11.21.2011

RIP Mister Kitty

My name is Mister Kitty.
I went to Heaven last night.

I'm not here to share the story of my death.
I'm here to share the story of my life...

In my few short months here on Earth, I was so proud to be the Lucky Dog Rescue kitty. I was the only kitty there, which made me the luckiest kitty in the whole wide world.  

But early on... I didn't feel so "lucky."

When I was just a tiny baby kitten, I was dumped on the Lucky Dog property by some not-so-nice people. They threw me out of their car and drove away real fast... without me. It was the meanest thing that's ever happened to me, and I was just so scared to be alone in the dark.

After that happened, I knew I couldn't trust people much... so I hid out in the bushes, hoping that no one would find me...

But even though I tried to pick the very best hiding spot, it didn't take long for someone to find me. Her name was Miss Ashley. The day after I was dumped, she was walking this big ole dog right past me, when she spotted me hiding there in the bushes. She stopped, smiled, and said, "Well hello there, Mister Kitty."

But I wouldn't dare come out for her. No way! I was just too scared. So... I felt pretty relieved when Miss Ashley walked away from me. But then, a couple of minutes later, she came right back, with 2 bowls: one food, one water.

Each day, Miss Ashley would come back to my secret hiding spot, with more food and more water. She'd never force me to come out of the bushes, but I could tell that she really wanted me to.

Even though she was so nice to me, I still didn't trust her. But if I'm being honest... I felt some comfort in the words she'd always say: "Maybe you don't like me, Mister Kitty, but I sure do love you. Maybe one day you'll love me, too."

I guess now would be a good time to tell you... that I'm actually A GIRL KITTY... NOT a Mister Kitty. But since I'd never come out of those bushes to let Miss Ashley get a good look at me... it took her a while to realize that I was really a girl. But either way, I kinda liked that name: Mister Kitty. I'm a tough little kitty... so the name felt right, and it stuck. 

Over time, I got a little more brave, and I started to follow Miss Ashley around the property. I didn't know why... but I really wanted to love her as much as she loved me. She never forced herself on me, and I think that's why I liked her. She slowly gained my trust, and soon... she stole my heart. 

But it took me a while to realize... that I'd stolen her heart, too.

Missy & Mister Kitty
One day, I was being my silly kitty self, and I climbed right up a real big tree. While I was up there, on top of the world, my leg got stuck between the branches, and I couldn't get back down. I was up there for a real long time, and I was so scared that Miss Ashley would never find me.

Finally, I heard her calling, "Mister Kitty?!" from real far away. So, I let out the loudest meow I could muster, hoping it would help her find me. Then, she came running toward me, looking up in the trees, until her eyes found mine. And do you know what she did?? Miss Ashley climbed right up to the top of that tree... freed my leg, secured me in her arms, and brought me back down to safety.

That's when I knew that Miss Ashley would always be there for me, and finally... I knew that I was home...

Being a kitty who lived at Lucky Dog Rescue, I soon decided that I wanted to be a dog instead. I quickly learned which dogs liked me... and which dogs didn't. I had the best time of my life living as a "Lucky Dog."

But yesterday, I got hurt, and I cried out for Miss Ashley. She ran to me, scooped me up, and rushed me to the vet just as fast as she could. My body was going into shock, and I was so scared. I could tell that Miss Ashley was real scared, too, but she didn't want to show it.

In the car, my Ashley-Mom was crying. As she gently rubbed my head, she was pleading with me, "Please, Mister Kitty... just hold on for me. I'm right here, and we're gonna get you all better. Please, just stay with me."

I wanted to stay with her forever, but I knew in my heart that I wasn't going to make it. But Miss Ashley didn't know that yet... or she just refused to believe it, because she wasn't ready to let me go.

When we got there, Miss Ashley was sobbing as she talked to the vet. Then... she looked at me, and gave me one last hug, one last kiss, and one last "I love you." That's how I knew it was okay to go.

I left my Ashley-Mom for Heaven on November 20, 2011.

Today, my Ashley-Mom and Miss Caycee buried me at Lucky Dog Rescue. As Miss Caycee covered my body with dirt, Miss Ashley sat on the ground next to me, and sobbed. She didn't know that I could see her, but I was right there with her the whole time. I've always been right there with her... since my very first day here... and I'll never really be gone...

When she gets to Heaven, my Ashley-Mom hopes to see a long line of dogs waiting to greet her. But now... a kitty will be waiting there too. A Mister Kitty, the Lucky Dog kitty.

