A Life Well Lived

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She fought her way to Chris in a torrential downpour because she wanted to live.

She was feisty and she was willing to fight for what she wanted.

She was little, maybe 5 weeks old, soaked to the skin and cold as ice by the time Chris picked her up.

We didn't know if she'd make it home. She did. She was chewing on my metal jacket zipper pull before  long.

We had no idea she was white until we cleaned her up. She looked to be grungy gray at first sight.

It didn't take long before she had us both wrapped around that furry little foot.

You seldom wondered what her opinion was because she was only too happy to share it with you. And she always had an opinion.

She was vocal about what she wanted. She'd put others in their place (vacuum included) if they dared to cross her.

She could be temperamental and if you were going to be around her, it was best to learn the signs and give her wide berth when she was in a mood.

Her love for us was bottomless.

Her spirit was so incredibly strong....over 20 years strong.

However, her body was not. It simply gave out on her.

We have a cat-shaped hole in our hearts, and yes, we grieve.

Still, we're so glad she chose to spend her twenty years with us.

June '92 - October '11
Bye, Boo Girl, you'll be missed for sure......

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  1. My heart aches with you and Chris...I remember well how much it hurt when it was time for Winston to go. Love to you all. (Booger was beautiful in body and spirit.)

  2. I'm so sorry...I'm sure the pain is overwhelming. I have 4 furry babies who I can't imagine losing. She was beautiful and she has touched your life infinitely...sending you both healing love...

  3. I'm so sorry. It is so very heart wrenching to lose our furry friends.

  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved pet is so hard. You guys must have taken such great care of her for her to have lived for 20 years.

  5. I am so sorry about your loss...Having gone thru it in August with our Cat I totally understand. Wow.. 20 years is a long time thats amazing. Ours was only 14 years old. They don't live long enough. My heart goes out to you two. Was she a Van cat?

  6. Oh Laure, this is a wonderful page and testament to her life. My heart breaks with yours. Animals are better than people so many times or she wouldn't have needed to find Chris. I am glad she found the home she needed with you. So sad.

  7. A beautiful testament to a beautiful companion, friend and family member. My heart aches for you and Chris.

  8. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful tribute to your feline friend.

  9. I'm so sorry, Laure. We are so lucky to share our lives with these little guys but it's very hard to say good-bye when it's time for them to go. Blessings to you and your family.

  10. Laure, I am so sorry for your loss! My heart aches for you and Chris. I have always found comfort in the Rainbow Bridge Poem. Here's a link if you don't know it. http://rainbowsbridge.com/poem.htm
    Take comfort in her wonderful life and the memories she gave.

  11. Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss. She was very beautiful. You gave her a wonderful life-I hope you find comfort in your memories of her.

  12. What a sweet story and post, so sorry for your loss. You and Boowger were both blessed to have had her 20 years but it does hurt. Thoughts are with you.

  13. I'm so sorry, Laure. We lost Madeleine almost exactly a year ago. It is amazing how such a little creature can fill your life with so much love and how bad it hurts when they are gone. Be good to yourself as you mourn and heal.

  14. Hi Laure, Just wanted to add my heartfelt "I'm so sorry."
    Booger sounds like a very special sort of cat, I"m glad you were able to spend her 20 years together.
    In her photo she looks like she had an intelligent mind of her own and was devoted to you guys.
    I have 3 cats at 16 years old and I dread the day it's time to say goodbye....they're all so different.

  15. Thanks, KJ. Yes, Boo was a beautiful girl.

    Give them an extra hug, Grace, they're so special!

    Thank you, Tyanne.

    Thanks, Stephanie, it was a mutual thing, she took care of us as well.

    Thank you, Cris, I'm sure you can relate only to well. No, she wasn't a Van cat, just a sweet "mutt."

    Thanks, Kelly.

    Thank you, Timaree, and yes, you make a good point. Someone wasn't doing a good job.

    Thanks, Teri.

    Thank you, Julie.

    Yes, Marcy, we're very fortunate to have them in our lives. This is the price we pay.

    Thank you for sharing this, Clare, I've read the poem before. It has new meaning today.

    Thank you, JGR, in time, the memories will be sweet again.

    Thank you, Theresa.

    Oh, Gabrielle, I'm so sorry to hear you lost Madeleine. Thanks for the kind words.

    Thank you, Susie, she was sometimes too smart for her own good.

    Again, thanks everyone, for taking the time to comment. Your words are salve for two hurting hearts.

  16. Laure, So sorry for your loss. Twenty years is a long time - remember the many memories.

  17. Laure, I teared up when I read your post. I am so sorry that you have lost your beautiful kitty. I know that you and Chris are hurting and in time you will think of Booger and be able to smile. You gave her a wonderful life and it sounds like she certainly was a cherished addition to your life.

  18. Laure, I'm so sorry for your loss. :-( Sending hugs.

  19. What a very special kitty! I am so sorry to hear of her passing, but I am glad to hear of the love she shared with you and Chris over so many years. May your memories be of comfort to you both.

  20. You are breaking my heart here. You were so lucky to have had her for 20 years! I have never owned a pet that lasted more than 12. I have two cats now that are both seven and I'm dreading the day they have to go. My thoughts are with you and Chris.

  21. So sorry to read about the loss of your precious cat. I know from personal experience how heartbreaking it is. She was a lucky girl to have found someone to love her as much as you and your husband did. Take comfort in knowing that you made her life a happy one and gave her all the love she deserved. Thinking of you.
    Meredith in NC

  22. What a beautiful tribute you wrote for Booger .... You were fortunate to have so much time together, but now I know the hole leaves you with a big ache. You have my sympathy.

  23. It's so hard to lose our furry friends, each one is unique and irreplaceable. Our hurt and sorrow comes from losing something so valuable to us. While your heart heals take comfort in the knowledge that you both were just as important to her as she was to you. And, of course, she's happy doing whatever she wants right now.

  24. I'm so sorry for you and Chris - I know that hole in the heart a kitty leaves. I'm glad she was with you as long as she was.

  25. I am so sorry Laurie, I'm sending you a big hug. You will always have Booger with you in your hearts. my prayers and love to you,Diana

  26. Oh, Laure... it makes me so sad to hear that! What beautiful words about her! I'm very sorry for your loss.
    I wish I could give you a hug right now. =(

    She may be playing now with catnip clouds and tuna stars. Beautiful girl.

    Hugs and purrs,
    Fabi and the tiny family.

  27. Can't tell you how sad I am to hear of the passing of Booger. I am soooo much a cat lover and my heart grieves with you both.

  28. Oh Laure, I am so sad to hear this news...no words comfort only happy memories can eventually fill the emptiness and loss you must now feel. Hugs to you and Chris across the miles...
    Beth P

  29. Oh, so sorry to hear, Laure! Sounds like Booger will live on in your memories!

  30. Laure I'm soooooo sorry for the loss of your precious kitty. This is such a beautiful page and tribute to her.


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