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2014-03-08 10:03:13 PM  
Well, this sucks....
I'm at work and have been running all day...
And then, not caught up I saw a post of Facebook that concerned me so I immediately came here to Caturday...
And found what I was dreading to read.

Sherpa my friend, my heart is broken, like all others. I can only grieve on the inside here at work, none will understand. But, grieve I certainly do. I am so very sorry at the passing of the Venerable Dragon. Both of you are such important parts of Caturday. I hope we can find peace within our hearts at this difficult time. I'm sure we can do it together! I am, and always will be here for you.
Rest well my dear Dragon... rest well..

tigerose, I see you are making suggestions, but I haven't had a chance to read the thread. Please all be patient, I will try to catch up!

For all of those grieving, I am sorry. I truly am. Please accept my hugs from afar, they are here for the taking and I have limitless hugging capabilities!
 
2014-03-08 10:04:21 PM  
Gifts to local no kill shelters, aye. Got it in one, tigerose.
No we may not finally have a happy smiley Caturday this week, but not on grounds cited when Winning Tail/Tale was chosen.
Time for me to call it a day quite shortly. As promised/threatened, the granite scrap ordered engraved for our WBerlin owners we fetched back when Plumbicon's Ntl Svc ended:
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Be up at normal Indecent Hr, need re-set clox before turn into usual Lumps to keep Piiki warm.
 
2014-03-08 10:04:50 PM  

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It's a sad week for the DoomsDayAardvark family, too.  To recap the story...

Muriel was the feral cat who had been a pretty much permanent fixture on my parents' front porch for the last decade.  At first, she came as a companion to Hemingway, the polydactyl cat who eventually self-domesticated (he died in 2009 - complications of FIV).  She came nearly every day, no matter the season.  She would sometimes even bring a kitten or a "date" with her.  They'd made her various little shelters to hide in during the cold months, and she'd always be there to greet them when they came home from work.  This winter, after the first polar vortex, she disappeared for a few days.  They were sure she'd frozen to death somewhere, but then she showed up again, looking (as my mom put it) like she'd been pulled backwards through a knothole.  After that experience, she actually let them pet her for the first time.  A few days later, they let her inside, and she'd spent the following few weeks living in their basement.

Finally, this week, they managed to get her into a carrier, and off to the vet, hoping that they'd found another permanent addition to the family (just as they were about to move to a new house).  Unfortunately, the vet discovered that she, like Hemingway, was FIV positive, and had lost most of her top layer of fur to some mystery illness.  Though still strong at the time, she was starting to fade, and with FIV, the vet didn't give her very good chances.  They made the sad decision to help her pass in a warm, safe place, getting the petting she never got as a street urchin.

/bye, Muriel
//we're sorry it couldn't have turned out better



Please tell your folks that they are such good people to have given Muriel a warm and safe place for her last few weeks. (((((((HUGS)))))))
 
2014-03-08 10:10:05 PM  
A very dusty Caturday indeed. Yet. I do believe, those who have passed on, would like us to one day open our arms and hearts to another. Oh, the thrill of being chosen from so many. To know that now you are a team..cool and wierd and oh, so joyful!
 
2014-03-08 10:31:12 PM  

Diocletian's Last Cabbage: sherpa18: This has obviously been a very brutal Caturday for many people and my sincerest condolences go out to you all.

Unfortunately, it is with a very heavy and broken heart that I have to add to the list as I had to help my white boy over the bridge a few hours ago. As much as I did not want to let him go, I knew in my heart that it was time - and the very least I could do for my faithful friend of almost 18 years was not to make him suffer for my sake.

He was always there for me through the years since he was a kitten - through sickness, family issues, job changes, money problems, divorce and relocation - and all he ever asked for in return was a few chin scritches, a lap to purr on and his gooshy food (and of course the occasional spicy chicken wing).

I would like to believe that I saw gratitude in his eyes as I held him while he slipped away, acknowledging that I was trying to return the favor and be there and do what I believed in my heart what was best for him.

There will never be another cat as special to me as my white one was. I know you will all understand, because in a very real way, Dragon belonged as much to Caturday as he did to me.

Once again, I thank you all for the love and support you have provided to me and the late fuzzy white boy over these many years. You have enriched our lives with your humor, comments and captions, and for welcoming us into the best family we could ever hope to be a part of.

