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I know there are many on this site who are newly grieving and I don't want to take anything away from their grief, but I wanted to share with my Petloss friends that I have gotten a new kitty. 

Many of you know that I lost my 3 yr. old kitty, Gus, a little over 6 mo. ago.  I have never felt such pain and emptiness.  But,  time did help my heart to heal and I eventually started thinking about getting another cat.  I have two other cats, a 2 1/2 yr. old male and a 1 yr. old female, but something was just missing after I lost Gus.  Gus was my soulmate, my best friend and my baby.

A couple of months ago, I started thinking about visiting Tails, our local humane society, to look at cats.   I drove by several times but could not bring myself to stop. I decided to visit their website. instead.  There was a beautiful 1 yr. old long hair orange cat named Garfield.  I immediately started crying because he looked so much like  my Gus.  I didn't go back to the website for several weeks.  About a month ago I decided to check out the website again to see if any cats caught my eye.  Garfield was still there and out of all of the cats, he continued to be the one that I was drawn to.  I decided that I was ready for a visit. I spent a couple of hours playing with cats of all ages.  I avoided the common room that Garfield was in.  I was trying to find another cat that I could bond with.  Finally, I decided to visit the room where they kept Garfield.  He was sitting by the door looking at me like he was waiting for me.  When I went in, he came up and started rubbing on my leg.  I started to cry and had to get a tissue from one of the volunteers.  I left shortly after that.

Two days later, I showed my daughter the website.  I wanted her opinion on Garfield.  As soon as she looked him she said "Oh my gosh mom, look at the name of the cat below Garfield."   It was Gus Gus.  That was my special name for my Gus.  She decided it was a sign that I should get Garfield.  I was still trying to talk myself out of it, so I went out to mow the lawn and think.  As soon as I started mowing, the wheel fell off the mower!  That was enough for me, I headed up to Tails.  As soon as I sat down in the room with Garfield, he curled up on my lap and started purring.  That was it, I had been adopted and I was in love.

Garfield (now known as Sampson) is now a part of our family.  He fit right in with my other 2 cats.  We never even had any hissing or growling.  I just know that my Gus sent Sammy to us.  He was probably wondering when I was going to get the hints he was sending.  One other weird coincidence--I brought Sam home on June 5th.  I didn't realize it until I was looking at some pictures of Gus, but I got Gus on June 5th, 2004! 

Here are some pictures of Sam.  Even though he looks like Gus, he has his own personality.  He is such a good boy and has filled a void in our family.

 Gus--thank you for sending Sammy.  You knew that I needed another kitty to love.  You guided me to a kitty who needed a loving happy home.  I love you my
Gus Gus.  You will always have a special place in my heart.

Thanks for letting me share my new little guy.

Kate (Gus' mom)


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Dear Kate,

Shedding tears of happiness for you and your baby Sammy (pawpicked for you by Gus!!) - he is just precious.

I laughed out loud, and am still smiling over the part in your post where you went out to mow the lawn, and the wheel fell off the mower!!  Good job, Gus!

Welcome to your foreverhome, Dear Sammy!!

Katharine, Grunt's Mom Forever

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Dear Kate-- I'm just so happy for you and Sampson!  What a wonderful story to hear amid all the sadness that happens on this site.  I hope that you have many wonderful, healthy years with your darling pet family.

                    Loads of hugs---Teddy's Mom

P.S.  By the way,  Sampson is so, so handsome!

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How adorable!!!!

There's no time frame in getting a new pet or even if you get a new one at all. When Riefer died, I had 2 other dogs and 2 cats, but Riefer was my lapdog I'd had for nearly 18yrs. My little man. The other dogs & cats aren't the cuddlers that Riefer was. I began to look nearly 3mths after losing Riefer and found Tober :)

I think our fur angels lead us to the new fur baby's we're meant to have, or they lead the fur baby's to us :)

Congratulations :)

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What a wonderful story!!!  I'm crying happy tears!  I laughed at the lawn mower part - that's classic.  No doubt in my mind it was Gus sending you signs.  Sammy is beautiful, and I know he'll definitely fill a void in your heart.  I love hearing stories like this.  They just make my day.  I'm so happy for you!


Gerlie (Gypsy and Luna's forever mom)

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Dear Kate –

I’m so glad to hear your story – it's so wonderful that Sammy has helped you find the love you have in your heart to be devoted to another fur baby. I know how hard Gus’s leaving you has been, but I'm sure your Gus Gus had a “paw” in guiding you, as he has with all you’ve done since he left, including knocking off that mower wheel. I believe he is watching over all of you, and he always will be. And while I know that Sammy is the new guy, and SO ADORABLE who is getting all the attention right now, it will be Gus who holds that very special place in your heart forever.


Congratulations and many warm hugs!


Rusty’s Mom – Allison.


Posts: 131

What a wonderful story. I truly believe Gus guided you to Sammy.
He picked out a special one for you. It's awesome how he fits
right in, he loves you so much already for giving him a nice
forever home.  I'm so happy for you.


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Dear Kate

What an absolutely beautiful post! I do believe your Gus sent Sammy to you, and Sammy is so handsome!

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It definitely helps to read some happy news.

I hope someday I can find it in my heart to once again have another angel in my life even though I know there will never be another Cheeseburger.

I am so happy you and Sammy find one another.

Cheeseburger's Mom

Dee + Cheeseburger = LOVE


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What a truly wonderful story, I loved it.  May you have have many happy, healthy years w/Sammy.


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Your Sammy is a cutie reminds me of my Weenie, gotta love those orange guys. Almost five weeks after Weenie passed I went to the Humane Society and adopted a brown tabby I named Chloe. After I got home I read through her paperwork and it said she was brought in on April 4, 2008 which was the day that Weenie let me know it was his time. So I think he had a paw in my adopting her. I still miss and cry for Weenie (yesterday was a bad day) but Chloe does bring some excitement to the house.



