Goodbye My Sweet Lucy

Over the Rainbow Bridge, Lucy

        1/1/1999- 9/11/2015

I love my Lucy so I let her go to the bridge yesterday. It wasn’t right to let her slowly starve so I could have her longer. My heart is broken. I may take a few days off from blogging and I will eventually get caught up on everyone’s blogs. Thank you all for your purrs and prayers and kind words. And thank you Ann of Zoolatry for this beautiful graphic.



  1. M here: My heart is breaking for you because i KNOW how difficult it is. But you loved Lucy so much that you did the best thing for her – set her free from pain and suffering. You did the best thing for her. She will always be in your heart forever. Big HUGS

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. There are no adequate words for this kind of sorrow. You were blessed by Lucy, and she was blessed by you. You will always be a part of each other. Love is like that. ♥ Peace.

  3. Dear Ellen
    We are so very sorry to read about Lucy’s passing. That was a very difficult decision for you but one that was the most loving one for Lucy. What a beautiful photo Ann is as classy as Lucy was
    Hugs Madi and cecilia

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I love the graphic Ann made. Lucy will never be forgotten.

  4. We are so sorry to hear about sweet Lucy. We know it is so hard to make that final decision but it was a great act of love to not let your beautiful Lucy suffer. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers during this very sad time. Warm, gentle hugs.

  5. Sometimes you have to let those you love the most go because it’s the most unselfish thing to do. I know TW will someday do the same for me. She’d never want me to suffer either. Sending comforting purrz to those Licy left behind.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I did love Lucy too much to let her suffer so she could be with me longer.

  6. We are so, so sorry for your loss of your sweet Lucy. Sending our gentlest purrs to you and much, much love. We will be holding you in our thoughts and hearts.

  7. Ellen and family we cry with you for losing such a wonderful girl as Lucy. She does look splendid in her picture – treasure how lovely your girl was and remains in your heart.

    We are so very sorry and wish we could take away your hurt.

    Marjorie and Harvey Button
    New Zealand

    1. Thank you for your very kind words and for caring. I will always love Lucy and I know I did the right thing, I would rather hurt than have her suffer.

  8. There are no words that can be said that will take the pain away. I can’t say I know what you are feeling because we all grieve in our own way. What I can say how wonderful it is for you to have Lucy in your life. I use the present tense because she is with you forever. Heart to heart. Soul to soul.

  9. I’m heartbroken right along with you. I know how devastating it is to lose a beloved furry family member, but you made the right choice for Lucy’s sake. My heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you.

  10. Special Thoughts for you. I’ve been there and it is so hard! Just know that you made the right choice for Lucy and she’s now at the bridge waiting for the day that you will be together again.

  11. Oh, my. we know just how sad and devastated that you are feeling, we watched meowmy do that for our Suki, and she did it for Toki, too.
    It rips holes in your heart.

    Sending purrs of condolence and sympathy to you at this difficult time.
    Meowmy adds more of those and virtual big hugs, too.

    ((((( Hugs )))))

    1. Thank you for your comforting words. Letting Lucy go is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but it was out of love. XO

  12. I am so sorry for your loss.I hope you take comfort in all the wonderful memories and love that you and Lucy shared. Purrs.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I know Lucy had a long and wonderful life which is comforting. XO

  13. Our hearts broke when we heard the news about Lucy. What you did for her was an incredibly brave, selfless act and shows how much you loved her. We will all miss her so much.

    1. Thank you for your words of comfort. I will always wonder if I should have tried the prednisone longer, but I truly didn’t want her to suffer.

  14. Dat is a pawsum foto of sweet bootyful Lucy, awnty Ellen. We awe so very sowry yous had to say goodbye. Lucy was a blest kitty girl to be sure. She new an epic luv and had a wunnewful life. Yous always did wight by her even in da end. She will live on in da hearts and memowies of all she touched and will live furever in da bits and bytes of da innewnet. It is always hawrd to say goodbye to sumpawdy we luv, mommy has been in da zact same spot as you afur. And altho weez can’t know zactly how yous feel, we can say dat yous did da bestest yous kuld fur Lucy. She is no longer in pain and she eats wiff da angels now. Ifin yous need anyfin purrlease don’t hesitate to ask. Sendin lots of hugs and kitty kisses and purrayers.

    Luv ya bunches

    Dezi and Lexi and mommy Audra

    1. Thank you for your comforting words. Lucy was very loved and spoiled. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in letting her go, but I couldn’t let her suffer. Love and hugs to all of you.

  15. We send our Best Purrs Of Comfort to you. We detected it was coming, but no time is ever good. There is a time (turn, turn, turn). It was Lucy’s time… Your love for her will remain.