Rest in peace, my dearest friend. Daddy will always love you, and never forget you. I already miss you so much.

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I am sorry, Sherpa.  Rest in piece Dragon.  Don't forget to greet your tall, two-legged housemate at the rainbow bridge in the far future when the time comes.


Aaaaand by piece I mean Peace!  Like it was properly spelled above.

Unless Dragon was a ladies man, in which case I wish many lucky encounters for the white one  :-{)
 
2014-03-08 10:34:20 PM  
Danny Trejo and Grumpy Cat--separated at birth?
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2014-03-08 10:35:44 PM  

tigerose: I had this idea. As we mourn for Dragon, and so many others this weekend, could we purrhaps make a donation, in the name of Caturday, to our local no kill shelter? Or to our own vet, to help others who need funds?We might call it the Dragon Fund, and pay it forward?


AWESOME idea
worthy of the Dragon seal of approval.
 
2014-03-08 10:38:55 PM  
I've been crying off and on since I saw on FB about Dragon... sherpa and Dragon were among those who tried to help with Lucy and also with Cassie. sherpa actually helped me switch to the Feline Pine litter.  I know my Lucy is there to welcome Dragon and I'm sure she's incredibly happy to meet him after all this time!  I found a few things I'd saved on the computer...  I can't remember who captioned them.

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And finally, I found this pic again.  I think it may be time for us to update with the halos...

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Lots of sads this week... **snuffle**
 
2014-03-08 10:45:47 PM  
Probably a repeat but here's Cat Raptor Jurassic Park......   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlPoPMbiffU
 
2014-03-08 10:47:38 PM  
Time for me to trundle off to bed. Rest assured I will be incluing you all in my nightly prayers.
 
2014-03-08 10:53:43 PM  
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This has been a tough Caturday for so many. I want to send condolences and hugs to everyone who has suffered the loss of a furry friend (or friends). I also hope that those who de-lurked to share their sorrows will stick around in coming weeks.

The hardest has been the loss of our unofficial Caturday mascot, Dragon. Sherpa, my heart goes out to you in this time of loss of your best buddy. You've been here since the beginning, our leader in greenlights, mischief, and most of all, in kindnesses. We've come to love Dragon as if her were our own, and he will be missed. But he had a good run, and a lovely life with you as his faithful slave. If only all kitties could have a human as devoted and kind. I know you and Dragon will meet again, as we all will be reunited with our loved ones in the next life. I wish I could teleport up there to give you a big hug.

And when the time is right, as someone else said, the White One will send some needy soul to help fill that hole in your heart. He was blessed to have you, and you him.

That which is remembered; lives.
 
2014-03-08 10:54:06 PM  
Never did get my baking done today. Too depressed to do much of anything. So I did the worst thing possible and looked at nail polish, which turned into buying nail polish. I shop and eat when I'm sad and the overwhelming sads this Caturday got me. However, I kept the polish shopping sane (great deal on the polish and have 18 bottles of colors missing from my Klean Color line collection on the way for a grand total of $21.40 - which I can make back on mTurk on Monday) and the eating, well, I made dinner and I was thinking of Dragon, so it turned into the White Dragon's Spicy Chicken Pizza. Serves one mourner. I'll have to look at how much of everything I used after my nap time so I can give you guys a rough recipe.

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I know I missed a lot of people having sads, and I'm sorry. I'm really bad at knowing what to say when someone loses a loved one, no matter what the species, so I tend to say nothing at all. I just don't know what to say because there's really nothing you CAN say. Nothing makes that hurt better except time. It never completely goes away - I know that from harsh experience, some of it rather recent - but at least you eventually quit feeling as if you can't even breathe and are trapped and alone in some horrid, slow-mo, Kafka-esque nightmare inside. It does ease up in time, even if it feels like it never will. That I know I can promise, I just can't promise when.  There are a lot of us who understand and hurt right along with you - we remember when our own pain was so incredibly fresh. It's the worst feeling in the world. I am so, so sorry for everyone who is hurting right now.

