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good bye sweet maggie
Our dear Maggie went over the rainbow bridge at around 12:30pm today. She had suddenly passed out while at the vet hospital. They were there to react immediately. They tried oxygen and everything they could to revive her. But in the end she didn't make it. He said it was peaceful and she was in no pain. I feel horrible I wasn't there when she left. We are wrecked with sadness, just this time last week she was her normal playful self. Thank you for all your kind and wonderful comments it really does help.

2002-2006

we miss you already our baby girl.

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I am so so sorry about your little Maggie! [Hugs]
 
I'm very sorry about your kitty. I'm sure she's someplace now with lots of bugs and birds to watch and chase.
 
I am so very sorry.
 
Oh Claudine, I'm so very sorry you lost Maggie. You and Paul are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart is just breaking for you.
 
I am so sorry for your loss. :(

Debbie and my little man from Ft. Lauderdale
 
I'm so sorry for your loss, Claudine...

Hugs, Nancy
NL
 
Such a short life! It's all about quality, not quantity. So sorry.
 
you have kitty's - i will have a puppy. thanks so much for sharing my link. i dig your stuff and i your books. you are such an inspiration!

happy weekend girlie!
k
 
I'm so sorry, Claudine, I really thought she was going to be okay. You're in my thoughts. I'm so glad you got time with her yesterday. Even though Maggie's time was short the love she felt was great! Please take care.
 
Yours is the only blog I checked today--to find out how maggie was. Tears are running down my face as I write this--I know just how great the loss is and will be--take care.
 
Claudine:

I am so sorry! My thoughts are with you!

Dawn
 
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Heather B
 
I am so sorry to read this. I checked again today to see how Maggie was and this is such sad news.

Sandy
 
Oh, I am sorry for your loss.
Please accept my condolences.

---XOX---
 
oh claudine....you know how i feel about cats...i'm sooo sorry...andra
 
I hope that others' thoughts and wishes bring you some comfort. I'm so sorry that you lost Maggie.
Brenda
 
Claudine,

my heart is broken about sweet little Maggie. I will miss her so!! I know your heart is breaking too and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Laura-Bow Wow & Meow Pet Sitting
 
Oh...how this saddens me to read...

My grief is still so fresh - that this news stings so much more. I am shocked and feel very heavy of heart.

My thoughts are with you- but I am sure you know this.

I am so sorry...

Sigh...

XoxoxoxoX
Jane
 
I'm so sorry Claudine. There nothing like losing a pet. So very sad. What a blessing you were to Maggie in her short life.
 
Oh dear, Claudine....I am so sorry for your loss...
oxox Maija
 
I am so sorry, it is so hard to loose a beloved pet. We had to put down my sweet Frieda our beautiful black Great Dane.
Take care,
the other Claudine
 
I'm so sorry. I'm usually a lurker, but I wanted you to know you are in my thoughts today. We have two cats, ages 12 and 13, and I can't imagine your loss. Please take care of yourself and allow youself time to grieve.
 
You will never forget your little one, Claudine. She brought a little bundle of sweetness into your life, and you both certainly brought sweetness into hers. Take care of yourself.--Mary Ellen Bratu
 
Hi Claudine, i usually lurk but I too wanted you to know that that you are in my thoughts. I've never had a cat before. Yesterday I rescued a little kitty from the streets, at first I didn't want to keep him, but reading about all the quality moments you've had with Maggie has made me change my mind, life is too short. He needs a new home... and I hope that I'll give him as nice a life as you have for Maggie. I'm sooooo sorry for you, take care.
 
I am so sorry to hear about your loss Claudine...there is such a bond with us and our animals and my heart just breaks for you...she is still with you, only in spirit now, but you will be together again...
 
It is hard still when I read this because I miss my cat of 18 years that died a year ago. My heart really goes out to you, especially when you did everything you could and you felt so helpless.

