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2018 Tributes

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For pet names beginning with "C".

Casper, 1 June 1998 - 2 June 2018

Sweet Casper became an angel at 2:34pm p.s.t. on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Baby Casper was rescued by Kelly and her college roommate at the end of June in 1998 when he was only 4 weeks old. Casper chose Kelly from the very beginning. After nearly 20 years together, he gets credit for helping shape who Kelly is today. Casper was her companion since her age of only 21 years old. Casper was there when Kelly got her undergraduate degree and graduate degree, when Kelly moved across America to be with Maria in 2003, and when we bought a house, got married, and just endless memories of play time and snuggle time.

Such an empty feeling without the little buddy and/or monster as we often called him, our Casper. His nicknames ranged from Mr. Paws (he was polydactyl), Pest, Buddy, Monster, Master Casper the Wonder Cat. He took over our lives for so long that now the house feels so empty without him. Just like a person when you lose them, you can't find anything that helps to make it better for quite some time. And even years later in those special people and pets, the loss remains.

Casper knew how to terrorize anything one held important to get to you and make his presence very important in your life. One could not ignore him; he wouldn't let you. He would make you pay for days when you left him for vacation: howling for Kelly, and running to her when she called for him, and keeping us awake for days. Later we figured out if someone stayed overnights with him, it helped some. When Maria worked at the computer he would meow a lot and walk around her until one day she figured out that he wanted his own chair next to her so that he could reach out his paw and touch her leg while she worked. Other times he just wanted to walk all over her lap and on top of the laptop and step on the keyboard and mess with her writings. Casper did the same to the TV remote and changed the TV channel on some program Maria often had paused for a long time. Or, the best is when he would adjust the bed by stepping on the bed remote! So many stories about him and his unique personality, intelligence, and social needs. Oh, and when we had to put him on a diet – he had an automatic feeder and he figured out how to steal food by putting his paw up the spout. Poor thing didn't realize he was stealing from his next meal!

In life and in his illness, we discovered so much about him and we learned to communicate with each other without words. Casper had very special goodbyes with his pet sitter, both of his vets, and Kelly and Maria. He passed away laying on Kelly’s chest where he could hear her heartbeat, see Maria's face, and feel Kelly’s arms holding him. We will miss him terribly. We will love you always, our sweet baby cat! We miss you Casper and there are not enough words to honor the love you created during your 20 years on this earth!
Love you always, from mommy Kelly and mommy Maria

Chanel, May 4, 2004 - April 28, 2018

My precious little girl. How can I describe the pain I feel when I can hardly hold back the tears.  You were such a loyal angel that went through so much with me.  It was so hard to let you go, but I knew you were tired and were only holding on because I did not want to let you go.  You are now at the Rainbow Bridge with Hershey and you have been restored my love.  Mommy and Daddy will see you one day soon.  Wait patiently my love... and run like the wind.

Charlie, 2008 - 3/23/18

I will miss you forever booty boo, you will always be my best friend and I will see you again! I am sorry I took you to the vet, but you needed that lump removed, I didn't think that would be the last time I would see you, if they would have kept an eye on you so you didn't choke on your own vomit.

Chickie, 05/05/04 - 05/18/18

Our sweet Chickie girl has had a wonderful life- she has been loved beyond belief, She has chased rabbits and seagulls... guarded our house against every squirrel in the neighborhood... in her 14 years she has truly had a good life as a loved and cherished member of our family.   She no longer chases birds or rabbits and walks right pass the squirrels in the yard.  She can hardly move or go up the stairs... she has lost interest in her favorite treats.   I would love for her to be by my side forever, but that is selfishness on my part because I will miss her.. it's time for her to be able to run,  jump and play by the rainbow bridge until I meet with her again...

Chloe "Cleo", 7/10/2008

When I saw you in that cage with your sister, I knew you would be happy with us. Starr wouldn't have felt so safe without her "big" sister protecting her. I'll never forget seeing you carry that stuffed red heart with you everywhere you went. Thanks for the cuddles, the kisses, and even the sneezes. You even made sticking your tongue out look cute, yet dignified. We think about you all the time, sweetie.

We thank God for the time we were given with you.

Mom, Dad, Heather, Faith, and your fur-siblings

Chugs, 2/09/2018

A beautiful girl with a silly name bestowed on you by a toddler grandson. You moved in with us permanently in 2011 and were a Daddy's girl; he loved you immensely. You loved running along the fence with the neighbor's dog running with you on the other side; chasing squirrels; pouncing on mourning doves; and cornering all the wild critters that wandered into the yard. And being very protective of us--you had the most awesome deep bark when visitors fist arrived!

You were taken from us so suddenly--less than two weeks ago you jumped up on the bed I had just made up, rolled around and undid my workmanship. It made me laugh, you were so cute! Then suddenly, just days later, your back legs would barely work and kept getting worse until you couldn't stand even with help; probably arthritis, we thought-- after all, you were about 14 years old, we think. Gary carried you in and out of the house and vowed to do it as long as it took. But-- probably neurological, the vet said, and will worsen rapidly. That very night you were having seizures and seemed to no longer recognize us; Gary wrapped a blanket around you, held you in his arms and tried to calm and comfort you; by morning you were crying out and trying to stand as well as having the seizures.  You fought so hard to not die! We pray that you felt no pain that long, horrible night. There was nothing we could do but let you go in peace; Gary held you close as the vet administered the drug that took you to the Rainbow Bridge.

We'll see you at the Rainbow Bridge, our sweet, beautiful lady. We can see you now, whole and healthy, happily running along a magical fence with your buddy Ling. Say hello to Mandy and all the other fur babies that got there first, please.


your mom and Daddy

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