May 042024

Hello friends. I have sad news to share. Yesterday morning, Ernie left this world and made his journey to the Rainbow Bridge. He bravely fought small cell lymphoma for 6 1/2 years and had several other health issues. He was such a trooper…putting up with the many vet visits, taking his various medications and me constantly worrying about him.

But about a month ago, fluid was found in his abdomen and his health declined over the last few weeks. His little body could fight no more.

Ernie Forever

I am utterly shattered…my heart has been broken into a million pieces. I will miss Ernie so much and my life will not be the same without him. 18 years was not enough.

Thank you to all of you who loved Ernie, too. Thanks to Ann for the beautiful graphic.

Paw and hand

I spent your entire life loving you…
Now I will spend the rest of mine missing you.

Love you forever.


  69 Responses to “Ernie…Forever in My Heart”

  1. I am so, so sorry to hear about Ernie, such sad and terrible news. We’ll always love you and remember you Ernie. Hugs from all of us Sue.

  2. We are so sorry. Ernie was such a wonder soldiering on after Wally and Zoey went to the Bridge. It’s the end of an era. So many of the kitties that we’ve followed over the years are gone. And we’re a lot older, too. Hugs…

  3. Oh, no, I’m so sorry that Ernie has crossed to the Bridge, another icon of the CB.

    It doesn’t matter how long our fur babies are with us, it’s never enough time and these losses are never easier to bear. My thoughts are with you as you grieve his passing, and I’m sending love and Light.


  4. I’m so sorry, Sue. Big healing hugs. ♥

  5. Oh I am so very very sorry to read Ernie has made his trip the Bridge. He was a brave warrior and
    I love the images of his handsome face. The one of his most special paw warmed my heart. I am sure his Wally and Zoey were there to great him at THE GATE
    E verybuddies buddy
    R are and adorable paws
    N ever ever forgotten by the golden hair mom or dad
    I send your loved ones my sincerey sympathy and healing hugs.
    E ngaging eyes of gold

  6. Oh, Sue. We are heartbroken to learn of Ernie’s passing. He was one of our first cat blogging friends, and we have long loved him from afar and been touched by the special relationship the two of you share. Thank you for sharing him with all of us, and for allowing us into your hearts and lives. Please know that you are in our thoughts, and that we send hugs and all good thoughts your way.

    Ernie, we will always love and remember you. Fly free, sweet friend.

  7. Deerest Miss Sue wee are so heartbroked that sweet Ernie leeved. Mee had a HUGE crushie on him an looked fore-werd to seein him efurry Sunday. Pleese nose wee both loved Ernie. Wee send our deepest Sympaffiess to you an Mistur J.
    ***nose rubss*** BellaDharma

    Hello Sue & J: I am very sorry that Ernie went to Summerland. I suspected for the past few months his health was declining as you know. I felt the same way when Mingflower left me… Just over 18 years together & I felt like it was NOT long enough…is it ever?
    Please accept our Sincere Condolences on the passing of Ernie. May your fotos & memories comfort you both during this time of Transition.
    Lots fo LOVE & gentle {{{hugs}}} BellaSita Mum

  8. We are so sorry that Ernie has left for the Bridge. We always enjoyed seeing him. We know he is having a joyous reunion with Wally and Zoey.


  9. oh ernie wif dee golden eyez!!!! yoo r gonna dazzle efurry wun up there at dee rainbow bridge!! be sure to visit your mum alot cuz she iz gonna miss you badly! sending head butts and ernie dreamz to your family. we will miss you

  10. This is such sad news, Sue, and I’m so very sorry. No amount of time is ever enough. All we can do is keep the love going in our hearts and memories. Love and purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang.

  11. I am soo sorry for your loss … Ernie you will be greatly missed ….

  12. I am so sorry for the loss of your handsome Ernie. We never have enough time with them. Huge hugs♥

  13. It is sometimes that a cancer can be fought for years, until suddenly, there can be no more fighting. It is tragic when that moment arrives. Godspeed, Ernie; bless you for the gifts you gave your humans.