  16. We are so sorry to hear that your beloved Lucy has crossed Rainbow Bridge and know you will miss her so very much. It is so hard to let go but it is the kindest thing that you could have done.
    Take care.
    Luv Hannah, Lucy and Mum Sue xx xx

  17. We send our gentlest purrs to you and know your heart is breaking for the loss of your sweet girl. The decision to let her go was very hard, I know! RIP Lucy xxxx

  18. I am so, so sorry, more than words ever can convey. I had to let Annie go several years ago and it was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life to date, even though it was the only merciful option.

    You did the best, kindest, most loving thing possible for Lucy, and it’s the burden of being human that we torture ourselves over “what ifs”, that we mire ourselves in guilt and that we grieve so deeply. I hope that you’re at peace in your heart knowing you acted for Lucy’s Highest Good, that you did all you could for her.

    Nicki and Derry are sending soft purrs and I’m sending Universal Light. Lucy’s spirit is free of any suffering now and she *always* will be with you.



    1. Choosing to let Lucy go was the most difficult choice I ever had to make, but I couldn’t let her suffer another day just so I could keep her with me. I am sorry that you have had to do the same, it is awful. XO

  19. Bless your heart…….the “kindest” thing is often the thing that causes US the most pain. We picture Lucy dressed “to the 9’s” in her boa and hat prancing around at the Bridge making new friends and hugging old friends……….we send YOU the biggest hug of all though.

    Love, Pam and Sammy

    1. Thank you for the words of comfort. I would rather have pain than have Lucy suffer. XO and lots of love to you both.

  20. We are so very sorry to hear about your loss of sweet Lucy. May she rest in peace. Our hearts are broken…we know the pain you are going through. Sending hugs to you today.

  21. Oh we are so sorry that Lucy had to go. Just know that the kindest thing you did for Lucy is to let her go. That is such a hard thing to do. And know that Lucy knew lots and lots of love while she was with you and that you provided a great home for her. Sending lots of hugs and purrs/

    1. Thank you for the words of comfort. I know Lucy had a wonderful life, but I will always miss her.

  22. Ellen, you did the right thing, as heart breaking as it was. One day we will be reunited with all our lovely loved ones and what a happy time that will be. I hope you find solace in knowing what a difference you made in Lucy’s life and you gave her the best present you could – your love. Our purrs and prayers are with you.

  23. Dear Ellen, sending our love and sympathy to you and to your family. Lucy had a wonderful love filled life, and I know she will be in your heart forever.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Lucy did have a wonderful life and will always be remembered.

  24. I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet Lucy. The pain of losing fur baby is beyond words…my heart is broken for you. Please know my thoughts are with you. Sending purrs and hugs to you.

  25. I am so sorry about your loss.. I know how much Lucy was loved and how much she will be missed. It is so hard to make the decision, but you gave her the best gift. You let her go peacefully and ended her pain. A part of her will always live on in your heart

    1. Thank you for your comforting words. You are right, she will always live on in our hearts. XO

  26. This is heart breaking news. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Rest in peace, Miss sweet Lucy
    Soft purrs & Hugs to you

    Puddy and Mom

  27. So very sorry for your loss. Lucy was a beautiful girl. Soft woos and gentle hugs to you and your family.

    Hugs and Woos – Ciara and Lightning

  28. It is so difficult to lose a precious love like Lucy and we are all so sad that she needed to depart. As a family who once waited too long to do the right thing, please know you absolutely did what was best for dear Lucy. That doesn’t help the pain though. We send you many gentle hugs and all of our love.

    1. Thank you for your words of comfort, it is so hard to play God and decide something like this- I hope to never have to do that again. XO

  29. Oh Ellen, we are so sorry to hear of Lucy’s passing. It sounds like you made the right decision to let her spirit go. Our prayers are with all of you.


    1. Thank you, it was a difficult choice, but I couldn’t let me girl suffer.
      Thank you for the prayers.

  30. Ellen, I am deeply sorry and my tears are for you and the family as I know the pain is acute when we have to let them slip away. She knew great love and she was happy. And as Paula of Twinkletoes said above, you made a huge difference in her life and one day, we will see our babies again.

    1. Thank you for the purrs, prayers and hugs. Lucy will be very missed and never forgotten. XO

  31. I’m so sorry for your loss. You made an unselfish, loving choice for Lucy, as always throughout her life. Sending hugs a warm thoughts to you.

  32. We are so very sorry for your loss. We’re sure it was a difficult decision, but you showed your love for her by letting her go. RIP, beautiful Lucy.

