Thursday, January 2, 2014

Please Remove Berets 4 a Fallen Comrade


Long ago and far away, I signed on to Twitter. One day I was shocked by the beauty of an avatar I saw on my timeline. It was a black cat; a stunning black cat. She was as stunning as I and I think she knew it. She was wearing an incredible hat and over the weeks and months, she became known for her hats that changed with the seasons and her moods.

Her name was @JessieJaney but she was also the #WLF Mad Hatter. I am totally straight but I was smitten. I'm never at a loss for words but I could hardly talk to this gorgeous panfur. I shyly axed her if she could make a couple of hats for this little ghetto kitteh. This was years before I knew Glogirly and TW started playing with PhotoShop. She axed what I’d like. I axed for a “do-rag” with the WLF (Whiskers Liberation Front) badge that she designed. Everyone else was sporting berets; but I, of course, had to be different. I also axed for an avatar with a Yankee hat cos I didn’t have one at the time. She responded quickly.

Some of the avatars @JessieJaney designed for me.
I feel the need to mention that she always complimented the music I played at #Nipclub and she was a huge fan of the singer Pink. She made me one too. I was in awe of her prowess as a mouser. I even blogged about it.

December 26, 2013, we lost our @WLFMadHatter (Click to see just some of the hundreds of anipals she hatted.) as Jessie’s huMUM Jane left her Earthly body. At this point, I’m going to direct you to two other blogs because I can’t match the eloquence of their prose or their love for Jane. The first is Thomas Archers’ Aunty Jane. Just reading the comments and seeing the love makes my eyes leaky. Our furrend MariodaCat’s Mom did a heartfelt New Year Tribute to a Special Friend. Lastly, here’s a post from Jessie & Jane’s own blog which shows what sweeties they were.

A few of the many faces of Jessie taken from Jessie and Jane’s Twitpic.
In the world of Twitter, when an anipal dies, they’re only gone in body. Their humans feel the loss because they can no longer hug their fur children. Days later, they appear back on Twitter in Angel form for the rest of us. When a human passes away, it’s for real. It’s for keeps. The Twitter world has lost both Jane and Jessie. Steps are being taken to find out what has become of Jessie. We are far better anipals and people for having known them. Anipal Twitter mourns one of the good ones. RIP Jane.

38 comments:

  1. we R trooly sorree ta lurn bout yur friends mom CK ~~~

    XXXOOOXXXOOO

    :(

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  2. Oh no! I wasn't really close with them, but I recognize the name. So sad... I think I may have even won something from her at #NipClub before... how sad :(

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  3. What a lovely tribute to Jane, Baby Girl. My eyes get leaky every time I read the words of fellow anipals and friends. Jane was such a wonderful woman. She and Jane were always so good to me. I'm glad I received her Christmas card and was able to thank her before she passed away. I'm also glad she received mine. Rest in peace, sweet Jane. I'll love you forever.

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  4. This is so very sad. I hope somebody is able to find out about Jesse.

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  5. That was a beautiful tribute CK. We were so shocked and sad at that awful news.

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  6. CK that was very beautiful. Twitter anipals mourn this loss, because it is as you say a double one.

    ((Hugs))

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  7. I am very sorry about your friend. I did not know Jane or Jesse but it is always sad when someone dies.

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  8. We are so sorry to hear about Jane. We purr that Jesse is okay.

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  9. Although we didn't know Jane or Jesse, we're very sad to hear this. It's obvious she touched so many around the blogosphere, and our condolences to all of you who are mourning her loss.

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  10. What a wonderful tribute CK *wiping leaky eyes*.

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  11. It is the first time we have lost a huMum Ck and it hurts, it really hurts. Yes, read THomas' blog and was choked, your images really hit home too.

    Marjorie and Team Dash

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  12. I didn't know her but we are very sad that Jane has gone. I hope Jesse is Ok and with a family that will care for her.

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  13. *aiiieeee* *sobs* *thrashing paws* I never ever knew Miss Janey was the Mad Hatter...she bestowed my WLF beret miraculously one instant...Mom Linda and I thought we would feint...we did not even have a clue how to do such a thing. I am furrever humbled for having known Miss Janey and I am purraying we find that sweet Jessie is safe and sound.

