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Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day: Grief is Just Love With Nowhere to Go

Hola kitties! It's a happy/sad day for the Cat Blogosphere. It's Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. Sad cos we remember the cats who came before and happy because we remember the cats who came before. We remember the good times and the laughs and love they brought into our homes, our hearts and our lives. I've already written about our angel cats in separate posts and all together. For this year's post, I'm remembering a Twitter pal we've never met in the fur. This post's title is a quote from one of his FB/IRL friends that I find fitting.

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day was founded in 2015 by Deborah Barnes, award-winning author and blogger of Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles in tribute to her Ragdoll cat, Mr. Jazz, who she had to say goodbye to on August 28, 2013. She shared the journey of letting him go in her critically acclaimed book, Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond and decided to create the day in his honor as a way for others across the world to share memories of their own pets they had loved and lost.

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Herbie Cat (April 21, 2004 to March 23, 2020) was one of my first furrends on Twitter hunnerts of years ago. We never knew his last name; he was just Herbie. Herba from the Burba. He was such fun to hang with. Herbie was handsome, fun as I mentioned and came from the streets just like myself. He had seven fur sibs and you can see two of them photobombing him above. Of course, his "fluffiness" served food while I spun tunes at the pawpawties. Once I joined FB, his human used to photoshop avatars for each season and holiday. We knew that when Snowman Herbie went up after Franken-Herbie and Turkey Herbie came down, we were in for a lot of snow.

Herba had severe pancreatitis at the end and just couldn't recover. After he made his final journey, he led his grieving peeps to meet Hervie, a cat who survived Calicivirus as a kitten which ate away most of the cartilage and bone in his sinus cavity among other problems. Love can overcome anything. He joined their family. Then came Molly and Lulu and together with Georgie, Timmy, Bellatrix, Louie and Riley they became a family with a hole in their hearts as big as Herbie.

FRIENDLY FILL-INS

Now it's time to join the Friendly Fill-Ins, a weekly feature held at this time, which is already in progress. Our hosts—15andmeowing and Four Legged Furballs need no innerductions as they are giants in the cat blogging world. They think up the fill-ins and I fill in the answers which are underlined and in italics. Any further comments on my part are in italics. Each week my image relates to one of the fill-ins. Today it applies to number two.

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

1. Petting This Cat is a privilege. I grant Pop this privilege in the mornings. TW can only pet me when I'm asleep or after she walks me to my kibble and I'm eating.

2. I was so embarrassed when Pop sees me playing. I only play for/with TW. When Pop enters the room, I stop playing. He isn't granted the privilege of watching my playtime.

3. I can't help but smile when human flesh is between my teeth.

4. 2020 has gotten out of hand. It keeps getting worse and worse.

CATURDAY ART

TW is the only one in our little family who liked the summer although this year it's been a bit much even for her. She hates wearing coats and wooly clothes. Pop was a Halloween baby so he looks forward to that time of year. Since I've gotten older, I feel like a wet dishrag during the hot, humid weather. 

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

I used Autumn colors in today's art. It really brings out my green eyes. It will be my Feral Friday entry in the Caturday Art blog hop which is hosted by the lovely Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty and her mum to showcase the latest art by anipal artists using digital apps, Photoshop or original art. No talent? No problemo. There are hundreds of one-click apps for desktop or mobile devices that will turn your photos into digital works of art.

Would you like to comment?

  1. CK, maybe you should surprise TW and let her pet you at random times. That's what I do with The Boy - it really screws with his head! ~Bear Cat

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  2. Yes, it is a special and sad day CK, we will always remember our loved ones. Love your art and your fill in answers too.

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  3. Our missing friends live forever in our hearts.
    Hugs and purrs on this remembrance day.
    Do I type this every week; this art would be a great jigsaw puzzle!
    ;-)

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  4. CK; we R sorree to heer bout yur friend Herbie ♥♥♥

    N we can understand why ya dinna want popz ta see ya with thiz ...
    BURD SKIN ~~~~~~~

    stay safe N healthee N chillax ☺☺♥♥

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  5. Herbie was a handsome cat! I'm glad you at least let TW pet you sometimes.

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Herbie Cat, he looks like he was a nice kitty.I am missing so many on this day too, and always. Love your Caturday Art!

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  7. We never stop loving our kitties, no matter how long it has been since they passed to the Rainbow Bridge. Nice post.

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  8. Herbie sure was a pawsome dude. Purrs and (((hugs)))

    Good Fill-ins especially #3!! We'll come back to do the puzzle.
    The Florida Furkids

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  9. That was a beautiful remembrance CK. I love your sweet art and your fill ins - MOL!

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  10. That quote expresses grief so well. Herbie Cat was handsome and it was nice of you to feature him.
    I love your art, and I agree that it does emphasize your eyes.

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  11. CK the title of this post says it all !

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  12. I think it's wonderful to open your paws to those friends you miss, too, for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. Herbie was a character for sure! Warm Purrs from Deb and Mr. Jazz of Purr Prints of the Heart.

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  13. I am sorry you lost your friend Herbie this year, he looks like a sweet boy. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. That is funny that you don't let Pop watch you play. I knew you would have biting in one of the answers :) I love your art, but I think you forgot something ( puzzle, hint, hint) :) XO

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  14. We’re sorry about your friend, Herbie. He sounds like a great cat. Purrs.....

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  15. I love how Herbie Cat's humans' hearts were willing to bring other felines into their home.

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  16. Hi CK! Thanks for sharing your Angel furrend with us! Wes loves to reads about Nellie's new (and lod) furrends that is OTB with her! Shew is such a pawty animal - wes KNOWS they is reminiscing about their humans!
    CK, Mom is gobsmacked! She LIVES the work that yous (and TW) puts into your Art.
    Wes believes life brings tears, smiles, and memories. The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories last forever.
    Purrs
    Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Angel Nellie

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  17. #3 made Mum LOL!

    Your art is lovely. Mum was born in the summer but she absolutely hates that season. She just can't put up with the heat and hot sun. Autumn is her fave season :)

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  18. It's always hard to say good-byes to our furry friends. We've lost a few ourselves so we know how it hurts. - I like your Caturday Art, Fall is just around the corner so the colors were perfect.

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  19. That was a lovely remembrance of Herbie, CK.

    We love your artwork, and agree 100% about #4.

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  20. Hello beautiful! That was a good story about Herbie--good furiends are worth their weight in gold! Re your #3: There is little in life as frusterating to the kitty as going in for a hand chomp and accidentally ending up with a mouthful of sweatshirt or something. There is NO substitute for warm, tender flesh!

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  21. We never realised how green your eyes are CK! That's a great picture!

    That was a splendid tribute to departed furriends.

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  22. We like the quote you've got there, too, CK! Humans get so close to us that when we get sick and the stabby people say there's no hope, it hurts so bad. Love to all who remember and are remembered. And many more years of good health to you, my furry friend!! - Tom, Bridget, Penny & our slave- pronounced slah-vay so it doesn't sound so bad. :) xxxx

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  23. What a wonderful remembrance for your furriend Herbie, CK. It's always sad to lose a furrbaby and furriend💗 Soft Pawkisses as you remember all your sweet Angels🐾😽💞

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  24. Herbie was so handsome! And we're so happy for Hervie. Your fill-ins are fantastic, CK, and we could not agree with you more on #4. 2020 is a real bust. Purrs to you!

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  25. Great art. I didn't know you didn't allow your Pops to watch you play. And I agree, 2020 has been a truly abysmal year.

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