Gone from My Sight
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says”There she is gone” ” Gone where” Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says “There she is gone!” There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout “Here she comes”! And That is dying. By Henry Van Dyke
Orange Pekoe T our permanent memorial for a great cat!
On December 2nd, 2014 we said “goodbye” to our dear hospital kitty, Pekoe.
We miss him greatly!
Shadow (October 2004-October 2017)
Shadow was a mischevious cat. He loved to harass his sister Brandi, and create havoc in the house. Shadow was Bob’s cat and they had an understanding. Unfortunately, Bob passed away a year ago leaving Shadow to deal with his own health issues. This year Shadow’s sickness got the better of him and it was decided to let him go to be with Bob on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
Zak (November 2000-August 2017)
My beloved Zak came to me through Petsmart when he was 4 years old. He had become part feral and had also sustained a knife wound in his chest. He was terrified of people and hid in the closet for about one month. I was undertaking a healing journey myself at that point of my life so we healed together, became best of friends, and started our journey of life together, loving each other. He is so very missed by me.
“You came into my life one day, So Beautiful and Smart. My dear Sweet Jessa I loved you from the Start.
And though I knew the time would come, When we would have to part, You’ll never be forgotten Because your pawprints are on my heart.
Jessa was saved from a life of poor care by a lady who adored her. Jessa became a real companion and learned to communicate with her unique “meows”. She had several medical obstacles that she had to overcome in her rich relationship with Cheryl and she was successful in overcoming each with Cheryl’s help. Unfortunately, her biggest challenge was with cancer and it eventually won. She will be missed by her “Mom” as they were a close knit family and brought joy and fun to their time together.
Feb 2005 – July 2017
“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – A.A. Milne
Cozy was found in a field, when Johanna was looking to rescue a different stray from the neighbourhood. Cozy approached Johanna on two separate days, insisting she take her home instead – one might say that Cozy found Johanna and took it upon herself to be rescued by her, she knew a good heart when she saw it.
During her stay with us we all got to know Cozy quite well, and Cozy got to know us and learned to demand pets. We all looked forward to Johanna’s daily visits, her perseverance and love for Cozy was heartwarming, and her kindness and wonderful sense of humour brightened all of our days.
Sadly we had to say goodbye to Cozy on July 6, 2017 – her sweet personality is dearly missed by all of us at Cats and Home and she will remain forever in our hearts.
Chester 09/2004 – 06/2017 “And while he lies in peaceful sleep his memory we shall always keep.” Chester was adopted from the SPCA by Shelly and Chris in 2003 as a young cat. His owners persevered through a number of health issues, going to some lengths ensure he received the treatment he needed to carry on living a full and happy life. Sadly we had to say goodbye to Chester in June of this year, he will be missed dearly by his family.
Cougrrr was adopted by her owner Shirley, along with her littermate Kodi in 2000. Magestic Maine Coone cats, they both fit the breed’s nickname of “gentle giants”. Cougrrr would walk in with Shirley, often with her littermate Kodi tagging along, and take her own seat in the waiting room to patiently wait for her appointment. Sadly we had to say goodbye to Cougrrr in April of this year, her sweet, but stoic nature will be dearly missed by Shirley, her brother Kodi and all of us at Cats at Home alike.
Kodiak (July 2000-August 2017) Maine Coon
“If love could have saved you, You would have lived forever!”
Kodiak arrived to his new home having spent his first few months with his cat family of 17 cats in a cattery . He was very scared because he was the only one there. He immediately hid in the basement for 4 days and eventually came out to meet his new Mom, Shirley. His behaviour was very tentative because of his loneliness. Shirley recognized this and called the breeder asking her if she had another cat that Kodiak could spend time with. Immediately, Cougrrr, his sister was selected to be his forever partner. When she arrived with much more confidence, out the kennel door she came walked over to Kodiak and rubbed his nose. The grooming started and Kodiak changed to a kitty who was happy with his new friend, His sister, Cougrrr.
“Please don’t let the cat our whatever he tells you!”
Seymour (November 2011-August 2017)
Seymour was found under a bush by his future “brother”, Alex. He was taken home and Shelley fell in love with him. Even Martin had a soft spot for Seymour as his reputation on the street became well known. Over the years Seymour would visit us with various war wounds. His favourite activity was to avoid staying in at night in order to keep the neighbourhood cats in line.
He came in recently having met something much bigger than another cat. Something that had cause a major injury to his abdomen. Unfortunately, the decision was made to say goodbye to Seymour, but his memories will remain much longer because of his personality.
Kahlua Jones (2001-2017)
Kahlua came from a friend. Evan was 14 at the time and Kahlua was 4-6 weeks old. She grew up and had two families of her own with Evans parents as the nursemaids. Kahlua was loved by the whole family but eventually her kidneys became unable to do their job. We had to say goodbye for now but not forever. “You have left our life but you will never leave our hearts”.
Cocoa Beans Thompson April 6, 1998 – Nov 18, 2016 If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever. – A.A. Milne Cocoa Beans brought joy and love to those who were lucky enough to be a part of his life. As a real Siamese chatter-box, Cocoa was eager to have his voice heard and opinions known, when he came into their lives he quickly claimed the bedroom of Jim and Dr. Thompson – warming their bed and hearts for many years. Cocoa Beans had an abundance of love and head-butts that he readily shared; he will remain forever in our hearts, and always remembered with a smile.