We Will Miss You Drake

We had to say goodbye to Drake this morning. He has had a lot of health problems for months, was deaf, blind  and his arthritis was really bad. He had been able to get around despite walking a little sideways until Sunday when his back legs didn’t want to work. Monday morning , I had to leave to bring David to his colonoscopy and we feared coming home to find him gone, but he waited. He seemed to perk up a little last night and was eating well and could walk a little but would flop over after a short time. We couldn’t allow him to suffer so we made the difficult decision this morning to let him go.

We have had him for 5 years, but he was older when he came to us so I am not sure of his age. I am sure that we miss him terribly.

I loved those white whiskers against his black fur.

I will be here for the fill-ins Friday. Blogging is the only thing keeping me sane right now with all this loss in my life.

Here are the Friendly Fill-Ins for tomorrow. I came up with the first two and my co-host, Lorianne of Four-Legged Furballs came up with second two.


1. When I turned ______________, I _________________.
2. My favorite breakfast is ____________________.
3. I’m so glad I live in a world where _________.
4. _________ is not complete without _________.


  1. You were the best mom to Drake. I send to you love, hugs and warm thoughts during this time. It’s brave that you will keep blogging so the grief does not overcome you. You do not cry alone, <3

  2. Ellen and family. We are so sorry that you have more heart ache.
    We are sending purrs hugs and prayers.
    The Mallorys

  3. Tears, Ellen I am so sorry about the loss of your Drake. I know it really hurts to lose a kitty, and my heart goes out to you. He was a beautiful kitty. I hope you can take comfort in knowing you gave him love and a home in his later years. Purrs and love and XO.

  4. Mum and I are so sorry Drake had to cross his Bridge.
    We know it was hard for you to say good bye to this sweet kitty.
    We send lots pf purrs and hugs. Julie and mum Nancy

  5. You are now undertaking the long journey through grief. While others may share that grief we all walk it alone. There are no right or wrong paths, no proper way to carry oneself, no set amount of time to complete it. Some steps will come easier than others. There will be rogue waves of grief that you won’t see coming, and knock you back days. But you will come through it. If you get lost let us know. We have been through it before and we might be able to help you find the way out.

  6. Ellen I am so very sorry to read about Drake. One thing I am sure of is his 5 years with you were the best years of his life.
    With love Cecilia

    Dear family member
    Rescued into a loving home
    A most handsome house panther
    Kind and loved by all
    Ellen gave him 5 years of TLC

  7. Sending comforting purrz. Poor Drake had very little quality of life and you were right to let him go. I know it hurts but you saved him from pain and suffering two things cats don’t like to show in front of their humans.

  8. We are so furry sorry for your loss of your beautiful panfur boy, Drake. You will meet again some day, be sure of that.
    Fly free, Drake, safe in the loving paws of the Great Cat in the Sky, who will watch over you for your Mommy, until the day you are all reunited.

  9. A life well lived, with love and care and safety, given and received, is a life well spent. Sorry you have had to say goodbye to Drake, but it is just for now. Hearten and be buoyed that you did well by each other. Turn sadness into joy by remembering the good. Our hearts are with you all.

  10. O, Ellen, such a sad post. So sorry you had to say goodbye to darling Drake. Fly free beautiful Soul✨ Unblievable how much you have to bear this year😿Will send Extra Healing Pawkisses from Heaven to comfort you all🐾😽💞

  11. You lost a fine cat in Drake. I am so sorry. I absolutely love his pictures, they are a beautiful tribute to such a loved friend. Ellen I am so sorry.

  12. I’m so sorry to read this sad and painful news about Drake. I hope you can find some comfort in the beautiful memories of such a sweet cat, Ellen. Wishing you lots of strength.

  13. You know how sad we are about dear Drake…..but as we always say – he’s no longer suffering, no longer hanging on and now flying free with all the other Pilch kitties who are Angels. I know you have lots of great memories of dear Drake – memories keep our hearts warm…….

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy too

  14. We are so sorry to read that Drake has departed for the Rainbow Realm 🌈💔🌈we are sending mew oodles of hugs and gentle purrs at this sad time, and we’ll light one of our crystal candles in his honour today at BBHQ.

