Cuddles.

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Cuddles.  The little chicken so aptly named because all she wanted to do was sit in my lap and have her belly rubbed.

Cuddles.  The little chicken that followed me with her eyes since she was a day old.

Cuddles.  The little chicken that would quietly post for pictures in my arms whenever a newspaper, magazine or friend wanted to snap a shot.

Cuddles, the little chicken who cheated death on too many occasions to count, has died.

I’ll tell you more a little later about what happened.  Just not now.

Thank you to everyone who worried, offered advice, shed a tear or broke into a smile because of her these past 5 years.

Have a good weekend.

Karen

 

 

 

 

400 Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    I am so, so sorry, Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Sarah! I know she was “just” a chicken and a lot of people won’t understand she was a pet, but she was. It was no different than a cat or dog dying. It was horrible. I’ll tell more about exactly what happened when I can type about it without crying so much I fear electrocution from my keyboard. ~ karen!

      • Tracy says:

        I think your “constant readers” definitely get that she was a very loved pet – know that we’re all sad with you tonight.

        • Pati Gulat says:

          What Tracy said…

        • Teri says:

          Yeah, what Tracy said.
          I am so sorry, Karen. I believe any creature that catches our heart – a dog, a cat, a chicken, a sparrow, a cricket… – these lovely beings give us the opportunity to grow and love deeply.
          When we lose them (as inevitably we will) the mourning and ache is huge and soul-wrenching.
          Right now it is a very difficult time for you, when it is so raw.
          I know you will experience the surprise that she ISN’T there – when you are sure you just heard her out of the corner of your ear. I lost a dog 18 years ago and heard her collar jingle for 5 years afterwards…I came to love those ephemeral reminders… It was pretty painful for the first month or so, though. Hugs

      • Brin says:

        We all know she wasn’t just a chicken, you loved her, she loved you, we all love both of you. She was your baby. It’s o.k. to grieve. We understand. xoxo

      • Nancy says:

        I am so sorry for your loss! My heart goes out to you! Chicken or no she was part of your life and family and you loved her.Your readers loved her as well. Again so sorry for your loss! Hugs!

      • Cait says:

        I’m sorry, Karen. I enjoyed your stories about Cuddles so much! I know many people don’t believe chickens can connect with people the way dogs and cats do, but I’m not sure that’s true. I have no doubt that Cuddles felt loved and cared for by you. However terrible you’re feeling, please remember what a wonderful life you were able to give her.

      • Jackie says:

        I’m soooo sorry, Karen. We all know how you loved Cuddles – we loved her too – even though we couldn’t hold and pet her. We all know how hard you fought to save her when she was sick and she pulled through. We know you would have saved her again and again if you could. Time will make it a “little” better but you will always love and miss her and there will always be a small hole in your heart. God Bless you sweetie. We’re with you as much as we can be. And we all know that she was not just a chicken.

      • Emma says:

        Sympathy to you. We just lost our budgie so I understand Cuddles was not just a chicken. You gave her a great life!

      • elaine says:

        From my own experience I know that chickens have just as much personality as other pets.

        I’m sorry you have lost one of your girls.

      • amy watson says:

        Karen, l am so sorry about Cuddles, anybody who has ever lost a beloved pet knows what you are going thru and it ius painful, l have truly enjoyed and worried and prayed for Cuddles ever since you introduced her to us, thank you for sharing her life with us, my heart is sad foy you, we will all miss her.

      • Tisha says:

        Cuddles was most definitely not “just” a chicken. I am so sorry she’s gone, we will all miss her

    • Sandy says:

      So, so sorry Karen. You were the best Mom to Cuddles..l

  2. Wendi says:

    I’m so sorry!

  3. Pati Gulat says:

    I am so very sorry, Karen…I ill be praying for you… <3

  4. Tracy says:

    I’m so sorry, Karen.

  5. Bridget Donzé says:

    So sad.

  6. Aww Karen…so very sorry to hear your beloved has left you. The creatures who find their way into our hearts are truly the ones who can give us the best kind of friendship and comfort. I hope you will find the comfort you need in the days ahead. Sending you a warm hug. Cuddles…..rest in peace.

  7. Denise says:

    Oh no. My gut is wrenched for you. No she is not just a chicken. Bawling for you. Cry. Wail. Get mad and sad and tell us only when you can. Take care k.

  8. Muff Hackett says:

    She will be missed by all of us who follow you on the interwebs. I always look forward to your chicken posts and will miss the pictures of her on your lap – she was no less a family member than my cats.

  9. Becky says:

    I’m so sorry. It’s so hard to lose a baby. Even a feathered one.

  10. Lori says:

    While we may love them all, we all know that some are just more special. They just are. We will miss Cuddles with you. I share your tears and I’m sorry for your pain.

  11. Dorothy Gardner says:

    Oh, I am so sad to hear this
    So sorry for the loss of your feathered baby.

  12. Cynna says:

    What sad news. ..you have my sympathy. May Cuddles roam free and happy through the grain farms of Heaven.

  13. Anna says:

    So very sorry Karen! Cuddles was clearly very well loved. I’ve always enjoyed reading about her escapades.

  14. Brandy Ballard says:

    Oh honey!!! I’m so sorry to hear this. She was truly one of your “heart” animals. Just keep remembering all the love she gave you.

  15. Marianne says:

    I’m so very sorry Karen. You gave Cuddles a great life, and I’ll bet she sensed how much she was loved.

  16. Shauna says:

    ? so sorry for your loss. It was always clear that she was more than “just a chicken.”

  17. Suzanne says:

    I’m so sorry to read about Cuddles. I know how much you love her.

  18. mia pratt says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss of miss Cuddles; she’ll be missed by us all…

  19. Dani says:

    Hugs & Prayers for you, Cuddles, and the friends & family missing Cuddles.

  20. Mary says:

    Sorry to hear about Cuddles, been following you for a while and knew how you felt about her, she wasn’t just a chicken, she was a feathered baby and your companion.

  21. Paula says:

    So sorry for your loss. There is no doubt that you gave her everything ya got. and then some. She was a lucky chicken.

  22. Kimberly white says:

    Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that, Karen. Thinking of you and sending a big hug.

  23. Ronda says:

    how sad. as soon as i read the first line, i had a feeling. such a brave wee chicken. cuddles had had a rough couple of years. it is heart breaking to loose a feathered or furred companion. she will be deeply missed. take comfort in knowing she had a good mum in you, karen.

  24. ruth says:

    Oh so sorry. She was a dear little chicken. I know you’ll miss her terribly.

  25. Leal says:

    There is no “just” when it comes to loss. Cuddles was family and she will be missed. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  26. Laurie Vanina says:

    Birds make wonderful pets and companions and chickens are no different. Keep her in your heart.

  27. Aline says:

    So sorry, Karen.

  28. Jacqueline says:

    So sorry for your loss, Karen. That is a lovely photo of the two of you.

  29. Kathleen says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Karen.
    She was a much loved feathered friend, not “just a chicken”.
    So very sorry for your loss…

  30. Sue says:

    Never “just” a chicken, dog, cat or other family member, because they ARE family. I’m so sorry you are without her…it hurts.

  31. Kat says:

    I have no words for this… I am sad with you.

  32. Edith says:

    Oh Karen, I’m so sorry to hear that. She was very very special.

    Hugs.

  33. kate-v says:

    So sorry for your loss – I’m glad you were her human caretaker and that you shared her with us.

  34. BamaCarol says:

    Oh Karen I am so sorry for you. I know how it is to love a beloved part of your family and our animal friends are just that. My heart goes out to you. Remember the good times if you can.

  35. Lin N says:

    My heart goes out to you…it makes no matter whether you love a dog, cat, rabbit, chicken, guinnea pig…any animal. When one loses a loved animal, it takes a chunk of your heart. If I was there in your presence I’d put my arm around you and let you have a cry. May you always have wonderful memories of Cuddles, she was one special chicken.

  36. Kristina says:

    I’ve had chickens for 5 years now. Lost them to hawks and coyotes. Been sad about that. Mad too. But nothing compared to the death of my favorite chicken, Marigold. She wasn’t as pretty as some of the others, just a basic Rhode Island Red. But she was a lover. And silly. And when I noticed she wasn’t herself, I brought her into my kitchen and tried everything to cure her over a three day period. Then my husband said it was time and I agreed. The light was gone from her eyes. And he took care of her. Man that hurt. I’m sorry, Karen. I am. But I am grateful that there are people like us that care about the simple beasts.

  37. Barbie says:

    Oh Karen! I’am so sorry…..I saw “Cuddles” up at the top and almost didn’t want to open the post up and read it! I am so so sorry! Praying for your comfort.