*Dear Mister Kitty, my heart is so broken today. For months now, you've been right here by my side... my constant companion. I hope you know just how amazing it was for me... as you learned to trust me... to love me. It was nothing short of incredible. I save dogs for a living, but you were the kitty who stole my heart, in a way I didn't know was possible. I hope you know just how much I love you, and just how much I miss you. Now, there's a huge hole here at Lucky Dog... where you used to be. And there's a Mister-Kitty-sized-hole... in my heart. Love, Mom

130 comments:

  1. Ashley -

    Having been through the loss of so many dogs an cats in my life, I always try to be stoci in the face of a loss and I almost never succeed. I am so sorry for your loss. I know that hole in the heart feeling from the loss of a cat I loved. I wish there was some comfort to offer you, but all I can say is Mister Kitty was loved and loved you back. Sometimes it's not the length of time they're with us, but the amount of love given. I am so terribly sorry and cry for your loss.

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  2. The Animals leave PAWS prints on our HEARTS

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss!!!! Your Mister Kitty looks like my Kiki Kitty!!! I have lost several babies over the years and unfortunately, it doesn't get any easier! When you truly love, you get hurt! The only thing that helps, is to know that YOU took that baby in and YOU gained her love and trust and YOU made her last days on this earth HER BEST DAYS!!!! She may not be there physically but I can guarantee you she's there in spirit!!!

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  4. Its nice to see someone loving animals and caring for them as much as you do.I hope you will be Very blessed

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  5. you just made me want to hold my kitties even closer. as a matter fo fact, i can barely see my keyborad because of one! I have 5 and a dog all because i never wanted the risk of them being in a shelter. Sometimes all it takes is the love of one to open your hears, and that is what i think Mr. Kitty did for you, she opened your heart to kitties as well. I am truly sorry for your loss, and cried through out the whole story.

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  6. melanie helpingpaws22November 21, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    I feel both your loss and pain. So glad he got to know love before leaving this earth, and you two shall meet again someday..Hugs to you in this hard time

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  7. Ashley-

    You did the most amazing thing ever and that was you gave that cute kitty the life it always wanted, LOVE... Cats don't ask for much but love and affection and they give the greatest love back. I know mister kitty is still in your heart and who knows one day mister kitty will send a kitty your way to give hope and love and life like you did for her. I am so sorry for your loss. People losing an animal to passing or having to give them another home is painful. I hope in time your heart will heal. Just know that you did something very special. :)

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  8. :'( healing hugs, love, and strength...

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  9. Ashley -

    I too know the feeling of losing a beloved cat before their time. It seems so terribly unfair that their lives are inherently shorter than ours to begin with. My heart goes out to you during this tough time. Know that you gave an animal love when know one else would, and that you saved her life. I'm sure she is smiling down on you.

    Best wishes.

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  10. Ashley,

    Thank you for thanking Mister Kitty into your life. I am so sorry for your loss. I loss my Big Mo on September 21th, 2011, and another one of my kitty's that is pretty sick now too. Kitty's are my life. My heart is so sad for you. And Mister Kitty...

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  11. I'M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS I HAVE SEVEN CATS AND TWO DOGS NOW. LOST TWO CATS AND A DOG THIS YEAR SO I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING THRU. BUT I ALSO WANTED TO THING YOU FOR HELPING HER IN THE FIRST PLACE AT LEAST SHE WENT TO HEAVEN KNOW LOVE AND NOT HATE.

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  12. Ashley, I am so sorry!

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  13. Oh ya, Im so sorry for the loss. Mister Kitty, I'm so happy you found your way into the biggest home full of forever love.Jesus is a wonderful father and he will be a good substitute till mom gets there. I too shed tears for your loss , I too lost our kitty Casper in October , he just disappeared one day , till this day I havent given up hope of finding him and we lost a puppy to parvo after watching her grow for 6 months. So Im hopeing Faren my puppy and Casper are there to keep her company. Because we will be there one day to greet them again.

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  14. Oh Ashley, I am so, so sorry. :-( My heart is breaking for you. My foster dog was just adopted and there is an ache in my heart that I fear will never go away, even though I know she is safe and happy. It's amazing the effect a tiny animal can have on a human's heart, especially one as huge as yours. You will be in my prayers. RIP Mister Kitty. :-(

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  15. Bless you, Ashley. Mister Kitty will always be with you <3 It gets better - it takes a long time, but it gets better!

    J

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  16. Wiped my eyes and held my Romo-Kitty close as can be. Ashley, Gods watching.... You are one heck of an amazing human. Mister Kitty was so blessed to have been loved by you... of all people! xo

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  17. I just read this blog and I am sitting here in tears feeling your pain as well as the special bond you shared with Mr. Kitty. You both were so luck to have found one another. I do believe our animals find us!

    As I sat here reading this with tears pouring down my face I called my husband over to read it and he too began crying.

    I am so sorry for your loss Ashley you two will be together again someday but for now Mr. Kitty will be by your side everyday as your Angel Kitty.

