Monday, June 08, 2015


Huggy died today, June 8, 2015

My other traveling companion and the one this blog was named for,Huggy, died this afternoon. Her health has been going down hill for the last couple of weeks and rapidly for the last few days. Pat and I took her to the Veterinarian this afternoon and the prognosis was not good. Two pretty much painless shots and she is now at rest. Annie and I got her from the King County Animal Shelter in June, 1998. Her Vet at that time thought she was about six weeks old, so we decided to call her birthday 1 May, so she was now just over 17 years old. We put her in an "H" harness when we took her home as we planned to travel with her in our motorhome and that way she could be on a leash and be taken walking, which we did. Believe me, walking a cat on a leash is not like walking a dog but she enjoyed it. She would ride in a bed on the dashboard of the motorhome where she could watch the world go by outside the front windshield. She would be there unless it got too hot, from being in the sun, then she'd move to the RV floor. After Annie died in July, 2005, Huggy and I started out on what was to be our last Snowbird trip in early January, 2006. Just before starting out on that trip I started this blog, mainly to give a way to keep in touch with my kids and let them see photos (I enjoy photography) of where we were and what we were doing. It worked well for that. After I met Pat later in 2006, I sold the RV that Annie, Huggy and I traveled in and we bought a new one that was Dick and Pat's RV. We didn't take Huggy along as Pat's two cats, Molly and Peewee, were not used to traveling and that wouldn't be fair. Pat and I made a few trips but she really didn't care for RV travel and doesn't like to be away from home very long, so the RV was sold. I miss it but there are other things to compensate. Now, with the death of Huggy and the fact that I no longer go RVing, I expect that I'll take this blog down in the not too distant future. It has served it's purpose but there have been enough changes in my life that it no longer fits. I haven't posted here in nearly three years. I will try to add my favorite photo of Huggy at the end of the post but am not sure anymore how to do that in Blogger. This photo has been posted here early in the blog's history and it was taken of Hug in our back yard, in Aug or Sep of 2005. I will still continue to read the few blogs of those I've followed over the years who are still posting and thank you to all who have read and commented on my posts here over the years. Bye-Bye.

I'm so sorry to hear about Huggy's passing, Dick. But the heartbreak when we have to give them up is more than worth all the joy and love they bring us in life.


Oh Dick, I am so sorry to read about Huggy!! You two have been through a lot! I truly believe you will be greeted by Huggy when you pass. She is over by the Rainbow Bridge waiting. But take your time and enjoy the memories, and possibly get a rescue cat for a new pal! My prayers of comfort going your way!

Aww Dick I know how painful it is to lose a beloved pet, and my heart goes out to you.

Thank you for the email, please note that I am going to reply to it right now.

Aaawww, Dick, I am so sorry to read about Huggy ... you two have been together for a very long time. It is so hard, as these kitty kats become part of our family, not just a pet, and to lose them hurts just as much as losing a human family member. It sounds like she had a wonderful life, and as Diane said, she is surely over the Rainbow Bridge, having the time of her life, waiting until you all can be together again, sometime in the future. Take care, hugs to you and yours ... Connie xxx
My mother-in-law once said that she didn't know why she kept doing this to herself--loving another animal and then seeing them die. Chris said he wanted to get a tortoise because they live 150 years and would be sure to outlive him! Glad to read about all the good times you had with Huggy.
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