  33. …. and St Francis said, “Come little one, there is nothing more I can do for
    you here, don’t be afraid”……and St Francis gently picked up Lucy and carried her into the kingdom of heaven…..when the little cat looked around, she realized everything St Francis told her on her journey was true….heaven was beautiful beyond what mere words could express…..

    ….. and Lucy saw there was no pain, suffering, fear, sickness, hunger, thirst or sorrow, until she looked down and saw the family and friends she had left behind. ……and for a very brief moment, the little cat too, was filled with sorrow.

    … then St Francis bestowed Lucy with a set of gossamer wings and said, “Use them to return to your family, when their need is the greatest, as nothing can separate your bond of love. hold each other in your hearts and your memories, until you are reunited again at heaven’s door.”

    … and when the little cat tried on her wings, she knew nothing was impossible…… when there is….love

    … are and always will be a beautiful girl Lucy, with love from Boomer, Dai$y, Tuna…..and Dude and Sauce too…❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. Thank you sweet tabbies- I do believe this. I know she is an angel now. And thanks to your Mom for emailing me such a caring letter. XO

  34. the biggest act of love – i agree
    and yet my heart still aches for you and I
    am new to reading your blog and I will miss Lucy

    1. Thank you for caring about Lucy. Knowing others loved her makes me feel better- and she will never be forgotten.

  35. Don worry, she iz wif me, I will take gud cares of yor Lucy, we ate lots ov fuds wen she gotted here. she loves yoo and will watch ofur yoo likes i watch ofur my mommie

  36. Ellen, as difficult as the decision to let Lucy go must have been, we hope you take solace in knowing that you ended her suffering in the most compassion way possible. You gave her a long, full , life of love. Her needs were more than met ; she was surrounded by creature comforts, toys, treats, food and a loving family. She was your special reading buddy and she felt special because of it. She was so fortunate and we know that realizing what a long, loving and treasured life you gave her will help soften your grief along the way. Rest in peace dear Lucy. You were loved. You will be missed . Ellen , we are sending you and your family all our love and heartfelt condolences.

    the critters in the cottage and Sophie XO

    1. Thank you for your very kind words of comfort. She did have a wonderful life that I wish all kitties could have. XO

  37. Ellen each of us has been where you are, we share in the collective loss and understand the Grief. It is always hard to say farewell to one we love so deeply. It is with the foreknowledge that their lives will be far shorter than our own that we enter into a loving agreement with them. That we will take care of them and love them and if we must, at great detriment to ourselves, we will chose to let them fly to the RB out of the loving compassion we hold for them. Each cat takes a little of our heart and then each cat we love adds love back. Lucy has been your loving companion for 16 years, not long enough, because it’s never enough. But you gave her what you promised her when she came into your life and I know she is grateful. Your heart will hurt forever, but it will slowly, unnoticeable at first, heal softly and gently. You will always carry your sweet girl inside of you, and love never dies. We are holding you in our purrs and prayers.

    1. Thank you for your very comforting and true words. So true that each cat takes a little of our heart, Lucy took a very big piece. XO

  38. So very sorry to read this, and I know the hurt is huge, but what you did was by far the kindest and most selfless thing. Much respect for that, along with many tears.
    With love, Karin

  39. We too are saddened at Lucy’s passing.
    We know she was much loved and cared for all of her life.
    It is never easy to say goodbye to a beloved kitty.
    Sending you comforting purrs.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  40. We are all so sorry that Lucy had to leave you. We know no words can make your loss any lighter but please know you are in our thoughts at this very sad time.

  41. We’re so sorry for your loss! We’ve been thinking a lot about you and Lucy, but I was too scared to read your blog – 🙁 You’re brave, Ellen, and I’m sure you did the right thing. I wished I didn’t need to suffer when I’m dying, but unfortunately, humans don’t have the same privileges.

    1. That is a very good point- if only no one had to suffer at the end. Thank you for your kind words and for your friendship. XO

  42. I am so sorry for your loss. You had to make the hardest decision but for Lucy’s sake it was the right and only one. I know your heart is broken and the pain feels unbearable, but remember all the happy memories you have with her to help you through this saddest of times.
    (((hugs))) Jackie, and purrs from Flynn

    1. Thank you sweet Flynn. I am lucky that she had such a good life and I have so many photos and memories. I am praying for you to get stronger Flynn. XO

  43. Mom and I are so very sorry for your loss of sweet Lucy. May your memories of her in her healthy days sustain you. Purrs and prayers for you.

  44. Our hearts are breaking for you….we know how difficult a decision that had to be but we also know that you showed Lucy how much you love her.