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2014-03-08 11:21:33 PM  
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I love smiley cats
 
2014-03-08 11:22:23 PM  
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2014-03-08 11:23:27 PM  
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2014-03-08 11:24:22 PM  
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2014-03-08 11:25:09 PM  
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2014-03-08 11:36:59 PM  
I was late to the Caturday party, I thought Fark was just some dumb website my husband spent too much time on. When Cretinbob told me about Caturday where crazy cat people hung out, I had to see what it was all about.
I "met" Sherpa and the others here on Caturday, then someone had a wild idea about sending Alien on a trip here to NY to take one of our cats to Texas. It just got crazier from there.
We had the chance to meet in person, Sherpa is as sweet in real life as he is on Caturday. He even went out of his way to hunt down some pizza bread for me on his way  up here, which only Jersey people would understand. We all had a blast that weekend, lots of alcohol was consumed, lots of laughter and good times. He's the type of guy who would do anything for anyone and loved Dragon more than anyone can imagine.

So I raise a glass of rum to Sherpa and Dragon.
RIP sweet Dragon, you were loved by all.
Sherpa, we love you and we're all here to hold you up through this painful time and will be here for whatever you need.
 
2014-03-08 11:44:52 PM  

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/Yes, I stayed up late just to do that


Our Lily has been 666 again!!
Actually, Lily is a very loving cat. Nothing evil about her.
But don't tell her that.
 
2014-03-08 11:48:40 PM  

tigerose: I hope this is not going to sound flip But I think, with all the losses this week, including our Venerated Dragon, we need an old fashioned Wake. At a Wake, we celebrate a person/critter's life. We tell tales that made us laugh and cry. And we honor them for the influence they have on our lives..

Please allow me to go first? I lurked for a looong time on Caturday. Pre Alien in fact. I never thought I would become part of all this wonderful family. When I de- lurked, it was Sherpa who encouraged me, and I loved the felines swanning over Dragon. I made " potato" toys for Dragon, and once in a while Eli the Bitey would send him toys that met his seal of approval. I even wrote a poem dedicated to Dragon, on his birthday, a few yrs ago. I feel priveleged to have " known" Dragon, even though I never met him.

* raises glass* here is to Dragon, and his faithful human slave. Thank you for gracing my Puurrsdays, and beyond. Rest. Bask forever in the light of our love Dragon. Be at peace dear sherpa.


Dragon was one of the first cats on Caturday that I learned to recognize on sight.  I'll miss him, too.  Just know that his wingman, Kay was waiting for him at the bridge.

I think my favorite memory of Dragon was the essay-writing contest to win his affection.  It was one of the earliest times that I saw the Caturday crew come together as more than just an extension of the old Fark "Cat Threads."  It was when we started treating each other as more than just fellow posters.  In that thread, we showed that we were well and truly friends.

For Muriel...I'll never forget the way she'd ask for food from my folks.  She'd climb up on the window screen of the front window -- the best window as far as the indoor cats were concerned.  The others (over the years, it was first Flash, and then Nero and Archie and Hemingway, and now Wimsey and Marlowe) would always sit inside that window to look at the front yard.  Muriel would climb up with all four feet in that screen like a window cling like this.

www.spirithalloween.com From my quick skimmings, I gather there are many more sad stories this weekend.  My deepest condolences to you all.  I guess when it rains, it pours.

*Raises Glass*
 
2014-03-09 12:04:54 AM  
Sherpa18-

Catastrophe, Apostrophe, Calamity, Charlie, Bear, and I are so very sad to hear about the passing of Dear Dragon.   We all know that you gave him the very best life he could possibly have, and he was well-loved by hundreds of perfect strangers.  While it is with heavy hearts that we let him go, we are thankful you have been here to share him with us all of these years.
 
2014-03-09 12:44:33 AM  
Oh Sherpa, I'm so sorry. I had hoped you would have your white boy a little longer. He knows how much you loved him.

I've been on Fark for years, lurked since 2000, signed on in 2004, but Caturday is about the only time I ever post, I got TF for that reason. I remember the early Saturday Cat threads -- all the great photos posted by Sister Hand Grenade (those were fun on dial-up!) and Bessyglass. Caturday was a Saturday morning ritual for me and my late kitty Barclay. When he got sick (FU Cancer in humans & animals), the advice and sympathy I received from all of Caturday helped me prepare to help him cross over. We have two new kitties now who we love to death, but they'll never be another cat like Barclay for me & my husband.

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My two favorite guys.
 
2014-03-09 12:56:09 AM  
sherpa18 my and my families condolences. Should you need a shoulder EIP!
 