    Hugs to you during this very difficult time.

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  18. My heart goes out to you Ashley. Although you are a champion of dogs, its nice to see a kitty worm its way into your heart... RIP Mr. Kitty!

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  19. I've lost two cats in the last few months. Not to death, but to neighbors who moved off and took my babies with them. I just pray since they felt the need to steal my babies they will love and protect them.

    I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face after reading this. What a very special kitty. My heart goes out to you!

    Remember, these are our 4-legged angels that God has loaned to us for a short while.

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  20. Oh Ashley ... so much hurt. But so much love given and received. Mister Kitty will be with you forever.

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  21. Dear Ashley,
    I'm so sorry for your loss, but you must realize that for the short time Mister Kitty was here, you showed her nothing but love and that was something she wouldn't have known without you.
    You did everything you could have, but that doesn't make it hurt any less.. Bless you for loving Gods furbabies.
    Mister Kitty knew you were special and I hope that she's running and playing in Heaven with all the other babies who have passed before her.
    Thank you for caring, she was truly blessed to have had you in her life...

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  22. Thank God for people like you! I now have 12 cats, but feed another 3 that live on their own. It warms my heart to hear stories of pets being rescued and it breaks my heart to hear of someone losing one that they truly loved. Feel blessed that you gave Mr Kitty the love that he deserved while she was here on earth and that she grew to love and trust you........

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  23. Ashley, I am so sorry for your loss.The love you gave Mr.Kitty was wonderful.I have lost several furry friends and sobbed like a baby for each one of them,but I loved them with all my heart..and they showed me with their unconditional love that they knew it.What you do in rescuing animals in need is very heartwarming.If I could I would love to save them all.But God will take care of his precious and he will especially bless you for taking such good care of them too.Thank you.

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  24. I am so sorry to hear of this~~I know only to well the pain when we lose our fur-friends and am praying for you~~and if I go to Heaven before you, I will keep an eye on Mr. Kitty till you get there.

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  25. So very sorry Ashley for your loss. I, too, have tears running for you and your pain. Always remember that the love you give and get will always be there, no matter what! God Bless you! You are a special lady!

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  26. God bless you Ashley. Mister Kitty knew she loved you and you her. I know how hard it is to lose a pet you love. I have lost many and just recently over the two year have lost 2 precious and wonderful dogs and 2 very precious cats. I still have my rotten cat and I am trying to coax another cat to come live with me. They are in Rainbow Bridge with Mister Kitty. RIP

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  27. I am so sorry for your loss. Words can not ease your pain and I am sorry my words will not heal you. I have loved and lost many of my rescues, I have a tattoo bracelet of paw prints for my babies on my wrist so they are always with me. May your heart and soul heal by knowing you loved this Kitty and she will always know it.

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  28. I am so sorry for your loss. I have three kitties of my own who are my world. I know I will be incredibly broken the day I have to say goodbye to anyone of them.

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  29. I am so sorry for your loss. I have been there & know your pain. She was lucky to have found you. Please take care of yourself & let your other four legged friends help to heal your broken heart. Gentle hugs...

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  30. So sorry Ashley, loss is the worst part of being a fur parent for sure. You are lucky to have known Mister Kitty and she very lucky to have known you! Hugs.

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  31. I am so sorry for your loss...Mister Kitty was so luckt to have you<3

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  32. Oh boy, Mister Kitty, you've made me cry! Thank goodness you found her and she found you, this is a very beautiful love story. I lost a small feral kitten to FIP in a similar way not long ago, heart-breaking but also I don't regret any of the time I had with him. I tell the story here on my blog: http://kadampalife.org/2011/06/24/ralphs-story/

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  33. that was beautiful ashley mister kitty was and is loved

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  34. Ahww Ashley, I feel for you. My heart bleeds for you. You know that the life after this one, IS SO much better then this one. Right?

    Deb Tampa FL

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  35. Dear, sweet Ashley,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost 3 kitties this past year, and my heart broke each time. Know that you gave Mr. Kitty the best of your love. She is an angel now, waiting in that line with all the dogs, But you were her Angel here on Earth. Perhaps there is another Kitty out there waiting to save you.

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  36. So very sorry for your loss and know the big hole in your heart but you had this precious angel for a while and now she is in the arms of god .

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  37. All dogs go to heaven because the cats let them in. Mister Kitty is now up there in heaven watching over you and waiting to run up to you once again. RIP Mister Kitty.

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  38. ASHLEY, I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS! U GAVE MISTER KITTY A WONDERFUL LIFE AND SHE GAVE U MANY PRECIOUS MEMORIES!

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  39. I'm so sorry ashley!! my cats are my babies, and I would do exactly what you did for mister kitty...and I would cry as much as you did, i'm crying now....animals are truly our best friends...