  38. Ardith says:

    Oh, poor little Cuddles. I’m so very sorry, Karen. Ardith

  39. MissChrisSA says:

    Oh no!!!
    I am so so very sorry.
    I have no words – they would be useless.
    Cyber hugs

  40. Lynne says:

    Oh no. Oh. No. Oh no. I am so sorry to hear about Cuddles, Karen *so sad*

    If there is anything you need, just say the word and I’ll gladly help. Big love to you.

  41. Mariah says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Karen. Her being “just” a chicken doesn’t diminish the grief. Hugs to you.

  42. Chavella says:

    So sorry for your loss. She was beautiful.

  43. Karalyn Faulkner says:

    I am so sorry. I just rescued a sweet chicken from the side of a very busy street. She had been hurt badly by some predator and was huddled against a sound wall. I brought her home, made a little coop to keep her safe and am taking care of her until I get her new coop up and running. I love her so much and can only imagine how much Cuddles touched your heart. She was loved. You were wonderful to her. xoxo Take care.

  44. Laurinda says:

    I have birds & know your pain. Crying with you. {{HUGS}}

  45. holly says:

    Oh, Karen, I am so sorry. I know, believe me, whatever type of animal we are lucky enough to have in our family is dearly lost. It got me when you said she followed you with her eyes. My dear sweet chocolate lab is my best friend and does the same thing, even when he is outside doing his business. He was diagnosed in October with Pancreatic cancer with 3 – 6 months to live. So far, so good. Requires constant feedings around the clock to keep blood glucose in check. I don’t know what will happen or what organ that god damned C will hit next. I’m hoping it will be slow paced enough that I will know when it is time. I am so sorry.

  46. Very sorry, Karen. I have a pet so I know exactly what you mean. They are not “just” anything. They are everything, just about.

  47. Robbin says:

    Karen
    I’m so sorry to hear that Cuddles has died. That’s horrible news.
    Thinking of you. RIP Cuddles.

  48. Ann says:

    “When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
    What a beautiful photo to remember your time together. Sending you hugs…

  49. Donna says:

    So very very sorry. these animals do get such a grip on our hearts.

  50. Dagmar says:

    Dear Karen, I hope you can accept my poem. It is one of a kind, written by me. I hope it helps you heal in your sad time.

    …Unnamed

    I know today,
    you’re already gone.
    And nothing I do,
    can stop that wrong.

    My tears flow,
    like a lullaby.
    But, still you’ve
    vanished
    into the sky.

    Now today is tomorrow,
    tomorrow’s not far.
    Yet nor shadows,
    Nor forecasts, predict
    Mend of my scar.

    Yesterdays pass.
    Todays won’t last.
    And tomorrows wishes
    Won’t change life’s track.

    So, I’ll cherish
    Our days.
    The great many ways.
    That you filled my,
    Heart with your love!

    Authored by Dagmar Lazarski

    Karen, my heart goes out to you. Keep strong. Sending my blessings, and the understanding that comes with loss.

    • Can't put my name on this comment says:

      That’s a beautiful poem Dagmar.

    • cbblue says:

      Dagmar, that is a beautiful gift. Cuddles will be missed more than any other chicken. That is because of the love and care you gave her Karen. She is a sweet little reflection of your love. I’m sorry.

    • Jenifer says:

      What a beautiful poem! It captures so much at times like these. Thank you for sharing it.

  51. Shauna says:

    So sorry Karen, so very sorry.

  52. Barbara says:

    Karen – I am heartbroken to hear this! Sending prayers of peace and comfort. Cuddles was certainly a special girl and friend to you. And we all enjoyed reading about her. Keeping you in good thoughts.

  53. Chicken Mom says:

    So sorry to hear this. It’s not just a chicken. She was a beloved pet that made you happy and smile.
    Losing a hen is hard especially after you’ve fought so hard to save her in the past.

    May the memories you carry of her sweetness one day help the sorrow in your heart.

    She was a beautiful hen with lots of lovely stories been shared. She will be missed.

    Take the time you need.

  54. Marla says:

    Oh, I am so very sorry to read this! She had a wonderful life with you, and added to the joy of your life. And she, through you, brought all of your readers delight.

  55. Jeannieb says:

    So sorry that you’ve lost Cuddles. She was a very lucky hen to have been loved and cherished by you.

  56. Yvonne says:

    Karen…I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish you peace and comfort.

  57. Cynthia Jones says:

    I am so sorry for your loss Karen. Grief is not something to be compared with other grief. She was your baby and you were the very best Mummy Cuddles could possibly have hoped for. She had some special needs and you gave her the best life she could have asked for if she had talked and told you what she wanted.

    I talk from experience. My boy only got 20 years but he had the best 20 years a Brady could ask for and from his point of view the best death. Not for the observer, but for him.

    I sure hope your Cuddles got the very best one for her. She got the best chook house, how many others get a mummy that cuddles them and rubs them. Most mummies would think ‘dont be stoopid, chickens dont like tummy rubs”. You didn’t.

    Gentle hugs for you from all who care about you and yours and let that water fall from your eyes, it is grief water and it needs to come out, apparently. xxx

  58. Mark says:

    Beautiful photo. Our relationship with our non-human companions runs deep, enriches our lives and makes us better people.

  59. Cynthia Jones says:

    PS That photo of the two of you deserves a very special vintage olde worlde frame. It’s beautiful.

  60. Laura says:

    oh, man. Cuddles was so cool and so, so loving. You two were such a great team. I am so sorry for your great loss.

  61. Denise Leavens says:

    My dear Karen. My heart goes out to you.
    My heart is broken, but what is left goes out to you.

  62. Martina says:

    Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. Cuddles will be missed by all of us and as you can see, none of us thought of her as “just” a chicken. You were and are, a great chicken mom! Sending hugs from me and my critters…

  63. Auntiepatch says:

    She was quite a chick. I knew when I read the title of this that she was gone. I almost didn’t open it up but I had to know. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  64. Darcy says:

    If I were a chicken, I would have wanted to be your Cuddles: truly cherished and nourished. You showed her the art of loving stuff.

  65. Mel says:

    Oh Karen! I’m so sorry. Aw, Cuddles.

  66. Suzanne says:

    So sorry Karen…hugs

  67. Teresa Jennings Richardson says:

    Heartfelt sympathy. She fought a valiant fight to live much longer than most chickens do. I look forward to seeing her in heaven.

  68. Pam'a says:

    Oh, Cuddles…

    Such travail, such love! Now she struts around in a better place, never to suffer again, pecking at endless, exquisite buggy delicacies. She’s young and fine, and you’ll see her again one day.

  69. Shana Beirne says:

    I am SO sorry to hear about your loss. There are no words.

  70. Beth says:

    Oh no! They’re definitely not just chickens. We lost 13 of ours Thanksgiving night to a weasel or mink that chewed right through the fence. So very sorry about Cuddles!

  71. Violet says:

    So sorry sweet lady. Animals are family, I get that.
    Xxx

  72. Barbara H. says:

    No words – just so very sorry to read this sad news. You and Cuddles were a great team.

  73. Just crushing. I’m so sorry, and what a blessing to have the love of that precious little lady. So very sorry for your loss and for your sharing it with us.

  74. Wendi Miller says:

    The Rainbows Bridge Poem

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent. Her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. Your hands again caress the beloved belly, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  75. Jodi T. says:

    Noo! Rest in peace sweet girl. Karen, thinking of you. Praying you find peace.

  76. Alisa says:

    I’m so sorry. I know exactly how much she meant to you because I have a special chicken too. I saw the title of this post and I started tearing up even before I read it because I just knew what it was going to be. I’m convinced there’s an afterlife for all animals, and if there is, she’ll come running to meet you with that funny waddling run chickens have.

  77. Katie says:

    Awwww… 🙁 RIP Cuddles. We hope you’re frolicking through fields of spinach and valleys of mealworms. Mental hugs to you, Karen.

  78. Elaine says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss, Karen. As soon as I saw her photo at the beginning of your post, I knew. It really, really hurts!! I know it’s hard but try, if you can, and remember the wonderful life and home you gave Cuddles … and I’m very sure she knew how good she had it living with you! We all share your sorrow and never regarded Cuddles as “just a chicken”!! She meant no less to you than a cat or dog does to another (more traditional) pet lover!! Take your time coming back to post on your blog – we all understand!

  79. Bobbi says:

    I have nothing to give you but my utmost sympathy for your very significant loss. I am so sorry.

  80. Ellen says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Karen. I’ve been a chicken mother too and have been very attached to my chicken children. Again, so very sorry.

  81. Alison says:

    Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. Cuddles (and all of your chooks) are so lucky to have you; your exemplary chicken care is the stuff chicken dreams are made of. I hope you find comfort in your other ladies.

  82. Sherry in Alaska says:

    So sad to read. Each loss is a personal journey. Goodbye, Cuddles.