Sandy
 
so, so sorry, claudine. How lucky Maggie was to have you...

sending my love from nyc.
Erica
 
i really feel for you, claudine. i am so sorry. how heartbreaking it is when you lose a four-footed member of your family.
hugs
 
Sending love from Colorado too. My brother also lost his beloved cat, Spooky a few weeks ago...and he looked just like Maggie.

Peace.
 
Oh Claudine, I am so sorry for ya'lls loss. I am a huge animal lover, so I totally empathize with you. We all know she is in a better place without pain & with eternal life, but loss is always hard. You are in my thoughts.
 
Claudine, I am normally just a lurker, but your loss makes my heart ache. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my little cat in January (he was not even a year old) and I still miss him desperatly.

You and Maggie are in my thoughts...please take care.

-V
 
I'm so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in the fact that you and your husband provided her with a loving, caring home while you were blessed with her presence.
 
I am so sorry for your loss. {{{Hugs}}}
 
I am usually a lurker, but as a mom to two cats I had to tell you tears are streaming down my cheeks for your loss. However, we hope you feel comfort in knowing that each of us recognizes without hesitation that you and Paul were a wonderful, loved-filled blessing to Maggie, and she you.

Peace to you and Paul.

Jennifer
 
Dear Claudine

I am so sorry to hear that Maggie has passed away. I can tell that you and Paul loved her very much.

I have been reading your blog for a while now (and have been a fan of your art for a long time).

Last Sunday I adopted a little girl cat (Esmeralda) who looks just like your little Maggie.

Maggie was blessed to be part of your family and has left you had such a young age.

Hugs of comfort from Australia

Doteexx
 
Awful news! I am so, so, so sorry. I am so glad you got to spend some time with her holding her yesterday.

Angie
 
Sorry to hear the bad news Claudine :(

Thinking of you,

Lxx
 
That is just so very sad, I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you!
 
oh dear, i am so sorry. such a pretty girl. i am glad she picked you to spend her short life with, i know you made her very happy. XOXO sara
 
I'm so sorry.

Even when they are old and ailing and we know That Day is looming, it is still so hard when they must go on without us.

I can't imagine what you are feeling, losing such a young one so suddenly.

I'm so sorry.

-- Vicki in Michigan
 
Oh gosh...I'm so sorry you lost your little kitty art partner. You and Paul gave her the happiest life...she never could have asked for a better kitty life. It's truly heartbreaking and my thoughts are with you and the rest of your furry family...
 
I am shocked to hear this sad news! Yes, life is short so please give that sweet Toby and Mabel some hugs for me Claudine! Love and prayers for you all! xoxooxx
 
I am so sorry. I know that Maggie will be missed more than words can express. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this profoundly sorrowful time. Please know that you are loved.
 
OMG Claudine! Maggie was only 4 years old? This is just shocking and I am so sorry! You must be shell-shocked! I lost a kitten who didn't even make it to two years old (cancer) and I really understand. I'll hug my little bunch a bit tighter tonight and think of you. Again, I am so sorry. jood
 
I am so sorry and will keep your family in my thoughts.
 
Claudine and Paul,
My warmest thoughts are with you! You gave Maggie a perfect family, filled with fun and love that she felt every moment of her life. I know a very special animal now is racing toward you, so a new flower can bloom on your family tree.
With sympathy and a big hug,
~Karen (yes, I have 2 cats)
 
Big bugs to you Claudine. I have three furry boys, and yet my thoughts often go to Gilbert (Little Face) who was mauled by a dog three years ago. I logged on this morning so sure that I would hear she was better. Take Care.
 
Oh dear, that was meant to be hugs.
 
Claudine,

You are such an inspiration to many. Your sweet Maggie and all those you come in contact with have been blessed by your love and sincerity. It is obvious that Maggie loved you very much and she certainly knew how much she was loved. She will surely be missed.

Angela
 
oh claudine,
i am so sorry.
you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

tiffani
 
Please accept my deepest condolences. It's so hard to lose a beloved furry faced friend.
 
