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Thu Mar 14, 2013, 03:14 PM

Our 17 year old kitty Simba joined his beloved brother, Mouse today

at the Rainbow Bridge.

They weren't really brothers, but born to two separate litters in the same home.
I answered an ad for 'free kittens' in early December 1995 in Lincoln, NE.
When I got to the house, a little old lady opened the door and invited me in.
There were cats everywhere! Resting on a chair was the biggest cat I'd ever
seen--must have been more than 20 pounds--and probably the father of
both Mouse and Simba. The litters had been born 5 days apart, but the
little old cat lady had paired the two kitties up because they seemed to like each other.

I took them both home. Tanya, the dog we'd adopted from the pound about 6 months earlier,
accepted them both. Mouse adored Tanya and would always come lie down next to her.
We often wondered if he thought Tanya was his mother as she was black and he was
a black/gray tabby.

They did the job for which they'd been hired--the 'mice' we'd been hearing soon moved
out of our house.

When we moved to Chapel Hill in 2000 all the pets came with us. Tanya rode in hubby's car;
Mouse and Simba each had a carrier and rode together in the back seat of my car.

We used to put them outside at night. Simba got so that he really didn't want to go out;
he would hide under the baby grand piano. Often I had to crawl under it to get him so
he could go outside.

Being outside is probably what saved both kitties the night our house burned down
in 2007. There was no time to look for kitties that might have been hiding. Tanya
came out of the house with us. The day after the fire, I came over to the house,
calling for both of them. Simba peeked his head out of an opening a firefighter
had chopped where there had been a window in order to gain access on the lower level.
No Mouse. The next day I came over several times, calling for Mouse. He finally came
out from underneath an elevated walkway--where he'd been hiding--and let me pick him
up. He was really scared...and so happy to see Simba!

After Mouse died in 2009, Simba would go around to all the hiding places that Mouse
had made for himself in our new house. He was clearly missing Mousie and looking for him. One time,
when hubby and I were talking about Mouse, Simba came over to my chair, looked
up at me, as though he were understanding every word we were saying. Both my
husband and I were convinced that Simba knew we were talking about Mouse--
and wanted to join the conversation. It was a really eerie moment.

So, now the kitty boys are together again. RIP Simba and Mouse.

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Reply Our 17 year old kitty Simba joined his beloved brother, Mouse today (Original post)
mnhtnbb Mar 2013 OP
onehandle Mar 2013 #1
MiddleFingerMom Mar 2013 #2
raccoon Mar 2013 #3
CurtEastPoint Mar 2013 #4
GreenPartyVoter Mar 2013 #5
In_The_Wind Mar 2013 #6
libodem Mar 2013 #7
kurtzapril4 Mar 2013 #8
mnhtnbb Mar 2013 #10
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GoneOffShore Mar 2013 #11
LeftofObama Mar 2013 #12
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Phentex Mar 2013 #19
union_maid Mar 2013 #20
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mnhtnbb Mar 2013 #22

Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 03:17 PM

1. Peace, kitties. nt

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 03:21 PM

2. Beautiful cats. Beautiful story. I wish you peace and healing from your loss.

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It's never easy. Sometimes it's harder than others.
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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 03:36 PM

3. What lovely cats. :hug: nt

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 03:40 PM

4. Precious, precious babies. They are blessed and you are as well.

Peace to all.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 04:21 PM

5. I'm so sorry. I hadn't realized it's been so long since Mouse passed. It seems like it wasn't

so long ago I was giving you hugs for him too.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 04:26 PM

6. The kitty boys were handsome looking cats.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 04:51 PM

7. Sorry for your loss

Handsome kitty boys.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 05:19 PM

8. Sorry for your loss.

I know how hard it is to lose them. They're together now, and I bet that was some reunion!

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Response to kurtzapril4 (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 05:43 PM

10. I hope so! They were such buddies in life.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 05:42 PM

9. .

 

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 05:50 PM

11. Lovely, lovely boys.

Sorry to hear that they are gone.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 06:08 PM

12. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Peace to you and to them.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 07:21 PM

13. I am sorry.

I know it is a comfort to know that the buddies have reunited in their next life. I also know how much it hurts to lose your kitty. It sucks.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 07:49 PM

14. So sorry for your loss.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 07:52 PM

15. Fine, handsome tabbykits.

I know it hurts so bad.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 11:47 PM

16. So sorry.

 

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 02:42 AM

17. i am sorry for the loss of your friend

those are some handsome boys

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 03:43 AM

18. sorry

 

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 07:04 AM

19. What an adorable picture....

Fit together so perfectly. I am sorry for your loss. I know how much it hurts!

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 09:20 AM

20. I'm sorry

It sounds like you gave those boys a very good life and that's the great thing. They were both beautiful and what a lovely pair they made, too.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 09:35 AM

21. They were beautiful cats.

I am very sorry, mnhtnbb. I know your memories will buoy you in the days to come as you cope with your loss.

And I'm sure that my Harry and Richard, long at the Bridge, will greet them and help them to get settled.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 01:00 PM

22. Thank you so much, everyone, for the kind comments.

We're still feeling very sad at our house today.

I have made plans for where I'm going to locate a garden memorial
for the three of them--Tanya, Mouse, and Simba--and the final
resting place for their ashes. It will be in the yard where it can
be seen from the house and visible from a window where Simba
spent a lot of time looking outside in his last weeks.

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