Catie got her wings today

Catie’s journey ended today.

I’m struggling to write these words because the weight of this sorrow has me down on my knees.

We’ll grieve today. And tomorrow. And for some time after that. If I didn’t believe it would get better, I wouldn’t get out of bed tomorrow. It will.

Not right now.

Right now it’s a gaping wound of immeasurable pain.

Run free, Catie. Sniff all the roses you can find up there in doggy heaven and make sure that Spirit Comet gives you a position on her team that doesn’t require a lot of exertion. You were always a bit of a lazy girl.

Love you.

Catie Caitlin
Born November 4 2003
Amputation January 13 2010
Off to heaven June 2 2011


Author: CatiesMom

Mom of SEVEN-year old Catie and five-year old Riley, Golden Retrievers.

32 thoughts on “Catie got her wings today”

  1. Gulp..tears are flowing here for you on your loss of that beautiful Catie…. Many hugs to you in the coming days ahead of trying to heal from your loss.

    Catie – a true Tripawd hero! Love you!!


    Tracy & Maggie

  2. I’m so very sorry for your loss, Carmen. Catie was so beautiful. I hope the joy you shared will comfort you in the difficult days ahead.
    Cynthia & Isabelle

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about Catie. She was a very brave girl who fought a very brave battle. Our sincerest condolences to you, Riley and your family.

  4. Run free indeed sweet girl. Just not too fast, and have Jerry show you where all the good sticks are.

    Beautiful photos.

  5. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss …. I want you to know that it is not merely empty words when I say that tears are flowing here for you and your family – Catie has been such an inspiration to us here and this news is such a blow. We are sending our most sincere thoughts your way … God bless you Catie Caitlin and may you run in everlasting freedom forever more in your new and perfect body…


  6. We are so, so sad for you. Catie was such a beauty, inside and out, and there’s nothing but time that will heal the hurt. Try to focus on the happy moments that you shared with your girl, and remember how much she loved life and loved you.

    You are in our thoughts.

    Micki and Rio

  7. I’m so sorry about Catie. I can see her sweet soul in the pictures – she is truly an angel. I’m so sorry for the pain you are going through now as you miss her. Lots of hugs to you and your family.

  8. oh carmen, know that we are thinking of you. catie was an inspiration, a hero, a perfect tripawd sister. love never ends.

    charon & gayle

  9. Catie, we never, ever thought about the time we would say goodbye, it just seemed impossible. We are so sad.

    This news hurts everyone but we can try to find comfort in knowing that you are whole and happy again as a Spirit Tripawd. Eventually, but now we grieve.

    Carmen, Riley and family, we can’t tell you enough how much Catie has touched this entire community. Our arms reach out to you for a long-distance hug. May you find peace in the beautiful life you had together.

    Run free Catie, get out there and make a ruckus with that crazy Comet, ya hear?

    We will love you forever.

  10. Carmen, I’m so sorry to be reading this. Catie and Holly joined this club at about the same time – and Catie has always been such a hero. We are so sad – and are here for you however you may need us. Comet will definitely find a spot for Catie on her team – and hopefully that will be some comfort. We’re sending huge hugs across the miles to you. Although right now these words seem so inadequate, please know they are from our hearts.
    Holly, Zuzu and Susan

  11. Oh Carmen, I am so very sad to hear of your beautiful Catie going on her eternal journey to fly with the angels. Everyone will welcome her with open paws…We just wrote to each other about Indy & Catie both making their 16 month together … She is such an inspiration like my Indy. I shed many tears as I write to you. Our tripawds are so very brave & so very loved. May you always have Catie’s pawprints engraved in yor hearts forever… Sending healing prayers to you & your family. Sending a big hug and some Indy Kisses too. Please write if you need to reach out…xoxo ~~Carol~~

  12. Carmen,
    I’m so sorry you had to let Catie go today. Take all the time you need to grieve the loss of your beautiful girl. Just like our pups we all heal and deal at our own pace.


  13. Carmen, I’m so sorry. Catie’s story was the first blog I ever read here, so her story is so memorable to me, as is her big golden smile. That smile is magical.

