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!                                    Pekoe

Bubby (May/01/2002-April/27/2018) 

Originally a gift from Karen’s parents, Bubby was six weeks old when she arrived.  She quickly became a member of the family and was a companion to Peter throughout her life.  She loved yardwork and would follow the adults around getting involved in anything that was happening.  Unforutnately, Bubby had kidney failure and it got the best of her.  She will be sadly missed by the family and especially Peter as Bubby was a close companion to him.

Turner (April/01/2000-April/26/2013)

We adopted Turner along with Tina in September or October of 2000 from Cats at Home.  Sarah Thompson gave them their names.  Turner followed me around like a puppy.  He was never a lap cat but liked to snuggle under the covers in bed and sleep beside my head.  Loved to play with twist ties and his “Jim” toys – the knots with catnip.  If the dry food in his dish was getting too low in his opinion he would leave twist ties in the dish as a reminder that it needed refilling.

I don’t know what else to say other than we miss him terribly.


Buddy (February 2015-March 2018)

Buddy was James close friend.  From kittenhood to his early adult years Buddy was truly a shadow of James.  He liked to follow him around as was always available for pats and cuddles.  When a strong bond is made between cat and man it is a difficult day when the bond is broken.  Sadly, Buddy came down  with severe kidney disease and was unable to overcome the destruction of his cells.  James knew it was time and took Buddy home to enjoy his last few days in his familiar surroundings.  He passed away quietly in the night on March 20th.

Buddy will be missed by the family both people and cats, but most of all he will be missed by James.

Gizmo (April 2013-March 2018)

Gizmo came from a friend as a stray.  Yvonne took great care of him.  He was diagnosed early with heart disease, but Yvonne didn’t give up.  Gizmo was given every chance to be a great partner for Yvonne.  He developed allergies and again Yvonne treated him so he could have a comfortable life with her.  Gizmo was loved and treated the best for his obstacles that he encountered.  Unfortunately, Gizmo was hit by a car and didn’t survive the accident.  He will be sadly missed.


Mittens Christensen (September 2011-December 2017)

Mittens had a sparky personality.  He would tolerate his Mum’s handling but he would protest with us at the hospital.  Unfortunately, Mittens needed to have intensive home care later in life which put a lot of demands on Mum.  Through dedication and a whole lot of Love, Mittens persisted to deal with one issue after another always responding to her care and attention.  We sadly said goodbye because of his progressive kidney disease.  Our thoughts go out to Mittens Mum who was a dedicated Cat Mum making sure Mittens got the best chance possible for recovery of the illnesses that he lived with.


Whisky (July 2001-November 2017)

Whisky was loved as a partner and companion to his Dad.  Together they spent many years in a close relationship learning about each others behaviours.  Whisky had a great personality and was a quiet kitty who put up with a lot of poking and prodding by the vet.  When it was discovered that he had developed an abdominal mass it was heartbreaking.  We will always remember Whisky and his tolerance with us.

Sophie (April 2006-November 2017)

To my “parents“ who are hurting and missing me right now – please don’t be sad. I had the best 11 1/2 years any kitty could ask for. In fact, I was so spoiled it came as quite a shock to actually find out I was a cat as I was welcomed at the table (thanks for my daily cheese whiz) and everywhere else in the house.  I was as much a part of any family gathering as the two legged children and grandchildren and and how many of them received daily massages?  From cuddles on the loveseat, to watching the B – I – R – D –S, to spending time together in our little piece of heaven, I had the best life I could ever ask for. I am at peace now and want you to be too. You did the right thing and the best thing for me each and every day of my life including making this last difficult decision. Thank you. And when you’re feeling overwhelmingly sad, remember those times you had to clean up one of my many, many hairballs (on the carpet of course)!  Forever yours, Sophie.





Indy (May 2005-October 2017)

We got our beloved Indy October 2005 from C.A.R.E.S shelter. One could say he choose us too as he was the only cat that came up to us and he started playing with my hoodie drawstrings. Indy will be remembered as a friendly cat that loved attention, was very easy going and affectionate to his owner. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.




Buddy (April 2000-October 2017)

A partner to Wendy for 17 years, she found him at the SPCA.  Even though Buddy was not “friends” to the family, he was a great companion for Wendy.  Buddy liked to hang out with her around the house and participate in the household activities.  He will be missed greatly by Wendy because they were so close.





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.

Paisley Bell (April 2011-September 2017)

Paisley was one of our beautiful classic Bengal kitties.  We knew him from kitten-hood and enjoyed his energetic personality.  Along with his brother, Chesney, it was always a great day when they came to the clinic.  It was a sad day when we discovered that Paisley had developed cancer that was too difficult to conquer.  Christina and John were heart-broken to have to say goodbye to one of their family.


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.



Jessa (2004-2017)      Jessa-Andrews-4-168x300 (1)             Jessa-Andrews-5-300x168

“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.

Cozy (February 2005-July 2017)Cozy 1

“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 MuellerChester (September 2009-July 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 (July 2000 – April 2017 ) Cougrrr

Cougrrr was adopted by her owner Shirley, along with her litter mate Kodi in 2000. Majestic Maine Coone cats, they both fit the breed’s nickname of “gentle giants”. Cougrrr would walk in with Shirley, often with her litter mate 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)

“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 meet his new Mom, Shirley. His behavior 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 out whatever he tells you!”


Cocoa Beans Thompson April 6, 1998 – Nov 18, 2016 Cocoa  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.