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Cat Angel Graphic courtesy of In Memory Of Pets


He was the boss around my house and everyone knew it - from humans to other animals. Tiger, or "Mr. Tiger" as he became known in his senior years, was the head of the household. He came to me over 17 years ago; he was left behind by a neighbor I had in an apartment complex in which I lived. He had been injured and I took him to the vet for care, and he has been my best friend ever since. I know he was at least a year old when he came to me, so he was at least over 18 years old.

His health had been declining steadily over the past two years, but just this year it seemed to progress rapidly. I promised him I would not let him suffer, and I don't believe he had pain. But my poor boy was getting weaker-n-weaker. This past week-end I knew he wasn't going to live much longer. Tonight when I came home from work I was pleasantly surprised to see him still alive. Bless his heart, I feel he held on for me to come home to be with him. I stayed with him from 6:30 pm on, and when I left him for just a few minutes, he had stirred and carried himself behind the bed to be alone. When I found him, I knew it was time.

I sat on the floor beside him, and I petted him and comforted him. I told him it was OK and he could rest now. And I told him I loved him. I rested his head in my hand; he struggled for a few last breaths, and I knew he was leaving me. He was my protector, my best friend, and a "Mamma's Boy".

Tiger, I love you and I miss you terribly. You never asked for anything; you were always there with me through thick-n-thin, and you gave me a life of total love & commitment and much joy. Another blessed "Cat Angel" will watch over me and my home until I see them again.

Oct 20, 1997

Mr. Tiger
1979 - 1997
photo c. 1998


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plently of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one smal thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hand again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together. . .

Author Unknown

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