2014-03-09 01:57:05 AM  

sherpa18: This has obviously been a very brutal Caturday for many people and my sincerest condolences go out to you all.

Unfortunately, it is with a very heavy and broken heart that I have to add to the list as I had to help my white boy over the bridge a few hours ago. As much as I did not want to let him go, I knew in my heart that it was time - and the very least I could do for my faithful friend of almost 18 years was not to make him suffer for my sake.

He was always there for me through the years since he was a kitten - through sickness, family issues, job changes, money problems, divorce and relocation - and all he ever asked for in return was a few chin scritches, a lap to purr on and his gooshy food (and of course the occasional spicy chicken wing).

I would like to believe that I saw gratitude in his eyes as I held him while he slipped away, acknowledging that I was trying to return the favor and be there and do what I believed in my heart what was best for him.

There will never be another cat as special to me as my white one was. I know you will all understand, because in a very real way, Dragon belonged as much to Caturday as he did to me.

Once again, I thank you all for the love and support you have provided to me and the late fuzzy white boy over these many years. You have enriched our lives with your humor, comments and captions, and for welcoming us into the best family we could ever hope to be a part of.

Rest in peace, my dearest friend. Daddy will always love you, and never forget you. I already miss you so much.

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Oh sweetie, I am so very sorry. Dragon was a once in a lifetime friend. (((((((HUGS)))))))
 
2014-03-09 04:56:10 AM  
OMG, Sherpa, I am so so sorry.  You do not know me but I have been around for about ten years.  He was well loved and Caturday will not be the same without him.
 
2014-03-09 05:06:51 AM  
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2014-03-09 05:54:08 AM  
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2014-03-09 06:03:24 AM  

akimbotoo: lajimi: The Princess, having an extended sleepover while Dad is recovering in the rehab hospital. She seems happy.

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Hi sweetie! How ya feeling? Better I hope!


A little stronger every day, thanks for asking. I hope to get out of here in a week or so.
 
2014-03-09 07:57:20 AM  
So much sorrow here this week.  I don't know what to say except I am so sorry for all who lost loved ones.
 
2014-03-09 08:43:51 AM  
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2014-03-09 08:44:51 AM  
Good morning, everyone! Hope everyone managed to get some much needed rest last night. Have a little wake up assist, on da house

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2014-03-09 09:15:34 AM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: Good morning, everyone! Hope everyone managed to get some much needed rest last night. Have a little wake up assist, on da house

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Good Meowning! to you too. Eli is sitting at my feet, smacking me with his tail. Too bad he can't get up and refill the coffee cup!
 
2014-03-09 09:19:33 AM  
looong time lurker (im useless at posting pics, so I just follow along) checking in to offer condolences to Sherpa.  Ive been lurking so long I feel like I know Dragon, and I admit to shedding a tear upon learning of his passing.  Saturday mornings with a cup of coffee and Caturday were an integral part of my own cancer journey (FARK YOU CANCER! - almost 2 year breast cancer survivor YAY).....

My 16 year old furball enjoys reading Caturday threads with me and Im sure he will be saddened to learn this news. And he will get extra lubs and noms....  I know I too will face the dreaded bridge with him soon enough (will be my first go around with it and Im terrified of the day)....

hugs to all
 
2014-03-09 09:30:40 AM  
Condolences to those who have had losses.  I've been there with my buddy too.   Thank you farmers for helping me through.  I never heard of the rainbow bridge until that fateful day.  I mentioned it on a caterday thread and you all made everything better.  Thank you
 
2014-03-09 09:54:04 AM  
Good Meowning all you Good Folk.
2 pix, 1 another  commercial threadjack (but it's on sale, reduced $2 from orig price! s&h still figure in) from TheAnimalRescueSite.com
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& ... as promised & threatened yesterday, hope to furrnish bit of Cheer Up...
i.imgur.come-mailed from allergic chorusmate; spouse allergic too.  17 pix, likely break in middle
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Break after 5 after all. Unsure why but am grateful to both fark & imgur for letting me stay Checked In. Am now meant to need to check in each time, & twice here on fark -- top of pg & just above comment box. Accept favours while they're offered!
 
