And I will always love you…..

And I will always love you…..

Alex had to be put to sleep this morning….


Yesterday Marc and I brought him to the vet where he received a vitamin B12 shot, an infusion of fluids, and a syringe full of maple syrup to help his hypoglycemia.  The vet told us that we would know soon if the treatment helped.


Last night Alex started having nose bleeds.  Marc’s cousin the vet advised us how to try to stop them.  We got them under control but they came back.  Before we went to sleep, Alex cried. It was heart wrenching.  It was the first time he showed pain.


We woke up this morning and Alex’s nose was still bleeding.  Once again he cried out and we knew we had to help our boy rest and find peace.  We didn’t want him to suffer, so we made that difficult call.


Fortunately our vet was able to come to our house so we didn’t have to further upset Alex.  We had to wait for about three hours for the vet to arrive.  During that time Alex didn’t show any further signs of pain.  He let us kiss him, he let us pet him, and he even wiggled his stumpy.


Alex was the best cat any one could wish for. He was an amazing guy, who was a fighter and a trouper. He was very affectionate and funny.  He was a great friend to Marc and me.  We love him so much and we always will….


Alex, Marc and I appreciate the outpouring of love and support we received.  You all made such a difficult time much better.  I can never express my gratitude…..


I am going to take a blogging break… There will be no hopes this week as we mourn.


Alex – Mommy and Daddy love you…..

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119 thoughts on “And I will always love you…..

  1. We’re sorry for the loss of Alex doesn’t say near enough, as we know this has been a very emotional and painful “ride” for you.. {{{Hugs}}}, purrs and pawhugs

  2. Hilary and Marc,

    I’m so sorry to read this heartbreaking news. I’ve been away from internet for almost a week and did not know Alex was not doing well.

    You, as his pawrents, were able to give him the ultimate gift of love, by helping him on his journey to the Bridge!
    I will light a candle in his honor and watch for his bright star in the sky tonight.

    Winston, Chloe and Cecil

  3. I’m very sorry to hear this sad news. You did the right thing not to let him suffer. I’m thinking of you and your family during this time. Every time Squish wags her stump, I think of Alex. I’ll miss the sweet little man.

  4. All our love and purrs to you and Marc. We will mourn Alex with you, he was such a trooper, and a wonderful individual. He will be missed. Take your time getting back to blogging, and be gentle with yourselves.
    XX Trish and the Kats

  5. Hilary
    I know that your heart and Marc’s heart is just broken.
    I am soooo soooo sorry to hear that Alex is OTRB.
    Had truly hoped for that miracle, Alex was such a wonderful companion.
    He will greatly missed.
    He will always be with you, in the most important place of all, deep in your heart.

    Will keep you in my prayers.

  6. We came from Max and Bugsy and Knuckles’ blog – we are so very sorry about your lost of Alex. You did the kind thing, though it was very hard on you. Run free, Alex.

  7. We are so so sorry. Brian and Terry let us know. We sure do send Mom and Dad some gigantic hugs. He was a great cat and boy was he loved. He had a great life with you and just know that he is running pain free now and will be waiting for you. We know how hard it is to lose one of our fur friends. Again you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. You do not know me, I am more of a “lurker” than a regular poster, but I have followed Alex for a while. He fought a brave fight to stay with you because he loved you so. But he is pain free now and watching over you.

  9. I’m terribly sorry about the loss of your beloved Alex. I don’t have words to soothe you,but I am sending prayers & love.

    Nubbin wiggles & hugs,
    Oskar & Pam

  10. Words can’t express how sad we are to hear about your precious Alex. Please take comfort in knowing you did everything possible to help him and in the end you released him to run free. We had to do the same thing two weeks ago, so we share your sadness. We are sending you lots and lots of comforting vibes during this very has time.
    (((hugs))) and ♥

  11. We are so sorry to hear of your loss and we send our love and purrs to your family. It is heartbreaking. We will lose one of our own soon, but before he has to go, I will tell him about Alex. These critters who love us so much, want to prepare us, and when you describe his last hours with you, I felt like he made his decision and wanted to have some special last time with you. That is so sweet. That is the ultimate way for them to let us know how much they love us.

  12. I am so, so sorry for your loss. It’s obvious how much you both loved Alex, and he, you. That love will never die. You take it with you wherever you go.

    I’m also sorry that he had to feel any pain at all before his passing, but I’m sure your tender ministrations helped him on his way in peace.

    I didn’t know Alex for very long, but even during that short time, I could tell how special he was — and forever will be.

