Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Update and Memories

Dear Friends,

It seems I have had a habit of posting on the 3rd of a month!    Though not very frequently, lately.  I am pretty sure this will be my last ever post.    I am 16 1/2 now and my health has been declining.   I have had hypothyroidism for quite a while now, and though that has been under good control, some other things have been happening.    I have had a few seizures, and now my legs, especially my back legs, don't want to listen very well to the signals they are getting from my brain.    Wanna keep this light, so I will tell you that I look pretty funny when I walk.   I still purr and give Mom a few whisker tickles, but on the whole my life has become pretty limited.  I eat quite well but I have still lost a lot of weight.   (Mom has always used the nickname "Bony" for me, even when I was NOT bony, but now the nickname suits me well. )  My litter box and food and water dishes have been moved into the family room so I don't have to go far.    I only go out on the deck if Mom carries me.

A recent picture of me:Yes I can still occasionally do crossed pawsies!




And a closeup of my toe tufties!   Mom will miss those tufties.  





It has been a GOOD life.    I couldn't have asked for parents to love me any more than mine have.    I have had many long and wonderful years enjoying my deck, watching chippies and birdies down below, feeling the breezes, listening to chirps and faraway woofies barking.   I have even been buzzed by a hummingbird!In my early years I even got quite frequent chances to go in the real grass and bushes, and sniff all the smells down there.   Rusty was my first pal here, and then after he flew away, I was on my own for a while until Audrey came to live with us.    Now since Audrey had to fly away too, I have been king of the whole house, MY house, with MY servants.    Dad is not going to have much to do anymore, without his trips to Petsmart to get only my favorites, and his twice daily attention to the litterbox.

So we would all appreciate some purrs as Mom and Dad make the decision to help me to the Rainbow Bridge where I can run and play with all my old pals there, and the kitties from this family who have gone before me.   It will probably be in a few days' time.    Like a good son, I will await my parents' eventual arrival and then we will cross the bridge, all together.

Sending you all my best nosekissies and gentle paw pats!

Love,
Simba

 

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  1. Simba, we know that there comes a time--we've all seen it. It never gets easier, though. We have enjoyed your friendship over the years and will look for your star in the sky. Rusty and Audrey will enjoy your company again, as will those who wait. We love you. Travel in peace, dear friend, and purrs to your mom and dad.

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    1. Thank you so very much. William was one of my very first friends, along with many sibs. Thank you for your friendship.

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  2. Simba, this makes us very sad, with leaky eyes. We know this transition is a natural part of life, but that doesn't make it easier. We're sending you all our love and prayers and purrs, and wishing you a gentle and peaceful journey. Blessings to you and your mom and dad. ❤️

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    1. Mom's eyes are leaking too, reading your kind words. Lots of love to all three of you, Kim, Nikki and Derry. Be good boys!

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  3. I'm glad you checked in, Simba, but so sad you won't be with us much longer. :-( I can tell your humans are doing everything to make you as comfortable as possible. I know your humans will made the right decision for you when the time comes. Purrs to them.

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    2. Thank you so much Summer. Sparkle was one of my first friends, and she and you are special to us because of our connection to Abbysinians and Somalis from Mom and Dad's second cat, Kimi. Love to you and Mom and Boodie and Binga.

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  4. We're so sorry to hear this. We're sending you and your family purrs and prayers.

    The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

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  5. Simba, we're glad to see you again but sorry to hear you'll have to leave us soon. We will miss you very much. Our mommy has leaky eyes and sends hugs to your mom and dad. We send you lots of love and purrs.

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    1. Mommy has leaky eyes and will try to go back to reading favrite kitty blogs. She will visit you guys again soon. Mwah!

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  6. WE are so sorry to hear this Simba. We sure send tons of purrs and good thoughts to you and your family. We will miss you very much.

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    1. Thank you so much. Your big lovely family of animals and your care for kitties who need homes have been an inspiration to me and my folks. I will be saying hello to some of them at the bridge. Loving scritches to all.