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  14. I hope you don't mind I borrowed some of your words at the last minute for the end of my Second Gotcha Day post Friday. I never ever knew Miss Janey *sobbing* gave me my #wlf beret...I did not know she was the @madhatter...*buries head in paws sobbing*

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  15. Aw, sweet CK, I am so sorry about this Lovely Human Lady going to the Bridge. We purray that her sweet kitty will be well cared for.

    ::bows head::

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  16. We didn't know Jane but she sounds like a wonderful lady. We truly hope someone is able to get some news on Jessie.

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  17. We are sorry to read about you friend. That is very sad. A lovely tribute from you.
    Best wishes Molly

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  18. What a beautiful post for your friend Jessie and mom Jane. So sorry about Jane. We didn't know them but they sound wonderful. We love your hat photos very much.

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  19. Beautiful post CK. You have such a way with words. We still have leaky eyes here at times. I have lost the picture of Mario wearing that hat\ that's in the group picture. Maybe I can lift it from your photo. I've lost a bunch of pictures somehow (don't ask me how) and that is one of them. That was my favorite hat picture too. Jane was a special person and her void will be felt for a long time.

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  20. That is a very sad news :( It makes us very sad to hear such things. We hope Jessie is in good hands! Oh poor thing this must be so hard for her!!! We're very sorry!

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  21. This is a very moving and beautiful tribute, CK.
    2013 really sucked and brought too many sad news :-(

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  22. A lovely post for your friend who was obviously greatly loved and is sadly missed.

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  23. I had always wondered where the hats came from! I hope Jessie is okay, sweet house panther. Sorry to see a human friend go to the bridge, but if there were furry friends waiting there for her, they are very happy.

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  24. That was very moving, CK. The Staff read about this on facebook and got quite teary! We didn't know JessieJaney, but we do hope Jessie is ok?!! xox

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  25. This is so terribly sad....CK, you've written a beautiful tribute to your dear friend. We didn't know Janey, but it's clear she was very, very special. We hope Jessie is ok. (((purrs)))

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  26. Lovely tribute for your friend. We are purring for Jessie.

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  27. Sadly, we didn't know Jane, but we are certain that she is smiling down from heaven after she read this beautiful post. We are sooo deeply sorry for your loss.Be safe in the snow and cold temps friend! xoxo

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  28. Dearest Keisha, your heartfelt post is such a wonderful tribute to our dear furiend. She would be blushing and grinning like crazy. Thank you. If you don't mind, I'm gonna figure out how to reblog this *hugs tight* xox

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  29. A bit off topic: We hope your CO2 levels have dropped enough to close your windows! And also, I was really, really happy you liked my purring XOXOXOXO

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  30. This is a dear and loving tribute to JJ and my beret is off and my head is bowed. Let's hold paws...

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  31. Thank you for sharing your memories of Jane & Jessie along with your love for them. such an irreplaceable dynamic duo. the empty space left in our hearts will fill again as we love each other in a community of Jane's friends. xoxoxo

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  32. CK we didn't know her but she sounds like a most special human - now angel. So sorry to hear of this loss though. What a creative person - such wonderful hats and you're lucky to have some specially created ones in your closet. People like her leave a legacy of love behind that never dies. You certainly have a piece of that.....

    Hugs, Sammy

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  33. oh noooooo, we are beyond sad at this news. We had not heard but also had not been online much this week, with all our travels....

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  34. We knew neither Jessie nor Jane as we are not Tweeters. They both sound amazing. We pray Jessie is being well cared for wherever she is. We're sending prayers and purrs into the blogosphere hoping she'll get them. Jessie is a stunning cat, and it appears as if both she and her mom were very generous. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  35. I wanted to add my 'hats off' to Friday Frolics...but just could not as it was a post of celebration...but it will be up on Monday

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  36. Me and mom knew neither Jessie or Jane even if I´m on Twitter.
    Maybe because I almost never use it ?!
    Me and my mom-person hope somebody is able to find out about Jesse.

    XOXO

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  37. We didn't know Jane but are so sad to hear this news. Purrs to you and TW for the loss of your special friend. And big purrs to Jessie.

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