Monday, May 05, 2008

Lost A Good Friend Today

Climber - 1989 to 2008

If you didn't do the math, he was 19 years old. Quite an achievement for a barn cat. He had the best of both worlds though in his later years. He became my co-worker here in my office. Lounging away his days on a blanket on my reclining chair until he needed fresh air and would sit by the door until I got the hint. He spent his last 2 years teaching Rico that cat's can hurt his nose and that he's really not the boss, teaching the other kittens how to be good barn cats and teaching us how much we were going to miss him some day. This day.

We'll be reminiscing a lot around here...Remember how he would climb a ladder as soon as you set one up? Remember when we hired that guy to re-shingle our house and Climber climbed the ladder alongside the house, hopping up to the second story and jumping up on the roofers' back? Remember when you shot that pigeon at the top of the silo and Climber jumped off the edge of the silo and grabbed on and rode the dead bird down 12 feet to the bottom of the silo? Remember how he would Climb up your body to get to your shoulder all winter with our heavy coats on only to have to teach him he shouldn't do it in the summertime with our light clothing? Remember how he went on walks with us? Remember how he tested everyone's lap at our bonfire parties? Remember when we caught him nursing on our very pregnant German Shepherd? It goes on and on. He was our Mufasa, king of the hill, and we will miss him dearly.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

You didn't have to make me cry!!Know how you loved that kitty since the college days, almost,Good memories though!
Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

Oh, so sorry!! He was a very nice boy! And let's not forget to mention; "remember how he liked to BITE your toes cause he was SO enjoying the good petting he was getting"...... couldn't help himself, "arghhhhh,love you too!"
I'll miss him , too.
Love, sis (J.c.)

Riley said...

Climber's stories reminded me of this:

Ask of the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth.

~ St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Patron Saint of Animals

Sornie said...

It sucks losing a pet of any age but that age is very impressive for a cat and reminds me of my dog who lived to be 14 back at the farm.

Anonymous said...

Hi Barb,
As another pet lover, just had to let you know how sorry I am about Climber.
Having lost a wonderful campanion female poodle, named Dusty, and also a fun (but sometimes naughty) male Cat named Indy, I can relate to what you are going thru.
When my devoted, affectionate female cat, named Tia Maria (age 15)has to move on, I will be totally devasted!

Take care, John's co-worker, Nancy

Nancy said...

Hi Barb & John, Sorry to hear of your loss of a dear and long time friend. He was lucky to have been with such a loving couple here on earth! How many people walk the cat! He leaves many memories to smile about and is keeping a chair warm til you meet again.
Love, Big sis (nj:)

Jen said...

So sorry for your loss, I hope he's in kitty heaven.

Anonymous said...

"The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals." Your tribute to Climber sure proves how pure your heart is AND it caused me to fall in love with Climber even though I had never met him. What a funny, sweet, quirky little kitty. Just think of all of the memories he's recalling of YOU guys! He was a lucky cat. . .
love, Kelly J

dmarks said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss. We lost a 19-year-old barn cat a few years ago, but she could not climb like Climber.

Trisha said...

Sorry to hear about your friend Climber. He sounded like a cat that even a dog-lover could love. :)

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shepherdgirl said...

I know how hard it is to lose a companion like this. He looks a lot like out Big Tony, age unknown. Certain ones really meld into your heart - I can tell he had a wonderful life with care, freedom and warmth.