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7/1/2000 - 1/29/2014In memory of my sweet kitty, Rudy...this is her story.

Rudy’s early life is a bit of a blur. No one really knows where she was born or to whom. At some point in her early life, Rudy lost one of her back legs--it was never clear what happened to the leg. What was clear, however, was that Rudy was not going to let a missing leg stop her from having a full and enjoyable life.

When Rudy was around 9 months old, she was adopted by a suburban Chicago family. It was not long before Rudy’s precocious ways landed her as a teenage mom to a group of kittens. While raising her kittens, Rudy’s then adopted family learned they would be moving out of the country and needed to find a new home for Rudy and her 3 siblings, as well as her kittens. Concerned that adult cats (especially one with three legs) might have a difficult time finding new homes, I was happy to welcome Rudy and her brother Cody into my home. Since that time, Rudy has lived with me in Chicago, Ohio, Kentucky, and back in Chicago.

Although Rudy never reached more than 6 pounds (while Cody was always pushing 24 pounds), Rudy was the ruler of the house, keeping Cody and the occasional guest cat in line. Even with her missing limb, Rudy was able to chase Cody through the house, leap nearly five feet straight into the air (to get on top of things she was supposed to stay off of), and open doors (to get into rooms she was supposed to stay out of). Lack of a leg rarely stopped her, except when she tried to scratch her ear with the missing limb (a true exhibit of futility)--at which time I would quickly run to her rescue and placate the itch.

Rudy was a tidy cat, always well groomed with fur carefully coiffed--and she smelled unusually good for a cat. She enjoyed sharing my soup and liked to partake in the occasional duet, me attempting to sing and her meowing--oddly enough, the neighbors never complained. Rudy spent most of her days sleeping in the sun, playing with her green metallic fuzzy ball, and wondering when I was going to get home.

About a year and a half ago, Rudy was diagnosed with mammary cancer--a diagnoses that is not good news in the feline community. Because Rudy otherwise seemed healthy, we made the decision to have a triple mastectomy and follow it up with kitty chemotherapy. She bounced back from the surgery quickly but we soon realized that continuing the chemo was not in Rudy's best interest, so it was discontinued. Rudy managed to live nearly a year more and was happy and healthy right up until the last couple weeks. When Rudy could no longer be tempted by the buffet of food I set forth before her numerous times daily, we decided it was her time to move on. With the help of the Lap of Love vets, Rudy passed away comfortably and peacefully at home in her kitty bed with me and Cody by her side.

Rudy's most endearing quality and the one that will be missed most, was her desire to cuddle and be close to people. From the time I came home, she wanted to spend all of her time cuddled on my lap, in my arms, or simply next to me. That is how I will remember her, cuddled next to me with her soft kitten-like fur tickling my nose. Although my sweet Rudy's love and comfort will be greatly missed, I am so happy and lucky I was able to share her life, she was truly a blessing.

(A special thanks to Rudy's cat sitter, Lorena Jurado for the fantastic photos and loving care she provided to Rudy.)
Chicago, IllinoisFebruary 3, 2014
8/9/2000 - 2/1/2014Our precious Gunner was always so naughty. Where there was trouble Gunner found if.
He was so handsome. We rescued him as a puppy and had been abused and neglected.
He grew into a HUGE part of family.
The unconditional love and laughter he brought into our lives was unimaginable.
Our grief is so deep right but we know he will wait for us.
We miss you our protector.......we love you
Jo ChojnickiCheektowaga, New YorkFebruary 2, 2014
9/20/2000 - 1/31/2014Chloe you are in my heart and soul. Your sweet and crazy spirit lives on and until we meet again at the Bridge. RIP my sweet girl.Sondra BryanCharlotte, North CarolinaFebruary 1, 2014
3/17/2003 - 1/28/2014Walter was a sweet, playful Boston Terrier who brought unconditional love to our household and asked only for love in return. Although we adopted Waltie, he chose us as his humans. His loyalty and devotion will never be forgotten. A master frisbee catcher/chaser, he will be missed dearly and will stay in our hearts for all time.Rick DermanLanghorne, PennsylvaniaFebruary 1, 2014
4/2/2001 - 1/24/2014My beloved Willow was a beautiful soul; sweet, loving, and caring - my BEST girl! She was my friend, companion, and office mate. She will always hold a big piece of my heart and is dearly missed. While we couldn't control the outcome of the disease I will always be grateful that we had the chance to choose our exit strategy. It was on our terms - beautiful with candles and music, peaceful, and at home, the only home you had ever known. Love transcends space and time, we will always be together, and you will always be in my heart. I am a better person for having had you in my life; thank you for sharing the last 12.5 years with me my sweet girl. You are loved and missed!Susan SchoenbergArlington, VirginiaFebruary 1, 2014
8/8/2003 - 1/17/2014Our sweet, sweet Lexi. We loved you from the day we brought you home and you loved us back with all your heart. You overcame so much in your life but now it’s time for you to rest. We miss you dearly but we will always treasure our time together. You were our spoiled little princess we called “Puppy” and there could never be another as wonderful as you. Sleep well Puppy, we love you.Ron and Linda NoelkeSt. Louis, MissouriJanuary 31, 2014
1/27/2014Cheyenne, a true friend and companion. She was my shadow, everywhere I went She was right behind me. You will be missed.Plant City, FloridaJanuary 30, 2014
7/14/2004 - 1/27/2014Dear Magnum,
You were such a sweetheart. They call the Briard a "Heart wrapped in Fur" and nothing could be more true. We hope you had a happy life with us. It just seems like yesterday that you were that shy pup that came into our family and now you are gone. Such a sad loss for us left behind. We know you are somewhere wonderful, sitting in a field with the wind in your face just looking out at the world.
May you have many squirrels to chase and places to swim.
We will miss you old friend.
Andrea ChisholmNewton, MassachusettsJanuary 30, 2014
Henry Longfellow
9/7/2005 - 1/23/2014Henry Longfellow... a person couldn’t meet you without smiling... as Shakespeare wrote, “a gentle giant with ears which sweep away the morning dew.” Ironically, we adopted you after losing our 5 year old Basset to cancer. We were afraid to love again, but so we did, and you gave us SO much joy. Now, only to lose you after 1 short year to cancer. Our hearts are broken, but we know you are no longer in pain. I will meet you again, my friend.Debbie MoranLighthouse Point, FloridaJanuary 29, 2014
9/1/2003 - 1/27/2014Effie was my bright light, always making sure she was at my side, and touching me, hand to paw, as we laid down together. We had a way of communicating with our eyes, her slow blinks of understanding let me know she connected and felt my love. I was the lucky one to have chosen her 10 years ago. I miss her so much.Karen FalkWashington, District of ColumbiaJanuary 28, 2014