Goodbye Dea

By - May 2, 2009 (Updated: November 27, 2014)

dea1 This morning we had to say goodbye to our sweet little Calico. After weeks of fighting her kidney failure we knew it was time to let her rest. Over the past week she had gradually being getting weaker and had pretty much given up eating. This morning our vet agreed that it was best to let her go. It was a hard choice but the right one as we didn’t want her to be in any unnecessary pain.

dea2 Dea was only 11 and we feel cheated that we had to say goodbye so soon. She was our second cat; the first that we chose together at the shelter. She traveled more than many people and was always fearless about exploring new places and claiming them as her own. Although she was very loving to everyone she met, she was a Daddy’s girl and Andrew was always the best person in the world in her eyes.

It was a short life but we hope she thought it was a good one. Our family won’t be the same without her and she will be missed every day. We love you Dea.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by Megan

    Megan May 2, 2009 at 17:58

    Rest in peace, Dea.

  2. Comment by Jenn

    Jenn May 2, 2009 at 21:54

    So sorry to hear about this. I’ll always remember her doing her “happy cat dance” on my tummy each morning when I visited. Gone much to soon. HUGS to you all,

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