  83. Jane Keene says:

    Karen, I am so sorry about Cuddles. Felt like I knew her after reading about her all last year. You gave her a wonderful loving life….any pet we lose takes a piece of our heart with them. Hugs to you ??

  84. Kirsten W says:

    I’m so, so sorry to hear about Cuddles. My thoughts are with you. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  85. TucsonPatty says:

    Karen, I am so sorry. Look at the outpourong of love for you and your Cuddles. We all know how much you loved and worried a out her. I don’t know to whom to attribute this quote, but it is a comfort to me. “Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.” Cuddles knew you adored her.

  86. Judy D. says:

    This news saddens me. I know she was special and your heart is breaking. I know you have lots of memories of the good times spent with Cuddles…please call on those when sadness hits you. Whether our pets are two legged, four legged, furry, or with feathers, the loss is profound. ♥

  87. Grammy says:

    So many people you have touched with your words and pictures — and every one of us understand the hole in your heart right now and wish we could give you a real hug to absorb just a tiny bit of your grief. Many of us came to love Cuddles vicariously through you, please accept heartfelt condolences.

  88. Jennifer says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Karen. She was a very special girl. The photo of the two of you on this page is beautiful and a perfect one to remember her with.

  89. Val says:

    Karen, the death of a pet hits hard; right in the heart. It’s so wonderful that you saved Cuddles and gave her more than one chance at a longer life. I will miss reading her stories and am sad for your loss.
    Val

  90. Tracie Berry says:

    Aww crap, I’m so very sorry to hear about your loss, Karen. Losing a part of your family is always devastating. My cat Tigs is climbing into my lap, as I write this. He butts his head into my arm, as if to say he understands…Love from me and Tigs…xo

  91. virginia says:

    My heart breaks for you!

  92. Shannon says:

    So awful to hear. You are a great chicken momma she was lucky to have you. Sorry for your pain at her loss. I’ll be thinking of you. Thank you for sharing her fluffy buns with us.

  93. Carmen Greene says:

    Cuddles was one in a million. Thank you for loving her, taking care of her & letting your readers fall in love with her. My heart is heavy tonight. Sending hugs.

  94. whitequeen96 says:

    Cuddles taught me that chickens can truly be lovable. Her sweet nature was obvious, and we could see why she was so dear to you. She became dear to a lot of us; we worried about her when she was sick and rejoiced when she recovered. I’m really sorry that’s she’s gone. She will be missed by so many people, including me.

    I’m so sorry, Karen. We grieve with you.

  95. Catherine says:

    Karen, so so sorry to hear about Cuddles. Losing a loved one is always heartbreaking, whether they are human, furry or feathery. Thinking of you.

  96. Nicole says:

    As a regular reader and occasional commenter I must let you know how sorry I am for your loss. When my two year old daughter realizes someone is sad she always says they need a cuddle. Cuddles are special and warm our hearts.

  97. Jennie Lee says:

    I’m very sorry to hear that Cuddles is no more. She was one cool chicken.

  98. Marna says:

    Oh no!!! I’m so sorry for your loss! I have lost a couple of pets over the past 2 years, it is agony. It is like losing a friend, a part of your heart. I send you a big hug. She was so cute!

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
    Author unknown…

  99. valerie says:

    🙁

    In the UK the term cuddle is used every day – parents give kids a cuddle if they’re sad for example. I always think of Cuddles the chicken when I hear it 🙂

  100. allyn says:

    I am so sorry. But realize she’s not really gone, she’s still with you. Every time you think of her she gets a chance to give you the love and strength you gave her every day of her life. She will be missed by many who never had the chance to know her except through your joy and love.

  101. Tara says:

    Oh no! This is terrible news – Cuddles meant so much to all of us..

    A happy Karen is a happy following and I think everyone will have a dark cloud over their day knowing you lost someone so special to you. Know that we’re all thinking about you today sweet lady!

  102. Aw Karen that’s so sad. You and cuddles had quite the journey together and you didn’t give up on her that time she had the attack of fly worm or larva I’m not sure but the photos of her recovering were so cute. She was no ordinary chicken. She was one well loved chicken. Thinking of you and your little Cuddles. God Bless.
    Marie

  103. marli says:

    I saw the title of the email and knew. and my heart broke for you. I’m so sorry.

  104. Cathy says:

    Anyone who reads your blog more than once knows you are devastated; talk about it or not. But not before you are ready. My heart is so sad.

  105. Emie says:

    ((((((Karen))))))

  106. Jenny W says:

    I’m so sorry, Karen 🙁

  107. Teddee Grace says:

    Oh, no! I am so sorry for your broken heart.

  108. Tracey says:

    I’m so so very sorry to hear this news Karen. I’m just weeping because I know how much your darling Cuddles means to you. When you have a heart big enough to love all of Gods creatures as much as you do, then the pain will be felt all the more. Having lost pets, I know how deeply that grief is felt.
    Cuddles was not just a chicken….just as my dogs, are not just dogs. They are loved family members.
    I rejoiced when you brought Cuddles back from the brink many times. Such devotation and love.
    Ah honey, I wish all of the love your readers are sending to you could bring your baby back. May it bring you a small measure of comfort.
    Take care…

  109. Sabina says:

    Sorry to hear of you loss Karen, pets are pets, they’re family no matter what species they may be. We all grieve with you.

  110. Merrilee says:

    You two had some great adventures. And you nursed her through fly strike- no easy task! Sending love and remembering Cuddles with her spunky attitude.

  111. Jen says:

    I am sorry for the lost of your friend.

  112. Kathi says:

    So sad for you Karen. Cuddles was a lucky pet to have you love her so much. I have no doubt she felt your affection, and was such a loving pet because of it.

  113. Donie Jensen says:

    Dear Karen,

    Sad to hear of your loss.
    I wish you solace.
    Thank you for sharing her with us all.
    She was a special soul that won’t soon be forgotten.
    (((hugs)))

    Take care,
    Donie

  114. Ann says:

    So Sorry Karen, You’re in my prayers.

  115. Miriam Mc Nally says:

    Aw, Karen, I’m so sorry for your loss.
    I know she was a much loved pet, and just hope that the lovely comments here will help to ease your sorrow.
    Give yourself a big hug, and know that you gave her the best life(s) she could ever have had: she was so loved.

  116. cary says:

    Oh karen, I am so sorry. Cuddles is so lucky to have had you. You gave her the longest and best life that she could have ever possibly had. Know that.

  117. Ann says:

    I’m so sorry to learn about Cuddles. You were lucky to have had such a special bond with the precious girl, and I know she loved you with all her heart. You gave her a wonderful life!

  118. Erin says:

    So, so sorry Karen.

  119. Susan McLean says:

    So so sorry about Cuddles. You’ve lost a part of your heart and we all understand. Been there. Done that. Hugs.

  120. Anita says:

    Family is family- whether it is human or animal. so sorry for your loss.

  121. Debbie D says:

    I am so so sad. Tears are rolling down my face. So sorry. She was one amazing bird. We will all miss her. You couldn’t help but love her. She was very special. Sending warm hugs your way.

  122. Dave says:

    We’re so sorry for your loss Karen. Our pets whether cats, dogs, or chickens hold a special place in our hearts.

  123. Leisa says:

    So sorry Karen.

  124. Rose says:

    I’m sorry Canadian that a beloved friend is gone. She had a strong life force and I always enjoyed hearing about her and the gang.

  125. Karen I am so very sorry to hear this. Your dear Cuddles was a member of your family. I always loved reading about her. May sweet memories be of comfort to you during this difficult time.

  126. Ashly says:

    My sincerest condolences, Karen. I loved reading about your adventures in backyard chickens and it was your love for your girls and their warmth towards you that helped propel me towards keeping chickens myself. I know that you went above and beyond to care for Cuddles. My heart breaks for you and the rest of your girls.

  127. Etta says:

    So very sad. I know that you loved her as a pet. Feathers rather than fur. She will be missed. Cry as much as you want to…as much as you need to.

  128. Joslynne says:

    Very sad to read the news about Cuddles…it takes time to get over…tell us about it when you can!

    Until then, being sad is just about the only thing you can do.

  129. Vanessa says:

    I am so very sorry you lost your friend. Our soul mates can come in many forms , mine was a giant, angry marmalade cat. When Monty died I was lost. He helped me through a very dark time in my life and I am convinced he was sent to guide me. ( crazy cat lady alert). Cuddles is still with you and Monty is still with me. Hang in there. We all feel your pain.

  130. Thera says:

    So very sad to hear, she was definitely more than just a chicken.
    My heart felt condolances.

  131. Kathy W says:

    Sad for you

  132. Shanelle says:

    Sorry Karen. Hugs xx

  133. Christina Weber says:

    There are no words. My heart is broken for you and Cuddles. Love comes in all forms, sometimes covered in feathers. Try to find comfort knowing what an outstanding mom you were to her and what a beautiful life you gave her. She was one lucky duck…er, I mean chick.

