Halley – September 2004-March 2013

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Our cat very unexpectedly had to be put down today due to a bad cancer in her intestines that we only discovered this morning, after about a week of noticing she had no appetite. The vet deemed it basically inoperable.

Halley loved getting scratched on the bald spots on her head. She loved icing and cereal milk (the only thing she showed interest in eating besides her food.) She loved sleeping in the window light and she loved a good, fuzzy blanket to curl up in. She was a gift to Matt before we were even married and kept him company by sleeping on his shoulder as a kitten (and of course, randomly attacking his face when he’d open his eyes, haha.) We rescued her from the Lubbock Animal Hospital because they told us no one would adopt a black cat on Halloween :) I am thankful that last night, she let Olive pet her for the first time. Olive’s first word was “kee-ka” and she said, “HI!” to Halley before anyone else. :)

She was totally crazy, elusive, wild-eyed, and hardly a friend to anyone other than us. But she was OUR crazy cat. She was there for 9 years and went through everything we did. She was a permanent fixture in our home and her constant presence will be missed.

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5 responses to “Halley – September 2004-March 2013

  1. I am so very very sorry. It makes my heart hurt to read this. It’s amazing how these animals just really make a niche in our hearts.

  2. Angela

    I’m really sorry for your loss Alisa.
    When I was reading your post about Halley it made me think of a story I read a while back about a family who had to put down their dog. The dad had been worried about explaining the situation to his young son, but his son explained to his dad why he thought pets had a shorter life span than people… His son said “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right? Well, pets already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
    I thought that was very well put and I hope that you might find a little comfort in what that boy said. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Thanks, Angela. Although Halley certainly didn’t love everyone and was anything but nice (she should still be here for that matter) I think Matt put it well that we were the only people who understood her weird quirks and probably the only people who would have kept her. I’m just sad about the end of a life in general. Especially one that’s been around as long as we’ve been married.

  3. Aspen

    This breaks my heart. I know how special pets can be. Logan and I had our very own quirky cat a few years back. Those are the kind of kitties only a momma could love. Thinking about you.

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