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Goodbye, Napoleon


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Pole, I am so sorry that your last hour on earth was so horrific and painful. You were always a fighter, and I know that if the fight had been fair, you would have won.

 

I wasn't expecting you to come into my life. When that ex-boyfriend of mine tricked me into visiting the house where you were living, I was mad at first. When I saw you being carried around in the mouth of a 150 lb. Akita I knew that you were a special cat. After I heard the story of your feral upbringing, and the 6 homes that had rejected you for being "too wild," there was no way I could have left you there with the Akita. Even after you moved in, we existed in an uneasy truce for a couple of years before you decided I was OK, and you became my cat.

 

You rode almost 1000 miles in a UHaul with me when I moved from FL to PA. When you escaped at a gas station in NC during that move, I thought I would have to stay there. I was so happy that after an hour you sauntered back over to the truck and jumped in, looking at me as if you were saying "OK, I have had that adventure, what is next?"

 

You made friends with all of my neighbors in all four of the places we lived in in Pittsburgh. My landlady "borrowed" you for a week to hunt mice in one of her other properties, and you came home fat and sassy and full of yourself for being such a good hunter.

 

Sometimes you got into stinky situations, but you NEVER once let me give you a bath. You helped me learn that love doesn't always come in pretty packages, but that I should be grateful anyway. You also taught me that we should all be true to our natures, even if others disapprove.

 

You loved to sleep in Penny's bed, and sometimes even kicked her out of it, even though she weighed 60 pounds more than you.

 

You had sass and attitude. You were my Punk Rock cat. I will miss finding your orange and white hairs all over my black clothes, and your stinky cat-food breath on my face in the morning.

 

I hope you will be Miss Kitty's bodyguard at the Bridge the way you were here on earth, and I hope you will be mine as well when that time comes. I miss you, you little terror.

 

You were a true friend, and a special companion.

Melissa, Penelope (LC's Wild Rose)

Missing sweet Bell (EMK Bolivar Bell). I'll never forget you.

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man."

- Mark Twain

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Godspeed Napoleon. :(f_yellow

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So sorry about your loss. Our sympathy...He sounds like he was a fun and wonderful cat...

ATASCOSITA DIAZ - MY WONDER DOG!
Missing our Raisin: 9/9/94 - 7/20/08, our Super Bea: 2003 - 12/16/09, our Howie: 9/17/97 - 4/9/11, our Bull: 8/7/00 - 1/17/13, our Wyatt Earp: 11/22/06 - 12/16/15, and our Cyclone 8/26/05 - 9/12/16

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I'm so very sorry for your loss. :grouphugf_yellow

...............Chase (FTH Smooth Talker), Morgan (Cata), Reggie (Gable Caney), Rufus
(Reward RJ). Fosters check in, but they don't check out.
Forever loved -- Cosmo (System Br Mynoel), March 11, 2002 - October 8, 2009.
Miss Cosmo was a lady. And a lady always knows when to leave.

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That was so wonderful to read. I got tears.

Sounds like you had a very special kitty!

So sorry for your loss.

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Kari and the pups.
Run free sweet Hana 9/21/08-9/12/10. Missing Sparks with every breath.
Passion 10/16/02-5/25/17

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Some of you know that I am a poet. I wrote this poem about Napoleon about three months ago-- it seems kind of negative, but in truth it is a kind of celebration of his wildness and unpredictableness. Animals teach us that we have to understand and occasionally embrace chaos, and DoG knows that Pole was a very effective teacher of this lesson.

 

On Dreaming that My Cat Is the Devil

 

Not surprising, really, considering those huge

paws or the backwards bend of your haunches,

or the translucent crescents of your claws,

 

or how I awoke with your sour, meat-

tainted breath on my face, and the weight

of you like a sickness upon my chest.

 

Then your orange hair, only a shade lighter

than my own, and the pornographic pink

of the pads on the bottom of your feet.

 

Mostly, though, I think it is how you purr

on my lap for hours and allow me to love

you, then turn, teeth bared, and make

the blood on my hand no kind of warning.

Melissa, Penelope (LC's Wild Rose)

Missing sweet Bell (EMK Bolivar Bell). I'll never forget you.

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man."

- Mark Twain

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Guest maryinmadison

sass and attitude - sounds like my kind of cat. Run free Pole. Keep those mice in line and have a wonderful time sunning at the bridge - sorry to hear of your loss :weep

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Guest MaximusMom

What a wonderul tribute to a what must have been a very special cat! :f_white I'm sorry to hear of your loss; may my Ditto-Bug and MY5Greys' Pharow show Pole all the great adventures awaiting her at the bridge! :grouphug:sad1:hope

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