  134. SusanR says:

    There’ s no such thing as “just a chicken” when you’ve raised her from being a baby, and nursed her through several close calls. The loss is real, the pain is real, and it’s a measure of the love and joy she brought to your life. I’m so sorry she’s gone. She was very special. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  135. Trish says:

    auhh so sad to lose beautiful Cuddles…time will heal your broken heart, Karen!

  136. Carolyn says:

    I am very sorry to hear about Cuddles.
    Losing a dear pet is never easy.
    Hang in there, as you can see from all the comments, you are not alone & we adored Cuddles as well.

  137. maggie van sickle says:

    Awe Karen I am so sorry. She was your feathery friend and you loved her and she will be missed by you and us.

  138. I´m so sorry for your lost 🙁
    Two of my chicks died in 2014 and I imagine how you´re feeling right now.

  139. Katie says:

    Oh Karen… I am so sorry to hear this. I’ve only been reading your blog for a short time, but I know how much you love Cuddles.

  140. Donna says:

    So sorry Karen, she was a beautiful bird. How long do chickens usually live? She had a good home with you and you were blessed to have her in your life.

  141. Mary says:

    Karen – I was almost afraid to open this post. The title was the clue – because that’s how I titled my e-mail this past summer to tell my friends and family of the passing of our dear dog Buck. Just…”Buck”. I am so very sorry about your loss of your friend. It matters not the species – they stick their paws/claws in our hearts and it rips away a piece when they leave us – which is always much too soon. I’m pretty sure there’s a place called the Rainbow Bridge. If there’s not, I’m going to be awfully disappointed! For dogs there’s endless places to run and bunnies to chase. For chickens, I suspect there must be lots of really slow bugs and corn just scattered willy-nilly for a chicken to eat all the time. Take good care and let yourself grieve. And if anyone tells you she was “just a chicken” – please slap them silly for me. Cuz that’s what it would be. Silly. Mary

  142. Marilyn says:

    Aww. That sucks huge

  143. Deb Johnston says:

    Like so many others, I too realized that Cuddles had passed. So sad and sending you deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved pet.

  144. Tamnr says:

    Hugs… I’m so sorry

  145. Barb says:

    Karen, I’m so sorry. Losing any pet is a terrible loss. I always try to remember how we each enriched the life of the other and made it the best we could. It helps a little.

  146. Sherry (BTLover2) says:

    Karen,

    Losing a beloved pet, be it feathered or furred, is a heartbreaking time. I have no words other than I am so sorry, my soul hurts for you and that I understand. Your life was better for loving Cuddles. Sending you a big hug (and a cuddle)!

  147. jillian says:

    I am so sorry for your loss Karen. Love and healing light being sent to you.

  148. Juliet says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Cuddles. Animals are true angels. They bring us such joy and the feeling of grief and loss when they go is very real. I like my pets incrementally more than I like some people. It is hard when their lives are cut short. Chickens are particularly tough because there is a certain amount of “attrition” (particularly if you live in the “sticks” like I do. ) and they often don’t live very long. You honor your sweet friend with your grief. It will make your relationship with your next furry or feathered friend even that much more special.

    You were a good chicken mama. And I continue to enjoy you sharing your chicken adventures with us.

    Best, Juliet

  149. Sandy says:

    I am so sorry to hear this, Karen.

  150. Karen Duke says:

    Karen, it’s because of you that I got my first dozen chickens. I was simply enchanted with them and now I’ve got 80 or so, all with names, most of them free ranging and shitting on everything outdoors and eating what’s left. Most of them were born here including 3 who hatched this week. I’ve dealt with it all in the last 3-4 years with them and I know how gut wrenching it is to lose a very special chicken. I’m crying with you, and for you. I wish I could be there to give you a baby silkie chickie and a hug.

  151. Danni says:

    So sad to hear the news, I grieve for you. I would never belittle the attachments between a pet and owner, I know it can create a void. I hope that you take comfort knowing that she could not have had a better life, you both won the Karma lottery the day she was placed in your care.

  152. Bess says:

    Oh, no! I’m so sorry, Karen. As a big-city dweller, I’ve always enjoyed reading about the adventures of your chickens, and it was clear Cuddles was a special one. You have my sympathies.

  153. Judy B says:

    Oh Karen! I am sorry that your sweet precious Cuddles has passed on! She was one of your feathered babies and had a piece of your heart! My heart aches for yours! Thinking about you!

  154. MaryJo says:

    Cuddles was a sweetie and she will be missed by all of us who follow your blog.

  155. Diane Richards says:

    I am so sorry for your loss Karen. Cuddles was one special chic, just like her Mommy!
    I will truly miss all your story’s regarding Cuddles.

  156. Karen, so sorry for your loss. As a Grief Recovery Specialist, End-of-Life Coach, and pet lover myself, I understand how deeply our animal family members touch our lives. Take good care of yourself during your and let me know how I can support you.

  157. I am so sorry for the loss of Cuddles, Miss Karen.

    God Bless.

  158. Karin says:

    i’m very sorry for your loss, Karen.

    it’s been said before, but can’t be repeated enough.

    there’s no “just a” for the ones that are in our hearts. where there is deep love there is deep sorrow sooner or later.

    my thoughts are with you.

    Karin

  159. Carol Hogan says:

    Oh Karen. I am so sad. I know that Cuddles was your sweet, sweet girl and that you are feeling her loss. Know that all your friends are sharing your pain.

  160. Jane S says:

    Oh Karen, I am so sorry. Pets give us such love and they take a piece of our hearts when they die. There will never be another Cuddles.

  161. Julie Gordon says:

    Oh Cuddles. Oh Karen. I am sorry. Julie

  162. Heather says:

    So sorry for your loss. Cuddles will be missed by all of us as well. Sending a hug your way.

  163. Deb says:

    Oh, Karen, I am heartbroken for you. As I read this, I am preparing “breakfast” for my three feathered babies, and about to start my morning ritual of opening the henhouse and greeting my lovelies. This morning, I am compelled to rush out a bit faster, to stroke their feathers (even poor Delta, who is in the midst of a terrible molt!) and listen to their clucky,chirpy,squeaky morning conversation. No, like your precious Cuddles, they are not ‘just chickens’ but the zen and humor that only our hens can provide. I grieve with you and for you.

  164. Mary W says:

    May your memories Cuddle you when it hurts too much. In the end, all we ever really have are memories and Cuddles is in the memories of many, many people. So sorry for you while it hurts this much. She will be missed.

  165. Robyn says:

    Aww, bless her heart. My sincerest condolences.

  166. NinaMargoJune says:

    Sharing your sorrow. Loving a pet, then losing her is so tough. RIP Cuddles. You had the best life any chick could desire.

  167. Jenifer says:

    Double stuffed oreos and a big bag of chips.

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I didn’t even know her and sit here crying.

  168. This is such sad news. You can see from all of the comments here that we all knew how much she meant to you and that she will be dearly missed. We loved the stories, following her life and especially when she got sick and finally got well. She knew that you loved her and will be watching over you in the Heavenly Roost. I am sure that one is made of gold, just for her. The beauty is that you have countless photos and videos of her, so she will always be with you. My heart goes out to you.

  169. Karin in NC says:

    Oh Karen, that is tough. I am so sorry. What a little trooper she was. RIP Cuddles.

  170. Ann says:

    I lost my pet chicken 3 days ago. Miss Snow had been ailing on and off for a year but finally her poor little body could not take it any longer. She will be missed. I have yet to find a sure fire method to turn a chicken into a real pet quality animal. It is a combo of starting with a very young chicken and handling them a lot, and having the right chicken to start with. Obviously Snow and Cuddles were those right chickens. But I will try and tame at least another one of my girls cause I will sure miss having a chicken come sit on my lap and eat bugs out of my hand

  171. Julie says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  172. Ev Wilcox says:

    We will miss her too, from a distance. It never goes away, but it does get easier, I promise.

  173. Dave says:

    So sorry. We understand.

    We recently lost “Dusty” a laying hen that would ride on the back of my daughter’s tricycle for hours. Often up and down a rather steep hill at breakneck speeds. She was my daughter’s constant companion – so much so that I used to have to remind her that chickens need to walk around and eat too. We live in the woods, and foxes are an ever present danger. After she had a quiet cry behind the coop, my daughter reminded me that at least she will get to play with other animals we have lost once she gets to heaven.

    At any rate, my daughter (who is homeschooled) is now teaching another hen, “Stare” to read. They sit together at an outside table, or in the coop and practice. Stare will look intensely at a screen or a book, and I am told that she is doing well, though I do not seem to have the same communication abilities as my daughter.

