#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

It’s hard to blog….

It seems I’ve been the bearer of bad news lately, and the last thing I want to do is be a downer to you, my good and faithful friends.

On Monday afternoon, I bid good-bye to my last indoor pet, my kitty, Jitterbug.  Her diabetes seemed to be under control, but then she went into kidney failure and it was all downhill from there.  She’s at peace now, probably chasing around the green, green grass of Home with Sadie-beagle, ChaCha, Jitterbug’s sister, and sweet Bernicie, the Yorkie I lost last month.  I’m grateful for every moment I shared with all four of my sweethearts, and that I was able to share the final, sacred moments with each of them in their turn.

I have more cheerful things to tell you, but I’ll save those for next week.

Due to all that’s been going on, there was no contest either last week or this one, but starting on Monday, there will be a brand new one up and running.  All you have to do is comment, and you’re entered.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified by Jenni, and announced on the blog the following Monday.  (Wow.  That sounded pretty convoluted, didn’t it?)

I’m all right, so don’t be fretting about me. 

God bless.

103 comments to “It’s hard to blog….”

  1. Teresa
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:29 pm · Link

    AW too bad to lose another one so soon – I know you will feel better eventually – and will say prayers for you and your family for healthy healing/feelings to prevail!

  2. Hilda
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:30 pm · Link

    Linda, I am SO sorry that you lost Jitterbug now. I pray you have comfort in your memories of them. You might need a bit of equine therapy? We miss you but certainly understand. I think we’ve all been through it multiple times ourselves. And it’s not any easier just because the animal owns someone other than you — I’ve cried over many losses among the pets of my family and friends. Take care and take your time!

  3. Terri Shortell
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:32 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry you lost another furbaby Linda. My sympathies are with you at this time. :cry:

  4. Diane McCarthy
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:32 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss. It is sometimes so devastating to lose a beloved pet, but to lose 2 within a couple of mo this is heartbreaking. Memories and pictures are a wonderful way to remember them.

    Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend Linda.

  5. Donna Brant
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:32 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are handling these losses so well. These pets become members of the family and it is hard to lose them, even if you know they are in a better place. :(

  6. Marcia White
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:33 pm · Link

    So sorry for your losses. No matter how many you have they are each special in their own way. They are family.

  7. Beverly Wiley
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:33 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about Jitterbug. I’ll love on my Sadie cat extra hard tonight!

  8. Linda Holmes
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about Jitterbug.
    It also sound like you have been very busy.


  9. Pat Parker
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:34 pm · Link

    So very sorry.

  10. Linda Gwiazdowski
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:35 pm · Link

    sorry for your loss,prayers going out for you

  11. Pam p
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Prayers your way today and always.

  12. theresa
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss! Do tell about the cheerful things!! have a great Labor Day weekend

  13. Marcia White
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:35 pm · Link

    So sorry for your losses. We bred and showed Newfoundlands for 35 years and occasionally had 15 Newfs. Each became a housepet at retirement. No matter how many you have each is very special in their own way and are family.

  14. tammy carter
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss. Peace to you and your family during this time of reflection.

  15. Andrea Lammly
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Linda my heart goes out to you on your loss of Jitterbug. She is probably chasing her friend Bernice now. When my Landry cat is sleeping in my lap tonight we will say extra prayers for all the four-legged friends. You will be in our daily thoughts and prayers.

  16. Diane Sallans
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:43 pm · Link

    that is sad news.
    when you are ready I’m sure you will connect with another furry friend and give them a wonderful life.

  17. yanli
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:45 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose a beloved pet and there are no words for this kind of thing, only the time and the warmth of home and family to comfort us.

    God bless you and give you strength, is my wish for you Linda.


  18. Patti
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:46 pm · Link

    Sending you a hug.