  14. Love the memorial bij Ann and also love the touching photo of his paw in your hand…
    Yes, we dearly love our kitties and they love us!
    Feel warmly embraced.
    Mariette + Kitties

  15. I am so very sorry for your loss. Such a terrible loss for all of us Ernie fans. Ernie was always so fun to visit on this blog and always made me smile. The world is a little dimmer without those dazzling eyes and high-power personality. Hugs from me and healing purrs from the kitties.

  16. I am so very sorry that Ernie had to leave for the Bridge. That time leaves we the parents bereft and inconsolable for a while. Please, accept my heartfelt condolences. I as the rest of us in the CB understand your grief.

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss Ernie. Hugs.

  18. I’m so very sorry. Ernie was very special.
    I just lost my Christopher two months ago and he was 17. I understand what you’re going through. Many hugs.

  19. I’m so very sorry. Ernie was one of the bright stars in our earlier days of blogging. He was like family to so many of us. Our hearts break for you. Many hugs to you and so much love.

  20. I’m absolutely heartbroken for you. Ernie was such a special guy and will never, ever be forgotten. Sending purrs and so much love…

  21. Losing Ernie is like losing the sunshine.

    His lovely photos and his cattitude leave a huge HUGE gap and I feel a tremendous sense of loss. He was an absolutely amazing cat and the world is a sadder place without him.

  22. No amount of time is ever enough. I am so sorry. XO

  23. When a soul leaves its mortal body, it is lifted by the wind unseen by adult human eyes, which have been cleared of the ability to experience magic. The soul floats to the nearest river, then rides the current until it enters the River of Life, which gently carries the soul to Rainbow Bridge. The new angel emerges from the water, having discarded all the pain and sorrow of mortal life (often transferred to those mortals nearest to them,). The soul then crosses the River of Life via the Rainbow Bridge and is reunited with their predecessors who loved them while they were mortal; then, a glorious reunion takes place. Their predecessors teach the new angel how to dream visit, to inhibit the bodies of furry and winged creatures so the angel can watch over their loved ones. So, if you see a bird or little animal watching you, or wake up from a dream feeling light of heart, know your angel has been with you. Death is not the end, it’s a temporary separation, and if you never stop loving the angel, you will be together again in a place called Rainbow Bridge

  24. I’m so sorry Ernie has crossed The Bridge. No amount of time ever seems long enough to share with them. After 18 years of love, he will never be forgotten. We’ll light a candle in Ernie’s memory tonight. Purrs.

  25. I am so sad and sorry. You’re right, we never have long enough.

  26. I’m so sorry Ernie left for kitty heaven. Ernie, you always made me smile when you shared your life and handsome photos with all of us. Wally and Zoey are hugging you. Love you Ernie. Hugs to your mom and dad.

  27. Dearest Sue, I cannot believe Ernie is gone. This truly breaks my heart. I absolutely loved looking into those gorgeous eyes each week. If I had gotten here yesterday, I would have included a remembrance of him on today’s Sunday Selfies. But I will do it next week if that’s okay. I cannot imagine how quiet your home must be with all three of your sweeties, who we came to know and love, now at the bridge. I know you will all be together again. It just has to work out that way. You will be in my heart and prayers as you grieve and remember. Love and warm hugs Janet and all the Kitties Blue past and present. ‍⬛

  28. So very sorry. . . Blessings for healing, peace and comfort. . . Ernie will ALWAYS be with you. . .

  29. ANother Blogville legend now a precious angel at the bridge.

    I am so sorry for your loss. No, we never have enough time with our furry ones, do we.
    I hope the many precious memories you n=made over the years will sustain you now.

    My sincere condolences.

    Sending love and hugs.