  174. Mary says:

    It’s not easy losing a beloved pet. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Mary

  175. Joanne says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your precious Cuddles, Karen. What a sad time for you. She will live forever in your heart and in your many blog posts. I haven’t been following you long enough to have read all those posts, but now I will. Hugs for you

  176. Erika C says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, I know she was a special pet. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your grief.

  177. Marcia says:

    So sorry to hear…as part of your daily life it is very sad when they are no longer there.
    Hugs to you.

  178. SuzyMcQ says:

    You’re in my thoughts. No words…..

  179. Victoria says:

    Hugs to you, far-away friend. I am so glad to know you had a special friend like Cuddles. Please keep telling the stories of your times together. I think so many people have learned and loved because of your shared adventures in chicken-person friendship.

  180. Melissa Leach says:

    Oh no, Karen I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Cuddles. She brought many a smile to our faces and yes, you earned your Mom badge with her. We know she was more than just a chicken. Cuddles was THE CHICKEN!!!

  181. Luanne says:

    So sorry to hear about Cuddles, Karen. Pets certainly hold a significant part of our hearts. A chicken is a fairly unusual pet – you and Cuddles were lucky to have had such unusual buddies. 🙂

  182. Kelly says:

    Karen, I’m sorry to hear that Cuddles is gone. You gave her a wonderful life. Thanks for sharing her with us.

  183. mickey says:

    So very sorry for your loss, Karen.

  184. Kathy Salley says:

    I am so sorry Karen. So sorry. iIhope your heart heals soon…

  185. Lise Cameron says:

    Karen . I am so sorry for your loss. Cuddles was adorable and like your child ..Enjoy all the wonderful memories that you shared and know that she was loved…That means a lot in today’s world.. RIP Cuddles…

  186. Jan says:

    Oh dear 🙁 I’m so sorry, Karen. Our furred and feathered friends are family, too, so take your time to grieve.

  187. Carolyn says:

    Karen, I’m so sorry for your loss. Reading about Cuddles’ good times often brought a smile and a laugh. Thinking of you… Cuddles will be missed.

  188. Carole says:

    We , who understand the deep love and bond between humans and our pets, she’d a tear for your loss.
    My heart is heavy and I too am crying.
    Love is love!
    Cuddles to you.
    Carole

  189. Dona says:

    So sad to read this, dear. No creature is “just a”. You and Cuddles are in my heart and prayers this day. Asking God to comfort you; asking you to cherish the memories. ?<3

  190. Becky says:

    So very sorry to hear about Cuddles. I can’t believe I’m crying over a chicken I’ve never met, but you made a place in all our hearts for that sweet girl with your words and pictures. Thank you!

  191. Donna says:

    So sorry to hear this Karen. Feathery and furry friends hold a little bit our our hearts and it’s very hard to say goodbye. Hugs.

  192. Karol says:

    Lucky Cuddles to have you for her non-feathered momma. {{hugs}}

  193. Jill Riley says:

    I am so sorry, Karen. Sending hugs today.

  194. Robin Fishback says:

    {{{Big Hugs}}} and heartfelt sorrow for your incredible loss.

  195. Melissa says:

    I’ve been a silent reader and really enjoy your blog. I was born and raised in Hammertown but relocated to Oakville.
    This post touched me so much. I know how much you loved cuddles and the love was definitely mutual. I’m so sorry for your loss Karen. Cuddles was one lucky chicken who lived a full, spoiled life. Prayers!

  196. Jenny says:

    I’m so sorry, Karen. She certainly wasn’t “just” a chicken, she was a beloved pet and sweet companion and she will be missed. *hugs*

  197. Kim C says:

    So, so sorry. 🙁
    Sending hugs.

  198. mayr says:

    Dear Cuddles,
    You really chose the best chicken mama.
    You’ll never leave the heart of one another.
    You’re such a good girl.
    How is heaven?

  199. Bethany says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I understand what it feels like to lose a pet. I shed a few tears for both you and Cuddles this morning. Time will heal your heart.

  200. Jackie says:

    I knew when I saw Cuddles and the first part! I’m so so sorry Karen thinking of you today!

  201. Allison says:

    Karen,
    I am so so sorry. She was never just a chicken. We connect with our animals in special ways. I felt the same loss when we lost our Birdie dog, and I’m sure I will feel the same when our Waffles dog crosses the Rainbow Bridge in the future. It’s plain heartache.

    I’m sending hugs to you.

    Allison from Texas

  202. Sboo says:

    Sorry to hear about Cuddles. Somehow, as soon as I saw the post title, I just knew. Hope she didn’t suffer in the end and that you had the opportunity to say goodbye. Wishing you peace.

  203. Emily Orth says:

    My heartfelt condolences to you Karen. You gave dear Cuddles a wonderful life.

  204. Sandy says:

    I always loved your tales of Cuddles. That is a wonderful pic of you guys 🙂

  205. Sylvia says:

    Gosh Karen I’m so sorry. Cuddles was a special girl and I’m sure her companionship helped carry you through the tough times. You were an amazing mom to her and certainly did everything you could for her during her tough times. No regrets for having known and loved such a little treasure even though it hurts so much now. Hugs.

  206. Bellygrrl says:

    Karen, your huge following of concerned readers has said it all. I just want to add my condolences for the loss of your funny, loveable, cuddly girl.

  207. Tigersmom says:

    Cuddles. So sorry for the loss of your beloved pet. I have lost pets and it is truly awful. My heart goes out to you.

  208. Maria says:

    🙁 Sending a hug and a few tears…

  209. Tres says:

    I am so sorry Karen. Cuddles was a special chicken and a member of your family. Sending you an interweb hug.

  210. Marion says:

    Oh Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is never easy, especially one as lovable as sweet Cuddles. Sending you all my thoughts and love today.

  211. jainegayer says:

    Oh Karen, I am so sorry about Cuddles. She was the first chicken I ever cared about or worried about when she got sick. I am sad too.

  212. Elen G says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Karen. Cuddles was beloved by us all. Thinking of you loudly.

  213. Safetydog says:

    Oh, Karen, I am so, so sorry. As soon as I saw the title, my heart clenched. No pet is “just a pet”, they are beloved family members, oftentimes more lovable and loving than humans.

  214. Rebecca says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Karen. We all know she wasn’t just a chicken, that she was a pet.

  215. Michelle says:

    Aww! Honey I’m so sorry to hear that. Poor Cuddles. xx

  216. West Coast Nan says:

    Cuddles muddled in puddles.
    Now she is gone and you are sad,
    and we are sad for you.
    As we know that Cuddles, lovely Cuddles,
    more than muddled in puddles.
    She stole a piece of your heart.

    Thinking of you and sending you gentle hugs.

  217. Carolyn Boyd says:

    So sorry to hear this, Karen. I’m sure a lot of us felt that Cuddles was our pet as well. I just lost my 18 year old cat to a stroke/blood clot; I know how you feel about this loss. They truly become a part of our families and they leave a large hole in our lives when they are gone. I’m sure that she knew that she was special and we all know that she was very well loved and taken-care of.

  218. Michelle says:

    So sorry for your loss. No words can comfort. Only time. Every critter matters if we listen to them. I am shocked every day at how much a little tiny baby bird changed our lives. My goat boys are cherished. They are not just chickens, bird, goats, horses, etc. they are gifts. They teach us wonderful things. So glad you are a kind person that listened. You shared the gift with Us.

  219. Sakura S. says:

    Oh, Karen. I am so sorry to hear about Cuddles. Losing a pet is so very difficult. Hopefully all the well-wishes and concern you see here and in your offline life will bring you comfort. First tears, then time. You will always miss her and we will all miss hearing about her. You are a great chicken mama.

  220. Darla says:

    So sorry Karen. I lost a dear pet last year and still expect her to greet me when I get home.

  221. Corinna says:

    Awww! I’m so sorry! I took a hen to the vet this week. Not easy finding a vet who will see a chicken in the city! They laughed that she has a name.. They called her Betty and I had to tell them she prefers “Betty White”.. She was covered in blood and there was no reason for it.. the other hens are fine.. she had no wounds.. My best guess is that they were doing a reenactment of Pulp Fiction?

    Anyway, I understand.. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  222. Rondina says:

    Fighting back tears. We loved Cuddles. She was a safe-haven for you when things turned upside down. We all have had a Cuddles in our lives and know your heart is broken

  223. Jody says:

    Oh Karen, I’m so very sorry….

  224. Laura Bee says:

    Ohhh, sweet Cuddles will be missed by so many. I haven’t cried for a chicken since I lost my little Bantam Blackie when I was about 11. Crying now. So sorry Karen xxoo

  225. Audrey Ogilvie says:

    I feel such sadness for you, Karen. Cuddles was a special member of your family. A sweet chicken who made you laugh ~ who loved you back. The pain of losing her is frightful and I send you sincere condolences. ~ Audrey xx/oo

  226. Mary Edmondson says:

    She wasn’t just a chicken, She was someone who filled your heart with joy & I have no doubt that her warm little body in your lap helped you over some rough times, notably the loss of your human love. Human or animal, the end result is the same. Gone is the source of what my late father referred to as heart balm, and the effect is devastating on those of us left behind. You are loved by so many, Karen, although your human friends cannot be there to soothe your pain. Scream, cry, rant & rave & know that we would envelop you in loving arms if we could. Someday you’ll see Cuddles again – don’t know how or where but it comforts me to believe that there is a hereafter where we will all be united with our loved ones.