    The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

    1. Thank you for these words of comfort. Letting my Lucy go was the most difficult choice I ever had to make, but I couldn’t let her suffer just to give me a little more time. XO

  45. Ellen, I am so so sorry for your loss. I’ve been there too, and it is the hardest thing. My heart goes out to you. The only consolation is that Lucy is in a beautiful place, running free of her body. And, I’m sure she’s watching over you. Sending you thoughts and prayers.

  46. We are visiting from Katie’s blog. So sad to hear Lucy had to go to the Rainbow Bridge. We’re sending hugs and purrs. It’s so hard to let them go and they always leave a hole in your heart.

  47. We are so sorry that Lucy had to leave. It was the kindest gift you can give to a loved one, but the hardest to give. We send you purrs and love to sing lovely Lucy to The Bridge

    Mungo, Jet & The Ape xx

  48. Ellen, I’m sorry for your loss of dear Lucy. Euthanasia is the most heartwrenching decision ever, but please know she is free of pain now. (((hugs)))

  49. We are so sorry to hear of your loss, fly free sweet Lucy. You are in our thoughts and purrs.

  50. Deer Lady Ellen an Mistur David an Fursibss of Lucy wee wantss to say wee iss trulee sorry fur thee loss of Lady Lucy. She was a valiant gurl rite to thee end an shee was so berry luvley. As hard as it was Lady Ellen you did thee rite fing for Lady Lucy showin truest form of LUV.
    Mee sends sympaffiess an <3 LUV <3 to you an efurryone there.
    Mee hopes iss ok mee did a wee tribute on mee bloggie fur Lady Lucy today..
    Wee are all together inn thiss….
    ***paw kissess*** an ~~head rubsss~~ Siddhartha Henry an gentull {{{hugs}}} LadyMum <3

    1. Thank you sweet purrince, that was very thoughtful of you and Lady Mum to make a post to Lucy. I am very lucky to have you in my life- and so is Phoebe. XO pawkisses and nose kisses from Phoebe

      1. Wee just wanted people to know so they could come over an support you an thee furamillee thru thiss sad time!
        An you know what Lady Ellen? When LadyMum was in Temple tonite an they did Yahrzeitss thee congregation were asked fur any namess not on thee list an LadyMum said Lucy Pilch rite out loud! 😉 No one new shee was a kittygurl an a purrayer was said fur her…..
        Sendin you <3 LUV <3 an ~~~head rubsss~~~
        Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum
        Pee S: Pleeze give Purrincess Phoebe ALL mee <3 LUV<3 an sum **Kissess** frum me ok??

  51. We are so sorry to read about angel Lucy. Sending you all many purrs and gentle hugs. Take care

    1. Thank you for your words of comfort and for writing about Lucy on your blog. I truly appreciate your friendship. XO

  52. My friend Ellen and Sammy P,
    Mom writes this comment with tears in her eyes. She knows so well how you feel. Helping Lucy was the kindest act you could do for her and the hardest for you. We send air snuggles to all of your family.

    Hugs Shoko

  53. Please accept our heartfelt condolences Ellen. My human lost her kitty of 18 years, and knows exactly what you’re going through. Rest in Peace Miss Lucy, you will be missed. =^,,^=

  54. we are so sad for you here at the cozy cottage…we feel your loss and know the pain in your heart…holding you close…

  55. So very sad. A heartbreaking time. Sending you love and Reiki and I’m sure your Lucy is at peace at the bridge xxxx

  56. We left you a comment on FB when we read your post there, but we came by your blog to reiterate how sad and sorry we are about your lovely Lucy. It is always heartbreaking to lose one of our beloved furries, but what a joy they are to us while they are here and what wonderful memories they leave with us. {{{Hugs}}}

    1. Thank you for the words of comfort. I am going to respond to the Facebook comments soon, it is just taking me a while. I couldn’t read them without crying at first. XO

  57. We had been purring and praying our little hearts out for your Sweet Lucy. We are so very sad it was time for her to make her trip to the Bridge. We have all of you in our thoughts and hearts, and we send you gentle kitty kisses and bunches of hugs.

  58. Mom Ellen, we are so very sorry to hear of Lucy’s crossing. We know how difficult it is. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family, and sending all of our love, prayers, and purrs of comfort.

  59. I’m so very sorry for your loss. She’s beautiful, I feel your loss deeply, and send love, purrs, strength to carry on.
    That’s the hardest decision and thing to do, but it’s the most humane. I saw this on Austin’s blog and had to comment.
    I hate hearing this, but time does heal.
    You’re lucky to have the beautiful photo from Ann.

