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.







  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

        • Kris says:

          Well said Brin. How very sad xo

        • Barbara says:

          I couldn’t agree more with what Brin has said. Anyone who has lost any kind of pet understands your pain , and know there are tons of people who share your sadness.

      • 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… 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. 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.


  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:

    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.

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