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  40. Im so sorry for your loss Ashley. I also lost one of my babies this weekend on saturday Nov.19 2011 he was a 12 year old staff. He was the best and I feel your pain. I'm so sorry Ashley!

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  41. RIP Mr. Kitty, you got a second chance to know what it's like to be loved! Have fun playing with my cats, Smokey and Teddy at the Rainbow Bridge!

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  42. I hope I can post a comment without signing in/up for an account. I had a Mrs Kitty, called him that for 3 months when I found him on the side of the road, but it turned out she was a Mr. Kitty!!!! I have no idea why I found your story tonight, but felt the fur babies wanted me to reach out. THANK YOU for caring for MISTER KITTY...thank you for your story! Tonight, I am moving "Pat" aka, Mrs. Kitty's remains to my bedside...I guess they were both trying to let us know they "know" what we did for them...hugs to you!

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  43. Angels appear to us in all shapes, sizes, colors, and gender. Your Mr. Kitty was obviously sent to you for reasons known only by God. Take care in knowing that others share your love and loss.

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  44. I know how you are feeling. I lost my little cat, Star in Sept. I wish it were possible to go back in time and somehow change things. Mister Kitty was lucky to be so loved. So very sorry for your loss. God bless you for all you do.

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  45. BLESS YOU AND MR. KITTY

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  46. so sry for your loss i have lost soooo many animals in my life time and each one hurts so differnetly most of the kitties that left me i haver saved them they were strays i saved them had them fixed and they enjoyed sleeping in the house and loved so much when they past away it hurt like crazy my bassett of 17 yrs hurt alot

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  47. RIP Mr. Kitty, so sorry for your loss..

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  48. Dear Ashley... I'm so sorry...God Bless You.. and Thank You for everything you do. <3

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  49. I am sorry for the loss of Mr. Kitty, no matter how many animals we love in our lives it never gets easier as they pass.

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  50. I can't stop crying. What happened? How did she get hurt?

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  51. I'm so sorry, Ashley. If you just ever need to talk to someone, I'm here for you. michaelarmenta@gmail.com

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  52. A heart warming and at the same time breaking story of Mister Kitty. I am deeply sorry for your loss and know that Mister(Miss)kitty was thankful for you and the time you loved her truly...She seemed to be accident prone..in her short time there she got herself into trouble from which to be rescued two times. If I may inquire, what was her final dilema?

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  53. I'm so sorry Ashley Mom for the loss of your dear Mr. Kitty. I cry as I read the article, it breaks my heart when they leave us behind. God bless, and thank you for all that you do.

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  54. Im so so sorry to hear of your loss..it is just breaking my heart to think she is gone...Ive lost my share of kitties so I know the hurt that you are going thru..my last one died in 2008 and I have a kitty that is 14 yrs old now and when he goes I just dont know if Im going to make it he has been my constant companion for so long he has moved all over town and even with with me when I moved to Canada.
    I do have another one that is only 5 and she is my lil velcro kitty maybe with her by my side I will make it, hopefully it wont be for a long time yet.
    Mister Kitty was so pretty and Im so sorry that she is gone but I truely believe that all our much loved pets will be waiting for us at The Rainbow Bridge when its our turn to go.
    Sending you heartfelt prayers that the pain lessens every day and that when its time you and Mister Kitty will be together again and that hole will finally be forever mended.
    Thank you for all you do keep up the good work and keep an eye out for another scared lil one that may need you badly

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  55. Ashley,

    Im so very sorry for your loss! I cried when I read this story about Mr.Kitty. Always remember that he will always be with you watching out for you! Rest In Peace Mr.Kitty and run free at Rinbow Bridge!!!!

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  56. I'm so sorry for your loss....No words will ease your heart, but hug those pups for some comfort. God bless! RIP Mr Kitty.

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  57. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sharing tears with you after reading this story. Thank you for saving this poor kitty and making her life better by showing her that not all people are bad.

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  58. Such a beautiful story of Mister Kitty's life, Ash. <3 I'm so so sorry for your loss. :'(

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  59. I am so sorry, Ashley. I just lost a kitty who gained my trust. He was hit by a car. I didn't get to say goodbye. It broke my heart. I only knew wild thing nine months, but he too stole my heart and left a kitty sized hole in it. Some people may not understand the hurt even after only a few months, but I do. My thoughts are with you. R.I.P. Mister Kitty. Say hello to Wild Thing for me. Have him show you around.

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  60. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know that Mister Kitty knew how much she was (and is) loved. My heart is breaking for you, prayers going out to you and Mister Kitty.