  227. Amie M says:

    “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” -Anatole France

    Cuddles was just as much a pet to you as your mischievous cats. Her warmth and love for you could be seen in all of your photos together, and how hard you have worked to give her the best life she could have.

  228. Kristen says:

    Rest in peace sweet Cuddles.

  229. Stefanie Barrett says:

    My deepest condolences. We care so much for our animals but they some how give us more in return. You gave Cuddles a life most chickens, and some children, will never know. Stay strong.

  230. Maryanne says:

    My condolences Karen. Cuddles will always be in our memories as your pet and never “just a chicken”.

  231. Leslie says:

    I have never commented before but felt I had to when I read about cuddles. Sometimes a pet will come into your life and not only touch your life but touch your soul. From reading about cuddles I could see how special she was to you. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all about her adventures with you. I have learned so much about chickens! I have had pets come and go and there are always the ones that you hold closest to your heart. One day you will be able to remember her and feel comfort. Until then it will be painful and I am sorry. Anyone who has lost a pet will feel the sorrow with you. Thinking of you.

  232. Mothercarol says:

    I am so very sorry Karen. May your rainbow of precious memories brighten with every tear.

  233. m'liss says:

    So sorry Karen. Her name says it all. You were lucky to have found each other.

  234. Gingersnappo says:

    🙁

    It looks like all your readers agree – you (and Cuddles) have touched our hearts. So sorry for your loss.

  235. Carswell says:

    I can’t really add anything that others haven’t already said. So sorry for your loss – it doesn’t matter that she was “only a chicken” – she was a pet in every way and it’s never easy to lose a beloved pet.

  236. Angie says:

    Oh, Karen, I’m so, so very sorry. You loved her and you gave her a good life and that’s all we can do for our pets. All we can do for anyone, really. When it comes to our pets there is not such thing as “just a” or “only an”, we love them anyway.

  237. Flash says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  238. JulieD says:

    I’m so very sorry Karen.

  239. Liz says:

    Ohhh… 🙁 cluck cluck little henny. Rest in peace; you were loved broad and wide

  240. tina says:

    Dear Karen, Family is family.So very sorry for your loss,A fan in the U.S.

  241. Traci says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. It made me cry. I used to be afraid of the chickens at my grandmother’s house when I was growing up. I never knew that chickens could be friendly and wonderful. Cuddles taught me that. Take all of the time you need. She was your Cuddles and her presence will be dearly missed.

  242. Catherine Manning says:

    Cuddles was a chicken with a soul that recognized yours. What a lovely bond – and I’m so sorry for the pain that comes with her death. 🙁

  243. julie says:

    We understand and we are sorry. She had the best life a chicken could have in your care.

  244. Elise says:

    I am so sorry, Karen. I have no words.

  245. Pam says:

    So sad for you. You should be proud that you gave Cuddles a lovely, spoiled life. RIP sweet Cuddles.

  246. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Everyone has been so eloquent in their sympathy, far more than me. I remember losing pet budgies and I know they have their own little feathered personalities. You
    did so much for Cuddles, as did she for you. It was a loving relationship . . . gone but not forgotten. ((Hugs)), Jan

  247. Stephanie Barnhart says:

    It’s so hard to lose a beloved family member. Sending good thoughts to you and Cuddles. I’m sure she’s scratching the ground and happily eating big, fat, juicy bugs in chicken heaven right now. Hugs to you!

  248. Devon says:

    Thank you for sharing her with us over the years, it was wonderful to know her! I’m so sorry for your loss, Karen. My heart goes out to you.

  249. Bridgett Junkin says:

    So sorry for your loss. Not just a chicken. Not if she’s named Cuddles. Our pets are family and sometimes their loss is felt harder.

  250. Gretchen Sexton says:

    Oh Karen! Heartbreaking news. When I saw the picture, I was afraid that’s what the article would be. So so very sorry. Tears here for you (and Cuddles)–I know, from all your posts, how very special she was to you. I will be thinking of you and wish that I had a magic balm to make it all better quickly. As one of my dear family friends likes to say, “Such are the vicissitudes of a long life.” May the memories of your years together be of some comfort. Wishing you peace.

  251. YvonneM says:

    Oh, Karen, my heart breaks for your loss. Be assured we are all thinking of you. This has never been about “just chickens”; they captured your heart and our’s through all your adventures with them, especially Cuddles. She will be missed. Peace.

  252. Gordy says:

    Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. I well understand the loss of a pet, I’ve lost many over the years and they all still visit in my dreams. The dreams are wonderful, they are brimming with all the special qualities I remember so fondly without the infirmaries that challenged them in this life.

    So I wish you sweet dreams and joy in your heart.

    Gord

  253. Leigh says:

    I’m so saddened by the loss of Cuddles. When the tears stop flowing and you can write about it, even just for yourself, it may be cathartic. But I, for one, am thinking to the future, and wondering what little memorial you will build for Cuddles….’cause you do “stuff”. Bet it’ll be great!

  254. Lori HAll says:

    That made my heart hurt. I am so sorry, Karen.

  255. Jennifer says:

    So very sorry Karen.

  256. Stephanie says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Karen. I know she meant alot to you.

  257. Debbie says:

    Not a pet, a member of your family. This last year I lost Diva, lover girl dog, and Dutchie von bunn bunn bunny, a member of family and friends. I understand the black hole they leave. I will be thinking of you and sending good thoughts to you.

  258. Gina says:

    When I saw the title of the post my heart sank.

    I’m so sorry. You gave her the best life she could’ve ever had.

  259. brenda says:

    I opened up my closed blog for you for a wee while – it’s a chicken I painted awhile back singing a song my friend Sandra wrote a long time ago called Love You (you can close your eyes and pretend the chicken is singing it to you) … so sorry that this happened (((hugs)))

    … what a wonderful blog community you have following you … hugging and cuddling you right now … you are one of the best!

  260. Bobbie says:

    Karen, I am so sorry for your (and our) loss. I always waited to hear about Cuddles’ latest adventures, hung on every email through your efforts to save her- twice- from her medical troubles, the “will (she) eat it” videos and loved seeing photos of her on your lap. I remember when she arrived and you commenced building of the chicken palace… and so much more. We will miss her.

  261. Brook says:

    Oh, Karen — I’m so sorry! Cuddles was such a sweet girl; truly a rare bird. Thank you for sharing her with us over the years. She often brightened my day and will be missed.

  262. Alicia says:

    I’m so sorry. When I lost my rooster last month, I used the same phrase to , “I know he was just a chicken..” but I shed a lot of tears. They are so endearing.

  263. Linda in Illinois says:

    Oh no! I’m so sorry Karen.

  264. Dale says:

    When has “just” a chicken been loved by so many people, from such an international scene.
    283 notes of condolences in less than 5 hours!
    Cuddles, you rocked the interweb!
    Live long and prosper in your new existence, wherever that may be.

  265. rktrix says:

    Sometimes we love a creature because they are silly. Because they look at you and you wonder “Just what is going through that little mind?”. Because they defy death, pecking, and Canadian winters. Because they are soft to hold and make little crooning noises.

    Oh, I am so sorry Karen!

  266. Anna Starner says:

    I was afraid that was what I was going to be reading. So sorry, prayers for comfort.

  267. Ellen & Ron says:

    We are so very sorry. We will miss her too. The pain of losing a loved one is very real, and the only consolation is that the pain fades, tho the scar on your heart & the memories remain.

  268. Anne Riches says:

    As a relative ‘newbie’ to your blog I did not know Cuddles well; but am saddened by your loss. Her life as commemorated by your numerous posts over the years will bring you great comfort and joy when the immediate sense of loss eases a bit.

  269. Jeannie says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Karen.

  270. Bambi Mayer says:

    RIP, Cuddles. Many tears are being shed across the world for you. You were loved by many, especially your mom. Karen, my heart goes out to you at this time. What a wonderful life you gave to Cuddles–not many chickens get that. It is so hard to lose a beloved pet who has given you unconditional love. I hope that the pain eases a little soon.
    Bambi

  271. Cheryl says:

    Cuddles had a wonderful life with you. She was one lucky chicken. I’m so sorry for your loss, Karen.

  272. Deb from Maryland says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about this. Hang in there. Sit in the hurt for now, at some point, each day will get a little easier.

