An Unhappy Labour Day

Yesterday was Labour Day here in Canada.    It is the last day of summer vacation before the kids go back to school.  It is supposed to be a fun day to enjoy the last minutes of freedom.   Today was not that kind of day.

These pictures were not taken today.

I woke to my daughter crying.   She told me Wizard had fallen.  I had trouble processing what she meant but she was crying hard enough that I knew there was trouble so I had to move quickly. 

I found Wizard on the kitchen counter not breathing and no pulse.  The other cats were still with him where they had all been eating breakfast.    

I gathered more details from my daughter later.  She got up and fed the cats.   They had all jumped up to the counter by themselves. They were eating when she heard a thump.  Wizard had fallen on his side completely limp.   He was gone that quickly.   

We don’t know why he died.  He hadn’t been sick.  There was no injury.  He had been acting normal.   

The whole family is crushed.  Wizard was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.  


41 thoughts on “An Unhappy Labour Day

  1. Oh, dear, we didn’t know your Wizard, but we know the pain of loss. Your daughter must be the hardest hit by his sudden passing. We send warm hugs, purrs and paw taps of comfort to Wizard’s loving family.


  2. Wizard was a beautiful soul and a member of your family. I don’t know what to say. Nothing is sufficient. I want to hug you till the pain goes away….this is impossible but what I feel would help. Some strange woman hugging you! Just what you need. My heart is with you.



  3. So so sorry. We are so sorry that Wizard left you all but just know that he was a lucky boy to have had a home with all of you. We feel for the daughter too.. Take care..


  4. Having gone through a sudden loss with my William in June I totally understand and empathize with your shock and sadness. I am so very sorry. I know nothing can ease your pain right now, but time will make it a little easier to bear in coming months. Hugs and warm thoughts to you and your family.


  5. So sad when it’s so sudden. I’ve had cats disappear and never return alive, and I’ve had cats decline before they passed, but to have them die suddenly at home is something I’ve never had happen.


  6. I am very sorry to have read of Wizard’s passing. Is it better that a loved one goes quickly without pain, or that we have a chance to appreciate him all the more knowing that he will soon go? Neither is good; both are loss. I wish I could write something comforting, but nothing comforts at such times. Godspeed, Wizard.


  7. We are very sorry to hear about Wizard.
    We was a very handsome cat.
    We understand the suddenness of his passing.
    Our Georgia’s brother Moxie died the same way after eating breakfast.
    He was 3 years old.
    We wish we could stop the hurt you all feel.
    We send comforting purrs and hugs.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ


  8. I am so sorry to read of the passing of Wizard. This probably doesn’t help, but often the case of instant death is a heart condition that is almost never diagnosed, where the veins are just closing in on themselves over time. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. No symptoms, no warning. So hard…I am very sorry.


  9. We are new here but feel like Wizard was family, as we feel about all the pets we have come to know online. His passing was a blow that will take you a while to recover from but know there are many hearts that have experienced the same thing and will share in your pain to lesson your burden.

    Abby T. Lab and her family the Johnson’s in Chicago


  10. So very sorry to hear Wizard has passed so suddenly. Sending love and hugs.
    With deepest condolences,
    Angel Normie, Angel Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis


  11. I am catching up on posts and was desperately sorry to hear this. Having them pass suddenly is hard and heartbreaking. Wizard looks the most amazing cat I bet you loved him heaps.

    I am so sorry. I hope you are all doing OK

    Marjorie and the Dash Kitten crew.


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