2014-03-09 10:02:41 AM  
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Morning all! What lovely tributes to Dragon and Sherpa!!! Very kind of everyone. It made my heart smile.... :D
 
2014-03-09 10:05:04 AM  
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2014-03-09 10:10:25 AM  
Need to say FangQ to domari for verse found (tigerose needn't write 'em all!) & Errk for link to Cat Raptor Jurassic Park. Is exotic script there Thai, possibly?  Not recognised by moi, but that doesna say much.
On with Every Dog Should Own A Cat, 6-10:
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Needed crop some of these to get 'em out of e-msg. Like this one!
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Slight resemblance to Biscuit, or izzat just me?
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2014-03-09 10:14:09 AM  
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2014-03-09 10:17:36 AM  
Good Meowning all,

Sherpa, Ice Queen, and all others who are dealing with the loss of dear loved ones.  May a night's sleep and the support and love of Caturdayans help you have a better day today than was had yesterday.  And may the tomorrows continue to be better than the todays.

One thing Dragon's passing seems to have achieved: the sadnesses have delurked a few lurkers.

So, Sunday greetings to all our lurking Caturday friends.  If you want to share a story about Dragon, or even about anything Caturday-related at all that you want to dedicate to Dragon, please do so.

Like they said at my Grandma's funeral, "many hands make small work and much love."
 
2014-03-09 10:18:19 AM  
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2014-03-09 10:21:41 AM  
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2014-03-09 10:22:59 AM  
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2014-03-09 10:27:17 AM  

ProcrastinationStation: looong time lurker (im useless at posting pics, so I just follow along) checking in to offer condolences to Sherpa.  Ive been lurking so long I feel like I know Dragon, and I admit to shedding a tear upon learning of his passing.  Saturday mornings with a cup of coffee and Caturday were an integral part of my own cancer journey (FARK YOU CANCER! - almost 2 year breast cancer survivor YAY).....

My 16 year old furball enjoys reading Caturday threads with me and Im sure he will be saddened to learn this news. And he will get extra lubs and noms....  I know I too will face the dreaded bridge with him soon enough (will be my first go around with it and Im terrified of the day)....

hugs to all


Hugs right back to you. Don't dread the bridge. The Rainbow Bridge is actually Bifrost, which connects Asgard, where the gods dwell, to Midgard, where humans dwell. We know this because the lore calls Bifrost "the rainbow bridge". Bifrost is guarded by the great god Heimdall who will sound Gjallarhorn before the final battle. So imagine it - Heimdall is standing there, doing as he always does - throwing tennis balls and sticks for all the doggies that have made their way there over the years and always, always watching Midgard from his place at the end of the bridge. Suddenly, all the doggies stop playing and look across the bridge. The great god Heimdall looks up. Off in the distance, just on the other side of the bridge,a figure approaches! Heimdall raises Gjallarhorn to his lips and blows the mighty horn, the sound carrying across all of Asgard, raising the alarm.

Thor grabs his hammer, Odin his spear, Freyja readies her war chariot - all the gods and goddesses who live there stop what they're doing and prepare themselves for battle. The Einherjar leap from their feasting benches and grab their weapons, ready to march across Bifrost "600 abreast" and fight the approaching Jotun and dishonorable dead who have escaped the boundaries of Helheim. The figure draws nearer and all of Asgard is watching, ready to give it a greeting of steel and rage the likes of which have never been seen before.

But wait! There's no great army behind the figure. As it draws nearer still it seems the figure is actually quite small. Frigg narrows her eyes and stares intently at the small figure crossing the bridge, because she can see quite clearly what others can't. So far in fact, she can see things that haven't even happened yet. It takes her only one look to know who it is that approaches.

"it's a cat"

The divine assemblage relaxes and slowly makes their way back to their own halls. The day is not Ragnarok and we are safe from that doom for a bit longer yet.

Except one. Lady Freyja's cats - the two pulling her chariot - want to meet their friend and draw the Lady herself to give good greeting and offer hospitality to their newly arrived kin after his long and hard journey. She bends down and scratches behinds his ears and under his chin, picking him up and carrying him with her back to her own hall, Sessrumnir. Lady Freyja takes her seat once more and tells him "Welcome home, old friend. Will you tell us of your time in Midgard?" and all the countless cats who have gone before who now dwell with Lady Freyja sit and wait and listen. They sit like that for a long time, telling of their adventures, their victories and even their failures, but most importantly, they tell of those who they had to leave behind who gave them such love and care and who misses them so terribly. When all the stories are done, all the tales of deeds large and small have been heard, Lady Freyja smiles and says "Your human should have another companion to love them and love in return. Let's pick one for them." Then on that same day here in Midgard, another tiny soul with a heart bigger than even the moon wanders into your life with all the love and blessings of Asgard.