    1. Thank you for visiting us and writing such comforting words. I love the graphic Ann made and I have many photos of my Lucy all dressed up.

  60. I am sorry for your loss of your beloved Lucy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  61. We are so very, very sorry for the loss of our sweet, beautiful baby. We didn’t know or we would have included her in our Caturday Night Meow. We hope you find comfort in knowing you have a beautiful angel watching over you.

  62. We are sorry you don’t have Lucy here any more, but she is young and happy and running free now, and enjoying all the friends who have gone to the Bridge before her. And she definitely will be your own sweet Angel Lucy.

  63. So sorry to hear about beautiful Lucy. I am sure you miss her so much. Please know we are sending much love and support across the miles. Run free, sweet Lucy

  64. We’re so sorry you had to let go of your purrecious Lucy. We know how hard it is to make this kind of decision, but we hope you can find peace in your heart. Goodbye sweet Lucy. Untill we meet again <3 <3 <3

  65. Oh, we are so very sorry that Lucy had to go to the Bridge. Thank you for loving her so much, and so well. And thank you also for making the courageous and loving decision you did.

    Please know we send purrs and prayers of comfort, and much love and hugs to you all as you miss your special, sweet girl.

    Moosey, Gracie and Zoe, and Mom Tracey and Dad Kevin (meowmeowmans)

    1. Thank you for your kind words of comfort. It was a difficult thing to do , but I couldn’t let my baby suffer. XO

  66. We were so very sorry to hear about Lucy. Your love for her gave her a wonderful life while she was here. Purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy

  67. I offer you my deepest condolences. I know all too well how heartbreaking this can feel, but please take comfort in knowing that you gave Lucy the absolute best life she could have ever hoped for, and that includes that final selfless decision you made for her sake. Your love for each other will live on forever, as will your beautiful memories of her.

    Purrs, prayers, and hugs to you.

    1. Thank you for your very kind and comforting words. Thank you for the purrs, prayers and hugs too. XO

  68. The Human said she understands how hard it is to do what is best for our sweet kitties whose time has come. She has had to help her kitties in the past, and she has solemnly promised me that when my time comes she will be brave like you were and Do The Right Thing even though it is so very hard. She says that a wonderfully kind vet told her to remember that we kitties are free from worry and dread–that’s a Human thing. We only know the love and care of our Humans and we are not afraid. Your sweet Lucy is probably hanging out across the Bridge with Mr. Teeth and Clarkie who are first in line to greet a pretty girlcat. We are sending you love and purrs, and we know the other kitties will step up to purr on you and comfort you. XOXOXOXO

    1. Thank you and your human Spitty. It is hard to do the right thing, but I would rather suffer than let my Lucy suffer. Thank you for the love and purrs. Lots of love to you too XO.

  69. You were right to let Lucy go. With my Tungsten, I too could have kept her longer, by forcing her to eat and drink by syringe, but she would have disliked it intensely, and there would be no improvement, just continued unhappiness. What a terrible decision to have to make, but one that was necessary. Godspeed, Lucy.

    1. Thank you for your words of comfort. I couldn’t let her suffer just to stay with me a little longer.

  70. I’m so sorry to hear about Lucy. So very, very sorry.

    Perhaps Lucy will meet up with Nissy in Heaven. Together they could romp through the vast fields of nip, chasing butterflies. And every now and then, they might stop to gaze down upon us and blow us kisses, just to let us know that they knew how much we loved (and still love) them.


    1. I hope Lucy and Nissy are in Heaven together enjoying their nip. Thank you for your kind words of comfort. XO

  71. I’m so sorry about Lucy. She had a wonderful home & family & love with you. I lost my Lucy to cancer a little over two years ago and I still miss her dearly.

  72. Sorry to be late in posting my condolences, but know that I am sending purrs to you today. It is hard to lose a friend that has been a part of your life for so long. She knew love and kindness throughout her life and that is all any of us can hope for in this world. She was blessed and will not be forgotten.

  73. I’m so sorry that you’ve lost your darling Lucy! I hope your many happy memories of her will bring you comfort and, in time, joy. Purrs and hugs from StrangeRanger

    1. Thank you for your kind words on the loss of Lucy, she will always be missed and loved. XO

  74. We are so sorry that sweet Lucy crossed over. And on the same day as Dorfie crossed over. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers to you during this very difficult time.

    Thank you for putting Dorf’s picture on your blog as well.

    Luf, All of us at Forty Paws and Maw

    1. Dorf was a handsome boy, I am sure they are together waiting for us to be with them again someday.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I will always love and miss her. Today was tough, he ashes were returned to us.

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