  19. pat Dennis
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:50 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about your kitty

  20. Rita Crofoot
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Linda, you need another fur baby for inside cuddles, it will help your heart, not to replace but to add to your life.
    sincerest best wishes,

  21. Gwen Romine
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:56 pm · Link

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

  22. Pam b
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 2:56 pm · Link

    So sorry Linda, been a tough few weeks for you.

  23. Renae Kinsey
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 pm · Link

    Oh I wish I could hug you right now!!
    I’m so sorry!!!!! Peace and comfort come your way fast!
    You were an excellent Mommy!

  24. judy
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss’s.

  25. Deb Chudzinski
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:08 pm · Link

    Oh wow, what a loss, I am also battling an aging cat that is getting skinnier and tired he is 15. I don’t want to lose him.

  26. Sue Hodge
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:12 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss Linda.

  27. Pamela Devereux
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Linda I am truly sorry for your loss. Our pets are like family. I will be keeping you in my prayers.

  28. DONNA
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:21 pm · Link

    I am so sorry about your kitty

  29. Dotty Weis
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:23 pm · Link

    So sorry for losing all you wonderful pets

  30. Virginia H
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:30 pm · Link

    Oh Linda, I am so sorry to hear about your lovely pets. Its very hard when you loose one because they are family. We have a stray cat that has had four little kittens here and we are trying to get the kittens to eat so we can find homes for them. They are about 4 1/2 weeks old right now. We have been going out and playing with them to tame them and I will miss them when they are gone. They are under my neighbors building right now but if you go out and talk to them they come out to play. Just wish they would start eating kitty food so we can find them good homes.

  31. Prairie
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about Jitterbug. The hardest part of being a pet owner is saying goodbye. They bless us with their love and become so much a part of our families. Hugs.

  32. Nadine spradlin
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:41 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss . God Bless You …………..

  33. Billiesue Sanders
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:50 pm · Link

    I am so sorry, Linda, about your pets.
    It is good to hear from you. Take care.


      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:51 pm · Link


  35. Lois Rotella
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:52 pm · Link

    Oh Linda, So sorry to hear about you kitty. You have your indoor friends so close together. It so hard to lose a family member even if they are furry family members. They will all be waiting for you on the other side of the rainbow bridge. Take care.

  36. April Mc Vey
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:55 pm · Link

    So sorry for your pet losses. I have watched a few girls over the rainbow bridge myself. They are happy and healthy and out of earthly pain, now. I don’t believe heaven would be complete without them and they will be waiting for a reunion! Prayers for you and yours!

  37. Nicole
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 3:59 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss.

  38. shirley
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 4:00 pm · Link

    Linda, I feel sad for you.

  39. Beverly Sivacek
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 4:09 pm · Link

    Calming thoughts & wonderful memories for you, Linda. Happy thoughts for all your lovely & loving pets who are over the Rainbow Bridge who are sending you love. :)
    ~~~ Beverly Sivacek

  40. Denise King
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 4:29 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry for your loss Linda. Sending you prayers of comfort.

  41. gwyn beams
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 4:52 pm · Link

    sorry for the loss of your pet family. :(

  42. Rebecca Dudley
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 5:03 pm · Link

    I’m sorry for your loss. We lost three pets really close together and it was difficult. I said I didn’t want any more because it hurt too much. Needless to say, we now have three more and I love them very much. I wish the best for you.

  43. Cathy Fortier
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 5:05 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss! :(

  44. Ruby Norwood
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 5:12 pm · Link

    so sorry for your loss again so soon Linda. I was fretting about you, didn’t know if your mom had a relapse or not. Hope she is well!! And so glad to hear from you!!

  45. Amy
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 5:20 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about your kitty, I lost one of mine a few months about but they are in a better place.
    :cry: :cry:

  46. Evelyn Baldwin
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 5:23 pm · Link

    God Bless You! Missed hearing from my all time favorite author! Sorry about your kitty. Maybe you will decide to go get you a rescued puppy! You go in and it just seems like the Good Lord has put a special one there for just you! Best Wishes! Evelyn.