I got online tonight just to check and I am so so sorry. You did everything humanly possible and she must have known it. Take some time to heal. ~Sharon
 
Claudine,
Even though I don't have a pet, the way you talked about Maggie, Toby and Mabel, helps me understand the amazing and deep bond you have with them, I am so sorry you are going through this, I hope you feel better soon.

Rosy
 
Dear Claudine:
I also feel wrecked with sadness thinking about your beloved Maggie's passing. Her untimely transition to rainbow bridge completely sucks and it seems so unfair
given her youth and the love that you have for her. Give your self time to grieve and to rest. You have been through an awful ordeal; I am just so sorry that you are going thought this heartache right now. You and your beautiful Maggie and Toby are in my thoughts and prayers.
Take care,
JL
 
Many many hugs from all of us. We are so sorry to hear the news.
She was lucky to spend her time here with you. ; )

Big hug,
The Tart
&
The Whippy Curly Tails
=^..^=
 
I can barely speak. Can't imagine what you and Paul are going through. I feel so badly for you guys. This so sucks.....
 
Oh I am so very sorry....may she rest in peace.
 
(((CLAUDINE*PAUL)))))))
Our hearts go out to you both as lovers of animal and also people who have lost a precious loved pet.
No doubt she is at PEace now .
XO
MB
 
I've been offline for a week and was so shocked and saddened by this news. I have to admit that Maggie was kind of my favorite since she looks so much like my beloved Bela.

I'm so sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you, Paul, Toby, and Mabel.

With sympathy,
Colleen
 
((hugs)) Aw, Claudine, I'm so sorry to hear about this. It's so hard to lose a beloved pet. But remember that she was lucky to have you and Paul for the time she did. You two blessed each other. I bet Melvis was there to greet her when she went to the bridge. I'm so sorry. :( I wish I could say something brilliant to make you feel better. I know this feeling, I've been there. You make yourself feel guilty, you get angry, you feel sad... Just remember that you'll see her again someday. ((hugs)) I'm thinking of you.
 
oh claudine, i'm at a loss for words and not sure what to say. i came back today not expecting this. i'm so very sorry. my heart is bursting at the seams. HUGE hugs to all of you. i hope you can find some peace soon. HUGE hugs, rachel
 
Oh Claudine, I am so so sorry to hear about your dear sweet maggie. My heart goes out to you. I know how difficult it can be do loose a loved friend and studio companion. I know that there is nothing I can say to make you feel any better, but know that you and Paul are in my thoughts and prayers and I am sending my deepest condolences for your loss. AND a long distance hug. Stay strong and I hope that you will find comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering. MORE HUGS.
 
What a sad day Claudine. I really feel for you and Paul losing your darling Maggie.
 
Me and all my kitties send you and lots of hugs and love now.
 
I am SO sorry for your loss! It is the hardest thing to loose a pet because they are there 24-7 for us!
My prayers.. thoughts and wishes are with you during this difficult time!
If you would like I can add her to my "best friends blog" a blog I created in memory of the pet's we've lost and loved when my dear doggie Bailey passed on...
Let me know if you would like me to add miss maggie via email!
The blog is http://baileysbliss.blogs.com/bestfriends/

lots of hugs to you!
 
Dear Claudine,
You gave given me so much creative inspiration over the years and I too am a Cat person so I wanted to give something back. I have lost one Kitty (a childhood pet) and currently have two Kittys who are my LIFE. I know that even if I hear a sniffle or an odd bowel movement my heart goes into my mouth in panic so I truly understand the loss you must be feeling. Though it is of little consolation I want you to know that you are in my prayers and my Kitty Boys Pablo and Dharma also send their healing blessings. Dear Maggie is indeed a Kitty "Angel" and sometimes Angels have other jobs to do in heaven* Have faith in the gifts and blessings Maggie has brought.
Healing Hugs
KittyBaroque, melbourne, Australia
 
(((((hugs))))) Claudine.... Thinking of you from Belfast...
Joy, Calum, Nelson (schanuzer), Dixie (lab)
 
so sorry :( I've been there, and I'm really sad for you.
 
i am soooo sorry - she seemed like such a sweet girl - although her life was short at least she was so well taken care of and loved while she was alive....
 
