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.












  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.