A Candle for Pixie

There is no easy way to say this, but I must. My beautiful, sweet, darling Pixie is gone. All the trips to the vet, the discomfort of the twice-weekly (and latterly, four-times weekly) infusions, the medications I administered by force and by guile – none of it was any good. In the end, I knew that she was asking me to let her go and, although it broke my heart to do so, it would have been cruel not to. She was helped to the Bridge yesterday afternoon, a bare hour before the start of Shabbat.

When I lit my Hanukkah candles yesterday, I saw her sweet little Pixie face in the flickering flame of the fourth candle.

When you light your Hanukkah candles tonight – please light one for her.

About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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3 Responses to A Candle for Pixie

  1. rambling1on says:

    Oh Shimona..I didn’t know and I apologize. I share your sadness and sorrow over precious Pixie.
    I too had to come to the awful realization that my girl was being kept going and that her joy had gone. So as did you, I made that heartbreaking but right choice.

    I am so sorry. I know the pain and I send Possum all my love and kisses and hopes that he will take comfort from you in the absence of his sister.

    Hugs and love,


    • Thank you. I do my very best to comfort Possum, but I know he’s very lonely when I’m out all day at work. It’s only been a week but already people are offering me new furbabies and I don’t know what to do, because I don’t know how Possum would react. Would he resent a newcomer? Or would he be happy to have some company when I’m not around? For myself, I feel it’s still too soon, but if it would make my darling Possum happy, I would do it.

      • Silke says:

        by my experience there is no way to predict it – I had one cat vanish in extended misery silly with fear and voicing it under the couch for days on end and I had another (neutered) male who took to the new one instantly letting “drink” while purring himself into paradisical delight.

        One local cat mother I knew would keep each newcomer in a separate room behind meshed wire so all of them could get used to eachother but then she had 4 dogs living amongst her most of the time 20 cats and she kept the peace and btw one of her dogs was constantly fake-post-delivery and loved to have a kitten to “feed”.

        Good luck – whatever you decide, keep in mind that having to take care of a baby is very good consolation and that’s what is needed most after having gone through such a time as you did.

  2. rambling1on says:

    I too don’t know what to do. I yearn to have a furbaby to love and hold..but…as we say on the CB, I has a sads…a big sads right now. I’m waiting for Admiral to tell me..whisper that this is the time. And for Pixie to do the same for you. Even Possum.


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