to wait for her best friend Sandy at the Rainbow Bridge on January 7,
2002. She was 16 years old.
Buddy was the most beautiful calico cat. Her markings were just fantastic.
She was very small (only about 6 pounds) and loved to be cuddled. If two
people were sitting next to each other, she would stretch out so that she
was laying on one and touching the other with her front paws. She was very
personable and would be right there any time people were around.
Buddy loved to be outside, no - inside, no - outside, no - inside........
She even did some outside all nighters in her younger years. When she was
ready to come in (was it always 3AM) she would knock on the door. It is
amazing how such a small cat can knock so loud. She would start by
knocking with just one paw, but if you didn't hear her she would begin to
knock with two.
Buddy also loved to have her tennis ball and a dog rawhide chew available
to roll on. It must really have hit just the spot that needed to be
scratched. When she lived with Snickers (the dog) she would often be seen
grooming Snickers. She also loved to try to catch shoe laces as you were
trying to tie your shoes and was very adept at catching them.
Buddy was the most affectionate cat. She didn't like to be picked up and
held, but just sit down and she was in your lap, ready to be petted and
loved. She also loved to sleep on the bed and would try to sneak up onto
the pillow but did finally settle down on my feet for the night.
I need to tell everyone that Buddy could talk. She did not really like to
ride in the car and when you took her anywhere in the car she would
immediately say "leeee meeee oooooowt of here". I have had a
couple of people hear her so it is not my imagination. I remember one
other time that she talked to me but I cannot remember her words.
She developed kidney failure that did not respond to treatment. She was a
wonderful friend and loving companion and will be greatly missed.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow
Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to
someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and
hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play
together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our
friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and
vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong
again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone
by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left
behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one
suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are
intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the
group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally
meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted
again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress
the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of
your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....