  47. Diana E.
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 5:24 pm · Link

    I’ve been thinking about you, Linda. So sorry to hear about your beloved kitty. Blessings.

  48. Jo-Ann Baker
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 5:30 pm · Link

    Linda, Sorry for your loss of Jitterbug. He’s up runnng free with all his friends. I hope he runs into my kitty Pugs and they have a good time together.
    Loseing anything is hard pets are part of the family an I miss all mine. I have Cookie now as the Grandkids would not let me be without some kind of pet. Right now she being a pest. A loveable one though.
    Have a better week.
    God Bless.

  49. Dawn Seward
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 5:35 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry for your loss Linda…..it seems like our pets always leave us too soon. But I always look back on the wonderful life I gave each and every one of them and I know I was so blessed that they were in my life. Find comfort in the fact that all your critters are together now and playing and having fun. God Bless You

  50. Fran F
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    Sorry to hear that you lost your kitty. Animals are such a wonderful addition to our families and it is always hard when they pass on. Prayers for you are on the way.


  51. Sharon S.
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 5:49 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry, Linda. I have a Pomeranian with diabetes. I watch her like a hawk, but I know my time with her is limited too. God Bless you all.

  52. Donna Rouse
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 6:05 pm · Link

    Linda , so sorry you have lost another of your beloved pets so soon. Prayers for comfort and healing.

  53. Linda Wilson
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 6:24 pm · Link

    I am so sorry to hear of her passing. They are like out furry children. I adopted a dog when my wonderful Sean passed a year ago, he was a rescue and seems to be afraid of women, my son he loves, well I rescued another one, who decided since his brother is afraid of me he will be too. I thought it would help him with being afraid, had the different affect. I am using lots of love to win them over. I adopted 2 cats and they love me so I guess 2 out of 4 isn`t so bad, hoping for 4 out of 4

  54. Peggy Rubach
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 6:28 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss, it’s especially hard coming so close together. But, they are all running around free of what ailed them, and they are with their long time family/friends.

  55. Pati Muellner
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 6:36 pm · Link

    it is so hard to lose them. But the joy they brought out weighs that.

  56. Patricia McLeman
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 6:39 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about your latest sad news. I used to love hearing about all four of them together until now when all four of them are again all back together.
    They will all be waiting for you in the fulness of time.
    God Bless x

  57. Betty Kincaid
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 6:43 pm · Link

    So Sorry for your loss, Linda!

  58. Betty Kincaid
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 6:43 pm · Link

    So Sorry for your loss, Linda!!

  59. Cece
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 7:02 pm · Link

    I am so sorry to hear about your cat. It is so hard to lose the pets we love and they become our family.

  60. Tammy
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 7:07 pm · Link

    I’m so very sorry for your loss! Sadly it has been a summer filled with pet deaths! My folks cat, my nephews dog, a sisters dog, another sisters cat and a friends dog! :cry:

  61. Roberta Giordano
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 7:13 pm · Link

    So hard we we lose a pet,after all they are family. I am so sorry for your loss. But I am sure they are all together now. Bernice was waiting with open paws had the rainbow bridge for Jitterbug. And now they are up there playing together again

  62. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 7:20 pm · Link

    Sorry you lost another dear pet….This has been a sorrowful summer for us also…Losing 3 dear friends ….It is all in God’s plan and we just accept and go on…God Bless.

  63. Kathryn parsons
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Hey Linda I am so sorry for your loss of another furry friend, know how u feel, it is hard but u keep going but u do miss them, we haven’t had a dog since ours died, then we waited a long time to get another one, the kids r older now and they help with them so they got a lab mix pup, she is sweet but grows quick and my daughter is 14 and has a cat that she has had since she was like 3 and she loves her kitty to pieces and she doesn’t like to be in the house, we try and keep her in when it gets cold out and she gets mad at us and pees on the beds, so we try and have a warm spot with weather protection for her and she is happy, my daughter calls her miss kitty…. how is your mom doing? better I hope, sending love hugs thoughts and prayers always always xoxox

  64. Linda Mead
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 7:42 pm · Link

    Linda: our pets are the purest love we’ll know, so when they leave they take a part of us and leave a part of themselves with us.