  30. […] we had to ask Petcretary to make a memento for a dear friend of many years, Ernie of The Island Cats earned his wings a few days ago. May he fly free and be a healthy angel, released from all his […]

  31. We are all completely shattered by this heartbreaking news. It was such a shock. We had no idea Ernie was so sick. We are devastated.
    We send hugs and purrs of comfort. We truly believe that you will all be reunited one day.
    Ernie, precious Angel – fly free now in the endless, sunlit fields beyond the Rainbow Bridge, restored to youth and health. You are together with Wally and Zoey once more, safe in the Loving Paw of the Great Cat in the Sky. We will always love you.

  32. Oh, we are are devastaed and in tears, tears, tears. Loulou loved Ernie more than you can know…we knew he was not well, and 18 years are amazing for a kitty. Perhaps Loulou and Ernie will now be close friends, with no pain, only joy. So so sad for you. Remember always that he is in no pain even if you and we and so many who loved him, are….

  33. A life well lived and well loved is a marvellous thing. Ernie’s was just that. And whilst he has shed his body, his essence will have moved on. That is the Buddhist way we believe. Good memories are a gift from those we love, and a celebration of all good things, ours and theirs. And whilst a heart may mourn it is also one that should celebrate.
    Condolences and much love and comforting purrs to you all
    ERin & Mrs H

  34. I’m so sad to learn about the loss of Ernie; I didn’t know about his illness. There is never enough time, we know because we are missing so many. We always loved to see him; he was such a beautiful kitty, and we will miss him. We send hugs and purrs and hopes for peace and comfort.

  35. We’re so sad and heartbroken for you.

    We”ll miss you, Ernie. Rest In Peace, sweet furriend xx

  36. I’m so sorry 🙁

  37. I am very saddened to hear about Ernie. Although I never met him in person, he has nonetheless worked his way into my heart, and I will miss him.

  38. Our hearts are just breaking for you over the loss of our sweet long time blogging friend Ernie. We are so very sorry and know you will always carry wonderful memories of him in your heart. (((HUGS)))

    Laila and Mom Peggy

  39. I am so sad to see this news, and so very sorry, Sue. We will miss seeing the “Big E”. I know it’s never enough but I’m glad you got that time with him in spite of his health issues. Sending love and hugs.

  40. So very sorry to hear that Ernie has made his final journey to the Bridge. May time temper the pain and your memories of your sweet boy provide comfort.

  41. Very sad news …. I enjoyed hearing about Ernie … and Wally … and now they are together over the Rainbow Bridge … happy for them…. sad for me. Hugs for you.

  42. Ernie, all of us here in trout towne are truly very sorry. We understand how hard you tried to stay with mom and dad, and we also understand how tough this was on you. If it helps your pawrents any, please know St Francis saw you safely to heaven and you had no suffering, felt alone, or were afraid. We will miss you dood and send hugs and loves to you and mom and dad dude, boomer, dai$y, tuna, sauce, mackerull and de gurl laura

  43. We were so worried about you, Ernie, and now that we hear the news, it breaks our heart too. So deeply sorry for your mommy and dad. They’re going to miss you so much, and we do too. The only comfort we can give, is that you are in good hands with your beloved sister and brother. Fly free beautiful Soul *until we meet again* Soft Pawkisses to comfort your mommy and daddy. So sorry, Sue ♥♥♥

  44. We’re so sorry to hear about Ernie, we’re heartbroken. The Island Cats were one of our very first pals in the Cat Blogosphere. We send you tons of comforting purrs and gentel headbonks. Purrs and hugs

  45. Just too sad.
    I looked through the few photos I was able to take of Angel Ernie ‘in the fur’, to reminisce.
    Am so very, very sorry.

  46. Me and mum are so sad to learn about Ernie. He was a cool cat and I loved his selfies. We are all Island Cats in honor of him.

    Sending comforting purrs.

