Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Never Post Sleepy!

I am so sorry for the dippiness I exhibited last week. You see, I didn't even remember posting that Sunday Selfie pic - as a matter of fact I STILL don't. Great picture, I give you. But I so do NOT remember posting that. I'm not saying I didn't. I'm sure I did. But I am just entirely unable to remember the actual posting of it! d'oh!

The boy LOVED his mama. Absolutely loved. He absorbed everything he could that she did, and then tried to do it even better. He mastered laser beams obviously. Love those little Jazzy toe beans too! *giggle*

The boy also loved his uncle Curzon. Keep in mind in this pic Nim is barely a couple months old. So he was totally capable of squishing the little feller, but nope. I've never heard of a male cat, never mind one as alpha as Curzon, being so loving towards a foreign kitten. And Curzon had to have known that the boy wasn't his. But he LOVES his sister, and their bond is indescribable. So I can totally see him taking over "daddy" duties. And let me tell you, he did! Nimbus learned how to swat from Curzon (and how to fight on his back from mama). Nimbus learned how to woo the ladycats from Curzon. Yep, he was a daddy's boy that turned into partners in crime... and snoozing!

Thank you for joining me on this little squee-cursion with the boy. It's so hard to believe he's been gone over 4 years. It still feels like yesterday. But I know he's having a blast with Nissy and all our other RB anipals!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

For Nissy's Mum From Our Mum


I know your world is all turned upside down. Trust me I know. I sat in the vet hospital on the morning of the terrorist attacks with a dying cat. I came home to find Nimbus barely holding on to life, so lifeless in his face. I understand.  I know you know and we all know.
Know that the CB, FB and Twitterverse are all behind you in this time. Nissy is and will forever be a legend of the anipal community. I will never forget shortly after Nim went and I did his memorial service. It was so hard even to look at his pictures. But I wanted his story out there. I didn't want anyone remembering him by the HCM or the Diabetes. I didn't want that to be his legacy. I wanted his legacy to be the gentle giant that he was, peace officer, and uber-patient patient. I couldn't even sleep in for two years, even for 5 minutes. He WANTED that poke and shot. And he'd sit and wait and wait and wait if I was having a hard time getting enough blood.
Now look at me, I'm getting a little weepy... LOL
You will carry on. The pain sucks like hell the first year or two. It was hell I know when Nimbus went. We lost Inigo and then Sniffie and then Nim and then our roommate went within just a couple years or so of each other. The twins didn't play for months. They mourned. And just as they were starting to, the roommate died, and it was back to square one. But time moves on, and the pain eases just a bit.
Carry on for Nissy. Help others that are fighting the same illness he fought. I sent Nim's kit on after he died. Another kitty got a little extra time because of Nim. And then when Brian's sisfur Zoe gave us the scare of a lifetime, we were right there. And I do think Nim might've had a paw in making sure Zoe didn't end up with Diabetes permanently. And that only seems right for the ladycat likely to become his Auntie!
Hold his favorite toys. I know they probably make you cry now. Down the road they'll comfort you.
Get a few of his best digital pics printed up and put them in a special album or frame them. I have a pic of Nim I had no idea was rated R until long after he was gone... So we're talking a 9 year old picture maybe more? LOL
Tell the world his story. Even if no one reads it (and I can guarantee they will but that's beside the point), his story will be out there and it'll inspire someone else.
And know, we furless slaves all love you too.


(Psssttt... I've given Nissy full permission to borrow use of my typist now and then if he needs to. And to everyone else... The pawty hasn't stopped here yet! Nissy is having a blast and he just discovered he can be a kitten if he wants to be! Oh my... LOL - Nimbus)

Thursday, May 7, 2015


I think that sums it up well.

Howdy folks, Nimbus here.

