Goodbye My Sweet Tallulah

  We had to help our sweet Tallulah to the Rainbow Bridge today. Before Christmas, she was peeing out of the box. Tests showed an infection and the start of kidney disease. She had 2 weeks of antibiotics and then an antibiotic shot. She was down to 4 pounds despite her thyroid being in normal range ( on meds). She had  gained a little weight when checked at 2 other visits. The xray showed nothing and the ultrasound yesterday showed nothing. I knew when I was told she lost a pound in 9 days  that it was time and the vet agreed. I asked for one more day. My husband and I both gave her all our attention yesterday. She watched cat videos on my laptop, chased the laser, ate treats and whipped cream. We had a day that I will never forget.

Tallulah showed up in 2006, I thought Jinx had escaped because they looked similar. She was always sweet to us. She was especially close to Noel and Polar Bear. I brought her to say goodbye to them and they each gave her a head bump, they knew.

I won’t be posting for a few days. My Friendly Fill-In co-host will still be running the hop tomorrow so you can check Four-Legged Furballs for the fill-ins.


  1. Oh, Ellen, I am so, so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful girl Tallulah was, and I know how much your hearts are breaking. Big hugs from all of us to you and your whole family. ♥

  2. I’m so sorry. Tallish was a beautiful and special girl. It sounds like you had a special day with her yesterday too, which is awesome. I hope the memories you have of her will bring you comfort. Sending love and hugs

  3. Tallulah; Godspeed beautiful girl, your journey to heaven. We understand how hard this is on mom, dad and Polar Bar and Noel ♥♥ You had a great life//forever home and know if you spoke “human” you would say THANX mom and dad for everything; I love you both always. ♥♥ Let St Francis guide you on your journey to your 10th life in heaven so you’re not afraid, feel alone or have pain or suffering ♥♥ We are truly sorry and send hugs and loves not only to you, but the family you leave behind here on earth
    ♥♥♥♥♥♥ daisy, tuna, mackerull, dude, sauce and boomer ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  4. I’m so very sorry, Ellen. I know how much all your kitties mean to you.

    Big healing hugs. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo ♥♥♥

  5. Oh how tragic! I’m so very sorry. Please take all the time you need and don’t worry about posting. You gave her many good happy years and I’m glad you were able to spend a final day with her. RIP sweet girl.

  6. Oh Ellen I am truly very sorry. You are fortunate to have so many cats when you need backup. When my 17-year-old diabetic, hyperthyroid, chronic renal failure Coolidge passed I realized I had never slept in our house wirhout a cat. My vet assured me that getting another cat right away could be very healing. Right after dinner we acquired our wonderful Effie. She had an owner for a year who was moving and could not have a cat. God’s love and healing shone through, for Effie and for me. Four years later, Paladin showed up and asserted jurisdiction with regular meals on our patio. I adored him on sight, but he was feral and would not enter a house. We took him to the Humane Society Animal Shelter Clinic and had him neutered, vaccinated, wormed, and made much of by the staff. He was four years old according to the operating veterinarian. He was the same age as Effie. He came into our house when we brought him home. He explored, he engaged with us, and he played with toys. He had fully transitioned from feral to domestic life. He loves us, Effie, our home, and Effieland, our secured garden my husband built for Effie. Now it’s a garden for two. In our case, getting a new cat right away brought about new life. No wonder the Humane Society vet used the day when Paladin was neutered and transitioned to domestic life as our Paladin’s official birthday.

    1. Thank you. I am glad you kept your heart open to love more kitties. I always will too> XO

  7. My heart breaks for you and David…..What a pretty little thing she was. I know she NEVER would have had such a great life if not for you all. It was wonderful that you took her in and gave her the wings she deserved – the best gift of all. You know I wish I was there to give you a BIG HUG…..just pretend like I am……

    Love, Pam

  8. Ellen and family…..we were all saddened to read that Tallulha has gone to the Bridge. Sending purrs and prayers. It’s so hard to say goodbye to our furry babies but you gave her a great life and made her last day a happy one.
    Sending hugs to all

  9. I’m so sorry. My heart is breaking. I know how special each and every fur baby is.

  10. We are so sorry for your loss of dear Tallulah ! We know you know she is safe and well and will never be forgotten – but it will take awhile for the pain to ease. Purrayers.