  15. I am so sorry to hear this, Ellen. Thank you for giving Drake a wonderful home and lots of love. May he rest in peace, and may you find comfort in all the happy memories you made with him. xo

  16. I am sad to hear of your loss of Drake 😿 I’m also selfish and glad to hear that you keep blogging to keep you sane … yes yes … stay sane and keep blogging! 🙏💗

  17. Drake darling boy. You enjoyed the best mom and dad you could have and lived a good life filled with love. Rest in complete peace Drake, and Mom Ellen, sending side rubs, nose taps and soft purrs.

  18. I’m so sorry for your loss of Drake. Big healing hugs.

    I’m all ready for the Friendly Fill-ins.

    Have a blessed Thankful Thursday, Ellen. Big healing hug to you and lots of scritches to your kitties. ♥

  19. We’re so sorry for the loss of sweet Drake. Hugs and purrs for you all.

  20. Lulu: “We’re very sorry that Drake had to go away.”
    Chaplin: “Run free over the Rainbow Bridge, Drake, and be sure to stop by Tucker’s Everlasting Rainbow Bridge Buffet to meet Dennis and Trouble and the others and get a special treat.”
    Charlee: “We Hipsters send lots of purrs your way throughout this difficult time.”
    Java Bean: “And we dogs send lots of tail wags!”

  21. drake, the sights and sounds you now see, and hear, are those of heaven. you were one handsome house panther and we are truly sorry to learn this. rest well now, please tell everyone we said hi and we send hugs and loves to mom and dad during this sad sad time.❤️🦋❤️🦋❤️🦋

    dai$y, mackerull, dude, sauce, boomer and tuna

  22. Deerest Aunty Ellen wee so furry sorry Drake head to o to Purr Land. Think of yore 5 yeerss with him as qualitee…that iss how BellaSita viewss havin Unkell Siddhartha Henry….
    Wee know that will not take away yore ‘sadss’; all of Bloville iss feelin yore loss two.
    Wee trulee are sorry….
    **hangss ehad** Couzin BellaDharma an ((hugss)) BellaSita Mum

  23. So sad to hear about beautiful Drake’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss.

  24. I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved Drake. Deep purrs and hugs.

  25. We are so sorry for the loss of Drake. We hadn’t realize how many health problems he was facing. Purrayers and POTP as you mourn him…he is off on his next adventure.

  26. Drake was lucky to be with you, and you were lucky to have Drake. He lived well despite disabilities, thanks to his family. Godspeed, Drake.

  27. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy, Ellen. You’ve had too many losses; my heart is with you and your family. ♥

  28. Dear Ellen and David, I am so terribly sorry to hear about Drake getting his wings, but it sounds as if you made the right decision for him. It doesn’t matter how long they are with us, they become deeply implanted in our hearts and each loss leaves another hole. Sending lots of purrs, prayers, sympathy and hugs as you grieve. Love, Janet and the entire Blue household

  29. I’m so sorry to hear that Drake is gone. You gave him a wonderful five years, and the gift of knowing when life got too hard for him.
    Love and sympathy from Maggie, Mickey Mouser, Rufus the Red, and Ernie

  30. Oh, dear…I made a memento for you and a tribute post…and then I forgot to come back here to add my condolences and hugs for you.
    Sorry about that.

    Sweet Drake sure got to know all the love he never knew before he came into your clan…and we feel so sad for you at this time.We add our love, sympathy and a ton of hugs for you, Miss Ellen at this difficult time.🥰❤️🌈❤️🥰

  31. My heart is aching for you Ellen. You are in my prayers as you face the days ahead, you have so much courage. I know Drake loved his life as part of your clowder and he will forever shine in our memories. We send you love, gentle whisker kisses and strength. I wish I lived close enough to hug you! Love Barb

  32. So sorry to hear about Drake. It’s desperately sad when we lose one of our furry family. The old woman and I send you our greatest sympathy. Much love, Toffee and the old woman. xxx

  33. We are so sorry to learn of your beloved Drake’s passing. Thank you, Ellen, for giving him a lifetime of love. He was blessed to have found his way to you, just as you were blessed to have him as part of your family. Love, purrs and prayers to you all.XO

  34. I’m sure that Drake cherished his 5 years with you! I’m sorry that his time had come. He will be missed.

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