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  61. Ashley,
    I'm so sorry for your loss of Mr. Kitty, your lucky dog. She is now at The Rainbow Bridge with my Tessie Trueheart & all other furbabies; and they'll all help her to cross over. Tonight I'll say a prayeron Petloss.com's candlelight ceremony.
    She's never really gone, she's alive in everything.
    We WILL see them all again, one day.

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  62. I am very, very sorry to see of the death of this special cat. Animals truly live on in our hearts where they will live forever. The heartache hurts, yes, but I have the capacity to love a million more animals & cry for each. In turn they love us. God bless you both & may Mister Kitty enjoy his new playground in Heaven.

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  63. So sorry to hear about your loss. I know most people don't understand why we take it so hard when we lose a pet and it's something that you just can't explain but I hope it gives you comfort to know that there are people out there that know what you are going through and sympathize with you. Mister Kitty's story was so precious. We have a cat that came to us pretty much like Mister Kitty and he became part of our family. He is sound asleep in my room and I am going to give him a hug right now!! My thoughts are with you!

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  64. I am so truly sorry for your loss. Mister Kitty knew love.....

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  65. I can't hold back the tears having read about your loss Ashley. I know there's nothing anyone can say to make it better and the pain right now is so much. I hope you will find a way to be at peace with Mr. Kitty's death and cherish your memories with her forever. You are in my thoughts.

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  66. Ashley,
    I am so sorry for your loss. you gave mister kitty a type of love that only you could bring. Take comfort that you renewed mister kitty's spirit after such a terrible experience. Because of you, Mister Kitty felt the love that she so richly deserved.
    Carmen H.

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  67. i am so sorry for your loss , i was in tears by the first few sentences... my heart goes out to you and i will keep Mr kitty in my prayers

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  68. Ashley - You were there for Mister Kitty like no other human ever was & she knew that. I cried for you after reading this & for Mister Kitty - I know just how hard & awful it feels to lose a companion/friend/pet. Every time one of my cats gets sick or injured to where they leave me - I stay right w/them to the end so the last thing they see is my face & how much I love them. Have to believe that one day we will see our loved pets again - it's the only thing that helps the pain & lost. You do so very much for these animals - I thank God for you everyday! Hugs! Love, Diane

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  69. Ashley Mom,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my 12 year old fur baby Chloe on Sept. 20 and I have cried every day since. I have had childhood pets that have passed away but she has been with me all of my adult life and she was my best friend and so precious to me. I know exactly what you are going through and just know that you gave her a great life and she knew how much you loved her. God bless you!

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  70. I am very sorry for your loss that was a sweet story u gave that kitten a 2nd chance even if it was short he passed away knowing he was loved

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  71. Cats have a wonderfully funny way of creeping into our hearts. Mister Kitty seemed like a wonderful baby girl and I'm sure she appreciated your love and kindness very much. I'm sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you. Remember that cats touch our souls though and so she will always be a part of you.

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  72. I'm crying as I read the story .... it's very sad and remind me about the story of Rudy (the dog you've rescued and the link is on the right hand side of your page) ...... Thank you Ashley for all you've done ... people like you inspire me and keep me moving and believing there are good people left on this earth .... God bless always !!!!

    Sincerely,

    Hien

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  73. I'm so sorry Ashley - she knew how much you loved her then and love her now. You gained her trust and her love. YOU gave her a forever home. Light head butts & sandpaper kisses to you always my friend (((HUGS)))
    Darcy & Kids

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  74. Oh Ashley my heart breaks for you! Please try to find peace in knowing that you were able to show Mister Kitty so much love and kindness and that not all humans are horrible. If it weren't fo you walking your dog that day, she may never of had the chance to learn about love, both giving and receiving it.

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  75. Sorry for your loss.mister kitty can hang out with my cat chuck. he passed away october 1st and one day goes by that I don't think of him. I was blessed to have such a loyal companion and friend for over 15 years of my life. I'm sure chuck will watch over mister kitty for you just like he's watched over me in life. God bless.

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  76. Ashley, your story about Mister Kitty made me cry. I am so sorry for your loss. Goodbyes are so hard, but one day you will see Mister Kitty again. You made a difference in her life, a wonderful difference! That is what you do for all the animals that you connect with! I love how you write about your animals. You give a voice to their feelings, and that is so easy for you and other animal lovers because we know they do have feelings! What a wonderful place the world would be if everyone realized this! May God continue to bless you and the great work that you do.

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  77. I saved a street cat too and now I love her I named her Dally she stoled my heart and i have her for 3weeks now and I guess she's happy because she has a place to live and she's always sweet and playful she always gets in my face so I can pay attention to her.I can't imagine her dying or nothing,but am so sorry for your lost.

