I called him Mister Soft as Silk and the name so truly fit. His fur, even as an adult, was always kitten soft, each strand separate and fluffy, not a stiff guard hair in sight. He loved sitting in what I call his 'little old man pose' up against the sofa back, his e yes huge as he waited for the next shoe to drop. He was so easily frightened by any sudden movement or loud noise.  He had been that way ever since he had lost his all but identical  wingman to a liver destroying virus. Both were less than a month old, but brothers i n their hearts and souls if not by blood They had eighteen months of inseparable t ogetherness and Mister Soft as Silk never quite recovered from their parting. He waited constantly for his shadow's return, expecting to find him again at every turn of a corner. Nine years passed and he lived quietly among my family of special needs kitties, becoming the youngest of 'My Three Sons' - three much loved tuxedo cats. Mister Soft as Silk endured, the pain of his separation never seeming to heal. He was a gentle, but not especially cuddly cat. This all changed in the last months of his life. In the first of 2006, I was recovering from being hospitalized with nearly fatal pneumonia and a fractured spine. Mister Soft as Silk knew I was in extreme pain, and gave endlessly of himself. He would stretch out along my back, purring like a diesel in overdrive. Pressing hard against me, he purred continuously, easing my pain and depression. He healed me, as he himself was slowly slipping away from life, never showing any outward sign of his own failing to sudden, hidden cancer. I lost him on March 30th 2006. Because of you, my silky boy, my little scaredy cat-boy I know the power of the purr. I  can not thank you enough or express how much we all miss you, Mister Soft as Silk. But we know you are with the Wingman and Sheba now. Safe and secure, with him at your side, as you roam the fields of the Blessed. Purr for us.
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MISTER SOFT AS SILK
SCOOTIE
"On 9/26/09, we said goodbye to Scootie.   We think he was 17 or 18 years.  He was suffering the effects of old age and he let us know that it was time.  We had time to spend with him and let him know how special he was.  There will never be another Scootie.  We adopted him in Durango, CO from the Humane Society.  Scoo has been with us through everything.  He moved cross-country in the Triumph, explored the Santa Cruz mountains (escorted), rode on our shoulders and learned to climb stairs.  It's amazing how a blind bundle of fur can affect you so deeply.  We miss him so much. "
PUDDY
Puddy, my best friend, my angel, PTS 27 October 2009 3.45pm. I wish I’d known you for your full 20 years, the seven years we had together were the best seven years of my life. I love you more than you could imagine, you were my life, every time I had to go out I couldn’t wait to get home to you, you’d always be pleased to see me, couldn’t wait for us to sit and cuddle together on the little mat on the kitchen floor whilst I fed you Iams by hand. Every day you never failed to amaze me, you always knew how to look cute, pretend to be asleep and start snoring. The house is so empty and cold without you, I miss your kiss-kisses, those little licks which told me you loved me. The greenhouse looks so bare now without your boxes and blankets you loved so much, basking in the sun. I am so proud of you, even though you were weak, you never once complained, never cried, never whimpered, you were so brave and fought to the end, I knew you didn’t want to leave me. My heart feels broken forever, part of me died with you darling, please forgive mama for having to make the heartbreaking decision, I love you with all my heart and always will, wait for me Puds xx
MISSY
In honor of Missy who passed last April from kidney failure. She was the sweetest little cat, always purring and wanted to be on my lap.  She was only eight years old, she should have had many more years to love.  Missy will be remembered and loved furever.  Love April
Mr. Bighead & The Famous Ratmeister
THE  PICTURES SHOW 2 OF MY BEST BUDDIES THAT LEFT THIS WORLD IN 2009. THE ORANGE & WHITE CAT IS MR. BIGHEAD AND THE BLACK CAT WAS THE FAMOUS RATMEISTER. MR. BIG HEAD PASSED AWAY IN EARLY 2009 FROM CANCER (HOW I HATE THIS DISEASE). HE WAS APPROXIMTELY 13 YEARS OLD AND WAS A WONDERFUL COMPANION AND MY PAL. HE WAS FAMOUS FOR BEING ABLE TO HEAR A CAN OF CAT FOOD OPENING AT THE FIRST TURN OR PULL. HE CAME RUNNING LIKE A BOLT OF LIGHTNING AND IF YOU SAID "TUNA" LOOK OUT!  HIS LAST FEW MONTHS HE WOULD LAY ON THE BED BY ME AND USE HIS PAWS TO HOLD MY HAND AND WOULD NOT LET GO (HE KNEW THAT HE WAS VERY SICK).  I WILL MISS YOU BUDDY AS WILL ALL YOUR BUDDIES.
THE NEXT CAT WAS THE FAMOUS RATMEISTER. BORN IN SEPTEMBER 1988 AND PASSED AWAY ON 10/12/09 AT 21 YEARS OLD (YES 21 BUT WISH IT COULD HAVE BEEN 25). THAT WAS THE HARDEST DRIVE TO THE VET I HAVE EVER MADE. HE PASSED AWAY FROM KIDNEY FAILURE (OLD AGE). HE WAS A SKINNY YOUNG CAT WHEN BORN AND SKINNY OLD CAT ALL THE TIME TILL HE PASSED BUT FEAR NOT, HE WAS THE "BOSS" OF ALL THE CATS UNTIL THE LAST FEW MONTHS. YOU KEPT ALL THE FAMILY IN LINE AND WHENEVER I WOULD LEAVE I WOULD TELL HIM "RATMEISTER YOU ARE IN CHARGE'. SILLY BUT I THINK HE UNDERSTOOD. HE SLEPT EVERY NIGHT EITHER ON MY CHEST OR ON THE PILLOW NEXT TO ME AND FOLLOWED ME EVERYWHERE. 21 YEARS IS A LONG TIME SO I COULD NOT TELL YOU EVERYTHING BUT TRUST ME WHEN I SAY IT WAS QUITE A LIFE. I DID ALL I COULD FOR YOU BUDDY, BUT IT WAS TIME. NO MORE SUFFERING NOW AND YOU ARE BURIED NEXT TO MR. BIGHEAD ON MY ACREAGE (10 ACRES) WITH STONES PILED UP FOR BOTH OF YOU.
I WILL MISS BOTH OF YOU AS WILL ALL YOUR BUDDIES: MAVERICK, BUS STOP, BLINKY, MISS MULTI, POWDER SHMOWDER, JACKAL FLOPPER (WHO JUST HAD A FEW TEETH PULLED BY THE WAY), BRAVEHEART, PIPER SNIPER, CORNELIUS AND NOW THERE IS A "LITTLE BIGHEAD' (LOOKS JUST LIKE BIGHEAD).
OH BY THE WAY. PLEASE SAY A LITLE PRAYER FOR MY CAT "MISS MULTI" AS SHE HAD AN OPERATION (CANCER) IN EARLY JULY 2009 TO REMOVE HER SPLEEN, PART OF HER PANCREAS AND A FEW NODES BUT IS DOING JUST GREAT AND EXPECTED TO HAVE A GOOD LIFE.
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