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  7. Purrs to you Simba. We are so sorry to hear. Our hugs to your family-

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    1. It was Cheysuli who got me to start my blog! Up till then I had had a profile to comment but no blog of my own. Loving nosekisses, dear friends. I will greet Chey with excitement.

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  8. We are happy you checked in to give us an update, but are sad it's almost time for you to cross the bridge. We've enjoyed your antics through the years. We're sending purrs for you and comforting thoughts for your parents as they make this difficult decision.

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    1. Thank you sweet kitties and Paula. I know I will get to play with sweet Praline and I will give her your love. Be well.

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  9. It is never easy, but we wish you an easy journey and purrs to your humans

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    1. Thank you so much. The cat blogging world is a wonderful support system to us pets and parents when these times of loss and grieving come.

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  10. We are so sorry to hear you aren't doing well, Simba. We send you and your humans many purrs. We know they will do what's best for you. We will miss you. ♥

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    1. Dear Island Cats, you are also very long standing friends of mine. Mom has missed reading so many blogs and she will try to get around again soon. Sending you loving headbonks.

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  11. I’m so sorry to hear this, gentle journey to you and blessings to your mom and dad

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    1. Thank you SO much, Holly. Pawpats to you.

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  12. Oh Simba, we were so very sad to read your post. You have been such a good friend to us for many years and it breaks our hearts each and every time there is a departure for the Bridge. We send comforting purrs, gentle woofs and soft neighs to you and to your parents who have loved you so well and will always keep you in their hearts. And as you wait at the Bridge, Dear Friend, please give our love to Ikkyu, Sen-Chan, Yuu-Chan, Sei-Chan and Trav.

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    1. We started being friends when you had only lost Ikkyu. I remember Tama's kittens, they were SO beautiful. We have a special spot in our. hearts for Abbys. I am looking forward to greeting so many old friends when I arrive. We will all RUN and PLAY so freely.

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  13. We’re sorry to hear that you’re not doing well. We’re sending lots of purrs and hugs to you all.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lily. Headbonks to you.

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  14. Oh Simba, we sure have been pals for a long, long time and I sure do love you and send you purrs and prayers for a peaceful crossing when the time comes. You're a special dude and you always will be. Hugs and love to you and to your very special Mom and Dad.

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    1. Brian, dear Buddy, we have had a good "run" together. Please tell you humans how much I admire them. Purrs to everyone there, even your new siblings.

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  16. Simba, our hearts are breaking for your family. Comforting purrs and paws of sympathy. -Alasandra the Cats and Dogs

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    1. Thanking you for your very kind words. Purrs back (I still have a few of those).

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  17. We're so glad you checked in with us, Simba, and we do understand, although our hearts hurt for your humans.

    We send them all our love and many comforting purrs as they make this difficult decision.

    Sending you many gentle headbonks, too.....

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    1. Guys, Mom has promised to keep up with your blog. We love your funnyness, and your pictures and your parents' sciency things and daredevilry flying. I will greet you one day.

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  18. Oh Simba. We are sad that you aren't feeling well. Getting old has a lot of disadvantages. We are sending tons of purrs, hugs and head butts from all of us at Forty Paws.

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    1. Thank you so very much. Your family knows well what this scenario is like, the sadness of pets going. , for the parents. Thank you for all you do for kitties.

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  19. We're seeing moe and more kitties who started the blogging journey with us years ago and who we got to know and love. You were one of them and your floofy orangeness we well remember! You see, I'm putting off saying what's so painful right now, but we know there are things we all must face and that time is near for your pawrents and for you. Please know we'll be sending along nosekisses and scritches to help comfort you along the way and a some extra for all our friends who are already awaiting your arrival at the Bridge. Peace ~ Tom, (now Chopin), Angels Tinker, Anastasia; Vinnie; the little sisfur Bridget and mom Julie xx

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    1. Thank you very much. I am feeling the comfort of many at this time. It will be okay, I think. I will give greetings for you to all your angels.