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  78. This story has completely broken my heart. I have no words to mend the pain you feel right now, all I can say is that I wish and pray to God there were more people like you in this earth, these animals really need someone to care for them and love them like you do. I, too am an animal lover. I adopted a kitten from the shelter a few moths ago and I now am heart broken to find that he has FIP. I love him with all my heart and I show him that every single day. I spoil him and will do anything and everything to make him feel better. These are our little angels, which no matter what happens, they will always know that we loved them indescribably. My heart goes out to you for everything you have done and continue to do for these little earth angels.

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  79. A very sad story, I know that Mr. Kitty will always be there at your side so there is nothing to worry about.

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  80. So sorry about Mr. Kitty. He found you and knew you would take care of him. You gave him a wonderful twelve months, and he you.

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  81. What a touching story. Thank you for sharing. I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Mr. Kitty. Sending prayers your way, Ashley. Alyson R.

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  82. I'am so so very sorry for your loss...my heart breaks along with yours.RIP Mister Kitty♥

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  83. I'm so sorry for your loss. We had to put to sleep our 14 year old kitty 3 1/2 years ago and I still cry when I think of her.

    You're an amazing woman and Mister Kitty was so lucky to find you.

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  84. So Sorry Ashley. I'm sitting here with my cats crying like a baby. Extra hugs to my kitties tonight.

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  85. I'm so sorry for the loss of Mr. Kitty. You were a great mom. I lost my Ms. Kitty a few months ago. I had been unemployed for the better part of a year when her health started to fail after 16 years of friendship. I was actually grateful for the time off and was able to encourage her through her last days...with special feedings and necessary special treatment. She was always very feisty, but she was my friend and we trusted each other. I believe that she actually chose the one day that I was not there to 'go' (when I went to the nursing home to visit my grandmother). Of course, I felt guilty that I was not there (luckily my boyfriend was). I know that she knew, I prayed over her most nights asking God to let me know when the time was right. Instead she made the decision for me. She was so frail in her last days, but I will always remember her as my tough alley cat from Savannah that I rescued from certain death. May you remember the happy memories of Mr. Kitty. I'm sure he will always be there. He knew the love of a very kind human...you.

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  86. I'm so very sorry for your loss, Ashley. My heart breaks for you. What a beautiful bond the two of you share... It can never be broken, and I know the two of you will be reunited in time. Thank you for sharing the story of her life with us. Sending hugs and comforting thoughts your way.

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  87. You are a very special blessing in this world. Thank you for being you. Love and light to you and Mr. Kitty. I have NO doubt he will be with you forever. <3

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  88. Ashley...

    Thank you for having loved Mr. Kitty as much as you did. I'm sure she loved you just as much. With tears in my eyes I mourn for her with you. <3 <3 <3

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  89. thank you for being their and showing kitty that their is some love in this world and got to feel it !

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  90. Ok, Miss Ashley, i am in tears once again today. You reminded me of how i felt a year ago when i thought i was going to loose my kitty who i adopted after i lost my sight in my one eye 6 years ago. She is my faithful companion when i couldn't see at all for a short time. I truly know how you feel and i am very sorry for your loss. Usually, those who work with the injured and sick, tend to loose their sensitivity to emotion but, you are a true angel, angels never loose their hearts and always feel the pain and loss of a loved one. You have truly earned your wings a thousand times over i am sure. Stay kind and sweet! ; )

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  91. I'm so sorry for your loss. My dogs and I are sending you our warmest wishes.

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  92. The second time I have come to your site and the second time I am in tears. I was thinking of getting a puppy maybe a collie but know I know its best to wait for a dog that will really need a good home. Thanks for all the wonderful things you do for animals.
    Flash

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  93. Oh, Ashley...I am so, so sorry your lost your precious Baby today. I pray you feel comfort from the days Mr. Kitty was in your life on earth. I know and feel your grief and I realize We can only grieve in our own way. I lost one of my precious Baby's this past May and I thank God for the 9 years he allowed her to be in my life - I rescued her as a stray when she was 5-6 weeks old. She was a special needs kitty, blind in one eye (probably since birth). With tears and sadness for you as I read your thoughts...my deepest sympathy to you. Dottie <3

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  94. Ashley - There is no greater pain and no more honor than being adopted by a scared little kitty like that - five have adopted me! I had my 4 for 16 years and still have my Kiddu - they were all neglected and abandoned and they stole my heart like no other.

    They were my babies. My heart is heavy for you. Thank you for sharing your Mister Kitty with us! I will always remember Mister Kitty!
    Karen

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  95. I am so Sorry for your loss Ashley...I've lost dogs and cats too and it's never easy but they leave us with all the Love and Memories possible...we never forget them and know one day when we get to Heaven, they will all be waiting for us on the Rainbow Bridge...<3

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  96. My heart goes out to you and Mister Kitty. She knew you loved her and she loved you. May she rest in peace with the light of your love shining on her.