  273. Wisconsin Gal says:

    I’m so, so sorry, Karen. She was a wonderful companion and I know you will miss her deeply. You did give her a wonderful life. Condolences.

  274. Irene says:

    I believe that a connection is a connection, no matter what type of living creature one may make that connection with. I believe that we are, indeed, placed on earth to rediscover our one-ness and therefore to attempt to connect to as many fragments of this one-ness as we can.
    Cuddles was a found piece of your journey of discovery, and therefore precious.
    I’m so sad for you. Hugs.

  275. janpartist says:

    Oh, my, speechless. Thinking of you both. So, sorry.

  276. Jacqui says:

    So sorry to hear of Cuddles passing. I know it hurts, you loved her because she accepted you fully. That is the wonderful gift we get from our animals. Sending a big virtual hug.

  277. Renee says:

    So sorry about Cuddles. Love doesn’t differentiate between any pet, whether furred, feathered, or scaled. They are all precious. She was a special little chicken, and shall be missed. Wishing you peace for your aching heart.

  278. Erin says:

    Anyone who knows chickens knows how special they can be. So sorry, Karen.

  279. Stephanie says:

    As soon as I saw only her name in your post, I knew what you were going to say. I am so very sorry for your loss, and suck at words of condolence or comfort, so will say … “yes, what they all said before me”. I never thought I would tear up over a chicken, but there it is, right in my eye – ok – both of them.
    Take care Karen.

  280. Alex says:

    I’m so sorry to hear it. I know your pain. It sucks!

  281. Karen says:

    So sorry Karen. Have fondly enjoyed all of your stories about Cuddles. Hugs and warm thoughts.

  282. connie says:

    awww Karen , I’ m so sorry to hear about Cuddles 🙁
    She was a special chicken alright and she was blessed to have you !
    We grieve for our pets just as we would a human family member. You’ll never forget her and nor would you want to . Time is a good healer.
    Feeling your loss, cyber hugs to you xoxo

  283. Yolanda Tomas says:

    I’s so sorry Karen. It is hard to lose a pet. If I didn’t live in a townhouse you and your story of Cuddles and her sisters would convince me to have chickens.
    Hugs Yola

  284. Michelle Vaughan says:

    Oh, Karen, As soon as I saw the title of this blog post, I felt in my heart that Cuddles was gone. I am shedding a tear for you and her as I write. I grew up with chickens. My mother absolutely loved her chickens. She once rode on a float during our little county fair, holding her beautiful rooster, Caesar. When she lost Caesar, the entire family mourned. Take good care of yourself, and know that your entire community here is feeling a little bit of a loss too. Michelle

  285. Andrea Meyers says:

    oh. no. I’m so sorry.

  286. Sandi says:

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. It’s so hard when we lose our companions. I have enjoyed reading about Cuddles and her adventures. Cyber hugs to you during this difficult time.

  287. Jan says:

    Well that sucks. But she was not “just” a chicken.

  288. Katie says:

    Dear Karen,

    Cuddles was so loved in her life; by you and your fantastic community of readers. We are sending good thoughts your way!

  289. Mike says:

    Cuddles was the luckiest pet alive, because she had you. And I have no doubt that she understood that.

  290. Amy in KC says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Cuddles. She was a good chicken and I always enjoyed reading about her. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers this weekend. *hugs*

  291. Lea says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved pet.

  292. Jani says:

    Karen…you were the most loving and caring chicken Mom that I have ever read about. Cuddles knew you were special the moment the eyes were connected to yours. I am so sorry for your loss.

  293. Jane says:

    So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs. There are no words for how sad this is.

  294. Betty says:

    Aw that SUCKS! .. 🙁 …. not a good way to start 2016!
    Hard to say goodbye to our beloved pets, but smile lots remembering the joy she brought to you. She was special and you were lucky to have your time with her.
    Big hugs to you Karen!

  295. Karen Jeanne says:

    From one Karen who loves feathered creatures to another, I am sorry for the loss of your pet. I always get a kick out of your chicken posts, & hope they continue once you’ve had some time to process this.

  296. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Oh my Karen…I can not even find the words to tell you how I feel…Hugs…

  297. Kathy says:

    So, so sorry for your loss, Karen. Sending you peace, love and light.

  298. beks says:

    (((HUGS)))

  299. Maureen Locke says:

    No words 🙁 just sadness. Hugs

  300. Leslie Zuroski says:

    So sorry for your loss of dear Cuddles. She was special all right and knew how much you cared!

  301. Debbie says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  302. j says:

    Very sorry for your loss. You are richer for having had her in your life.

  303. Penny says:

    So sorry for your loss. Take comfort from knowing you gave Cuddles the best life a chook could ever hope for.

  304. Jac says:

    Karen, I’m so sorry. I know how heavy your heart is feeling and how you’ll miss her. I found that part of the pain comes from just THINKING about how much you’re going to miss her, knowing that sinking feeling you’ll get when you go to the chicken house and she’s not there. I battled that pain on losing my L’il Miss a while back and spent some time being mad as hell at the Chicken Goddess…and was able to dull it a little, after a while, by simply refusing to think about her not being there and thinking about what a sweet gift I had while she *was” there, instead. I know that’s not going to help quite yet, but maybe in time, I hope. As soon as the “I’m never going to love another chicken again” feeling abated some, I went and got another girl so at least the number I’d grown used to looking at would be the same, and lucked out in my choice of a pretty golden girl I named Buffy who turned out to be very sweet-natured. I hope you are blessed with something, some way, to ease your heartache soon. Maybe allowing all us readers to shoulder bits of the load will lighten it. RIP, Cuddles, and may you find peace, Karen – you have my most sincere condolences. Gonna go lock up the girls for the night now, and give them each a special snuggle… -Jac

  305. Larissa Stretton says:

    Karen, that’s terrible. She may have “only been a chicken”, but she was your chicken, and special all the same. Thank you for “sharing” her with us. I am sorry for you. You’ll miss her.
    Larissa

  306. Debbie from Illinois says:

    So sorry.

  307. Chris says:

    There is no such thing as “just” a pet. They are a part of our life with unconditional love. I recently took my cat to the vet for what I thought was a bacterial infection and ended up having to put my cat down and it was so hard and I miss him very much.
    Sorry for your loss.
    Chris

  308. Heather J Tebbutt says:

    Dear Karen,
    So sad to read of the passing of your beloved Cuddles…may you be comforted by the love & caring from all your readers and your family.

    Heather J.

  309. Quinn says:

    I’m so sorry. Sleep peacefully, sweet Cuddles.

  310. Gail says:

    Cuddles won the lottery when she came to live with you.
    I raise my glass to Cuddles, and to you!

  311. Kelli says:

    Oh Karen, I’m so sorry about Cuddles. I know she was your “baby.” Sending you big *hugs*

  312. Cred says:

    I’m so sorry to hear, Karen.

  313. Ritz says:

    Dear Karen,
    It was such a smiling pleasure to read about you and Cuddles.
    I am so sorry that you’ve lost her.
    Ritz

  314. Robert says:

    I can’t think of anything to say that all the other comments haven’t said, really sorry for your lost we are all with you, and also I feel bad for just reading this right now.
    On the other hand she did have a very good life, I mean how many chickens mean something to so many people?
    A huge mental hug and the best wishes in this hard times

  315. Jhody says:

    Ah, Karen. This is just the worst! Grief is such a deep pit. But know that myself and the rest of your beloved community, will sit along side you while you’re there. Take your time. Thank you for sharing Ms Cuddles with us.

  316. D Peterson says:

    Very sorry Karen. I had a pet chicken once too…

  317. Emily says:

    You are a beautiful writer and your stories made Cuddles a real, live character for all of us.
    I can only repeat what our veterinarian told me when we lost our beloved Otis Pee Rat to a particularly wretched form of cancer a few years ago: You gave her a wonderful life.
    I’m so sorry you’re going through this, Karen.

  318. Linnea says:

    Oh, no! I’m so sorry, Karen.

  319. Andrea says:

    I am so sorry. Losing a pet us alwYs so hard. I think the “cuddly” ones are the hardest. You just want them in your lap one more time. There isn’t much your readers can do except to jet you know you have a community of people who understand your pain.

  320. Mindy says:

    We said goodbye to a beloved pet last year and the loss is excruciating. I’m so sorry.

  321. Cindy says:

    So sorry to hear this Karen. Our pets are our children. Cuddles had a great mom and you were so fortunate to experience her love and devotion.

  322. Laurie says:

    I am so sorry for this loss. Cuddles was an exemplary chicken of the internet- and seeing her and your interaction made me smile many, many times.

  323. Maureen says:

    Pets are not our whole lives but do make our lives whole…..I am so sorry for your loss….

  324. Cathryn says:

    Through tear filled eyes I type this. How wonderful that you both had such a precious friend in one another . . soon you will be able to smile every time your think of her. Until then, I send you love and strength.