  65. marian
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 7:47 pm · Link

    So Sorry for Yur Loss ,Been there too.

  66. Joann Quijada
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 7:50 pm · Link

    So sorry u have gone through so many losses with your babies. Our pets become our family & big ole babies! Praying God brings some comf

  67. Becky Barnes
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 7:59 pm · Link

    I know how this is, I lost all of my pets within a few months. It is very heartbreaking and numbing! Please keep your faith and know your beloved pets are with our Savior.

  68. Sharon Gage
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 8:17 pm · Link

    My heart goes out to you..been there many times..it never get any easier… :(

  69. Carol Bradbury
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 8:43 pm · Link

    So sorry about your loss. We had a cat, Stinker, like that. He had diabetes and high thyroid. We had to give him Insulin twice a day for many months. Then he got a blood clot last year. I still miss him . I lost another cat 2 months ago. I want to get a new one. It helps to have another one to love. Good luck and take care of yourself.

  70. Kathie A Loy
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 9:09 pm · Link

    We often get into a mindset that tells us our little fur babies will be around forever and we are never quite prepared to give them up. I can’t imagine the thought of not having my ‘shadow’ with me but he is almost 16 now and that is past the predicted lifespan for a dachshund. I must prepare myself. Peace and blessings for you Miss Linda. I’m sure another baby will steal a piece of your heart one day.

  71. Patrice
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 9:13 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss. Big hugs! xo

  72. Diane Blaser
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 9:20 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry Linda! Losing another pet so soon is heartbreaking. We all know that our pets bring joy and pain but it seems you have had more of the latter. I’m sending healing hugs and prayers your way and I will be thinking of you until next week. Take care!

  73. Kathryn Smith
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 9:22 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about Jitterbug. Take comfort to know they are romping around in a luscious field. ☺

  74. Juanita Rice
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 9:26 pm · Link

    “This too shall pass.”

    Hugs, Linda.

  75. Lorraine Pitts
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Have a great week! God bless you and your staff!!!

  76. Dawn Roberts
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 9:58 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry to hear of your lose, my sympathies. If you have the want to get a new fur-friend. I have 4 girls and 1 boy Yorkie. They were born Aug. 28 and are as cute as can be.

  77. Marie-Elena Gallardo
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 10:00 pm · Link

    I send you my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time from one animal lover to another.

    Take care.

  78. therese lopez
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 10:02 pm · Link

    So sorry for the loss of your fur baby. Sending hugs your way.

  79. Linda Blenkiron
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 10:13 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, sorry to hear that you’ve lost your last furry friend. They are such a joy and the passing of them is very tough to take. Be blessed in the years that you had with them and know in your heart that your home was filled with love and joy for their companionship and unconditional love.
    Linda ooo

  80. Kathryn Riley
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 10:22 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear that you’ve lost another friend. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.


  81. midge watkins
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 10:33 pm · Link

    I just came in from hunting for my cat, Mater. I found him, but
    he’s about an hour and 1/2 late for dinner. I’ve told him more
    than a dozen times that it’s not fair to put Mother thru that.
    We love them so much. I’m so sorry about Jitterbug. I know
    she’s out of her distress now and I’m glad you were with her.
    This year has not been good to you in that respect. My prayers
    have your name written on them.
    God bless you.

  82. Barbara Holbrook
      · September 3rd, 2015 at 11:21 pm · Link

    “Home” is where your heart is, for now.
    Praying you have delightful memories and sweet dreams <3

    Hugs, bobi

  83. Pat LB
      · September 4th, 2015 at 12:18 am · Link

    Sad for your loss. Prayers for you and yours.