Such a sad time. It's really hard, I know. Hugs to you and yours.
 
I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you did EVERYTHING that you possibly could. Sometimes our little ones are only here for such a short time...
 
I stumbled on your site today after reading one of your books. I'm really sorry about Maggie. I know the hurt.

One of my cats has AIHA, has all her life and it's a struggle.
 
I am so sorry for your heartbreaking news and I share in your sadness. I lost my dear Jespah 4 years ago and there are still times that I ache for him. But I know that Maggie had a wonderful time in her short life and you and Paul are responsible for that. So take comfort in knowing that you are such excellent feline parents and gave her a little bit of heaven on earth.
 
thoughts and hugs

~mary boyer
 
So sorry to hear about your kitty. What a sweet face she had.
 
Oh Claudine - buckets of hugs and love to you. I am so sorry!
Thank you for everything you both do for all the sweet animals. And for giving me such amazing advice with my kitty. You are such a wonderful person to the animals. My heart is broken about you losing sweet Maggie - your art partner.
Maggie, you and Paul are in my heart and thoughts.
 
My heart is breaking, I'm so sorry for your loss!

Di
 
Claudine

While reading your blog updates the past few days about Maggie, I couldn't help but fell a deep sadness today after learning that she's passed on. I am so sorry for your loss. Be grateful for the good times you had with her for she is to have had you too!
 
Claudine,
I am so so sorry. Our pets fill a special place in our hearts and it's heartbreaking when they leave us. All we can do is love them while they are here and comfort ourselves in the knowledge that we gave them love and comfort. Maggie was very lucky to have you for her short time on earth.
 
I'm so sorry honey.

(((((((Claudine)))))))))
 
Oh, Claudine, I'm so very sorry. Please give Paul and pets our best wishes. Anna and I are thinking of you all.
 
I am sorry claudine.
 
Claudine, my heart goes out to you and your husband. I'm so sorry for your loss and sadness, I know she was family and will be sorely missed. Blessings.
 
oh Claudine.

we seem to have the same "luck" as far as kitties go. i remember last year when you and i each lost a kitty on the SAME day.. and now, we each lose another kitty within a month of one another. what are the chances of that?!

i am so sorry to hear about your loss. my Hobbes was the love of my life and my Soul Mate of the Animal Kingdom.

extra big hugs
karina
 
Oh Claudine...i'm so sorry... :(
 
I'm so sorry for your loss, Claudine. Your Maggie looks a lot like our Verona. We didn't get her as a kitten so it's cool to see that teeny, tiny Maggie so I can imagine Verona so young.

I'm thinking of you and Paul during these tough days.
 
Oh dear Claudine, our household was distraught to hear about Maggie's passing. We are thinking of you all. Our hearts are with you.
 
Oh, I am so sorry. Hugs to you both, warm wishes,
Tara
 
My heart goes out to you and your husband.
 
I am so sorry for your loss... it was obvious how very much she was loved. xo
 
So sorry to hear about your little Maggie.
 
dear Claudine
I have just been back and read your posts about Maggie. I have 2 Pugs who are my children and I am in tears because I know I would be equally distraught if it were one of my two. My heart and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Kass Hall
 
This is so terrible, I am just so sorry. I have been on vacation for a bit so I hadnt been out here. Anyway, my heart goes out to you. Brandi
 
*sob*
gosh.
reading this made me cry.
I would be such a complete wreck if my cat died. I've had her for almost 13 years.
well.
I hope you feel better.
Maggie is in a good place now.



i like to think that cat heaven is full of fish and mice toys. and catnip.
 
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