Saturday, August 29, 2009

goodbye bodie... we love you!

bodie cat... oh sweet bodie cat!

we never knew bodie as a kitten, she was our neighbour's cat when we lived in kelmarna avenue in 2003. smart as, she soon discovered a quiet refuge on our deck, away from the tail pulling of two boistrous wee boys. 'home' for tea, gradually changed to a sly 'move in', reluctant to start feeding her, we broke the rule one day when we were offered a cat bikkie freebie at the supermarket... why not we thought... it won't hurt... we started calling her rental, we didn't even know her real name, in our minds we were not doing anything wrong, we were merely renting the neighbour's cat...

two years passed and then we had to move, our landlord was selling, it was a crisis! how were we going to leave rental behind. faced with only one option, cat thieves we are not, we came clean to the neighbours, we fessed all. they laughed, they knew, they told us her name... bodicea. we thought she was a kitten, she was a lot older, they explained that she was actually kate's brothers cat, they would ring him and see if he was happy that bodicea changed homes. it was a week of anxious 'is she, isnt she', nightly conversations on the topic of catnapping, the wait finally ended, the night before we moved we got the news, the rental days were over, bodicea was to become bodi... our bodie cat.

turns out, if there was one thing bodie hated, it was change. move a chair, move a cushion, get a new piece of furniture... she hated it. oh the change she endured. the initial move to hamilton road, then on to westmere road and then to her final resting place, our own home two and a half years ago... tolerated. then, a few months later, the ultimate test of change... doyle's arrival on a sunny saturday afternoon (we had only gone out to get cat food!)... patiently tolerated.

doyle has grown up with bodie, she's been his companion, his nemisis, his teacher. we named doyle because of bodi, she was the inspiration. we altered the spelling from bodi to bodie, they were the professionals, despite their differences they made a great team.

our last photo of bodie on wednesday evening...

1pm, 27th august 2009, bodie past away in craig's arms, at home, with doyle, unassisted, it was peaceful. bodie is still with us at home, at rest under a lisbon lemon tree... she will always be with us. we miss you bodie... you changed our lives for the better, no tolerance required!

the last goodbye...

bodie was bright.
bodie was beautiful.
bodie was brave.
bodie was the best.

we loved you bodie cat, you were a great friend!


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

And she knew it!

Always and furever!

PeeEssWoo: Mom's eyes are leaky - I've pawed this fur the both of us...

Mack and Sally Ann said...

I'm sure sorry about Bodie. I lost my big sissy four years ago. She was very sick, so it was the only way Mommy could help her.

Checkers said...

I'm sure she felt your love on her way to the bridge -

Big licks from me and hugs from mom

Teddy said...

Bodie was such a beauty. It sounds like she chose to be a part of your family. I bet Doyle is missing her too.

What a wonderful idea to bury her beneath a tree. You can think of her as you watch it grow.


ScrapsofMe said... sweet and sad at the same time. Hugs to everyone.

chicamom85 said...

I am sorry but I know Bodie is running free now and you gave her such a good life.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Darroch Cottage said...

Bodie will be running around with wee FreakyBoo and Binky now. My two fur babies who wandered over the Rainbow Bridge. Binky on my birthday of all days.
Bet she's having a lovely time.

Thinking of you all and more big hugs.
It's never easy, but, of course, it's not meant to be.
lots of love

Poopsie aka Blue said...

What a truly lovely & touching tribute to Bodie.
I'm sure she's purring away in pleasure that she's staying in the garden with her very own lemon tree.

Hugs to you all

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a beautiful tribute to your good friend, Doyle. Our hears are breaking for you and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

That was such a nice story. It is good that you have planted a nice tree to keep help keep her in your hearts. I hope Doyle will be OK without a leader.


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Joe Stains said...

Uh Oh Mom's eyes are leaky, what a wonderful tribute.

Sistertex said...

Oh....and I have been out of town and did not know until I checked up on you today. I am so sad, tears in my eyes as I read your post. So very, very sorry for your loss. As we just went through this with two of our 20 year old kitties and a 13 year old Greyhound just less than two months ago, I know very well how it hurts to lose a love family member.

The greatest gift of love is knowing when to let them go. Hugs to you all. :( She runs among swift footed among the stars and sleeps upon the clouds. Until you meet again at the Rainbow Bridge.

Asta said...

So beautiful
so sad
so loving

Bodie cat I will miss you too..I will see you someday ovew the wainbow
sad smoochie kisses

Woodrow, Luna, MJ Campanella said...

we are so sorry for your loss

Thanx again for all the support for Woodrow - hopefully the power of the paw will prevail - We are going to try and catch up on our bloggies today - but please be patient

Woodrow - Sweetie - MJ