Last night's Flipping Out was all sorts of sad for anyone who's ever had and lost a pet. Watching Jeff Lewis say goodbye to his beloved cat Monkey was gut-churning stuff for animal lovers.
However, even though Jeff had to say goodbye to Monkey, there's no questioning that he made his feline friend's life that much better -- even though Monkey wasn't always the most cooperative kitty. Check out this exclusive video of Jeff reflecting on his long relationship with Monkey, and how no matter how many times fangs were bared, claws were extended or glasses were broken, all the headaches only brought the two closer. Watch and drop a line about your pet stories in the comments.
I just got around to watching this episode last night, ironically, because I have been grieving over the loss of my beloved cat. I lost my 5 year old baby during Thanksgiving week. Seeing this episode, my heart broke into a million pieces - I felt and understood everything Jeff and his friends were experiencing. Our pets only make us better people and I do know, as Jeff wished, we will be with them again.
Mr. Lewis i want to say how sorry i am for you and your family with the loss of your loving monkey i pray you and your family are well and i love your show god bless and keep up the great work you do.
just a fan Terri
Jeff, I am so sorry for the lossof your dear pet! Monkey was a very sweet cat, your relationship with him was beautiful! He will be greatly missed! Please take care, his spirit is with you!
The episode in which Monkey died had me in tears, even moreso because I had to put my 15-year-old cat to sleep just a few days before. I know how difficult and heartbreaking making that decision can be, but it's the right decision and you helped me realize that. The episode was cathartic for me and I appreciate your sharing it with viewers.
I've had to make this choice once and twice my cats have made if for me. It is never easy. I'm glad you were able to say good bye and to tell Monkey how much you loved him. A new cat will come into your life when you are ready. Enjoy that adventure when it comes along.
There are mediums who report that pets are "on the other side" to join us.
I like to believe that.
Jeff, My heart goes out to you, Gage, and Zoila. I know how much it hurts to make that heart wrenching but kind decision. I love that you thanked him for being your cat. Deepest Sympathy,
I am so sad that you lost your beloved cat. It was so sad to watch. I have lost 2 dogs recently and I know how this feels. You do have very wonderful friends who have supported you through this hard time. Remember that all cats go to heaven.
Jeff as your relationship with Jenny and zoila unravels, Monkey's passing or perhaps his last message to you, these two people are your friends for life.
Jeff I am so very sorry for your loss. I always go with my babies when that horrible time comes and like you I always thank them for sharing their lives with me. Monkey was just beautiful and had a fabulous cattitude. He was also a very lucky boy indeed to have you as his dad. Well done Jeff Lewis.
Jeff, i am so sorry for your loss. I have lost pets in the past and it is the most horrible feeling. When i saw this episode, i cried my eyes out for your loss, since i know it broke your heart to lose Monkey. Monkey will always be with you. Truly this was upsetting to your fans since he was part of the show and we got to know him. He won't be forgotten. Rest easy that all good cats go to heaven!
Jeff, i know for certain our pets have souls...as a child of 6 or 7, i witnessed something standing alone in my yard with a neighbors dog, who had been hit by a car. After all the others had run off to find the owner, I stood there, not even realizing what had happened to the dog. It looked asleep, and then i witnessed a translucent shape of the dog rise 3ft or so and disappear....Even after realizing the what happened when the neighbor took away his dog, I never told anyone about it until I was in my early twenties. As a child in the sixties, there was not discussions of death, dying or even religion in my house or school, i was seriously uninformed about those things. I always worried of course that people would call me a nut, but today, who cares, I can still see the image as if it were a movie playing. I have offered this bit of my childhood experience to those who have lost pets, but only if I believe they had a connection with their pet, otherwise, they don't get it. Maybe you will, maybe you won't, but i worry less today about how it is perceived. It is still hard for me to lose pets, even with my unusual experience, and i too face losing my cat of 17 yrs to thyroid and kidney problems, i posted something on jennis blog the other night. If dogs have souls, surely cats possess the same. Thank you for allowing us to know a cat named "Monkey".
I just want to tell you that I am very sorry for your loss. I know how very special your animals are to you and Monkey is watching over you and always will be because he knows how much you loved him and how well you took care of him. Your little "fur child" will always be in your heart and know that it was the time for him to go and rest. Please take care of yourself and continue to give that same love to your other "furry children." They truly do love us UNCONDITIONALLY, NO MATTER WHAT! THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE CANNOT EVEN FIND IN HUMANS. ANIMALS ARE TRULY A GIFT FROM GOD AND THEY SHOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF THE WAY YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR ANIMALS. LOVE YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS.
My condolences Jeff and family. Monkey will always be with you. I lost my mother 11 yrs ago and I just celebrate her by remembering all the good times we had. They never ever leave you. You have a beautiful heart Jeff.
I have a cat that looks just like monkey. After watching the heartbreaking end of that episode, I was so sad. I had to go cuddle, hug and kiss my " monkey" look a like. So sad. Condolences to to Jeff for his loss!!
Jeff, so sorry for your loss, your love of your Animals tells a lot about the person you are, and you will make a great father. RIP little Monkey.
I am so sorry for your loss of Monkey. My heart is broken for you. I cried along with you last night and am still crying about it today. This hits close to home as I have a Persian kitty that has numerous health problems and I am contemplating putting him down. :( I have always loved how much you care for your animals. Monkey is watching over you and thanking you for making such a difficult decision.
Jeff: I have watched you struggle with people and anguishing over your true place in the cosmos. But you know, animals read us and see us. Your complete unconditional love for your rescued animals has shown over the seasons of Flipping Out just what a compassionate, deep, and wonderful person you are. You connect on a level above and beyond the plane that most humans live on and love on. Your next fur child will reward you with boundless affection and consolation while Monkey " directs" from above.
Boy did I get choked up last night! I'm so sorry about Monkey! I don't how you didn't kiss him all day long! I lost my Maltese Rolley over a year ago and I'm still not over it! I never felt more loved than I did from him!!
Stay in Grammercy and have human baby...I promise the happiness it'll bring you & Gage will make it worth it!
Monkey will live on in your heart! and you will never forget that love from your feline boy.....I cried with you and with your family and friends......RIP Monkey boy.....
I was so saddened by last nights episode. I always looked forward to gettng a glimpse of Monkey during the shows. He always made me smile. To Jeff Lewis and Family, I am so sorry for your loss.
Jeff,zolia and Gage, I posted on Jenni's blog last night. I did not know where else to go. I am so very sorry for your loss of a loyal, loving and great friend. Animals ( which is so hard to call them that ) give us so very much. He had the best life and home. I know how much pain comes with their passing but we do it again and that is because of the love they give us. Please remember that you can never replace Monkey but a stray will show up that needs you and Monkey may have sent that stray to you. He knows the love that all of you have in your hearts. Rest in Peace beautiful Monkey! You are very much missed.
Jeff, I'm so sorry about Monkey. He certainly was a treasure, and I looked forward to seeing him on the show. He will be missed. Just know that a lot of us out here were crying with you.
So Very Sorry for your loss. I was crying along with you all. We had lost two fur doggies back in August of this year, their death were close together, We are devastated. I put them on Rainbows Bridge Memorial Garden. I go in there and put memories of them on there and to also let them know that we miss and love them. I have always said I love animals more than I do people. We went a got two Shih-Tzu's when they were 7 weeks old and they are now 5 months old. they are female, names are Molly and Sadie. We already love them so much. I hope your pain lessens as you go. Again, I am so sorry.