  325. patty reed-pederson says:

    Oh how sad you must be. I followed your stories and know this is painfull. Really sending my best to you.

  326. Dale says:

    I thought I gave my condolences yesterday but could not find my comments. Cuddles was not “just” a chicken. She was a rock-star of the interweb. Who else could receive 347 condolences in a span of 2 days.
    Cuddles, live long and prosper in your new existence. RIP

  327. Karen Too says:

    Bless you Karen and Cuddles. She was well-loved and that’s the best thing we can give any of our fellows in the time and space we call life and you did it… well. I wish there was something I could say that would make you feel better.

  328. Peggy says:

    So sorry for your loss. As the loving owner of an aging flock of pet chickens, I can share your feelings of loss and grief. We form such attachments to these sweet, funny little yard birds and it is very hard to say goodbye. My thought are with you. I have no doubt Cuddles knew how much she was loved by both you and your fans.

  329. LynnReally spelled w/ an e says:

    Crying as I am reading this. Thanks for sharing your beloved Cuddles w/ us. Thinking of you and sending hugs.

  330. Karen as well says:

    My heart is breaking for your great loss. Know that she was absolutely blessed to be cherished and cared by you. I am also so grateful to you, for enlightening so many of us, to how lovely a creature we call a chicken actually is.

  331. Kat68 says:

    Please accept my thoughts and prayers. Losing a pet is so very hard and it takes a long time for the grief not to be raw. Hang in there.

  332. Ann Mc says:

    So very sorry. She was such a friend to you and us all.

  333. Debbie says:

    So sorry. I was going to write more, but others have spoken well.

  334. sandra says:

    So very sorry. Cuddles wasn’t just a pet, Cuddles was a much loved family member And when a family member dies we are sad. We mourn. We cry and don’t want to get out of bed. It hurts and I am sorry.

  335. Dawn says:

    I am so deeply sorry you have lost your pet and friend.

  336. Sue says:

    Oh, no, I”m so sorry to hear you’ve lost Cuddles. Losing someone you love hurts hard, no matter what form they take. Hugs to you!

  337. Kim says:

    Oh Karen, I am so very sorry to hear that your sweet Cuddles has passed. My heart aches with you. We all know how much you loved your girls . Sending you hugs 🙂

  338. Michele says:

    Oh Karen….your article on your chicken coop was the reason I started following you. You’re the reason my husband and I finally went and purchased our chickens after talking about it for a year. I know there’s many of us and one of you but, I feel like I lived through all your ups and downs with Cuddles and am so sad with you. Please know that she was a gift and that she wants you to be another chickens mom now too.

  339. Aspasia says:

    I’m so sorry. Anyone who doesn’t understand what she meant to you has never loved an animal.

  340. tami says:

    My condolences Karen. I truly admire how you took care of her. The level of care and attention you provided to her was quite humbling. She was a very lucky chicken.

  341. Daphne says:

    When I read the title I already feared she was gone. This precious lady really lived all her 9 lives to the fullest.

  342. Susan says:

    I’m so sorry Karen, to hear about Cuddles. Every word you wrote about her told us how much she meant to you.

  343. Lisa KT says:

    Oh no! So sorry for the loss of Cuddles. She had a rich, wonderful life and will be missed. Having 3 chickens of my own I know they are not “just chickens”. They become a part of our hearts. Thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  344. Jenny Brandon says:

    I’m so sorry. I told my son all about you, your blog, and Cuddles over the holiday. Such sad news. Cuddles was a real superstar chicken.

  345. Heather (mtl) says:

    Karen, I am so sorry for your sad loss!
    Two years ago, just before Christmas, I had to put down my fur baby Juliette. It was the most difficult time and I still cry at her mention. However…. I know how lucky I was to have spent 11 years with her and am now able to smile at her name knowing how rich my life was because of her.
    I think Cuddles was the most loved chick-a-doll we all knew of, so take comfort in knowing your grief is not only understood, but felt deeply.
    My heart goes out to you – je te donne mon coeur, ma fille.

  346. Dee says:

    My heart is breaking for you and little Cuddles. She was a dear and I know you will miss her. We all will. I’m so sorry.

  347. Stacy says:

    I’m am so sorry for your loss. Cuddles was never “just” a chicken. You had 5 wonderful years with her.

  348. Pate Garson says:

    Dearest Karen – Cuddles adored you and you were a great mama. I like to believe that our loved ones are still with us after they die, we just can’t see them.

    My heart aches for you sweetheart. You lost your Cuddles and because you shared your sweet baby with all of us, I feel like we lost a dear friend.

    Sending you love and hugs ,
    Pate

  349. Barb says:

    Karen, I offer up my sincerest condolences for the untimely passing of your dearest Cuddles. Though they are only animals, these sweet characters that enter our lives and become more than pets and so much more than just animals, these creatures from God give us their all – their trust, their lives, their love. Sweet Cuddles was one of the cutest chickens, with a personality all her own! She lives on in you and will, no doubt, remain in your heart forever! Rest in Peace, Cuddles, and may God Bless you both.

  350. Suzanne says:

    Sad, sad news. Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

  351. Alicia Herron says:

    today I learned that David Bowie passed away… which is really sad… but your losing Cuddles is more disheartening… I guess because it’s more relate-able. I’m sorry Karen, Prayers for you <3

  352. Tammy says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Cuddles with us.

  353. Barbara Crane says:

    Dearest Karen, I’ve never left a comment before but this news brought tears to my eyes. Our pets are our family and are loved as much, be they chickens, dogs or cats. Cuddles enjoyed a wonderful life, full of love and caring, she will never be forgotten. Only those of us who have lost such loved ones understand the grief you are going through. My heart and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Barbara C

  354. BethH says:

    Karen, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. I have enjoyed your stories about Cuddles and at one time I checked in on the coop cam every night before bed to make sure that she was in for the night. She truly was a special pet, but more than a pet, a member of your family and I know that you will miss her very much.

  355. Oh KB,

    So sorry.

    I have to tell Zoie. She still talks about Cuddles.

    xo
    Andrea

  356. Tina says:

    Karen, your love for and devotion to Cuddles was apparent from your writings. My condolences on your loss of a wonderful companion.

  357. Erika Collins says:

    So very sorry. Have lost many animals over the years, including chooks…cry every time. They are family.

  358. brenda says:

    I’m not a chicken person so when I saw the cuddles headline on Friday I didn’t bother to read your post. I’m so sorry I didn’t. When I began to read the Jan 11 post and saw your message at the top I knew…..I am so very sorry.

  359. Ramona says:

    I’m so sorry, Karen. Wow, this little chicken just made me cry.

  360. Mary Kay says:

    Karen I’m so sorry to hear about Cuddles. She was so much more than just a chicken.

  361. Leslie Rose says:

    So sad for you!

  362. Vanessa says:

    I am just so very sorry. Of course she was a pet, an important part of your family. A fluffy, sweet, cuddly, friendly part.
    I’m so tired of people trying to define families as only one thing. Mom, Dad, brother, sister and dog (maybe a cat) and that’s it. If you differ from this, not a family. I grew up with a pet rat. Pencil. She was amazing. She would ride around on my shoulder, come when you called her and do just about anything for a grape.
    Thank you so much for sharing your family with us. I will truly miss her.

  363. janni says:

    I’m so far behind on my e-mails that I didn’t read about Cuddles’ passing until this morning. Your love for her was so evident, you have my deepest sympathy. Hugs and Blessings.

  364. CGF says:

    As my little girl says (frequently), “Animals are people, too!”

    Sending you lots of love at this difficult time. We will miss hearing about Cuddles… You gave her a wonderful life.

    xo CGF

  365. Ann Brookens says:

    I’m so sorry, Karen. We all know she was a beloved personality and that you will miss her deeply. I cried, too.

  366. A loved pet is like a family member and when they are gone it leaves an empty spot.
    Pets give so much love without asking a lot in return. May that love you shared fill that empty spot to overflowing so you won’t hurt quite so much
    Let her live in your memory and in that special love filled spot in your heart.

  367. leslie says:

    Oh Karen, I am so sorry to hear about Cuddles. As a chicken mom for the last 15 years, I’ve lost a bunch and it’s always hard, never mind when you have one that is as special as Cuddles was. Time heals, tears gradually dry and someday you will think of Cuddles and only feel love and happy memories. She’s your angel now.

  368. Gwen H. says:

    Cuddles will be missed. So sorry for your loss

  369. Kate says:

    I’ve been out of town for a while and am just now catching up on things (including your blog, which I normally read religiously). All that to say- this is way late, but I’m still very, very sorry. There are few things worse than the death of a beloved pet. It just sucks. I hope it sucks less soon.

  370. Kristi says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this, my thoughts are with you Karen.

  371. Leslie says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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