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. 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…

  2. Jennie Lee says:

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. virginia says:

    My heart breaks for you!

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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. ♥

  14. 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.

  15. Kirsten W says:

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

  16. 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 ??

  17. Sherry in Alaska says:

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Bobbi says:

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

  21. 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!

  22. Katie says:

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

  23. 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.

  24. Jodi T. says:

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

  25. 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…

  26. 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.

  27. Barbara H. says:

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

  28. Violet says:

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

  29. 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!

  30. Shana Beirne says:

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Suzanne says:

    So sorry Karen…hugs

  34. Mel says:

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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…

  38. Denise Leavens says:

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

  39. 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.

  40. Cynthia Jones says:

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

  41. Mark says:

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

  42. 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

  43. Yvonne says:

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

  44. Jeannieb says:

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

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. Shauna says:

    So sorry Karen, so very sorry.

  49. 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.

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