Saying goodbye and the importance of the baby emergency fund

It’s taken me almost two weeks to build up the courage to write this post. On August 25, we said goodbye to one of our cats. Thor was just six years old when we made the decision to put him down. To say we were devastated would be an understatement. He was a bright light in our lives and the energy in our home.

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This picture is pure Thor. He was curious and loved to play. He made an appearance on the blog a number of times because he got into the pictures I was taking. He loved having his picture taken. He was also loving toward us and everyone who came into the house. He loved to sleep on my hip every night. He was the best friend we could have asked for. Even though he was a good sized cat, he loved standing on my husband’s shoulder.


Saying goodbye to him was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. We had a very difficult week emotionally after he passed. We are so thankful that we did not have to worry about things financially. We had a number of medical bills that we were able to pay because we had our $1,000 emergency fund. We were able to mourn the loss without the financial burden.

It has been a very difficult two weeks but there is a bright spot. While we can never replace Thor and the amazing friend that he has been to us for the past six years, we decided to get another kitten. We adopted him from a shelter, as we did with our other cats. This is Boriek. I call him Bo.

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We named him Boriek because that is the name of the god of chaos in my husband’s fantasy world. He has lived up to the name extremely well. He is a bit shy but really playful. He gets along with the other cats and they seem to like him even if he is a bit crazy. Watching him play reminds me of Thor as a kitten. Rather than thinking about Thor’s death, I am constantly reminded of his life and how wonderful it was.

There are still times I cry because I miss my friend, as I am while writing this post. Now, the tears end with a smile and a pleasant memory of Thor. As I write this, I think of all the times that he jumped on my desk while I was writing to get a bit of love. He loved to bother me when I was trying to get things done but those moments made me take a break out of my hectic day and relax. He always knew when I needed to take a break.

I miss you Thor, but I will always remember how you changed our lives. I promise to take a break when I need to and remember that life is a gift. Goodbye, my friend.

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