  13. I am sad today over the loss of Alex. Grandma loved him so much. I know he always knew how great a set of parents he had in Marc & you. He will be missed tremendously, but I know you both did the right thing to let him go. Finally, he is at peace. My thoughts are with you both. Take solace in the fact that you both always did the very best you could for him. I hope he meets Carley in Pet Heaven & tells her how great you always have been to him. Keep strong. My thoughts are with you both always.

  14. We are so very sorry that Alex went to the Bridge.
    We know you all must be hurting very much.
    We wish we could help with your grief,
    as we understand the sadness.
    We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbutts.
    We’ll miss you Alex!
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Tiger,Treasure,JJ and Julie

  15. I’m so sorry, oh, how I’m sorry. I can’t even type, I’m crying so hard. I’m so sorry…..Please know all our purrs and purrayers are with you at this time.



  16. No words to make the hurt go away, only soft paws on your arm to give you the touch of a cat. Alex will, one night, when you are in your deepest sleep, he will drop by to walk with soft quiet paws across your bed. You will know he is well. You will feel his love. Paw Pats, Savannah

  17. I don’t even know what to say except that I am so, so sorry for your loss. Alex was a special little man and he will remain in all our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Marc, and everyone else who cared for Alex.

  18. We are SO very sorry to hear Alex had to cross the Bridge today. We are purring for him for a safe journey and for you as you adjust to live without him there … but he’ll always be in your hearts …

    Sad purrs,
    Selina & MomKatt Laura

  19. Dear Hilary and Marc,

    We are so incredibly sorry that Alex had to run to the Bridge. It’s so clear — and it’s always been clear — just how much you loved your sweet and amazing Alex. We wish there was something we could say to make things better, but we know there is not. Suffice it to say that we send you much love, and purrs and prayers of conmfort.

    Fly free now, Alex. We love you always, dear friend.

  20. We just heard this and are sitting here with leaky eyes. We’re so sorry that Alex has gone to the Bridge. We loved Alex too and we will really miss him. He was so lucky to have wonderful parents who loved him so much and who knew when it was time to let him fly free.

    RIP Alex….we love you. Say hi to Angel Sniffie.

    The Florida Furkids and Lexi

  21. Mom and I are so very sorry to read of the passing of your precious Alex.
    We send you many hugs and purrs
    Madi and mom

  22. We are visiting from Alasandra’s blog. The human has leaky eyes. We are so sorry to hear about Alex. We know he is looking and feeling wonderful at the Bridge. We are sending purrs and hugs from our house to yours.

  23. I am deeply sorry that precious Alex went to the Bridge and I know how terribly much it hurts.

    They are our dear family members…innocence and pure. The loss of those dear ones is so stark. One day you will smile again when you say his name and remember something he did. Until then, we will all hold you in our hearts.

  24. We are so very sorry that it was Alex’s time. But he knew he had to leave, and he let you know. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers to you during this difficult time.

    Luf, Us and Maw

  25. I am so very sorry about Alex. He was an amazing cat! He always reminded me of our cat Sweet Pea. After Sweet Pea passed away last September, I always enjoyed stopping by to see what Alex was up to – it made me miss Sweet Pea a little less. Run free, Alex …

    Sending you all our love and support.

    Pip & Kristin

  26. Oh no. Oh no, no, no, no, no. Oh no.

    Oh Hilary and Marc. I am so so so so so sorry. So sorry. I don’t have enough tears. I am so so so sorry.

    Take care

  27. Since, the day I started following you Alex has been such a great big part of your life.I loved following his antics and stories. It almost as if he felt like my cat too 🙂 I can only imagine how hard it is for you and Marc. I just want you to know that I am thinking of you both at this difficult time and I wish I could reach out to give you a real hug.

  28. We are so sorry Alex had to leave for the Rainbow Bridge!! He was very brave and we shall miss him lots!! Our purrrs and condolences go out to You & Mark! Lots of kitty hugs to you both!
    Your very sad TX furiends,

  29. I’m so sorry, Hilary. You made the hard but right decision, but it hurts. Sending prayers and thoughts for comfort to you and Marc.

  30. my heart is crying for your family. i was hoping there would be more time to make another memory or two. you will continue to be in our prayers.

    kazoku neko

  31. Oh no! I’m so very sorry to hear about Alex. My sympathy and hugs to you and Marc. I know what a difficult time this is for you.

  32. I am so sorry that ALex is gone. It is a hard decision to make but when your baby is in pain, sometimes it is the only decision. We are sending purrs and head bumps to you!

