MacKenzie Speaks: Hey, Yellow Boy! Save a Garter Snake for Me!!

Hi. I’m MacKenzie.

Life has been good to me.
The Mother of Cats has given me lots of pets, toys and cookies. Even though she didn’t always give me everything that I wanted, I know that she did the best she could.
I once beat up the pit bull who lives next door…
and I spent hours and hours out in my favorite shady spot waiting for wayward squirrels and birds…
and I supervised lots of knitting projects for the Mother of Cats. Maybe there was a little yarn chomping on the side, but hey, I’m a cat!!

Today things got really bad for me again and the Mother of Cats held me tight as I slipped away to heaven. I’m on my way there now and I totally expect to have some cookies waiting for me when I get there!

This is MacKenzie, signing off.


Hurry up, Bro! I’ve got a garter snake all warmed up for you!! Just wait until you see how big the butterflies are here… There is a cat mint patch bigger than anything you’ve ever seen before, too!!


January 2004 – February 26, 2020

Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled kittens. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a serious rare autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis along with Sjogren's Disease and fibromyalgia.

37 thoughts on “MacKenzie Speaks: Hey, Yellow Boy! Save a Garter Snake for Me!!”

  1. I hope you are feeling alright. I am sure you are not but putting on a brave face. I loved hearing about Mackenzie. He cheered me up every time I read about his antics. I am so sad for you and for me as well. I will miss him through your lovely stories so much and have shed some tears as no doubt you and your family have

  2. Oh goodness, I’m so sorry to hear about MacKenzie. I have loved reading all about his adventures and his unique personality. You must be heartbroken. He lived to a great age and had so many adventures. Huge virtual hugs to you. xxxx

  3. I am so sorry. The pictures are beautiful. I have been wondering how you are doing. Joan Vey

    Sent from my iPad


  4. oh I am sooo sorry!!! the joy and humor that cat brought to all your readers is immeasureable!! and unforgettable!!! we all loved that cat. sending love and hugs to you!!!

  5. I’m so very sorry for your loss! This is the hardest part about having pets. They don’t live nearly as long as we do.

  6. I am so sorry. Reading your blog posts I know he must have meant a lot to you. I lost my best girl Chloe too. But, I have the hope of Heaven and the day Jesus promised to wipe away all tears and the pain.❤️❤️

  7. I’m so sorry your sweet McKenzie has passed. You’ve given him a dear, sweet life all these years and he rewarded you with unfailing love and affection. It is so, so painful when our feline friends go. My heart goes out to you. I’m glad you could be with him through the end. Gentle hugs. Alys

  8. Thank you everyone for all of the kind comments you have left me about the loss of MacKenzie. I knew this was coming, and wanted to give everyone a heads-up a week or two in advance, but even so the end came so quickly that I didn’t realize we were there until almost midnight on Wednesday. In spite of all of the health problems that we were managing, my vet and I, it was almost certainly cancer that took him in the end. I miss him greatly, and there will never be another handsome, bossy, cookie-demanding, purring at 3am, yarn-chomping knitting supervisor cat of his caliber again.

  9. Ohhh, I am so so sorry. You were an awesome cat mom. I enjoyed hearing of Yellow Boy and Mackenzies’ antics. They will be missed.

    1. It was an awful decision, but at the end it was so obvious that we had run out of time. It was done really well and he just slipped away. The vet told me that I had done everything possible for him, and that it was almost certainly cancer causing the final bowel obstruction. This is the worst part of having a pet. 😦

      1. It sounds like you did absolutely the right thing. My husband still grieves about his beloved dog from long ago. He couldn’t bear to let her go and kept trying everything to keep her alive. After she finally passed away, he realized that he should have let her go much sooner, when she was showing him that she was ready. He vowed he’d never do that again, and that experience of his has informed the decisions we’ve had to make over the years. It’s the final act of love you can give your animal. I do believe that. You cared for MacKenzie in the best possible way. I know you did, and I hope it brings you some comfort. I can’t imagine how hard it must be without him, though. Please know that I am sending you love and strength and hopes for peace. Thank you for sharing your wonderful boy with us over the years.

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