It's been quite busy here but that's ok, in a way. See a lot of our FB friends - and mama's peeps - were in the path of some very ferocious storms yesterday in the midwest. Ma started making calls telling em to get ready to dive for the basement. I sent Angel Snowflake, mama's cat-before-me, to make sure mama stayed calm and got to sleep and a proper time.
Why didn't I go myself, you ask? Well, I had other business to attend to...
As many of you know our dear furiend Nerissa started his new journey. Some think that you're instantly here, but you're not. Even the walk across the bridge is part of the healing process. For some that were ready, it's a short walk across. But those of us who had bodies that were ready to leave long before we were, that bridge is a bit longer. I know for me it was a very long walk. Sometimes there are even guardians that help some along, comforting them as they make the journey across the bridge. Some get the most awesomest escort across from our furiend Pepi, yes. But some just don't want to be here and it takes a lot of comforting and love to get them to make the journey.
Back to Nissy...
Nissy's crossing went smoothly. He was very sad to be leaving his mama but we told him that she'd continue his work so it would be ok. Plus, there's still work to be done that we do here! He lit up then. And then the cry every one of us lets out as we're crossing - we're never gonna see them again! Let me tell you that was one very loud MOUSES! out of Nissy mol. I told him not to worry that there are reflecting ponds all over the place up here so we can always check on our peeps.
So once he got across we were all set to get him to his welcoming pampering and stuff... but he just wanted to see his peeps so bad... As many of you know I have a special room with it's own private reflecting pond in my mansion for new arrivals. Even those with families, some just are so sad they don't reunite right away for more than a few minutes. That wasn't the case with Nissy. His whole family that was here stayed with him for a couple days in the room letting him rest and comforting him. Don't think he was that weepy or sad, it's just VERY hard to adjust for some of us when we get here. It can be very confusing and sad, until you start to feel the differences.
So the other day he came out and said he was ready, so we did it up grand! We sent him off to get his welcoming pampering. He got cleaned furs, a spa treatment, massage... you name it! Needless to say that put a big ol' smile on his face! And then he started to realize something... MOUSES! Why hadn't he noticed it before, he asked... I told him, the sadness masks the healing that goes on when you cross. When he realized he'd been fully restored to health... well let's just say I haven't seen such a happy cat in such a long time. He tore off like a wild cat, happy, chasing everything he could find smaller than him... He found a nip field all by himself! Mouses! Birds! Fish! I think he probably passed out somewhere in the field for a little while from excitement! Needless to say, back to the groomers he went... MOL. And then yesterday we did his welcoming banqet. It was HUGE. So huge that it's one of the longest banquets ever. I do think we partied for a solid day and night. There were just so many anipals that wanted to welcome him.
As some of you know there's a special place here for all the animals that never find their furever home... those very souls that so many of you try to help, as Nissy did. Well before we even got to the banquet, he got a very special invite... He was asked to join them for a very, VERY special date. I think he was shook up a little bit as they all gathered around to thank him for all the work he did and to reassure him that his family would continue the work. And then... MOUSES! They named him Ambassador! Why you ask? Because a lot of the kitties there still have a hard time assimilating in with the rest of the RB, shy, scared or just don't have the social skills that most of the rest of us do. So he has a new mission. He's helping kitties that never felt love until they got here to the RB learn how to love. Now they have special hoomins over there and other animals, but for some cats, it just comes best from another cat.
So Jennifer and to the rest of Nerissa's family, I know you're sad but it's ok. Nerissa is in very good paws here and while he misses you, he's already up to his ears in helping others, just as he did there! And to all of his furiends, please keep up the fight. One day hoomins will stop the excuses and go to no-kill shelters.

<3 all="" angels="" cooncats="" from="" house="" of="" p="" us="">Nimbus, Astro, Angel, Obnoxio
My wifey Sniffie, and her fursibs Tamir and Clifford
Our bestest furiend Inigo
And our resident hoomin, Sniffie's Auntie El
(and that's not including all of mama's hamsters or the other ones that seem to have parked up here that came with one of the humans or something but don't wish to be part of the crew.)