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Hi kate,
I am so happy for you.  Your little Sammy is so handsome.  I loved your story about the lawn mower, and that he was sitting there waiting for you.  He is a beautiful little boy, and I wish you many years of happiness.
Heather, Hank's forever mommy

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Dear Kate,

I'm so happy for you. He is just darling.

I moved your post over to Earth Kids -


This way his pictures will stay up and your wonderful story. I believe he was sent by GusGus too.


Love and Hugs,

Carewolf aka Carol



Posts: 251
Dear Kate,

Wow, your Sammy is quite the cutie isn't he? I too believe and am certain that your Gus Gus sent him to you...Sam knew you were coming and was waiting for was meant to be.

I am truly so happy for you. You are such an amazing furmummy and you have so much love to give.

Gus, you are such a clever little man for sending your mumma know your mummy so well.....

Love Nuggetsmum Alana

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Dear Kate, Congratulations with you new family addition!!! Little Sammy is so cute!!! I have a crush on orange cats.... that's why I got Neko. Now that he is gone I just cannot believe how empty the house was, but looking through internet I found a cute litter of 4 kitties and so we were paw-guided to our two little bundles of joy Luna and Estrella. Like you said, a new cat would never replace our previous fur-babies but they can bring some happiness and love into your life.
Diana, Jessie and Neko's mom.
My new babies Luna and Estrella
Sweet sisters

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Dear Kate, oh I am so happy for you and your family that you welcomed a new kitty to your home, Sampson/Sammy. Oh what a cutie he is.  Your story was so funny about all the signs that your Gus was sending you to make sure you went and got Sammy.. the name under "Garfield"'s name and then the whell falling off the lawnmower. I am sure that was Gus telling you to stop stalling and to go bring Sammy home because he knows first hand of all the love you and your family have to give. I am sure you know my story of Peanut and losing her a year ago. She was a beagle and I just fell in love with the breed once we had her. I always said after she passed that I would love to have two beagle puppies or at least young beagles (to have the most time with them, P was 4/5 when we adopted her), plus I want my twins to experience the love and companionship of a pet. Right now we couldn't do that even if we were ready as my other dog, Baby Girl a 13/14 yr old Aussie doens't get along well with other dogs, P was the exception so we would have to wait until she passed but even then I am not sure I am ready to have another dog.  In one sense I know our house will be deatlhy quiet and lonely when Baby passes. One day My husband took her over to his mom's house when he was doing some projects for her and oh how I missed having Baby in the house with me, it was so lonely without her. But I just don't know if I can go thru this type of pain again as it has been a year and I am still suffering so much. I wouldn't trade a moment I had with P for anything but I just don't know if I can go thru this pain and loss again, I feel like it will break me. But I also don't want to deprive my girls from experiencing that wonderful love and connection that only an animal can provide since it is not a decision I need to make right now anyway I will just wait and see. Perhaps I will feel differenrly in time and be stronger and ready. I do think it is so wonderful that you go Sampson and I can just feel the joy that he is already bringing to you.



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Dear Kate, I am so happy for you! I have tears of joy in my eyes now. Little Sampson is beautiful, like Gus! Gus wanted so for you and your family to be happy. He knew how much love you have to give so he sent you a new orange baby to love. See, your baby Gus is watching over you. What a beautiful story. My very best wishes for good luck, good health and happiness with Baby Sam. Donna, Mr. Meowgy's mom


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Dear Kate,
I know in my heart that Gus sent this new baby to you.
I pray that this baby will bring you peace and healing and that you know that you are as much of a blessing to him as he is to you.
Love and Peace,



Through the sorrow shines a light with a soft and gentle glow.
The heart filled with darkness begins to feel the warm embrace of one to come.
There will be a love so strong it will help your heart to heal and give meaning to your life.
Once again you will find peace and contentment in a simple hug and shining eyes.
This one will come to you in need of a special kind of love only you can give.
A love that comes from deep within your heart that grows from past loves and tragic loss.
The kind of love only those who have loved and lost can ever know.
It will never replace the ones who have come before,but will be there because of their presence in your life. As they watch you from above they send one to you who needs you so very much.
Do not turn away when you feel this one call upon your heart for love.
This one is a gift from the ones who will never leave your side.
The ones who had to leave to soon and know you need to love again.
They taught you well how to give of your heart asking nothing in return but love.
This gift will bring sunshine into the darkest corner of your soul and give you peace of heart.
So look beyond the rainbow and listen to those you love so very much with your heart.
They will let you know when the time is right
. May the peace of knowing they wait for you at Rainbow Bridge keep you safe and bring you joy again one day.

AurichWolf Katie November 26.2005




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Kate, I am so happy for you. I think Sammy is going to be a wonderful addition to your family. Gus wanted you and Sammy to be together. Congratulations!                         Peace and love, Gizmos mom


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Thank you all for your nice comments and well wishes.  I pray that you all find peace and comfort as you continue to deal with your own losses.  Even though I am not posting as much, I think of all of you each and every day and pray for your happiness.

Even though I have reached the point where I have accepted the loss of my sweet Gus, I know that I will always miss him.  He was such a special little guy and we had such a strong bond.  But, a time must come when we move on for our own well being.  I know my Gus sent Sammy because he knew it was time. I will always think of Gus with a tear in my eye and a smile on my face. 

I love you Gus Gus.  You are always with me in my heart.

Kate (Gus' mom)


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Congrats on the adoption of Sammy!  He is a beautiful cat, and I *just* know he'll bring you many years of happiness.  Good job Gus on sending your mommy such a wonderful new playmate.


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Thank you for sharing this story. It brought me happiness :)

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