Chewie
5/1/1997 - 11/20/2015Thank you for coming to live with me. I am sorry I made the milk to hot for you one night. You were so little.
Thank you for being so nice to Awesome.
Thank you for being a gentleman to PJ, Twister, Lollipop and Mo. I know you missed Awesome and it’s been hard living with Mo.
Thank you for not falling out of the 3rd story window that day you popped the screen out.
Thank you for making me laugh each time you carried the foam insulation around the apartment.
Thank you for making me laugh when I would find your bag of treats in the closet, empty and with a hole chewed in the bottom.
Thank you for making me laugh the day you tried to take the bag of catnip out of my hands by jumping up and grabbing it.
Thank you for chasing cranberries like a maniac and making me laugh.
Thank you for chasing the laser pointer like a maniac and making me laugh.
Thank you for being so cute and for being a good sport about letting me say to you, you are “nothing but a space alien dressed up in a cheap fur coat”. I hope you know you are movie star handsome and were given the middle name of Two Socks because you look like the wolf in the movie Dances with Wolves.
Thank you for letting me watch you jump on the balcony railing to sit and watch birds go by. Thanks for not falling off of the railing the day you stood up on your back legs and nearly caught a bird flying overhead.
Thank you for not trying to jump from the balcony railing on to the roof. I know you were thinking about it.
Thank you for making me laugh as Awesome ran after you and you turned a somersault just as Awesome ran over you. It was great how you would wrap your front legs around him turn the chase into a tumbling match. That was great fun.
Thank you for your unique way of telling me you were hungry by banging your bowl on the floor. It made quite a racket and was effective.
It’s okay that you used to scoot the dishes off of the counter top so they would break on the floor. I didn’t really need those dishes anyway.
It’s okay that you scooted the can of tuna off of the counter top while I was on the floor talking to Awesome. It didn’t hurt my head all that bad, really.
Thanks for having such good table manners and joining me for meals. It was a pleasure sharing my food with you. Also it was a pleasure watching you scoop the foamed milk off of the cappuccinos and lapping it up off of your paw.
Thank you for bringing me a dried leaf one Fall day. Also, I did appreciate the locusts. I am sorry I didn’t display my pleasure all that much.
I want to tell you that you actually did catch every snow flake you went after. But, they melted before you could see them in your paws. You were very graceful in catching them as they fell and I loved watching you.
Thank you for sleeping at my legs and feet for 18 years. You kept my feet warm. Thank you for staying up with me when I had hot flashes at night. I’ll bet you were glad when I finally got some medication for them and we both started getting some sleep again.
It’s okay that you hid with Awesome whenever the raccoons ran across the roof the spring they moved into the attic. The night the iced tree branches blew across the roof you both thought the raccoons were back and took cover. I thought they were back, too. It was nice that you waited by the door for me while I was outside trying to see them.
I know you weren’t crazy about Twister, but he did set an example for you by drinking out of the toilet. A habit you adopted for many years. I was amazed to find you one day sitting on the toilet trying to flush it. You are so smart and I am happy you didn’t have thumbs. I would have had to find a daycare for you if you did.
I had a lot of fun this spring with you Chewie. While Chewy Garcia was running for mayor in Chicago, I loved calling you “The Mayor”. I remember waking up the day after the election and hearing that Rahm Emanuel had defeated Chewy Garcia. I had to break the news to you that you weren’t “The Mayor” after all but you took it in good stride.
I am sorry for all of the times I made you so mad that you were compelled to bite me. I never really understood why you bit me, but it doesn’t matter now. Chewie, I am so sad to say good bye to you. I wish there was something that I could do to bring your health back. There will never be another one like you. I love you and thank you for being you. I hope you were happy here and had a good life. God bless you and keep you Chewie. I love you.
Mary WirthVernon Hills, IllinoisDecember 9, 2015
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Chewie, you will be dearly missed.

You are probably the first and the last cat that I will have known for that long and so closely.
I am glad I got to know you.

I will remember you for your smarts, agility, playfulness and your daring adventurous spirit that led to many wonderful memories and brightened our days.

Farewell Chewie, you are truly an era gone by.
Pranob B - January 21, 2016
Such an adorable little guy. Your memorial for him is absolutely beautiful and I can tell he could not have been more loved.Nikki Lap of Love - December 18, 2015
Mary, I am so touched by your memorial to Chewie! What a beautiful, eloquent tribute. He was clearly an amazing boy, and I am so glad I got to meet him. I'm sorry that I forgot to include that he was "The Mayor" in his eulogy! I loved reading more about him and your life together. Thank you too for all of your kind words about me and Dr. Juliana. It was truly our honor to be there for you and your guys. Sending you lots of love this holiday season!Christie Comm - December 12, 2015

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