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  20. We know you will be okay, Simba, but your humans will have a tough time missing you. We have enjoyed your blog for a number of years now, even though we've gotten so far behind in visiting, and we will miss you too. Warm hugs to your mom!

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    1. Yes, I think it will be okay for me. I am very tired and weak. Time for going soon. Mom says she will try to get back to visiting blogs after I go. Purrs.

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  21. The humans are always so sad when we have to leave them. We are all sending them purrs. Wishing you a peaceful crossing.

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    1. You are very kind. Yes, for all the leaky eyes Mom is having reading these comments, I know she is going to be a hot mess for a while. But glad for me too. Headnbonks to you.

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  22. Oh Simba. Many purrs. We loved your blog way back and thank you for sharing this difficult news. You and your humans know it is time and we wish you peace and godspeed as you cross the bridge. We will look for you in the northern lights, and we think our Stran and Punapippuri will greet you - a fellow magnificent ginger - when you are there. We send purrs to you all and are grateful for you sharing your life with us on the blog. The world is a richer place for this.

    The Catio Tales gang - formerly of Pikhu Punapippuri

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    1. Oh, I so love the idea of being in the Northern Lights! Yes! Oh, for sure I will greet Stran and Punapippiri. Mom is so sorry she did not even know about them. . Mom will do her best to come back and visit and keep up to date better with your family.

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  23. I am sorry to hear that your time is nearing, but I know your mum and dad will know when they must help you to your next life. It is the hardest but kindest decision to make. You will meet so many old friends again including Eric and Flynn. My eyes leak as I write this but I know it is inevitable for all of us. My love to you, and to your family. I pray your passing is a gentle one and I know it will be accompanied by so much love.

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    1. Thank you for your kind kind words. Eric and Flynn and I will definitely play and hang out together. Mommy thinks of you having lost both your dear boys and feels a real kinship. Purrs to you both.

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  24. Simba, fellow Ornj dude, mi Amigo. paw pumps and head bunks to you and leg wraps to mum. we love you and will miss you terribly. xoxo

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    1. Oh, dear Orinj boy Ollie, we DO have a secret connection, don't we. Mom will try to come back to visiting. She sees you have fosters now! How do you like that? (I bet Mom enjoys it lots!). Keep spreading extra Orinj joy around for us both. I will bring greetings to dear Stella. Headbonks.

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  25. Simba, you are such a sweet and handsome boy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. XO

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    1. Sending loves to all of you. I still have my catnip teabags you crocheted for me! Mom thanks you too.

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  26. Simba, we are very sorry and send hugs and loves not only to you but your mom and dad as well. The greatest gifts our peoples give us are love and compassion; we understand how difficult your mom and dad's decision is. May Saint Francis be by your side every step of the way so you're not alone; or feel afraid, and know that your friends and family here will be with you and your friends and family in heaven wait for you.
    Godspeed❤️❤️
    daisy, tuna, dude, sauce and boomer~~~~

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    1. Dear Daisy, Tuna, Dude, Sauce and Boomer,
      Thank you for your kindest words, and for telling me St Francis will be with me. I am still hanging in there some, and Mom and Dad are waiting a little. Nosekissies to you all.

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  27. So very sorry to hear that you will be crossing over soon. It’s very hard on the humans even though they know that some day we have to leave. Nice to know you had a wonderful life and we wish you well on your next journey. Purrs and kisses to you and your family from Mr. Jack and the Chirpies ❤️❤️

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    1. Dear Chirpies and Mrt Jack,
      I am sorry only to be meeting you now. Thank you for your very kind words.

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  28. Simba our hearts are just breaking reading this. We have always loved you and your handsome self, you are such a brave kitty. I know all too well how hard that decision is to make, but your parents are going to do what is best for you. Please send them love and I want to thank you for all of the smiles you have given Cody and I through the years. Sending much love to you and your humans xoxoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

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    1. Dear Caren and Cody,
      You are so kind and I have enjoyed our friendship. Sorry Mom got so lazy about my blog and visiting. Purrs to you both.