  84. Debbie
      · September 4th, 2015 at 1:05 am · Link

    Love and Light

  85. Wanda beach
      · September 4th, 2015 at 1:20 am · Link

    I’m very sorry for your loss, I have experienced this with our Tigger several years ago . God Bless and Your in our thoughts and prayers

  86. Frances Crone
      · September 4th, 2015 at 1:34 am · Link

    So very sorry to hear you lost you see baby.

  87. Kate Sparks
      · September 4th, 2015 at 2:50 am · Link

    I am so sorry about your beloved animal. It’s much harder than people generally think to have to make that decision. You have my sincere sympathies.

  88. Sandy D
      · September 4th, 2015 at 3:06 am · Link

    I hope the happy memories you have give you comfort in your grief.

  89. Paula Robinson
      · September 4th, 2015 at 7:13 am · Link

    So sorry for your loss. We just lost three more cats, Buddy, Gypsy, and Brianna. Buddy and Gypsy were my Scottish folds. We have lost many more cats over the last year from smoke inhalation from our second house fire in less than a year. I hope you find another furry pet to love.

  90. J M wilson
      · September 4th, 2015 at 8:27 am · Link

    Sorry about your Kitties. I know how it feels we lost our 2 within 8 weeks of each other a few years back.

  91. Valerie Campbell
      · September 4th, 2015 at 10:29 am · Link

    So sorry for your losses,my heart goes out to you and your family. Losing a pet is never easy as they are such a big part of the family.I still miss all of the pets we lossed over the years but their memories bring bright happy feelings when I think of them, which is often. Thank you for being such a wonderful person,you bring joy to many.

  92. Rose Marie MoraN
      · September 4th, 2015 at 11:22 am · Link

    Sorry about your loss. Animals are part of the family, sometimes more that people.

  93. Alison
      · September 4th, 2015 at 11:24 am · Link

    So sorry to hear about losing your cat. Hopefully things will turn around for you. Take care!

  94. Valdi M
      · September 4th, 2015 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Never been much of a cat person, but I know that pets are our children.. Hope you are doing well.

  95. Garen
      · September 4th, 2015 at 10:11 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss. I worked for a veterinarian for 16 years and diabetes in felines is extremely hard to stabilize. I wish there were more that could be done.

  96. Vicki Hill
      · September 5th, 2015 at 1:32 am · Link

    I open a book of yours and I am hooked at page one! Just sayin

  97. Teresa
      · September 5th, 2015 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Loving thoughts & prayers on behalf of all our loved furry family members!

  98. Julie Watson
      · September 6th, 2015 at 6:05 pm · Link

    So sorry your pets have been moving on. Its always hard to be the one left behind.Before you know it a magical connection will bring another fur kid into your life. Never a replacement for a loved pet, but an addition to the blessings you are given.

  99. Linda Beaudoin
      · September 6th, 2015 at 6:35 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about you losing your beloved kitty and dog so close together.

  100. Michele J
      · September 8th, 2015 at 1:50 pm · Link

    I am so very sorry to hear about your kitty. I’m sure she is going to be missed. When I lose my beloved pets it helps me to remember that they aren’t in pain anymore even though my heart is breaking. I’m so sorry your year is ending with these losses. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  101. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · September 8th, 2015 at 3:43 pm · Link

    Praying for peace and comfort for you.

    I re-read The Montana Creeds series this weekend. Man! I love your cowboys.

  102. Gloria
      · September 8th, 2015 at 8:04 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m sorry about the loss of your kitty. I don’t have any animals, but I wonder what would happen to my son if he lost his cat. I always thought cats were independent, but this is the lovingest cat I’ve ever seen. If my son calls him, he comes running and jumps up to be petted. Other times, he just comes and gets in the curve of my sons’ body and just lays there and waits for the petting…which he gets.

    I’ll pray for your loss.

  103. diane wade
      · September 9th, 2015 at 4:16 pm · Link

    sorry for the loss of your furbaby.

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