Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Rudy
1/1/2010 - 5/26/2013Rudy's days were all borrowed time, and so happy while they lasted.

Rudy just wandered into our yard, our lives, and our hearts one summer – a young, friendly, neighborhood cat who adopted us as his family. He had no idea his days were already numbered by feline leukemia virus (FeLV), and we never told him – it didn't stop him from having a wonderful life. It did prevent us from keeping him indoors (to ensure he didn't infect other cats). We simply couldn't put our indoor feline family at risk. Neither could we find a home for him, and taking him to a shelter with FeLV was a certain death sentence. So we did what we could. We got him fixed to curtail his fighting and roaming. We gave him the best veterinary care. We tried to keep him in our yard, but no fence was high enough. So we kept him close the only way we could: with lots of food, shelter, play, and love. We knew his future was uncertain at best, but he seemed so healthy and full of life that we always hoped he would beat the odds – and for three happy years, he did.

There was no sitting around looking out a window for Rudy. He led a charmed life, the kind indoor cats can only dream of: roaming, sniffing, marking, running, climbing, pouncing, hiding, and sunning in the garden without any walls or floors or panes of glass to dim the wonder of his world. With a thousand places to explore and an ever-changing environment, he had all the enrichment a cat could ever want. He reached an ideal weight, his coat got thick and soft and bright, and the scars from his fighting days healed and faded. He even became comfortable in a carrier and was well-behaved at the vet. He roamed the neighborhood, but our backyard was his home. I called it his paradise, because it had lush vegetation, sun and shade and fountains, and everything a cat could ask for, including an (almost) on-demand human playmate.

At the same time, Rudy's life was bittersweet, at least for us. Having FeLV meant he was always the cat in the plastic bubble – but on the outside looking in – in through a window at the warm, intimate, indoor home that he could never share. He spent almost his entire life alone outside, so he didn't have as much to give as more fortunate cats. Even so, he was very sweet-natured. When the weather was nice, he would roll at our feet in delighted greeting, and when he stayed in the laundry room or garage during a bout of bad weather, he would forget he was a vigilant outdoor cat and turn into a relaxed, adorable snuggle-muffin. He would have made the most wonderful, loving, faithful companion if only a kinder fate had given him an indoor home.

Too soon, the odds caught up with Rudy and he developed the cancer that often follows from FeLV. It was very advanced when we discovered it. Rudy finally made it to the other side of the window and into our home for the last twenty-four hours of his life – and that was all the time we had to say goodbye. We kept the other cats away and he slept in my room with me for the first and last time. He spent his last day looking out the windows, so fascinated by the second-story view of his domain that we could almost forget that he was dying. His friend next door brightened his day with a visit, and then with his loving family surrounding and comforting him, he fell peacefully asleep for the last time while looking into my eyes. My little buddy's roaming days are over now; he sleeps forever in his paradise: our backyard.

To say that I loved Rudy, that I miss him terribly, and that I will never forget him, is simply not enough. I would rather be able to say that the story of his short but very special life can bring a little hope or inspiration to those with feline family facing a bleak or uncertain future because of disease. What he had to give was enough to start me searching for a way to help other cats with FeLV/FIV, if not by making their lives a little longer, then a little happier – in memory of Rudy.

You are welcome to light a candle for Rudy whether you knew him/us or not, or to click on About Rudy to share some of my memories of him. Some of them are captured in the pictures below.
Glen HarrisNewport News, VirginiaJune 1, 2013
Titi
6/4/1996 - 5/29/2013My beloved cat Titi was 17 years old. A wise, soulful feline. Titi was my best friend. He led a wonderful full life of frolicking, lounging, climbing trees. He is survived by his feline buddy, Tito. Similar names, and they too, were so close. My best friend, Titi had FIV for many years and still thrived and amazed his Vet and longevity. Titi went to heaven peacefully and I will always carry his soul in mine. Dr. Diana, who is new to Lap of Love was very understanding and compassionate. I am grateful for Lap of Love to give my best friend his chance to go to heaven in his favorite spot. I miss you Titi and love you forever and ever.Laurel LeveyWeston, FloridaJune 1, 2013
Abby
3/30/2003 - 5/18/2013In loving memory of our beautiful golden, Abby. Abby was our fur baby daughter, whom we loved immeasurably. She brought such joy to our lives. Abby was a blessing from God to us. We will cherish her memory. One day we will be reunited. Until then our sweet Abby, have fun chasing squirrels and long walks on the rainbow bridge.Minetta & Daniel SanchezKaty, TexasJune 1, 2013
Pete
6/5/1998 - 5/30/2013Pete was a friend of everyone and greeted all with a wagging tail and a winning ear-to-ear grin. His affectionate demeanor cadged almost everyone into petting him – from guests to the UPS delivery guy. Pete never seemed to care whether or not you might be afraid of big black dogs, he’d find some way to wedge his blocky head under your hand or roll onto his back at your feet for a belly rub. He knew no tricks, he couldn’t remotely grasp the concept of watch dog and he was known to keep the company of cats but he was one of the best dogs I’ve known. We’ll miss Pete.Joe & Kathy Donahue/LoganWesley Chapel, FloridaMay 31, 2013
Maximus
7/27/2001 - 5/30/2013Maximus was the best dog I ever had, and probably will ever have. He was so smart and handsome and loyal. I am still in shock that he's not here with me. He had DM and could no longer move freely and so I know he's happy to be chasing squirrels again. I will miss your face, sweet boy. My heart is broken. I love you.Dana EspositoJacksonville, FloridaMay 30, 2013
Maggie
11/1/2001 - 5/25/2013Maggie was my buddy and constant companion. Funny, loving and friendly, everyone who met her thought she was special. I always thought I would have many more years with this furry girl and I grieve for the time lost...She was diagnosed with a huge lung tumor after I noticed her breathing strangely. Two weeks later I had to release her. Just not enough time to say goodbye:(.Pam LittleThe Woodlands, TexasMay 30, 2013
Elvis
3/15/2002 - 5/21/2013Elvis was supremely loyal, loving, and loveable. He never failed in his role as a stable influence and steadfast companion. He could look into your soul it seemed and was always quick with a wag of his bushy tail. Now go run to your heart's content. We will miss you beloved.Bruce CrowderCharlotte, North CarolinaMay 29, 2013
Nina
11/5/2000 - 5/24/2013Good bye sweet girl. I wouldn't give up on you and you held on for me to the end, ever the guardian, companion and my closest friend. Thank you for the 12.5 years of happiness and love you gave to me and our family. I still can't believe your gone...but I know I will see you on the other side...D StoneApex, North CarolinaMay 28, 2013
Tortellini
2/10/2004 - 5/22/2013To my little man, Tortellini. You are so greatly missed. Everywhere I look at home I expect to see you there. You were in my life for 9 wonderful years. I had hoped it would have been longer but the cancer had a different idea. Rest in peace little man and I will see you again.Cindy CraneSt. Petersburg, FloridaMay 28, 2013
Newbe
1/1/2004 - 5/20/2013We still hear her little voice -- her tiny maws and then her loud, demanding meows. They are in the air. She will always be with us.MARY JO DWYERSquantum, North Quincy, MassachusettsMay 27, 2013