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  29. Simba, Mommy said her heart has broken. She has thought of you so much and had you right there in her heart. a long time. That is where you will always stay. I love you precious boy. Admiral will have planned a lot of adventures for you both. Just the way you used to do. with Treasure and Spitty. Love you. You and your parents.

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    1. My bestest friends Katie and Mommy,
      It is hard to think of leaving this Earthly life. We have had funs togevver, and I have enjoted our tunnel visits. It is amazing how much time has passed, in fact. Remember beforre James and my three nieces and nephew were came on the scene. And my Mommy and Dad having the NERVE to visit you and your Mommy without me? Well, I guess I wouldn't have liked the plane trip much, especially SECURITY! I know you will continue to have the bestest loves for your Mom and brovvers and Jamesie. One day in the future we will see each other for reals.
      All my very most loving nosekissies.

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  30. Hi Simba, it is with broken heart too that just now meeting you that you may not be here fury long. You are very precious to you Mommy and I pray you will have more time with her before you go home... Love and Purrz from the Katie Katz.

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    1. Rgabk you so much for coming over and for your kind words. I will take your new friendship along with me. Be well and happy.

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  31. Sending you oodles of love from all our felines!
    Paws from Barty (14) Tiggy-Tiger (11), Spunky (11), Spooky (11) and Bandido (11) - 4 siblings and Sacha their sister went to cat-heaven... and also our baby Speckie (8).
    Be strong and all know that it is a blessing for having known true family love and we all keep the photos and videos as a living memory, next to a warm spot inside our heart.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

    PS on my blog you can look for (Our Felines) as label or in the search box top right...

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    1. I am so pleased to make your acquaintance. So really good of you to come over and I will definitely look for Sacha and Speckle. Thank you also for reminding Mom of the photos and videos that she will always have of me, mostly from my younger days. There is a great video of me in the fall leaves one day!!
      Pawpats to you all.

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  32. Simba, what a beautiful post about your amazingly wonderful and well-loved life. I'm so sorry. I know your mom and dad are very sad. Much love to you.

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    1. Annie, I am sorry not to have been by in a long time. The silly thing is that once Mom retired, you would think she had more time for visiting and blogging, but she ends up doing it less! Silly woman but I do love her. Thanks for you kindness.

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  33. OH Simba my heart is heavy with the sadness to know you've come to the pathway to the RB. Your Mom and Dad love you so very much, and I know how very hard all of this is. We have known you for so long, so long and for that we are grateful. I know so many will be there welcoming you to the RB including but certainly not limited to, my dearly beloved Abby. Thinking of all of you and keeping you in my prayers.

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    1. Your Abby was so loved. I will bring some extra purrs to her from you. I know she always watches over you and will teach me how to do that for my parents.. Much love to you all.

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  34. I'm very sorry to read this, Simba. It's always sorrowful when a living being must go, even if they go to an infinitely finer place. They leave too much and too many behind. But you won't leave love behind, Simba. That will go wherever you are; it is a part of you, as it is of your family. God bless you, Simba.

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    1. God bless you and your kitties too, John. Mommy sees your comments on Katie Isabella's blog, which is one of the few she ever looks at. You are so kind and I will try to remember about the love being with me forever.

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  35. I came over from Katie's blog. I am so sorry and tears are rolling down my face as I type this. I know what your Momma is going through and am sending her and the rest of your family love and blessings. We have a family kitty that will soon have to cross the Rainbow Bridge, too. Gentle hugs-Diana

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    1. Thank you so much, Diana. Mom and I are so sorry you also are going to have to go through this parting with your family kitty. Yes, it is how life goes, nobody lives forever, but we try to push off the inevitable. Pawhugs and nosekisses.