    I was distressed to read that she had been feeling unwell and that her cancer had returned, and I hoped you would have more time with her. She had a wonderful life with her people and Riley, and she was so well loved. If she could talk, she would thank you for everything.


  14. Im so sad to see a beautiful golden girl has left!
    Im sending heart healing wishes for you!

  15. I’m so very sorry that you have come to the end of Catie’s journey, Carmen. Something made me check into Tripawds today – I haven’t been here for many weeks. I’m very sad that this was the draw. She was a beautiful girl.

  16. Oh Carmen, I’m at a loss for words and am truly truly heartbroken….Catie Caitlin….such a beautiful angel with that beautiful smile. She will always remain forever in our hearts. There are no words that I can say to help ease your pain but just know that we are there for you and feel your pain. Please take comfort in knowing that your Catie Caitlin is being well taken care of now by all of our other tripawd angels.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are grieving with you.
    Kami and Angel Mackenzie

  17. Carmen, Rick and Riley,

    As I sit here tonight in tears thinking about the holes in your hearts, I hurt with you because Catie touched my heart. And now I have a hole. But I know Catie and Riley wouldn’t have been possible without you, Carmen for being their voice to us.

    The pain of losing someone we love is almost unbearable. But there is something that we have that we are gifted with, and that is the memories. The memories. The wonderful happy memories.

    I have them about Catie and I’ll never forget them. They are imprinted in my heart forever. Catie was special and she’ll always be special. She touched us. She touched me. Through your writing, she touched us all. She and Riley brightened a lot of dark days for me. And for that I am grateful.

    I cry with you. I cry for loss of our precious and dear Catie.

    With love,

  18. Carmen,
    I am so sorry for your loss… these words sound so empty to me as I write but they are sincere and heartfelt. We are grieving with you and sending you hugs.
    May the joyful memories of your dear Catie help heal your broken heart.
    Love,Julie, Bob, Daisy and Samson

  19. I’m sorry for the loss of your beautiful golden girl. We’re all here for you.

  20. Carmen,
    I am weeping too. Catie is one of my favorites, she and you radiate such love. Sorry isn’t enough to say, but saddness, grief, and all the rest are within the word. I am so sorry for your loss of such a precious girl.
    Hugs and love from Sammy and me.

  21. Carmen, It is indeed a very, very sad day in the neighborhood. May the loving memories you have of Catie soon replace the grief you are going through. She sure was one special girl, so thank you for sharing her with us.
    Sweet dreams, Catie.

  22. So so sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl Catie.
    As a community of furry friend lovers, we grieve with you….
    Hold on to all the Hoppy thoughts and memories you made with her and Riley. That’s what will help you through.

    Praying for you….

    Maddie Mae and Mama Kelly

  23. Carmen,

    I’m so so sorry for your loss. Catie was such a beautiful and sweet girl. And it was through your kind and tender voice that I got to know her. I thank you for this.
    My heart aches for you Carmen as my thoughts and prayers remain with you and your family.



  24. I’m so sorry for your loss. I only just started to read your blog about a month ago when we started on the journey to make the decision to make our golden a tripawd. Catie was an inspiration to our family, and our heart breaks with yours. We will be praying for you and your family.

    Jenna & Chili Dawg

  25. Hey big sister! You know I’m not the mushy type, but tears are running down my face right now, surely smudging my makeup. You loved Catie so much, and I am so sorry you lost her too early. You were the best mom she could ever hope for. I love you!


  26. Carmen –

    Heaven is smiling, as they now have a new angel – Catie. But we are crying along with you. Catie was one of the first tripawds we met on this site so I want you to know what a strength her story was to us and how much joy we got from you, Catie and Riley.

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Remember the love you shared and that should make your heart hurt less.

    Golden hugs and kisses to everyone, and extra for you and Riley.

    Ginger and pawrents

  27. We have tears in our eyes, we miss you Catie. You were an inspiration to so many dogs and their peeps.

    Run free, have a ball, send a golden smile to us.

    We miss you, Shelby. the P.P.

  28. Run free Catie. We will miss you here but gain strength from knowing you are playing with all of our tripawd heroes.
    Laura and Angel Tai

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