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My best-friend, Pooh, the cat I was a bodyguard for, died on April 1st, 2015

Martha and Pooh

This is Martha Hodges talking. I am a dog.

Mrs. Hodges is typing for me. I dictate and she types.

Mrs. Hodges used to type for Pooh. Pooh Hodges, the cat.

Pooh died on April 1st, 2015. At approximately 4:30 p.m.

Pooh and I had a long talk the night before he died. He told me how important it was to live the life you want to live, and not the life someone else wants you to live.

Live the life you want to live, and not the life someone else wants you to live.
― Pooh Hodges, the cat who writes

Pooh died in a sunbeam.

Mrs. Hodges took Pooh’s body the next day to be cremated. Pooh’s ashes are on Mrs. Hodges desk beside her computer.

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I kept asking her when she would type for me. But every time we talked about Pooh, she would cry, and then she couldn’t see the keys on the computer.

Humans deal with grief differently than animals. I miss Pooh, but I get on with my life. I eat, I sleep, and I wonder when someone will take me outside so I can go to the bathroom.

Mrs. Hodges was devastated by Pooh’s death. She hasn’t written since Pooh died. To deal with her grief she moved everything out of the basement into the garage. It took her four weeks. Now the basement is empty and the garage is full of boxes.

I will be writing here once a week, letting you know how the life is at the Hodges household without Pooh.

I am a dog. A dog who writes. ( I know, this blog called “the cat who writes”  but, until Mrs. Hodges finds another kitten who wants to be a writer. You shall have me as a guest writer.)

Before Pooh died he finished writing his memoir. Mrs. Hodges will start editing it this week.

I miss Pooh. I really do.

All my best,

xo
Love Martha

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Martha, a dog, was Pooh Hodges' bodyguard. Martha will be writing on the blog. Yes, a dog on a cats blog, until Mrs. Hodges finds another kitten who wants to be a writer.

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  • Kirsten Allred

    I love this blog. animals can be great friends. thank you for existing! give your owner the biggest doggie hug you can. I know it can be hard to lose a loved cat. I give you my best wishes. and keep on wirting!

  • Thank you Martha for giving us an update. Surely Mrs. Hodges appreciates your companionship especially right now, please give her a small bark for me. And tell her work does the heart wonders for healing…♥

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Christa,
      Did you mean weeding? Mrs. Hodges always feels better when she weeds. She told me weeding is the only time she feels like she is in control of her life.
      xo
      Love Martha

  • kathunsworth

    We all miss Pooh but he will be remembered through his stories. I hope Mrs Hodges finds a new writer soon and you can get back to being a great body guard again.

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Kath,
      I am not sure when Mrs. Hodges will find a new cat who wants to write. She is busy now training out new puppy. The new puppy, Annie, keeps crawling around me. For now, I am training the puppy how to be a body guard for the three cats who live in the house. ( None of them want to be a writer.)
      xo
      Love Martha

  • Ana Raquel Bernardes

    You are so right, and I am sure he would love it, being so affectionate. Thank you for the articles. Could you please send? I would be delighted. Stay in touch dear Martha! All the best!

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Ana,

      Here is the article about introducing a cat to a home with cats. http://www.thecatwhowrites.com/there-is-a-new-kitten-in-the-house-and-he-doesnt-have-a-name/

      I know Pooh talked more about this. I will have to find where he wrote it down.
      Be sure to feed them at the same time, on opposite sides of the door. They will smell each other, and not feel threatened.
      xo
      Love Martha, I hope this helps.

      • Ana Raquel Bernardes

        Of course it does Martha! I will keep that in mind! Thank you dear. Let´s keep in touch! Love Ana

  • Kathy

    I was shocked to hear of Pooh’s passing. Just when I was trying to communicate with my typist about my feelings and input into life, this had to happen. My typist is also writing a book and I have not been consulted about any cat related articles for now. Pooh seemed to have a soul of wisdom and insight. I wish he could have met me I’m a tuxedo cat in the prime of life and have some great articles that I’d like to send out to cyberspace. It’d fun to receive comments from others. I hope that Martha continues the legacy that Pooh brought to this site. It is a great honor to have such a friendship between a dog and cat. That’s something I don’t think I could phantom. I hurt for Martha and the typist who gave such enjoyable reading to all cats and dogs who read this blog.

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Kathy,
      We all were shocked by Pooh’s death as well. That is kind of your typist to help you write your comment. Does she clean your litter boxes often? She must take good care of you. Pooh would have loved to meet you.
      Thank you for your kindness about Pooh.
      xo
      Love Martha

  • Martha, it’s wonderful that you want to keep the legacy going. That’s a true friend. No doubt, you will be the strength Mrs. Hodges needs to see her through these trying times.