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  36. We are sad that you are not feeling well, but we understand that this is part of the life cycle.
    We know you have had a fabulous life and that your folks love you.
    Purrs you can enjoy your time left and will cross the Bridge peacefully.
    Big purrs to you and comforting ones to your folks.

    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

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    1. Thank you so much. You are such beautiful kitties. JJ looks a little like me! I will look for Mickey and Treasure and Tiger and give them your love. Mom says you live in a good country of Canada, with much less crazy stuff happening than in MY country. Purrs to you all.

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  37. Simba, I am sorry that I did not get to meet you and your family sooner ! (I came over after reading William of Mass Destruction's blog), I am sending purrayers and POTP for you and your folks, and know you eill be joining many many furiends over the Bridge. You will never be forgotten, and I'm sure you will still be keeping an eye on your folks. Fly free, sweet Orange Man !

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    1. Thank you very much. William and Eddie were among my very first friends. You kind words are a help to me and to Mom. Yes, I must learn that business of keeping an eye on them from afar! Right now we are dragging out our farewell and when I am awake, I keep tabs on Mom from up close. Pawpatties!

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  38. so sorry to hear the news--it is such a difficult decision that I would not wish on anyone. Clearly a well loved kitty. We send our purrs!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts. I love the name of your blog. I used to be quite the master of hairballs! Pawpats!

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  39. Simba, we are so glad to hear from you again, but sorry it's because you had to share this sad news. We will never, ever forget you, dear pal. We are sending love and purrs and prayers for you, and Mom and Dad, as we know this is so very hard for them.

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    1. We all apppreciate your kindness and your friendship. Mom is going to try to visit your blog more in the future. Nosekisses to you all.

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  40. Simba, my mommy remembers you fondly from the days she used to follow Skeezix. I’m sure he is waiting for you over the bridge as are many other of your old pals. You will be missed. Patzy

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    1. Ah, yes, good old Skeezy. Those were the fun old days. I will look forward to seeing him again. Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. Purrs.

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  41. Dear simba. I am glad a mutual friend told me to Check your blog. I am sorry to hear you have not been feeling well. I hope you have an easy trip across the bridge. Please give princess treasure and Quartermaster scruffy a kiss from me. Neora warmlapp

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    1. Thank you so much for your kindness. I remember our fun adventures in the Realm with dear Princess Treasure and the Admiral. I will most certainly give your dear ones a kiss from you. We can play some fun games again! Nose kisses to you.

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  42. Oh Simba, you are just the very goodest of good boys and even though my Human hasn't helped me blog or visit too much in recent times, we have always loved you lots. Of course we are sad to hear your time is nearing, but we also are glad for your long and happy life with your People who have showered you with love and who now have only your well-being at heart, even though they will be very sad for a time. I am an older boy now, too, and know that soon enough I will join you and all our many friends who have gone before us. Love you and your People too. XOXOXO Spitty & the Human

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    1. Spitty my man, Mom regrets that she has been such a useless blogger for so long now. She says she will try harder after I am gone. It will help her with her memories of me to see my friends and their own antics. I am tired and weak and struggling now, so really, the time has come. Be a good boy, my friend. Don't give your human too much grief, ok? Purrs and pawpats.

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  43. You have made us all laugh and cheer and follow along with your life on your blog. We are appreciative that you shared it all with us.
    Our prayers go up for your family, who love you so, in their time of grief.
    Until you meet again.
    God's speed, dear boy.

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  44. Thank you so much, dear friends. We go way back to early blogging days. I will try to stop by your blog again. Simba will fidn Squashies, I am sure.

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  45. We just heard that you are on your way Over the Rainbow Bridge Simba. Watch over us all and we shall meet again. Say hello to our family Angels dear friend. We will support your family with purrs and prayers at this sad time.
    Timmy, Dad Pete and Family

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    1. Thank you very much. We humans are sad, but the help and support of friends has been so encouraging.

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