "Space Cadet."

Sandy, at rest
Sandy, at rest | Source
"Something is very curious outside these windows!"
"Something is very curious outside these windows!" | Source
Sandy on Mantle
Sandy on Mantle | Source

Sandy, oh Sandy


Hope springs eternal,

Or, so we say.

But, hope has taken

a 'time off' today

“I know you wish to depend on me

To see you through this difficulty

My friend, I'm sorry; you must see

This time, I fear, it is beyond me.”

And so, to this, it has come down

For, sadly, hope has fled, ceding ground.

Yes, hope has taken a vacation today;

Hope, it appears, has gone away

Far, far from here,

Distant and gone

And, I'm left to handle this

On my own.

Hope springs eternal, we count on it

To get us through every bit

Of 'hopeless' conditions, situations and more

Oh, 'hope springs eternal;'

I was so sure.

Today; hope is nowhere to be found,

Today, I stand alone; holding ground

Against a truth I know must be

Oh, how I wish hope was here, with me.

I often wonder about this life

I find myself thinking;

"What of this strife?

Why is it that we, so much of our time

Are fending off grief, fighting the crime

Of imperfection; when, once; given a peek

Of 'how it could be,'

The beauty we seek?"

This life, oh how it cuts, it burns and sears

Feeding into our sadness,

Confirming our fears.

Yes, hope has taken a leave of absence

While we, facing reality; with little defense

Seek Wisdom, acknowledgment, sorrow; acceptance;

Of those things which are not in our sphere of influence;

Oh, how I wish this lay not in my hands;

Oh, how I've tried to do what I can

But greater forces are at work as I speak

And surrender is the only path I can take

No more fighting, no more effort to avoid the pain

For, there is nothing from these actions left to gain

So, 'Hope, enjoy your time away from here

I know, you'll be employed when another, so dear,

Is in need of a last ditch, 'last chance Texaco,'

For, to you I willl turn;

Of this, you must know."

For, Hope springs eternal, or so we say

But, Hope has taken a vacation, today.


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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for your response. Thinking of you . . .

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi my friend, Sharyn. I haven't looked at this for a very long time; this was a particularly sorrowful loss; Sandy was still young and her illness went on and on. My very capable Veterinarians performed two Ultrasounds, two xrays, 3 CBC's, multiple 'exotic' tests for rare diseases including a very unusual lung fungal infection, Feline Aids and Leukemia (she'd already had these tests when a kitten but...just to be sure), multiple urine and fecal tests. We ruled out several simply because of her lengthy symptoms...those illnesses would have taken her immediately.... We also attempted to eliminate some possible infections with a series of meds including Doxycycline, Baytril, Amoxicillan, Clavamox, Prednisone, appetite stimulent, Convenia and Exenol....because of her age; we gave her every opportunity and every shadow of possibility of survival..Still; she continued to, though she weakened; she did not suffer; she did not exhibit any pain and slept well (but too much for her age), rested easily and ate normally to the last several weeks when her appetite began to lessen, too. When we arrived at the conclusion that there was just no explaining her continual lethargy and weakness; I held her as she passed to the next stage in this life of many forms. Thank you for your sweet note...Sandy is the cat on the mantle on my FB page. Sincere appreciation, Sharyn, Kathy

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Dear Kathy ~ darn, life seems to be so difficult and unfair at times. Grieving the loss of a furry friend is like no other loss. But no matter what is going on, please hold on to some hope because what seems unbearable ~ will become bearable in time. You published this over a week ago and I hope you are feeling a little brighter today. Sending hugs your way,


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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hello to everyone who has written such sweet and caring comments about my little cat, Sandy. I am so very humbled and so appreciative of your caring words...the sentiment and understanding is overwhelming. It is because of you; my long time HP friends (so many of your names are here....I am not surprised by this...because you are so wonderful)...and several new, understanding friends...that this life, when most unbearable; becomes a little less so. I want to thank each and every one of you for your heartfelt and kind, caring words..this means the world to me. Thank you. Kathy

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I wish you healing and comfort - beautiful poem, there. We hear of a "rainbow bridge" which our pets cross to enter Heaven. You will see Ssandy again. Bless you.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Here's a great big hug for you Kathy when you are hurting;you are such a caring soul and this will always be so.

      These words are so beautiufl and sad.Here's to thinking of you my dear friend.

