Not Just a Cat: Bigger Picture Moments


“I want the fluffy one,” I told B2.

As B2 handed the little girl a five dollar bill, I cuddled the new arrival to our family. His fluffy hair tickling my nose as his claws clung to my shirt.

We named him Spooky after Fox “Spooky” Mulder from the X-Files {yes we are total geeks}. His long, fluffy butterscotch and white hair clung to EVERYTHING. There wasn’t a moment that we didn’t have a lint brush with us, in the car, at my office, in each room of the house.

Thirteen years later, his hair still clings to everything, and he’s no longer with us. It’s a constant reminder of his absence. He’s only been gone two days, but life just isn’t the same.

He may have just been a cat to some, but to B2 and a I, Spooky was our first born.

On that day thirteen years ago, B2 and I had only been dating about a couple months before we decided to buy a cat together. That cat was our committment to a relationship that resulted in marriage and two children.

I knew that once we bought that cat, B2 and I would be together forever.

He made us a family before we even knew it.

And for that I will be forever grateful. Because Spooky was more than just a cat, he was the foundation for this family, and he will be missed.


A simple word.
A picture.
A poem.
to the fullest,
reflect on your
each lingering moment,
harvest them
Share them.
Encourage Others.
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4 thoughts on “Not Just a Cat: Bigger Picture Moments

  1. 🙁 Oh. I’m so sorry friend. Our furry family members are so important, and I know firsthand how hard it is to lose them. Hugs. Big hugs.

  2. Oh…I’m so sorry. That’s really hard. Furbabies are such integral parts of our families, and it looks like yours was more than loved one, but also a symbol of the life you grew together. I’m sorry for your loss.

  3. Oh darling! I’m so very sorry for your loss. Spooky sounds precious beyond words and I know that you gave him the best life that he could lead. Hugs! Upon Hugs! And more hugs! … xoxoxo!

    Also we share this in common. Nick and I got Jibbers (our maine coon) after we first moved in together (a couple months into dating) and is our first “born” into our family. So I get this very well. I wish I could give you a hug. I know I will need one when Jibbs finally passes, too.


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