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Shelley,
      Yes, I do want to keep writing to Pooh’s friends to remind them of Pooh. Mrs. Hodges spend the last few days drawing pictures. I kept asking her to type for me, but she just said, “Just a minute.” She did feed me and clean the litter boxes though.
      xo
      Love Martha

  • Jackie

    What a lovely tribute, Miss Martha! You are a good and faithful friend. Please be patient with Mrs. Hodges. She loves you very much, but I know she misses Pooh. Tell her I grieve with her. I lost my own little kitty just over a year ago, and I still miss him very much. He wasn’t a famous writer like Pooh. He was just my baby boy.

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Jackie,
      Oh dear. I am so sorry you lost your own little kitty. Some times a year can feel like just a day. It has already been one month, and I still think Pooh will come in walking from the woods in the backyard. I forget he is gone.
      Sending you a hug, a dog hug, if that is okay.
      xo
      Love Martha

      • Jackie

        Oh, thank you, Miss Martha! Doggy hugs are glorious! I have two nieces who happen to be dachshunds, and their hugs are the best. Love to you, sweet girl, and give my regards to Mrs. Hodges.

  • Alison Alison

    So sorry….Pooh, the coolest cat ..
    As the guard of honour prepared and the cats drew their claws to the sentries(dogs who wouldn’t stop barking) a hush fell.
    He is here(gasp)…Pooh strolls through the guards and rubs against Jesus legs,who smiles lovingly.The animals are in awe, but Pooh senses a need in the animals .
    “Chill out ladies and gentlemen ,where I come from there is always room for one more to Love”
    The party began……..

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Alison Alison,
      I love your name. Perhaps I should change my name to Martha Martha.
      And, I love you story of Pooh meeting Jesus. Thank you so much.
      xo
      Martha Martha

  • Amindele

    Oh, Martha and Mrs. Hodges… I am so sorry. Pooh was an amazing cat and I will miss him dearly. Goodbye and rest in peace my dear friend.

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Amindele,
      You have always been a faithful friend to Pooh. I have often noticed your comments on the blog.
      Thank you for loving Pooh.
      xo
      Love Martha

  • Ana Raquel Bernardes

    Oh dear Martha! How I understand you! I lost my beloved cat Max on the 13th December, two years ago and I still remember him and miss him! I was left with Kiko, my other cat, who I know misses him terribly, and I am thinking really that I should find him company. So do you dear one! You should not mourn alone! All the best for you!

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Ana Raquel Bernardes,
      Oh now sad for you and Kiko. I am so sorry your beloved cat Max died. Another cat would be nice company for Kiko. And for you. Pooh told me how happy he was to not be the only cat in the house. He loved to help clean the kittens and they often took naps together.
      If you decide to get another cat, let me know, and I will forward you some of Pooh’s articles about how to introduce a new cat to the house.
      xo
      Love Martha

  • La McCoy

    Dear Martha. I loved your blog post. I am so happy to hear from you. I miss Pooh. I have been digging looking for him. Oh yes, Martha have you seen Mom. Dad took her some where. Let me know if you find her. Love you Edelweiss.

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Edelweiss,
      I am delighted to meet you. Pooh often spoke of you when we had our daily morning meetings.
      Is your mother home yet. She should really leave you a note before she leaves. Do you know how to read? I can teach you.
      xo
      Love Martha

      • La McCoy

        Hi my good doggie buddy Martha,
        I know many things, but mom does my people reading.
        She patted my head like always and we had a serious talk.
        Now she is missing.
        The good news is my brother is her.
        Love you, Eselweiss

  • Marie

    Hello Martha! We are so glad to see you taking up the writing that Pooh did so well. We were so sorry to hear about Pooh and often think of him and miss him a lot! But we also are happy to know that you are going to be writing now as we have been worried about the rest of you! Lots of hugs and purrs and head butts to you all and we look forward to hearing from you and chatting with you!

    MacKayla the Empress
    William the Orange
    Joel Gray
    Giblet Paws
    Willow and Zuna the guinea pigs!

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello MacKayla the Empress, William the Orange, Joel Gray, Giblet Paws, and Willow and Zuna,
      I am so happy to meet Pooh’s friends. Thank you for introducing yourself. Thank you for letting me know you miss Pooh. It really does help a sad heart to know a friend who died is still thought of.
      Wishing you all my best,
      xo
      Love Martha

  • Skittles Anderson

    Hello Martha,
    The big guy just told me the sad news about Pooh, I gathered the rest of the staff together and read them your message, We are all very saddened by the loss of our friend, I know how difficult it is to lose the CEO of your family, two years ago our CEO Mischief passed on she was 20 years old, and it was very hard on all of us, the big guy had her cremated and she sits on the entertainment center now. I found myself as the oldest one now in charge of the household staff, I want to let you know that Pooh was a big help with lots of encouragement and wise lessons on being a good CEO, some of my prized possessions are the birthday hat that she sent me, and a nice autographed picture. And with her calender that we have hanging in the bedroom she will still be a part of our lives, She was a great friend and we all look forward to her memoirs, I encourage you to be strong and live your life to the fullest. Pooh had many friends and was loved by them all, That is a great legacy to have.

