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      IN HONOR OF MY "FAT CAT"

      "Sometimes in life, 
      a special soul crosses one's path . . ."
      
      Fat Cat came to me about 17 years ago when, 
      while playing with a friend's new kittens, 
      this pumpkin-pie-colored fuzzball 
      chose me to take care of him.  
      I had no intention of getting a kitten 
      at this time and hid him from my family 
      for a couple of weeks.  
      They finally found out and by this time 
      there was no way 
      he was going anywhere but with me.
      Of course once my family saw 
      his adorable cutie face, 
      they fell in love too.
      Fat Cat came to me at a terribly sad time 
      in my life and, in reality, 
      gave me something to live for. 
      As the years went by, 
      we completely bonded with each other.
      I knew some day he would have to leave me 
      and dreaded having to deal with that time.  
      It has come and gone now 
      and I never imagined what great pain 
      and sadness I would come to feel.  
      It still hurts and I'll never forget him 
      but I am so thankful 
      for the years I had with him.  
      I still question why this separation 
      must take place in life.  
      When it's my time to move on 
      I'll so much look forward 
      to seeing him but for now 
      he's with our other furchildren 
      that have gone to the Rainbow Bridge.  
      I truly hope he's happy and content 
      and can still feel the love 
      that eternally flows from me to him.


      
      I have selected some pictures 
      of my special friend 
      to share with you.
      


      
      "This is the Life!"

        
      This is my favorite picture of Fat Cat 
      and it's one that my sister took 
      while we were up at my family's cabin.  
      Fat Cat had been feverishly rolling around 
      in the leaves and totally enjoying himself 
      when he paused, just for a moment, 
      and stared right into the camera 
      with this look of complete and utter 
      satisfaction on his face.  
      I like to picture him this way now 
      because I hope and pray that
      wherever he is, he feels like this.


      
      "I Don't Think So..." 
      

      This is Fat Cat on our living room couch 
      and in his prime! He was about 25 lbs... 
      at this point and pretty much did 
      whatever he wanted to.  
      He usually got whatever he wanted from me 
      but he would always reciprocate 
      with so much purring and cuddling that 
      I almost couldn't deny him anything.
      (Not that I spoiled him or anything!)
      


      
      "I Love You, Goodbye" 
      

      This picture was taken about two weeks 
      before Fat Cat passed on,  
      when I had some family members over to,
      in essence, say "Goodbye".  
      I knew at this point it would not be long 
      and was trying to make the dreaded decision 
      about the inevitable "When?".  
      My sister took this picture of us 
      as they were walking out the door.  
      Two weeks later he took a turn for the worse
      and I answered that dreaded Question.  
      On May 7th at approximately 4PM, 
      after a day of 
      watching the birdies on the terrace 
      and laying in his favorite patch of grass, 
      Fat Cat went to the Rainbow Bridge.
      


      
      TO: 
      MY PUMPKIN PIE
      MY BABYCAT
      MY HONEY PIE
      YOU'VE SO DEEPLY TOUCHED MY LIFE 
      AND CHANGED IT FOREVER.
      SHARON 
      





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