“Poppy” 2004 – 2021

It is with immense sadness that I have to write another of these posts commemorating the loss of one of our beloved pets. “Poppy” the sister of “Tash” (below with poppy) who we lost back in February has now to been called away to the cattery above, though she had survived many years of diabetes and endured injections both morning and night to combat the disease. She had gone off her food in the last few days and though the vet initially hoped it was just a virus a blood test revealed that her liver had just about given up. On the Vet’s advice the very sad decision was made to put her to sleep. At least this time we both able to be with her at the end, and the little love was purring till the last.

In many ways this is like the end of an era for us as she was the last of the “Old ones” as she and her sister both knew our “pedigree” girls and boy before we gradually lost them years ago, this now just leaves us with “Suki” and her babies (though they are now eight, they will always be the babies to us).

Poppy had the most wonderful dusty pink nose that would vary depending on what mood she was in, from a rose to very pale pink though was always a little “madam” who wasn’t above telling or letting you know what she thought, I’ll always remember the day she was sat behind “Button” our “Burmilla” girl, as she looked away Poppy whacked her round the back of the head! But by the time a shocked Button had turned around Poppy was busy licking herself, and looked up as if to say “What, has something happened?”, she got away with that!

She was able to put just about anyone in their place with just a look or occasional hiss, I say just about as she met her match in “Ozzy” (left with Poppy) one of Suki’s kittens who would not back down and so a uneasy truce was brokered between the black and white pair. My wife mentioned today that we had owned Poppy and her sister Tash for over half of our married life, it did feel as if she’d been with us forever, we all miss her immensely, I hope she is with her sister, goodbye “Pop’chops” love dad.

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34 Responses to “Poppy” 2004 – 2021

  1. Dave Stone says:

    Very sorry for your loss Roger, she obviously meant a lot to you and your family

  2. Sorry to read that Roger. It sounds like you have some great memories to focus on as you and yours move forward.

  3. Awww man, really sad news. It is never easy having go say goodbye yo one of the furry family. Big hugs to you all.

    • Thanks Steve, for Penny and Tash I had to stay in the carpark as i was shielding, this time I could go in and be there at the end, I really don’t know which was worse.

      Enjoy you’re new kittens and appreciate all the time you have with them mate. 😁

      Cheers Roger.

      • When our old chap made his last run in, the vet let us come in against even though it was against all the rules. She even wrote to us afterwards.

      • Yep ours let my wife in with Penny and Tash back in Feb, as you say against the rules really, being vulnerable I couldn’t risk it (broke my heart not being with them though).

  4. So sorry to read this, Roger! Saying goodbye to them is never an easy thing to do. Such a character will be a real miss.

    • Thanks John, they all have their own little personalities, we’ve had fourteen cats since we’ve been married (not always on purpose! 😀), and everyone has been different to all the others. Love them all though.

      Cheers Roger.

  5. Matt says:

    So, so sorry to read this, Roger. Pets really are family members and their loss leaves such a hole in our lives. Sending hugs from this side of the pond.

  6. Pete S/ SP says:

    So sorry to read this Roger. My condolences, having loved cats all my life and said goodbye to many of them I feel your pain.



  7. Wudugast says:

    Really sorry to hear about Poppy, she sounds like she was a real character. You made sure you gave her a good life though and that’s something you should be proud of.

  8. Azazel says:

    So sorry to read this one, Roger. Not sure what else to type here… Pete and Wudu have already said what I was thinking. Hope you’re doing okay.

  9. Guru PIG says:

    Roger everyone else has expressed our thoughts. Condolences from Maree and I and of course Lulu, Missy, Nermal and Garfield. You have had such a time with lost loved ones over the last twelve months. You post shows she was a character, much loved, and that you both have many fond memories.
    David and Maree

    • Thanks Guru, it amazes me how many gamers are Dog and Cat people, My mum always said people who don’t like animals aren’t worth knowing, I guess this bears her out. 😊

      Cheers Roger.

  10. Again, Roger, so sorry. Thanks for sharing and my best to you and your family

  11. Very sorry Roger, lost my dog to dementia last year- it’s a horrible decision to have to make but you have to spare them suffering. Feel for you mate

  12. angrypiper says:

    Sorry to read this Roger. This year was supposed to be better, but has really been a bucket of suck. I’ve never been much of a pet person, but when I first moved out on my own I “inherited” a cat. I grew to love that cat, and she had a definite personality all her own. She also lived at least 20 years (I saw at least because I had her for 16 or so and she was more than four years old when I got her), and putting her to sleep was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. Haven’t had a cat or a pet since. My sincere sympathies.

    • Thanks Keith, twenty is a very good age for a cat, I’ve heard of a few people inheriting cats when people move into a new place, it’s heard not to get attached to something (especially a living something) that you’ve owned for that long.

      Cheers Roger.

  13. patmcf says:

    So sorry for your loss Rodger, I was always a dog man as I was brought up on a farm and it was a kind of family tradition to dislike them. Well to cut to the chase my oldest daughter always wanted one but I always said no way! Then one day ten years ago she was away on a school trip up country and it was her birthday on the day she would arrive home, my wife , the other younger daughter were discussing a gift when for some amazing reason I suggested getting her a cat!
    Well they were both stunned as you can imagine ! Well when she came home and I gave her the news she to was shocked ! But not as much as I, they went to a shelter and arrived home with a beautiful cat, yes you guessed it i mate I woke up some time after going to bed with the cat sitting on my head almost!! I think I passed out with fear!
    well, as you being a man with a lot of experience with our feline friends will know who has run the show ever since, even our two dogs new who was in charge after an hour or so! I could never imagine how smart an animal they are so I can now sympathize with you and your families grief.
    It will be interesting what happens when my daughter finishes her Tiny house next door soon. I will post that news down the track.

    • Thanks so much Pat, I too grew up in a “dog” house, my parents though both animal people were NOT cat people, my wife was however and so that’s what we got just after we were married (actually we had a cat instead of a honeymoon), a little Siamese girl “Emmy”, and I’ve been smitten ever since, sadly she and I are also both dog people so we have them too 🙄.

      Had to laugh when you wrote how intelligent they are, as while I was reading that “Ozzy” one of our black and white boys is sat in a cardboard box behind me repeatedly pulling the flap down towards himself, and he’ll be doing that ages now! 😁

      Cheers Roger.

  14. borderguy190 says:

    So sorry, Roger, What a tough time. we had dogs growing up, and cats, too. Being more like barn cats, they weren’t cuddly critters, but would stop by for a head scratch before heading off to slay mice. I despised cleaning up after the mutts, so i vowed to never have a dog. But when the kids were begging for a dog, I settled on a cat. And that guy, and the little gal that followed 8 years later (long story) are two indispensable parts of our family. Since Mr. Purr is 11, i have started to wonder how much time we have left with him. And as cantankerous as he can be, i get teary-eyed thinking about the day we say goodbye to him… Condolences, mate, and happy memories of beloved kitties.

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