Chatty Cats: One Last Chat with Harley

Harley: Mama, listen up! And take some notes.
Mama: ∗Grabs notebook∗ Ready!
Harley: Tell Sophie her purse is in the garage in the closet under the stairs behind the Christmas decorations in a box marked Donations.
Mama: What?
Harley: Tell Dexter he’ll be next in line for Senior Cat in Charge. I doubt he’ll live up to my greatness, but…Actually, no buts. That’s it.
Mama: What are you talking about?
Harley: Tell Olive she’s one cool cat and has my nomination for favorite once I’m gone.
Mama: Gone where?
Harley: And to my pal Woodrow, tell him that 3 plus 3 is 6.
Mama: Huh?
Harley: Yeah, scratch that. Just tell him that math is hard and he’ll get it one day.
Mama: Will he?
Harley: ∗chuckles∗ He won’t.
Mama: ∗giggles∗
Harley: And to you and cat dad, thank you for loving me.
Mama: ∗whispering∗ Do you have to go?
Harley: I do, Mama. These old man bones are tired.
Mama: But Harley…
Harley: My next adventure awaits!
Mama: What will I do when you’re gone?
Harley: You’ll think of me and smile. Obviously. Now, give me a headbonk.
Mama: ∗bonk∗
Harley: And tell me you love me.
Mama: I love you.
Harley: I love you too, Mama.

Sweet Harley

My sweet senior boy passed away sometime Monday evening into Tuesday morning. Yes, we were treating him for an infection, but he had been doing okay. He was out and about as usual, was eating again, and had been following me around like he always did. So, we were not expecting his passing. We suspect, and his vet agrees, that his heart simply gave out while he was sleeping. (He had CKD as well as heart disease.) While it was devastating, I am thankful he passed peacefully at home.

This week has been incredibly difficult, and I miss him with all my heart.

Photos of Harley and the Crew

Harley and Dexter

This photo is one of the first times that Harley came downstairs when he was still a foster. He wanted to see the Christmas tree. I’m happy he got to see the tree this year, too.

December 2017

Dexter’s preferred method of hanging out with Harley – apart.

January 2021

Harley and Olive

Sniff check. (She passed.)

March 2021

Troublemakers, watch out!

January 2021

Harley and Sophie

Sniff check. (She didn’t pass.)

February 2022

Harley made sure Sophie knew who was in charge.

November 2020

Harley and Woodrow

If Harley was friends with any of our cats, it was Woodrow. They joined the household within a few months of each other, and they could often be found together.

Let’s be friends, Woodrow.

January 2021

He said yes.

December 2021

Harley and the Humans

Ross and Harley, just a few days into foster care.

November 2017

Selfie with mom.

September 2019

And one final shot of all our pets – including Angel Eddie who passed in 2020. Not a great photo, but I think the only one of all six together.

January 2019

This video was from RememberMe Thursday this year, and I thought I’d share it again. It’s Harley’s adoption story.

Thank You

Thank you for the overwhelming love and support that so many of you have already shown. Your comforting words have helped tremendously this week. And thank you to those who told me they donated to Best Friends in his name (where we fostered and adopted him from).

To close out this longer-than-usual post (thanks for making it this far), I’d like to share the journal spread I made to honor my sweet boy. I haven’t put any words on it yet because I’m still deciding what to say. But it’s a small start in my grieving and healing process. #harleyforever

Three Chatty Cats:

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  • We will miss you beautiful gorgeous Harley your sweet cute face, your wonderful chats you brought sunshine and happiness into our life. Thank you sweet Harley.xx😻

  • Tears flowing, beautiful memories of Harley. Thank you. Sending our condolences. Beth and Cuddles

  • we love you too harley... and we are sure there is an extra bright star on the sky tonight... we will wave at you... maybe you can twinkle back?

  • I know how hard it is.....but I am happy Harley hopped on his cloud while sleeping and dreaming of the love he'd known with all of you. I am so heartbroken - that boy was special to all of us. Thanks for sharing all your furry family with us but Harley...well ... he had the magic.....didn't he. Love and big hugs........

    Pam and Teddy

  • harley, your mama wrote a beautiful post for you, and your journal spread is like the
    awesumest….just like you. we love you too dood. maybe it will help your mom and
    dad a wee bit, to know St Francis was by your side on monday ❤️❤️ hugs and loves
    to them, your family and you ❤️❤️

    us tabbies ~~~~~~~~ dai$y, mackerull and dude, sauce, boomer & tuna

  • I was so very sorry to read about Harley's passing
    What amazing blue eyes and handsome furs
    Hugs cecilia

  • I knew I couldn't read this without crying my eyes out and I sure was right. We are all such Harley Fans and we'll remember that sweet soul forever and ever. Thanks for sharing him with all of us. We send love and hugs to all of you chatty ones.

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