8/15/1999 - 1/12/2017Dear Ruskin boy, we will miss you terribly, and we miss you right now, and yes, even Sylvester misses you, as he has been looking around for you. We are so lucky to have had you rescued to become part of our family and so grateful to you for immeasurably enriching our lives. You were the ultimate Good Boy your entire life, never once hissing or raising a claw to anyone, instead spreading love and affection and cooperation to everyone you met, from our friends and family all the way up to the vets and vet techs of your last weeks, to all of whom you made such a positive impression. You were a gentle, innocent soul to all people, yet simultaneously a strong willed cat full of endearing personality who loved life to the fullest, and we know you had a very happy 17 and a half years in our home and that you loved us very much. You have provided us with countless wonderful memories, whether it be the many road trips you took with us out east to visit my mother and how you loved hanging out in front of her fireplace or with all the flowers on sunny days in her solarium, or how from the time you were a kitten all the way through your last month you would always drape your head over Marquita's shoulder whenever she picked you up, and snuggle the top of your head against the back of her neck and down her hair, or simply the unique combination of noble serene demeanor and playful mischief that you always exhibited as you asked for and gave out unlimited affection every day. I'll always remember how you came down to the basement door to greet us with loud meows when we came home from any absence of more than an hour. I'll always remember your confident swagger as you walked down the hall approaching one of us for a rub and greet several times a day, with your tail undulating high in the air above you. I'll always remember your happy sleeping pose when you curled up and turned your head upside down and paws outstretched to your hind legs, with your two little fangs visible over your white chin fur. Those were happy days of mutual unconditional love and comfort which lasted for over 17 years. You were and always will be our number-1 cat. You were a true one-of-kind - there will never be another Ruskin, and we will cherish you the rest of our lives. We are so glad that you were able with our help to revive that good ole Ruskin life energy for a few more months of quality time after you became sick last September. Fare well my sweet friend and constant companion, and may we meet again in another life down the road. With love always from your special pal, - Brian

Dearest Ruskin, you'll be in my heart forever. When first seeing your pic in an email from a friend who found you, I knew Brian would have to see you and would want you in our lives. That was the start of 17.5 wonderful years together. You gifted us with love and playfulness and all the more love. Even peeps who said they weren't into cats, upon interacting with you, changed their minds. You won everyone over. You knew how to comfort--when my dad died you stayed by my side--and how to provide warning--when I overflowed the kitchen sink and water leaked into the basement, you came loudly meowing to me. It's hard to imagine not seeing you walking throughout the house anymore, but I can indeed imagine you walking throughout the Heavenly house above (the Pope says our pets go to Heaven and I believe for sure). I vow to always have fresh flowers in the house. You never stopped enjoying the fragrance of flowers, nor did you stop pulling some out of any vase I put them in. I remember one time in particular, the morning after Brian finished our tax returns, Bri had all the papers arranged on the dining room table. As usual, I had a vase of flowers on the table. Upon entering the dining room, to my surprise, all the papers were wet and the vase was knocked over. Yep, you did it. I let out a gasp and quickly got the hair dryer to resolve the problem. After all that, I still wouldn't stop having flowers around. I can't say I wasn't upset whenever you did such things, but it was never malicious on your part. You wouldn't know how to be mean. Oh sweet Ruskin, you are loved forever. God bless. Love always, -- Marquita
Brian SweneyChicago, IllinoisJanuary 16, 2017
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Ruskin has been gone a month now, and what a huge void has been left in our house, not having his big complex personality and beautiful presence around any more. He is terribly missed, and I think about him every day. With fondest memories, RIP Ruskin.Brian Sweney - February 12, 2017

Since you first came to them as a dear little kitten
Marquita and Brian were totally smitten.
You were always their darling Ruskin-Boy
and filled them both with endless joy.
Your years with them were ten and seven,
and now you wait in feline heaven
for them to enter through its door
and be with you forever more.
Virginia Birge - January 22, 2017
A great memorial, you guysSteve Sweney - January 20, 2017
Beautiful tribute!Annette Foglino - January 19, 2017
I know how much your sweet Ruskin meant to you and your family. He really was such an amazing boy and I know he will be greatly missed. Sending warm thoughts your way!Karina Lap of Love - January 18, 2017
Marquita and Brian,
Thank you for rescuing the most sweetest kitten I ever met. I remember how my late Bailey and Teddy loved playing ball wit Ruskin and how they would eat each other's food. I knew he would grow into a sweet cat. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know he had a wonderful life with you and I'm so happy he became Brian's best pal. Hugs to both of you!
Debe Welch - January 17, 2017
Pets may leave us physically but they never leave us in our hearts and mind. Peace be with you both. Love and support from Stephanie and Jeff.Jeff Rae - January 17, 2017
Your Ruskin was an absolutely incredible boy. I know how much he meant to you all, and how much you meant to him as well. I know he will always be so loved and missed.Nikki Lap of Love - January 16, 2017
Ruskin was such a special cat. I knew from the day I met him-he made himself immediately comfortable in the exam room. He will be in my memories as well-he was my patient, and I tried to make the recommendations to make him comfortable until the end.
My heart goes out to you both and Sylvester.
Lenyr Munoz - January 16, 2017
I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to know and love Ruskin. He was such a chatty love bug. I miss him terribly. My heart goes out to Brian, Marquita and Sylvester in this most difficult time. Much love, CourtneyCourtney Hillen-Maglaya - January 16, 2017
Even without a lit candle, Ruskin would forever shine bright in my memory.Marquita Hynes - January 16, 2017

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