      Lots of love


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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am very sorry for your loss, Lucky Cats. I know that it's heartbreaking to lose a beloved pet. I will be thinking of you and hope that you find comfort soon.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Just want to assure you, my dear Lucky Cats, that I do cherish your unspoken support, respect and love. I'm sending you warm hugs and some of my secret power to walk on the surface of all sadness and misfortune :)

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South beautiful, touching and painful. I can so relate to this poem. I am not generally a poem fan, to be honest, but your poems move me deeply, Lucky Cats. I've had so many of my pets cross over the Rainbow Bridge and it's heartbreaking. You will be with her again someday.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Kathy, I am so sorry. It is so painful to lose something we love, but from reading your words, Sandy was in pain. If it is possible, look beyond today and think of the love you had and Sandy is free of pain, and i do believe animals are in heaven and you will see Sandy again. The bible speaks of the lamb and the lion living in perfect harmony in heaven. Bless you Dear friend..

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      We Save Cats 5 years ago from SE Kansas

      Oh my dear friend, My heart cries for Sandy too. Knowing that we will play with her again, in Heaven, softens the blow alittle,for the future, but nothing stops the tears from flowing right now. Please know that I love my friend, you are always in my mind and prayers.

      Love, Al

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hope will not be forgotten, for Hope is elsewhere, exhibiting joy there. Believe me, I understand, for I have been there, as many times as everyone else that has a pet.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Losing my sweet MacGregor left me in this place, too, Kathy, when I knew all hope was gone. I think of him everyday; yes, I still grieve his absence. Life keeps changing, it moves on despite our grief, and I would not have given up one beautiful day with him, despite the pain I now feel with his loss. You are not alone, my beautiful friend.

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      Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

      Hope is not gone, just away. I know it will return. It must...

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      Pages-By-Patty 5 years ago from Midwest

      Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. Their little bodies have such a huge impact on us, don't they?

      I hope you find comfort in knowing your life made her's a wonderful one. I'm sure Sweet Sandy is running free as the kitten you remember and telling tales of her life here on Earth as one "lucky cat".

      Take care, my friend~


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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I am so sorry.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Kathy......I'm hugging you and crying with you, for I am grieving the loss of my "Tommy" as well....who could have been Sandy's twin brother. I know how sad you are and I wish you happy memories.........

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      dailytop10 5 years ago from Davao City

      What an adorable cat! The way she stands reminds me of Garfield. I'm really sorry about your loss. I know how it feels since I also lost my beloved pets/friends years ago, Spike and Bubbles (dogs).

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Do not go gentle into that good night may be a famous poem but would never apply to one of your sweet charges dear Kathy. Animal spirits evolve spiritually, in their own proper order of pure evolutionary nature. If one knows that to be true it can be a comfort and i wish you peace now. Kathy, i saw this on the feed and wondered why it didn't show up on the e-mail. Checked - and how or why i truly don't know put you weren't being followed. That will be corrected my friend. And as for you following back...well, hope springs eternal there too.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Dear Kathy,

      You know I feel deeply for you with the loss of sweet Sandy.

      At times like this, I wish you peace in knowing she had a life well lived with you.

      Please be gentle with yourself. Love, Maria

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kathy,

      I take it from reading this that your dear little Sandy has crossed that "Rainbow Bridge" to what follows beyond this life. I am very sorry for your loss. Like Bill said...those of us who love our pets, as you do, truly empathize with your loss. So very sorry to hear about this. Hugs to you!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi my dear ones; Martie and Bill. I so DO appreciate your kind, caring and empathetic words. Isn't it just like me to return w/a sad, sad hub? Geesgh! I have been reading both your offerings (Billy...latest; the 'image' and stereotypical male and, Martie....the "Goodbye" hub; among so many others. I have not commented; feeling I have nothing, right now, to offer but unspoken support, respect and love. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well my friend, I wish for you peace of mind. Losing a pet is heartbreaking for sure, and I am fairly certain most who read this understand the pain involved. Be well and blessings to you.


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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, how sad that even Hope has an end: The beginning of accepting that Death on Earth is just as real as Life on Earth - the two sides of one coin. So hard and painful to accept. And then, when we're over the shock, Hope flames up again. Maybe next time, maybe the next one, will live happily forever.

      Excellent phrase:

      "But greater forces are at work as I speak

      And surrender is the only path I can take."

      Good to see you, Lucky Cats. You are always in my thoughts, and I HOPE that knowing this will strengthens your natural ability to walk tall on the only path you are compelled to walk.

      Lots of love to you :)