  11. Oh awnty Ellen, we’re so sorry fur your loss. Tallulah was so special to all of us and will be missed. Ifin there’s anythin’ you need or we can do, purrlease let us know. We’re sendin’ lots of hugs and purrayers.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi, Raena and mommy A

  12. Oh, Ellen, this brought tears to my eyes. I’m so sorry to hear this about Tallulah. May she rest in peace. And may the wonderful memories of her bring you some comfort. xo

  13. Ellen I wish to extend sincerest condolences for the loss of Tallulah. She looks like such a sweet fur-ball. I know she must have had a wonderful life with you and all her housemates. I wish they could live forever and they do really in our hearts and in eternity. That was sweet of you to give her and you and David that last day. Purrs to you all.

  14. We are so very sorry for your loss. It is always tough to love a beloved furry. Soft woos and gentle hugs from all of us.

    Hugs and Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber and Mom

  15. Oh, Ms. Ellen, I’m so very sorry to hear about Tallulah, but I dare to hope that Mr. M met her at the Rainbow Bridge.

  16. We are so very sorry to hear this news.
    It is never easy to accept the loss of a beloved kitty.
    Tallulah was lucky to have found you and we know she enjoyed her life with you lots.
    We send comforting purrs.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ
    and mum Nancy

  17. Oh, Ellen, we are so sorry for your loss. We know it’s a hard decision to make, but we know our humans do what is the best for us. RIP sweet Tallulah. Comforting thoughts and (((HUGS))) to your family.


  18. So incredibly sad for you and David and themeowingcrew. I hope that all your friends here on the streets of Blogland help you to work through this grief. Here for you in any kind of way. Prayers, hugs, and loads of love.

  19. Dear Ellen and David and all the Kitties Pilch, Please accept our condolences. Tallulah knew what she was doing when she “found” you. Not only did you give her a great 15 years but a final day of pampering you will always remember. It hurts my heart that you have lost another precious, furry loved one! You will be in my prayers as you grieve and try to heal. We will remember and honor Tallulah on the Sunday Selfies blog hop. We know it isn’t much, so let our mom know if we can do anything more for you! Sending lots and lots of love, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer, Mom Janet and Dad Tom ???

    1. Thank you for these kind words and for featuring Tallulah on the selfies hop. XO and love to you.

  20. Aw, Tallulah was a beautiful Panther Girl, and we send you our love and best purrs. She had a beautiful life with you and you gave her a wonderful send off with the treats and the special day of love. We hope you all find comfort in knowing you always did your best for her–we hope you’re all snuggling together and comforting one another as you remember your sweet girl.

  21. Visiting from messymimi, to send my heartfelt condolences. They wind their paws deep into our heart strings and take a piece of us with them when they leave.

  22. Oh, Auntie Ellen, we are so so so sorry to hear this. Sending love and hugs to you all at this time, and we hope that Tallulah’s memories will give you the strength to see you through these sad times, as that is what she would want for you.
    Gentle purrs for you all
    ERin and Mrs H

  23. Visiting by way of Teddy and his sweet mom, Pam. Sending you my very deepest sympathies in the loss of your Tallulah. She was a beautiful kitty, and looks so much like my kitty from years ago, Beezy. Beezy was my soul mate, and although there are, and will continue to be, other kitties, none will ever take her place.

  24. Ellen,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your precious Tallulah. It’s never easy to lose a furbaby but you’re a very good human mama to these kitties. They are so blessed to have your constant care & love. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of hugs and love your way, my friend. God bless!

  25. We only just heard. So sorry for your loss.

    We’re sure Tallulah had a wonderful life with you and that she is looking over you now.

    Purrs and hugs xx
    Athena and Marie

  26. We are so furry sorry for your loss.
    It is always heartbreaking to lose a furmily member, especially one who has been part of you for so long.
    She looks a lot like Trixie.

    Run free, beautiful Tallulah, in the endless nip fields beyond the Rainbow Bridge.

  27. You have been in my thoughts and prayers constantly, Ellen, and you will continue to remain in them. Your compassion and love gave Tallulah the best life she could ever have known. She will always be with you, until you meet again.

  28. Awww, sending purrs and hugs to you and yours and blessings to sweet Tallulah. She will always be in your heart and you in hers.

  29. Tallulah was so very fortunate to have found you for her furever home. She is beautiful and I love the graphic with her photo. Having helped quite a few fur babies to the entrance of the bridge, I understand your loss. Take care and know there are many who share your loss. xoxox

  30. I am so sorry. I know you will miss her sweet face but you did the right thing to help her, just as you did when you took her in years ago.