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  97. This is a very sad story that touched my heaart! It is a sweet story! i am so sorry for your loss! im not sure if those words still have meaning after all the times that you have heard it before, but im still sorry!

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  98. thank you,again for sharing your beautiful gift of writing and this heartbreaking/warming story. God bless you.

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  99. Bless you both. My sincere condolences. So sad. *tears*

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  100. I'm so terribly sorry. I'll look forward to meeting Mr. Kitty at the Rainbow Bridge.

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  102. Ash... as much as our hearts break the moment we lose our pets, our companions, our family, the love and the joy and memories of all that they are, who they were keep us going till the day we meet them again, where they have been watching over us, protecting us, loving us from afar. As much as we grieve, we need to let them go,so they can cross over to pave the way for the rest of the family and do all of the above.. they come into our lives be it for a minute, be it weeks, be it months, be it a lifetime, they come because they want to share the time with us...and they will be with you were ever you go each day...my heart felt thoughts are with you...

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  103. What a beautiful kitty , such a touching story it made me shed tears at work. Thank you for what you do, wish there were more people like you.

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  104. As much as we love all our pets, there are some that touch us far more deeply. That happened with you and Mister Kitty.
    She might be gone from your touch, but she will never been gone from your heart.
    I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  105. Hi Ashley, I suppose you know this already, but you are a really special human being. The world needs more people like you. God bless you forever

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  106. Ashley, I know you probably won't read all these comments, but I just wanted you to know that I cried like a baby when I read this. I have 6 cats and 2 dogs and wouldn't have it any other way...people think I'm crazy, but my compassion for animals is sometimes more than for humans :)My heart goes out to you, I feel you pain and loss...God Bless!

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  107. WOW! What a wonderful tribute!! As a cat owner for many years I just want to say Thank You for taking the time to give to one little kitty. I don't know you Ashley, but I can tell you are a very special soul. RIP Mister Kitty <3 Kevin - Indianapolis, IN

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  108. So beautifully written. I cried my eyes out. I lost one of my cats about 8 months ago and I lost my sweet GSD Lolo 6 months ago to cancer. It's a horrible thing to not have them with us here, but they are waiting for us and we will see them again. Breathe and just remember the love you share with them.

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  109. I want y'all to know that I read every single comment posted here, and my heart is so incredibly touched by all of your support, love, and encouragement.

    I can't thank you enough for caring about my pain... and about my special Mister Kitty.

    During a time of immense sadness, I felt so loved and comforted by each and every one of you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
    -Ash

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  110. Ashley--so sorry for your loss..i read your post at work and everyone kept telling each other something is wrong with chris she is crying in her office.....so well written...thank you for loving mr. kitty and showing her that all people are not like her first owners..and may fate take care of them in it's own way....
    chris

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  111. I'm so sorry, Ashley. You are not alone. You are surrounded by people who love you, dogs who love you and are thankful for you saving their lives, and Mister Kitty who will always be with you in your heart. I know all too well that words feel a bit hollow when your heart carries a gaping hole, but they are true nonetheless. I commented similarly on your most recent blog post, now I understand why you posted it, I've just seen Mister Kitty's story. She was so blessed to have you - and vice versa. Her story reminds me so much of my Boo - I rescued him from the city streets of Richmond, VA. He didn't trust anyone. He was terrified of people, he ate from trash cans, but over a year's time he came to trust me and my roommate. Eventually, I was able to take him to the vet, and I got him neutered. I intended to adopt him out - and he sure did find his forever home. With me and my other furkids. I was so in love with him, there was no way I could give him up. He was with me for more than a decade. Monday will be one year to the day since he crossed the Bridge. I'm struggling, already. I have not lived a day since that he hasn't been on my mind, I miss him so so much. A lot of people don't understand that kind of love - but you do. Other people here who follow your blog do. I am thankful for you, for your followers. I know it's a horrible time, but you are not alone. Though we may not know you personally, we love you.

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  112. I lost my best friend last month my 16 yr. old Corgi mix (Bear) and a 20 yr. named Bailey last week and I am afraid I'm losing my pit bull mix, Farley, very shortly.... The joy they bring to our lives is immeasurable but the pain that is felt from their passing is unbearable.... Stay strong for the countless other rescues that you will find forever homes for.... I am trying to do the same.... It is so very hard to do but we must for their sakes.... Dogs Rule and Mister Kitty does also.... Doc T.

