In Loving Memory
"When someone you love becomes a memory,
the memory becomes a treasure..."
Always remembered...always loved These are our furry friends who have passed over Rainbow Bridge...
|Gail writes, "Most people who have animals have suffered the loss of them, or will some day. So many of my customers have told me of pets that have gone on and how sorely they are missed. Some people have no hope and others have great hope that they will see their pets again; I believe strongly that we will - it just could not be any other way. This painting represents all the animals, pets and wild life, that have had to make the journey over rainbow bridge. I purposely left part of the cat off the board to show that there would be more to follow. This painting shows one cat who is crossing over, tail raised high in expectation of happy things; a dog is taking the first steps up; a bunny sits patiently waiting her turn; and two cats, a tuxedo and an orange tiger, watch, maybe just a little apprehensive about taking that first step. The birds give the painting a sense of freedom and portray the journey as a peaceful and easy one with no fear."|
"Rainbow Bridge" painted by Gail Hogan
First, the DuBois family
(Cat Happy) furrbabies
that have shared our lives over the years
Panther (1999 -
- 2007 )
Tigi (1992- 2002)
Crutcher (1975 - 1989)
Tasha (1975 - 1990)
Bailee - a sweet
foster kitty passed
over Rainbow Bridge August 2005
Miko's son, Orenji
Miko's daughter, Yuki
We remember others that we
Lend Me A Kitty
I will lend
to you for a while, a kitty, God said.
For you to love her while she lives and mourn for her when she's dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three,
but will you, 'till I call her back, take care of her for me.
.She'll bring her
charms to gladden you and (should her stay be brief),
you'll always have her memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay, since all from
but there are lessons taught below I want this kitty to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in search of
and from the folk that crowd life's land, I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love, nor think
the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come to take my kitty back again.
I fancied that I heard them say "Dear Lord Thy
Will be Done",
for all the joys Ms. Kitty will bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter her with tenderness, we'll lover
her while we may,
and for the happiness we've known forever grateful stay.
But should you call her back much sooner than
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand
If, by our love, we've managed, your wishes to
In memory of her we loved, to help us while we grieve,
When our faithful bundle departs this world of
We'll have yet another kitty and love her all her life
should go before you,
(click the bridge above )
And these are
the much missed furrbabies
of our friends and family...
(added in order received)
John Fitzwilliam's Barnabas
These babies are Carol Meister's Snowball, Yoda and K.C. (New York)
(click photo to see K.C.'s Rainbow Bridge Tribute)
Lee Duncan's Roscoe
All furrbabies leave pawprints on our
Linda Haviland's Angel and a Painting by
Linda entitled "Autumn."
Linda informed us that she was working on the painting in January 2000 when her beloved Angel died.
So she tucked her tiny face in along the fence on the right side to be a part of the painting forever...
In Norway, Patricia Hamilton misses her babies:
Jenny (daughter of Polly)
Polly (daughter of Puss)
Pippin (son of Polly)
Bilbo (son of Polly and Lorentz)
One day up in heaven,
Four legs they
He'd give them a
Our daughter, Janis', beloved friend (Florida)
This is Carol Hickey's darling girl, Dusty (Arizona)
1987 - 2001
And this is our dear friend, Cheryl's dearly loved, sweet girl Ali (Indiana) who passed over Rainbow Bridge in 2006. You are missed, pretty girl.
And Sophie would like you to see her furrbaby loves, Bootsie and Gus:
This is Cathy Anderton's
(Click photo to visit his web site)
Little Ghost Cat
Your footsteps pit-pat
And this is Cathy's first cat, "Killer" who passed over Rainbow Bridge December 3rd, 2004. Cathy says..."I fell in love head over heals with this darling little cat because she tumbled and played all the time."
Many of our friends have a special place
in their hearts for a golden ginger boy named Freddy. He lost his battle
for life in this world August 12, 2002.
And this little sweetheart is Eric Schickendantz's Sheba (Ohio)
This sweet girl is Patri's Yohi, (Israel)
In December, 2002, Christine said goodbye to her precious Winchester (Maryland)
(Click photo to read his bio from Cat of the Day)
(Click below for his web site)
Christine writes: Win was indeed a character and a beautiful, spirited boy. He's a good boy and we still see him out of the corner of our eyes, or we feel his tail brush our legs when there is no other cat there at all. Our dear little soul had to be let go December 27th. Our hearts are still sad, and we continue to speak of him as though he's in the next room. I miss him at the most unexpected moments...