  31. Oh Ellen, I’m so sorry for the loss of your precious Tallulah. She was a very lucky kitty to have had a wonderful home and family. I’m glad she got to spend one last day having good time with you and say goodbye to Noel and Polar Bear. Sending hugs and love your way xo

  32. I’m so, so sorry to hear about Tallulah. I’m glad you had that wonderful day with her and that her buddies got to say goodbye. Sending you lots of love and hugs.

  33. Oh so sorry to hear this news. It’s so hard to say good-bye to our furry family. Tallulah was such a pretty kitty. She is at peace and no longer in pain. I hope you will soon feel better about losing her. Hugs & purrs.

  34. OH Ellen and Meowing Dad I am sorry to hear this news. What a lovely looking girl she was as such a joy to you.

    You had a perfect unforgettable day.

    My heart breaks for your loss, but Dash will escort her at the Bridge and will ensure she gets first dibs on the Bridge’s best sun puddles today.

  35. Our Best Purrs Of Comfort to you.

    We are so sorry to hear this sad news. We know Tallulah will be so very missed. She was fortunate to have found you and a loving Forever Home.

  36. Such a blessing it must have been to have this wonderful girl in your family. And now she will be in your heart forever. Godspeed, Tallulah.

  37. Tears. And love to you and your husband and the fur babies on the loss of beautiful Tallulah. I am deeply sorry and please accept my condolences. XXX

  38. We are so sorry to read of Tallulah’s journey to the Bridge, Ellen. Thank you for loving her so much, and so well. Purrs and prayers and love to you all.

  39. So sad to learn the news. Sending comforting hugs n purrs

  40. We are so sad to hear that Tallulah has had to return home. We all send our love, support, purrs and prayers to you and yours at this sad time
    Timmy, Dad and Family

  41. I’m so sorry to read of your loss. It is so, so hard to lose a much loved family member. Do take time to take care of yourself and remember all of the good times you had with Tallulah. I’m sure she had such a wonderful life with you.

  42. I’m so very sorry, Ellen. You gave her such a beautiful last day with you and the love and memories of your shared time together will forever be in your heart. Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang.

  43. Oh, miss Ellen, we just read about the passing of your sweet Tallulah and we feel so heartbroken for you :'( So deeply sorry…. Soft Pawkisses to comfort you, your hubby and the kitties? Fly free beautiful Soul???

  44. Oh Miss Ellen, Mom and I just now read your post about Tallulah. We are so-o very sorry you had to say goodbye to her. If only the new year would’ve brought her renewed health and more time to spend with you and your family. I’m sure she held on as long as she could so that she could be with you and her fursibs. She was a brave girl to the end. Look up to the sky tonight and see her twinkle and know that you gave her a wonderful home. Purring thoughts and hugs.

  45. Ellen I am so very sorry to hear about Tallulah’s loss. My heart aches for you as I know saying farwell is such a hard thing to do. We hold you in our purrs and prayers and we will miss dear Tallulah along side you.

  46. Charlee: “We’re very sorry to hear that Tallulah had to go over the Bridge. We are sending you lots of purrs at this difficult time.”
    Chaplin: “Run free, Tallulah, and have fun chasing all the grasshoppers and butterflies in the warm meadows at the Rainbow Bridge!”

  47. Dear Ellen and David, sending heartfelt condolences for Tallulah’s crossing over the Rainbow Bridge ?. May you remember the many warm and fuzzy memories during this difficult time. Hugs and paw kisses ?

  48. Ellen,
    We are beyond sad. Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May she rest in peace!
    We send you Love and Strength!
    Purrs and Love
    Marv and Barb

  49. Ellen, I am so very deeply sorry for your loss. I hope all of your wonderful memories of Tallulah will bring you comfort. Your beautiful little angel will be around you always.

  50. Sending you lots of love Ellen. I know how difficult it is to say good-bye.
    Tallulah will now lovingly watch over you as you once lovingly watched over her. May she rest in peace.

    Lots of hugs and love from all of us. XOXOXOXO

    Sophie and the critters in the cottage xo

  51. I am so very sorry! It’s really hard when you lose a fur baby.
    I pray that all of your wonderful memories of Tallulah will bring you comfort.


  52. Beautiful Tallulah, watch over your people and ease their hearts.
    We’re sending lots of love and sympathy,
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, Rufus the Red and Ernie

  53. So sorry to read this sad and painful news about Tallulah. Sending you hugs and lots of strength. Please cherish all the beautiful and warm memories of a beautiful cat.

  54. So sorry for the lost of your beautiful fur baby. Words can’t begin to describe the pain. Every day you think about them. I still think about my two boys, and that was ten years ago. They leave a forever imprint on your heart. xo

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