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  113. I really didnt want to cry tonight. Im having such "human" issues right now, that the last thing on my mind was to cry to let them out. Then I stumbled upon your website, looked around for a doggie, then left the website, and somehow found my way back to the site. I read this story, and instantly, cried. One of those cries that when you start, you just cry about everything. It's even harder because im not with my two kitties right now since im away visiting with family. I sit here and think of how down or sad I am, and I realize it would be different, maybe a tad, if I had my two cats with me. I dont think people realize how much of a blessing animals really really are. They are angels without the wings, but with a soul that is unexplainable. Id encourage every person in this world to own a pet, I really think life would be different, ya know. I am sorry for your loss, and I do wish you the best in finding homes for all the pets.

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  114. I'm so sorry Ashley. I've been there & I know exactly how you feel. There are no words that can really help but your baby kitty is now in Gods hands. Is there any place better?
    RIP Mister Kitty

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  115. RIP Mister Kitty. I am so glad we got to meet you when we visited Ashley Mom. I know you have lots of friends at the bridge. You also had the BEST Mom ever!!!!!!

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  116. sorry for you loss...I just lost one of my cats MR.DEWEY about a month ago..we only had him for about 3 months...he is greatly missed...it was one of the hardest things I have had to do when I buried him out by the garden in one of his favorite hiding places

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  117. Your story brought me to tears! Thank you for what you do! I wish more people cared for the animals as you do! I am a 'cat' person, but can't stand the thought of harm coming to any animal!

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  118. My constant companion, Lucky, a black cat, died three months after I lost my mom unexpectedly. His brother, Sparky, died last October. I am still not over the losses of all --Mom, Lucky and Sparky.

    I try to remember good times, but it makes me cry. I know I will see them in Heaven and some days I can't wait to get there.

    Thank you for loving Mister Kitty. She died knowing love and you made her life a billion times better.

    I'm mourning with you.

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  119. No matter what, when, why or how, Love is never, ever wasted. God is love. As you blessed Mister Kitty, may God bless you and all you do.

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  120. I am so sorry that you lost such a beautiful friend. Whether one day or ten years in your heart, it is always hard when one crosses the Rainbow Bridge. Star in your crown for your kindness and love to animals. I have 5 rescue cats and 3 dogs and wish I could take more but space won't allow. Still though I do tend to stop, feed, help - as much as I can. God be with you Ashley.

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  121. Love and hugs, Ashley.... <3<3
    So sorry for your loss.

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  122. I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my best friend in the world in January and I still miss her so much. She's left a terrible hole in my heart. Keep up your good work, Ashley.

    I miss you always Flats. <3

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  123. I know your pain, your loss, your sadness, and your emptiness. My heart and love goes out to you. I cry and grieve with you.

    I too, have lost 2 beautiful babies...one in August and one in September. I lost a 5 year old Russian Blue, Stormy and a 3 month old Savannah, Astro. I have seen the life go out of a kittens eyes and there was nothing you could do but pray, cry, and scream. I know what it is like to have a dog put to sleep because she has suffered enough and there was no more to do. I have seen the birth of four kittens and only one survive.

    I just rushed a little 6 month old kitten, Ebony 90 mph to the vet Wednesday who had an accident and didn't know if he was going to survive. I was so scared and crying. I am glad to say, he is home and is going to be ok.

    Everywhere you go, everywhere you look....your babies are there. Such a big hole is left and nothing seems the same without them. I miss my babies terribly! Just know....it does get a little easier, but you never forget them. Something always reminds you.

    Know this.....you will see your baby again in heaven. I truly believe that! I expect my babies to be there waiting on me.

    My prayers and my love go out to you for all you do to save Gods little creatures and for your loss of your little Angel....

    I try to save all I can at your site. I take care of 21 cats and I have found homes for another 22 cats this past last three years. It breaks my heart to hear of one of Gods creatures being put down for any reason other than health.

    Please keep helping us save those little babies<3

    Debby Scott
    debby_scott@yahoo.com

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  124. It's so hard when they leave, especially when it's too soon. Mister Kitty's story made me cry, but then it doesn't take much when it comes to the furbabies. I love them all so much. So sorry, Ashley, that she had to leave so soon. I know you're hurting and missing her now. At least she knew love from one human while she was here. Some are not that fortunate, as you well know. Bless you for what you do for them.

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  125. Jenny Strouse CollierNovember 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    I sat and cried reading this....I am so sorry you lost your baby...we get so attached to our furry babies...and losing them hurts so bad...but i believe we will see all the furry babies we loved and lost again one day.....you are a blessing for so many animals Ashley...it is great to see someone who loves animals so much....keep up the great job you are doing.

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  126. I just read about Mister Kitty. I'm so sorry you lost your kitty. <3

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  127. Oh my gosh. I almost got through without crying. I'm so sorry about Mr. Kitty. But at least in her short life she got to learn what it felt like to be loved; and she didn't have to die alone. You did a wonderful thing, Ashley. Mr. Kitty will never forget you. And now, neither will I.

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