The handsome golden boy below is Ginny and Ken's sweet Tommy (Arizona)
Ginny says: Tommy was born sometime in the month of March, 1993, in Ohio. He passed away on May 27th, 1999 in Scottsdale. We love this photo where he's holding his stuffed animal and looks like he's smiling!! It warms my heart every time I look at it and reminisce.
|Ginny and Ken recently said goodbye to another sweet friend, Gerri.|
KC Sievert Bingamon, recently said goodbye to her precious Magic
"I'm Still Here"
Copyright by KC Sievert Bingamon 1998
for her precious CenCen
Copied with KC's permission
I stood by your bed last night,
I was close to you at breakfast..
I watched you make your tea.
You were thinking of the many times
your hand reached down to touch me.
I gently put my paw on you,
smiled and said.."It's me ...
I'm never far away...
I'm still here."
You sat there very quietly,
then you smiled, you knew.
The day is over, I smile...
Love you, KC!!!
came to me black as night,
Photo to visit his web page
This is Debbie Jones' wonderful boy, Solomon (Texas)
Debbie says "Solomon was my forever friend."
Marian from Hong Kong wants to share her precious Dick Dick's photo...he was only 1 year, 10 months old when he crossed over rainbow bridge...
Another friend, Marian, (Tennessee) did her best to help two feral babies - Mickey and Rain Beau.
Marian had so hoped
to rescue this loner and find him a home, but time ran out on July 19,
2003. Now he is chasing butterflies on the other side of Rainbow
Bridge. Bless you, little ginger cat! You were loved...
Rain Beau came to Marian in his last hours, hungry and tired wanting someone to care. She gave him nourishment and love...he even purred a thank you. Be happy now, sweet boy
Our friend, Loni, (New York) shared these photos of her beloved Topper and sweet Chloe. Visit their memory page HERE
Cami (Utah) wanted you to meet her precious friend, Littleone, She misses him so much...
Littleone - August, 1984 to April 21, 2001
Sherry and Kenny Smith (Maryland) shared their precious Solomon and wonderful Mittens.
Below is Alice and Gary Oiler's sweet boy, Scamper, who passed over Rainbow Bridge on August 20, 2004 (Nevada).
Alice's words, "Scamper has been our dear furry friend for 17 1/2 years. He has given us lots of joy, companionship, laughter, and unconditional love.""Our hearts are broken, we are so very sad, and miss him so much, but we know he is at peace and no longer suffering. He's with God now, and we will meet again someday. We have wonderful memories of our time with Scamper and the love we shared. Perhaps he's chasing butterflies with our other kitties who have proceeded him across the Rainbow Bridge."
Kim England's wonderful Tucker, a dearly loved boy known by so many of us who frequent Cat of the Day, passed over Rainbow Bridge on November 8, 2004 (Tennessee). The sweet picture below was done by Kim's friend, Laura. And please visit Kim's "Remembering Tucker" page
2005...Annie, the lovely
tortie w/ white Maine coon girl
below passed over Rainbow Bridge. Her purrrson, Adrienne, writes of
She had a full
measure of tortitude--things had to be done her way, when she wanted it, and
how she wanted it. She loved her bed, a soft stuffed cat pillow by the
fireplace when it was on. When it wasn't on, she was generally on my bed.
She got attention when she wanted it and how she wanted it--she loved
occasional scritching but not extended periods of attention.
March 14, 2005, our dear friend, Kyle, told us her sweet friend, Pepper, a fun little Sugar Glider, had passed over Rainbow Bridge. Pepper brought many happy moments to Kyle and her family, and she remembers him with this wonderful painting by her friend, KO. We at Cat Happy had the opportunity to meet Pepper - what a beautiful, bright-eyed wonder-filled little glider he was! Thanks for giving Pepper such a wonderful home Kyle...keep his fun memories with you!
Thunder Paws - the Thinking Cat
Paws' family writes:
He studied the world and all
things in it, and gave a great deal of thought to all that he saw. He
understood the workings of doorknobs, and of faucets and spigots. He knew
that some doors slid while others swung open and that one could do
wonderful things with a key - if only he had thumbs.
(Thunder Paws lived with his family in Alaska)
Julie remembers her precious Tuffy with love forever, Mom and your brother, Abby...
