Favorite Food: iams kitten food, whatever you are eating
Skills: hops like a rabbit, can climb anything, houdini-like abilities to escape, sings a "cougar" song when he's happy to see you (especially if you're going to change his diaper!)
Arrival Story: A friend from work needed a home for him. Her daughter had hand-raised him after his mother rejected him. Her daughter had to move with her family several states away and was afraid the trip would be too hard for such a little guy.
Bio: My husband named Navin after his favorite character: Navin R. Johnson (Steve Martin in The Jerk). Like the character of that movie, Navin is an odd little guy. He is quite a character.
He loves muttering to himself and making trilling noises when he is playing games.
Navin is a love sponge. You can poke Navin with only the tip of your fingernail and he will immediately start purring like a motorboat. He moves and hops exactly like a rabbit and has no tail whatsoever. He is absolutely fearless and will play with our dog Elvis and any of our cats (whether they want to or not).
Navin was born with no tail at all. He was also born missing two vertebrae which gives him the inability to properly clean himself and an inability to control his pooper. That is why he needs to wear diapers (aka magic pants). He started in preemie size and will soon be wearing #4's! Because of his inability to clean himself, he gets a bath about every other day. He loves his baths! He gets to wear his bathrobe afterwards! Besides his handicaps, he is the alpha cat in the family! He is crazy active and hops and runs all around the house in his dipes, scaling his cat tower and chasing his siblings. Nothing slows this goofy little guy down!
My mommy misses me so much. I've been at the Bridge now for over 2 years. I can't believe it and neither can she. She cries over me far too often for my comfort. I have been so busy with my guardian angel duties that I fear I have neglected my poor mommy.
So yesterday, I planted a message from me to her under the fridge. Luckily, she and daddy had their kitchen floor remodeled yesterday and found my little offering. Mommy stooped to pick the pieces up and Daddy looked on sadly. They talked about how very much they miss me. But I hope my mommy knew that it was a sign to her that I am so happy although I miss her and that I wait for her and daddy.
I have composed a song for them:
Look what's under the Fridge!
I know you two are sad and miss me
I miss you too and if you will look
You will see
The message I sent from me to you
It's under the fridge!
I'll give you that clue!
Milk rings, twist ties, all sorts of treasures!
All interesting items
For with my nest to feather!
I've sent them to you
So you'll know that I'm near
I will always be your Cougar
And I feel your tears
I know you can't see me
But please do know
That I am with you always
And I love you so
Mommy put all of my little treasures into a baggie and put them in a safe place. I will try to visit her in her dreams as well. It's been a very long time since I did that. My sister Buffy is very good at dream-visiting with Mommy. She does it all the time. I will have to ask her for some pointers.
I can't believe that I've been here at the Bridge for 2 Easters. This makes my mommy and daddy so sad, but I would like to take this opportunity to reassure them and to reassure the parents of everybuddy who has gone to the Bridge.
You see, here at the Bridge, Easter is such a big deal. We all get together and play our part in helping the Easter Bunny work his mojo! Some of us decorate eggs, some trim baskets, some even help parents pick out Easter clothes for their children!
Many of us though are hard at work helping the flower fairies, the bees and the birds get their spring on. You would be surprised to know how much work and effort goes into orchestrating a beautiful Easter each year.
Now I know that we are not all on the same continent, state or climate. But I will ask each and every one of you on Easter morning, to get up and find something of unbelievable beauty. I guarantee it will not take you long.
So to the parents of fur kiddos who are missing their babies who have gone to the Bridge, I would like to give you a Cougar kiss and I would like to whisper in you ears and tell you that we are ALL fine here. We are happy and healthy and awaiting our reunion with you.
Navin R. Johnson-Davis
PS. What part am I playing in Easter this year? I will be spreading a rainbow across the Oregon sky along with my fellow Oregonian Bridge dwellers.
I love you Mommy, Daddy, Trinity, Lulu, and my fur siblings: Elvis, Jonas, Jimi, Sue and Patchez
I can't believe a year has passed
Since you flew away from us
Our hearts continue to hurt as though
Just yesterday you had to go
I wonder if it would have been better
To have you as our cougar never
But Oh! the joy you brought....
....I never would have thought
That such a little boy
Could bring so many so much joy
I must believe that you are near
For every day is filled with tears
I have to believe we'll see you again
But it's no use trying to pretend
That you did not take a piece of me
I really need a guarantee
That you are happy where you are
That I am wishing on the right star
That you will soon find for us
A Cougar who has at least part of you
A part of you we will recognize and trust
And then my heart will begin to heal
Because right now I only feel
the deep deep hole you left behind
Please let me know that you are fine.
We talk about you every day
Some people don't understand and say
“He was just a little cat”
But you were SO much more than that
So please as the anniversary draws near
Please let me know that you hear
When I talk to you and say
Navin I would give away
Almost anything to have you here
Please let me know that you are near