    Your new friends,

    Skittles, Sierra, Sabre, Sanibel, Captiva, & Lone Wolf

    • Martha Hodges

      Oh Skittles,

      How did you get over the death of your CEO Mischief? And you have to be in charge now too. Wow. That is a lot to handle. Dealing with grief and then having to run the household. You are a brave cat.

      You have made me so happy to hear how much you loved my best friend. Please tell Sierra, Sabre, Sanibel, Captiva, Lone Wolf, and your typist how much I appreciate your kindness and love towards Pooh.

      I am delighted to call you friend.
      xo
      Love Martha

  • Marina Sofia

    Dear Martha, I’m glad to hear you are being sensible and keeping your typist’s spirits up. We too were very sad to hear of Pooh’s demise, and still think of him often. You two seem to have had such a lovely relationship, wonderful to hear you had a good long conversation. Pooh was a very wise and special cat.

    • Martha Hodges

      Dear Marina,
      I try to keep my typists spirits up. She is doing better now. The first few days, she would cry almost all the time. She was a case of baskets. Is that right? Or is it a basket case?
      Pooh and I were great friends. We were born the same year. Pooh made me feel welcome when I was bought off of Craigs List in San Jose, California. He never made me feel like an outsider.
      Thank you for still thinking of Pooh
      xo
      Love Martha

  • Katina Vaselopulos

    Missing Pooh! I have a beautiful color drawing of him on a card that Ms. Pamela drew for me, together with other cards from my friends. I love it. He makes my day as Mr. Pooh reminds me to be the best I can in everything I do.

    Martha, I am glad you are helping Pamela deal with her loss. Dogs are good friends. Glad she has you! Glad she is typing your own stories! Looking forward to them!

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Katina,
      Are you a cat? You are so lucky to have such a cool first name. Kat – ina. I may change my name to Dog – ina.
      Thank you for telling me you miss Pooh. Some days I forget he is gone.

      Mrs. Hodges would be lost without me. She needs to get out of bed in the morning to take me out. No sleeping in for her.
      xo
      Love Martha

  • E Oliver

    Oh, Martha, I am so sad. I was worried when we hadn’t heard from him in such a long time and I will miss him.

    He tried to encourage me not be so timid. Once he told me I was braver than I thought. I didn’t believe him at first. But I think he might have been right. Who took care of the mouse that dared to invade my secretary’s kitchen? Not Uncle Thor, even though he is very wise and not my brother Wodin, even though he is very large. Yes, me!

    I am glad you are taking over the blog and I know you mourn in your own way. And so must Mrs. Hodges. Please give her extra love; she needs it just now.

    Your (new) friend, Freya

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Freya,
      Wow, you took care of that old mouse. You really are braver than you think. Uncle Thor and Wodin may appear brave, but they didn’t get the job done.
      Well done Freya.
      I would love to be your friend.
      xo
      Love Martha

  • Portia McCracken

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is, to a lesser degree, our loss, as well. But I can’t help but think it was so like Pooh to die on April Fool’s Day. She had the last laugh. RIP, dear old Pooh. We will all miss you.

    Welcome aboard, Martha. I think you need your own blog, don’t you?

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Portia,
      Thank you for your kind words. Yes, it was like Pooh to die on April Fool’s day. Thank you for missing him.

      I like to carry on for Pooh on his blog. It is fun to let Pooh’s friends know what life is like here. And, it is sort of funny to have a dog write on a cat’s blog.
      xo
      Love Martha

      • I was shocked today when I read of what happened to pooh. You miss so much when your moving and away from the internet. will have to go back and catch up on what I missed. my thoughts are with you and your typist.

  • I miss Pooh, too. But I’m very happy to meet you, Martha. I look forward to reading your updates. Welcome! <3

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello Laura,
      I am pleased to meet you too. 🙂
      Now if I could just get Mrs. Hodges to buy me a bone to chew.
      xo
      Love Martha

  • dinafragola

    I really enjoyed reading Pooh’s writings. RIP little Pooh. I’ll be reading Martha now.

    • Martha Hodges

      Hello dinafragola,
      Thank you for telling me you enjoyed Pooh’s writing. He would have been so pleased.
      I think I need Mrs. Hodges to take a new picture.
      xo
      Love Martha

  • Mumbletoes

    We miss you, Pooh :’-( RIP xxx

    • Martha Hodges

      My dear Mumbletoes,
      Thank you so much for missing my dear friend Pooh.
      xo
      Love Martha