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papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.1 - Posts: 1025)
Tue, 8th Apr '08 4:39 AM

OLIVER

Ollie was a handsome orange and yellow striped shorthair who reached out to us as a kitten from his cage at the rescue shelter over 19 years ago. He was the first of our six cats. He liked to sing in the middle of the night in our kitchen, with its high ceilings and great acoustics. We became accustomed to his serenades and somehow comforted, especially since we sleep upstairs at the other end of the house. In one of the chat forums I've told the story of Lili, the siamese kitten who traveled from the streets of Philadelphia to live with us, who died last year after 14 years with us. We've also had Pete and Stan as members of our family, each with their own story of coming to us for years and then passing away from us. Now we're left with only two cats, Margaret and Jack, youngsters of about 11 and 13 years. Ollie died in his sleep yesterday morning. He was the patriarch of our feline tribe and had been dwindling the past few weeks. We're thankful he died peacefully and was with us for so long, but the house seems emptier now. I expect to wake up and be listening for Ollie's night time song, and I'll miss him when I remember that he's gone.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 9th Apr '08 12:38 PM

I feel your pain, Ron! When a much loved kitty passes, the house does indeed seem empty. It's so hard to lose a kitty child!

It does help some to remember the wonderful eccentricities and personality of your pet, and the good times you shared. When memories are all that's left, cherish them.

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family! It does get a bit easier to bear with time.

Susan

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Fri, 11th Apr '08 6:52 PM

I am so very sorry. It is never easy losing one of our furry friends. They mean the world to us and a little bit of us goes with them each time we lose one. Take care. You will be in my thoughts. Marsha

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 13th Apr '08 10:09 PM

I am sorry to hear of your loss......I know you will miss your furry-purry very much

~Bev

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.1 - Posts: 1025)
Thu, 2nd Oct '08 2:07 AM

I mentioned Margaret and Jack up above. Margaret was full-grown when she came to our household. She was an elegant pure white grande dame with pink ears and nose and deep gray eyes. She had been living wild in a wooded median of a large highway, and the humane society captured her so she wouldn't get smooshed by the traffic. They found that she was a nursing mother, and went back and found the litter of kittens she was raising out there by herself. Her kittens all eventually found homes, and she was alone in her cage when we first saw her. She was enduring with great dignity her incarceration, and also the ugly yellow flea powder which had been applied to her white fur. She accepted our invitation, and endured the one and only bath we ever gave her to remove the yellow powder, and became the regal snow white matriarch of our cat commune, mothering little Jack when he would allow it. A few weeks ago she started dwindling after 12 years of peaceful and affectionate dignity in our lives, and sometime last night she gracefully died in her sleep. It feels like a great lady has left us.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 1:51 AM

Ron,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful tribute to Margaret. I couldn't read it without tears welling up. I'm so sorry she's gone, but I'm glad she gave you and your other cats so many years of happiness. The only bath my cat Monty ever got was at the vet one time when he was sick and had to stay overnight. I had explicitly asked them not to bathe him, but they did anyway. Who knows why. He's an indoor kitty and has no fleas. Anyway, I would have loved to meet your snowy Lady Margaret, but thanks to your lovely story, I feel I know her. Thank you.


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