Click his photo below
Carm Cole shares her sister Marie's sweet DustyRose...
in our hearts
Our PURRecious kitty niece
Until we meet again…
May you rest in PURRfect peace
Love Aunt Carm, Uncle Randy, Brothers Moony, Sunny & Furby, and cousins Puffy, Candy, Tommy, Joy & Pride
DustyRose April 1, 1999-June 4, 2005
October, 2007 - Susan recently lost her wonderful Fred...she writes "His fur was like cotton -- just as soft as it could be. That was his "Elvis impression" in the photo. He didn't like to be picked up, but he loved to be petted. He was large and strong. Of our 3 cats, he was the only one that liked catnip! He was a good kitty."
David's wonderful furry friends, Dino and Pebbles have crossed over Rainbow Bridge -- Click their photo to read their story...
This pretty little girl is
Holly. She lived in Vermont with the very special family that adopted her
as an 8 week old kitten back in 1987. Shortly before Holly was born, her
lovingly known as Percy, had moved into our barn. It was much too cold for her to give birth in the barn, so we moved Percy into the second floor of our home to await the blessed event. Percy had four babies.
Holly Feb. 1987 - Dec. 26, 2007
Holly was dearly loved by Marilyn and Tom. She will be dearly missed, but we all have sweet memories of her that will last forever.
At the time the kittens were born, we already had six cats, so we found homes for the four beautiful kittens and for Percy as well. Marilyn and Tom James adopted Holly and shortly afterwards they moved to Vermont. Every Christmas since we have received a new photo of Holly and a little note about her. We feel very fortunate to have watched her grow...and isn't she just lovely!
Holly Kit 1987
Lucky Charlie's story is one of strength and love. He left us way too soon, but he is loved by so many. Click his photo to read his story.
Lucky Charlie crossed over Rainbow Bridge May 22, 2009. He is missed so much by his mom, Kim, and family.
ALI , a much loved Maine Coon cat, crossed over rainbow bridge December 16, 2009. His mom, Barbara, rescued and adopted him as a kitten...she shared a bit of his story below.
ALI was TRULY a
"Gentle Giant". Throughout the years, pets came and went - but ALI
was always there teaching the new arrivals the rules of the house. He
accepted new kittens and puppies with loving patience and grace. He nurtured
the young pets, as if he was their mother - and he was a big MALE. I was so
proud of him. ALI became my constant and loyal companion. He shared
good times and the bad times, and the passing years by my side. He slept at
my feet. On December 16th, 2009, he went quietly in his sleep
from old age. He was 17 years old. His passing is like losing both my
child and one of my closest friends in one. Barbara C.
(3 May 1998 - 25 June 2010)
A friend of Cat Happy, sweet Toby (Canada) recently crossed over rainbow bridge. It was a pleasure to know you Toby, even from afar - you were an impressive, wonderful boy.
Toby's partner in life, Steve, writes: Toby was a stray who asked one of my friends to find him a home. She gave this precious little gift to me. He left far too soon, shortly after his twelfth birthday, after a brief battle with heart disease. But what he lacked in longevity he made up for in love, both given and received. It's hard being without him. He was the only person I saw every day, the first person I saw every morning, the last person I saw every night.
In Remembrance of Muffin
Our friends, Darl and Pam (Colorado) recently said goodbye to lovely Muffin (July 22, 2010). Darl writes: We got Muffin as a kitten from the Humane Society who had animals at PetSmart over 16 years ago. She had been returned since she acted sick. We kept her and took her to a vet who got her well. She was my baby and would always be waiting for me when I got home from work. We had a ritual of eating tapioca pudding in the evening. As far as I know the last thing she had to eat was tapioca pudding licked off of my finger.
For the last year she wanted my chair in the evening. She would come sit next to me and tap me on the arm with her paw to make sure I knew she was there till I got up and let her have it. We got another cat when she was about 3 years old. They never got along. Muffin went up to her and tried to start a fight only 3 or 4 days before the end. Just before I left on my trip I lay on the floor next to her and said goodbye. I knew I would never see her again.
WHEN TOMORROW STARTS
by: David Romano
When tomorrow starts without me,
and I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes,
all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry,
the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things,
we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me,
as much as I love you,
and each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name,
and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready,
in Heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind,
all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
a tear fell from my eye,
for all life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for,
so much yet to do,
it seemed almost impossible,
that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,
the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday,
just even for awhile,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you
and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories,
would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
my heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
from His great golden throne,
"This is Eternity, all I've promised you".
Today life on Earth is past,
but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
but today will always last,
and since each day's the same day,
there's no longing for the past.
But you have been so faithful,
so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some
things, you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven
and now at last you're free.
So won't you take my hand
and share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me,
I'm right here,
in your heart.
If you have babies you would like
shown here, please email me...
they deserve to be remembered too!