Buddy went to wait for her best friend Sandy at the Rainbow Bridge on January 7, 2002. She was 16 years old.

Buddy 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.

Rainbow Bridge

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 faster.

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 heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... 

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