  33. Oh guys… my heart just broke a little. I am actually sitting here with tears streaming down my face. I have no idea what I will tell Zoo Zoo, who actually mentioned him in her bedtime prayer the other night. Sweet Alex kinda felt like our adopted kitty here. we will miss him dearly. Much love to you and Marc, and we are so very sorry for your loss. But we hope and pray that Alex is resting comfy in peace too. xx <3

  34. I am very very sorry for your loss. I haven’t been very good lately at commenting-but I have been reading and was so sad to hear of
    Alex’s deterioration. I’m just glad that I got to know Alex through your blog. He definitely was a special cat.

  35. My heart goes out to you at this time. Loosing a loved one is never easy on the soul. May time ease the pain and brighten the good memories

  36. We have never met you but had to stop by when we heard about poor little Alex!
    Our boy Scooby passed away very suddenly April 1 and we understand where you are right now.
    Please know that you did the right thing for him, as evidenced by how he relaxed after you made the call. He knew it would all be right soon and the sorrow & pain would be gone.
    What a special and lovely cat he was.

  37. Sending purrs and purrayers fur the following days and weeks ahead. Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. What a beautiful boy Alex was. **nosetaps** from all of us kittehz at Prancer Pie.

  38. I didn’t want to accept the fact that Alex was aging and that his health was declining because his purrsonality was so youthful and vibrant in every post but all in all he needed to be laid to rest and I am sure Alex was thankful you stopped him from experiencing further discomfort.

    I could feel the love that you had for Alex and I am sure he knew he was well loved. We felt we got to know you and your hubby better through your posts and hope you will return to blogging again when you have the strength to do so.

  39. I am so sorry to learn that sweet Alex had to leave you. He was a much loved boy. I send you thoughts of comfort and warm energy, knowing in my heart what you are feeling. I have been here too many times myself, but the pain is worth every minute of the love they give us.

    ‘Kaika sends gentle purrs and headbumps.

    Run free at the Bridge, handsome Alex, where all the ones-who-came-before are celebrating your arrival.

    ‘Kaika’s mom

  40. Mr. Emerson, Little Nicky, and I send our deep condolences. It is heart wrenching to lose a beloved member of the family.

  41. You both helped each other live your lives with love and that love transcends everything else. That empty spot in your hearts will, with time, be filled with the flowers of the sweetest kind…the kind that last forever…We send our sympathy for your the loss of your special friend.

  42. Ohhhh I am so sorry for you, take all the time you need. Loosing a family member is hard no mater if they have 2 feet or 4. Making that call is the hardest and yet most loving thing to do. My heart, as heavy as it is, is with you and your family right now Hilary.

  43. We just saw the sad news of your beloved Alex’s passing on the CB. We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved mancat. He was a brave boy who had a fabulous year with Gracie. You gave him a last gift of your love by letting him go; he knew he was deeply loved and loved you just as fiercely. We will miss him. Run free, sweet Alex!

  44. Ann from Zoolatry let us know about the difficult decision you had to make today. We wanted to send you our condolences and to let you know you are not alone in your grief. We know Alex was very much loved. You let him go so that he woudn’t suffer and that is love at its’ most selfless. As homans we are limited in making our pets understand why they have to suffer and they don’t understand why they must endure pain so the kindest thing we can do is to let them go , to end their suffering.
    Rest in peace sweet, angel boy. You were loved.
    We send you our love and heartfelt condolences.
    the critters in the cottage and LP aka Sophie XO

  45. Though we didn’t really know you and your Alex, we have been reading today about your Wonderful Boy who is so beloved by his family and many furiends. The Human knows what it is to lose a beloved companion and sends you condolences and purrayers. I will purr my very best purrs for you to find peace and comfort in the knowledge of the wonderful life you shared with your Alex, who surely knew how dearly he was loved.

  46. Fly free beautiful Alex, we are sad you had to leave but we know you had a wonderful life with your family and will be missed so much. We send your family love and rumbly purrs and hope that soon, that memories of you will make them smile again

    Oliver, Gerry & Mungo xx

  47. We are so sorry to hear about your handsome Alex having to leave for Rainbow Bridge. He takes with him the knowledge that he was dearly loved and all his happy memories of his time with you. These memories will be a comfort to you and we send our love.
    Hannah, Lucy and Mum Sue xx xx

  48. We are never really ready for the time to come, even with strong signs from our friend that it is here. We are thinking of you today and sending comforting purrs to you. Senior kittes are a special group and will always hold a place in our hearts. Alex may be gone, but he will not be forgotten.


  49. I am so so sorry….you were such good parents to your baby. He will live in your hearts forever. Soul cats never die.

  50. We are so very very very sorry that Alex had to be helped across the Bridge. It doesn’t matter age or circumstance, letting them go is so painful. He was a special boy and will be missed. Please know we are thinking about you…..

