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    • CommentAuthorSiananna
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    So sorry to hear about Anton. It brought a lump into my throat and brought back memories of my own Ammo and how she'd gone and how me and my girls felt and still feel. Hugs and thoughts are with you and Lili.
    S x
    • CommentAuthorLobochris2
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010 edited
    Thank you Warren. I haven't had a good cry in a number of years, being a manly man of power and dignity who would never stoop to such displays of weakness. I don't even think I was crying solely about the cat, though that was certainly part of it. It was probably just backed up emotional grissle clogging up the pipes, but whatever it was, it was shamefully heartfelt on my part. So, before I go back to my manly life of lifting heavy boulders and chewing on iron shavings, I want to let you know that I (briefly) felt this thing that others call empathy, and I genuinely wish you my condolences.
    • CommentAuthorDan Kelly
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    Sorry to hear the bad news. Always sad to lose a pet - You did him proud
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    My condolences to Warren and Lilli. I know what it is like to lose a cat that was a childhood companion, it brings tears to my eyes even now, nearly 20 years later.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    Condolences to Warren and family. I know losing a pet can be hard, esp. one you've had for so long.
    • CommentAuthorRedwynd
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    Condolences, Warren. Thank you for that story, it really touched me. I've just gotten home from taking my cat to the vet for treatment for kidney failure, and I doubt she's going to last much longer. So, for me, right now, its very close to the heart.
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    My deepest condolences. I've lost good, fine cats before, and it always hurts. The cat I have now, Cooper, was one I rescued from the street. He's adorable, he's awesome, and he's infected with some virus that may or may not bring him to an early death one of these days. So I'll share with you the thought that gets me through the vet visits, because I think it applies to Anton, too: the life he had with you was infinitely better than the one he would have had without. Every moment of it was a gift. The life you gave to him and the life he gave to you is the greatest tribute a good cat could ask for.

    Other than a mausoleum made of dead birds and dog skulls, but maybe that's asking too much.
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    My sincerest condolences. Thank you for the heartfelt and very real glimpse into your private life.
    On a morning when I am nearly seething with rage and anger toward the outside world and utter contempt for my coworkers this glimmer of humanity is a breathe of fresh air, one that was sorely needed.
    Once again, I am sorry for the loss to you and your family.
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    Condolences, sir.
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    My condolences, Warren. I'm sure it was hard losing a companion that you had shared so much with.
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    Deepest sympathies to you and yours, Mr. Ellis... I'm now off to hug my cat and let him beat me up a bit... it'll cheer us both up.
    • CommentAuthorJim Moore
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    you did good by him Warren. My sympathies to everyone
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    My condolences to you and your family, Warren.
      CommentAuthorThom B.
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    So sorry to hear this Warren. Reading about Anton on your blog has left me crying into my coffee here at the Office. Like Lobochris2 said, it's doubtless a case of backed up emotional gristle, but somehow, your honesty in sharing this part of your life seemed to be permission to be human this morning. Thanks for that, and my sincere condolences to you and yours.
    • CommentAuthorchristy
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    You have my heartfelt condolences as well, Mr. Ellis. You've lost a bit of your soul with that one, it seems. Peace to both you and Anton.
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    this is the worst part of owning a sorry. nightmurderers forever! we never forget them.
    • CommentAuthorlegion
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    Ah, you bastard.
    When we were living in Washington DC, my wife and I rescued a pair of kittens with the local SPCA. I chose a little bundle of energy we named Omni, because she was everywhere, all the time. She chose a sleek, elegant-looking muted calico she named Jaka, after the dancer in Cerebus. Being cats, they soon made their own decisions, and Omni became my wife's cat and Jaka mine. It didn't really click until one time when we discovered Jaka didn't digest cheap dry food well & had developed bladder stones. A few hundred dollars' worth of surgery later and she was ok, but when we first brought her home she was still whacked out from the anesthetic. Groggy, legs-floppy, she looked heartbreakingly pathetic. So I lay down on the floor next to her and pet her while it wore off. That was really when she became "my" cat - everybody else in the house came second from then on.
    There's much more to tell about how cool she was; about how she was the most intelligent animal I've ever met, and so on. But eventually she started getting old. She'd have bowel-control problems that I cleaned up repeatedly. Dealt with laundry and smells. But she was always my cat. But when she stopped grooming her soft, elegant fur, we knew she was near the end. We took care of it at home; it was incredibly difficult - far and away the worst night of my life - but I wanted her to go out being held and knowing she was loved. Wouldn't have had it any other way. She was the best.
    That was about a month and a half ago. She was seventeen - that's a damn long time for someone to be a part of your family. It wasn't so much that l loved her, but that I knew she loved me. And now I'm sobbing into my keyboard, and I have to clean myself up to go to work in an hour. You're not alone, Warren. But you're still a bastard :-)
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    Sympathies to the whole gang.
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    Cats are family. We had an excellent feline who lived for 16 years with us. And then there was the rescued cat Gen took in. I'll never forget Frito or Comet. I'll add Anton to the list of heroic cats.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2010
    Man when this happens to a family pet, it's one of the bleakest things that can happen to you. Ironically, yesterday i was reading this webcomic about a writers memory of his pet dog. I readily admit i had to take a couple of "private" moments alone in the bedroom after reading it. I also felt a bit hollowed out and glass eyed this morning after reading your post.

    It just brings back when my old cat and dog had to be put down after succumbing to acute illness. my Cat Ted sounds just like Anton - A moody crap cat, but the best moody crap cat in the world.

    You and the family stay strong there.....