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Memorials to Special Cats
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge...


Pippin was the beloved cat of Missanda, a valuable forum member, who cherishes his memory. "He was my Clown, my Sunshine Boy, a lover of all people, and loved by all in return. He was the most stubborn, opinionated cat I have ever had, and the most trouble. But he also gave me the most laughs, the most joy, and as much as I love all of my cats, Pip was the cat who left the biggest hole in my heart. He was silliness, retrieving a snowman candle, and love carrying a rose in his mouth. I feel so lucky to have had him in my life for a far too brief 5 1/2 years, and know he will live in my heart forever."


Cuddles was Susie Bachman's first cat. Susie was a "dog person" and really didn't want a cat, but it was love at first site. Living with and loving Cuddles catapulted Susie into a lifetime avocation of animal advocacy, and her web site at Pawprints and Purrs is the quintessential model for that endeavor. A new star was born in the heavens on August 14, 2000, when Cuddles went to Rainbow Bridge, and her legacy will also shine on forever in the remarkable works of Susie Bachman.


Arthur lived with Terry for nineteen years and was her introduction into "catness". He was named for the Dudley Moore character from the movie of the same name. Arthur bonded immediately with Terry and spent most of his time sitting on her lap, sleeping in her king-sized waterbed, or going for a walk with her on a lead. For the past five years, Arthur was treated for hyperthyroidism, until the disease got the better of him, and he lost his valiant fight. Terry was with Arthur when he went to Rainbow Bridge, and still misses him terribly, but has honored his memory by adopting other kitties, which Arthur would certainly approve.


Pookiemon, known as "Mo," showed up at the doorstep of Tom Sporney, About Guide to Home Repair, in 1998. Mo loved climbing trees, playing with squirrels and lying in the sun, and I'm sure he's doing all those things right now at Rainbow Bridge.


Baxter was a very special cat, who owned not only Dave, with whom he made his home on earth, but also beguiled his extended family on the Cat Lovers Forum. Dave regaled the rest of us regularly with stories of Baxter's antics, such as inviting all the neighborhood cats over. Baxter went to Rainbow Bridge on July 25, 2000 and we will all miss him terribly.

Etienne was also a "Forum Kitty". He lived in the Mojave Desert with BalletCatter and ten other kitties. Etienne was a gloriously beautiful white Turkish Angora, and was described as "VERY BEAUTIFUL (physically and spiritually); a super daddy-cat with all the kittens; very brave protector of the house ..." Etienne went to Rainbow Bridge on July 8, 2000 and his memory will be treasured by BalletCatter and all Etienne's surrogate mommies and daddies on the Cat Lovers Forum.


Buddy was the beloved kitty of Jana Jones, the former Hotels Guide at About, and her daughter, Zavi. Buddy was an abandoned, rescued Persian when he arrived on the scene in 1989, and for ten years was "King of Our House, the Spider Man, the Moth Terminator." Buddy was given only two years to live back in 1989, because of a heart condition, but with the incredible love and care given him by Zavi, he beat the odds. Buddy went to Rainbow Bridge in September, 1999, but his memory will live on in Jana's heart.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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This section will always be "in production," and your tributes to your own Special Cats are encouraged. It is always difficult to say "goodbye" to a cherished friend, and a tribute is one way of easing the pain while saluting the cats who bring so much happiness to our lives. You may submit your photo and tribute using the guidelines on the photo submission page.

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