  51. Mommy Hilary and Daddy Marc, we just found out about Alex, and we are all very, very leaky eyed here.
    We are sending our strongest purrs and purrayers to both of you to help you through this heartbreaking time.

    Run free at the Bridge Alex, we love you and will miss you so much …

    Love and (((hugs)))
    Sabrina, Sam, Simon and Momma Jan too

  52. Our hearts cry with you dear friends. We are so glad though that Mr. Alex was able to leave for the Rainbow Bridge from his home, surrounded by love and his precious family. We send gentle purrs to you. The love shared will always be treasured.

  53. We were so sorry to hear this terrible news and send our sincere condolances over your tremendous loss of precious Alex…Wishing you all comfort and peace at this sad time…Love never dies…hugs…J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

  54. Hilary & Marc, we are so very sorry for your loss. There are no adequate words for grief like this. Our hearts go out to you. You are in our thought & prayers. Alex will be furever missed, by many. Hugs.

  55. ****”God’s finger touched him, and he slept.”—–Alfred, Lord Tennyson***

    I am mourning with you today for the deep loss of your sweet sweet angel, Alex

    Sending you bundles of love and purrs from Minnesota.

    I wish I could hug you.

  56. I know Alex as Gracie’s husband-cat. I’m so sorry for this sad news. I know he was very loved and will be very missed by yourselves and the entire CB.

  57. OMG, Hilary I am SO sorry. ((((HUGS)))) Alex had a great life and you cared and protected him! He is at peace now in a better place! It is always so hard to let go of a furry friend!

  58. I am so very sorry for your loss. You had hope when most probably would not have when he first got ill and I’m sure he appreciated every lasting moment and loved you very very much.

  59. Hilary and Marc, our hearts go out to you, as yours must overflow with sadness and loss now. Alex was the BEST. May you be comforted and warmed by all of your happy memories of him.
    Alex, we’ll miss you, more than words can express. Run free, be happy, we’ll see you again some day.
    Hugs, kisses and purrs,
    CindyLu, Chester, Chandler, Bo, Rascal, and Kim xxxxxx

  60. We are so very, very sorry to hear about your loss of your precious Alex. We send you our gentlest purrs and wrap you in thoughts of light and love.

    Be Well Sweet Alex

  61. Hilary, I’m so so sorry. (((((( HUGS )))))

    It’s awful to see a beloved kitty suffer. How wonderful you got to spend time with him those last minutes, I cried when you said he even wagged his stumpy tail. What a beautiful cat.

  62. My heart aches for you as you grieve the loss of sweet Alex. He sure sounded like a very sweet cat – you were both privileged to have each other. Many purrs and hugs for you.

  63. Oh HIlary I am so extremely sorry for your loss of your beloved Alex 🙁
    Our pets are such a huge piece of our lives and the joy they bring is unreplaceable
    I wish for you and Marc to find some comfort in knowing you had a great oppertunity

  64. Oh HIlary I am so extremely sorry for your loss of your beloved Alex 🙁
    Our pets are such a huge piece of our lives and the joy they bring is unreplaceable
    I wish for you and Marc to find some comfort in knowing you had a great oppertunity
    to share your lives with such an amazing friend 🙂

  65. I am so, so sorry Hilary. This must be a very sad time for you, but rest assured you did the right thing for Alex. Saying goodbye is hard, but watching him suffer slowly would have been even harder. Appreciate the time you had with him, it will help you heal. God bless you.

  66. I had just stopped by because of ICLW and this post just broke my heart – I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was an amazing kitty cat, losing our pets is never easy (especially since for many of us they aren’t “like” family – they are family). Sending prayers your way.

  67. I am so so so sorry to hear that Alex has gone to the bridge. The mom is leaky when she thinks about this. Too many of our dear friends and loves have gone to the bridge. I will keep you in my thoughts and purrs. Keep Alex close to you in your heart and thoughts. Love to all at your place.

  68. Here from ICLW. So sorry for your loss of Alex. I feel for you because my Good Kitty has chronic renal failure and while she is stable for now I know how hard it is to take care of an aging cat and to prepare to say goodbye. My thoughts are with you.

  69. I’m here on the IWSG tour. I’m so sorry for your loss. We have 6 stray cats, three live in the shop because the tom in the house won’t let them in. Our eldest cat is 18 and seems to be content, but he can’t hear, sees poorly, and is shrinking. But he seems so content. I tear up just thinking that his days are numbered, and of course I don’t want him to suffer. His name is Pretty Boy and he has the most gentle spirit. Gads, look at me rambling. This is about Alex and your loss. So very sorry.

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