  47. I’m so sorry for your loss. He will always be with you in spirit. Run free and wild little one. At the Rainbow bridge play amongst the catnip meadows with all those who have gone before you. Give them a kiss n a cuddle for us all,down here on earth missing them❤️xx

  48. We are so sorry to hear about best-ever boy Ernie. We’re sure Wally and Zoey greeted him at the Bridge and that they’re happy being together again. You’ll be so missed, dear Ernie. Run fast and free, sweetheart.

  49. so sorry for you loss. I loved reading about Ernie over the years. We related to the adventures of he and wally and zoey’s over the years. my heart goes out to you.

  50. This is such sad news. I am so sorry for your loss
    -CatSynth (Amanda, Sam Sam, and Big Merp)

  51. Sue, my most heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with you. Ernie was beyond blessed to have you and to be loved by you. Fly high with Wally and Zoey, sweet Ernie.

  52. Ernie was such a beautiful boy, and such a rock after the loss of Zoey and Wally. There are never enough years to share that boundless love.

    Purrs, Woofs, Neighs and Hugs,
    All of us at The Poupounette

  53. Much love, hugs, and healing wishes for your hearts. Losing our sweet charges never gets easy.

  54. We are sad to hear the news about Ernie. We will miss his selfies and comments.

  55. Dear Sue,
    Losing Ernie, your loyal companion of 18 years, must be incredibly difficult. Cherish the wonderful memories you shared together, and know that Ernie will always hold a special place in your heart. His presence was not only cherished by you but also by the entire cat blogging community. His wonderful contributions enriched the online feline community, and his loss will surely be felt by many. Take solace in the fact that Ernie’s legacy will live on forever, immortalized in the now classic book “Black Cats Tell All: True Tales and Inspiring Images,” Much love and purrs of comfort from all of us at Cat Wisdom 101.

  56. So sorry to learn yet another sweet pet earned their wings. Elsa, Wilson the House Pony and I send gentle thoughts of comfort.

  57. We are so very sorry for your loss of Ernie. He did indeed seem like he would go on forever. Such a beautiful, sweet boy. The love you have for him is forever. I hope your special memories of Ernie will comfort you during this time of mourning and beyond.

  58. Oh Bast! We were away too long. We are sorry to be so late. We are so very sorry to read that Ernie has gone OTB. Yes, he was a trooper, facing such difficulties for so long. Our Best Purrs Of Comfort to you…

  59. This was so heartbreaking to read about and I am so, so sorry for you, Sue. Like so many others, I know the pain and heartache you’re going through right now, and nothing- nothing can erase that. Ernie was one of my earliest and most favorite cat blogs. It is never long enough, I have learned over the years. Never. I’m sending you warm hugs, shared sadness and purrs from Smudge, and I’m sure Cleo and Orbit will find their way to dear Ernie.

  60. I’m so, so sorry, Sue. I can’t imagine how hard this must be. Sending lots of hugs and purrs.

  61. Oh no! We just saw that Ernie got his wings and departed for The Rainbow Realm. We are utterly heartbroken and send oodles of soft purrs and gentle hugs to mew. The BBHQ flag is flying at half mast in Ernie’s honour, and know that he will never be forgotten. ERNIE EPICALLY EPIC FUREVER!

  62. We are remembering Ernie on the hop today. XOCK, angels Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta & Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer, Kizmet, Audrey & Raleigh

  63. i was so devastated to hear about Ernie. What horrible news. YOu were both so lucky to have one another. You are in our thoughts.

  64. Loving you and Ernie, Sue. Always.

  65. I am truly sorry at this sad news. I have been away on holiday and thought I had left a message. Maybe it didn’t go through from my phone, My thoughts are with you.

  66. Sending Love and hugs

  67. Just learned and our heart goes out to you. Ernie was one of the first cats we met when se started blogging. (along with his companions in crime!) He will be among those honored in our Annual Rainbow Memorial show this weekend.

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