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2014-03-09 10:29:02 AM  

domari: lysdexic: [farm4.staticflickr.com image 500x375]

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Our Lily has been 666 again!!
Actually, Lily is a very loving cat. Nothing evil about her.
But don't tell her that.


:D Your secret's safe with me. I gotta say I love doing that. It's even more fun that the camera called it IMG_0666.

Another one I did (I think) of Dragon. I've really got to go through and tag my pictures more thoroughly.

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2014-03-09 10:42:33 AM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: ProcrastinationStation: looong time lurker (im useless at posting pics, so I just follow along) checking in to offer condolences to Sherpa.  Ive been lurking so long I feel like I know Dragon, and I admit to shedding a tear upon learning of his passing.  Saturday mornings with a cup of coffee and Caturday were an integral part of my own cancer journey (FARK YOU CANCER! - almost 2 year breast cancer survivor YAY).....

My 16 year old furball enjoys reading Caturday threads with me and Im sure he will be saddened to learn this news. And he will get extra lubs and noms....  I know I too will face the dreaded bridge with him soon enough (will be my first go around with it and Im terrified of the day)....

hugs to all

Hugs right back to you. Don't dread the bridge. The Rainbow Bridge is actually Bifrost, which connects Asgard, where the gods dwell, to Midgard, where humans dwell. We know this because the lore calls Bifrost "the rainbow bridge". Bifrost is guarded by the great god Heimdall who will sound Gjallarhorn before the final battle. So imagine it - Heimdall is standing there, doing as he always does - throwing tennis balls and sticks for all the doggies that have made their way there over the years and always, always watching Midgard from his place at the end of the bridge. Suddenly, all the doggies stop playing and look across the bridge. The great god Heimdall looks up. Off in the distance, just on the other side of the bridge,a figure approaches! Heimdall raises Gjallarhorn to his lips and blows the mighty horn, the sound carrying across all of Asgard, raising the alarm.

Thor grabs his hammer, Odin his spear, Freyja readies her war chariot - all the gods and goddesses who live there stop what they're doing and prepare themselves for battle. The Einherjar leap from their feasting benches and grab their weapons, ready to march across Bifrost "600 abreast" and fight the approaching Jotun and dishonorable dead who have escaped the boundaries of Helheim. The figure draws nearer and all of Asgard is watching, ready to give it a greeting of steel and rage the likes of which have never been seen before.

But wait! There's no great army behind the figure. As it draws nearer still it seems the figure is actually quite small. Frigg narrows her eyes and stares intently at the small figure crossing the bridge, because she can see quite clearly what others can't. So far in fact, she can see things that haven't even happened yet. It takes her only one look to know who it is that approaches.

"it's a cat"

The divine assemblage relaxes and slowly makes their way back to their own halls. The day is not Ragnarok and we are safe from that doom for a bit longer yet.

Except one. Lady Freyja's cats - the two pulling her chariot - want to meet their friend and draw the Lady herself to give good greeting and offer hospitality to their newly arrived kin after his long and hard journey. She bends down and scratches behinds his ears and under his chin, picking him up and carrying him with her back to her own hall, Sessrumnir. Lady Freyja takes her seat once more and tells him "Welcome home, old friend. Will you tell us of your time in Midgard?" and all the countless cats who have gone before who now dwell with Lady Freyja sit and wait and listen. They sit like that for a long time, telling of their adventures, their victories and even their failures, but most importantly, they tell of those who they had to leave behind who gave them such love and care and who misses them so terribly. When all the stories are done, all the tales of deeds large and small have been heard, Lady Freyja smiles and says "Your human should have another companion to love them and love in return. Let's pick one for them." Then on that same day here in Midgard, another tiny soul with a heart bigger than even the moon wanders into your life with all the love and blessings of Asgard.


That's beautiful. Seems as though tigerose isn't the only one of us with a way with words.


/really have to dust in here
 
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